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AirBaltic In Business: ARN-UME-VAA-RIX-LIN/BGY-NYO  
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Posted (1 year 11 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 8487 times:

This is a trip report covering my journey from Stockholm to Milan, via Umeå, Vaasa and Riga in August 2012.

I don't make many rules to myself, as I know I'd just end up break them. I do have preferences though, such as not to book myself on a flight departing too early in the morning, or not to fly ultra low cost airlines. These two preferences would be broken in this trip.

On July 26th 2012, I read a newsletter sent to my e-mail from airBaltic. It is promoting a sale that said airline had selling tickets in Business Class, where flights to a number of destinations is sold for 199 EUR. From Stockholm there were a few interesting choices including Milan, Rome and Amsterdam. This deal sounded very good to me, as the value of Euro was at record low levels compared to the Swedish Krona at the time.

Before I booked anything though, I realized that this offer was also available from the other BT destination in Sweden, which is Umeå. They have one daily flight to this city, from Riga via Vaasa in Finland. The aircraft is staying overnight in UME which means an early departure. As both Milan and Rome were available from Umeå as well, I figured this was a good opportunity to try this route, which I had been eyeing for a while. This was also one of the last chances I had to try this route, as it will be canceled when the winter timetable comes in to effect this year. My choice fell on Milan since I had been to Rome earlier this year (see: www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/222793/ ).

I booked UME-VAA-RIX-LIN for August 21st. Scheduled equipment was Dash 8-400 and Boeing 737-300, but just like last time I flew BT I was hoping that the equipment lottery would play in my favor and I'd get to fly a F50 and/or a 735 instead.

To get to UME I booked a cheap 399 SEK (about 45 EUR) youth ticket from ARN on SK for the evening before. I decided to spend the night at the famous prison hotel which a few other A.netters has stayed at as well.

With an arrival as early as 13.35 in Milan I figured I might as well try to find a flight to get back to Sweden the same day, to save the cost of a hotel room. The only suitable alternative that day was an evening BGY-NYO flight with FR. With a total cost of only 27.99 EUR it was great for me.

The booked routing shown with the help of Great Circle Mapper:


This map also demonstrate quite well how far away NYO is from ARN and Stockholm (Stockholm is located just south of ARN).

Time went and no equipment changes on my BT flights took place. This makes 6/6 BT flights for me that had the same equipment scheduled from booking to departure day.

August 20

For the first time ever I could legally drive myself to the airport, so that's what I did! Although I still convinced my mother to come with me, as I'd be arriving back in Stockholm to a different airport, so I needed someone to drive the car back home.

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To the domestic Terminal 4 I arrived and I was already checked in through OLCI, but before I headed for security I went to Sky City to see if there was anything interesting to spot on the apron:
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Then I went through Security which was quick and seamless:
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Terminal 4 wasn't overly crowded but a little busy nonetheless.

I decided to head straight to the lounge since this terminal is more than well known to me.

The lounge is located upstairs and has no lounge reception, just a couple of turnstiles with BP scanners and card readers.

I believe only EuroBonus Gold members has access to this lounge, not other Star Alliance gold card holders.

The lounge isn't the best one, but decent enough and better than waiting downstairs. Sodas and beer is available on tap, while the edible offerings consists of cookies and chips.
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There are some nice views as well:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Milano%202012/DSCN1726_zps1b60ee39.jpg

I spent the time by eating some snacks and surfing the provided WiFi.
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Soon enough boarding time was approaching and I went to the gate.

FIDS:
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At gate 34 which was assigned to my flight to Umeå I noticed that SE-DTH was the plane scheduled for SK26. This would be my second flight on the bird.

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SK26
ARN-UME
Boeing 737-600
SE-DTH “Vile Viking”

As I boarded the aircraft I noted that the aircraft looked very new and clean on the outside. It must have been newly painted.

I greeted the SAS grandmothers in the forward galley, and then walked to my chosen seat 10A, which is on the emergency exit row.

Yup, I could get used to this kind of legroom:
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View out my window:
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The flight had a fairly good load, around 80-90% I'd say, and I got two seatmates.

Boarding was soon completed and the crew preformed a manual safety demo “in a Scandinavian language first and then a summary in English”, as they nowadays put it.

We then pushed back and begun our taxi.
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Passing an MD80:
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We took off from runway 08.
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After takeoff we did a 270 degree turn to the right to line us up towards Umeå in the north.

Cabin view after takeoff:
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This flight was your textbook SAS domestic hop. Coffee, tea and water for free, BOB for the rest. I just had a glass of water and then just sat and relaxed for the rest of the flight.

During the flight it didn't really get any darker, since we were heading north. This was the view out my window for most of the flight:
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Soon enough we begun our descent to UME.

Scandinavian engine cowling and the lights of Umeå visible:
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We touched down on runway 32. Which was too bad seeing as a landing from the other direction would have given me seated on the left hand side some nice views over Umeå during the approach.

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We taxied to the apron in front of the terminal where we were allowed off the aircraft.
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I took a couple of pictures of our aircraft as I deboarded:
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As I walked towards the terminal I spotted two Malmö Aviation Avro's, a DY 737 and my BT Dash for my flight the next morning.

As I walked through baggage reclaim and exited the terminal I went to a nearby fence to see if I could spot the reg of my plane for next days flight.

Turns out it was YL-BAJ which was parked on the apron, which was a new reg for me, after flying two different BT Dashes previously.
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Once done at the airport for this evening I begun to walk towards my hotel. UME is rather close to Umeå town.

An airBaltic ad on the airport grounds, shame they are canceling their service here:
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The closest way to the hotel in the city center brought me through an industrial area and a small housing area before I went over a bridge over Umeån (Ume River) and then I was pretty much at my hotel. It took about 40 minutes in total.

Umeå Skyline:
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Umeå church:
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Hotel facade:
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There were no staff at the hotel at this hour, so I had received an entry code for the door. At the reception there was an envelope with my name with the key and some info. I was in room number 15.

