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Blue1 Boeing 717, ATR 72: OSL-HEL-ARN, Oct 2012  
User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 9892 times:

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Hello and welcome to the second part of my trip report to Europe and Russia. This part will cover two flights with Blue1 from Oslo to Helsinki and from Helsinki to Stockholm. I will also include some photos taken during the visit to Helsinki. I hope you enjoy reading.

Flight details of this trip:
Part one: Thai Airways 777-200ER BKK-OSL
Part two: Blue1 Boeing 717 OSL-HEL, Blue1 ATR72-500 HEL-ARN
Part three: SAS MD82 ARN-CPH, SAS (turned out to be LH) CRJ700 CPH-MUC
Part four: Air Berlin 737-700 MUC-DME, Niki A320 DME-VIE-HAJ
Part five: Thai Airways 777-300ER FRA-BKK

Details of the second leg:
Date: 12 October 2012
Airline: Blue1
Flight: KF664
Route: OSL-HEL
Aircraft: Boeing 717-200
Registration: OH-BLH
Class: Economy

The flight departure time was 8:30am, we planned to get to the airport two hours before the flight. At 5am, we had early breakfast at the hotel. From our hotel in Karl Johan street, we took a short walk to the National Theatre station and took an airport express train departing the station at just before 6am, arriving Oslo airport 30 minutes later.

National Theatre Station, this is actually not our train to the airport.

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Departure area, there were many people queuing for the self service check-in machines. But before we proceeded to check our baggage, we went to the VAT Refund for Tourists counter and claimed the VAT which was done pretty quick.

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As Star Alliance elite card holders, we went to the empty Eurobonus Gold counter. We have online-checked-in the night before and have selected to have the seats in the emergency exit row. Our bags got checked to Helsinki and we received our print-out boarding passes, but no information was mentioned about lounge access.

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Proceeding to security check, Eurobonus gold cardholder and Business class passengers were entitled to use the fast track lane. We use an Economy line, which got us through in a couple of minutes.

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After security check: left turn for Domestic flights and right turn for International departure

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Looking left

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Looking right

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Passing duty free shops

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Flight information display

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While my brother was looking around duty free shops, I decided to make a visit to the SAS Business lounge.

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Just before the entrance of the lounge to the left was this model

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Upon entering the lounge, the lounge lady greeted me with a big smile on her face, and immediately offered to take a photo of me with the SAS plane model. After that, I showed my boarding pass together with my Thai Airways Frequent flyer card, and she welcomed me to the lounge. Her colleague probably saw my TG card, and then said ‘Sawatdee krup’ which is Hello in Thai language, and also welcomed me to the lounge.

Lounge is pretty quiet at this time, but it later got quite busy

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Breakfast offerings

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A few minutes later, my brother joined me. After his quick walk-around, he told me that there is an area for Gold card holder. So we decided to go and see.

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The zone is pretty much the same with the Business class zone.

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Leaving the lounge for our departure gate, passing another SAS plane model

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Departure information

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Finnair Embraer 190 to Helsinki

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Our gate

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The aircraft that would take us to Helsinki

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When boarding was called, passengers started to form a line. No priority boarding was called for Premium passengers or *A elite passengers.

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At the aircraft door, a female FM welcomed us on board. The seat configuration on this aircraft is 2-3.

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When boarding was completed, I noticed the load on this flight was around 50%, with one person in Premium. One of the FAs then came to our row and asked us to familiarise ourselves with the emergency procedures. Then manual safety demonstration was performed

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View from the parking position

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Pushed back and taxied

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Turning for the runway

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Took off

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When seatbelt sign got switched off, the crew made another announcement saying that complimentary tea and coffee will be served soon as well as the sales of refreshments onboard.

Plenty of space at the exit row

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MMMMMMMMenu

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Looking outside

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When the FA got to my row, I asked for a coffee together with a muffin for 2.50EUR

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Looking at the safety card

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Cabin view

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Before descending to Helsinki, there was a welcome announcement from the flight deck, giving information about the approximate landing time as well as the on-ground temperature.

Descending

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Touched down

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A short taxi to our parking position

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Exiting the plane

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Following the baggage claim sign

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Baggage claim area, our bags were already on the belt when we arrived.

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Exiting Terminal 1

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I have arranged an airport-hotel transfer in advance with my hotel. It’s all very convenient to be picked up straight from the arrival hall and dropped off in the hotel front door. But I think the 100EUR price is a little bit too much for a 25-minute drive.

