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Chasing The 717! HEL-RIX-OSL-CPH-OUL-HEL  
User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 9
Posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 8552 times:

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Background

Good things are (almost) always three. So what to do when you notice you have 1) 6 000 SAS EuroBonus points that are soon expiring, 2) a voucher from Estonian Air giving you a 20 % discount for new flight bookings and 3) a desire to fly to Lapland and enjoy the summer there (apart from the mosquitoes, that is)?

The first cheap option I found for my desired dates was to start off by flying HEL-TLL-TRD on Estonian Air for some 60 EUR and onward options on SAS were quite good as well - but days later when I was about to return and complete the transaction OV had removed the Trondheim flight for my desired day (I would get to know this feeling better soon, I tell you). I wasn't amused by this move but soon found HEL-TLL-OSL was available for 55 EUR for my desired Tuesday (I love flying that day as no one else does!) and I soon had a confirmed booking with them. I got in a better mood when I remembered this time I was closer than ever to scoring my first ever ride on a Saab aircraft.

Booking an EuroBonus award trip was a much easier affair - and for 7 200 points and 15 EUR in taxes (have I ever told you I love EuroBonus?) I soon had booked OSL-ARN-OUL on SAS and Blue1. To borrow the expression of a fellow A.netter, I was a happy camper at this stage. Not many days after booking this award trip came the news that the price of intra-Scandinavian EuroBonus bonus trips would rise a bit (my itinerary now would have costed 10 000 points) so I had yet another reason to congratulate myself!

After all I had quite a good-looking itinerary:

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On the way home from Oulu (I decided to settle with a nonstop flight this time...) I had the choice between Norwegian and Blue1 and I guess I don't have to tell you which one I went for! A perfect evening departure on Blue1 (operated by Golden Air) for a 44 EUR youth ticket sounded like good value for money and was booked not much later.

How To Handle A Schedule Change

This is when things started to go wrong as I one day in school got a phone call from Blue1. What seemed like a very frustrated agent explained to me that the ARN-OUL flight on Blue1 was no longer leaving at 16.15 but at 22.30 at night instead. She offered to book me on a later OSL-ARN flight to avoid making my transfer time at Arlanda ridiculously long. I told her I was fine with all of this except for the fact that I was continuing up north with train and that the late night arrival to Oulu would make me miss my train. I also mentioned the magic words about the lack of a Boeing 717 in the itinerary (the Blue1 flight had been downgraded to a Golden Air Saab).

All of a sudden she fully seemed to understand me - she quoted the train schedules to Rovaniemi out of her head and apologized for the change. Without asking she offered me OSL-CPH-OUL instead with a similar schedule as initially planned "and you will get your 717 treat on CPH-OUL, that's a new route by the way!" is what she says. I'm rebooked in a second, the new itinerary lands in my inbox minutes later. Wait, this wasn't a bad thing - my itinerary was actually better now and CPH-OUL is a route I had wanted to try out for a long time already!

How NOT To Handle A Schedule Change

This is when things started to go horribly wrong. One evening when I had nothing better to do than check my upcoming flight bookings for any changes schedule- or aircraftwise and I noticed that Estonian Air had removed one of my flights and rebooked me on an evening flight to Oslo 12 HOURS LATER than originally planned. And they hadn't let me know about it in any way.

After too many minutes of waiting I reach their customer service on the phone where what also seems like a frustrated agent explains to me that "we have informed you about the change". I tell her that nope, that's not the case so she says "well we will let everyone know". Makes sense, perhaps? I tell her that the 12 hours schedule change really doesn't fit my plans and ask what other options are available. "Travel the day before or refund the ticket - take it or leave it" doesn't sound very good to me. I try hard to be sweet and talk the agent into rebooking on SAS or a SAS/Estonian Air combo but she let's me know that "SAS is a EuroBonus partner, nothing more". I decide that she might be having a bad day, thank her (for what?) and call back later.

Unfortunately the male agent on the phone the next day isn't better at all - he interrupts me when I try to ask him something so I feel there's no other thing to do than point out that a refund will do this time. But I do ask his airline to inform me next time they change the schedule by 12 hours. I give him another hint by telling him a thing or two about how Blue1 and SAS handles these things so when he ends the phone call by saying "I see. Goodbye" and hangs up I know I won't be flying their airline anytime soon.

This time Air Baltic was a breeze of fresh air and during one of their special Tuesday sales I secure HEL-RIX-OSL for 44 EUR (whoa, I actually saved some money in this rebooking process!) despite the horrible 05.05 a.m. departure time...

...that soon changed to 04.45 a.m (sounds like a major déja-vu from what happened a couple of months ago: Business, Being And Boeings! HEL-RIX-ARN-OUL-HEL (by 717Flyer Apr 11 2012 in Trip Reports) )

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What really pissed me off is that this notification landed in my inbox about five minutes after purchasing the ticket, which meant BT was aware of the change all the time but refused to sell me a ticket with the correct times! The old 05.05 a.m. departure time changed in their online booking system about two weeks later. I guess it's not a very big deal, but not very impressive either. Having just dealt with Estonian Air I could only give my hats off to BT for letting me know about the change, though.

At least things should work after all these changes:

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Tuesday 24.07.2012

Air Baltic advertises that online check-in will become available at midday for all flights during the next day. This turned out not to be the case as I could happily check in and select my seats already early Sunday evening (more than 12 hours earlier than the advised check-in time says!). This way I secure sequence number 001 for both flights and I must say there is a special feeling to do so (although I know quite a few people to whom seq no 007 sounds much more exciting...)

The only thing that buggers me is that you are unable to change your seat after you've chosen one. OLCI for Blue1 and SAS works like a charm, nothing special about that.

As pointed out already the last time I used the BT early bird no bus (or other form of public transportation) is leaving at this ungoody hour so a taxi it is! My wake up call is set for 02.00 a.m, it wasn’t exactly enjoyable to wake up after only 4 hours of sleep, I must tell you! The 40 EUR fare for the 20-minute drive is quite steep, but hey - we’re in Finland after all!

The taxi driver is quite surprised to learn I’m actually leaving on a flight at this hour (he mumbles something about the drunken passengers always arriving on charter flights to HEL in the horrible early morning hours and the night curphews at HEL).

There definitely is not a living creature to be seen:

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Hmm, this sign really could be updated! Find two airlines that are no more:

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I like this Blue1 ad - it reminds me I’m actually giving myself a bonus on this trip:

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The airport is completely deserted also on the inside, which is of course not a very big surprise. The queue for the sole BT counter is quite long, though. Moments later they open a second one (combined for business class and baggage drop) - no one has the courage to move so I happily proceed there. The female agent assures me my bag should make it all the way to Oslo, but she refuses to print me a proper cardboard boarding pass, even after I insist one would be great for my collection.

But then I see the tag on her shirt and remember she is actually working for Havas ground handling which explains her behavior (Our FlyingFinn can confirm this).

Must-have-a-Blue1-checkin-view-in-a-report. Notice how many passengers are already waiting for checkin to open despite the first KF flight won’t leave for some three hours from now...

