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LOT Embraer E-175, ARN–WAW In Economy (pics)  
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 11526 times:

Hello and welcome to my 10th report of the year. This time covering my short summer-end tripette to Warsaw with LOT.


Background




Cheap legacy fares, what’s not to love about them? Enjoying the perks of a legacy airline, while paying the equivalent fare of a LCC is simply an unbeatable combo. So in the spring of 2012, I set out to find just that. Focusing my search criteria mainly to Star Alliance™, I soon came over a very reasonable ARN-WAW-ARN fare on LOT Polish Airlines. At just €85 it was a no-brainer at all means, and for some extra icing on the cake the outbound segment was to be operated by the seemingly rare Embraer E-175 Regional Jet. The return segment would be operated with the smaller E-170. Both types are new additions to my log.


Booking & Preparation



Finding the fare at dates with suitable departure times did prove to be quite difficult, but after nearly a week of searching I was finally able to find dates with a morning departure from Arlanda, and an evening return from Warsaw. In order to cut an additional €10 off the fare, booking was done through an online travel agency, using bank transfer as the method of payment.

Having a stash of Club Carlson® GoldPoints® accumulated from the previous month’s stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel Lisboa, I figured I’d burn some of them on an award night. As luck would have it, a room at the 4-star Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel was available for just 14 000 GoldPoints® thanks to the 50% Award Discount promotion.



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 11588 times:

Visby, Gotland




The summer is as they say inevitably short. My near three month holiday has almost passed by in a blur, and during my second last week of holiday I found myself in the historic town of Visby on the island of Gotland. My sister who lives here needed a helping hand in moving her stuff into her apartment as it had spent the summer acting as holiday home for the building owners, and provide accommodation for Swedish government politicians during the annual Almedalen Week.




The historic Old Town of Visby, a very beautiful place.







The beautiful seaside is located nearby.





Apple pie made of apples picked from my sister’s garden.


The seven days on the island passed awfully slow, and by Wednesday August 22nd it was time for me to say goodbye to my sister, and hop on the ferry to the mainland. Three hours on a boat feels agonisingly slow compared to a plane, but I was lucky enough this time to have found something productive to occupy myself. I did something that should have been done long ago, a flight log. Scanning through my memory, I have made 126 flights since 1995 which isn’t much impressive really.



Thursday August 23rd 2012




At 7.15 in the morning, I once again find myself on the familiar turfs of the departure hall in the SAS Concourse of Terminal 5. Arriving from Visby the previous night, my father reluctantly let me spend the night on his sofa. I only got four hours of sleep, and he didn’t even let me use the shower. Sleep deprived, and smelling like something taken right out of a pig’s farm, I hit the lavatorials to shave, freshen up, and put on a clean change of clothes. While nothing can compare to the refreshing feeling you get from a shower, I was at least more of a human than ten minutes ago.


Check-In & Security at Arlanda



The departures hall was packed this morning with passengers traveling on the New York and Chicago flights, which also meant the check-in machines were crowded. The Gold and Business Class counters were near empty, and I was quickly served by the young female SAS agent Lena.


Me: Good morning [presents passport and *G card]

L: Good morning to you too. May I ask where you are flying today?

Me: I’m traveling on LO454 to Warsaw, leaving at 10.30.

L: [typing on computer] Do you have any bags to check-in?

Me: No, just hand luggage.

L: Here is your boarding pass, have a nice flight!


Beeline was made to security which had quite some queues forming. The fasttrack was empty, but sadly it could not be accessed since I had left my vouchers at home. It took five minutes of queueing before it became my turn to pass. Flying colours was not the case this morning, as I had left a 200ml bottle of shaving gel in my backpack that needed confiscating, bugger!


SAS Scandinavian Lounge Arlanda



The glass doors swooshed open at 7.40am, as I made way to the lounge reception. The same old lady as last time was manning the reception, a quick BP scan and I was allowed to enter. The lounge was fairly packed this morning, near exclusively with business-style pax. I felt slightly awkward walking in with just shorts and a t-shirt, so I changed to a slightly more formal white shirt in the lavatory.

Bag was dumped at a seater in the more quiet ”annex” section, and I hit the breakfast spread to see what’s on offer.




The typical Scandinavian breakfast of cold cuts and bread was offered.



Finishing my coffee, the annex filled up more gradually, so I moved my junk over to the main section where the reminding time was spent.




”Comfy seaters” as a certain Markus tends to say.





Bailey’s was not served at this early hour, so tomato juice was the choice of drink along with my usual copy of Newsweek.



At 9.30 am, the lounge became completely empty. The alleged NYC and Chicago pax had left for their gates. I stuck around for another half hour, before bidding the old lady goodbye.



LO454 Stockholm Arlanda – Warsaw Chopin



Flight: LO454 ARN-WAW

Departure: 10.30

Arrival: 12.10

Duration: 1h 40m

Date: August 23rd 2012

Seat & Class: 18D Economy Class

Aircraft & Reg: Embraer E-175LR, SP-LIL





The plane that will take me on my first E-Jet flight.



My all time favourite Gate 6A was assigned for this morning’s departure to Warsaw. The gate area was crowded, but not packed. Boarding however was delayed ten minutes due to late incoming aircraft, and in the mean time passengers were instructed to queue up at the boarding gate.

Shortly after, boarding was called. Interestingly enough priority boarding was offered, but not enforced since quite frankly there was only one line. Being seated at the back, I made sure to jump through the line, which resulted in an angry sigh from the woman behind.

Once onboard the plane, a senior attendant was standing at the door. Greeting was not offered, and I didn’t expect one either. Seat was reached, shoes (for safety reasons. Yes those heavy shoes become deadly projectiles in case of a crash) and backpack in the overhead before getting comfy.




