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Brussels To Bromma On Brussels: BRU-BMA-BRU  
User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1646 posts, RR: 30
Posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 6975 times:
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Introduction

In fact there really is not much of an introduction to this TR needed. As SN was running a another sale some time ago, I happily made use of a promo code to book this same plane turnaround flight to Stockholm BMA, price € 89. Not having flown the SN route to THF, which has been closed some years ago now, I didn’t want to make the same mistake again and not having flown into this city airport as well. It seems SN has a special relationship with city airports: THF and not TXL (now they do fly into TXL of course), BMA and not ARN. SN is also the only Western European carrier (not counting in the BA subsidiary flying AAR and BLL from BMA) which flies into BMA. It is currently also the longest scheduled flight ex-BMA clocking off at 2h25 mins. Oh if only they flew into LCY iso LHR. They do have the right equipment for that with the RJ100 and DH8 though...

I realise there are already plenty of TR’s who feature SN and the RJ100 but still I thought this one would be of interest due to the nice contrast in weather conditions (lots of snow in BMA). Therefore I’ll keep the words to a minimum and let the pics tell the story.

The obligatory map (thanks to the excellent www.gcmap.com, copyright Karl L Schwartz):



I arrive in a rather quiet terminal A some 10 mins before boarding time:




The day hasn’t started yet to it’s full extent and I meander my way throught the terminal and watch the morning activities, such as the loading of another Africa flight and the unloading of what looks like a fully loaded Air Baltic Dash from Riga (I still wonder who might be so crazy to spend 3h in a Dash...?):




Meanwhile, OO-DWH comes into gate A60, inbound from MRS and due to carry me to BMA. Gate A60 is just adjacent to the border control area for the Africa bound SN flights and a lot of Africans are having a rest/sleep on the seats.






BRU to BMA
SN2303
BAE Systems Avro RJ100 (RJ1H) OO-DWH
STD-STA 09h00-11h25
Y class
seat 19F


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Photo © Jens Breuer


Gate view from my seat, a sea of SN tails:


Legroom is not overly good this time:


The load is about 60% with quite some pax in the b.flex cabin:


Pushing:






Takeoff from 25R:


Do you notice the Shaheen Air A330?


BRU cargo ramp:




Turning north over a cobweb of roads:


Vilvoorde power plant:


Antwerp in the distance:


The Port of Antwerp:




Emerging out of the clouds and into the blue, I always like these moments in flight...




Magazine and BOB menu. The prices have gone up since I last flew SN in June, now € 5 for a muffin/drink combo iso € 4:


‘Tea and lemon’ hits the spot nicely this morning (and I’m not paraphrasing someone here  ):


A while into the flight, the first signs of snow appear underneath:






Here’s another cabin view, taken after a toilet visit:


The aft galley and the male FA’s coat hanging on the door:


It’s quite a different view for me, looking down with the earth covered in snow. I know for our Nordic or Antarctic a.netters it is ‘business as usual’ but for me it is certainly special:


After about 1h40 of flight time, we start the descent for Stockholm Bromma Airport. Total flight time as announced by the flight deck crew was 2h00 with a bit of tailwind.


After quite some time in the murk, we finally break though the low cloud base:












Ha ha, there is a runway indeed, and we’ve found it!


We make the most gentle touchdown in a snowy Stockholm. The runway seems to be slightly sloped:


1 week prior to my flight, the airport was closed for some time due to heavy snowfall. I understand why now, there are large piles of snow on the sides of the taxiways:


These albino’s pretend very hard not to be here in this harsh white environment. Lucky for me I have eagle eyes!


Another striking thing is the abundant presence of Malmö Aviation Avro’s, they are really everywhere. This Sverigeflyg ATR is also quite nice:




We make a halt at stand 12 and disembark swiftly, here’s my chariot:


It is a chilly -9°C so I hastily make my way inside. No finger gates here, I find that quite charming.


Only some minutes after disembarking, I see this sign and the circle closes itself once again.