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Arrived at our hotel: Hotel Kamp

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Our room

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Then I received this message from Blue1

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Some photos taken during our stay in Helsinki

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Helsinki Cathedral & Senate Square

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Esplanadi Park

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Suomenlinna

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User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 9882 times:

The night before our flight, we tried to check-in online on Blue1 website. However, after several times of trying to input our reservation number and our surname, error messages kept popping up. So I decided to go on ‘check my trip’ on the airline website and the error message stated that my reservation may have been cancelled. I made a phone call to Blue1 call centre and it was revealed that my reservation has indeed been cancelled due to my credit card problem, and I was also told that the airline has sent me an e-mail informing me about the cancellation, which I didn’t receive. Now that a slight problem has occurred, I asked what would be the options to get us from Helsinki to Stockholm the next day, the agent advised me to make another booking on Blue1 website.

To be honest, I must admit that this problem is partly my fault. Cause I made two reservations with Blue1, one from OSL-HEL and one from HEL-ARN. I only received the itinerary to my email inbox on the OSL-HEL sector, but not on HEL-ARN. Instead of contacting the airline back then (one day after the booking), I visited the Blue1 website and entered my reservation number and surname on the ‘check my trip’ page, and the flight confirmation was displayed, thus I treated my reservation as confirmed. This was a big mistake on my part, as it turned out that my reservation was cancelled two days after it was made. But I would have hoped that the airline would successfully contact me about it.

Anyway, I looked at the flight options to Stockholm Arlanda for the next day and most of the flights were pretty expensive. But one appeared particularly favourable: SAS last minutes youth fare, for 105EUR for two people. But this means that departure time would be very late at night, which wasn’t ideal for us. So we ended up making another reservation with Blue1, but instead of going on the mid-day flight as originally booked (and cancelled), we booked an earlier flight, departing at 9:20am, for around 600EUR for two people.

The details of the flight:
Date: 14 October 2012
Airline: Blue1 operated by Golden Air
Flight: KF841
Route: HEL-ARN
Aircraft: ATR72-500
Registration: SE-MDH
Class: Economy

To get from our hotel to the airport, we decided to walk a few blocks to the train central station, where Finnair Bus will be talking us direct to the airport at a cost of 4EUR per person (for a Helsinki pass holder).

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Terminal 1

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Check-in area, relatively quiet

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We went to the Blue1 priority counter, but it was unstaffed, so instead we went to the next counter, LH, to check-in. We were invited to use the SAS lounge and advised of the direction to the lounge, which was to the right after the security checkpoint.

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We headed straight to the security screening, it actually took less than 3 minutes to clear

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Terminal map

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Airside

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SAS lounge, located directly opposite our assigned boarding gate 13A

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Upon presenting our FFP cards and our boarding passes, we were welcomed by a friendly agent. The lounge was very quiet (on this Sunday morning), there were a few people apart from us when we entered. But most of the times, we were the only ones using the lounge.

Some pictures of the lounge

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Breakfast offerings

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At around planned boarding time, we left the lounge, and I took a few pictures. Unfortunately, the weather was not perfect

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MD11F, OH-LGC, of Nordic Global Airlines

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At shortly after the planned boarding time, passengers were invited to proceed with getting our travel documents checked before proceeding to a bus, which would take us to the plane. Once again, no priority boarding was made, which I later found out that there was no Premium passenger on the flight.

Pictures taken on the bus on the way to the aircraft

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Arriving at our aircraft

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I was the last person to board the plane. As I entered the aircraft using the rear door, one FA stood there counting the number of passengers using a counting device. I proceeded to our allocated seat in row 4, but as I saw many empty seats on the flight, in fact, all the seats in front of row 4 were empty, so I asked the crew if it was ok for me to move to row 4, to which she replied ‘of course’. I reckoned the flight load to be around 35%.

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Photo taken from my seat

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When the aircraft door was closed, the cabin crew made a standard welcome announcement as well we performing safety demonstration manually. Unfortunately, it was raining earlier in the day and the windows weren’t very clean

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Took off and climbing

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Shortly after the seatbelt sign was switched off, FAs came over to offer tea or coffee. There was no buy on board service on this flight as the flight duration was only around one hour. I opted for coffee.

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Leg room

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Safety card

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Looking outside

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Not long after, a welcome announcement was made from the flight deck, informing us of the expected landing time and the weather condition in Stockholm.

Cabin crew getting ready to landing

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Descending to Stockholm Arlanda Airport

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Landed

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In our parking position

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Disembarking was via the rear door

My seat

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A short walk to enter the terminal building

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Walking to baggage claims area

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After a few minutes waiting, our bags came on the belt

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In the arrival hall, we bought a train ticket from the airport to Stockholm central station

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A few steps out the train station, and we reached our hotel, Nordic Sea Hotel. The queue for the reception was quite long

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Our room

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In conclusion, I had a good travel experience with Blue1. The flights were more or less on time. Ground agents, especially the lounge agents in OSL and HEL, were particularly nice. Cabin crew were, however, more reserved, but were efficient in their in-flight service.