Legroom shot. What the hell is the point with those anyway? Apart from revealing that you enjoy wearing a particular pair of jeans or shoes (yes that applies to the rest of you on the forum too!) when flying, I have a hard time seeing them to be of any help. Oh well habits are habits…



Boarding was soon completed, and the load factor appeared to be roughly 75%, the seat next to me remained empty. The usual pre-departure foreplay was conducted before the plane taxied out to runway 01L/19R. A not so powerful takeoff was performed, followed by a series of turns as we climbed to our cruising altitude of 37000 feet.




Takeoff!





Making a sharp right bank towards south.





Climbing out through layers of rainclouds.





...Before finally reaching cruise somewhere over the Baltic Sea.



The seatbelt sign was extinguished once cruise had been reached. Almost instantly the male flight attendant serving economy class began distributing the sandwiches and wafer bars making up the in-flight service, followed by drinks. With no help from the colleague in Business Class, the service was very slow.




Cheese sandwich, Prince Polo bar, blackcurrant juice and coffee.



For a 100 minute flight, the food was more than sufficient. While the sandwich may have appeared dry and tasteless, it actually was quite tasty. The blackcurrant juice was a bit of an oddball to have served on a plane, and sadly however it tasted too sour. The Prince Polo and coffee tasted just average.

The remainder of the flight was quite uneventful. I spent most of it reading the copy of Newsweek brought from the lounge, and soon enough the nose tipped down. During our descent we experienced some violent turbulence, as we went through the clouds. Central Warsaw became visible from my side, a few minutes before touchdown.




Starting our descent over Poland.





Coming in over suburban Warsaw.





Short on finals.





Touchdown.



It didn’t take long before the aircraft had reached the gate. As always, I de-boarded the plane as the last passenger. The crew didn’t bother greeting me goodbye as I walked up the jetway and into the terminal. Some ten minutes later, I was airside at the arrivals hall. A quick stop by Relay was made to buy some bus tickets, before hopping on Bus 175 that would take me straight to my hotel. Thanks for the tips Petteri!


The Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel Warsaw



At 1.00pm, I arrived to the lobby of the hotel. Despite being two hours early, the friendly receptionist was kind enough to grant me access to my room, which was assigned to the 4th floor.

As always on Radisson hotels it seems, the room kept very high standard, easily justifying the 4 stars of the property. The room was bright, clean and fairly stylish. The bed was very comfortable too. Amenities included coffee/tea making facilities, a minibar, free daily newspapers, free bottled water, and toiletries stocked in the bathroom. All in all, at 14 000 GoldPoints® the redemption was a steal!




View of my standard room.





The very stylish and clean bathroom.




24+ Hours In Warsaw




I had roughly 24 hours to spend in the City of Warsaw. Given the location of the hotel, the city centre was a 15 minute walk away, whereas Old Town was even further away than so. Before heading out to explore the city, I spent one hour resting on my hotel bed followed by a refreshing shower. During my time, I managed to see explore most of the main sights and attractions, including the famous and well recommended Hard Rock Café, where I ate all meals except breakfast (which was had at the Starbucks® across the street).

I chose not to take any pictures during my first day, and instead do so on the second day. Sadly however as I made my way back to the hotel after having spent the evening on old town, I became victim to a robbery, oh well attempted robbery. I was able to defend myself against the crook, and run away from the scene. My hotel was just a few blocks away, and the police was soon contacted. By the time they arrived, the crook was gone and there was not much they could do about it. Not that it mattered much since they didn’t get away with anything. Due to that incident, I wasn’t very comfortable with taking pictures in town.



Friday August 24th 2012




I woke up at 10.00am, despite the previous night’s event I still managed to get a very good night’s sleep. I didn’t bother much with paying €17 for the breakfast buffet, which was quite steep compared to the prices in the city. Instead the morning following the usual formalities was spent in the room, drinking tea and watching Top Gear on the television. After ”packing up my junk” as the Finn would say, I checked out in the lobby at 12.00pm.

Originally, the day was planned to be spent further exploring Old Town, but instead I spent the time doing some shopping at the Golden Terraces Mall. At 16.00pm, I hopped on the Bus 175 to the airport where I arrived thirty minutes later.




Exterior view of Terminal A North at Chopin Airport.



Despite being a friday afternoon, the airport was surprisingly quiet, and without further ado I proceeded to the check-in area used by LOT.


Check-In & Security at Chopin Airport




View of the check-in area used by LOT.



Since I hadn’t done OLCI the previous night, I walked over to the priority counter to have the formalities done the old fashioned way. Interestingly a ”bouncer” was set up to guard the priority counters, something which they should definitely have at ARN.


B: Flying business class, Sir?

[i]Me: [discretely presents *G card from the passport]

[i]B: Ah sorry, my mistake. [smile]


With nobody in line at the SEN/HON Counter, I was quickly waved over by the friendly male agent Tom.


[i]T: Good day sir, may I see your travel documents please?


Me: Sure! [hands over passport]

T: So you are flying to Stockholm today, is that correct?

Me: Yes, I’m leaving on the 19.55 flight. Hope I’m not too early.

T: Hehe, well it’s always good to be early. Do you have any bags?

Me: No, just hand luggage.

T: Okay then, here is your boarding pass and please make sure that the info is correct.

Me: Yes all is good, thank you Sir.


Having the formalities taken care of, and my pre-selected seat 17A on the BP I soon made way to the security check. Queues were quite long, but the agent kindly informed me that the Business Class lane was available. For some reason however, I must’ve missed the signs and ended up using the regular one. Not that it mattered much, since I was through fairly quick anyway.

As there wasn’t much to see or do airside, I headed straight for the lounge. Interestingly the Business Class lane dumps you straight in front of the lounge, how nifty!


LOT Business Lounge Polonez Warsaw






View of the lounge entrance.



At the reception, I was greeted by a friendly middle aged attendant who after a quick inspection of the BP and card welcomed me inside.




One of the many seating areas. The leather armchairs were super comfy!



