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Blue1 And The Boeing 717: ARN-HEL-ARN  
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7495 times:

This is a trip report covering two flights with Blue1 in October 2012, on their last week operating their own flights and not just as a subcontractor for SAS.

I had just gotten back from my Asia-trip, during which I got the news that Blue1 were ending their own flights, and would in the future only operate flights on behalf of SAS. This change would go in to effect in early November.

I had been looking to fly KF for quite some time, mainly to try their exotic 717's, but if I also wanted to try Blue1 as an airline, the time-frame for doing that had now become quite a lot smaller.

So for the very day after I got back from Asia I booked myself a last minute youth return to HEL from ARN on two KF flights, both operated by 717's. The price was a total of 800 SEK for both flights, about 90 EUR.

The simple routing, shown with the help of Great Circle Mapper:
October 24

Arrived at ARN 1½ hours before scheduled departure time.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4290_zps775537c1.jpg

I had checked in and printed BP's already at home, so I went right through the check-in hall to security.

FIDS:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4291_zps9b60012c.jpg

Check-in hall:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4292_zps15f4108f.jpg

I found myself airside less than five minutes after arriving at Terminal 5.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4293_zps61500446.jpg

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I went straight away through the terminal to the SAS lounge, where I indulged breakfast.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4296_zps49f0c967.jpg

As boarding got closer I walked out to the end of the A-pier, where my gate was located.
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At gate 7 I found a beautiful 717 waiting for me.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4298_zps8f16e908.jpg

Not long after boarding was called, and I scanned my BP at the gate and went down the jetway.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4301_zpsfc873587.jpg

KF842
ARN-HEL
Boeing 717
OH-BLH “Suven lähde – Summer Spring”

Once at the aircraft I learned that it was “Suven lähde” or “Summer Spring” which would carry me to HEL today.
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http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4303_zpsdd80eb09.jpg

I was greeted by the Finnish lady FA in the forward galley and once in the cabin I realized that OH-BLH still had the old seats installed. I was happy to see this since they were at the time being phased out and replaced by new grey-ish leather seats.

I had chosen seat 8F for this flight, and I reached it in no time.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4304_zps0f53673c.jpg

Seat itself was pretty comfy. Pretty tight but okay legroom.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4307_zps296b54bc.jpg

Nice and unobstructed view out the window.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4305_zps7796af21.jpg

The load was around 60%, I had a seatmate at the aisle seat but the middle seat remained open.

The cabin crew soon preformed their safety demo and we pushed back.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4313_zps365bec99.jpg

Then it was time to taxi.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4315_zps63499fe8.jpg

Runway 01L was the departure runway of choice this morning, and we preformed a fairly powerful takeoff. It was an enjoyable one, and unsurprisingly it reminded me of the takeoffs of my beloved MD80's.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4316_zpsbf3e0a37.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4326_zps655da8c1.jpg

Runway 08/26, used for landings on this day:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4328_zps79f224b5.jpg

Pretty nice view of ARN after takeoff:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4335_zpsdfe64cda.jpg

It didn't take very long for us to reach safe height where the seatbelt sign was turned off and the crew begun preparing the service round.

Cabin view:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4340_zpseadc02f7.jpg

Overhead panels:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4342_zps510713ed.jpg

Seatpocket contents:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4374_zpsf7a7b341.jpg

Nice slogan:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4377_zps1c500a35.jpg

I was treated with some interesting views as I waited for the service cart to reach my row.

A place called Rimbo:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4344_zps91119690.jpg

Part of the huge Stockholm archipelago:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4345_zps3d75588f.jpg

Town called Norrtälje:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4357_zps2a2b4075.jpg

Nice views above the Åland sea:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4373_zpsfe82517e.jpg

The KF service concept in Economy was the same as SAS has, free coffee, tea and water. I had a coffee since I wanted one of those KF cups with a nice inspirational line on them, but alas, they ran out of KF cups right before me, and I got a normal SAS-branded one. I think they had more in stock but I didn't bother requesting one since I had one more KF flight coming up that day anyway.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4381_zps9677c34a.jpg

The coffee itself tasted good enough and was washed down without any problems.

ARN-HEL is quite a short flight, so it didn't take long before descent was commenced. The crew cleared the trash and the seatbelt sign was soon turned on again.

Helsinki as seen during descent:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4390_zpsbf9a9906.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4392_zps15396f31.jpg

HEL:
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http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4397_zpsa1327e4d.jpg

We approached runway 15, and some nice views of runway 22R where an AY E-Jet was lining up for takeoff:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4400_zps7ea25782.jpg

Wheels down!
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4404_zps40e00208.jpg

Landing on runway 15 meant a short taxi to one of the Terminal 1 gates.

