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The Vikings Are Coming! LPL-CPH Inaugural  
User currently offlineT8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 410 posts, RR: 1
Posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6156 times:

INTRODUCTION

Copenhagen has always lured me in as a trendy city to visit. Its modern architecture which lays side-by-side with the old and the many images I'd seen of the coloured houses by the river (which apparently is actually a lake as I found out!) had made me want to visit for years.

Last August I started talking to a lovely girl called Klara on Twitter. Over the months we became great friends and finally met up in London not too long ago. One night on Twitter (as you can see I have a bit of a thing for Twitter) I saw a Tweet from Liverpool Airport saying that Norwegian would be launching flights from LPL to Copenhagen from just £35! Perfect!! Straight away I FaceTime'd Klara and checked that it would be cool for me to stay during that weekend and booked myself onto the inaugural just a few minutes later.

I've always wanted to fly Norwegian, I have only ever heard good things about this rapidly expanding airline and the Twitter addict inside me would appreciate the offering of free onboard WiFi.

My journey would be on Norwegian's inaugural Liverpool - Copenhagen on April 5th, staying for the weekend at Klara's and then returning to Manchester with easyJet on the 7th.

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On a surprisingly sunny Staffordshire morning I got a lift from Dad to the train station in Stoke-on-Trent. The train journey to Liverpool Airport involved a change of trains in Crewe. If you've ever caught a train in the UK then the chances are you've been through Crewe! Crewe station is an absolutely massive place, trains depart and arrive pretty much every minute from one of its 12 platforms. Luckily I go to college in Crewe so changing here wasn't as stressful as it may be for some who aren't used to it.

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Around an hour later I arrive at the fairly modern Liverpool South Parkway where I caught the bus to the airport, which took no longer than fifteen minutes.

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I got to the airport at around 11. A quick enquiry at the Servisair desk revealed that check-in would open two hours before departure. I wandered up and down the terminal to kill time, remembering back to scenes from the popular TV show Airline which followed easyJet staff here at LPL.

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At around 1145 two Servisair staff sat themselves down at desks 38-39. I was quick to be first in the line and they called me forward a few minutes later, where by now a queue was beginning to form behind me.

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I must say that I do wonder how well Norwegian will cope with just two desks for 189 pax, for some reason they don't do OLCI so everyone has to check-in at the airport.

Check-in formalities completed I was handed a flimsy boarding card and was told that I could use the Fast-track lane today.

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Through security, the whole departure lounge was decorated in Danish flags, like everywhere, the whole place!! Every single shop was covered in red and white. I was sick of seeing the Danish flag even before I got there!

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There was a DJ playing what I assumed to be Danish music, a Lego stand complete with a man dressed in a Lego costume, a face paint stand and of course a person posing to be the Little Mermaid! People dressed in Viking outfits were handing out competition forms to win a free flight to CPH. Unfortunately the pen that I bought with me had ran out, damn!

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An area of one of the restaurants was cordoned off with Danish flags and Visit Denmark balloons, which I assumed us passengers on the Copenhagen flight would be invited to however just airport staff were allowed in. There was food, drinks and champagne - looked pretty good!

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I looked outside and noticed that two of the airport's fire trucks were positioning themselves opposite each other on the apron...

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It could only mean one thing! This would be my first ever time seeing a water cannon salute, so I positioned myself by the window of Burger King to get a good view.

A group of people in high-vis jackets were down on the apron to take some photos of the salute.

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Here she comes!

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The aircraft arrived on the stand so I made my way down to gate 1 where a small queue was forming. Shortly after, a boarding call was put out for rows 13-31 and then of course 1-12. After boarding passes and passports were checked we were led into a sort of corridor/tunnel/greenhouse thing where we waited for a good ten minutes.

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We were finally able to go down the stairs and make our way to the aircraft. Boarding was by the front door only, which was understandable considering the light load.

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Two very attractive and typical Norwegian blonde and blue eyed flight attendants greeted me at the door. They were wearing Liverpool FC scarves with the Liverpool Airport's logo stitched on to them which I thought was a cool touch.

First impressions of the cabin was 'wow'! This was my first flight with the Boeing Sky Interior and boy was I impressed1 The mood lighting is fabulous, the new shape of the windows (I should probably say the wall hole sculpting!) feel noticeably bigger and the cabin felt much more roomy. In fact I felt extremely cramped on the EZY flight home, not just because it's EZY but because the ceiling felt MUCH lower.