The lounge has been covered fairly enough already by several members, so I won’t go much into details. The lounge do however offer a basic selection of non-alcoholic beverages, beer, wine, spirits and a coffee machine. On the food front, various cold cuts of meat, cheese and vegetable sticks was on offer. The selection was adequate enough for my likings, and I settled for a plate of cold cuts, along with a diet coke and some ”Gabriel Chew”.




My light snacks for the evening.



Time sure flies when lounging, and after a few glasses of G&T and reading some articles on Newsweek, I left the lounge at 19.30pm some ten minutes before boarding would start.

Since I was feeling quite tired, and a bit drunk’ish I chose not to cover the return flight as it was basically an exact replica of the outbound with the exception of being in darkness. The flight was calm, and I enjoyed watching the spectacular sunset which spanned through the entire duration of the flight, along with a few glasses of white wine. We arrived at Arlanda ten minutes before schedule.



Conclusions




LOT Polish Airlines provided a high quality, solid and highly consistent product onboard their Embraer planes. The leather seats were extremely comfortable, especially with those ergonomic winged adjustable headrests. I wouldn’t mind making a longer flight on those planes. As for the crews, I found them to be fairly reserved but not unfriendly. While they may have been sparse on the smiles, they were always happy to bring you extra drinks and such upon request... Unlike a certain Scandinavian Airline who are extremely reluctant in bringing you a 2nd cup of that weak disgusting coffee they make so much fuss about. All in all, I was very pleased with LOT as an airline.



Previous Reports




Feel free to have a look at my previous reports. The reports are categorised chronologically based on their year/date of publication.


2012

Flying Intercontinental On A Beech + More, On TAP (by LH4116 Jul 18 2012 in Trip Reports)

SAS, Lounges & Lovely Bavaria: ARN-CPH-MUC (pics) (by LH4116 May 4 2012 in Trip Reports)

Mother Fokker! And The A.net Meet (pics) (by LH4116 Apr 4 2012 in Trip Reports)

SAS, Lounges, MD-87 & The Brussels Disaster (pics) (by LH4116 Mar 15 2012 in Trip Reports)

Ich Bin Ein Berliner & SAS: B736/MD-82, Y (pics) (by LH4116 Feb 24 2012 in Trip Reports)

Proper Short Haul – Lufthansa CPH-FRA-CPH Y (pics) (by LH4116 Feb 13 2012 in Trip Reports)

SAS At Their Very Finest! ZRH-ARN, Business (pics) (by lh4116 Feb 2 2012 in Trip Reports)

Swiss Flatbed Business Class: PVG-ZRH +More (pics) (by LH4116 Jan 23 2012 in Trip Reports)

Proper Long Haul – Swiss Made: ARN-PVG Y (pics) (by LH4116 Jan 10 2012 in Trip Reports)

2011

LH Italia, You Won’t Be Missed! ARN-MXP C (pics) (by LH4116 Oct 31 2011 in Trip Reports)

Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt (by LH4116 Aug 27 2011 in Trip Reports)

Long, Sleek And Still Blue. Finnair B757! (pics) (by LH4116 Aug 5 2011 in Trip Reports)

Off To Norway, On A Classic. ARN-BGO SAS Y (pics) (by LH4116 Jul 30 2011 in Trip Reports)

”Flying It Fake” On SAS, ARN-DLM Rt In ”C” (pics) (by LH4116 Jul 5 2011 in Trip Reports)

Norwegian ARN-GOT Inaugural Flights, Feb 17 (pics) (by LH4116 Feb 25 2011 in Trip Reports)

2010

TAP Portugal, And The Moroccan Travesty (pics) (by LH4116 Jul 15 2010 in Trip Reports)

Off To The Northern Skies, On SAS And X2000 (pics) (by LH4116 May 9 2010 in Trip Reports)

http://ww.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/164070/

2009

KLM Y, ARN-AMS R/t + Wonderful Holland (pics) (by LH4116 Oct 30 2009 in Trip Reports)

Trip Report: Train to Gothenburg, 1st Class (pics) (by LH4116 Jul 10 2009 in Non Aviation)

I Give You, SAS At Its Very Best! (pics) (by LH4116 Apr 17 2009 in Trip Reports)


Comments are much appreciated!

”Wheels Up!”
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 11470 times:

Hej Jonas!

Nice report as usual!
Glad to hear you enjoyed LOT and Warsaw. I flew LOT back in 1998 but I don't remember anything of value from that experience!
I'd also like visit Warsaw one day, back in 1998 I only did a transit at WAW.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Cheap legacy fares, what’s not to love about them? Enjoying the perks of a legacy airline, while paying the equivalent fare of a LCC is simply an unbeatable combo. So in the spring of 2012, I set out to find just that. Focusing my search criteria mainly to Star Alliance™, I soon came over a very reasonable ARN-WAW-ARN fare on LOT Polish Airlines. At just €85 it was a no-brainer at all means

Wow, I didn't know those LOT flights could be found at such a cheap fare! Maybe I should try to find some dates with that fare so I could do a similar journey as yours!  
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Takeoff!

Nice to see the football on the winglet too.

Martin


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27161 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 11375 times:

Hey Jonas  

Pleasant report on the LOT EJet which is my favourite short haul aircraft. Your so lucky to have that route we miss our DUB-WAW EJet service here. I used to fly LO regularly and always had a nice experience with them. Glad it seems they are still offering a decent product.

Did you earn any miles for the trip ?

Thanks for the report.

Philip  


User currently offlineWROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 958 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 11319 times:

Good stuff! LOT is quite alright on their european routes. I hope they can bring the standards up on the long haul routes once they get their 787s. I flew E-170 with United and did not like the experience. It seemed like i was sitting in a rollercoaster, but maybe that was the pilot....

