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Epic Fail On A Trip To ALF  
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10465 times:

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It seemed like the perfect plan - spend some SAS Eurobonus points (20K to be precise, up from the previous 12K as an “Eurobonus turns 20 years” gift to all us loyal flyers) on a daytrip to Northern Norway, shortly visiting all the Scandinavian countries in a day and catch both Wideroe’s brand new Dash-8 Q200 plane on the TOS-ALF route and a new airport for the log.

The nice route:



If only it had been that straightforward in reality...

Oslo Gardermoen Airport

Rather pissed off I walked out of the Gardermoen terminal and the short skip to the Radisson BLU hotel, very thankfully just a couple of hundred meters away. If I had to put up with my behated shuttle buses tonight I’m sure my already high blood pressure would’ve reached fatal levels.

Looks like someone lost their washing up kit - I’m tempted to take a peek inside in the vain hope that it would contain some deodorant for me but naah, that would be a bit too desperate:

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Inside the lobby looks just like any other Radisson in Europe - modern, Scandinavian style. I’ve never really figured out why they insist on having these “reception podiums” (or whatever they call them) instead of a proper old fashioned and imposing reception desk but I’m sure it has something to do with being minimalistic, modern and tres chic.

Well, the girl checking me in is young, pretty, cheery and obviously blonde (we are in Norway, after all!) so I can’t be mad at her, after all it is not her fault I’m miserably stuck here instead of sitting up in the air with a mediocre (but free) drink on my hand. She informs me that the 250 NOK SAS is willing to spend on my gut is good for a dinner from their buffet selection, served in a restaurant a few buildings (yes, the hotel consists of a bunch of interconnected buildings) down.

That sounds exceptionally good to me as buffets, being one of the strongest bastions of western decadence, abundance and wasteful ways (not to mention firm favorites of jonases of this world) sounds just like the place to trade my sorrows for a belly ache.

The waitress greeting - well greeting is not really the term here, more like looking at me from head to toe, back to the tip of my hat and then finally focusing somewhere near my eyes with a definitive look of disapproval on her face and grunting something - is the only rude Norwegian I’ve ever met in my life. Actually she’s probably not a Norwegian at all - as she, shock horror, has dark hair!

Eventually she manages to guide me to a table (why do they always give you a table next to other people - the restaurant is mostly empty and I wouldn’t mind a bit of privacy to be able to swallow and marinade myself in my grumpiness) and after I ask about a dozen times even a bottle of tap water.

I’m all set so let’s pig out:

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Not so good - the filo filled with cream cheese and lax was quite weird:

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Couldn’t decide between a sweet or a salty dessert so I went for both - the chocolate mousse was downright divine:

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After setting a new European (we are just mere amateurs when compared to the Amerikanski though) record in speed overeating I actually have some serious issues walking out of the restaurant and my focus is definitely on my tummy and not on the situation at hand. I waddle to the elevator and down the long corridors to my room:

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Housekeeping has been sloppy - beer caps left by a previous occupant were still lying on top of the minibar:

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Speaking of the minibar for a while I think about consuming everything inside there at SAS’ expense since I was not required to present a credit card at check in, but decide against it, mostly because I have a (far too short now) workday ahead of me with an early wake up call and partly because SAS would probably yank a bunch of miles from my account to pay for my consumption...

You can sort of view the apron from the room, although to read any registrations you’d need a telescope or binoculars:

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After setting up most of my gadgets to charge up during the night I spend a little quality time with the Interweb, attempt to brush my teeth with my finger (not a very successful attempt) and decide to crash. Not down to the ground floor, mind you, but down into dreamland.

Haha - it is not an advert for Jehovah's Witnesses but merely the order form for a room service breakfast:

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I have the weirdest dream. In it I’m at Arlanda:

Stockholm Arlanda Airport

I enter the oh-so-familiar territory of the SAS lounge complex at T5 of Stockholm Arlanda Airport. The same old grandmothers as usual are staffing the reception desk. But wait, something is amiss - the door to the Scandinavian lounge part is shut, the lights are out and there is a sign saying that it is closed during the summer period. For what I cannot possibly figure out - maybe they are giving it a through cleaning and removing all those pieces of chicken, cheese, köttbullar and crackers that undoubtedly have found their way between the sofa cushions and inside their iMacs running Windows (“The horror, the horror”).

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I haven’t said it before but here you go - the Business lounge side is crap. It is not a very good lounge. The offerings are less than generous, especially the liquified ones. Heck, they don’t even have anything with BOTH bubbles and alcohol in it - it’s like not having the cake and not eating it too!

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Caviar it sure ain’t (and all you Swedes, don’t bother explaining me what it is, Kalle is my friend and I know all about it. It would be very appropriate to call it faux caviar):

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The place is quite well patronized. Lots of Swedish nuclear families heading out to their annual vacations to the sunny (but oh so financially inept) half of Europe where they are free from the shackles of their little paradise bubble and can behave without any regards to the accepted norms of (their) society. I just happen to overhear the mother of the family (straight from the Swedish Christian Party’s family template series: blonde mother, tall father, teenage boy and girl) next to yours truly concluding that “this is our first vacation that does not start with beer or whiskey!”. I’m sure the father is already dreaming of ice cold cervezas which cost maybe tenth of what they do in the land of IKEA.

I take a look at the details for my Wideroe flight just to see if there’s anything funky going on - and then it all breaks. My precious Dash -200 has been upgraded to a mundane -300 model!

NO!

I won’t have any of this!

But what can I really do?

Already for a couple of days the flight was not showing any availability, so I was suspecting it might be overbooked (or completely full at least) so it looks like they decided to resolve it by upgrading to a bigger plane. For me this means that the real reason for me taking this trip in the first place is now gone...

But what can I really do but to head to my gate and be annoyed?

I notice my gate being a familiar one - right next to the inbound one. Eventually I trundle there to notice boarding in process and pretty much walk straight onboard.

Hiding, are you:

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Well I shot a photo of this bird when I arrived so from that photo I can see it is SE-RES (a very appropriate registration!) “Rut Viking” - a new entry for my log.

ARN - TOS
SK1491
B737-700 SE-RES “Rut Viking”
Seat 11A
9.07 - 10.52

It is SAS Sweden, so all the flight attendants are women well past their “best before” date. The three rows of Economy Extra are full (see, the rich Norwegians are at it again), economy around 60%. I sure am pretty happy I went for the exit row for a ridiculous amount of legroom:

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Dirty planes - looks like a tiny tree twig to me:

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Metamorphosis - my 717 has somehow degenerated into its ancestor:

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The captain sounds unnaturally cheery when he announces a flight time of 1h40mins and it being around ten degrees, cloudy and rainy up at TOS. Well what did you really expect?

Interestingly the crew announces that “we will perform a safety demonstration in a Scandinavian language” - never heard that one before! Obviously the Scandinavian language in question is Swedish on this flight.

Pushback a few minutes early which is good.

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Take off from 19R which is okay.

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The obligatory Thai 747 shot - this time at a more unusual apron parking position:

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Overcast all the way which is bad.

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Jonas should finally change his tagline as SAS has brought back free service in economy - “coffee, tea or me?”, but since the FAs are the age my both grandmothers had already passed away I decide to have coffee instead. Looks like they have introduced a new cup design - nice but I still like the cup con slogans from Blue1 more (although they could have more variety in them):

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Of course they are taking full advantage of the fact that Norway has not decided to share its petrodollars with us, the poor members of the EU and a duty free round is done. They mostly seem to sell cognac and whiskey, and loads (and loads) of it:

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With no views of the ground for most of it this is a good flight for trying to catch up with my ever growing reading material backlog. This makes the time pass very fast and I’m kinda surprised to hear the engines spooling down after what seems to be no time at all and me catching the first glimpse of Norway (well in all honesty we could still be in Swedish airspace as well):

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Yes, the weather is rubbish:

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At this point I’m getting my hopes up that this is the southern tip of Tromsøya, as that would mean my favorite approach flying around the whole island:

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Unfortunately at this point I realize we are coming from the north instead and landing on the 19:

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Next time I’m at TOS (less than four weeks from now) I should be taking off in one of these tiny buggers:

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Since this is an international flight (yes, Sweden and Norway are two different countries although every single Swede now of course hopes they hadn’t given in so easily a hundred years ago when the Norwegians wanted to go independent) we have to use the stairs instead of a jetway - the international arrivals hall at TOS is ridiculously small and of course doesn’t come with jetways.

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The drizzling rain gets me longing for better weather...