I’m directly in the airside departure hall (no security check!), which is quite small as expected. It is quite crowded:


The scheduled ground time is about 30 mins:


I fumble some with my phone to get the free wifi working and to reproduce my electronic boarding pass. One needs to apply for a validation code which is sent by sms. This all goes smoothly. I wish there were more airports (and places in general) to offer free wifi.

How it should be:


After a 10 minute wait boarding is called and I make my way back to stand 12.


BMA to BRU
SN2304
BAE Systems Avro RJ100 (RJ1H) OO-DWH
STD-STA 11h55-14h20
Y class
seat 21A


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Isn’t that a nice tail design?


Here she is again.


The crew members both recognize me but don’t ask or say anything about me taking the very same flight back. I guess I’m not the first one who does this kind of thing 

This time I’m seated on the left side, window last row of course. Legroom here is noticeable better and tray tables are stored in the armrests but there’s a nasty draught coming from behind me on the window side. It will continue troughout the flight. Brr...


Some BOB items are stored here:


The load is even lighter now, maybe some 50%?


We taxi off under own power, making a hard right turn:




Once more one of the prominent players here:


And now the most fun part of it all. We turn onto the runway, n° 30 and stop. The engines rev up, full power, the brakes are still on. The plane shakes and vibrates violently and then all of a sudden, brakes are released and we rocket off. Forget about derated takeoffs, this was a real one. What a moment!








In no time, we are back into the clouds and above:






It being midday and me being hungry, I opt for a double decker grilled chicken sandwich and a tomato soup. I lose € 6,5 by this. It’s nothing special but hits the spot again quite nicely (damn, I said it again!).


Let’s try some art now:




One of the FA’s enjoying that day’s paper in the front galley:


The flight back is uneventful and 5 minutes longer than the outbound. Eventually, we start the descent for BRU. There’s definitely no winter here...


The military airfield of Brasschaat:


The usual twists and turns follow ending in a lineup for 25R:




Another plethora of SN tails waiting for their next flight.


We taxi all around the A terminal, passing these 2 Thomas the Cooks. They’re probably not of much use at this time of the year...


Here’s that Shaheen Air bird again @ the LH Teknik hangar:






Guided in by a marshmallow errr... marshaller:


And that’s the end for today as we park next to sistership OO-DWI:


Conclusion

Brussels Airlines once again provided me with a solid, no-frills flight. On time, relatively comfortable - except for that nasty draught on the way home - and for a more than good enough price. The airline is still struggling hard with it’s finances but I do hope they can keep their head up.
As for Bromma, what a nice little airport. Extra bonus points for the snow and of course that mighty powerful takeoff   

Thank you for reading and feel free to leave your comments!

Sultanils


In thrust we trust.
31 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6708 posts, RR: 78
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6878 times:

Hi Nils,

enjoyable report with good pictures! That sandwich looks okay...but instant tomato soup??? Ugh!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
As SN was running a another sale some time ago, I happily made use of a promo code to book this same plane turnaround flight to Stockholm BMA, price € 89.

That's a good deal, but you get the same reg twice... 

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
(I still wonder who might be so crazy to spend 3h in a Dash...?):

No thanks...

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Do you notice the Shaheen Air A330?

Nice bird. Most likely the third frame to join the fleet (they're all old ex-Vladivostok Air/Aer Lingus planes).

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Legroom here is noticeable better and tray tables are stored in the armrests but there’s a nasty draught coming from behind me on the window side. It will continue troughout the flight. Brr...

Ah, I hate that.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Let’s try some art now:

Nice!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 955 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6743 times:

Nice little report Nils, thanks for sharing.
As you might remember, I took the same flight this summer, so it brings back some memories. BMA is indeed a nice airport to fly into it, great that you decided to do it. Shame you didn't get the approach over the city though!


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1646 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6647 times:
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Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Hi Nils,

enjoyable report with good pictures!

Hello PH, thanks for your feedback. I'm glad you liked it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
but instant tomato soup??? Ugh!