User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 11278 times:

Nice little trip you took Jonas...I've still to set foot on LOT or go to Poland!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
shoes (for safety reasons. Yes those heavy shoes become deadly projectiles in case of a crash) and backpack in the overhead

Surely in the event of an accident, you'd rather be wearing shoes than barefoot? I always wear shoes for take off/landing.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
famous and well recommended Hard Rock Café, where I ate all meals except breakfast (which was had at the Starbucks® across the street).

Hmmm, seems like you were enjoying the local delicacies.....sounds like you should head Stateside for your favourite foods

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):

I chose not to take any pictures during my first day, and instead do so on the second day.

After I waited in the Philippines after seeing a gorgeous sunset to take a photo the next day (and then finding it cloudy the next day), I vowed to never wait til later to take a photos....although it seems like the reasoning for you in the future might be a litle different



http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights:LCY-ARN-AMS-LGW,STN-OTP-AMS-YUL,YQB-JFK-LAX-DUS-STN,LGW-DXB-BKK-HKG-
User currently offlinetechnobie From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 11131 times:

Very nice TR! Great pictures too! What kind of camera are you using?

Thanks!


User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 11022 times:

Hi Jonas,
Good to see another of your reports on line. As part of a European trip I was booked on a flight from WAW-MUC with LOT and it was shown as being an E-145. Unfortunately an infamous volcano put an end to that trip so I was interested to see how LOT performed on your trip.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Apple pie made of apples picked from my sister’s garden.

Looks yummy.    Visby does look like a pleasant place to visit.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Embraer E-175 Regional Jet
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Bus 175

Nice coincidence with the numbers there.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
my usual copy of Newsweek.

And by another coincidence there is a topic in non-aviation on that very cover.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The very stylish and clean bathroom

Good to see the glass shower screen. Some hotels still insist on those dreadful curtains.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
I became victim to a robbery

Oh no. After your fears in Brussels and Casablanca you became a victim in Warsaw. It must have been quite unsettling for you but fortunately you weren't injured and didn't lose anything. Shame that you weren't comfortable taking photos in town. Did you get to see all that you wanted to?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
a few glasses of G&T

What? No Baileys?  

Overall the LOT product appears to be decent. You haven't mentioned any faults with the aircraft or cabin so I imagine it was well-maintained and clean. The meal offering is adequate for the flight-duration and it is good to see that the crew were happy enough to offer refills, despite the absence of any welcome aboard.

Thanks for sharing. I look forward to your next adventure.
Roy / Quokka


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6858 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 10719 times:

Hi Jonas,

nice report with good pictures as usual! LOT looks fine, I still need to get on that carrier after my first attempt failed earlier this year.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Star Alliance™
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Club Carlson® GoldPoints®
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Starbucks®

What's the purpose of that? I find that a bit ridiculous, to be honest.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The historic Old Town of Visby, a very beautiful place.
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The beautiful seaside is located nearby.

Lovely scenery!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Apple pie made of apples picked from my sister’s garden.

That looks delicious - and it's always great to have fruit from a garden you know.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Scanning through my memory, I have made 126 flights since 1995 which isn’t much impressive really.

That's not bad for a young student IMO.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Me: Good morning [presents passport and *G card]

L: Good morning to you too. May I ask where you are flying today?

Me: I’m traveling on LO454 to Warsaw, leaving at 10.30.

L: [typing on computer] Do you have any bags to check-in?

Me: No, just hand luggage.

L: Here is your boarding pass, have a nice flight!
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
[i]T: Good day sir, may I see your travel documents please?

Me: Sure! [hands over passport]

T: So you are flying to Stockholm today, is that correct?

Me: Yes, I’m leaving on the 19.55 flight. Hope I’m not too early.

T: Hehe, well it’s always good to be early. Do you have any bags?

Me: No, just hand luggage.

T: Okay then, here is your boarding pass and please make sure that the info is correct.

Me: Yes all is good, thank you Sir.

Is there anything special in these conversations which I don't realize?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):

Legroom shot. What the hell is the point with those anyway? Apart from revealing that you enjoy wearing a particular pair of jeans or shoes (yes that applies to the rest of you on the forum too!) when flying, I have a hard time seeing them to be of any help. Oh well habits are habits…

The legroom shots can give you an idea about the pitch, that's it.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I chose not to take any pictures during my first day, and instead do so on the second day. Sadly however as I made my way back to the hotel after having spent the evening on old town, I became victim to a robbery, oh well attempted robbery. I was able to defend myself against the crook, and run away from the scene. My hotel was just a few blocks away, and the police was soon contacted. By the time they arrived, the crook was gone and there was not much they could do about it. Not that it mattered much since they didn’t get away with anything. Due to that incident, I wasn’t very comfortable with taking pictures in town.

That's bad. Did he try to grab your bag?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Since I was feeling quite tired, and a bit drunk’ish I chose not to cover the return flight as it was basically an exact replica of the outbound with the exception of being in darkness.

Good decision.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 10525 times:

Hey guys, thanks for your replies!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
Wow, I didn't know those LOT flights could be found at such a cheap fare! Maybe I should try to find some dates with that fare so I could do a similar journey as yours!

Hej Martin. Yes fares can be found for as low as SEK 700 return. Although finding suitable times is very difficult, so expect to do quite a bit of searching like I did  
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
Nice to see the football on the winglet too.

Yes didn't realize it was a special livery until the return flight back.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Your so lucky to have that route we miss our DUB-WAW EJet service here. I used to fly LO regularly and always had a nice experience with them. Glad it seems they are still offering a decent product.

Hey Philip. Yes I remember that report, and your flight looked fab. Also thought of you when passing the Marriott in central Warsaw, LOL. 
Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Did you earn any miles for the trip ?

Sadly it didn't earn me any miles. I think M&M gets 125 miles per segment, but that's it.

Quoting WROORD (Reply 4):
I hope they can bring the standards up on the long haul routes once they get their 787s.

Yes those current 767s look awful. Will be interesting to see their new products being introduced on the 787.