Approaching Oslo Gardermoen Airport

The familiar sight of these three bridges means that we are not in Ljubljana but approaching Gardermoen from the north instead:

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A beautiful evening here, very different than up north:

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Landing on 19R:

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We land just 21 minutes late, which means I have 14 minutes before my flight to CPH will depart. At this point I’m pretty confident I will make it.

Luckily we dock quite near the base of the domestic pier and I’m pretty sure one of these 738s is my flight down to CPH:

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I hurry off the plane and say to the purser “Ready for my 10 minute connection!”.
- “Copenhagen?”
- “Yes.”
- “Gate 32”.
- “Tack!”

Yes, this gate is indeed very near and yes, that second 738 on the photo is indeed parked there so they are waiting for me! Yippee!

Three minutes later I arrive at the gate, only to see this:

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Game over.

You lost.

Go home (trust me, that’s all I’m trying)!

Bugger.

What makes me mad is this:

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Yes, the plane is there and the agent is having a nice chat with his mates onboard. There’s no other agent at the gate who I could ask to reopen the flight. I try the door to the jetway, but obviously it is locked. I try waving to get their attention, but that only manages to make me feel like an idiot.

Here’s a shot of my watch - see, it is not yet the 20.45 departure time:

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Taking a look at the gate computer:

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So it was closed less than two minutes before I got to the gate! Now this is really low from SAS.

And yes, they were well aware that I was coming as you can see here (also notice the relatively light load, so they didn’t leave me out to resolve an overbooking situation as I first suspected):

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And there she goes - the doors are closed and the jetway is retracted. Bye makeree!

At this point I’m fuming. The gate agent comes walking up the jetway, sees my posture and the expression on my face and appears to slow his pace to put off the inevitable confrontation. He takes his sweet time to arrange and close the newspaper rack until finally opening the door.

I’m on him immediately, asking why did he close the flight early.
- “I didn’t close it early.”
- “I was here before 20.45 and it was already closed and the door closed.”
- “I was told to close it.”
(Ahh, the same excuse everybody is always using in these situations - “I was just following orders”).
- “Well, you knew I was coming and was just three gates over so why couldn’t you wait for me!”
- “I was told to close the flight.”
- “Thanks to you I’m now spending a night in this shite country.”
(Yeah, that was bad from me, sorry, but I was really pissed off).

I march off towards the SAS service center. The walk calms me down a little, and since the service agent is another sweet grandmotherly type I can’t be mad at her (I get it - this is the SAS strategy, this is why they employ so many grandmothers - it calms down the passengers!).

After a bit of typing on the computer and a phone call later she says that I have already been rebooked (so they made this decision fully knowing the consequences...) to HEL via CPH the next morning, leaving on the 6.10 flight, but thanks to the time difference I only get to HEL at 10.45, meaning missing the morning of work, bugger.
Only later I realized there was a direct Finnair flight that would’ve gotten me there earlier, should’ve asked for that!
She also hands me a voucher (more like a FIM kind of paper) for the Radisson Blu hotel which is great as it is right opposite the terminal instead of requiring a nasty shuttle bus ride.
I thank her, she apologizes once more and starts telling me how to get out of the sterile area. I say that no need for that, I’ve been here far more times than I can remember to which she laughs.

Walking there I start thinking how this flight started a few hours earlier...

Alta Airport

After clearing security I spend the last of my NOK on another bottle of water and sit down at a table next to a window to watch the action, which there is none. Luckily Avinor nowadays offers one hour of free wifi to its customers, although the process of acquiring a password using your mobile phone is rather cumbersome.

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Eventually I spot the familiar shape and sight of an SAS 737 landing, a bit late but not too bad considering my 35 minute connection time at OSL, or so I thought...

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Hello “Borgny”, We’ve met a couple of times before:

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Looks like a full flight, judging from the stream of passengers leaving the plane. Eventually everyone is gone and five minutes later boarding is called.

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ALF - OSL
SK4545
B737-700 LN-RNN “Borgny Viking”
Seat 2A
18.34 - 20.34

Thanks to status I was able to prebook a seat on row 2, goodish legroom up here:

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As seems to be the norm in Norway this flight is packed to the gills. There’s a large bunch of British men who seem to be nursing their hangover the best possible way: by hitting the bottle again. They are in very high spirits and during the flight do their best to boost SAS Norway’s profits by spending all the disposable income they have on BOB drinks. Good for SAS, bad for them and the rest of us I guess.

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It is already past our departure time and everyone seems to be good to go but nothing happens. Eventually the captain comes on and after the usual introductions spills out the bad news - we are already late (thank you, I’m well aware of this!) thanks to a delayed departure from OSL. But that is not all, there are quite severe ATC restrictions in effect at OSL, and we have been assigned a take off slot at 18.45 or 35 minutes late, which also happens to be exactly my connection time at OSL - this doesn’t sound very good to me!

“These delays are caused by the lack of staff at the Oslo ATC.”.

WHAT?

That must be the world’s lamest excuse and reeks of a union coup.

Why does this always happen in Norway, the Shangri-La of the working man? It’s less than two months before I was almost in trouble at OSL for the security staff striking and now the ATC.

For a while I’m seriously thinking about asking to be let off the plane and hitching a ride on one of those Finnish buses but that wouldn’t help much as I’d still need to get down from Lapland... So instead I read through the inflight mag (I think Scanorama has been going down recently actually).

After standing there for 20 minutes we finally start our engines and proceed to taxi to the end of runway 29.

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Ribbed for her pleasure:

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After reaching the end, turning around and lining up, all set nothing happens. We are perfectly fine to go at 18.50, and at 18.52 the captain announces that “Our slot time is actually between .50 and .55 so in just a couple of minutes we should be taking off.”. Indeed a minute later, 18.53 the engines finally spool up and we shoot to the skies over the beautiful Altafjord.

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Bye, ALF:

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The city of Alta:

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An useless piece of trivia: Alta is the northernmost city in the world with over 10 000 inhabitants.

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The Altaelva canyon, largest one in Scandinavia can be seen on the left:

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Flights down the spine of Scandinavia are always good for some nice views if the weather agrees:

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To calm my uneasy mind I decide to get a beer from the BOB. No FFBOB(TM) as it has been suspended due to copyright issues but I’m sad to see SAS Norway nowadays sells this crappy Hansa - I much preferred the old Ringnes:

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During the flight I figure out that I still have a moderate chance of making my flight as:
1) We should be landing maybe 5 minutes before its SDT.
2) It is quite possible that it will be delayed by the very same ATC issues anyway.
3) It is the last chance for me to get back to HEL tonight, surely SAS will hold it for a bit and provide a direct transfer service instead of spending money on hotel accommodation and food for me.

Already descending, quite different landscape to the one we left behind:

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My uneasy mind starts wandering again...

Tromsø Airport, take 1

The customs guys are looking at me suspiciously as I don’t even loosen my step at the tiny international luggage room where pretty much all the other passengers are waiting for their suitcases probably packed full of food to make it possible for them to afford a longer stay in the most expensive country in Europe. One of them asks me “Don’t you have a bag?” to which I say “No” and speed past them, down the corridor to the arrivals cum departure cum general purpose hall.

What a sight:

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At first I think there had been a major cockup with luggage somewhere and these poor guys are left to sort out the mess here. After taking a sneak peek at a few of the tags on the bags I realize these are actually luggage from the passengers of a cruise ship, mostly tagged to destinations in Germany. Why anyone would come to catch a cruise in this place mostly known for the fact that the weather is crap around 300 days of the year is beyond me - in the extremely unlikely event I’d ever go on a cruise I’d be heading to the Caribbean - run, Hawaii shirts and sunshine, baby - instead of brown cheese, sealskin boots and drizzling rain!

I grab some spendola from one of the well hidden ATMs, use the lavatorial facilities and head outside to the drizzle where I also notice that a) it is very cold and b) there’s this horrible wind that makes it even colder.

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Art - although I’m not sure what this is supposed to represent, it looks like a cross between a jet engine turbine and a sperm to me:

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Well, the key to travel on a budget is to live like the locals. I don’t mean smoking like chimneys and driving big 4x4s, but taking a normal bus this time. There’s of course a special airport bus which is frequent, comfortable and convenient and takes one straight to the doorstep of the most prolific hotels in town. But surprise surprise, it is a bit pricey. So the local alternative is to walk a few hundred meters from the terminal, behind the parking hall where there is a bus stop for local city buses, which cost “just” 29 NOK or the equivalent of 4 hamburgers in a Finnish McDonald’s. On the contrary, in a Norwegian McD they’d laugh right at your face if you’d tried to buy a packet of dip sauce with that amount of money.