Views towards the terminals:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4409_zpsba65c3de.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4410_zpsb882c56d.jpg

And parked at one of the T1 gates:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4418_zps7ae09e8b.jpg

Deboarding didn't take very long, I stayed in my seat for a little while to deboard as one of the last ones.

My seat after the flight:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4419_zps0b6d548e.jpg

View towards the back:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4420_zpse1e90f98.jpg

I thanked the crew as I left the aircraft.

Up the jetway I went and I found myself in Terminal 1:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4422_zps9af85d1a.jpg

The aircraft I arrived on:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4427_zps45547bc5.jpg

First thing to do here at HEL for me was to repeat the success from my last HEL-visit ( Åland And Last Day Of SAS At HEL: ARN-MHQ-HEL-ARN (by deltamartin Mar 18 2012 in Trip Reports) ) and have a Finnish Meat Pie.

Said and done, I soon found myself over at Terminal 2...
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4430_zps179efb8f.jpg

...where I bought myself one of these babies:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4434_zps0328c840.jpg

Very tasty, just like last time.

Next I went back all the way to Terminal 1 and to the SAS lounge:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4437_zps2f9388ce.jpg

This was my first time visiting this lounge, and I wasn't disappointed. A pretty nice SAS lounge with nice offerings.
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http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4440_zpseddc8856.jpg

It wasn't too busy but a few other people were around.

I spent most of my time in the lounge just nibbling on some of the offerings and taking advantage of the provided WiFi.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4438_zpsc9fdd98c.jpg

I became quite bored after a while though so I decided to head to the gate to watch my airplane arrive.

But first I looked at some other visitors to T1:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4442_zpscfa65045.jpg

Probably operating for KF:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4444_zpseaabe1b3.jpg

Golden Air... err sorry... Braathens Regional ATR's operating for KF (but maybe they were still known as Golden Air back then though...):
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4457_zps53d92794.jpg

Gate 12, at the very end of Terminal 1, was assigned for my flight to ARN. Soon enough a 717 in a Star Alliance scheme showed up at the gate. OH-BLN would be my ride to ARN.
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Gate area:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4448_zps9001560a.jpg

The inbound passengers were soon deboarded and boarding for ARN was called.

KF837
HEL-ARN
Boeing 717
OH-BLN

I boarded as one of the first ones and I was greeted by the female FA working in the front galley.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4474_zpsaaef9998.jpg

OH-BLN also had the old interior, with the blue cloth seats.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4475_zps1ba7cc82.jpg

This time I went almost all the way to the back, to seat 22A. I had chosen this seat for this flight as I had sat in the front for the first one, and I now wanted to experience the sound and feel of the rear-mounted Rolls-Royce engines.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4476_zps6ce3018f.jpg

The legroom was slightly worse back here.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4484_zps211bd975.jpg

Boarding didn't take too long, the load was again around 50-60%, and I was treated with an open seat next to me.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4482_zpsbf527e41.jpg

The cabin crew preformed their safety demonstration and we pushed back.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4492_zps9dc8d083.jpg

Next followed taxiing past HEL's two terminals.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4495_zps44770fe5.jpg

AY Longhauler getting prepared:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4499_zps7f2ea1d3.jpg

We soon reached runway 4R where we took off.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4503_zps322f4625.jpg

I decided to make a take-off video, in the video you can hear the nice humming of the RR B715 engines:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP1qLuk2HBQ

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4505_zps08ff9e6c.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4510_zps0332a79d.jpg

HEL:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4512_zpsd64a51e3.jpg

Again the engines pushed us to a safe height in not too long of a time, and the seat belt sign was turned off.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4520_zpsf0a7f1c8.jpg

The crew prepared and then preformed the service round, I again decided to have a cup of coffee, with a glass of water. This time the coffee was served in a KF-branded cup! Hurray!
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4521_zpsd9fd40d9.jpg

”Never let what you can't do interfere with what you CAN DO.”
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4522_zps52b73bb1.jpg

After my beverages had been consumed I decided to do a lavatorial visit.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4523_zpsaae78143.jpg

Aft emergency exit:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4525_zpsedbd6dbf.jpg

And I snapped a cabin picture on the way back to my seat:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4526_zpsf77d758d.jpg

Soon enough we begun descending as we reached mainland Sweden, or thereabout.