Quoting WROORD (Reply 4):
I flew E-170 with United and did not like the experience. It seemed like i was sitting in a rollercoaster, but maybe that was the pilot....

Well the turbulence shook the plane quite violently on my flight too, but it could much well have been the pilot in your case.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
Nice little trip you took Jonas...I've still to set foot on LOT or go to Poland!

Hi Gabs! I'm very surprised that Mr. Globetrotter Chew haven't set foot in Poland yet, i.e the Mexico of Europe, haha  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
Surely in the event of an accident, you'd rather be wearing shoes than barefoot?

Well I'm thinking more of the actual impact when the shoes will literally be thrown off my feet. Might consider going back to chucks again, since they can be worn comfortable throughout the flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
Hmmm, seems like you were enjoying the local delicacies.....sounds like you should head Stateside for your favourite foods

Yes, didn't get a chance to visit old town much, and sample the real polish food, whatever that may be. But I'm heading to Gdansk in two weeks, so there I will sample some polish dishes.

Quoting technobie (Reply 6):
Very nice TR! Great pictures too! What kind of camera are you using?

Thanks! I'm using a Nikon D7000 DLSR.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
Looks yummy.    Visby does look like a pleasant place to visit.

Hi there Roy. Yes Visby is a nice city, surprisingly many foreign tourists, perhaps a bit too many, hehe.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
Nice coincidence with the numbers there.

Very funny, didn't even think about that. Shame the bus back wasn't 170  
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
Good to see the glass shower screen. Some hotels still insist on those dreadful curtains.

Well on Radisson hotels I'm sure there's no such thing as shower curtains. However some of the hotels don't have the glass wall to "protect" the shower/bathtub.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
Did you get to see all that you wanted to?

Yes, I managed to see most of the main attractions in the city.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
What? No Baileys?  

Sadly the lounge had no Bailey's on offer, hence why I stuck to G&T.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
What's the purpose of that? I find that a bit ridiculous, to be honest.

Hi PH. Well I think those symbols look a bit cool, hence why I feature them  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
That's not bad for a young student IMO.

Perhaps not I guess. Flew quite a lot as a child too, although some recent years have been very dry on the flying front.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Is there anything special in these conversations which I don't realize?

Well not really, but I like to feature them in the report. But if they are excessive or uninteresting, I'd might remove them in future reports.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
That's bad. Did he try to grab your bag?

No luckily, I wasn't wearing my bag. Note to self, never speak to anyone on the street after 10pm.  

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



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User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 10455 times:

Hey Jonas,

Very nice report with amazing pictures as usual! Thanks for sharing this. I think LOT is a decent airline, with a good on board offering. I agree that the Ejet was comfortable to fly with  
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I soon came over a very reasonable ARN-WAW-ARN fare on LOT Polish Airlines. At just €85 it was a no-brainer at all means,

Amazing price! When looking through the fare with LOT, they seem to be the more expensive options, so I was quite surprise you found this fare. Great stuff!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Interestingly a ”bouncer” was set up to guard the priority counters, something which they should definitely have at ARN.

That is interesting, When I was in WAW checking in for my LO flight, the person standing in the 'premium area' just smiled to me and directed me to use the *G counter without asking anything.

Thanks,

WIn


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1344 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 10446 times:

Great report as usual Jonas. And also as usual you have some excellent pictures. Shame you didn't manage to get any destination pics, although i guess you had a fair enough reason.


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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1168 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 10399 times:
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Hi Jonas,

Another excellent report as usual with some very nice and clear pictures, out of curiosity which camera do you use?
Looks like you had a nice flight with LOT, catering was sufficient and the EMB is a nice little plane.
Too bad there are no pictures of Warsaw, but understandable  
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Focusing my search criteria mainly to Star Alliance

You're not very likely to be flying another alliance when sometimes reading what you say about them hehe

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
My near three month holiday

wow, 3 months?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
The historic Old Town of Visby, a very beautiful place.

Beautiful scenery and pictures!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Apple pie made of apples picked from my sister’s garden

Looks delicious

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
so tomato juice was the choice

How can you drink that stuff  hehe

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
and I didn’t expect one either

Why didn't you expect one?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
What the hell is the point with those anyway?

To get an idea of the seat pitch!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
View of my standard room.

Looks very comfortable

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Due to that incident, I wasn’t very comfortable with taking pictures in town.

Completely understandable

Looking forward to your next report!

take care,

Brendan


User currently offlinetobbry From Sweden, joined May 2008, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 10209 times:

Hi Jonas!

Nice report!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Beeline was made to security which had quite some queues forming. The fasttrack was empty, but sadly it could not be accessed since I had left my vouchers at home.


I think you can use fast track at ARN with A3. I have done it before. The guys and girls at Securitas doesen't always now what they are doing. For example, when I was flying on TK they did-t let me pass fast track with my EBG!! I was soo mad but the girl just kept chewing her chewing gum and sad no, you don't have access. Luckily there was no line at the regular que.


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1751 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 10067 times:
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Hi Jonas,

Nice little report on your LOT flight to WAW. Congrats on your first Jungle Jet, and you managed as well to log the more rare one instantly. Nice pics throughout once again!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
but after nearly a week of searching

   Don't tell me it takes you THAT long to find a fare that suits you?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Apple pie made of apples picked from my sister’s garden

  

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I have made 126 flights since 1995 which isn’t much impressive really.

Believe me, it is. Certainly for a guy of your age.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Greeting was not offered, and I didn’t expect one either.

Don't be so prejudiced, it serves no purpose  

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
where I ate all meals

Didn't Warsaw have other culinary delights to offer then?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I became victim to a robbery, oh well attempted robbery. I was able to defend myself against the crook, and run away from the scene.

Oh, I'm sorry to hear that, definitely not something one likes to experience. So which city is safer now: Brussels or Warsaw?