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While waiting for the bus I remember another bus ride...

25.7.2012

A flight departing at eight sees me catching a bus shortly before seven. Man how do I hate people like this - the bus has luggage racks for a purpose, folks:

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Helsinki Airport

At T1 around seven, quickly thru the Fast Track security and into the SAS lounge which is very empty - here’s the difference between the Finns and Swedes. The Swedes keep on flying SAS even for their holidays and thus accessing the lounge, we Чухня use the horrible charter carriers instead.

I go easy on the breakfast as I’m not feeling exactly top of the world today, I suspect the pizza I had last night was a bit dodgy.

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The tea seems to help to settle my stomach a bit, props for that!

Eventually I mosey over to gate 15 where OH-BLG “Bulldog” (my nickname for it) is waiting. Seventh flight with her.

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HEL - ARN
KF845
B717 OH-BLG “Sinen Virta/Blue Flow”
Seat 5F
8.00 - 7.50

Inside the plane it is hot and stuffy, looks like the APU is again turned off. Something which happens far too regularly with these 717s, dunno why really. KF doing as bad as ever maybe they are trying to save every little money they can...

Dirty planes - lots of crumbs and dirt down between the seat cushions - my old boss would get a heart attack over this:

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Initially there are five passengers in the four rows of Premium, but after boarding is completed the purser kicks two guys out of row 1 somewhere far back in economy - self upgraders perhaps? Eco is around 85% full with an empty middle seat next to me.

The captain seems to be on steroids this morning as he very happily announces that we just need to finish loading the cargo and luggage and then can leave early. In reality it does not happen, eventually we push back bang on time which still is very good.

Plenty of newspapers going in:

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The runway 04L/22R is back in action having been resurfaced during this summer so it’s another longish taxi before we can take off. The good part is a nice view over the DHL building which I’ve already missed:

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Looks like the airport rail connection has progressed further as well:

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My stomach having settled I brave witty coffee:

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It’s a typical flight on this route - you never go too high, you never have enough time to finish the paper before you already see the Land of Eternal Sunday:

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Bye:

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I thought I was stepping inside the Arlanda terminal from the jetway, but somehow I end up in Tromsø airport instead.

Tromsø Airport, take 2

After catching another bus back from town I quickly make my way through the completely empty security checkpoint and find a nice place to watch the action on the apron.

Upon seeing this I get a slight shock that there might be trouble ahead (if I only knew...) until I realize it is the LKL flight that is delayed, not my ALF one:

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A very interesting visitor to TOS - I think it was flying to Hannover as many of those bags I saw earlier had an AB flight number and were tagged to HAJ:

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Now this was a real surprise - a shame those FIDS do not list charter flights so I have no idea who it was operating for and where it was coming from:

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There sure is a lot of Wideroe here:

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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
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An almost albino (shudder!) Norwegian classic winning the OSL-TOS race:

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SAS coming as a close second:

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The way to board a low cost - make people wait inside the jetway:

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And here’s what I was expecting - the daily flight from LYR. Fellow a.netter makeree is onboard returning from the top of the world and we had agreed on a short meet here if possible:

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Well makeree soon arrives - he’s the third from his flight that made it to reclearing security (boys and girls, remember that this flight does LYR-TOS-OSL and since LYR is considered an international destination there’s an Schengen immigration check here in addition to a full security check to those pax continuing to OSL aboard the same plane). There’s not much time for more than the basic greetings as my flight is showing “Go to gate” but we agree to hook up at the OSL lounge as we are on the same flight to CPH further down the road today (or so I thought...).

The Wideroe gate area of TOS:

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Walking to the plane the last remains of my hope are gone - this is definitely a -300 model and almost an albino (shudder!) at that:

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Wideroe must be the only airline in the world operating all the four models of the Dash-8.

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Oh well, at least I’ve never flown on a WF -300 model so Foxtrot Delta is something new for me.

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TOS - ALF
WF676
Dash-8 300 LN-WFD
Seat 2D
16.37 - 17.05

The young and nice flight attendant has black hair - what is Norway coming to?!

I’ve always liked these four seaters - I remember flying on a Finnair F-27 as a kid and sitting backwards on a place like this:

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I say to the FA that I’ve always wanted to fly backwards.
She says that no can do, balance reasons.
Bugger.
I must look a bit disappointed as she says that I’m free to move there after take off.
I say no thanks, taking off the wrong way is the most fun part!
She smiles, not sure whether I’m crazy or joking.
I’m crazy.
But harmless.

A view to my coveted seats:

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Yes, it’s an exit row:

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No, we’re not in America:

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Somehow I really like this shot I took from the window:

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Like Markus would say: “Good to know”:

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I overhear the ramp agent and the FA discussing the load as “40 + 6” (yes, there are a lot of infants onboard), so indeed a bigger plane was necessary, the -200s have 39 seats.

Our captain announces the flight time as “halv timme”, no English announcement is made.

Doors closed and almost ready to go:

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Even though all the other traffic is using 19 we swim against the current and take off towards the north on 01 instead - yes, the weather is still rubbish:

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Maybe the FA really thinks I’m crazy, at least she doesn’t say anything even though I keep on snapping photos like crazy during take off.

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The view during cruise, not that unexpected really:

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A quick round of BOB is done, starting from the back of the cabin, some people seem to get coffee or beer. Very soon we are on the way down with “10 minutes to landing” announced by the cockpit.

The weather over here is at least dry with those stunning views Norway is so famous for:

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Are we landing on water:

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No:

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Touchdown is on runway 11, a quick 25 minutes after take off.

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Bye:

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Alta Airport

The door from the apron leads right inside the airside area so I could stay here and avoid another security check.

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But I want to take a look outside so walk to the other end of the building and head landside.

Neither the SAS online check nor the kiosks are not very good at handling more than three flights at a time (so these 6-in-a-day itineraries confuse the bejesus out of them) so I don’t actually have a boarding pass for the flights back home. It doesn’t really matter as I’m in Economy Extra and as a Gold I have (window) seat reservations anyway. But still I’d like to have a boarding pass so acquiring that is my next task. Interestingly the two SAS kiosks both have a long queue whereas the single desk with an agent on duty has no one so it is kinda obvious what I do. The jolly guy (who I’m sure is related to a certain Dutch a.netter - the similarity is striking!) does that in a jiffy and even thanks me in Finnish - well we are not too far away from the Finnish border actually!

I decide to take a look outside:

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What do I see here - not one but two Finnish charter buses - I told you we aren’t that far from Finland:

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Had I known what was in store for me I’d probably asked if I could hitch a ride with them...

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LN-WFD still sitting there:

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The Norwegians in addition to us Finns are one of the few nations crazy enough to have embraced the weird sport of ski-jumping. Well the English did try it but I bet Mr. Edwards made a far better career as a (crap) singer than in sports:

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Landside of the airport:

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Soon I head inside and manage to completely forgot about the bottle of water in my backbag which is of course confiscated by the grumpy lady at security. Thanks, it only cost the equivalent of an average week’s salary in Malawi!

Seeing those buses outside got me in a “bussy” mood and my mind starts drifting...

Tromsø

The bus soon arrives and I hop inside. After a trip over the “humpback” or the mountain in the middle of the island the city centre lies in we descent down the other side and in no time at all reach the terminus, smack centre of the main shopping/restaurant area of Tromsø. It of course is raining.

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I kinda like the way this gull is boldly sitting there:

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Not the first time this particular house appears on a trip report:

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Being hungry I am planning to have lunch before hitting the one place I am planning on hitting here. I was thinking of the World’s Nothernmost (a superlative you tend to hear a lot in Tromsø and everywhere in the northern half of Norway) Burger King but somehow I took my bearings wrong and went the wrong way. Oh well, this place was on my TODO list too:

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Ølhallen (yes, literally “Beer hall”) is the oldest pub in Tromsø, owned by the Mack Brewery - yes, you guessed it - which claims the title “World’s Northernmost Brewery”. The opening hours are really curious as it closes already at six (that’s PM, not AM you acidy clubbing generation X folks) which is even worse than the traditional 11 PM closing time of British pubs. Well, maybe their target audience is the idle class folks.

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The menu is short but crap. I ask for a hot dog as these are the key to cheap eating in Norway.

“No, served only from 12.00”.

It is 11.50.

“But I have some nice stew for you right now, would you like that?”.

The menu does not list a price for the stew. The menu mentions it is made out of lamb.

I decide to have it as my options are kinda limited but my stomach limitless. It comes to around 22 EUR with a pint. The good thing about Norway is that you can pay with a credit card pretty much anywhere. Easy for racking up the miles making these sojourns possible in the first place plus potentially making you the next one requiring personal Eurobonds.