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The guys at security control seem more asleep than awake and I’m through in a minute. None of the eateries are open at this hour so I just sit down near our assigned bus gate of 14A.

A look at this beautiful bird makes me all warm and fuzzy inside as I remember I am actually catching a flight on the type later today:

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The same agent that checked me in soon arrives at the gate, boarding starts on time and we are ushered into the bus. We wait for what seems like a very long time when the gate agent steps into the bus and calls out the name of a Russian passenger. After she finds out he is onboard she leaves and we drive off. This leaves me very puzzled - how on earth would they not know if he had boarded or not?? To make things even more weird the bus driver puts some rock’n’roll music on full volume to ensure that everyone is fully awake...

After quite a long drive we pull up in front of YL-BAH, a welcome new entry to my log!

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I decide to wait as many passengers take a mad dash to the plane (pun intended):

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Good morning, home base:

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A ghost plane being towed to its gate:

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Some passengers were in chatting mode and others in sleeping mode already before entering the plane:

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Just to confirm we are boarding the right plane type (the arrow, with compliments from Air Baltic is pointing the direction we will move in, just in case):

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This plane is quite long to be a prop plane:

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The lady wearing the pink shirt is actually the agent I mentioned earlier. In the end she boards our flight as well - she sits down in the empty business class cabin (no other passengers there today) and chat quite a lot with the crew. She doesn’t get any meal or drink service though.

BT330
Air Baltic
HEL - RIX
YL-BAH, Dash 8Q-400
Seat 7A, Economy
04.45 - 05.50 (04.50 - 05.42)


When my father and I reach our seats 7A and 7B we already find a Russian man and what I think is his girlfriend sitting there but as boarding is announced as completed seconds after and 6AB remain open I tell them I can happily sit there instead. Instead of listening to me (phew...) they both get up without saying a word and quickly disappear somewhere in the rear part off the cabin. From this moment they are nowhere to be seen, perhaps they felt obliged to sit where they were supposed to?

Propeller view - takes a while to get used to:

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Leg room is average - notice the flyer apparently pointing out a flight on the Dash is everything you need at this time of the year:

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Our male cabin manager Edgar (every time I hear that name it reminds me of one certain poet...) is wishing us welcome aboard but it seems everyone is too tired to notice anything. The crew on today’s flight is all-male (believe me, I was going to get used to male cabin crew during the day!), flight time is announced as a short 45 minutes and a special welcome is done for BalticMiles members (like me!).

I immediately notice how narrow the cabin is - but most of all the huge gap between two seats (guess it’s good for spying on the person sitting in front of you). The load is around 70 %, impressive for a 4 a.m. flight on a Tuesday!

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Pushback is finally five minutes late and we dash into the skies after a quick taxi to runway 22R.

Passing by some bigger Air Baltic equipment on the way there:

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Already up in the clouds:

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Mmm, clouds:

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I like the light in this shot:

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Our cabin manager asks us soon after take off to “enjoy the Air Baltic hospitality”, which I guess means being proactively offered products (that you need to purchase for your own hard earned cash!). Surprisingly they manage to sell almost every second passenger something from the BOB - nothing for me at such an early hour though.

The menu card features some good-looking hot meals available - but let’s get back to that later, shall we?

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The inflight magazine contains an interesting feature on the new SeatBuddy service BT has introduced! It could be interesting - but not this time as I already had a seatbuddy of my own.  http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/IMG_4371.jpg

Unfortunately our flight happens to have a very silent team in the cockpit as we hear nothing at all from the guys behind the controls. I spend the rest of the flight enjoying the beautiful clouds and follow the movements of quite many flies inside the cabin - they make quite many passengers anxious!

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Soon the crew is already preparing the cabin for landing.

Good morning, Riga:

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This must be the Daugava river:

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Nope, the tower in the distance is not the one made famous by the Eiffel brothers:

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Coming in over a residential area:

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Our landing on runway 18 is quite rough and is followed by applause by some of the Russian passengers seated around us.

Mother Fokkers and biz jets are wishing us welcome to Latvia:

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We park next to Lufthansa:

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Nope, no jetway for us today:

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Deboarding:

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Goodbye:

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Riga Airport

After leaving the plane (Edgar was unfortunately involved in a very lively chat with the gate agent from HEL so no time for him to say goodbye - a bit of a dissappointment for me) and up the stairs to the terminal building my transfer is a straight three-step procedure from the handbook: 1) pay a visit to the toilet, 2) locate your next gate as B10 (a bus gate downstairs, EVERY time I've flown from Riga, my flight has left from this gate, quite interesting actually) and 3) line up for boarding not many minutes later.

Hmm, seems like good news as I'm not flying Ryanair today:

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Another Dash getting attention from some ground staff:

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Downstairs it is quite a madhouse as flights to BRU, VIE, OSL and CPH are all leaving at the very same minute and starting boarding at the same time - specially as the gates for OSL and CPH are only separated by a tiny counter there is some guaranteed confusion in store for the passengers. The gate agents do a good job yelling out what destination is now boarding from what counter and eventually we board a bus and drive off.

We pull up in front of YL-BBK, another new example for my log. This is the first time I've seen a member of the ground staff showing thumbs up for boarding - previously it has always been done by the cabin crew:

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The other half of our trusted plane:

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Almost there:

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BT151
Air Baltic
RIX - OSL
YL-BBK, Boeing 737-300W
Seat 4F, Economy
06.35-07.25 (06.49 - 07.21)


After everyone has taken their seats the load is some 60 % (I later learned from Amadeus the load on this segment was 99 pax, so quite a good estimation). No one is travelling in front of the curtain on this flight though. A slim Norwegian gentleman takes the aisle seat so my father and I feel quite comfortable. Leg room on the first row of economy class is generous:

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Cabin impression:

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After this we wait and wait. And wait. Until a second bus arrives with one single passenger (they obviously had told him they were waiting for him as you could almost see him running to his seat!). Our departure time comes and goes. Then a mechanic delivers a piece of paper and I get the impression we're all ready to go as doors are closed. This is not the case - we wait for another 10 minutes. It is hard to see what is going on - our male purser (again!) Alexandrus sits on the first row of business class, chatting with another cabin crew member and is filling out some paperwork in a very relaxed manner. After the chat he picks up the microphone and does the welcome announcements. At this stage he is definitely in a hurry - I've never heard such a fast welcome announcement and I have a hard time understanding what he says but I do get that our flight time is 1 hour 30 minutes and that this flight is operated together with SAS.

Cabin crew is again all-male except for one quite young female FA. During the safety demo Alexandrus also reads very fast from his piece of paper and Olga has a hard time demonstrating fast enough. When he imitates the sound a of a life west being inflated she starts laughing. Good spirit perhaps, but safety is not something you should be joking about..

We finally push back 14 minutes late without any explanation given. The lack of communication is something I always fail to understand - is it so hard to master the situation by saying a word or two? 

Bye bye, fellow Dash:

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During our taxi we pass by this Concors hangar - I thought they were a now-defunct charter airline but apparently they are still around - I even found a website (still under construction, though):

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I also spot an Iberia Express aircraft for the first time - sorry for the bad picture:

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We line up on runway 36 at 06.55 and start our take off run.