Sultanils



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User currently offlinePelle From Denmark, joined Apr 2012, 63 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 9998 times:

Once again a quality report - thanks for the effort you seemingly put in to writing them  

How did you get "mugged"? Did the streets seem safe otherwise?



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User currently onlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1005 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 2 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 9944 times:

Nice report as usual Jonas, accompanied by the great quaulity as always!
Good to read about your visit to Warsaw. I'll be there for work a few times in the next months, so this was a nice teaser. Flying KLM most of the trips, but perhaps I should throw in a LO flight as well for same variation. Their service looked okay.


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6607 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 9886 times:

Hi Jonas!

Nice report with nice pictures !

It seemed you got a great fare and also a good deal on with the hotel points.

Flights seem nice but I didn't see you mention your opinion on the ERJ-175/170? I think those are great planes and I find them more comfortable than the 737s although the Embraers usually lack IFE.

Too bad about the robbery attempt in Warsaw; you always seem to have very bad luck with that.

125 flights since 1995 seems very good for a young person like you. You should try to put all those flights into Flightmemory.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 9769 times:

Hi Jonas

Great report and pics as usual!
I'm glad to hear LOT pleased you, planes look modern and at least a free snack.
Warshaw looks great as well, seems that you where lucky with the hotel.
I like the WAW lounge as well


Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4344 posts, RR: 35
Reply 19, posted (2 years 2 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 9669 times:

Nice report Jonas !
Warsaw and LOT is one of the few European capitals and airlines I didn't visit/fly yet, the 175 is quite a rare subtype so I should do that some weekend soon. Seems not bad at all.
Indeed the Embraer 170/175 is reported to be bumpy, probably the size of the tail compared to the fuselage; the 737-600 is also bumpier in turbulence then a 737-800. There was a long thread about it on Airliners.net and I was also thrown around over Kenya during a rainstorm. Probably another type would have given a smoother ride.
Good the robbing didn't end up worse, no threatening or violence I hope?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Legroom shot. What the hell is the point with those anyway?

Why take one then, I usually don't   .



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4275 posts, RR: 51
Reply 20, posted (2 years 2 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 9668 times:

Hej Jonas,

my reply where you were eagerly waiting for... Nice report some good but a limited amount of pictures. Why are you so reluctant taking pictures in other 'unknown' places?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
for some extra icing on the cake the outbound segment was to be operated by the seemingly rare Embraer E-175 Regional Jet.

Not so rare these days since also BE and AZ are now operating this type. It was more rare a few year(s) ago.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
booking was done through an online travel agency, using bank transfer as the method of payment.

No use of you 'good ole' proper Visa card' ?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
hop on the ferry to the mainland. Three hours on a boat feels agonisingly slow compared to a plane, but I was lucky enough this time to have found something productive to occupy myself.

Well, you can take a plane, so don't complain... it's the difference between the higher fare and fast, or cheap and slow.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Arriving from Visby the previous night, my father reluctantly let me spend the night on his sofa. I only got four hours of sleep, and he didn’t even let me use the shower.

Nice father NOT.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Flying colours was not the case this morning, as I had left a 200ml bottle of shaving gel in my backpack that needed confiscating, bugger!

Hmm... try that in Spain or Italy and you can take it. No problem  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Bailey’s was not served at this early hour, so tomato juice was the choice of drink along with my usual copy of Newsweek.

WTF?! You expect Baileys at that hour and IF it was there... you probably would've taken it?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Once onboard the plane, a senior attendant was standing at the door. Greeting was not offered, and I didn’t expect one either.

Why such low expectations... you are saying that you are flying a 'legacy carrier' here. I'm always greeted also on LCC's btw

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Legroom shot. What the hell is the point with those anyway? Apart from revealing that you enjoy wearing a particular pair of jeans or shoes (yes that applies to the rest of you on the forum too!)

OMG, where is this all about?! I think it's only YOU who wants to know what shoes, trousers etc people are wearing...

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I ate all meals except breakfast (which was had at the Starbucks® across the street).

Breakfast in the form of a pre-packed triangle overpriced box of sandwiches?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I chose not to take any pictures during my first day

Shame. Don't be so reluctant. No need for it.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I settled for a plate of cold cuts, along with a diet coke and some ”Gabriel Chew”.
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
”Comfy seaters” as a certain Markus tends to say
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
After ”packing up my junk” as the Finn would say

That's what I mean... I see nothing of your own here. No 'Jonas'. Just things like others tend to be or do.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Unlike a certain Scandinavian Airline who are extremely reluctant in bringing you a 2nd cup of that weak disgusting coffee they make so much fuss about.

Ah come on... you can't do anything good huh?! Now SK serves free coffee/tea, now you start to complain about quality of the coffee and their crew being reluctant. Maybe, you are are to much demanding instead? I don't know really.. but I sometimes think so.

For the rest, an interesting read.

Eric



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User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1632 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (2 years 2 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9649 times:

Thanks for sharing LH4116! Coincidentally I flew LOT AMS-WAW-AMS last week, the return also being a E-175.

You're experience was very similar to mine:

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Enjoying the perks of a legacy airline, while paying the equivalent fare of a LCC is simply an unbeatable combo.

We looked for fares through one of the Dutch ticket engines and...

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
At just €85 it was a no-brainer at all means

...got the exact same price, which was very comparable with the WizzAir flight from Eindhoven. In the end WizzAir would have even more expensive because of the travel from Amsterdam to Eindhoven as I live in Amsterdam. Indeed a no-brainer!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Legroom shot

Being 1,95 meters (6.2 feet for those silly imperialists   ) I found the legroom more than sufficient.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
For a 100 minute flight, the food was more than sufficient

Absolutely! Very filling buns with ham, some veggies and mayo. They almost tasted fresh!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The crew didn’t bother greeting me goodbye as I walked up the jetway

My impression is that it is a bit of a Polish thing. When taking the initiative I almost always got a friendly response. Also making snarky comments ("aaawww gimme a smile!) seemed to work quite well with the check-in lady at WAW who let me take an over sized sealed together package (2 tents and a big bag, sealed at the airport) of almost 25kg without paying extra.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The leather seats were extremely comfortable, especially with those ergonomic winged adjustable headrests

   loved those! Because of the wings I actually managed to get some sleep on the morning flight to WAW.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
As for the crews, I found them to be fairly reserved but not unfriendly.