The hotel was quite cool, they sure had kept the “prison” feel to it all. The room was rather small but had everything I wanted nonetheless. It was a shared bathroom though but seeing as the price for this room was only 440 SEK, or about 50 EUR, it was still good value.

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Definitely a prison-feel to this place:
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August 21

The cellphone alarm woke me up at 4:10. I had ordered a shared taxi for 163 SEK, about 18 EUR, which would pick me up for the airport at 4:30.

View out my window in the morning:
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A picture of the hallway from downstairs:
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I did my morning rituals and were ready outside of the hotel at 4:25, and only a minute or two later the taxi was there to pick me up.

Apparently there weren't anyone else that had ordered a shared taxi, as I was the only one all the way to the airport, which we reached some 10 minutes after I was picked up, or only 30 minutes after I woke up.
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There were a handful of other passengers in the terminal as I arrived. The check-in wasn't open for any flight yet, and since OLCI wasn't available for BT departures from UME I was forced to wait. Not that it would have mattered anyway since security hadn't opened yet either.

Check-in hall:
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SSK's:
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FIDS:
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Some 15 minutes later the check in was opened and after a two minute queue I was checked in. I had been able to choose a seat for the RIX-LIN leg online during booking, and I received 1A for UME-VAA-RIX.
I received a SAS-branded boarding pass for all of my flights all the way to LIN.

Through security I went without any issues, and then I was airside.

Airside isn't overly exciting at UME, there's a cafe and a gate area.
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There is big windows towards the apron, but it is covered in some sort of blurred surface, making photography impossible, and even watching planes is difficult. So I just sat at the gate waiting for boarding to commence:
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Soon enough a gate agent arrived to our assigned gate number two. Just a few minutes later boarding was commenced.

BT1358
UME-VAA-RIX
Dash 8-400
YL-BAJ

Quite far to walk to our bird which was parked at the far left of the apron, as seen from the gate. On the way I passed by the 736 from yesterdays evening flight.
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I soon reached the Dash that would take me across the sea to Finland and beyond. As I snapped a picture of the aircraft I noted a girl in front of me doing the same.
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I boarded the aircraft and greeted and was greeted by the female “business friendly” FA working in the forward galley. I sat down on my seat 1A, and the stream of boarding passengers ended quite quickly, with a load of only 30 passengers or so, on this 76 seat aircraft. I was the only one seated on the first 5 or so rows, and I appeared to be the only one in Business class. There were no class divider of some sort on this turboprop.
There was also a male FA working in the aft galley.

View out my window:
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Once things calmed down the FA handed me a menu, and explained that all service would take place on the second leg, as the first flight was very short and the seatbelt sign would remain on for the entire flight to VAA.
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Soon enough the paperwork was done and we were ready for departure, the door was closed and the FA's preformed a manual safety demo.

There was half a bulk wall here, so even if I had the FA right in front of me it was possible to take some pictures without her noticing.

We begun taxiing towards the runway, which we backtracked in preparation for a takeoff from runway 14.

We preformed a powerful takeoff, as it should be with the Dash, and flew out over the Gulf of Bothnia.
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It was a little cloudy that day, but there were still some nice views as we climbed out over the sea.
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As expected we didn't go to a very high altitude on this flight, and soon after reaching “cruise” we begun our descent, as we made landfall in Finland.
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The weather was actually better in Finland this day, with fewer clouds around. A great day for flying.

Industries:
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During final approach:
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We touched down on runway 16, from the north.
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We taxied to a stand in front of the white terminal building. We were the only activity at the terminal area.
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As we'd come to a stop the passengers with Vaasa as their final destination were allowed to deboard. I think around 15 passengers deboarded, so I can imagine why Umeå Town want a new operator on this route when BT removes it from their network. While the demand isn't there for a Dash maybe it would be profitable with a Jetstream or similar.

New passengers soon boarded and the load was a little better this time at 35-40 passengers. It was still quite empty upfront though and I still appeared to be the only Business Class passenger.

After boarding was completed we just stood there on the apron for a good 20 minutes or so. The cockpit crew did at some point of time mention that we'd depart soon, but no proper reason as to why we were waiting was given.

Since the ground staff (one of which was a super cute girl, seems like you need to head to Vaasa soon, Markus!) occasionally entered the cockpit with some papers I assumed that it had something to do with paper-work. It would have been nice to have been given some kind of explanation though.

During the downtime I decided to further look around at my seat. It's the same kind of gray leather seat that was on all of my previous BT Dash flights. Quite comfortable. And good legroom here on 1A.
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Always a nice touch:
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Neat little safety card:
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In-flight magazine, Baltic Outlook:
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Forward Galley:
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An old airBaltic logo:
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Overhead panels:
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Emergency exit:
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Eventually all doors were closed and we were ready for departure. The same safety demo was done again for the passengers who just boarded.

We taxied towards the runway but had to hold so this bird could land before us.
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We backtracked the runway and again did a powerful take off from the same runway 16 that we touched down on earlier.
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We climbed to a safe height were the seatbelt sign could be turned off.
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The FA soon walked up to me and asked what if I had decided what I wanted to have. I asked for the hot panini together with coffee and sparkling water.
I were shortly after served my drinks.
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Followed by the panini a couple of minutes later.
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The vegetable and poultry panini was pretty good. I didn't like the fact that vegetables included mushrooms though, but nonetheless it was a quite tasty and good breakfast.

The rest of the flight was fairly uneventful. The crew did their BOB run in Economy while I just enjoyed the flight, mainly by looking out my window and reading the in-flight magazine.

Northwestern end of mainland Estonia:
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Cabin view during cruise:
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We soon flew in over the Gulf of Riga, where we begun our descent for RIX.
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I was treated with some nice views over Riga as we lined up for a landing on runway 18.
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We touched down on runway 18 and exited the runway on an intersection somewhere outside of a BT hangar.
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We parked at a remote parking position, also outside of the previously mentioned BT hangar, which meant a very short taxi for us.