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Nothing at all to be seen:

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When the cabin crew start the BOB service I feel like some kind of breakfast would fit nicely. And so I remember I had actually preordered a hot breakfast for this flight for 8 EUR when booking the flight. When Olga asks me if I'd like to purchase anything I tell her I had preordered a meal (according to the BT inflight magazine one of the perks of ordering online is that you get your meal as the first one - a thing I wanted to take advantage of). She seems surprised tells me "Really? I will go and check soon" and after selling some beer to the Finns sitting on the row behind (seriously - how can you drink a beer at 6 a.m. in the morning?) she goes to find out.

Five minutes later Alexandrus appears in the aisle.
"Mr. 717Flyer?"
"Yes, that's me!"
(hands me my meal together with a cup and disappears).

Efficiency? Full points. Customer contact? Could be better.

The meal is delivered in this colorful box together with my name and seat number written on it:

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The box contains a hot dish consisting of an omelette filled with mushrooms as well as sliced potatoes and mixed vegetables, a slice of dark bread and butter, a croissant filled with jam and a Finnish (yay!) blueberry youghurt. There is no choice of beverage, but a small can of French orange juice is placed on the tray.

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A closer look:

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And desert:

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All in all I must say it was a very nice breakfast, quite nice value for money and everything tasted good. If only you would have got some coffee with it as well it would have been a class act! Anyway I'll be happy to preorder another meal when (/if?) I fly BT the next time.

A while after finishing the meal and I see Alexandrus passing through the aisle I give him the empty box, he says "Okay", takes the box and disappears. Hmm. Soon we also get a very brief announcement from the cockpit: remaining flight time is 45 minutes and weather in Oslo is expected to be a cloudy 15 °C.

Air Baltic definitely has tried everything - now they want you to purchase an apartment while being onboard one of their flights:

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Already starting our approach:

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Hey, this almost looks like Finland to me - the land of forests and lakes:

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Despite the delayed departure our touchdown on runway 19R is ahead of scheduled, quite a smooth landing actually!

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SAS vs. Norwegian, which one do you prefer?

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We park next to this SAS B738 with a very special tail - apparently this lucky guy had the best score in a game they had on Facebook not long ago:

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After a friendly goodbye from the crew I take this shot from the jetway:

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The glass jetways at OSL are quite legendary and as this is my first time at Gardermoen I just have to document them as well:

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Oslo Airport

I have a very clear plan what I want to do during my 4+ hours in Oslo, and that is to check in my bag from my next flights and then take the Flybussen to the city. But there's another thing that had to be sorted out before that - picking up my bag from the belt! I must say I was quite relieved to see my trusted suitcase arriving as one of the first ones on belt 8 - it would have caused me an array of problems if I would have continued flying through CPH and OUL with other airlines without my bag...

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Check-in for my SAS and Blue1 flights are the quickest experience I've ever had - after printing my boarding pass from a kiosk I drop it off at a counter where the agent reads the barcode and nods - I'm ready to go! Seeing that the queues for the Flybussen to the city are quite long and the fares quite steep (who pays 20 EUR for a one way ticket - or fine - I guess in Norway someone does) I soon remember I have another option as I remember I have a lounge voucher in my pocket - but wait, how did I end up with one?

Fellow A.netter Jonas made a trip to Munich earlier this spring and didn't have the best cabin crew experience onboard his return flight on SAS (read his detailed report here: SAS, Lounges & L

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User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 8555 times:

Fellow A.netter Jonas made a trip to Munich earlier this spring and didn't have the best cabin crew experience onboard his return flight on SAS (read his detailed report here: SAS, Lounges & Lovely Bavaria: ARN-CPH-MUC (pics) (by LH4116 May 4 2012 in Trip Reports) ). In the end he got an apology as well as some lounge vouchers as compensation from Europe's most punctual airline - and in early June he wrote me a very nice message, offering me one of those vouchers - permitting a one-time entry to a SAS Business Lounge at ARN, OSL or CPH in connection with a SAS group flight. Jonas is already EBG - but I'm quite far away from becoming one as I love flying around on different airlines no matter about alliance or status - so I really couldn't turn down his offer, could I? Some weeks later the voucher arrived in my mail - once again thanks to Jonas for this kind gesture!  

I must have been quite tired as I completely forgot to take any photos of OSL airport, so I will take this chance to refer you to Deltamartin's report (read it here: Scandinavian Capital Hopping: ARN-OSL-ARN On SAS (by deltamartin Jan 16 2012 in Trip Reports) ) for some nice pictures of Gardermoen as well as the SAS Business Lounge. All the lounges are located upstairs so we head there - and I am greeted by this nice-looking SAS bird:

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The lounge reception is quite crowded but an older female agent soon waves us over.
Agent: "Good morning and welcome to the SAS lounge!"
Me: "Thank you"
Agent: "Could I please see your boarding pass, please?"
Me: "Sure"
Agent: "Excuse me Sir, but you DON'T HAVE lounge access"
Me: "I know we are flying economy today, but I do have this voucher!"
(I hand over the voucher)
Agent: "Okay.. No... this is not valid anymore... oh, it is valid until 2013... well.... I guess it is okay then. But you CAN'T take a guest with you" (she points at my father)
Me: I know that too - but I remember you have a special offer this summer when you can buy access to the business lounge for 27 EUR, right?"
Agent: "I am afraid there is no such offer".

Luckily I have a printout from the SAS website with me to prove the existence of this offer so I give it to her:

Agent: "I am sorry but no"
Another agent: "Let me take a look at the paper! Sure, the offer is available, if you can pay with credit card your father is more than welcome to the SAS Lounge as well"
(the first agent mumbles something while processing the payment)
Me: "Thank you so much and have a great day!" (I have a hard time being friendly anymore...)
Agent: "Thank you"
Other agent: "I am sorry for the hassle, do enjoy your stay. Unfortunately the Business Lounge is closed for cleaning today so you will have to stick to the Star Gold Lounge instead".
Me: "Excuse me, but are you really saying that would be a problem? That's great news!"
(we both start laughing)

The lounge is packed to the brim today (it is quite obvious as the other lounge is closed) but we manage to find a silent corner in the lounge and sit down and enjoy the free WIFI:

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As this is my second lounge visit ever I really don't have much to complain about - there is plenty of breakfast items available in the buffet and two members of the staff are constantly bringing in new food.

Breakfast - thank you Jonas:

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And something sweet to continue with:

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A look at my boarding pass (notice the boarding time is missing for the OSL-CPH flight):

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I use the computers in the lounge to change my seat on the Blue1 flight to an exit row seat, enjoy the reading material available and stock up on food and drinks. This way my four hours are soon over and it is time to head for the gate some 45 minutes ahead of departure.

Upon leaving the guys at reception are all shining like the sun - they wish me a nice day and a nice flight to Copenhagen (whoa - they actually remembered that detail!). As I get to the gate everyone seems to be ready to board the flight (including the gate agent) but it is apparent we are missing something - we get an explanation as our flight deck crew soon comes running to the gate. A few minutes later our cabin crew also arrives - walking, very relaxed - but most of all it is another male-dominated crew, only one female FA on this service...