  

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
While they may have been sparse on the smiles, they were always happy to bring you extra drinks and such upon request

  

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
All in all, I was very pleased with LOT as an airline.

Couldn't agree more, I would even say I felt a bit impressed. Which, I think, is something for a 2 hour regional flight 



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User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1632 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (2 years 2 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9648 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
sounds like you should head Stateside for your favourite foods

I'm afraid you missed out on some truly awesome food LH4116, you really have to go back for that  



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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 23, posted (2 years 2 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9628 times:

Hey there, thanks for your 2nd round of replies. I'm glad you all enjoyed reading.

Quoting win1290 (Reply 10):
Amazing price! When looking through the fare with LOT, they seem to be the more expensive options, so I was quite surprise you found this fare. Great stuff!

Hi Win. Yes I was pretty surprised myself when I found that price, especially since it was available during the summer.

Quoting win1290 (Reply 10):
That is interesting, When I was in WAW checking in for my LO flight, the person standing in the 'premium area' just smiled to me and directed me to use the *G counter without asking anything.

I suppose they made the assumption that I didn't belong there since I was wearing shorts and carrying a backpack, also I've removed my gold tags since they just draw unwanted attention  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 11):
Great report as usual Jonas. And also as usual you have some excellent pictures. Shame you didn't manage to get any destination pics, although i guess you had a fair enough reason.

Hi James, thanks for reading I'm glad you enjoyed! Had a flick through last report too, and I must say I'm impressed with your pictures. Will leave a reply shortly  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 12):
Another excellent report as usual with some very nice and clear pictures, out of curiosity which camera do you use?

Hoi Brendan, thanks for reading. I'm using a Nikon D7000 + 10-24mm wide-angle lens, and a 50mm prime lens.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 12):
You're not very likely to be flying another alliance when sometimes reading what you say about them hehe

Hehe, well I'm indeed trying to be as loyal to them as I can, since they fit my travel patterns the best. But I will actually fly SkyTeam next month, and maybe again in October.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 12):
wow, 3 months?

Yupp, university studies sometimes have their perks, haha. I'm just amazed how the summer holidays just become longer and longer every year 
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 12):
Why didn't you expect one?

During my last 10 or so flights, I haven't been greeted at all whatsoever so I normally don't expect to be greeted anymore. If I do, then it's a nice surprise.

Quoting tobbry (Reply 13):
I think you can use fast track at ARN. I have done it before. The guys and girls at Securitas doesen't always now what they are doing. For example, when I was flying on TK they did-t let me pass fast track with my EBG!!

Hej Tobias. Well I tried it once in March, and the girl asked me if I had a SAS Gold card to which I said no, so she directed me to the regular line. But might give it another try, and if they refuse I'll just hand in a voucher.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
   Don't tell me it takes you THAT long to find a fare that suits you?

Hoi Nils. Well it was more the decision making that took the most time, but yes I searched for fares from time to time during that week period. I wasn't glued to my computer for a full week searching like a madman you know  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
Didn't Warsaw have other culinary delights to offer then?

There were some Polish restaurants in Old Town, but sadly during my time there I wasn't feeling hungry. I will be in Gdansk in 12 days, so then I'll try out some Polish cuisine.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
So which city is safer now: Brussels or Warsaw?

Despite that happened, I would still say that Warsaw felt like a safer city. Streets were more quiet, and there were no dodgy gangs hanging around every corner. But remember, if somebody asks you for cigarettes and acts friendly, always assume the worst  
Quoting Pelle (Reply 15):
How did you get "mugged"? Did the streets seem safe otherwise?

Well let's just say that if somebody asks you for cigarettes, acts friendly and starts a conversation late at night on a near empty street, one should begin fearing the worst. I'm familiar with the trick by the books, and it was more my fault that I fell for it (maybe because the hotel was so close).

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 16):
I'll be there for work a few times in the next months, so this was a nice teaser. Flying KLM most of the trips, but perhaps I should throw in a LO flight as well for same variation. Their service looked okay.

Hoi Robert. I would say that LOT and KLM are equally high in terms of service standards, but it would be nice to see another LOT report on the forum  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Flights seem nice but I didn't see you mention your opinion on the ERJ-175/170? I think those are great planes and I find them more comfortable than the 737s although the Embraers usually lack IFE.

Hejsan Lars. Yes thanks for reminding me. Well I essentially found the E-jets to be much like a dwarfed 737, a bit noisier at takeoff but more comfortable in flight. For such short flights the lack of IFE is pretty fine to me.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
You should try to put all those flights into Flightmemory.

Yes, if only I remembered the dates. I did remember the carriers though, and my top 4 airlines have been SAS, LH, AF and KLM.  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 18):
Warshaw looks great as well, seems that you where lucky with the hotel.

Hoi Marc, thanks for stopping by. Warsaw in general is the cheapest city in Europe for 4-5* hotels. It's possible to stay at the 5* Hilton or Marriott for not more than €50. I was still however quite pleased with the quality of my hotel.

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 19):
Good the robbing didn't end up worse, no threatening or violence I hope?

Luckily not much violence, the man grabbed my arms and I was able to break loose.

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 19):
Indeed the Embraer 170/175 is reported to be bumpy, probably the size of the tail compared to the fuselage; the 737-600 is also bumpier in turbulence then a 737-800.

That's interesting, but it could might well be true. I haven't experienced much turbulence on the B736 so I can't really tell though.

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 19):
Why take one then, I usually don't   .