Some other parked equipment:
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As deboarding commenced I thanked the FA for a nice flight and went downstairs to the apron, where I snapped a few photos and hopped in to the waiting bus.
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The bus drove us to the terminal and dropped us off next to the luggage reclaim hall. I headed to the left and upstairs following the “Flight Connections” signs. Unsurprisingly, most other passengers seemed to do so as well.
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I've been to RIX before, so at this time I figured I might as well head directly for the lounge. So that is what I did after snapping this picture down the main pier of the terminal:
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I did take a shot of the FIDS too though:
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As I entered the lounge I gave my BP to the girl in the reception. She did some typing on her computer and then she let me in.

The lounge here at Riga was quite nice. Comfortable seating and whatnot.
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Some decent views:
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I like this model:
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Good drink offerings with the usual sodas, juices, beer and even hard liqueur available.
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The edible offerings were mainly some cookies and some spreads together with sandwiches.

There were also an ice-cream box, which I found rather cool:
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The lounge even has an upstairs area:
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The lounge wasn't very busy at all so there were plenty of room for the handful or so people in there.

I spent most of my time in the lounge just enjoying the snacks and using the provided WiFi.

When the scheduled boarding time was approaching I packed my stuff, thanked the guy that was now manning the desk at the entrance and then went towards my gate, which was a bus gate downstairs. This bus gate area was very crowded:
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I soon found my gate, where I waited for a few minutes before boarding commenced. No priority boarding so I decided to wait for a while before joining the queue.

Some interesting equipment:
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I boarded the second bus for our plane, sadly we had to wait for a few remaining passengers before we could drive off towards our plane.

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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 8482 times:

BT629
RIX-LIN
Boeing 737-300
YL-BBO

I snapped a few photos as I walked up the airstairs to door L1.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Milano%202012/DSCN1925_zpsc8f97063.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Milano%202012/DSCN1926_zps5ae77f7a.jpg

Clean aircraft:
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I'm greeted by two female FA's in the forward galley. For this flight I had for some reason selected 1A, but I had later regretted that choice since it might be difficult to snap photos with the 2 FA's seated right in front of you. Luckily row 2 remained open so 2A is where I moved after boarding had calmed down.

The seat was a standard slimline gray leather one with a table console over the middle seat. The aisle seat remained open on my new row.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Milano%202012/DSCN1938_zps785a1af1.jpg

The legroom wasn't the best business class legroom I've seen, but sufficient enough nonetheless.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Milano%202012/DSCN1937_zpse6e47804.jpg

There were also a pillow and blanket placed at every seat.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Milano%202012/DSCN2015_zpseacb7662.jpg

The cabin was very clean and all, which isn't very surprising seeing that this aircraft has only flown for BT since June 2012. I presume the interior was installed at that time as well.

The load was rather good in Economy, it seemed full. Business Class consisted of three rows with 6 or 7 passengers in total.

Pre-departure drinks in the shape of OJ and water was offered for the Business Class passengers.

It was soon time for departure so soon after the cabin door was closed we pushed back, and the crew preformed a manual safety demo.
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We taxied towards runway 18 where we had to hold for a couple of landing birds and this dash taking off:
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The purple Airbus landing:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Milano%202012/DSCN1954_zpsefcefb83.jpg

We soon entered the active and took off in a semi-powerful fashion.
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Terminal during takeoff roll:
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Again some nice views of Riga was shown on my side of the aircraft.
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Shortly after, the seatbelt sign was turned off and one of the girls in the cabin crew distributed menu cards to the Business Passengers.

The menu card was smaller for this flight, and there weren't any choice of meal, nor was there any printed drinks list (which would have been appreciated), just a display of what wines was available.
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There were also a magazine distribution run, I decided on a Newsweek.
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Shortly after this there was a first drink run, I simply decided on an Apple Juice.
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It didn't take all to many minutes for the meal tray to arrive as well.
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I didn't eat much at all of the salad, since goat cheese and onion are two things I am not fond of (I have a horrible goat cheese experience from Jokkmokk of all places).

The Main Course was quite nice. Tasty fish and sauce, and I liked the spinach. Wouldn't have minded to have something like mashed potatoes to go with it though.

The dessert was also nice, no complaints. Tasty vanilla cream.
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After the meal I had some coffee, I was also asked if I wanted anything else so I asked for a G&T, for me to drink when I was done with the coffee.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Milano%202012/DSCN1991_zps87d3f41b.jpg

Oh I could get used to this:
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I spent most of the remaining flight just enjoying the flight, looking out my window and reading the Newsweek.

Gdansk:
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It was mostly cloudy though:
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Good looking winglet:
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Cabin view during cruise:
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No curtain on this plane either, but as you can see the Business class seats had a special headrest:
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I also paid a visit to the front lavatory.
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As I got back to my seat I asked for a Baileys, the FA asked me if I wanted a coffee to go with it to which I responded no thank you too, but once she got back from the galley she brought me a Baileys and a coffee anyway. I don't know why, but maybe she noticed I had been up very early and needed all the caffeine I could get!  http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Milano%202012/DSCN1998_zps112ed6ec.jpg

I gotta say that the AirBaltic girls were just perfect when it came to being attentive. They asked if I wanted a drink or whatnot without ever feeling that they were “too much” so to speak.

Another look at the great looking winglet (also note the other aircraft):
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Some nice Alpine views were seen as we passed over, well, the Alps.
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As we begun our descent I had a last glass of sparkling water before landing.
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Soon enough the seatbelt sign was turned on and the crew prepared the cabin for landing.

During the final approach I also got to see some views of central Milan in the distance.
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This nice little store could also be seen:
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We soon touched down on runway 36:
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This meant a rather short taxi to our jetway equipped gate at the western end of the small terminal.

Passed this building during taxi, this is where SK686 crashed, more about that accident later.
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Deboarding was soon in process and I thanked the crew as I left the aircraft.

My seat:
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During my walk to arrivals I snapped a couple of pictures of the aircraft that brought me and my fellow passengers from Riga.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Milano%202012/DSCN2090_zps121f08c8.jpg

A KL bird on the next gate:
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Definitely in Italy:
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Through the luggage reclaim I went and I soon found myself on LIN curbside. It was surprisingly hot, by far warmer than anything we had in Sweden this summer.
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First thing to do was to buy a daypass for the buses, trams, metros and whatnot. Very cheap at 3 EUR.