I can't say if boarding is finally announced on time or not as there was no indicated boarding time but some 20 minutes ahead of scheduled I board my first ever 737-400 flight, it is LN-BRI, named Harald Harfagre that has the honor of flying us today:

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Notice the captain doing some last checks:

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As the captain climbs up the stairs to the jetway after completing his duties I ask him "Did you find anything?". He starts laughing and assures me "I found a lot, those engines are advanced things, but I know how to handle them, after all I'm the captain!". Sure enough and I feel safe being your passenger, I should have said!  

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SK1467
SAS
OSL - CPH
LN-BRI, Boeing 737-400
Seat 20F, Economy
12.20-13.30 (12.21 - 13.27)


Boarding is a very chaotic procedure - they made no attempt at all to board by cabin class or seat rows - so when I finally get to row 20 an older Norwegian gentleman is already sitting on the aisle seat. After I tell him a few words in Swedish he lets me and my father in. I don't feel very welcome either - the two male FAs in the front (one senior and one very young) are busy joking with the captain so no greeting whatsoever...

Leg room is quite tight:

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Ah, nothing beats the wing view on a 737 classic:

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The oldfashioned overhead panels also tells us something about the aircraft's age - after all it is nearly 23 years old having flown for Braathens, Malaysia Airlines and now back in service with SAS.

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A great place for an IFE, perhaps?

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We get a very nice and relaxed welcome by our Norwegian captain. He announces flight time as 55 minutes or maybe 57 minutes depending on the traffic situation in Copenhagen. He promises us nice flying conditions and sunny, + 20 °C weather in Copenhagen. Finally he asks us to sit back, relax and enjoy the flight. So far so good!

The pre-departure checks also takes some time to complete, some overhead bins won't shut and the young male FA does the passenger count three times until he finally gets it right - the second time he does it some older Norwegian pax start joking with him about it - and of course he has to do it again. Safety demo is also quite interesting - they first do it in a "Scandinavian language" (that turns out to be Norwegian, of course) and later they repeat a brief summary in English.
Pushback is still pretty much on time - well this is the world's most punctual airline so it better be so!

No doubt who is the biggest player here:

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Take off is from 19L:

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A gorgeous day for flying:

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At this point I really start feeling sleepy so I'm happy when I remember SAS has introduced free coffee and tea in its flights! The older male FA asks me Really? when I ask for a cup of coffee. I understand I might be a quite young passenger but that still doesn't stop me from drinking coffee and I could happily have done without that comment...

The cup is very cute but the coffee isn't good at all (my father agrees with me on this):

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The load is some 90 %, I'm happy to see SAS making money on these routes where the competition against DY is fierce.

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The crew might be chatting a bit too much with each other instead of focusing on the passengers but anyway they are a hard working bunch: after the drinks + BOB run they even manage to sell some duty free items. After this our first officer announces "landing in 12 minutes" and says goodbye in his own personal way, he also asks us to enjoy the views during approach so that is what I do next!

The Danish coastline:

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Many kilometres of beautiful beaches - one day I'll be there:

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My father suggests this is Bornholm - I think that island is a little bit bigger (and has an airport as well)! http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/IMG_4461.jpg

Eww, nasty:

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I could write a comment about the very nice power source pictured here and how it compares to some other ones but I decide not to:

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And then the signature CPH landing... 4R today

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Touchdown:

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Despite this Embraer looks brilliant in the OV livery I don't feel happy at all - after all I was supposed to fly on that plane today but didn't because of OV's clueless strategy and people - but there is a blue tail in a distance that gets my attention:

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"Summer Spring" had arrived from Tampere moments earlier and is preparing for a flight to HEL:

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Gate arrival is three minutes ahead of scheduled. A last look at the old cloth seats:

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At the door I get another déjà-vu as the crew members are again chatting with each other, but when I interrupt them they do acknowledge me. Looks like SAS still left something to be desired. The female FA in the back of the plane was very nice though.

Bye, Harald:

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And in the jetway I notice my next ride has just arrived (it shouldn't be here for another 20 minutes or so - but Blue1 is performing well as always) and take a look at it:

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Copenhagen Airport

After a quick visit to the toilet I walk about 10 metres to gate B2, right next to where I just arrived and sit down. Talk about an easy transfer experience! I also exchange a few words with a Finnish mother and her youngish daughter we met in OSL - seems like they are doing the same connection as we are!

Everything looks like well and on time:

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Quite a funny incident happens when a Blue1 crew member arrives at the gate with some duty free shopping but finds out the jetway doors are locked. She tries to explain to a SAS FA passing by that "Help! I want back on my plane!" and in the end she gets onboard. Not many minutes later they announce boarding - ahead of printed time, of course.

B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l, notice the special sticker celebrating 15 years of Star Alliance (Blue1 entered only in 2004, though).

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KF342
Blue1
CPH - OUL
OH-BLP, Boeing 717, "Star Twinkle"
Seat 16A, Economy
14.35-17.45 (14.28 - 17.21)


A nice welcome by our female purser at the door (no - she wasn't busy chatting with anyone despite the cockpit door remained open during boarding). It is only now I remember that OH-BLP is one of the three 717s with the new cabin:

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Looks great:

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Cabin crew is all-female today (finally!), all quite young and in a good mood, specially the one guarding the exit rows when I get there - she must be the second cutest girl I've ever seen! As I point out to my father he can't put his backpack under the seat she smiles and says Someone has been studying!, and well, there's not much I can say to that..

Leg room is superb:

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Yep, we are at the right airport:

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I'm already reading the special exit row instructions when the cute FA explains a thing or two about the exit and asks us if we have any questions - I decide not to crack the "Can I open the window if it gets hot in here?" joke this time.  http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/IMG_4490.jpg

The load is very good for a mid-week flight on this new route, around 80 % with many families with children onboard today, the load in Premium is less impressive - row 1 stays empty during the flight.

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Boarding is soon completed, but moments later two late (connecting?) passengers come running down the jetway and are of course accepted on board. The purser has a hard time not laughing when she announces edition two of "boarding completed". In the welcome announcement flight time is announced as a short 1 hour 40 minutes and the crew is introduced as Niina, Minna and Erika. Things get really funny when the purser exlaims that "Two more are still coming, we'll wait!" and sure enough a Finnish couple board the plane not much later. They don't bother announcing boarding completed for the third time and after the safety demonstration (the cute FA keeps looking at me and smiling pretty much during the whole thing...   ) we push back a nice seven minutes early.

Bye, mate:

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Not only is this bird a T-tail but a dedicated plane for the Danish national soccer team:

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Look who's pushing back after us - 10 minutes early, of course:

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On the way to the active we meet this (Jet) time machine - for a while it looked like Blue1 would wetlease quite a few of them this autumn as some 717s are out of operation and getting the new interiors - but with the current schedules it looks like they'll manage without them (unless a 717 goes tech at some stage, that is...):

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And off we go from runway 22R:

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As always, the climb itself is an experience - after flying on 737s in the early morning I couldn't help but smile as we finally got a decent take off angle!