The fresh and homemade tomato soup with basil and meatballs was sold out so I had to settle for this one. The other option was creamy chicken, that's even worse than tomato soup!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
but you get the same reg twice...

A small price to pay  

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
No thanks...

I did just that some report ago. It was eh... different to say the least.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Ah, I hate that.

Yes, it was pretty annoying, hence the hot tomato soup. And I forgot my fleece TV blanket as well   

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 2):
Nice little report Nils, thanks for sharing.

Hello Robert, no problem my friend.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 2):
As you might remember, I took the same flight this summer

I remember vividly. And you didn't get any snow.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 2):
Shame you didn't get the approach over the city though!

Well, I did get it but the clouds were so low that I couldn't see a thing until on finals.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6607 times:

Hey Nils  

Great report . Who owns the A310's?

Nice to see some snowy TRs  

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6469 times:

Hi Nils

Enjoyable report! Thanks for sharing it with us. This trip is making me look even more forward to this week's end.
BMA looks pretty attractive to try out one day myself.
The pics are very stunning. Interesting prospective on the BMA-BRU flight as well. Should try it out fri.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1646 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6300 times:
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Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Hey Nils

Great report

Hey as well Philip! Thanks for your comment.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Who owns the A310's?

The Belgian military does! Old ladies they are  

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 5):
Hi Nils

Enjoyable report!

Hi Marc, thanks!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 5):
This trip is making me look even more forward to this week's end.

Oh, are you going there yourself? Didn't know that.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 5):
The pics are very stunning.

Thanks. My pocket Lumix still does the job  

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2261 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6178 times:

Nice report on your BMA flights Mr. (Sulta)Nils!

Who expects snow in Sweden?  

BMA is a small and cute airport, it seems. I guess it "hit the spot nicely", didn't it? Yes, I should try it out when I get to Sweden. City airports are really nice.

The Avros are also really nice, although I suppose not very rare for you Belgians  

Thanks for the write up and the pics. They give a nice idea into these flights... as usual with your TRs!

Draught, huh? Maybe it's to keep the old ladies out  


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6482 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5971 times:

Hi Nils!

Very nice report with nice pictures!

Great to see you out flying and that seems like a really good deal!

Nice to see all the snow but I can't say that I miss that much.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The runway seems to be slightly sloped:

Yes, and it slops up at the other end too.

Looking forward to your next report !

The777Man



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1445 posts, RR: 33
Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5936 times:

Hi Nils,

Thank you for posting a report about this little jaunt, I enjoyed it. It's great that SN enables you to do these sort of daytrips, if only some of their *A partners were also a bit more flexible. Nice pics too.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Tea and lemon’ hits the spot nicely this morning (and I’m not paraphrasing someone here  

Excellent choice of morning drink. Glad you didn't have any turbulence  
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
It’s quite a different view for me, looking down with the earth covered in snow. I know for our Nordic or Antarctic a.netters it is ‘business as usual’ but for me it is certainly special:

Even I have to admit everywhere does look very pretty covered in the stuff. But that's where the fun stops!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
This all goes smoothly. I wish there were more airports (and places in general) to offer free wifi.

ZRH will offer free wifi from Jan1st, so you can try it out.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The plane shakes and vibrates violently and then all of a sudden, brakes are released and we rocket off. Forget about derated takeoffs, this was a real one. What a moment!

Wonderful. Those Avros can be little beasts when they want.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17047 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5930 times:

Nice report.

If you had more time you could have flown on something interesting out of BMA. Plenty of flights on the RJ85/S340/S2000/ATP.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
(I still wonder who might be so crazy to spend 3h in a Dash...?):

No thanks...



Well I have spent close to 3hrs on a BT Q400 flying RIX-MUC with strong headwinds. Let me tell you, that flight felt much longer than 3hrs.



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1646 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5787 times:
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Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 7):
Nice report on your BMA flights Mr. (Sulta)Nils!

Hi Alex, thanks for stopping by.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 7):
Who expects snow in Sweden?

I most certainly do at this time of the year. If that wouldn’t be the case, there are no certainties in life anymore  

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 7):
I guess it "hit the spot nicely", didn't it?