But before I jumped on a bus to Milan there was something to do here at Linate. Just like Palmjet on his recent Milan visit I decided to pay a visit to the memorial of flight SAS686, located close by. SAS flight 686 was an MD87 which during its takeoff roll at LIN collided with a Cessna Citation, which due to a series of misunderstandings and faulty systems was on the runway when it shouldn't have been. Everyone in both aircraft died, and also 4 additional people on the ground, who was in the previously mentioned luggage building which the SAS bird crashed in to after the failed takeoff attempt. Total number of fatalities was 118.
This is the aircraft accident I have most personal affection too, seeing as it occurred during the time my Mother worked for SAS, flying MD80's every workday, and I also had a relative on board the aircraft, although one I had never met.

I walked passed the long term parking areas and reached the park in which the memorial site lies in, trying to find said memorial. It was a very sweaty walk in the heat, wearing clothes that was more adapted to the Umeå weather, rather than this.
Anyway, I soon found the memorial site, named Bosco dei Faggi, which consisted of 118 Beech trees, and a circle of stones which the victims names are written. There's also three larger stones, which is a monument by the Swedish artist Christer Bording.

I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking:
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The place was really peaceful and a good memorial site, which I'm glad to have visited.

When it was time to leave, I figured that instead of going back to the airport to catch a bus in to town I'd go to the main road between LIN and Milan, which passed just by the park, and hope that there would be a bus stop nearby, where I could jump on the bus for Milan.

Luckily I quickly found a bus stop and only a few minutes of waiting was needed for the right bus to show up.

The busride didn't take long and I jumped off as soon as I saw the roof of Duomo di Milano within walking distance.
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I spent an hour or two in the area around Duomo, looking at the famous sights such as the Doumo itself:
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A very impressive building:
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And its inside:
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And of course Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II:
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I like these street signs here in Milan:
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A statue on the piazza outside Duomo:
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To get to BGY I had pre-booked a one-way bus ticket with Terravision, this was also very cheap at 5 EUR. It was scheduled to depart from Milano Centrale at 17:10, with an arrival time an hour later which was a lagom 1 hr 25 minutes before my FR departure from BGY.

So to get to the Central station I took the metro, which was efficient enough and only took 10 minutes or so.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Milano%202012/DSCN2152_zpsc2dc5b98.jpg

The Central station was a rather impressive building, there was some construction work going on outside though so I couldn't get a picture of the facade.
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Grand looking departure hall:
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I still had some time left before my bus departure so I did some waiting in this impressive building before I headed outside to the bus area.

I was the first to board the bus which arrived to the bus stop just a minute after I got there.

The ride to BGY wasn't overly comfortable with awful legroom. Luckily there were only 15 or so passengers on this departure so everyone could spread out. I spent most of the time trying to get some shuteye.
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We arrived 10 or so minutes ahead of schedule so I guess the ride could be described as smooth.

First impression of BGY wasn't overly good. The facade was boring concrete, here pictured together with the bus that brought me from the central station:
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The check-in hall was crowded and had very low ceiling, not very good ambiance:
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I had done OLCI for my flight so I had my A4 boarding pass which meant I could go straight for security, which was quite busy but I was through in a little over 5 minutes. The check itself was quite relaxed.

FIDS:
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Once airside the signs towards the gates directed you right through the duty-free shopping area, which wasn't great, but later I noticed that they did have a shortcut one could use once airside, to reach the gates without having to pass the shopping area, which is a fair compromise, IMO.

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I didn't do much at BGY other than a quick look around the terminal and waiting for my flight. I noted that the famous FR gate queuing started early, as expected, so I bought some water before settling down at the gate area to secure an okay position in the queue.

Some apron action:
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Soon enough boarding was called and I managed to be among the first 50 or so to scan my BP.

FR1944
BGY-NYO
Boeing 737-800
EI-DLE

Boarding in this case just meant getting to do more queuing in a corridor leading to a staircase which in turn lead to the apron. This queuing took place as passengers deboarded the incoming flight.
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In due time we were allowed down to the apron to board the aircraft. As I tried to walk towards the rear stairs I was yelled on by an apron worker, so back in to the queue to the forward door I went. I never really understood why we couldn't board there, as there was a FA standing at the rear entrance seemingly ready for passengers. Later on they even did let people board there.

FR aircraft parked next to ours:
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Queuing to board:
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Checking the reg:
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Sun behind the haze:
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Soon my turn to board:
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I entered the cabin and greeted the FA's in the forward galley. There were three female FA's and one male on this flight. I'd estimate them all to be around 25-35 years of age.

As I walked down the aisle I noticed that only the C seat was occupied on the left hand side of row 8, as I reached that row I asked the man on the aisle seat (who looked exactly like Swedish celebrity Claes af Geijerstam by the way, it wasn't him though since this guy was Italian) if the other seats where free, and when I got a positive response I sat down on window seat 8A.

View out my window:
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It long seemed like we would be lucky enough to get one of very few open seats in the cabin in between us, when boarding completed was called and all passengers had passed us. But alas, a girl soon walked back up the aisle and grabbed the open seat between us.
I didn't spot any more open seats so as usual with FR the load was very good.

The seat was your standard uncomfortable Ryanair seat with awful legroom. I'm sure most of you know it by now, but here's a legroom shot anyway:
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The captain was a young Swedish guy that did a welcome announcement and also one or two more announcements during the flight.

Winglet shot while on stand, not as good looking as the BT one, by far:
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It's somewhat better looking on the outside though:
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The crew preformed a manual safety demo with a recorded voice and we soon begun taxiing.
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We taxied to runway 28, where we took off.
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Terminal:
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Off we go:
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I passed that intersection during the bus ride to get here:
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After takeoff there were some nice views over the Italian landscape and some cityscape:
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And after a while some nice cloud formations were shown. These limited the views of the alps though, which was only visible (in a very limited way) a couple of times.
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The flight was otherwise quite uneventful. Or well, as uneventful as a flight with Ryanair can be. Long and drawn out BOB run. Lots of running up and down the aisle, both by the crew and passengers. Lots of announcements about their new super great lottery tickets and other new super duper great things for sale.