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The guy promises to bring the food to me in a jiffy.

I find a table. Next to me an old Norwegian geezer refuses to believe I don’t understand his Norwegian stories so he goes on and on. I nod some, speak some Swedish until eventually realizing that I could be speaking Serbo-Croatian and the guy would still be happy. Looks like he is out there where the buses don’t run.

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Amazingly they have free wifi.

20 minutes of Interweb and half of my pint later still no food. I head to the bar.

“Oh, I completely forgot about you! Just a minute now!”

Whee.

In all fairness it doesn’t take longer than two minutes. But I’m seriously unimpressed here, once again:

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This “stew” consists of a huge glob of mashed potatoes (not very good, they apparently went skimpy with the butter and cream) with some pieces of mystery meat thrown in for good measure. It tastes like canned meat. Mutton it sure as hell ain’t. I’m tempted to go and ask for ketchup to make it somewhat more edible (like a schoolmate of mine once upon a time said - you can eat even dog food provided you have enough ketchup!) but that would probably take another half an hour and cost an arm and leg so I force the food down. The Wasa crackers it comes with aren’t actually half bad at all so I eat all of those too.

Grrrr:

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Well, it’s a brewery so the British connection is kinda obvious, isn’t it:

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Oh, another “World’s Nothernmost” - beer store this time:

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My next objective is right next door which is good as the rain has intensified. This curiously shaped building is called Polaria, a sort of museum cum aquarium cum science center focusing on the nature of these harsh arctic latitudes.

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I planned to visit it years ago when I spent a night here, but it was closed so I’m doing a retry now, and to my delight (but my credit rating’s horror) it is open.

Lucky me, I was there just in time to catch a seal (the animal, not the crap artist) show:

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What a big boy you are:

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But yet so nimble:

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A quick tour of the aquarium part - these are the (in)famous King Crabs, slowly but surely taking over the Norwegian Sea, thanks to the antics of the communists:

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A very cool tunnel underneath the big seal pond - kinda eerie feeling seeing these creatures gliding silently thru the water:

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Sorry, but you must be the ugliest fish in this place:

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If killing animals is more your thing, right next door there’s a curious glass case holding an old seal hunting ship, the Polstjerna (North Star):

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The captain’s quarters:

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This sofa is apparently made out of polar bear hide - and I thought they were all white:

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“Full steam ahead mi boys!”:

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Apparently you don’t really kill the seals with your bare hands:

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An okay experience, especially with the seal show. If that hadn’t been going on I’d felt a bit ripped off, but with the show it was fine. The Polstjerna was interesting too.

I head back into town, my thoughts getting lost in the drizzle.

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Thursday 26.7.2012

The alarm wakes me up far too early for comfort. A quick shower, back into the same clothes I wore yesterday (at least it was cold up there so not too much sweating) and packing up my trash. Check out, walk across to the airport, get horrified at the security lines - yes, this is the end of the main queue:

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Crazy:

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Somehow I doubt that:

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Right after taking the above photo, a blonde, three meters tall and very pretty (maybe mixed Dutch-Norwegian genes?) girl in a security officer’s uniform comes to me, deadly serious and asks to see the photo. I am about to ask is it Stasi, Cheka or the Gestapo she’s from but decide just to ask “Why?” instead. “You can’t take pictures of the security check. It is forbidden.”. This sounds like bollocks to me, we are in Norway, not in Pakistan after all. Well, to make her happy I show her the picture and she says “This is fine, go on.”.

To make myself happy there’s a priority queue for security, which saves me around forty two minutes of queuing time.

A quick sacrifice to the Gods of Duty Free later I head to the lounge for some coffee and nibbles plus the latest issue of Newsweek:

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Jonas will like this picture as he worships The Lounge Life (TM) and the sun shining thru here sure makes it look like The Promised Land:

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I, on the other hand really like this picture:

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Barely ten minutes later the flight status changes to “Go to gate” and that’s exactly what I do. If there’s one silver lining in this storm cloud it is the fact that I’m now booked on a good old MD-82 instead of the boring 738 from last night:

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I assure you we are not related, although I have had the pleasure of enjoying a flight onboard her twice before this morning’s:

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Boarding soon commences, at the gate I’m handed a new boarding pass for row 5 instead of my previous 9, maybe they have shrunk the Economy Extra cabin due to low demand.

OSL - CPH
SK1461
MD-82 LN-RLF “Finn Viking”
Seat 5A
6.10 - 7.19

The good old SAS seats - old, but in good condition, very comfortable and they always remind me of happy times onboard this once great airline:

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Looks like there still are 9 rows of Economy Extra, maybe I got a new seat to keep away from the hoi polloi behind the proverbial curtain:

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Pushback is bang on time, but since take off is from the other side of the airport, 01L we waste some time taxiing there. Good for nice views in the early morning sun though. Red:

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Blue:

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And yellow, aren’t those the colors of the Romanian flag:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Alta_07_2012/Homeward_13.jpg

(This last image obviously dedicated to the world’s only DHLphile AYA333).

Markus’ favorite Gardermoen hotel:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Alta_07_2012/Homeward_14.jpg

Beautiful morning:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Alta_07_2012/Homeward_15.jpg

I doze off right after take off, only to wake up some 15 minutes later finding the familiar SAS cardboard box on the tray table next to my seat - so what’s for breakfast:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Alta_07_2012/Homeward_16.jpg

You can’t see it in this picture but there’s a token leaf of salad underneath the cheese and ham. Warm bread is offered - I decline. Coffee is offered - I gladly accept. Tea is offered - I decline.

Afterwards I crash until short finals to Kastrup’s 04L, I think I remember the captain mentioning something about headwinds thru my sleep.

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This weather radar looks just like a football, they should try to get Adidas or Nike to sponsor it:

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The GL A330 is always such a delight to see here:

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One day I will:

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Bye:

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Copenhagen Kastrup Airport

We dock to the low B gates. Upon disembarking I say to the purser: “Thanks, you were fine for sleeping.”. He smiles and says: “Yes, I noticed that!”, the captain (who as is increasingly becoming the norm with SAS is standing on the cockpit door, also saying farewell to the passengers) looks at me a bit confusedly.

My next flight is conveniently departing right opposite, and with the KF bird already there I do what Jonas would never do and just walk there to wait instead of heading for a lounge visit.

Hello:

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Can’t see the reg here, but as it is in *A colors it is either OH-BLN or BLP. At HEL I saw it was -BLN, so my third flight with her

Boarding is called quite soon.

CPH - HEL
KF622
B717 OH-BLN
Seat 2F
8.08 - 10.32

Two rows of Premium on this morning’s flight, a total of 5 passengers, luckily a whole block of three for me. Economy seems to be mostly full. Oh, and the old cloth seats still on this bird:

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Those gray stripes on the engine of this SAS A319 look like duct tape to me:

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Pushback is two minutes early.

Yes, it still is a very nice livery:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Alta_07_2012/Homeward_27.jpg

More DHL stuff for AYA333 after rotating from 04R:

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Excellent views of the “Bridge to Nowhere” in the morning haze:

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Again I doze off right after passing Malmö, again I wake up a bit later finding the familiar cardboard box on the tray table next to me:

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Find the differences:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Alta_07_2012/Homeward_32.jpg

(The correct answer is: no müsli, more salad and salami slices instead of ham).

As soon as the purser sees I’m awake she rushes to offer me coffee (yes, please!) and warm breadrolls (yes, please!).

And then yet another disaster strikes. I am chewing (pun not intended) through the bread when I hear (well mostly feel) really nasty crushing sound from somewhere in my mouth, followed by short stinging pain in my tooth. I’ve broken enough teeth to know that a visit to the dentist within the next week or so will be inevitable. Drats! Luckily it does not hurt that bad (*), so I finish the breakfast and decide that I’ve slept enough and read thru the new issue of the inflight magazine instead.

“Even Better Travels” - an interesting perspective to the editorial where they tell you that they’ve canceled a significant number of their more useful routes:

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In no time at all I spot the Estonian coast on our right and soon after that we commence our descent for HEL. Excellent views as we fly right over downtown Helsinki towards the eastern suburbs to land on 22L.