It certainly did.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 7):
although I suppose not very rare for you Belgians

No, SN still has quite some examples in the fleet but I guess it won’t be lond until the A319’s will outnumber the Avro’s. Only 1 -85 version left and some 12 (I guess) -100 versions. I guess LX has some more of these as well.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Hi Nils!

Very nice report with nice pictures!

Hello Lars, thank your for your reply!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Nice to see all the snow but I can't say that I miss that much.

I hope you still have a soft spot for the country in which you used to live in for many years? With or without the snow...

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Yes, and it slops up at the other end too.

I couldn’t see that. I know the runway is relatively short as well due to the powerful takeoff.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 9):
Hi Nils,

Thank you for posting a report about this little jaunt, I enjoyed it.

Hello Hannah, how are you?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 9):
It's great that SN enables you to do these sort of daytrips, if only some of their *A partners were also a bit more flexible.

Well sometimes these kind of fares can be found but only on a very limited number of destinations such as CPH, NCE, GVA, BMA, LHR and a few more.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 9):
Excellent choice of morning drink. Glad you didn't have any turbulence

We sailed smoothly all the way and back so I didn’t spill my drink unlike you  

Quoting infodesk (Reply 9):
ZRH will offer free wifi from Jan1st, so you can try it out.

That’s about time. Wel, BRU doesn’t offer it for free either but if you’re a customer at a certain telecom operator you do have the benefit of free wifi at BRU.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 9):
Wonderful. Those Avros can be little beasts when they want.

It showed perfectly what these planes are able to and it shows as well how pilots are very conscious on flying as much ‘eco’ as they can.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 10):
Nice report.

Thanks B747forever, I’m glad you liked it.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 10):
If you had more time you could have flown on something interesting out of BMA. Plenty of flights on the RJ85/S340/S2000/ATP.

I know. There was plenty of interesting metal on the apron. But I might do that in summer: more light and less chances of suffering delays/cancellations due to winter weather.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6482 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5616 times:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
I hope you still have a soft spot for the country in which you used to live in for many years? With or without the snow...

It's nice in the summertime....I have been here so long now that this is home.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
I couldn’t see that. I know the runway is relatively short as well due to the powerful takeoff.

It doesn't slope up that much at that end but a little bit. I just to drive around the perimeter fence when I worked there as a security guard.

The777Man



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5115 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5498 times:

Hey, N.,

now that´s really good to follow some winter pictures from Sweden.
Summer is much more the time to go there for me.
SN looks like ok, beside that "fumes" on the way back.
Sometimes it´s better not to know what happened!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

[Edited 2012-12-21 15:10:16]


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User currently offlineraffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1713 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5462 times:

Really enjoyed the trip report- looks like SN offer a reasonable service on their Avros.
Thanks for sharing!



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User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17047 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5305 times:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
I know. There was plenty of interesting metal on the apron. But I might do that in summer: more light and less chances of suffering delays/cancellations due to winter weather

You should go back, and especially try to get on the very rare ATP.



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5276 times:

Nice daytrip Nils! Can't say it'd be my choice though! I'm certainly no SN fan. Shame the BOB prices have gone skyward (as if they'd ever get cheaper).

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Oh if only they flew into LCY iso LHR. They do have the right equipment for that with the RJ100 and DH8 though...

Well, I guess they know that most London-Brussels O/D pax will use the Eurostar, so they might as well fly from LHR and get the longhual connecting pax.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
It’s quite a different view for me, looking down with the earth covered in snow. I know for our Nordic or Antarctic a.netters it is ‘business as usual’ but for me it is certainly special:

Looks very pretty

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I’m directly in the airside departure hall (no security check!), which is quite small as expected. It is quite crowded:

Ha, a lot better than your TXL experience then!?



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5275 times:

Hi Nils,

great idea to make this little daytrip up to Bromma with the SN Avro. I saw that flight depart last summer when I was in Stockholm, although the weather looked quite different back then   Must be a interesting experience to get such a powerful take-off, it really shows what these planes are really capable of if it is necessary.