Apparently the Swedish coastline had gotten some clouds:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4530_zps7700e991.jpg

But at Arlanda it was better, we touched down on runwat 26 on schedule:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/DSCN4543_zpsdce8131f.jpg

Just as we begun braking my camera ran out of power. It was expected though (I hadn't charged it since I got back from Asia the day before, spare some 30 minutes in the ARN lounge that morning) so I had my spare camera in my pocket.

ET B738 parked, waiting for the evening departure to ADD via CAI:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/PA240012_zpsfc576bf1.jpg

Leaving the runway:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/PA240013_zps108292c5.jpg

We taxied to gate 5 at the A-pier, right next to gate 7 which I left a few hours earlier.

I thanked the crew and deboarded, snapped a picture of my ride as seen from the jetway and again from the terminal:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/PA240024_zpse2a444d7.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Helsingfors%202012/PA240026_zps04c66c47.jpg

And then my trip to try out the Boeing 717 and Blue1 had come to an end.

To sum things up,

Blue1 was a nice little airline to fly with. The service concept of course reminded me a lot of mama-SAS so it probably haven't changed very much for anyone (in economy at least) after the change to SK-flight numbers.

HEL was nice as usual, no complaints regarding the SK lounge either.

The Boeing 717 was a very nice machine to fly on, and I hope we'll get to see it in the SAS group for many years to come, with the MD80's being gone from SAS some time in Q4, if I'm not mistaken.

Thank you all very much for reading my report, feedback and comments is appreciated!

My next report will cover a Baltic duel, to and from Amsterdam.

Martin

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User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2835 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6921 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I went straight away through the terminal to the SAS lounge, where I indulged breakfast.

Damn I love a good breakfast pic!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The aircraft I arrived on:

Very nice plane  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
After my beverages had been consumed I decided to do a lavatorial visit.

Naturally lol  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
ET B738 parked, waiting for the evening departure to ADD via CAI:

Wow that´s long....is that a regular scheduled service?

Thanks for this report, & well done on getting on one of their last flights

 



Cabin crew blog http://dolefuldolegirl.blogspot.ie/
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6568 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6727 times:

Hi Martin!

Nice report with nice pictures !

Great that you were able to get on the 717 finally.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6619 times:

Hello, and thanks for the comments!

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 1):
Damn I love a good breakfast pic!

Glad I could help then! 
Quoting aerdingus (Reply 1):
Very nice plane

Isn't it? I love all aircraft in the DC-9 series, and the KF livery is great looking.

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 1):

Wow that´s long....is that a regular scheduled service?

Indeed it is, it was operated with a 757 via FCO for quite a long time, then last summer they made it a nonstop 757, and now for some reason they decided to make it a 738 via CAI. No 5th freedom rights on the ARN-CAI leg sadly, which they used to have on the ARN-FCO leg.

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 1):
Thanks for this report, & well done on getting on one of their last flights

Thank you for the kind words!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 2):
Nice report with nice pictures !

Thanks, T7M!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 2):
Great that you were able to get on the 717 finally.

Indeed, it was a very nice bird to fly on.

Martin


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6807 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6534 times:

Hi Martin,

nice report about your trip on Blue1. Good to see you got a plane in Star Alliance colors.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Golden Air... err sorry... Braathens Regional ATR's operating for KF (but maybe they were still known as Golden Air back then though...):

Interesting - I like the idea of bringing back this famous name.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6505 times:

Hi Martin,

Good sense to take a trip while Blue1 were still operating as Blue1 and to get the 717 ticked on your to-do list. Shame that you didn't get the cup that you wanted on the first leg but good to see you managed to snare one on the way back.

A question though, will/ are the Blue1 aircraft be/ being repainted into SAS livery with perhaps just a line saying "Operated by Blue1" ?


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 6397 times:

Hey Martin  

Great report on Blue1 . Still missing from my list !

Wish we had 717s operating here .


Thanks for the pleasant read.

Philip  


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 6355 times:
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Hi Martin!

Another good report as usual.
Always nice to catch the 717, something I still have to tick off the list after missing it last month!
All in all it looks like you had a nice day away  

Looking forward to your next report!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 987 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 6283 times:

Hi Martin,

Nice report on your 717 trip. It was a great day for flying judging by the pictures. And a good idea to sit once in the front, and once in the back.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I booked myself a last minute youth return to HEL from ARN on two KF flights, both operated by 717's. The price was a total of 800 SEK for both flights, about 90 EUR.

Great price for a fun day of flying!


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6140 times:

Hi again, and thanks a lot for the additional feedback!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
nice report about your trip on Blue1. Good to see you got a plane in Star Alliance colors.