This will be the end of part 2. I hope you enjoyed reading so far. The next part will cover two flights: SAS from Stockholm to Copenhagen and Lufthansa Cityline from Copenhagen to Munich, as well as some pictures taken during our visit to Stockholm and Copenhagen. All comments/questions are very welcomed and appreciated.

Regards,

Win

My previous trip reports:

Thai Airways Boeing 777-200ER: BKK-OSL, Oct 2012 (by win1290 Oct 27 2012 in Trip Reports)
Thai Airways A380: HKG - BKK, October 2012 (by win1290 Oct 8 2012 in Trip Reports)
THAI's A380 Inaugural: BKK-HKG, October 2012 (by win1290 Oct 6 2012 in Trip Reports)
Turkish Airlines A320, A343: NCE-IST-BKK, Sep 2012 (by win1290 Sep 29 2012 in Trip Reports)
Turkish Airlines A333, B738: BKK-IST-NCE, Sep 2012 (by win1290 Sep 20 2012 in Trip Reports)
KLM's F70 And 777-300ER: BRS-AMS-BKK, July 2012 (by win1290 Aug 30 2012 in Trip Reports)
KLM's 777-200ER And F70: BKK-AMS-BRS, July 2012 (by win1290 Aug 26 2012 in Trip Reports)
Thai Smile Inaugural: Bangkok To Macau, July 2012 (by win1290 Jul 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
Thai Airways: The A346 And The Upgrade! LHR-BKK (by win1290 Jul 5 2012 in Trip Reports)
LOT: WAW-MXP-WAW-LHR, June 2012 (by win1290 Jul 3 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Trip To Poland With LOT, June 2012 (by win1290 Jun 25 2012 in Trip Reports)
THAI's Retro Boeing 747-400: BKK-LHR (by win1290 Apr 22 2012 in Trip Reports)
Thai Airways Boeing 777-300ER: BKK-NRT-BKK (by win1290 Apr 10 2012 in Trip Reports)
Thai Airways 747-400: BKK-HKG-BKK (by win1290 Apr 2 2012 in Trip Reports)
Thai Airways A340-600: LHR-BKK (by win1290 Mar 28 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Trip To Amsterdam With KLM: BRS-AMS-BRS (by win1290 Mar 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Trip To Prague With Easyjet: BRS-PRG-BRS (by win1290 Mar 14 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Trip To Munich With Lufthansa A319 (by win1290 Mar 1 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Trip To Madrid With Iberia And British Airways (by win1290 Feb 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
THAI's A346 Smooth As Silk To London (by win1290 Jan 20 2012 in Trip Reports)


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 9309 times:

Nice report Win...looks like you stayed in some nice hotels on your trip. Great that the staff in the lounge in OSL were so freindly!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):

I have arranged an airport-hotel transfer in advance with my hotel. It’s all very convenient to be picked up straight from the arrival hall and dropped off in the hotel front door. But I think the 100EUR price is a little bit too much for a 25-minute drive.

Hmm, yes, that is quite pricey. I think a taxi would have been better for you.

Quoting win1290 (Reply 1):

Anyway, I looked at the flight options to Stockholm Arlanda for the next day and most of the flights were pretty expensive. But one appeared particularly favourable: SAS last minutes youth fare, for 105EUR for two people. But this means that departure time would be very late at night, which wasn’t ideal for us. So we ended up making another reservation with Blue1, but instead of going on the mid-day flight as originally booked (and cancelled), we booked an earlier flight, departing at 9:20am, for around 600EUR for two people.

Ouch. That's expensive. Shame that they couldn't offer you anything seeing a they cancelled your reservation without telling you, or trying to help you buy another fare initally.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
A few steps out the train station, and we reached our hotel, Nordic Sea Hotel. The queue for the reception was quite long

Wow, that's a long queue for a hotel, never seen anything like it!



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User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 9144 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
Nice report Win...looks like you stayed in some nice hotels on your trip. Great that the staff in the lounge in OSL were so freindly!

Thanks a lot Gabriel!  
I may have spoiled myself a bit, but the locations of our hotel in Helsinki and Stockholm were perfect.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):

Hmm, yes, that is quite pricey. I think a taxi would have been better for you.

Thats right, I later found out that a taxi would have costed me around 40 EUR, but the Finnair bus was a lot cheaper at 4 EUR per person  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):

Ouch. That's expensive. Shame that they couldn't offer you anything seeing a they cancelled your reservation without telling you, or trying to help you buy another fare initally.