Nice pictures as well with the snowy landscape and also during approach over Stockholm.

Thanks again for sharing
CaptainRed


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1646 posts, RR: 30
Reply 18, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5264 times:
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Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
Hey, N.,

now that´s really good to follow some winter pictures from Sweden.

Hi Markus, thank you for your comments! Winter is a lovely time to fly in as well, in good light and with snow underneath, everything looks nice and very different. If only the weather doesn't mess with the flights that is...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
Summer is much more the time to go there for me.

You're right but still, a winter scene is nice as well.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
SN looks like ok, beside that "fumes" on the way back.

They weren't very much 'fumes' but more like a nasty cold wind coming from the left side behind me. Very annoying...

Quoting raffik (Reply 14):
Really enjoyed the trip report- looks like SN offer a reasonable service on their Avros.

Hi raffik, thank you for your reply. The service on SN is quite OK, BOB of course and with prices similar to the competition.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 15):
You should go back, and especially try to get on the very rare ATP.

I still miss that one yes. And plenty of other types (and airlines) as well. I will go back sooner or later.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
Nice daytrip Nils!

Thanks Gabs!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
I'm certainly no SN fan.

Ha ha, I know. Well, as a Belgian I ought to be   I certainly have no reason not to fly with them, if the price is right.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
Ha, a lot better than your TXL experience then!?

TXL was sheer luck and good for connecting but this was even better.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
Hi Nils,

Hello CaptainRed, thank you for your reply.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
I saw that flight depart last summer when I was in Stockholm, although the weather looked quite different back then

Rain and wind or bright sunshine and + 30°C 

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
Must be a interesting experience to get such a powerful take-off, it really shows what these planes are really capable of if it is necessary.

It was really great. For that part alone I want to go back.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
Nice pictures as well with the snowy landscape and also during approach over Stockholm.

Thanks, while winter is a bit tricky to fly in, the views can be as inspiring as in the summer.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1197 posts, RR: 20
Reply 19, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5058 times:

Hola Nils!

A very interesting trip report to one not so well known airport in Europe. BMA is one of those airports that if gone, would be greatly missed by a.netters.

I was lucky enough to try out THF the summer before its closure on a SN flight to BRU, so good for you being able to catch a flight from your home base.

I clearly remember the same feeling you described on taking off from LCY on a flight to ZRH, the whole plane was vibrating vigorously before the brakes were released... then it was off the runaway at an enormous speed that got us glued to the seats... A great experinece, now I know where to head to live it again!

Prettige Kerstdagen en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!   

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 424 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4825 times:

Hi Nils !

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
a fully loaded Air Baltic Dash from Riga (I still wonder who might be so crazy to spend 3h in a Dash...?):

hehe compliantly agree with you ... 2.40 h on SPU-AMS with Dash is pure nightmare

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I know for our Nordic or Antarctic a.netters it is ‘business as usual’ but for me it is certainly special:

and for us from Mediterranean area ultra special ... nice foto

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
This Sverigeflyg ATR is also quite nice:

something new for our Nordic friends ...
lovely airplane for lovely trip report ...thanks and happy holidays ...stipica  



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1646 posts, RR: 30
Reply 21, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4689 times:
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Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 19):
Hola Nils

Hi Roger, many thanks for your comment!

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 19):
BMA is one of those airports that if gone, would be greatly missed by a.netters.

Oh yes, but I doubt it will be destined to disappear soon. I hope not, plenty of opportunities there to fly some exotic planes.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 19):
I was lucky enough to try out THF the summer before its closure on a SN flight to BRU,

Oh you make me jealous...!

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 19):
A great experinece, now I know where to head to live it again!

BMA is one but I think there are still plenty of airports where these special experiences can be had.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 19):
Prettige Kerstdagen en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!

Ha ha, well done! The same goes for you!

Quoting stipica (Reply 20):
Hi Nils

Hello stipica, thank you for your reply.