I didn't bother with the BOB at all, so I mostly spent the flight just listening to music and looking out my window.

Cabin view:
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Enjoy Nyköping ads on the overhead bins:
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Nyköping is the town which NYO lies close to.

Safety card:
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I had very little to none interaction with the crew so I don't know how nice they were. But the impression was that they were okay.

View out my window during cruise:
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http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Milano%202012/DSCN2231_zps14752ccb.jpg

During the flight it got gradually darker outside, and when we begun our descent to Skavsta it was pitch black. Only thing seen outside my window, besides the wing and engine, was a few lights here and there from some minor Swedish villages.

No proper views during the descent, and hence no photos either. The cabin crew prepared the cabin for landing and the seatbelt sign was soon turned off.

We soon touched down at NYO (applauds were heard from all over the cabin), a short taxi followed to the terminal which we parked outside. During the taxi I also got the hear the “Ryanair on time” fanfare (which was also followed with a round of applause, although at a smaller scale) for the first time, as the only previous time I flew FR we were delayed by some 45 minutes.

Parked at stand:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Milano%202012/DSCN2242_zps7c6ca0ae.jpg

We were soon allowed to deboard and I did so through the forward exit, thanking the crew as I did so.

My seat after the flight:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Milano%202012/DSCN2244_zps8989fb5f.jpg

A short walk to the terminal and through the luggage reclaim hall and I found myself landside where I bought a youth ticket for the Flygbussarna transfer bus to Stockholm. Not very cheap at 125 SEK or about 15 EUR.

Terminal curbside:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Milano%202012/DSCN2248_zpsfebb7135.jpg

The crowded bus to Stockholm took approximately 80 minutes and a lot of “I hate Ryanair” speeches could be heard throughout the bus. I preferred to listen to my music though.

A ride on the second last commuter train for the night brought me home after arriving at Stockholm Central and then my trip to Umeå, Riga and Milan had come too an end.

To sum things up,

The SAS flight was a usual SAS domestic experience. Nice if old crew and you know what you get etc. I like the fact that they still have a lounge in the domestic terminal though.

The deal I got on BT was very good. 199 EUR for UME-VAA-RIX-LIN in C-class is pretty much unbeatable value, especially considering the fact that when I checked the same flights later on it was priced at 204 EUR in economy.
The Business class product (mainly referring to the RIX-LIN flight here, as the Dashes has some kind of regional service concept) was maybe not top notch, but it was a more competitive product than I imagined it would be. Also very nice that they turned the middle seat in to a table/console, to give a slightly more “business” feeling to it all compared to just blocking the middle seat.
Shame though that I still haven't been lucky enough to log one of their 735's or F50's.

Ryanair was Ryanair. They brought me home to a very cheap price (although not extremely cheap when adding the airport transfers). I don't see myself frequent them any time soon though, mainly because I live so far from NYO, but also because I simply prefer other carriers. Although I doubt this was my last FR flight.

RIX did it's job as usual, the lounge was nice. I have another layover coming up here in November.

I didn't see much of LIN, but the little I saw reminded me of other Italian airports. Not very great looking but functional enough to do its job.

BGY was actually slightly better than I expected a “Ryanair-airport” to be like. But it isn't an airport I'd like to spend an extended amount of time at.

Thank you all for reading my trip report, comments and feedback are as always appreciated.

My next report shall hopefully cover a flight on the Dornier 328. I hope to have it up within 1-2 weeks.

Martin


User currently offlineyp6370 From Germany, joined Apr 2000, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8398 times:

Thanks for sharing!
Was really interested what BT offers in C/Cl. Just returned home and flew VNO-RIX-MUC in Y on F50/735.
Very nice legroom on the 735 but I was really annoyed by the inflight announcements (route info, duty free) and the crew obviously wasn't very busy as one of them took a nap in C/Cl  

What airline/route are you on to cover the Do328?
It's a great plane! Have fun  


User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8341 times:

Hi Martin.

I too was very interested to get a look at the Air Baltic biz class set up, especially the catering.
The lounges look quite good and the food on board looks ok/average.
Those 737s look really smart externally with the polished engine intake cowling.

I enjoyed your pictures from Milano, and yes, Duomo is one very impressive structure.

Thanks for posting your story and the great pictures to accompany it.

Cheers, Lee.


User currently offlineHELyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 913 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 8157 times:

Hej! Thanks for the TR, interesting reading!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I think around 15 passengers deboarded, so I can imagine why Umeå Town want a new operator on this route when BT removes it from their network. While the demand isn't there for a Dash maybe it would be profitable with a Jetstream or similar.

Yes there could be demand for a (light) air service between Umeå and Vaasa (Vasa), the Finnish side of the Gulf around Vaasa/Vasa has a rather large Swedish speaking population. There used to be a ferry link but that died out.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
There were also an ice-cream box, which I found rather cool:

Good idea, love ice cream.. It looks the box comes from Finnish Ingman Ice Cream but the stuff inside looks Latvian(?). Overall a nice lounge.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The Main Course was quite nice. Tasty fish and sauce, and I liked the spinach. Wouldn't have minded to have something like mashed potatoes to go with it though.

Thought the same, the fish dish looked good but where's the pasta or mashed potatoes...?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
the memorial of flight SAS686

Sad place.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
series of misunderstandings and faulty systems

Especially the faulty systems in LIN that time.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):

The deal I got on BT was very good. 199 EUR for UME-VAA-RIX-LIN in C-class is pretty much unbeatable value, especially considering the fact that when I checked the same flights later on it was priced at 204 EUR in economy.

Wow that was a great deal!


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6542 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7781 times:

Hi Martin!

Thanks for a very nice report with very nice pictures !