Thank you, PH! Indeed that was a nice touch.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 5):
Good sense to take a trip while Blue1 were still operating as Blue1 and to get the 717 ticked on your to-do list.

Thank you, R. Indeed, the 717 was a nice bird.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 5):

A question though, will/ are the Blue1 aircraft be/ being repainted into SAS livery with perhaps just a line saying "Operated by Blue1" ?

I'm not sure, as far as I know they will stay in the Blue1 livery for the time being. Who knows what will happen after the next heavy maintenance or so. The KF livery looks great, so despite how much I'd like to see the 717 in proper SK colors, I'm glad they aren't repainting them yet.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Great report on Blue1 . Still missing from my list !

Thank you, Philip!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Wish we had 717s operating here .

Indeed, would be nice if the 717 was a more common bird.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 7):
Another good report as usual.

Thank you, Brendan!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 7):
Always nice to catch the 717, something I still have to tick off the list after missing it last month!

That's a shame, maybe you need to come back to HEL and catch one then.  

Martin


User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5962 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 9):
The KF livery looks great, so despite how much I'd like to see the 717 in proper SK colors, I'm glad they aren't repainting them yet.

Thanks for the reply. I agree that the Blue1 livery is very good looking, although perhaps not as good looking as Estonian (OV). I note that many of their (OV) flights are now being marketed as SK and with the current uncertainty regarding their future that is one livery I would definitely not wish to see disappear. Living in Australia I have missed out on enough regional carriers as it is.  

For your next 717 flight you could follow Suryo's (Akhmad's) example and try out Cobham, who operate 717s for QantasLink, bookable using QF flight numbers.  


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5749 times:

Hi Martin

Nice read, thanks for sharing! Didn't know that KF has merged completely into the SAS system! Sorry to see them go.
Looks like you had some nice flights, in the old seats which looked better IMO.

Greetings

Marc



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User currently offlineHELyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 939 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5633 times:

Hi, thanks for the TR, interesting reading!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This is a trip report covering two flights with Blue1 in October 2012, on their last week operating their own flights and not just as a subcontractor for SAS.

I hope the 717's can keep their nice colors for a while, they are among my favourite ones. I noticed the pretty 717's also fly from CPH to ZRH/GVA in March and to DUB in summer.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Not long after boarding was called

I wonder why don't they use the Swedish version Helsingfors in Arlanda, beside Helsinki. Both are city's official names.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
...where I bought myself one of these babies

OMG that fat bom again, the fastest way to get a heart attack! :P

[Edited 2013-02-15 15:32:38]

User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5355 times:

Hello again, and thanks for the additional comments!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Thanks for the reply. I agree that the Blue1 livery is very good looking, although perhaps not as good looking as Estonian (OV). I note that many of their (OV) flights are now being marketed as SK and with the current uncertainty regarding their future that is one livery I would definitely not wish to see disappear. Living in Australia I have missed out on enough regional carriers as it is.

Indeed, the OV livery is among the best ones in the sky as well, both the old and the revised livery.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):

For your next 717 flight you could follow Suryo's (Akhmad's) example and try out Cobham, who operate 717s for QantasLink, bookable using QF flight numbers.

Will keep it in mind if I ever go down under, which I'll make sure to do one day.  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 11):
Nice read, thanks for sharing!

Thank you, Marc!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 11):
Looks like you had some nice flights, in the old seats which looked better IMO.

Definitely more of an SAS feel to them.

Quoting HELyes (Reply 12):
Hi, thanks for the TR, interesting reading!

Thank you!

Quoting HELyes (Reply 12):
I hope the 717's can keep their nice colors for a while, they are among my favourite ones. I noticed the pretty 717's also fly from CPH to ZRH/GVA in March and to DUB in summer.

They will also do some domestic flying in Sweden this summer.

Quoting HELyes (Reply 12):

OMG that fat bom again, the fastest way to get a heart attack! :P

I'll make sure to only treat myself one when I'm at HEL!  

Martin


User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5310 times:

Hi Martin

Great report! Looks like you've been quite busy lately! In any case I thoroughly enjoyed your report, it brought back fond memories of my own Blue 1 extravaganza.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
So for the very day after I got back from Asia I booked myself a last minute youth return to HEL from ARN on two KF flights, both operated by 717's. The price was a total of 800 SEK for both flights, about 90 EUR.

Do you by any chance happen to remember what the difference would have been from the youth fare to the 'normal' fare? Many airlines seem to have done away with the youth fares.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Runway 01L was the departure runway of choice this morning, and we preformed a fairly powerful takeoff. It was an enjoyable one, and unsurprisingly it reminded me of the takeoffs of my beloved MD80's.