Quoting stipica (Reply 20):
2.40 h on SPU-AMS with Dash is pure nightmare

As long as you don't get a seatmate with 'swollen testicle syndrome', it should be fine   I have done RIX-BRU last year, 3h with a seatmate. I survived 

Quoting stipica (Reply 20):
and for us from Mediterranean area ultra special

I can only imagine. But you guys have some other things that our Nordic friends will certainly envy: eternal sunshine ha ha ha!

Quoting stipica (Reply 20):
thanks and happy holidays

No problem and the same goes for you!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4681 times:
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Hello there Nils  

Another great report with many nice pictures on this great deal you got! SN looks quite ok here, as you said correctly no frills. I have to say the BOB is quite pricey though!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I still wonder who might be so crazy to spend 3h in a Dash...?):

No thank you  
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Do you notice the Shaheen Air A330?

Any idea what it was doing there?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
now € 5 for a muffin/drink combo iso € 4

ouch!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
It’s quite a different view for me, looking down with the earth covered in snow

Great pictures of the snow covered land down below, well done!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Isn’t that a nice tail design?

Not really my taste

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The plane shakes and vibrates violently and then all of a sudden, brakes are released and we rocket off. Forget about derated takeoffs, this was a real one.

That must have felt great!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Let’s try some art now

Love this shot, very nice  

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4633 times:

Haai Nils,

For a White Christmas, BMA is definitely the place to go.   


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
a promo code to book this same plane turnaround flight to Stockholm BMA, price € 89

Bargain for a 2 hour 25 minute day return flight!  Wow!


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I still wonder who might be so crazy to spend 3h in a Dash...?):

I do have an idea…

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Do you notice the Shaheen Air A330?

Yes, next to the Jet Airways one.   


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
the male FA’s coat

Was the coat too small for his muscular body?  


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
No finger gates here, I find that quite charming.

Was the walkway passable? It looks alarmingly slippery somehow.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
a marshmallow errr... marshaller:

Or mars…epein? 



Thanks for sharing. You have made me chuckle several times.

Suryo  





[Edited 2012-12-26 13:33:12]


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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1646 posts, RR: 30
Reply 24, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4373 times:
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Quoting adamspotter (Reply 22):
Hello there Nils

Hallo daar ook Brendan  

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 22):
Another great report with many nice pictures on this great deal you got!

Thanks mate and the deal was indeed too good to resist.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 22):
I have to say the BOB is quite pricey though!

While of course the prices have gone up, I still find them to be in line with what other carriers have to offer. The quality of the food was pretty good and that's important as well.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 22):
No thank you

I did just that last year 

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 22):
Any idea what it was doing there?

Maintenance.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 22):
That must have felt great!

It really was. Much better even than on the rocket launch on VY some months ago!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
Haai Nils,

For a White Christmas, BMA is definitely the place to go.

Haai Suryo mijn vriend! If you want snow, yes, BMA is a nice place. Next time I want to take a proper visit though.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
Bargain for a 2 hour 25 minute day return flight!

That's exactly the reason why I booked it  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
I do have an idea%u2026

It was I   

Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
Yes, next to the Jet Airways one.

Good, you don't need glasses then   

Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
Was the coat too small for his muscular body?

He wasn't really muscular, rather medium built.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
Was the walkway passable? It looks alarmingly slippery somehow.

It was slippery but with my tennis rackets bound under my shoes very well passable, thank you 

Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
Or mars%u2026epein?

Dutch pun intended  

Sultanils



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User currently offlineParton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4332 times:

Hello Nils!

Thanks for the great story! Nice that was able to catch this promo SN had. Really good price for those two flights. I´m glad you choose not to come the week before. As you mentioned BMA was closed almost for a hole day. Stockholm was a real mess with 70 cm of snow coming down in a couple of hours and a lot of winds onto that. I had one cancelled train, one cancelled flight and missed two flights thanks to that! Lucky for me I have a good insurance 
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I still wonder who might be so crazy to spend 3h in a Dash..