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Hello, Sweden:

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Come morning light
You and I'll be safe and sound
Don't you dare look out your window darling
..

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When the seat belt sign is switched off, the cabin crew starts the show (an appropriate name for the service, I can tell you!). First, they do a round with pillows followed by blankets (free of charge, of course). After this they do a drinks + BOB round and literally everyone buys something so it is quite a slow procedure. The older Norwegian couple seated in the other exit row in front of me ask the cute FA "What do you have?" so in the end she personally presents every single item available for sale on the flight and places it on their tray table. In the end the couple buys stuff for almost 30 EUR so I guess it was worth it... I ask for a cup of coffee (even though I was flying on the 717 I was starting to feel sleepy again after 15 hours on the road) and am dissappointed to learn that they have no sandwhich whatsoever available - only salty "snacks". The cute FA shares my opinion and explains that it is a problem only on the flights that are catered in Copenhagen (all ex-CPH flights except those to Helsinki that is).

In the end she sweet talks me into buying a chocolate bar instead ("But some delicious chocolate would go nicely with the coffee, what do you think?") for 1,50 EUR and without asking she pours me a glass of water as well (perhaps that was a part of the deal?)  http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/IMG_4508.jpg

After this they offer coffee and tea refill twice and do another water run. Finally, they offer EuroBonus enrollment forms to anyone interested. After all of this we're already descending!

Our captain is also in a good mood, he tells us that thanks to our early departure, short taxi time and nice tailwinds we should arrive to Oulu some 20 minutes ahead of scheduled - that is music to my ears as it gives me time to eat some dinner before catching my train.

The colorful inflight magazine (courtesy of the lounge) wins the prize for "Least Boring Magazine Cover Ever":

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Flying over Vaasa:

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The captain is on the speakers once again before landing and explains the weather forecast for Oulu tonight: sunshine, sunshine and more sunshine as well as a comfortable 20 °C temperature. That sounded good to me as well even though you wouldn't believe it when looking out of the window:

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Always when coming into Oulu the approach have taken us over the sea and the island of Hailuoto but this time we come in over land for runway 30 - always good with some variation!

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OUL:

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A nice number of local spotters are documenting our arrival:

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Arrived at the right airport? Check (before reading Nils' report I never used to check that!)

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A last look at these comfy and modern seats:

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A wise man once said that the most difficult things for people to say in 25 words or less is goodbye. That's not really true this time - as I thank the cute FA for a great flight she blinks her eyes and says "Hope to see you soon again!" I'm left quite confused, but one thing is for sure: I'll be back onboard. Soon.

So soon, that I even forget to take a goodbye shot of our beautiful 717. Oh well.

When I am about to step into the arrivals hall my cell phone beeps! Surprisingly it isn't a message from my mother asking whether I've survived the crazy itinerary but instead a text message survey from Blue1: On a scale from 1 to 10, how likely is it that you would recommend Blue1 to a friend based on your flight with us today?. I have no other choice than replying "10; flight was early, great coffee, best service in the airspace. See you soon!". A moment later I get another text message from them that they have published my comment in the Passenger Power section of their website (see here: http://blue1.com/en/fi/About-us/Feedback/Passenger-power/ ).

I think this is a great initiative as these comments from passengers are also shown on screens in the crew base, thus cabin crews arriving from a flight will immediately know how they did... But I guess some passengers might find all these text messages a little bit bothersome (you get one when OLCI becomes available, one ahead of your flight as a reminder and an added one after your flight). I like it, however.

Oulu

In the end our arrival some 25 minutes ahead of scheduled isn't a very good thing as the bus to the city nowadays runs only once an hour. After waiting for too long it pulls up and half an hour later I find myself in front of the locally known restaurant Pannu. Time for a steak (cheap and does the job):

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Finally, no journey is complete without a train ride. After a 20-minute delay the Intercity train pulls up...

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... not that there is many passengers onboard - I actually get my own compartment!

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Bye, Oulu:

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Some impressions from Rovaniemi:

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The famous hotel and restaurant Pohjanhovi, featured in many films - Finnair also used to have an office here:

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So true:

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Interesting weather phenomenon:

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Nope - this is not Amsterdam and yes - Rovaniemi is a very international place:

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User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 8550 times:

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It's hard to describe my weeks in Lapland but one thing is sure: they went fast. The higlight was of course seeing my grandmother and other relatives - but the scenery in Lapland isn't exactly bad either. As we found some old bikes in the basement of the house we decided to do some local sightseeing. And during my two weeks I logged almost 300 kilometres on the bike. Needless to say I saw a lot, I will share a couple of pictures with you even though they don't make any justice of just how beautiful and unique these lakes and villages are.

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And the water in these lakes is clean:

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Miekojärvi in the distance as well as my trusted vehicle:

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A private beach:

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A road to eternity:

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Must-have-a-reindeer-in-a-report:

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As the border isn't far away we also made a visit to Sweden. The Finnish-Swedish border is located on this bridge...

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...right here:

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Heja, Sverige:

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Kattilakoski:

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Hmm, what exactly is this driver planning to do:

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In honor of the Olympic games currently taking place here is the statue of Eero Mäntyranta, probably the most succesful Finnish skier ever.

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And this shot of Palojärvi ends this section of the report - now let us return to flights...

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User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 8550 times:

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My return flight OUL-HEL was booked for Wednesday 8. As the day came closer I also received a very tempting offer from Blue1 in my mailbox.

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Luckily I didn't shell out the money for the upgrade all too soon as a phone call from a close friend of mine was to change my plans. When someone who is soon leaving for a year as an exchange student on the other side of the globe (Taiwan to be precise) asks you if you could spend her last days in Finland with her - that's an offer I could not refuse. This meant flying home Monday evening by latest. All flight options were horribly expensive (no wonder as I wanted to book a ticket a mere 48 hours ahead of departure) ... until I remembered to check Blue1 for youth tickets and once again they rescued me with a 53 EUR ticket. I also submitted an upgrade request to Blue1 Premium for the cheapest advertised rate of 25 EUR and the upgrade cleared within two hours of submitting it.

Finally, I called Blue1 to cancel my booking for Wednesday. Not that I would get any money back but they were thankful that I let them know and wished me a nice trip home (albeit earlier than originally planned).

Monday 06.08.2012

As my father was to stay in Lapland for another two weeks before flying home on Norwegian he is kind enough to drive me to Oulu and drop me off for my flight. Some impressions of the terminal building and airport surroundings:

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The Tower:

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Inside I use a kiosk to print out my boarding pass as I didn't have any printer available at my grandmother's house.

Seat 18A at is, well known to quite a few A.netters:

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Why thank you:

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After this I give my father a hug, say hi and proceed to security control. My father makes the stupid mistake of taking a picture when I'm going through security - he immediately gets yelled at "DO YOU REALLY THINK IT'S ALLOWED TO TAKE PHOTOS THIS WAY?" and I'm sure he gets it, eventually. But they could have told him in a much more human way..  