Our captain for today's flight, Pete Owens, welcomed us aboard and apologised for the "welcoming committee" causing the delay to the departure. FO Neil Robinson would be flying us across to Copenhagen today. Both cockpit crew were Scousers, and one of the cabin crew had a slight hint of Liverpudlian in her accent too.

LPL-CPH
APRIL 5TH 2013
DY3505 1355-1655
LN-DYW


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We finally pushed back and the safety video was played, albeit 25 minutes late.

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We made our way to RWY 27 where we then flew over the Mersey.

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The sand formations look great!

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We took a left turn just before Runcorn Bridge, which my train went over earlier in the morning.

The BOB service started almost immediately after takeoff. I didn't buy anything as I had purchased a lovely chicken and bacon sandwich from W H Smiths at the airport beforehand and the range didn't really look that great.

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Our route took us over Sheffield and across the Northern Sea over to Esbjerg.

Having free inflight WiFi was AMAZING! This was the first time I've ever flown with an airline that offers it and I was blown away. My two favourite things are Twitter and aviation, so having the two put together was just the best - I was on cloud nine.   Having the WiFi made the time fly by, I couldn't believe how fast the time went, I think I tweeted ~100 times on the flight haha!

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The very slick looking cabin!

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We soon started out descent into Copenhagen. The WiFi was unfortunately turned off as we descended below 10,000ft but this wouldn't be a problem as there is free WiFi throughout Copenhagen Airport so I wouldn't be too long without being able to tweet! Unfortunately I was sitting on the wrong side to get views over the city but I didn't really think about it in advance so it's my own fault.

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Didn't really realise how flat Denmark is!

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We touched down in Copenhagen early, despite leaving nearly half an hour late.

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I'm most definitely in Copenhagen!

We were bussed from the aircraft and dropped off in the terminal. It was just a short walk to passport control, but there were just two desks open. Luckily I was through in a couple of minutes and my baggage was already on the carousel when I got through (this is Danish efficiency at its best!)

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I met Klara in arrivals and we made our way to the metro for the quick journey into the city centre.

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Here's a few snaps of the beautiful city that is Copenhagen!

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Unfortunately I had missed the opening of Tivoli Gardens for the season by just a few days. I guess it's just another excuse to come back for the summer  

I had a very positive experience with Norwegian and I would go out of my way to fly with them again. Liverpool Airport created a great atmosphere with the celebrations, it was evident that the airport was very pleased after *finally* attracting a new carrier after its blow of loosing KLM not too long ago. I wish DY every success with their CPH-LPL route, however I am sceptical to see how long it will last... Only time will tell!

And of course, you can follow me on Twitter @marshall_mcf  

Tak, og farvel!


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User currently offlineplanejamie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2011, 576 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6102 times:

Didn't really need the trip report thanks to:

Quoting T8KE0FF (Thread starter):
Having the WiFi made the time fly by, I couldn't believe how fast the time went, I think I tweeted ~100 times on the flight haha!

 
Quoting T8KE0FF (Thread starter):
Luckily I go to college in Crewe so changing here wasn't as stressful as it may be for some who aren't used to it.

Pfft, Crewe is just odd - the announcement guy is odd and the signs to the platforms are odd :P But thanks for the photo of 350 120 (I swear I'm not a trainspotter...)

Quoting T8KE0FF (Thread starter):
I had a very positive experience with Norwegian and I would go out of my way to fly with them again. Liverpool Airport created a great atmosphere with the celebrations, it was evident that the airport was very pleased after *finally* attracting a new carrier after its blow of loosing KLM not too long ago. I wish DY every success with their CPH-LPL route, however I am sceptical to see how long it will last... Only time will tell!

And of course, you can follow me on Twitter @marshall_mcf

Norwegien sound really cool and now Klara can come and visit you/you go to her more often cheaply with free WiFi for most of the flight  Thanks for the awesome trip report!


User currently offlineEICPT From Ireland, joined Jun 2009, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5947 times:

Cool trip report dude - SKY interior and Copenhagen itself looks awesome!  


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User currently offlinemoby147 From UK - England, joined Mar 2013, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5881 times:

Great report  

Copenhagen is a lovely city but it's a shame you missed the Tivoli Gardens, you really need to go back & see it in the summer  

It looks to be a tidy airline, how do they compere with EasyJet on price?

Regards

Moby147


User currently offlineT8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 410 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5779 times:

Quoting planejamie (Reply 1):
Pfft, Crewe is just odd - the announcement guy is odd and the signs to the platforms are odd :P But thanks for the photo of 350 120 (I swear I'm not a trainspotter...)