It was a big ouch! The agent on the phone told me that the booking class in my original reservation has been sold out, so what left was more expensive, and he actually quoted me the price. Also, he told me that if I booked through the call centre, there would be an extra charge for it, so he recommended me to buy a new ticket on Blue1 website.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):

Wow, that's a long queue for a hotel, never seen anything like it!

Me neither, but at least our room was prepared even when we checked-in at around 10:30am.

Thanks for commenting,

Win


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 965 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 9070 times:

Great report again, Win, thanks for posting!
Looks like you had two enjoyable flights with Blue1, shame about the mix-up with the reservation though.


User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 9015 times:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 4):
Great report again, Win, thanks for posting!

Thanks Robert!
You are most welcome, glad you like it  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 4):
Looks like you had two enjoyable flights with Blue1, shame about the mix-up with the reservation though.

Indeed, it was also my first flight on the 717 too!
Yep, I will be more careful with my future flight reservations.

Cheers,

Win


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 8978 times:

Hello Win

Great trip report, thanks for sharing!
I'm glad to see you got the old interior on the 717! looks better than the new one!
Great job logging the AT7 as well

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 8938 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
Hello Win

Hi Marc,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
Great trip report, thanks for sharing!

Thanks a lot! glad you like it  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
I'm glad to see you got the old interior on the 717! looks better than the new one!

It didn't strike me as it was the older interior when I was on board. But seat was pretty comfortable and there was plenty of space at the exit row too.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
Great job logging the AT7 as well

Cheers!

Thanks for reading and commenting Marc,

Win


User currently offlineHELyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 893 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8744 times:

Hi, thanks for the great TR!
Interesting to see my city and other Nordic views through the eyes of a Bangkok resident, thats my favourite Asian city. Hopefully you'll come in summer next time, so much more life and light up here then!

You have found some great hotels. Hotel Kämp in Helsinki is often ranked the best Nordic hotel, the readers of Condé Nast Traveler just voted it the second best in Northern-Europe, after Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin.

http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-ch...rope/top-25-hotels-northern-europe


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5136 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8744 times:

Hi, Win,

really good to follow you´re impressions about well known places.
Lounges, planes and cities are familiar here.
The Blue 1 717 looks like good, not that really sure with the cancellation of the second leg.
Anyway you reached you´re destination.
Looking for the next part now.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1250 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 8742 times:

Nice continuation there Win. Too bad about the cancelled flight, although at least you managed to get another although it did seem a bit pricey! Good pictures too.


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User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8741 times:

Quoting HELyes (Reply 8):
Hi, thanks for the great TR!

Hi HELyes! You are most welcome  
Quoting HELyes (Reply 8):
Interesting to see my city and other Nordic views through the eyes of a Bangkok resident,
Quoting HELyes (Reply 8):
Hopefully you'll come in summer next time, so much more life and light up here then!

That's very nice to know. We absolutely enjoyed our first visit to Helsinki. In fact, it was actually sunny on our secend day in the city, but when I have the opportunity, I will definitely visit it again in summer!

Quoting HELyes (Reply 8):
thats my favourite Asian city

Cheers!  
Quoting HELyes (Reply 8):
You have found some great hotels. Hotel Kämp in Helsinki is often ranked the best Nordic hotel, the readers of Condé Nast Traveler just voted it the second best in Northern-Europe, after Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin.

Thanks for the link and the information, the hotel was indeed super!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Hi, Win,

Hi Marcus!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):

really good to follow you´re impressions about well known places.
Lounges, planes and cities are familiar here.
The Blue 1 717 looks like good, not that really sure with the cancellation of the second leg.
Anyway you reached you´re destination.
Looking for the next part now.

Thanks a lot for your feedback  
Flights with Blue1 were good, especially on a 717 which was a rare flight for me. Yep, the cancellation was a small problem in the trip, but in the end I got to the destination. I will be much more careful with my bookings in the future.
Thats very nice to know, I will finish the report for the next part by the coming week.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 10):
Nice continuation there Win. Too bad about the cancelled flight, although at least you managed to get another although it did seem a bit pricey! Good pictures too.

Thanks a lot James! Yep, got to Stockholm eventually haha.

Thank you very much for all the comments,

Win


User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6500 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 8741 times:

Hi Win!

Thanks for another great report with great pictures !

Too bad about the problem with your reservation; always make sure you have ticket numbers.....

Flights seem okay and they are short anyway.

Nice for you to go on a 717; Bangkok Air used to have those but perhaps before you became an A.netter..