You maybe?  
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The prices have gone up since I last flew SN in June, now € 5 for a muffin/drink combo iso € 4:

I don´t think that´s bad at all. What you expect and 6,50 for the Sandwich and soup is not bad either.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
This Sverigeflyg ATR is also quite nice:

Great that they have started to give their ATR´s a "proper" livery!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Isn’t that a nice tail design?

I agree.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Forget about derated takeoffs, this was a real one. What a moment!

Yeah it´s a great experience, pity it dosn´t happen more often!

Thanks again for the nice story! Really good pictures. Even if I use to it I really enjoyed the pictures with the snowy landscapes!

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1646 posts, RR: 30
Reply 26, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4271 times:
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Quoting Parton87 (Reply 25):
Hello Nils!

Hello Robert, my friend!


Quoting Parton87 (Reply 25):
Thanks for the great story!

No problem, the pleasure was mine  

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 25):
As you mentioned BMA was closed almost for a hole day. Stockholm was a real mess with 70 cm of snow coming down in a couple of hours and a lot of winds onto that. I had one cancelled train, one cancelled flight and missed two flights thanks to that! Lucky for me I have a good insurance

I saw it on the news and in the paper. Lots of snow indeed in your region. I feared the worst but apparently things change fast weatherwise and there was no problem whatsoever.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 25):
You maybe?

  

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 25):
I don´t think that´s bad at all. What you expect and 6,50 for the Sandwich and soup is not bad either.

Agree. I think the offerings and prices are in line with those of other carriers.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 25):
Great that they have started to give their ATR´s a "proper" livery!

They used to be albino's, no?

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 25):
ven if I use to it I really enjoyed the pictures with the snowy landscapes!

I'm glad to hear that. I guess you must be used to LOTS of snow  

Sultanils



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 17
Reply 27, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4255 times:

Hey Nils, nice to see another of your famous flash-daytrips.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
This Sverigeflyg ATR is also quite nice:

I've said this before but doesn't this paint-scheme look like it was inspired by Transavia's?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The scheduled ground time is about 30 mins:

Your daytrip layovers are getting shorter and shorter! I guess in this particular case you were not risking too much since the return was with the same aircraft, but still!.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Let’s try some art now:

Ha. You know (due to my OCD) I treat my camera the same way I treat food. I only handle it with clean hands and never place on dirty surfaces. Seeing that you put your camera on the floor of an aircraft aisle to take this shot made me cringe a little bit, haha  .

Thanks for the nice read, Nils. The snowy landscape outside my window at the moment was a perfect match for your images of Sweden...

Widebodyroga



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User currently offlineParton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4222 times:

Hello again Nils!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 26):
I saw it on the news and in the paper. Lots of snow indeed in your region. I feared the worst but apparently things change fast weatherwise and there was no problem whatsoever.

Generally snows isn´t a big problem, some delays of course for de-icing, removing the snow....but that amount of snow in a short time is unusual and with the wind onto that made it impossible to have the airports open.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 26):
  

Looking forward to that report!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 26):
They used to be albino's, no?

Not completly, a small Stockholm skyline on the tail and and a green line on the fuselage, it looked like this before:



Quoting sultanils (Reply 26):
I'm glad to hear that. I guess you must be used to LOTS of snow

Yes, we are and I really like it. It´s beautiful and it´s getting much more lighter during an otherwise dark season when the sun rise late and sets early! But last winter it was a "green" winter if you remember from your trip over here in January,just a thick layer of frost.This winther have been a lot harder but today it´s +4 degrees so the snow is melting away!  

Happy new year!!

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1646 posts, RR: 30
Reply 29, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4181 times:
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Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 27):
Hey Nils, nice to see another of your famous flash-daytrips.

Hi Stojan, how are you? Just like an update of your 'Flash Player' keeps on popping up on your computer screen 

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 27):
I've said this before but doesn't this paint-scheme look like it was inspired by Transavia's?

Hmm, to be honest I don't see much of a resemblance there...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 27):
Your daytrip layovers are getting shorter and shorter! I guess in this particular case you were not risking too much since the return was with the same aircraft, but still!