Hehe, well it's an old habit that sticks.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
Nice report some good but a limited amount of pictures. Why are you so reluctant taking pictures in other 'unknown' places?

Hoi Eric, thanks for your reply. What do you mean with unknown places? New cities, or parts of airports that are generally not much covered?

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
No use of you 'good ole' proper Visa card' ?

No that card is long gone. It became a MasterCard® now, and if I would've chosen to pay with it they would've charged me 100 SEK extra for it. But I still got the travel insurance linked to my card, despite paying with transfer so to me it wasn't much difference.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
Well, you can take a plane, so don't complain... it's the difference between the higher fare and fast, or cheap and slow.

If SAS or Norwegian flew 365 days a year, flying would be my transport of choice. Those darn regionals are too expensive, and I'm not very keen on spending €200 for 2x 30 minute segments on an ATR.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
Nice father NOT.

True, I wasn't very happy about it.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
WTF?! You expect Baileys at that hour and IF it was there... you probably would've taken it?

First of all, by the time I took that shot it was just past 10am, and if it was earlier I wouldn't have drank it.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
Why such low expectations... you are saying that you are flying a 'legacy carrier' here. I'm always greeted also on LCC's btw

I don't expect to be greeted when boarding a flight these days, and during my last 10 flights I've only been greeted maybe once or twice.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
OMG, where is this all about?! I think it's only YOU who wants to know what shoes, trousers etc people are wearing...

No, Eric I can name a handful of people. But there's nothing wrong with that, we all have our favorite shoes/jeans, so why not wear them on those rare'ish occasions when doing something we love i.e flying...

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
Breakfast in the form of a pre-packed triangle overpriced box of sandwiches?

No, in the form of a cream cheese bagel, fruit yoghurt and a grande sized cup of Blonde Roast coffee. For €5 it was actually quite decent value, given the shop which offered comfortable seatings, and a great view over the city centre.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
That's what I mean... I see nothing of your own here. No 'Jonas'. Just things like others tend to be or do.

I really can't see what the problem is, for most people it's quite nice to be cited (not just trip reports, but other types of more serious publications too). As long as it's not intended for making jokes at other's expense, I don't see how it could be anything bad about it as I'm not exactly the only one to do so. If I want to use my own line I do so, and it's not like I don't have any  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 20):
Ah come on... you can't do anything good huh?! Now SK serves free coffee/tea, now you start to complain about quality of the coffee and their crew being reluctant.

Yes I'm not exactly happy with the way things have been with their freebie coffee. Often times it's weak, and those times when I've asked for a 2nd cup they've either said no and ripped it out of my hand, or veery reluctantly bringing more coffee which've taken at least 20 minutes. It's one thing to make promises to customers, and it's another to fulfill them, and sadly SAS haven't succeeded well with the latter.

Quoting travelavnut (Reply 21):
We looked for fares through one of the Dutch ticket engines and...

Hoi there! That's very interesting, so it seems like they were having the same offer throughout Europe.

Quoting travelavnut (Reply 21):
Absolutely! Very filling buns with ham, some veggies and mayo. They almost tasted fresh!

Agreed, found the sandwiches to be quite filling and fresh. Those served ex WAW tasted more fresh, since I suspect that all catering on these short flights are made at the home base, hence why the sandwich I ate on the outbound tasted slightly different. I believe they also had the choice between cheese or ham/mayo, but for some reason they seemed to just serve them randomly.

Quoting travelavnut (Reply 21):
When taking the initiative I almost always got a friendly response. Also making snarky comments ("aaawww gimme a smile!) seemed to work quite well

That's true, I had the similar experience with the check-in personnel, addressing friendly results in a friendly response  
Quoting travelavnut (Reply 22):
I'm afraid you missed out on some truly awesome food LH4116, you really have to go back for that  

Well I'm heading back to Gdansk in less than two weeks, so hopefully I will be able to sample some "Haute Cuisine" 

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6607 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (2 years 2 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9622 times:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 23):
Yes, if only I remembered the dates. I did remember the carriers though, and my top 4 airlines have been SAS, LH, AF and KLM.

Start when you started making trip reports or even earlier although with less info.

The777Man



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25 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi, thanks for your answers, No, I meant 'unknown places' for you. If I go somewhere new, I tend to bring a camera. Good seating indeed, and also free
26 Post contains images LH4116 : Hi Lars and Eric. I counted the flights from when I was 3 years old, i.e all flights I remember. So that was long before I started making trip reports
27 The777Man : Hi Jonas! So start from there and put in the info that you DO remember. If you don't remember the aircraft type, just skip it. I wouldn't call Starbuc
28 LH4532 : Hello Jonas, after a week in Italy, I now the chance to read your Trip Report. Only 85€ ? Sounds good for me. 5 minutes is really okay for queueing
29 PlaneHunter : No, Starbucks is totally overpriced. I only buy stuff there if there's no decent alternative. PH
30 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hejsan, Jonas den lagom resenare, Good for you to be doing some traveling again. And very nice that you are exploring new countries and airlines too.
31 Knightsofmalta : Hi Jonas What lovely pictures you take! Those first ones of Gotland are so lovely. It looks like such a nice place. And your sister's apple cake looks
32 Post contains images LH4116 : Hello there, thanks for your replies! Hi Daniel. Oh yes it was a good fare, but tickets could be found for even less For Arlanda I would consider it q
33 LH4532 : You could describe your father in a different way. I´m sure he had his reason. Are you really sure he was a HON member ? Daniel (LH4532)
34 lukeyboy95 : Hi Jonas. I think I said your reports are the only ones where I find the comments page as interesting as the report! It was an excellent report and yo
35 Post contains images LH4116 : Hey Luke, thanks for your reply. I'm glad you enjoyed my report Isn't that a bit of a harsh statement? They don't exactly have that former communist f
36 LO231 : I find Polish crews reserved as well, although the younger generation is doing better... They even allow to take their pics if its for private collect
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