Everything in Crewe is odd! Once you get your head around the platform layout it's not too bad. Hahha, you're welcome  
Quoting planejamie (Reply 1):
Thanks for the awesome trip report!

Thank you for reading!!

Quoting EICPT (Reply 2):
Cool trip report dude

Thank you!  
Quoting moby147 (Reply 3):
It looks to be a tidy airline, how do they compere with EasyJet on price?

Well at the moment you can pick up a seat on Norwegian for £35 although I'm not sure if that's some sort of promotion for the route launch. EasyJet are around £40 ish pounds too so they're both very reasonable. If it happens to be that Norwegian are a bit more I'd still recommend you take them - even if you're an internet addict like me   Thanks for reading!



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User currently offlineblueshamu330s From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 2857 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5229 times:

Quoting T8KE0FF (Reply 4):
Well at the moment you can pick up a seat on Norwegian for £35 although I'm not sure if that's some sort of promotion for the route launch.

Looking forward at loads, I think those £35 fares are going to be around for a while.

Shame Liverpool seem unable to make anything work that isn't Easy or Ryanair.

Rgds



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User currently offlineInvaders From Norway, joined May 2012, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5143 times:

Nice trip-report. I hope that this route does well so that they can open OSL-LPL.I just cant be bothered to take the train down to Torp for Ryanairs TRF-LPL route.

Quoting blueshamu330s (Reply 5):
Looking forward at loads, I think those £35 fares are going to be around for a while.

Atleast when its not a football match that weekend. I guess thats why they cut it down to 2x weekly from last week of June to the end of August.


User currently offlineTugmaster From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jul 2004, 686 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5055 times:

Any pictures of Klara....?

User currently offlineT8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 410 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4749 times:

Quoting blueshamu330s (Reply 5):
ooking forward at loads, I think those £35 fares are going to be around for a while.

Shame Liverpool seem unable to make anything work that isn't Easy or Ryanair.

Aah! We'll have to see how it goes I guess.

Quoting Invaders (Reply 6):

Nice trip-report. I hope that this route does well so that they can open OSL-LPL.I just cant be bothered to take the train down to Torp for Ryanairs TRF-LPL route.

That would be great!! Oslo is on my to-do list too, but as you say I don't really fancy flying into Torp.



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User currently offlineokapi From France, joined Jun 2006, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4106 times:

Hello! Your very nice trip report makes me feel like going to CPH and even try Norwegian. A very interesting read indeed. Nice pictures, especially the water cannon one!
Thanks for sharing!


User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1067 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4093 times:

Nice 737-800 Boeing Sky Interior and free WIFI! WOW!!!
CPH is one of my favorite cities! I hope I have a free place to stay right in CPH not Malmo lol

Thanks for sharing the pics and trip report.
Cheers,
net



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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2373 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4056 times:

Nice trip report!

Quoting T8KE0FF (Thread starter):
Here's a few snaps of the beautiful city that is Copenhagen!

That is the English church in Copenhagen. Just like being home for you, I assume?  


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3915 times:

Nice report! I did my first flight on Norweigan yesterday...I loved the wifi too! I hope more airline start offering it. If a LCC can do it for free, then BA/LH/AF certainly should be able to. Nice for you to get on the inagural too!

Quoting T8KE0FF (Thread starter):
I must say that I do wonder how well Norwegian will cope with just two desks for 189 pax, for some reason they don't do OLCI so everyone has to check-in at the airport.

NCE yesterday was a right mess. So stupid that OLCI isn't available. Thankfully I was first in line for my flight, so I didn't have to wait too long, but I guess some others would be waiting an age. Loooking across to the OSL desk, it looked like they had a good 15 pax left to check in as the offical desk closure time arrived. They need to sort something out about that I think.

Quoting T8KE0FF (Thread starter):
An area of one of the restaurants was cordoned off with Danish flags and Visit Denmark balloons, which I assumed us passengers on the Copenhagen flight would be invited to however just airport staff were allowed in. There was food, drinks and champagne - looked pretty good!

Thats odd....why have a private party in full view of the paying pax?!



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3743 times:

Hi


Great TR on DY, glad you did like it.
The Sky interior looks very impressive, gives a bigger feal to the cabin.
CPH pics are great as well.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineLuftyMatt From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 428 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3372 times:

Hey nice report and great pics! Wow Norwegian looks nice, I agree with you about the sky interior very swish.
I really hope DY make a success of the LPL route.
Thanks for sharing  



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