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 8741 times:

Hi Win,

really good to see some more Nordic travels here. Congrats on the 717! Was this your first time?
But sorry to hear that you paid so much money for the hotel shuttle and the rebooking. KF should've assisted you at the moment you called them; there must've been cheaper fare classes available somewhere, I suppose. Did you also check your options on DY, BT and OV, who often offer competitive fares.
I flew a Golden Air ATR72 this summer and was not happy about the legroom, but I guess I'm a bit taller then you  

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 14, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 8741 times:

Hi Win,

interesting report with good pictures! Good to see you have added the 717 to your log. But it's too bad you had to pay so much for a new flight.


PH



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 8743 times:
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Hi Win!

Great continuation to your series here.
Looks like Blue1 did an ok job overall, nothing special. Lounges look quite good and always nice when they are empty  
Looks like you stayed at 2 nice hotels and great pictures of Helsinki too

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
But I think the 100EUR price is a little bit too much for a 25-minute drive.

that is quite pricey!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Then I received this message from Blue1

Interesting, did you send anything back?

Quoting win1290 (Reply 1):
but instead of going on the mid-day flight as originally booked (and cancelled), we booked an earlier flight, departing at 9:20am, for around 600EUR for two people.

Very unfortunate for all that to happen, shame you had to book such pricey tickets

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8615 times:

Hi Win!

Nice report again! Good to see that you had a couple of nice flight with KF. I recently flew them myself for the first time as well, the 717 is a great aircraft to fly on!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
The zone is pretty much the same with the Business class zone.

Yup, but with better drink offerings!  

Martin


User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 8591 times:

Hello all, very nice to see your comments, and sorry for the late response

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Hi Win!

Hi The777Man,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Thanks for another great report with great pictures !

You are most welcome! Glad you liked it.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Too bad about the problem with your reservation; always make sure you have ticket numbers.....

Yep, I will make sure I have the ticket number, gotta be much more careful

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Flights seem okay and they are short anyway.

Don't have any complains for the flight. But it was great to get to fly the 717 for the first time.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):

Nice for you to go on a 717; Bangkok Air used to have those but perhaps before you became an A.netter..

Thats right, kind of dissapointed that I missed the opportunity to go on PG's 717.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):

Looking forward to your next report!

Very nice to know, I am hoping to get it posted by next weekend

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
Hi Win,

Hi Eric!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
really good to see some more Nordic travels here. Congrats on the 717! Was this your first time?

Cheers! it was my first flight on the 717, and also first time in the Nordic countries.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
But sorry to hear that you paid so much money for the hotel shuttle and the rebooking. KF should've assisted you at the moment you called them; there must've been cheaper fare classes available somewhere, I suppose. Did you also check your options on DY, BT and OV, who often offer competitive fares.

Well, I agree, I think KF stafff from the call centre should have assisted me with the rebooking, but all they did was quoting me the prices and suggested I made a booking on its website.
As we only had two days planned in Stockholm, we wanted to get to ARN the most direct ways, so the options were limited to SK, KF and DY, and KF has the best timing.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
I flew a Golden Air ATR72 this summer and was not happy about the legroom, but I guess I'm a bit taller then you

The legroom wasn't great. I am sure you are taller than me, I am only 1.7 metre tall

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
Hi Win,

Hi PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):

interesting report with good pictures! Good to see you have added the 717 to your log. But it's too bad you had to pay so much for a new flight.

Thank you! I am very happy to get on the 717, I think its quite rare to fine one in Asia.
Yep, one lesson learned, I will be much more careful when booking my future flights.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Hi Win!

Hi Brendan!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):

Great continuation to your series here.
Looks like Blue1 did an ok job overall, nothing special. Lounges look quite good and always nice when they are empty
Looks like you stayed at 2 nice hotels and great pictures of Helsinki too

Cheers!
Agreed, but its always special (for me at least) to be on a new airline and new type! Love the lounge when it is quite too.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):

Interesting, did you send anything back?

Well, no I didn't   , but had I sent it, it would be around 6-7.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Very unfortunate for all that to happen, shame you had to book such pricey tickets

gotta be much more careful in the future flight bookings.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 16):
Hi Win!

Hi Martin!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 16):

Nice report again! Good to see that you had a couple of nice flight with KF. I recently flew them myself for the first time as well, the 717 is a great aircraft to fly on!

Thanks a lot!
Yep, it was nice experience on Blue1. The 717 is sure special, very rare in Asia.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 16):
Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
The zone is pretty much the same with the Business class zone.

Yup, but with better drink offerings!

And it also has boiled eggs that Business Class zone doesn't, haha

Thanks a lot for all your comments,

Win


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