User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10463 times:

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Makeree’s office is down there:

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And proceeding towards the ghettoer suburbs of East Helsinki:

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The Vuosaari port, a bit of a white elephant:

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Hello again:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Alta_07_2012/Homeward_39.jpg

Haven’t seen SunExpress before at HEL:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Alta_07_2012/Homeward_40.jpg

My next trip should start with one of these babies:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Alta_07_2012/Homeward_41.jpg

The Final 15 Kilometers

But wait, it still isn’t over! We did land 13 minutes early which was nice but I still need to get to my office to salvage what’s left to salvage of the workday. The next convenient bus is leaving at 10.40, which I of course miss by a minute or so. So it’s a fifteen minute wait for the next one. Which eventually comes, but leaves late because there are tons of people, most of whom are paying cash fares which is slowing things down to no end. Frustration grows. Finally we leave, maybe ten minutes late...

...only to come to a halt 200 meters from the stop. Something wrong with the engine, I gather from the driver’s Estonian phone call to the depot or wherever. I curse my streak of bad luck on this trip, then check the bus schedules with my phone. Hmm, another bus is leaving in two minutes, not the most optimal connection as I had to change to a train but it’ll have to do. So I get up, annoying many people (remember, it was packed) in the process, ask the driver to open the door (not that I’d really need to - thanks to my adventures in Estonia last summer I’m well versed in bus door operations) and powerwalk to the stop where the next bus is just arriving.

Thanks to my swift action we are already speeding past the original bus when the other passengers are released from it, phew. Well, of course I still miss the next train when we eventually get to the station and thanks to it not being the peak commuter hour the next one is again 20 minutes away, frustrating me further. But finally I make it to the office, around noon - almost one and half hours after landing, a real crappy performance for HEL!

Conclusions

Well, on most counts this trip was an epic fail. Not only did I miss my main objective, I also missed my intended flights home and had to spend an uncalled for night at OSL. Oh and I split my tooth as well.

At least I did manage to log a couple of new planes and even a new airport so all was not lost. The good thing was paying Tromsø another visit, the Ølhallen and the Polaria. I was thinking about just camping out at the airport when I saw the weather but luckily I didn’t - otherwise I’d been really disappointed at this trip.

SAS - they did everything they were supposed to do of course as they always do, there was no question that they wouldn’t provide a hotel room and dinner to me as they should, props for that. But a very big minus for how the connection was handled - for the life of me I can’t understand why couldn’t they wait for me at the gate - they knew which flight I was coming on, they knew which gate it was coming to and when it was expected to arrive and that I didn’t have any checked luggage either. So they could’ve easily sent someone over to the gate to make sure I get to my CPH gate as fast as possible (which I of course did) and then gotten me onboard and still managed to depart on time. But no, they decided to close the flight a couple of minutes early and piss me off. Thanks.

I did send them a feedback message about it, asking them to contact me. They claim to answer all complaints within two weeks. Well, it’s been over two weeks now and no response. This is bad. I will soon send it again. I know they will be playing the force majeure card which is all well but I just want to understand why couldn’t they make the small effort of getting me onboard my original flight.

Finally to Norwegian ATC - boo! What kind of behaviour is that? Understaffed my arse.

Disclaimer

You can thank/blame AYA333 for the format of this trip report. When I compared my reports to Tarantino movies he suggested that they should then be written in a non linear and chronological way. So here we go. Once this episode is out on Blu-ray there will be a “Writer’s Cut” version available which restores Ordnung. Thank you.

(*) The tooth started hurting like the devil the next day. I could feel that a whole tooth had neatly split into two halves with my tongue. I struggled one more day but on Saturday I had to go to the dentist, whose first reaction upon taking a look wasn’t exactly very reassuring: ”OUCH!”. She gave me a 50/50 chance of being able to fix it or having to remove the whole tooth. Well luckily she did a very good job and managed to patch it up, so for the time being the damage was limited to the 150 EUR in dentist fees I had to pony up.

BTW this is not the first time I’ve chipped my teeth aboard airplanes, this happened at least once before onboard LH at FRA airport. Luckily I was traveling for work back then and my employer agreed to cover the (modest) charges for that.


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1307 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 10257 times:

Interesting style of report there. Although if I'm honest i prefer the "writer's cut"!

Must admit i wouldn't mind missing a connection if it meant a free night in a hotel and a trip on something less common the next day. Each to their own though i guess.



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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 9991 times:

Hey there FlyingFinn76, nice to finally have you back after your near month long hiatus. Hopefully we'll get to see some more reports coming up in the near days?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
It seemed like the perfect plan - spend some SAS Eurobonus points (20K to be precise, up from the previous 12K as an “Eurobonus turns 20 years” gift to all us loyal flyers)

I must say that for the same price you could've scored one of those El-Cheap'o promo awards to Shanghai, costing you 20K miles and €80 in taxes. Far better value than doing some mundane and boring Scandyhops that we've seen far too much of. What's the difference between Q200 and any Q100 anyway?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
not to mention firm favorites of jonases of this world

Well as strange as it may sound, I have quite a small stomach. So one serving from a buffet is enough to get me full, quite sad actually. Often times I opt for the á la carte options.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Not so good - the filo filled with cream cheese and lax was quite weird:

That sounds really good actually. A combination of my three favourite food items.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Housekeeping has been sloppy - beer caps left by a previous occupant were still lying on top of the minibar:

Maybe you should've sent a complaint to the hotel and received some nice GoldPoints® as a compensation!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I think about consuming everything inside there at SAS’ expense since I was not required to present a credit card at check in, but decide against it,

Well maybe they'll charge the CC you used for the booking, who knows!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I have the weirdest dream. In it I’m at Arlanda:

Ah yes, the Arlanda dreamy scene. We've heard about that before!  Strange it wasn't the Menzies lounge though...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
For what I cannot possibly figure out

Well from what I've heard, they re-coated the wooden floors. But apart from that I'm guessing the lounge will be as filthy as always. They should really put some signs up forbidding people to bring chips to the computers!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I haven’t said it before but here you go - the Business lounge side is crap. It is not a very good lounge.

Well I've said it a thousand times already. All SAS Business Lounges are crap! And the ARN one is even more so. It's dingy, worn down, crap offerings and depressive old furniture. They should really open up that new lounge above the taxfree shops near the SAS Concourse.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
It would be very appropriate to call it faux caviar):

Not even that would justify it. It's fermented egg sacks of cod. Must say that Kalles Kaviar is perhaps one of the most disgusting foods on the planet. Smelling it from a mile away will cause me throw-ups, and having it exposed like that, stinking down the place is simply beyond sanity!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Jonas should finally change his tagline as SAS has brought back free service in economy

Well the free coffee/tea is not really what I call proper service. They still have that awful and overpriced BOB menu, so when that's gone then I'll change my tagline.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
although the process of acquiring a password using your mobile phone is rather cumbersome.

Didn't that result in quite a hefty roaming charge?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
What a sight:

Wow, look at all those expensive Rimowa cases.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
mostly tagged to destinations in Germany.

Oh well, that answers my statement above 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Like Markus would say: “Good to know”:

That seems like a common phrase among the germans. I know another fellow countryman of Markus who uses the same phrase equally often  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Easy for racking up the miles making these sojourns possible in the first place

But your ticket was purchased with EuroBonus points, and you most presumably used your Finnair Plus MasterCard, so it doesn't really ad up to me.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Check out, walk across to the airport, get horrified at the security lines - yes, this is the end of the main queue:

At times like those, Fasttrack is really a gift from God. Was the fasttrack lane equally crowded?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
plus the latest issue of Newsweek:

Hah, nice that you finally decided to ditch that dead boring Economist and go for the slightly more politically incorrect, but oh-so fun Newsweek. They are on the same political spectrum anyway, so surely it wouldn't bother you much  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Jonas will like this picture as he worships The Lounge Life (TM) and the sun shining thru here sure makes it look like The Promised Land:

Alt + ' = ™. Try that next time on your Mac! And yes, lounges are The Promised Land considering the chaotic and overpriced nature of most airport terminals.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
But finally I make it to the office, around noon - almost one and half hours after landing, a real crappy performance for HEL!

How did your boss react to your delay?

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4269 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 9933 times:

Petteri, an interesting read. No kudos for the lay-out style. I had to scroll up and down to find my way from time to time  I like the normal set-up more.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

It seemed like the perfect plan - spend some SAS Eurobonus points (20K to be precise, up from the previous 12K as an “Eurobonus turns 20 years” gift to all us loyal flyers)

Still not bad at all, especially since not much for taxes is asked for.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
catch both Wideroe’s brand new Dash-8 Q200 plane

'Brandnew' it can't be, but new for WF then.  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Rather pissed off I walked out of the Gardermoen terminal and the short skip to the Radisson BLU hotel

With the layout not yet know, I asked myself: why the hell is he pissed off?! Later I found out.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’ve never really figured out why they insist on having these “reception podiums” (or whatever they call them) instead of a proper old fashioned and imposing reception desk but I’m sure it has something to do with being minimalistic, modern and tres chic.