The one that isn't my preferred choice is leaving to HEL about an hour ahead of my flight:

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My flight is leaving from gate 11 - a cozy area downstairs:

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The inbound arrives some ten minutes ahead of scheduled and this must be one of the fastest turnarounds I've ever seen. Boarding is called pretty much one minute after the last passenger has left the plane - and even better - we get to walk to the plane!

Hi ATR - I'm on my way (notice the couple in the background also taking photos):

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Under the wing, you know  http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/IMG_4803.jpg

What really saves my day is that it is SE-MDH, one of two ATRs currently flying from Blue1 and the one that is new to my log!

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You can see me (or actually more like my shadow) on this shot:

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KF706
Blue1 operated by Golden Air
OUL - HEL
SE-MDH, ATR 72
Seat 18A, Blue1 Premium
20.00-21.20 (19.45 - 20.59)


This flights starts with a nice and relaxed welcome from the FA in the back (she later turned out to be Lotta   ). Upon stepping onboard I comment "I hope you don't mind me taking photos!" so when she asks me if I'm an aircraft enthusiast and tells me "We get them quite often! And I'm used to dealing with them!" I get a feeling this is going to be a great flight.

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As standard on these Golden Air flights they announce the passenger count - 30 on tonight's flight - which means a load factor of some 40 %. There's also some hassle with the class divider: at first (and also according to online check in) rows 13-19 are Premium class but as there's only one passenger there (did somebody say my name?   ) they move it in front of row 18 in order to let people spread out more freely. The passengers don't seem to get this nice touch as quite a few pax actually try to sit down in the premium cabin anyway. The FAs are however proactive and are quick to move anyone trying to enter my private premium class...

Cabin view:

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Leg room is a bit on the tight side but with the whole row for myself I still can't complain:

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Contents of the seat pocket:

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Flight time is announced as a lenthy 1 hour 20 minutes. Pushback is still 15 minutes early at 19.45, unfortunately we start moving forward instead of pushing back the way that can only be done on the ATR.

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Take off is from runway 30 and as usual the views are quite enjoyable and we get a nice overview of OUL airport as well.

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Rotate:

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A sharp turn to the left:

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OUL as seen from above:

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Soon after the seatbelt sign is switched off the service starts - free coffee in economy but free coffee and more in Premium, and I'm handed this mysterious box:

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/IMG_4831.jpg

Unveiled:

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/IMG_4825.jpg

Tortellini and salad in a very tasty sauce:

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/IMG_4826.jpg

Aside from the cheese everything on the plate is delicious and the drink service is working as well - despite only asking for a cup of coffee I end up with a bit more than that:

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/IMG_4828.jpg

I like the views available from this restaurant:

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/IMG_4829.jpg

The only proper way to end any meal:

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/IMG_4830.jpg

So, in addition to the beautiful views, the nice meal and drinks offered without asking, what else could I ask for? Perhaps some company? Somehow one of the FAs and I start a discussion about our arrival time and this way we end up talking about my hobby, her work as well as future travel plans. Lotta tells me about her three years as flight attendant and her career that started on the charter airline TUIfly Nordic, I am surprised to hear she is flying the exact same two roundtrips to Oulu four days a row, we discuss the loads and compare the ATR to the 717 - we compare Blue1 to Norwegian as well. I end up telling her about the trip reports I write as well and as she seems interested I write down the address to Airliners.net as well as my username here on a piece of paper and give it to her. I also encourage her to sign up on the site and she promises to take a look at it - so, Lotta, if you happen to be reading this (no matter if as a registered member or a guest) - once again thanks for a great flight and keep up the good work!  

After this really interesting and enjoyable chat we're already descending and the captain gives us a very detailed weather forecast - the temperature in Helsinki is 18 °C with winds from the southeast with thunderstorms possible later tonight. Finally he thanks us for flying with him and his crew today - and well - I had a good time onboard his flight, that's all I can say!

Landing in 10 minutes:

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/IMG_4834.jpg


No, these are not jetways - more like truckways:

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/IMG_4840.jpg

Landing is on runway 4L after 1h15min of flight time. And it is quite a bumpy landing, I must tell you!

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/IMG_4841.jpg

Not my preferred ATR carrier:

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/IMG_4845.jpg

Both Lotta and I try hard to get Elina (the other FA) to pose in front of my cabin view picture, but no such luck:

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/IMG_4848.jpg

Bye bye Lotta, Elina and SE-MDH - and thank you for what most probably was the best flight I've had this year (well, Oman Air comes as a close second!):

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/B717Flyer/IMG_4849.jpg

And the perfect closing picture for this report is what I read in the arrivals hall:

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Conclusions

First of all I must point out this really was quite an exhausting journey - all the hassle in form of the rebookings gave me a headache or two and the ridiculously long travel time (some 20 hours from my house to my relative's place) really made me wonder if I had put together this itinerary without being forced to do it. But when I look at it now it really was a lot of fun!

Air Baltic did the job - quite a lot better than last time - and transferring at Riga was a pleasure as always. Still, there was no "wow-factor" - nothing that would make me pick their airline ahead of the many other ones that also offer convenient connections to and from Finland.

My flight on SAS was quite a standard one as well - but the relaxed Norwegian cockpit crew certainly was an advantage and Europe's most punctual airline did just fine.

BT was good, SK was better and KF was... the best. When someone asks me why I like Blue1 so much it is because they offer flights like the ones I had on this trip. On time (or early) flights, great coffee, lovely crews - and the 717 of course. There's nothing I'd change (but a free sandwich would still be nice!). Or actually, Golden Air was the best - but I still count that as a part of the Blue1 brand. The flight home in Premium class was perfect in every way - professional but relaxed service and some very nice related aviation talk - thanks Lotta!

And if anyone from Estonian Air happens to be reading this - I'm still waiting for those monies to pop up on my bank account! My only flight on their airline (BRU-TLL in June) left a sour taste in my mouth and their way of handling the schedule change this time was unacceptable in every way. I really hoped I could avoid a "black list" of airlines I won't step on board but OV will be the first entry. Unless I get the monies along with some free upgrades (and some delicious Kalev choccies from their country as well) very soon.

Thank you for reading this far and please feel free to write a comment.

Happy flying!
717Flyer   


User currently offlineAYA333 From Finland, joined Aug 2008, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 8350 times:

Nice report again, Mr 717 Flyer! Great to have you back!

Hmm, Estonian Air has treated me well on my 7 flights this year. And hopefully will do so on the upcoming 10 flights as well. But yes, I had a similar experience when they didn't inform me that my flighs TLL-TBS-TLL were cancelled. (Luckily there are fellow a.netters). But they handled my request to be switched on a flight almost a month a earlier professionally and I am still able to be fly to Tbilisi 

Gardermoen is a great airport, although of course everything is super expensive! And I am glad that you had a possibility for a lounge visit!

Oh dear, those Blue1 / Golden Air ATRs have a crappy legroom! I have managed to fly on them only once ARN-HEL but in December I will have to fly them again HEL-ARN.

Hopefully we can enjoy more of your reports soon 

Jani



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day ago) and read 8211 times:

Hey R!