It seems you got a great deal and always nice to go to Italy!

Flight on SK look okay and the hotel in Umea is good value for being Sweden.

Funny that they refer to OSD as Are Ostersund nowadays since it's quite far from OSD. It used to be known simply as Ostersund or even Ostersund/Froson.

Nice flights on BT with okay meal service. Good to see that they go to NCE as well.

Very touching memorial at LIN. It seems very solemn and appropriate for such an tragic event.

Flight on FR doesn't seem too good but good to see that the add on the bin refers to Nykoping rahter than Stockholm South. NYO is serving Nykoping and not Stockholm. Most people had never heard of Skavsta until Ryanair started flying there; everyone just called NYO Nykoping.....

Very much looking forward to your next report.

The777Man



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26900 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7517 times:

Great report  

BT look quite good . Love the lounge at RIX .

Nice pics of Milan brought back memories of my trip there. Lovely city.

Thanks for the pleasant read.

Philip  


User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1792 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7302 times:

Hi Martin

Another interesting trip report, thanks for that. Of course it's good to have certain standards and principles, but your report proves there's no harm in occasionally bending your own rules.

I have to say though I'm a bit confused about Air Baltic. From other people's previous reports I was kind of under the impression that Air Baltic really sucked. But looking at your pictures, their Business Class at least looks rather presentable. Especially the lounge in Rige looks very stylish and somehow not at all like what I expected.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7177 times:

Hi Martin,

nice report with good pictures! BT's C Class product looks fine - and you cannot complain about that fare. The FR interior looks so awful...I stay away from that "airline".

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The vegetable and poultry panini was pretty good. I didn't like the fact that vegetables included mushrooms though, but nonetheless it was a quite tasty and good breakfast.

That looks nice, different from the usual stuff.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
. It is promoting a sale that said airline had selling tickets in Business Class, where flights to a number of destinations is sold for 199 EUR.

Great offer!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I didn't eat much at all of the salad, since goat cheese and onion are two things I am not fond of (I have a horrible goat cheese experience from Jokkmokk of all places).

The Main Course was quite nice. Tasty fish and sauce, and I liked the spinach. Wouldn't have minded to have something like mashed potatoes to go with it though.

The dessert was also nice, no complaints. Tasty vanilla cream.

That meal looks quite tasty!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently onlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1141 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7020 times:
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Hello there Martin,

Another nice report you have made there mate, really enjoyed it!
Flew Air Baltic for the first time, in Y, about 2 weeks ago (report to follow of course, despite the backlog!) and found them to be quite ok, better than I expected.
It's quite nice to be able to see what Air Baltics Business Class is about. And also in this occasion they look better than I expected, even though I wasn;t expecting much in your case and in mine!
SAS looks like the usual indeed and Ryanair is an airline I will never fly, not my taste/style at all!
Like your pictures of Milan too, looks like you had another enjoyable 2 days away!


Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This map also demonstrate quite well how far away NYO is from ARN and Stockholm (Stockholm is located just south of ARN).

And they still call it Stockholm Nykoping hmmm

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):

Airside isn't overly exciting at UME, there's a cafe and a gate area

And a leaking roof, or so it seems

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Cabin view during cruise:

Looks like everybody is sleeping! haha

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I like this model:

Looks great

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):

The seat was your standard uncomfortable Ryanair seat with awful legroom. I'm sure most of you know it by now

ugh, not my style!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6952 times:
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Hej Martin,

A pretty nice read you made there! You make me remember why to stay away from FR, that horrible queuing thing. Why didn't you buy priority boarding? The BT biz class seems great value, not only for the great fare but the service and food seem OK as well. Btw, did I see a LH flight displayed at BGY?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This makes 6/6 BT flights for me that had the same equipment scheduled from booking to departure day.

You must be one of those few who always get the right combination. And the B757 surprise times are over I guess?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
For the first time ever I could legally drive myself to the airport, so that's what I did!

Ha ha, just got your driver's license? Congrats  

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
SE-DTH %u201CVile Viking%u201D

Well, at least the flight itself was not 'vile' 

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Apparently there weren't anyone else that had ordered a shared taxi, as I was the only one all the way to the airport,

And I hope you didn't have to pay the 'non-shared' tariff then?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Airside isn't overly exciting at UME, there's a cafe and a gate area.

That really looks like an IKEA restaurant!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Always a nice touch:

What a stylish buckle.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I like this model:

Me too, you didn't think about 'liberating' it 

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The cabin was very clean and all, which isn't very surprising seeing that this aircraft has only flown for BT since June 2012.

Nice to be able to fly a 'modern' -300 version. Only on BT!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
so I asked for a G&T

Or a G&C (Gabriel Chew)  

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Grand looking departure hall:

That resembles a lot Antwerp Central Station.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6839 times:

Hi everyone!
And thanks for all comments already!

Quoting yp6370 (Reply 2):
Was really interested what BT offers in C/Cl. Just returned home and flew VNO-RIX-MUC in Y on F50/735.

Glad to hear you got to fly more interesting types of aircraft than me!  
Quoting yp6370 (Reply 2):
Very nice legroom on the 735 but I was really annoyed by the inflight announcements (route info, duty free) and the crew obviously wasn't very busy as one of them took a nap in C/Cl

Hah! Life is like a box of chocolates!

Quoting yp6370 (Reply 2):
What airline/route are you on to cover the Do328?
It's a great plane! Have fun

Suckling Airways operating for Direktflyg on the route SDL-GOT.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 3):
The lounges look quite good and the food on board looks ok/average.

Indeed, I was pleased with my BT C-experience.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 3):
Those 737s look really smart externally with the polished engine intake cowling.

Agreed, and the lime color is quite unique as well.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 3):

Thanks for posting your story and the great pictures to accompany it.

Thank you for dropping by, Lee!

Quoting HELyes (Reply 4):
Hej! Thanks for the TR, interesting reading!

Thank you, HELyes!

Quoting HELyes (Reply 4):
Good idea, love ice cream.. It looks the box comes from Finnish Ingman Ice Cream but the stuff inside looks Latvian(?). Overall a nice lounge.