That's called 2012 Petteri. In the Netherlands, you'll find these -not so private- desks at banks where they give you your own sums of cash money and everybody can see it. Admit, I don't like these either.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
After setting a new European (we are just mere amateurs when compared to the Amerikanski though)

Come on... British, Dutch, Russian... they all can behave quite/very badly at buffets. Americans in general are very civilized I think

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Housekeeping has been sloppy - beer caps left by a previous occupant were still lying on top of the minibar:

That's indeed not a good start.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I haven’t said it before but here you go - the Business lounge side is crap. It is not a very good lounge. The offerings are less than generous, especially the liquified ones.

This sounds like Jonas © stuff. I think SK lounge in ARN is pretty ok. You only spend little time in these places in general, some people excluded. And you're excluded too, me thinks.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
from that photo I can see it is SE-RES (a very appropriate registration!) “Rut Viking” - a new entry for my log.

No surprise. It's with SK since April 2012, so "brandnew" too (ex CA)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
It is SAS Sweden, so all the flight attendants are women well past their “best before” date.

No way.. they only get better when they get older. We're talking about FAs and not models for a magazine or dress dolls. Older FA's give better service in general, more experienced with everythings, also the safety part I guess.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Looks like they have introduced a new cup design

Love this design. Much better then Blue1 too   *sorry*

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I try waving to get their atttention, but that only manages to make me feel like an idiot.
Here’s a shot of my watch - see, it is not yet the 20.45 departure time:

In AMS, KLM closes strictly 10 minutes prior STD. STD is departure time. Not the final boarding time. I understand the situation here, and you're SK/Gold as well. From a customer point of view SAS could've waited. But, from operational point of view, I find this very understandable and you were too late. Mixed feelings about this.. personally.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Ribbed for her pleasure:

Grooved runway/taxiway, gives better breaking action during wet runway conditions. It's more save.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Dash-8 300 LN-WFD

Nice catch. I need the -300 still. As well the -100.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Right after taking the above photo, a blonde, three meters tall and very pretty (maybe mixed Dutch-Norwegian genes?)

Ah, you see, Dutch security staff flying out to Norwegian ports now... good luck with them  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Jonas will like this picture as he worships The Lounge Life (TM) and the sun shining thru here sure makes it look like The Promised Land:

:D

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Yes, it still is a very nice livery:

I agree, it's beautiful on a sunny day.

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineParton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9867 times:

Hello Petteri!

Thanks for the story with many great pictures. Interesting adventure around but have to admit I was very confused from time to time when jumping from one city to another, hahaha a unique way writing that´s for sure 

That Radison looks nice but I don´t think I ever been disappointed with them

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
cream cheese and lax was quite weird

It was? Never heard of it but it looks quit good!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Obviously the Scandinavian language in question is Swedish on this flight.

That´s new to me too. Never heard that before

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
age my both grandmothers had already passed

Oh your grandmother must be a lot younger then my then  I agree with Eric here, I prefer older crew, more experience and been to all kind of situations during their working life and I have still never meet a rude, bitter SK F/A during all of my flights with them which wouldn´t be that strange after working with the same thing for many years and been through some rough years with lower salaries and cutting in working hours, co-workers laid off and never know if the company went bankrupt one day and they all loosing their jobs.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The familiar sight of these three bridges means that we are not in Ljubljana but approaching Gardermoen from the north instead:

great photos!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
passengers of a cruise ship, mostly tagged to destinations in Germany.

Saw on TV once when they checked in over 1000 Spanish pax from a cruise at CPH into three 747, what a mess!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Norway has not decided to share its petrodollars with us

Smart people, I wish we did the same  No petrol money here for sure but you know what I mean 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
just” 29 NOK or the equivalent of 4 hamburgers in a Finnish

Hahaha and I think You should have stayed with the Mark instead 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
-300 model

Nice with the -300. I´m so happy that I manage to catch one of VO ones before they retired them. WF is the only -300 operator in Europe now days right?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
glob of mashed potatoes (not very good, they apparently went skimpy

Wonder if it´s what we call Lapskojs? I like that 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
You can’t take pictures of the

Stupid rules:D

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
of enjoying a flight onboard her twice before this morning’s:

Appropriate name for you 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
to my seat - so what’s for breakfast

That looks nice. Remind me of the old days in SK Economy 

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6811 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9771 times:

Interesting report, P. - even though I'd expect an "epic fail" to be much worse.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Looks like someone lost their washing up kit - I’m tempted to take a peek inside in the vain hope that it would contain some deodorant for me but naah, that would be a bit too desperate:

Are your expenses for trips so high that you can't afford a deodorant any more?  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Dirty planes - looks like a tiny tree twig to me:

Quite alarming, I'd say.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
- “Thanks to you I’m now spending a night in this shite country.”
(Yeah, that was bad from me, sorry, but I was really pissed off).

Yes, that was really bad. Considering that you have made some 1000 trips, one would expect you wouldn't react in such a way.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Wideroe must be the only airline in the world operating all the four models of the Dash-8.

Well, I guess you are right.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
And then yet another disaster strikes. I am chewing (pun not intended) through the bread when I hear (well mostly feel) really nasty crushing sound from somewhere in my mouth, followed by short stinging pain in my tooth. I’ve broken enough teeth to know that a visit to the dentist within the next week or so will be inevitable. Drats! Luckily it does not hurt that bad (*), so I finish the breakfast and decide that I’ve slept enough and read thru the new issue of the inflight magazine instead.

Now that's really bad!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
What's the difference between Q200 and any Q100 anyway?

Jonas, other people couldn't care less about lounges or priority boarding.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 9614 times:

Hi FlyingFinn!

Thanks for an interesting and the most confusing report I have ever read. Pictures are nice and too bad you didn't make the Dash 8-200 that ypu had hoped for. Equipment changes happens a lot but very unfortunate for you.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
You can sort of view the apron from the room, although to read any registrations you’d need a telescope or binoculars:

Good to hear you are getting in to spotting! Perhaps you'll be bring a JP Fleets book with everywhere you go like me ?  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
I must say that for the same price you could've scored one of those El-Cheap'o promo awards to Shanghai, costing you 20K miles and €80 in taxes. Far better value than doing some mundane and boring Scandyhops that we've seen far too much of.

I have to agree with LH4116 for once; much better value and interesting country to visit. Lots of new carriers/airports to add to your log as side trips.....

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
In AMS, KLM closes strictly 10 minutes prior STD. STD is departure time. Not the final boarding time. I understand the situation here, and you're SK/Gold as well. From a customer point of view SAS could've waited. But, from operational point of view, I find this very understandable and you were too late.

Same with most US carriers; doors close 10 minutes before so if you arrive later, you miss it even when jet bridge is attached. Adding one more person could delay the flight at that time. Before the door is closed and the jet bridge pulled, the agents still have to look for people that may be missing and possibly tag bags etc.

Hope your next trip goes much more accordingly to plan.

Take Care

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 9593 times:

Hi FF,

nice to see you back in action, a very entertaining read as always. And the story made me think I have scrolled down by accident at first  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Now this was a real surprise - a shame those FIDS do not list charter flights so I have no idea who it was operating for and where it was coming from:

Well luckily you have me as a regular reader to share some insight   It was a football charter for Olimpija Ljubljana, they were playing against Tromso in the UEFA Europa league. The CRJ2 flew directly from LJU and because of the long distance only 32 PAX were allowed on board instead of the usual 48. I was almost on this flight as a guest, but more than 3 hours inside the CRJ2 did not sound that appealing and I'll make a proper visit to TOS and LYR some other time. Great picture btw, nice to see JP so far north.

Blaž



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User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 9589 times:

Hola Petteri!

I was first puzzled when reading your report, I thought you had messed up all the sections of the report, later I figured it was done in purpose and before reading the final lines I thought of tarantino as well, so sometimes North and Southern Europeans seem to have the same references and thoughts  

I enjoyed reading all of it and about your missed connection I thought they were a little bit strict on their schedules, considering where you were coming from and the delay you had suffered due to the 'lack of staff at the OSL ATC', odd if you ask me. The last time I was in a very tight connection was in MUC coming from MXP and not only they waited for me but they had a special car when we landed to take me to my plane, several other passengers with tight connections were as well driven to their gates from the apron. But it was LH, so another story...

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 9273 times:

Hi Petteri!

Glad to see you're back in business, and a nice report just as usual, even though I prefer the ordinary layout!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Well I shot a photo of this bird when I arrived so from that photo I can see it is SE-RES (a very appropriate registration!) “Rut Viking” - a new entry for my log.