I beg to differ. The rate of climb and the angle of attack granted, but the noise is really nothing like the MD-80.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
...where I bought myself one of these babies:

What sort of pastry is that?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Aft emergency exit:

So just to get this straight. The B717 has the emergency exit door at the back but no retractable stairs, right?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
ET B738 parked, waiting for the evening departure to ADD via CAI:

That really is a tempting route, but it seems awfully long for such a little plane.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
with the MD80's being gone from SAS some time in Q4, if I'm not mistaken.

It breaks my heart even to think of it. Actually, will there will be a farewell event or something for when the MD80 leaves the SAS fleet?

Thanks for posting!

Cheers,
William


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 18 hours ago) and read 5190 times:

Hi William!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 14):
Great report! Looks like you've been quite busy lately!

Thanks for the kind words! I still have another 8 reports in the backlog, haha!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 14):

Do you by any chance happen to remember what the difference would have been from the youth fare to the 'normal' fare? Many airlines seem to have done away with the youth fares.

I didn't even check. But this route is very cheap with AY, SK/KF and DY competing.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 14):
I beg to differ. The rate of climb and the angle of attack granted, but the noise is really nothing like the MD-80.

That's true. In this case I was seated in the front though, which was quite similar to being seated in the front of an MD80.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 14):
What sort of pastry is that?

Finnish meat pie!  
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 14):

So just to get this straight. The B717 has the emergency exit door at the back but no retractable stairs, right?

That is how I understand it, yes.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 14):
It breaks my heart even to think of it. Actually, will there will be a farewell event or something for when the MD80 leaves the SAS fleet?

There are rumors, nothing confirmed.

Martin


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4269 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4952 times:

Hi Martin,

really cool to do this for a daytrip. So your first 717 flights got in the books right?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This is a trip report covering two flights with Blue1 in October 2012, on their last week operating their own flights and not just as a subcontractor for SAS.

Interesting you say so, I noticed the 717's appear to operate on SK flights CPH-AMS soon as well, so I might get on one again in due time   I only flew on 2 examples so far, with KF and JK.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
and unsurprisingly it reminded me of the takeoffs of my beloved MD80's

It was originally the MD-95 afaik, so no wonder  

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4799 times:

Hi Eric!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 16):
really cool to do this for a daytrip. So your first 717 flights got in the books right?

Thanks! Yes, my two only 717 flights so far.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 16):
Interesting you say so, I noticed the 717's appear to operate on SK flights CPH-AMS soon as well, so I might get on one again in due time I only flew on 2 examples so far, with KF and JK.

They will operate some domestic flights in Sweden this summer too, so I too might end up on a 717 again sooner than expected.  

Martin


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1713 posts, RR: 30
Reply 18, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4624 times:
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Hello Martin,

Good report and sure a nice way to spend some time on an almost extinguished species, the B717. Too bad you didn't get a plane with the newer cabin config but the 'wisdom coffee cup' surely made up for that!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I also wanted to try Blue1 as an airline

Don't tell me you haven't flown KF already  Wow!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Helsinki as seen during descent

Nice lighting in this one.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Views towards the terminals

How did you feel when you knew you were once again entering FlyingFinn76 territory?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This time the coffee was served in a KF-branded cup! Hurray!

Finally, yes!

Sultanils



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4605 times:

Hey, Martin,

good to follow you´re final KF story.
And always nice to catch a 717, definitely.
Lucky you with the glorious weather, the sun is missing here!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4525 times:

Hi again, and thanks a lot for the additional comments!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Good report and sure a nice way to spend some time on an almost extinguished species, the B717.

Thank you, Nils! Indeed, I am glad to have logged it finally, it took quite a long time considering how easily within reach they were to me!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Too bad you didn't get a plane with the newer cabin config but the 'wisdom coffee cup' surely made up for that!

True. I hear that the new interior is quite nice!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
Don't tell me you haven't flown KF already Wow!

I flew KF as a kid when they were still known as Air Botnia (on the F28, yay!), but this was my first time flying Blue1.  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 18):
How did you feel when you knew you were once again entering FlyingFinn76 territory?

It felt good, as I arrived the proper way this time! In a blue T-tailed plane.  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 19):
good to follow you´re final KF story.

Thank you, Markus!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 19):
And always nice to catch a 717, definitely.

Indeed, I liked the 717.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 19):
Lucky you with the glorious weather, the sun is missing here!.

It was indeed a good day for flying!

Martin


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