Nice and detailed report, just as usual, great to read about your flights all around the Nordic countries!
Glad to hear your beloved KF treated you well as usual, and that neither SK or BT disappointed.  
Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
After quite a long drive we pull up in front of YL-BAH, a welcome new entry to my log!

I hope I won't meet it on any of my BT flights this Tuesday, I have two flights logged on that bird!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):

Nope, the tower in the distance is not the one made famous by the Eiffel brothers:

But it is the highest free standing structure in EU if I'm not mistaken.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):

SAS vs. Norwegian, which one do you prefer?

SAS, any day. And with that said, I have had some nice experiences on DY as well, and I'm sure I will have more to come too, even though there's no flight booked with them as of right now.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
I must have been quite tired as I completely forgot to take any photos of OSL airport, so I will take this chance to refer you to Deltamartin's report (read it here: Scandinavian Capital Hopping: ARN-OSL-ARN On SAS (by deltamartin Jan 16 2012 in Trip Reports) ) for some nice pictures of Gardermoen as well as the SAS Business Lounge.

Thanks for the reference and the kind words about my photos!  
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
20 minutes ahead of scheduled I board my first ever 737-400 flight, it is LN-BRI, named Harald Harfagre that has the honor of flying us today:

Glad to hear you logged the 734, SAS only has three of them nowadays I think.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
In the end she sweet talks me into buying a chocolate bar instead

Nice that you got a Swedish chocolate bar.   In fact, the Marabou factory is only a few km's from where I grew up.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Not my preferred ATR carrier:

The only airline I have flown any ATR with, though!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
And if anyone from Estonian Air happens to be reading this - I'm still waiting for those monies to pop up on my bank account! My only flight on their airline (BRU-TLL in June) left a sour taste in my mouth and their way of handling the schedule change this time was unacceptable in every way. I really hoped I could avoid a "black list" of airlines I won't step on board but OV will be the first entry. Unless I get the monies along with some free upgrades (and some delicious Kalev choccies from their country as well) very soon.

Sad to hear about your bad experience with OV, I have never had any issues with them yet luckily, and I have enjoyed my flights with them.

Martin


User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2468 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day ago) and read 8199 times:

Great TR, however I have the strange feeling that I have read this TR before...

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
We wait for what seems like a very long time when the gate agent steps into the bus and calls out the name of a Russian passenger. After she finds out he is onboard she leaves and we drive off. This leaves me very puzzled - how on earth would they not know if he had boarded or not??

Headcount by the Crew and/or seat check by the ramp agent!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 3):
Finally, I called Blue1 to cancel my booking for Wednesday. Not that I would get any money back

Airlines do have to refund tax and surcharges on unused tickets - but quite a lot airlines are charging refund fees (twice as high as the refund itself!). Next time ask politely for a refund, not before one day after the planned flight.  


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6671 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 14 hours ago) and read 8025 times:

Hi Rasmus !

Nice report with nice pictures !

Very complicated way to get Rovaniemi ! Flights look okay and nice that you got a great upgrade offer for the return.

Legroom on the ATR looks very poor but hopefully the meal and the conversation with Lotta compensated for that.

Looking forward to you next report!

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6937 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 9 hours ago) and read 7904 times:

Hi 717Flyer,

nice report with good pictures - I particularly enjoyed the landscape pictures.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Booking an EuroBonus award trip was a much easier affair - and for 7 200 points and 15 EUR in taxes (have I ever told you I love EuroBonus?)

How's EuroBonus for J Class long-haul flights? Wouldn't make it sense to collect miles for those?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):

All of a sudden she fully seemed to understand me - she quoted the train schedules to Rovaniemi out of her head and apologized for the change. Without asking she offered me OSL-CPH-OUL instead with a similar schedule as initially planned "and you will get your 717 treat on CPH-OUL, that's a new route by the way!" is what she says. I'm rebooked in a second, the new itinerary lands in my inbox minutes later. Wait, this wasn't a bad thing - my itinerary was actually better now and CPH-OUL is a route I had wanted to try out for a long time already!

Nice!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
This is when things started to go horribly wrong. One evening when I had nothing better to do than check my upcoming flight bookings for any changes schedule- or aircraftwise and I noticed that Estonian Air had removed one of my flights and rebooked me on an evening flight to Oslo 12 HOURS LATER than originally planned. And they hadn't let me know about it in any way.

Wow, that's bad!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
This time Air Baltic was a breeze of fresh air and during one of their special Tuesday sales I secure HEL-RIX-OSL for 44 EUR (whoa, I actually saved some money in this rebooking process!) despite the horrible 05.05 a.m. departure time...

...that soon changed to 04.45 a.m (sounds like a major déja-vu from what happened a couple of months ago:

Horrible departure time became even worse...

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
What really pissed me off is that this notification landed in my inbox about five minutes after purchasing the ticket, which meant BT was aware of the change all the time but refused to sell me a ticket with the correct times!

Very cheap!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
I also spot an Iberia Express aircraft for the first time - sorry for the bad picture:

No worries - there's nothing positive about that almost all-white LCC-style plane...  

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
All in all I must say it was a very nice breakfast, quite nice value for money and everything tasted good. If only you would have got some coffee with it as well it would have been a class act! Anyway I'll be happy to preorder another meal when (/if?) I fly BT the next time.

That breakfast doesn't look bad at all.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
SAS vs. Norwegian, which one do you prefer?

None...

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
The lounge reception is quite crowded but an older female agent soon waves us over.
Agent: "Good morning and welcome to the SAS lounge!"
Me: "Thank you"
Agent: "Could I please see your boarding pass, please?"
Me: "Sure"
Agent: "Excuse me Sir, but you DON'T HAVE lounge access"
Me: "I know we are flying economy today, but I do have this voucher!"
(I hand over the voucher)
Agent: "Okay.. No... this is not valid anymore... oh, it is valid until 2013... well.... I guess it is okay then. But you CAN'T take a guest with you" (she points at my father)
Me: I know that too - but I remember you have a special offer this summer when you can buy access to the business lounge for 27 EUR, right?"
Agent: "I am afraid there is no such offer".

Luckily I have a printout from the SAS website with me to prove the existence of this offer so I give it to her:

Agent: "I am sorry but no"
Another agent: "Let me take a look at the paper! Sure, the offer is available, if you can pay with credit card your father is more than welcome to the SAS Lounge as well"
(the first agent mumbles something while processing the payment)
Me: "Thank you so much and have a great day!" (I have a hard time being friendly anymore...)
Agent: "Thank you"
Other agent: "I am sorry for the hassle, do enjoy your stay. Unfortunately the Business Lounge is closed for cleaning today so you will have to stick to the Star Gold Lounge instead".
Me: "Excuse me, but are you really saying that would be a problem? That's great news!"
(we both start laughing)

Haha, nice conversations!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
I could write a comment about the very nice power source pictured here and how it compares to some other ones but I decide not to:

But you already did so...and I won't elaborate.  



PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1030 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7636 times:

Nice report as usual! Very detailed, I enjoyed reading it!