I do believe the ice-cream was Latvian, indeed.

Quoting HELyes (Reply 4):
Thought the same, the fish dish looked good but where's the pasta or mashed potatoes...?

Yeah. Otherwise a nice meal though!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Thanks for a very nice report with very nice pictures !

Thank you 777Man!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Flight on SK look okay and the hotel in Umea is good value for being Sweden.

Indeed, and it was a very cool experience. Especially as I don't plan on spending a "proper" night in jail!  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Funny that they refer to OSD as Are Ostersund nowadays since it's quite far from OSD. It used to be known simply as Ostersund or even Ostersund/Froson.

Indeed. Quite misleading.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Nice flights on BT with okay meal service. Good to see that they go to NCE as well.

Yeah they do have quite a few south European destinations.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Great report

BT look quite good . Love the lounge at RIX .

Thank you, Philip!
The C-experience with BT was indeed nice.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Nice pics of Milan brought back memories of my trip there. Lovely city.

Indeed a nice town, I'm sure I'll be there again some day.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 7):
Another interesting trip report, thanks for that.

Thanks, William!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 7):

I have to say though I'm a bit confused about Air Baltic. From other people's previous reports I was kind of under the impression that Air Baltic really sucked. But looking at your pictures, their Business Class at least looks rather presentable. Especially the lounge in Rige looks very stylish and somehow not at all like what I expected.

I've only had good experiences with them so far, you should try them!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
nice report with good pictures!

Thank you, PH!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
BT's C Class product looks fine - and you cannot complain about that fare. The FR interior looks so awful...I stay away from that "airline".

Yeah, it was quite the contrast to fly with FR after my BT Business experience!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):

That meal looks quite tasty!

Yup, just lacked something more "substantial".

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 9):
Another nice report you have made there mate, really enjoyed it!

Thanks, Brendan!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 9):
Flew Air Baltic for the first time, in Y, about 2 weeks ago (report to follow of course, despite the backlog!) and found them to be quite ok, better than I expected.

Glad to hear you enjoyed BT, I'm looking forward to the report!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 9):
And they still call it Stockholm Nykoping hmmm

Yeah, it's quite the distance away. I believe that NYO is on the top 10 on the list "Airports with the furthest distance to the town which the airport markets itself to".

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 9):
And a leaking roof, or so it seems

Hah sure seems that way! I didn't even notice the bucket until you mentioned it now!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
A pretty nice read you made there!

Thanks, Nils!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
You make me remember why to stay away from FR, that horrible queuing thing. Why didn't you buy priority boarding?

I considered it, but buying the flight for a grand total of 27.99 EUR was too tempting. I did regret it while at BGY though. But in the end it worked out fine anyway.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
Btw, did I see a LH flight displayed at BGY?

I did see an Air Dolomiti plane around so I guess it's a codeshare.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
You must be one of those few who always get the right combination. And the B757 surprise times are over I guess?

I probably am, at least with BT, let's see if my two 733 flights with them in November stays as 733's.
And indeed, I do believe that they have retired both 757's now. Sadly.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):

Ha ha, just got your driver's license? Congrats

Yup, in mid-August! Thank you!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
And I hope you didn't have to pay the 'non-shared' tariff then?

Yeah, the taxi was booked and paid for online so no need to pay more.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):

Me too, you didn't think about 'liberating' it

Hah, I didn't. But I wouldn't mind having one of those though!

Martin


User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1346 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6784 times:

Thanks for sharing. Great to read about BT's C Class product. The price is unbeatable. However it is also worth to always look at optiontown.com to upgrade your BT economy Class product from Y to C at approx 65 EUR i.e. for a Frankfurt-Riga flight.

What I found a little bad is that they have no curtain between C and Y class on their 737. I flew an older 737-500 with them in Economy class from Frankfurt to Riga and it had this curtain. I do understand that it doesn't make sense on a hop on a Dash, but on a proper flight with a proper Jet from RIX to LIN this gives way more privacy to C class passengers.

Loved the coffee cups. They have the same design also on the stylish green boarding passes their issue in Riga. I like these details.

RIX is clearly a connecting hub. Found the lounge quite pleasant as well.


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6399 times:

Hello Martin


Great report thanks for sharing, it was nice and detailed.
Nice to see you where able to fly J. While not having all the whistles and the bells BTs product is very competible.
Great price-money value. Milan looks great as well.

Ryanair, well.... we all know what it is and to expect. They got you there and that is the most important.


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6376 times:

Hej Martin,

A good read, nice mix of aircraft. I think it's still uncommon to fly an old-generation 737 with winglets. How do you think? I never flew one so far. Service on BT looks really nice, and I like the glass of G&T with the window pic. Hmm... I've seen that shot before with a glass of Baileys somewhere  

Good pics from Milano and the memorial site, I'm happy for you that you got to visit it.
On the way back with FR, some nice clouds enroute. Lovely colours in the sky.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I don't make many rules to myself, as I know I'd just end up break them. I do have preferences though, such as not to book myself on a flight departing too early in the morning, or not to fly ultra low cost airlines. These two preferences would be broken in this trip.

Haha, I'll forgive you.

Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5150 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6220 times:

Hej, hej, M.,

tha s for sue a good idea to spend some time in the air and also by biz on BT.
Nice pictures and story also.
RIX lounge looks also good, something for me, maybe.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):

Since the ground staff (one of which was a super cute girl, seems like you need to head to Vaasa soon, Markus!)

That place is missing here, so I should do it!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Shopping and sun med style!.
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6199 times:

Hi everyone!
Thanks a lot for the additional comments! It's very much appreciated!

Quoting reifel (Reply 12):
Thanks for sharing. Great to read about BT's C Class product.

Thanks, reifel!

Quoting reifel (Reply 12):
However it is also worth to always look at optiontown.com to upgrade your BT economy Class product from Y to C at approx 65 EUR i.e. for a Frankfurt-Riga flight.