Yeah, as someone mentioned it's quite new to SAS also. I've been "lucky" enough to log it thrice already though...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The obligatory Thai 747 shot - this time at a more unusual apron parking position:

Interesting. I wonder if this has anything to do with DY needing the gate space at the non-Schengen part of the B-pier during the morning hours.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Art - although I’m not sure what this is supposed to represent, it looks like a cross between a jet engine turbine and a sperm to me:

I was thinking whale.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
It’s a typical flight on this route - you never go too high, you never have enough time to finish the paper before you already see the Land of Eternal Sunday:

Land of Eternal Sunday!? I thought us Swedes were supposed to be rather efficient (as long as we're not on vacation!)?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

The young and nice flight attendant has black hair - what is Norway coming to?!

On my recent WF flight the FA was a brunette as well.

Martin


User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2430 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 9266 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Taking a look at the gate computer:

Ups, not very professional...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I say to the FA that I’ve always wanted to fly backwards.
She says that no can do, balance reasons.

I am not an expert, but AFAIK row 1 and 2 are in the same compartment on the DASH8 (I might be wrong). Strange...

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 3):
Once this episode is out on Blu-ray there will be a “Writer’s Cut” version available which restores Ordnung.

Oh, please... I prefer Ordnung, must have to do something with my German roots I guess!  


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 688 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8750 times:

Hi P.,

what a thriller report, thanks a lot for that. Also liked the style with the flashbacks here, something different, but for sure interesting. I just had to scroll back to the routemap a couple of times to stay on track   ...

Anyway sorry to read that not everything went smoothly on that trip, fully agree with you that SK could have held the plane a few more minutes for you to make the connection. That was annoying for sure, but at least they provided a hotel and a meal for you so at least on the financial side it didn't cause you too much trouble.

Also some nice pictures from Northern Norway, the weather wasn't perfect it seems, but I think you have to expect this in these latitudes. Still nice to read that you managed to see and do a lot during your short visit. That pub in Tromsø must be quite an experience.

CaptainRed


User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8546 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 8717 times:
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Nice read P, got a bit confused with the layout to begin with but got there in the end  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Housekeeping has been sloppy - beer caps left by a previous occupant were still lying on top of the minibar:

- Poor show, what else did they not clean?........

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I take a look at the details for my Wideroe flight just to see if there’s anything funky going on - and then it all breaks. My precious Dash -200 has been upgraded to a mundane -300 model!

NO!

- Bugger!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I won’t have any of this!

But what can I really do?

- I've had the same feelings twice this year with my failed attempts to get on another A300.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
For me this means that the real reason for me taking this trip in the first place is now gone...

But what can I really do but to head to my gate and be annoyed?

- I feel the pain.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineAYA333 From Finland, joined Aug 2008, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 8652 times:

The DHLphile here says that it's nice to have you back! And a very, hmm, nice and special report!

Unfortunately not everything goes by the book every day. But I think you will survive these small worries! And luckily you were onboard SAS who took good care of you after their mistake.

Alta airport surely was a nice experience when I was there 2 years ago. I especially liked it when a Wideroe Dash arrived and all the passengers left the plane. After that the captain walked to the cafe inside the airport, bought himself a cup of coffee and returned to the plane. This usually doesn't happen at the bigger airports 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 1):
You can thank/blame AYA333 for the format of this trip report.

You're all welcome! Hmm. Maybe I should try to read it again listening to some Tarantino movie soundtrack on the background?

Jani



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 8573 times:

Hi guys, good to see so many comments already online, thank you!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 3):
Must admit i wouldn't mind missing a connection if it meant a free night in a hotel and a trip on something less common the next day. Each to their own though i guess.

Well it depends, for me missing the morning in the office was really bad this time - had it been another day with nothing too important I wouldn't have minded that much and would probably asked to be booked on a later flight so I could enjoy the legendary Norwegian hotel breakfast and have a longer sleep...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Hopefully we'll get to see some more reports coming up in the near days?

Not likely.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
I must say that for the same price you could've scored one of those El-Cheap'o promo awards to Shanghai, costing you 20K miles and €80 in taxes.

Well that promo was years ago and no, I'm pretty certain it isn't coming back in that form. And please, don't call them taxes as taxes they ain't.

And you can't do Shanghai as a daytrip, that was all I had to work with.

And besides I'm flying to China this year for a ridiculously low point amount anyway.

BTW it was actually 22500 points since the return segment was in EE.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Far better value than doing some mundane and boring Scandyhops that we've seen far too much of.

No one's forcing you to read it.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
What's the difference between Q200 and any Q100 anyway?

They are different models so I have to log both.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Maybe you should've sent a complaint to the hotel and received some nice GoldPoints® as a compensation!

I don't have an Radisson FSP account.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
All SAS Business Lounges are crap!

Well no, the HEL one is quite okay. And downstairs at CPH isn't that bad either.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Didn't that result in quite a hefty roaming charge?

Who cares. It's not like I've paid my own phone bills for the last 15 years or so.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
But your ticket was purchased with EuroBonus points, and you most presumably used your Finnair Plus MasterCard, so it doesn't really ad up to me.

Well it was a figure of speech, a metaphor.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
At times like those, Fasttrack is really a gift from God. Was the fasttrack lane equally crowded?

Completely empty.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
Hah, nice that you finally decided to ditch that dead boring Economist and go for the slightly more politically incorrect, but oh-so fun Newsweek. They are on the same political spectrum anyway, so surely it wouldn't bother you much  

They didn't have the Economist on stock.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 4):
How did your boss react to your delay?

How would he know? He sits miles away and was probably on vacation anyway.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
Petteri, an interesting read. No kudos for the lay-out style. I had to scroll up and down to find my way from time to time  I like the normal set-up more.

Wait for the Writer's Cut then  .

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
'Brandnew' it can't be, but new for WF then.  

Interesting, I thought they would be brand new from the factory but apparently not. Interesting history on those two -200s they have, they spent the majority of their life flying for Aramco in the KSA.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
With the layout not yet know, I asked myself: why the hell is he pissed off?! Later I found out.

Building up suspense.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
Come on... British, Dutch, Russian... they all can behave quite/very badly at buffets. Americans in general are very civilized I think

Actually I was mostly referring to the fact that most of the eating competitions (yes, some people regard these as a sport) are American.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
Nice catch. I need the -300 still. As well the -100.

My first flight on a -300 was actually with a Dutch registered bird, how about that?

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 6):
Nice with the -300. I´m so happy that I manage to catch one of VO ones before they retired them. WF is the only -300 operator in Europe now days right?

I've flown with Air Nostrum, Air Southwest, Augsburg Airways and Intersky -300 models.

Out of these at least Intersky is still oeprating them. So there are still some others.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 6):
Wonder if it´s what we call Lapskojs? I like that 

Actually this is exactly what it was!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
Are your expenses for trips so high that you can't afford a deodorant any more?  

Well I was expecting a day trip so didn't kit myself out for an overnight stay. I hate those stupid liquid baggies big time, so if I can do without one I'll damn sure do!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
Yes, that was really bad. Considering that you have made some 1000 trips, one would expect you wouldn't react in such a way.

When tired I get extra grumpy, yes even grumpier than what I usually am. And watching that plane pulling off right there was really a slap in the face so I was very, very angry.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Good to hear you are getting in to spotting! Perhaps you'll be bring a JP Fleets book with everywhere you go like me ?  

No, I'm not into writing down registrations, sorry.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
I have to agree with LH4116 for once; much better value and interesting country to visit. Lots of new carriers/airports to add to your log as side trips.....

I am going to China just before Christmas. Not sure if I'll do any flying around though.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Hope your next trip goes much more accordingly to plan.

Well it depends on your point of view  . The next trip after this one was already a week ago and that was much smoother apart from a small delay caused by alcohol induced vomiting (seriously) but if you think about today the next trip is back to Norway and TOS so that might be a bad omen...

Quoting SloAir (Reply 9):
Well luckily you have me as a regular reader to share some insight   It was a football charter for Olimpija Ljubljana, they were playing against Tromso in the UEFA Europa league.

Thanks Blaz, I was sort of hoping you'd shed some light on this issue!

They play football on that leven in Northern Norway? You always learn new things...

Quoting SloAir (Reply 9):
I was almost on this flight as a guest, but more than 3 hours inside the CRJ2 did not sound that appealing

Wow, that is one really long flight for the small CRJ! But you should've definitely joined, what an surprise it would been seeing you there, in the most unlikely of places  
Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 10):
The last time I was in a very tight connection was in MUC coming from MXP and not only they waited for me but they had a special car when we landed to take me to my plane, several other passengers with tight connections were as well driven to their gates from the apron. But it was LH, so another story...