User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1788 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 7519 times:

Hi 717Flyer,

Thanks for this long and nice TR, it has been a while since your last post. A nice circuituous route and coming back the direct way, that’s true to the a.netter’s style. It seems OV is losing quite some credit here and there with all their schedule adaptations and situations that come out of it. Luckily there are still the ‘brand that can be trusted’ and BT to the rescue  

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Good things are (almost) always three.

Oh yes, I know: All Good Things Are 3: SAS On BRU-OSL-CPH-BRU (by sultanils Apr 13 2011 in Trip Reports)

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
my itinerary was actually better now and CPH-OUL is a route I had wanted to try out for a long time already!

Blue1 saves the day, I guess you didn’t expect anything else 

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
despite the horrible 05.05 a.m. departure time...

The middle of the night Dash. You’re a brave man, again...

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Notice how many passengers are already waiting for checkin to open despite the first KF flight won’t leave for some three hours from now...

My guess they are a.netters wanting desperately to secure a window seat?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
and is followed by applause by some of the Russian passengers seated around us.

Boo!! Do these applauding people still exist? I thought only on charter flights?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
We finally push back 14 minutes late without any explanation given.

Now 14 minutes is not that bad and with the panning of the schedules, you did arrive on time?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
apparently this lucky guy had the best score in a game they had on Facebook not long ago

And now his profile pic is on a SAS plane’s tail for the whole of Europe to see? Cool and weird at the same time.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
It is only now I remember that OH-BLP is one of the three 717s with the new cabin

Great that you could fly this one then.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Check (before reading Nils' report I never used to check that!)

I’m glad I could be of some use to you  

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
What really saves my day is that it is SE-MDH, one of two ATRs currently flying from Blue1 and the one that is new to my log!

Excellent. Still it’s a weird combo: Blue1 and ATR (Golden Air, I know I know...)

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
As standard on these Golden Air flights they announce the passenger count

Good for you as it saves you from doing the head count  

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7276 times:

Hi 717flyer!

Great report, thanks for sharing.
The Airbaltic meal does look good, seems like it is worth the extras.
I still have my opinion about the seats of Blue1. The old ones just looked much better.
Lapland looks great as well.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1466 posts, RR: 33
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7231 times:

Hi Rasmus,

Where’s the muffin? Did you hide it under the invisible cloak that you seemed to be wearing for half the trip? (Well, what other explanation is there for some of the flight crews just ignoring you?!).

Joking apart, good to read another one of your reports and thanks for all those lovely photos of Lapland. The scenery is really beautiful & those long summer evenings must be great (mosquitoes excluded).

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
All of a sudden she fully seemed to understand me - she quoted the train schedules to Rovaniemi out of her head and apologized for the change. Without asking she offered me OSL-CPH-OUL instead with a similar schedule as initially planned "and you will get your 717 treat on CPH-OUL, that's a new route by the way!" is what she says

How differently the various airlines dealt with your schedule changes. I’m disappointed that Estonian Air were so awkward, don’t they realise that they will lose customers this way? Blue 1, however, seemed to, once again, really go out of their way to accommodate you.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
The 40 EUR fare for the 20-minute drive is quite steep, but hey - we’re in Finland after all!

That says something when you get 2 flights on BT for the same price as that taxi ride!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Some passengers were in chatting mode and others in sleeping mode already before entering the plane:

Haha, that guy looks like he’s fallen asleep on his feet.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Hmm, seems like good news as I'm not flying Ryanair today:

What exactly is all that about? Do all other passengers have the fee included in their ticket?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
The meal is delivered in this colorful box together with my name and seat number written on it:

Nice presentation and a rather generous contents. Looks like it was worth ordering. Although I’m not sure about them writing your christian name on the box, surely the seat number would do? (A bit too American for me)

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Luckily I have a printout from the SAS website with me to prove the existence of this offer so I give it to her:

Worw, that was lucky indeed, or else it would have been a long argument!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
First, they do a round with pillows followed by blankets (free of charge, of course).

Seriously, blankets & pillows on a flight of that length? Do they always do that?

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Surprisingly it isn't a message from my mother asking whether I've survived the crazy itinerary but instead a text message survey from Blue1: On a scale from 1 to 10, how likely is it that you would recommend Blue1 to a friend based on your flight with us today?.

Innovative indeed. And nice that your comments got posted straight away.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Must-have-a-reindeer-in-a-report:

Thank you, you've made my day!

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Upon stepping onboard I comment "I hope you don't mind me taking photos!" so when she asks me if I'm an aircraft enthusiast and tells me "We get them quite often! And I'm used to dealing with them!" I get a feeling this is going to be a great flight.

Now, now, I wonder which fellow a.netters have flown with her then?!

Thanks again for posting & happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1715 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6967 times:

Hey 717Flyer, nice report!

Seems like you had some good flights hopping around Scandinavia

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
(have I ever told you I love EuroBonus?)

Well I must agree with you that it's a pretty good programme, especially with the 100% earnings in all classes.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
The meal is delivered in this colorful box together with my name and seat number written on it:

For €8 the food looks like pretty good value to me, much better than those overpriced salad boxes on SAS, which sell for over €10 or even more.

Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
Air Baltic definitely has tried everything - now they want you to purchase an apartment while being onboard one of their flights:

Hmm, so the car thing was such a success that they chose to up it a notch to real estate?  
Quoting 717Flyer (Thread starter):
We park next to this SAS B738 with a very special tail - apparently this lucky guy had the best score in a game they had on Facebook not long ago:

That tail looks very bad and tasteless, no offense to the winner guy. Just looks too much like Norwegian...

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
Some weeks later the voucher arrived in my mail - once again thanks to Jonas for this kind gesture!

Hehe, well I'm glad to be at help. Nice that you managed to enjoy the lounge!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
The lounge reception is quite crowded but an older female agent soon waves us over.

Oh my, what a bad agent. Seems like she's literally pulling every trick for denying you into the lounge. Did she have a bad day or something, or was that perhaps her way of mood after battling too many people trying to enter the lounge without access?

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
Breakfast - thank you Jonas:

Brekkie looks quite good actually, was the bread freshly baked? Also nice to see them have proper yoghurt for breakfast, something that they don't have in the ARN lounge.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 1):
A great place for an IFE, perhaps?

Or maybe place for an advert. Plane did after all belong to Braathens.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 3):
Tortellini and salad in a very tasty sauce:

Must say that the food looked surprisingly taste, an improvement over what they used to serve before e.g those sandwiches. How many EB points did you earn?

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 427 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6054 times:

Hi Rasmus !
"I must I must I must" is my mantra lately to put same words on 717 report ... and finally in 1 am I am writing this ... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz heheh
what to say to young man who writes so fine and in every moment I truly enjoy ... except thanks  
Lapland photos are beautiful and I'm glad that you have opportunity to stay in such a beautiful region ... zzzzzzzz ... yes thanks for not putting a photo of yours granny famous Bambi stew hehheh Suryo appreciated too hhehehe
zzzzzzzzzzzz and you are lucky to have a truly A.net father of the year ... thanks for 717 and muffin with milk zzzzzzzz ...WHAT ? NO MUFFIN ? AGAIN ? ... HIHIHIHHI ...stipica   zzzzzzzzzzzz



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