Indeed, I have two upcoming flights with BT but the price was a little high for my taste, especially considering that I have now already tried their C-class and that both flights are in the morning.

Quoting reifel (Reply 12):
What I found a little bad is that they have no curtain between C and Y class on their 737. I flew an older 737-500 with them in Economy class from Frankfurt to Riga and it had this curtain. I do understand that it doesn't make sense on a hop on a Dash, but on a proper flight with a proper Jet from RIX to LIN this gives way more privacy to C class passengers.

A curtain would have been nice but I'm fine without it as well.

Quoting reifel (Reply 12):

Loved the coffee cups. They have the same design also on the stylish green boarding passes their issue in Riga. I like these details.

Yeah nice design on the cups. I didn't know they had it on the BP's as well! Good to know.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
Great report thanks for sharing, it was nice and detailed.

Thank you, Marc!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
Nice to see you where able to fly J. While not having all the whistles and the bells BTs product is very competible.
Great price-money value.

Indeed, that's how I'd sum the experience as well!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
Ryanair, well.... we all know what it is and to expect. They got you there and that is the most important.

Very true.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 14):
A good read, nice mix of aircraft

Thank you, Eric!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 14):
I think it's still uncommon to fly an old-generation 737 with winglets. How do you think? I never flew one so far.

Yeah that's true. I think the only previous example I have flown was with BT also. I know Norwegian fitted 4 of their 733's with winglets as well. But in general it is probably quite rare.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 14):
Service on BT looks really nice, and I like the glass of G&T with the window pic. Hmm... I've seen that shot before with a glass of Baileys somewhere

Haha yeah I might have been inspired by a certain Dutchman!  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 14):
On the way back with FR, some nice clouds enroute. Lovely colours in the sky.

Indeed, the views out my window were easily the most enjoyable thing on that flight!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 14):
Haha, I'll forgive you.

Thanks again, Eric!  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 15):
Nice pictures and story also.

Thank you, Markus!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 15):
That place is missing here, so I should do it!.

Well you could always go on SK/KF via ARN or CPH, some interesting equipment on both routes!

Martin


User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5088 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 20 hours ago) and read 6003 times:

Martin,

Thanks for the report. I am positively surprised by Air Baltic. I need to fly them one of these days.

Saludos,
A.

PS: Those FR seats look awful!



Live, and let live.
User currently offlinemxp From Italy, joined Aug 2003, 452 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 11 months 19 hours ago) and read 5969 times:

Hi Martin thanx for the interesting TR. i have to try Air Baltic once. And thanx for the shot of my city and the place where i work i mean the underground.

Alberto


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 19, posted (1 year 11 months 6 hours ago) and read 5851 times:

Hi Martin,

excellent report, enjoyed it very much, covering some familiar things for me. Great idea to take advantage of this BT offer and build a nice trip around. BT looks pretty good, especially the service on the RIX-LIN leg seemed to be really nice.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
For the first time ever I could legally drive myself to the airport, so that's what I did!

Congrats   ...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This was the view out my window for most of the flight:

Beautiful colors.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The hotel was quite cool, they sure had kept the “prison” feel to it all. The room was rather small but had everything I wanted nonetheless.

Oh yes, I remember. Quite an interesting experience to stay there.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
There is big windows towards the apron, but it is covered in some sort of blurred surface, making photography impossible, and even watching planes is difficult.

They have (or at least they had when I was there) some uncovered windows at the end of the terminal, from where you have some good views over the apron.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
For this flight I had for some reason selected 1A, but I had later regretted that choice since it might be difficult to snap photos with the 2 FA's seated right in front of you.

Yes, that's the downside of these seats. Lucky for you that the second row was still empty.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Oh I could get used to this:

  

So how did you like Milan? The duomo is for sure a very impressive building, also the shopping gallery, but besides I was rather disappointed by the city. I just didn't like the whole atmosphere of this place.

Greetings
CaptainRed


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5593 times:

Hi again everyone!
Thank you all for the further feedback!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 17):
Thanks for the report.

Thank you for commenting, A!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 17):
I am positively surprised by Air Baltic. I need to fly them one of these days.

You should, their Y is rather low cost, but not to an extreme degree, although tickets can be found insanely cheap at times.

Quoting mxp (Reply 18):
Hi Martin thanx for the interesting TR.

Thank you, Alberto, for commenting!

Quoting mxp (Reply 18):
And thanx for the shot of my city and the place where i work i mean the underground.

Nice! The underground brought me safe and efficient to my destination that day, so keep up the good work!  
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 19):
excellent report, enjoyed it very much, covering some familiar things for me.

Thank you, Captain!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 19):
Great idea to take advantage of this BT offer and build a nice trip around. BT looks pretty good, especially the service on the RIX-LIN leg seemed to be really nice.

Indeed, it all worked out great.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 19):
Congrats

Thank you!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 19):
Oh yes, I remember. Quite an interesting experience to stay there.

Indeed. Your report was one of which that inspired me to stay there.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 19):
They have (or at least they had when I was there) some uncovered windows at the end of the terminal, from where you have some good views over the apron.

Yeah they were still there now that you mentioned it, I didn't bother much though since it was exactly the same planes parked as the night before.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 19):
So how did you like Milan? The duomo is for sure a very impressive building, also the shopping gallery, but besides I was rather disappointed by the city. I just didn't like the whole atmosphere of this place.

That's actually pretty much my opinion on Milan as well. Next time I'm there (whenever that might be) maybe I should leave the touristy areas to see what Milan really is about.

Martin


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 972 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5360 times:

Great report! Nice to fly Business Class and Ryanair at the same time  

Interesting route BT flies there, nice to fly it while it lasts. The menu options from the UME-RIX flight was just a choice from the BOB menu?


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5183 times:

Hi Robert!

Thanks for commenting!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 21):
Great report! Nice to fly Business Class and Ryanair at the same time

Indeed, quite the contrast!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 21):
The menu options from the UME-RIX flight was just a choice from the BOB menu?

I believe so, yes.

Martin

[Edited 2012-10-01 04:16:32]

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