Yes, MUC is probably the best airport in Europe if not the world for this - LH has a dedicated team there on duty 24/7 who are monitoring late running flights and passengers on those with tight connections and doing whatever needs to be done to get their to their connections as efficiently as possible. If there's one airport I would feel comfortable being late it would be MUC.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 11):
Interesting. I wonder if this has anything to do with DY needing the gate space at the non-Schengen part of the B-pier during the morning hours.

Could very well be, I also saw the Delta 757 parked over at the F pier, a first for me.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 11):
Land of Eternal Sunday!? I thought us Swedes were supposed to be rather efficient (as long as we're not on vacation!)?

Well I was mostly referring to the fact that it's not too long ago when people in Finland were starving and dying of hunger when you guys were eating cream, butter, sugar and Prinsesstårta every day and not just on Sundays  
Quoting debonair (Reply 12):
Taking a look at the gate computer:
Ups, not very professional...

You mean not to lock it?

Quoting debonair (Reply 12):
I am not an expert, but AFAIK row 1 and 2 are in the same compartment on the DASH8 (I might be wrong). Strange...

Yes, they must be. I think she meant something else but didn't really know how to explain it in English. Maybe.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 13):
at least on the financial side it didn't cause you too much trouble.

Well I did miss 4 hours of (billable) work which I had to make up for.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 13):
That pub in Tromsø must be quite an experience.

Yes, in the end it was quite nice, the atmosphere just was from 50 years ago  . I think I'll pay it another visit next weekend.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 15):
Unfortunately not everything goes by the book every day. But I think you will survive these small worries! And luckily you were onboard SAS who took good care of you after their mistake.

Yeah, but then again if you asked which of my trips I'd expect to have some problems this one would've been one of the last ones on the list - things usually work very well in Scandinavia and SAS is after all the world's most punctual airline.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 15):
Alta airport surely was a nice experience when I was there 2 years ago. I especially liked it when a Wideroe Dash arrived and all the passengers left the plane. After that the captain walked to the cafe inside the airport, bought himself a cup of coffee and returned to the plane. This usually doesn't happen at the bigger airports 

Heh. On some German airports (MUC at least) I've also seen the SAS pilots paying a quick visit to the Travel Value and coming back carrying shopping bags full of bottles.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 15):
You're all welcome! Hmm. Maybe I should try to read it again listening to some Tarantino movie soundtrack on the background?

Dick Dale always works magic.


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days ago) and read 8403 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
but if you think about today the next trip is back to Norway and TOS so that might be a bad omen...

So you are going back again to log the missing Dash 8 type ? You are brave and insistent which is good!

The777Man



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days ago) and read 8400 times:

Hi Lars,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
So you are going back again to log the missing Dash 8 type ? You are brave and insistent which is good!

Well yes and no  . I am going back to log a missing Dash 8 type, but not the -200 - the -100 instead. Finally doing the famous WF milk run between TOS & KKN  


User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1361 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8286 times:

Thanks for sharing. Somewhere in the middle I got problems with the chronological order  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Now this was a real surprise - a shame those FIDS do not list charter flights so I have no idea who it was operating for and where it was coming from:

While I can't tell you for sure, there is a german touroperator called "Troll Tours" offering a lot of tours in the Nordic countries. They have charter flights to Evenes and Tromsö. In the past they used now defunct Hamburg International as airline for this. Maybe it has been now replaced by AB?
I was even on one of those flights. Remaining seats were sold as "midsummer specials". Basically you flew from FRA to TOS, arriving there at 1 am or so, then made a 2-3 hour city tour, and flew home, arriving in FRA next morning. It was so strange to drive through the deserted town by highly sunny night. They even opened the funicular for us to get on top of the hill having salmon on bread there. Was very cool!


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1092 posts, RR: 31
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8174 times:

Hi P.

kudos for the syntax decision. Sometimes mixing it up will keep us on our feet. Of course I echo others in preferring the normal version. It did feel more like reading that sort of book that just launches into the story though... so ... novella.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
That sounds exceptionally good to me as buffets,

There is something about Buffets that I can't resist - likely the excess of it all. We had three buffets a day when I was doing the filming and I got fat as. Of course PH has set a very high bar for buffet standards now.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The captain sounds unnaturally cheery when he announces a flight time of 1h40mins and it being around ten degrees, cloudy and rainy up at TOS. Well what did you really expect?

It reminds me of the decidedly theatrical BA announcements when they're heading north to Scotland - queue demure tone of condolence ' I'm afraid the weather is not looking great in Glasgow at the moment'. As night follows day.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Well, maybe their target audience is the idle class folks.

That'll be a student pub then no?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Excellent views of the “Bridge to Nowhere” in the morning haze:

This is amazing! Great views... will you give us a small anecdote about it. Or the official name so I can wiki it?

Anyway... another fun adventure from you Mr Finn! Sure things didn't go to plan but you were very adaptive. I am sure by this stage in the game your colleagues must accept the odd 'missed Monday morning connection'.

Rgds

Luke



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User currently offlineseven3seven From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 318 posts, RR: 23
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7872 times:

Im guessing you scheduled the short connections yourself and then you get all mad when they try to get the next flight out on time or have an atc delay.

No sympathy



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1722 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7732 times:
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Hi FlyingFinn,

Nice to see you gave up partly on your retirement into writing TR’s. Have you contacted a publisher yet for this one, I can get you in touch with one if you like   Nice idea of writing this one in random - well, for me at least - order, I had to check and recheck and check again to follow the plot. Talk about a failing trip, this one definitely has some fails in it. The minor one being the -300 iso the -200 Dash, although for you this will be a major one. The major one is probably SAS - or whoever is responsible - for not letting you on your flight home bound. I’m curious as to how they will respond to that matter - if they ever... And I hope you didn’t split anymore teeth by now?

Well, I had quite some more comments but due to my damn PC bluescreen-ing, they all disappeared and at the moment I’m too damn lazy to ‘quote’ them all again. I’m sorry for that and promise to make them double next TR (if there will be any ))

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User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 3 days ago) and read 6914 times:

Hi FlyingFinn

Just out of curiosity, what on earth were you on when you wrote this report? My head is still spinning trying to figure out what the routing was you actually flew in a chronological order.

One way or anther though, as usual it was a very enjoyable and entertaining read. Political incorrectness has never been more artistic!

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineIdeekay From Switzerland, joined Jun 2012, 210 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6869 times:

Hi FF!

First I thought that you were drunken when reading this TR, lol
Looks like you had much stress and were happy when you turned back to work  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
I am going back to log a missing Dash 8 type

Perhaps Q400? When yes I hope to see a TR, but please in the old style!

- Ideekay


25 Post contains images OA260 : Hey P Great report but was a bit confused at parts but still enjoyed it . Oh I hate that too so annoying , sometimes you just want space . Also I hate
26 palmjet : Hi FF OK, so it was an epic fail - and I could feel the grumpiness coming out in your report - in fact it made me feel grumpy and I was not even trave
27 Post contains links and images FlyingFinn76 : Hi guys, good to see more comments online, thank you! Wow, that sounds amazing! I'd really like to do something like that. Well you have to experiment
28 palmjet : Hey FF Yay for WF milk runs! Say hi to Kirkenes for me (if you're touching down there). If you're going through Batsfjord, also say hi! Have fun.
29 FlyingFinn76 : Hi Palm "the quote mad flying Ozzie" jet, 17.8 KF677 HEL - OSL 17.8 SK4432 OSL - TOS 18.8 WF960 TOS - HFT 18.8 WF960 HFT - BVG 18.8 WF960 BVG - BJF 18
30 Post contains images dc9northwest : Hi there P, I like the Pulp Fiction throwback in this report! It does make a bit harder to comment, though, haha I was really curious as to why you st
31 Post contains images dkdaviator : dkdaviator cheers, hehe, I wonder what they would do if someone opened a shop just a few steps to the north??? Yea, I wouldn't be sure what to think i
32 FLIEGER67 : Hey, P., finally found the time to follow you´re story. Let me say, I´am also a bit with the confused party, different places and non standard order
33 Post contains images signol : Hi FF, I for one enjoyed this new, experimental style of report! Thanks. And the next, in the theme of Monty Python? Bring it on After all, losing a t
34 Post contains images infodesk : Hi FF, Good to see another one of your TRs. It’s always good to try something new, but like many of the others, I too had my difficulties following
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