I did my usual research and this time the risk was really really minimal (except for the aircraft going tech somewhere along the way but that wouldn't really cause me to miss the flight).

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 27):
Seeing that you put your camera on the floor of an aircraft aisle to take this shot made me cringe a little bit, haha

I always have my Dettol with me  

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 28):
but that amount of snow in a short time is unusual and with the wind onto that made it impossible to have the airports open.

So it was more like a snow storm than your usual moderate snow fall.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 28):
Not completly, a small Stockholm skyline on the tail and and a green line on the fuselage, it looked like this before

Stockholm skyline? It looks more like the Istanbul skyline! Still indeed the newer livery is better.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 28):
Yes, we are and I really like it. It´s beautiful and it´s getting much more lighter during an otherwise dark season when the sun rise late and sets early! But last winter it was a "green" winter if you remember from your trip over here in January,just a thick layer of frost.This winther have been a lot harder but today it´s +4 degrees so the snow is melting away!

I'm glad to hear that despite the fact that you have snow almost all the winter, you are still able to enjoy it.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 28):
Happy new year!!

Happy New Year to you too!

Sultanils



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User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 3
Reply 30, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4038 times:

Hi Nils!

Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!

I really enjoyed the beautiful pictures you have taken in this TR - very gorgeous scenes you have encountered despite the seemingly uneventful day expedition on a low-cost airline!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I happily made use of a promo code to book this same plane turnaround flight to Stockholm BMA, price € 89

lol very well spent indeed!

The take-off scenes on both SN2303 and SN2304 are exceptional! Very beautiful views!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The Port of Antwerp:

Awesome view.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Here’s another cabin view, taken after a toilet visit:

Nicely taken.

Bromma looks very magical with all the snow.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The crew members both recognize me but don’t ask or say anything about me taking the very same flight back. I guess I’m not the first one who does this kind of thing

lol. i bet they are thinking "Not another one of them!!!"   

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
It being midday and me being hungry, I opt for a double decker grilled chicken sandwich and a tomato soup. I lose € 6,5 by this. It’s nothing special but hits the spot again quite nicely (damn, I said it again!).

mmm looks like a real treat. A meal (even if you have to pay for it) is such a treat when flying!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Let’s try some art now:

Very good try!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
One of the FA’s enjoying that day’s paper in the front galley:

My initial thought upon looking at this photo was 'What was he kicking!'

Anyway, photographs are great and commentary is enjoyable! Also, it was money well-spent in looking at gorgeous snowy Bromma for a day!

Wishing you a happy 2013 filled with more happy day-trips and adventures! Have a great year ahead of you and your family, Nils!

Warmest regards,
Gavin



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1646 posts, RR: 30
Reply 31, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3759 times:
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Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 30):
Hi Nils!

Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!

Hi gavin, how nice to hear from you! Sadly, as I write this now, my holiday season has ended. Back to work it is!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 30):
on a low-cost airline!

Well, SN is not really a lowcost airline like Ryanair or easyJet. Sure they do try to keep costs low though  

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 30):
The take-off scenes on both SN2303 and SN2304 are exceptional! Very beautiful views!

Thanks. As it always difficult to catch these scenes - in real they are much better and livelier - I still think the photos came out pretty well.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 30):
lol. i bet they are thinking "Not another one of them!!!

Perhaps, who knows. I usually don’t engage too much in smalltalk to the crew, I just let them do their work.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 30):
A meal (even if you have to pay for it) is such a treat when flying!

Yes, eating and drinking at 10k high is a big part of the whole experience   

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 30):
My initial thought upon looking at this photo was 'What was he kicking!'

Ha ha, if you don’t know the background, I can imagine you come up with that question. But no, just reading the paper.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 30):
Wishing you a happy 2013 filled with more happy day-trips and adventures! Have a great year ahead of you and your family, Nils!

The same goes for you and your family and beloved ones. Do enjoy your time as an exchange student in Kazakhstan. It will be and experience to cherish I’m sure.

Sultanils



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