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To HEL And Back In 50 Hours; AA/AY/BA  
User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6570 posts, RR: 50
Posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 8584 times:



In January of this year I did another one of my crazy trips just for the sake of flying on a new airline and flying on a trans atlantic flight again. This trip was nonstop, 100% travel, no overnight stays in any city. By the time I got to LAX, I was exhausted beyond belief. So tired, in fact, that I barely remember the last two flights home. But of course I took them.  

Here was my booked itinerary...



You'll notice the ORF stop listed on the route map above was not booked. Since my MIA-JFK flight was canceled, the only way they could get me to JFK in time to catch my flight to HEL was by taking a one-stop ERJ-145 via ORF.

So to summarize...

MSY-MIA on AA 738
MIA-ORF-JFK on AA E145
JFK-HEL on AY 333
HEL-LHR on AY 319
LHR-LAX on BA 744
LAX-DFW on AA 738
DFW-MSY on AA M80

Pure insanity. But, of course, fun.

Here are some pictures from the domestic segments up to JFK via MIA/ORF including some from the connecting airports. Nice flights on AA as usual.

The bird that took me from MSY to MIA.

Norfolk

Plenty of snow at JFK from the blizzard.



To start, Finnair was excellent. From the moment I stepped aboard the beautiful A333 at JFK, I felt at home. The plane was spotlessly clean and the Y seat was very comfortable. IFE was good, as was the dinner. Breakfast wasn't much...just a ham and cheese on a baguette...but it was tasty and it hit the spot. And the experience of landing into a snow covered HEL is not something I will soon forget. Here are the pics from JFK-HEL...


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Nose cam.
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The connection at HEL was painless. No security to go through. I just walked off the plane from JFK and walked right to my next gate to LHR. I had a couple of hours to kill so I did explore the airport some. In a word...beautiful. I could have stayed there all day, looking at the snow fall outside.

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I managed to snag a window on the A319 from HEL to LHR. Of course we had to get de-iced, which only took a few minutes. I rather enjoyed watching the view from the nose cam as we taxied around the frozen tundra. Once we got airborne, we were served a cold lunch, which was tasty and filling. Again, just a very comfortable 2h40m flight. Nasty weather in LHR so we had to circle for a while. When we pulled up to the gate I had about 2 hours to change from T-3 to T-5. It ended up taking me a good hour when all was said and done.


I got a kick out of this one. America and Iran. Friends at the airport.  

Unfortunately I was not able to get many pictures on the LAX-LHR because my camera battery up and died. I had charged it, but it just went bad. The flight was on a B747-400, which is probably my favorite aircraft to fly on. No, there wasn't much legroom...actually, there was none...but it was still a treat to fly on the Queen. The BA service more than made up for the lack of pitch. The meals were great, the IFE was good enough (though AY was better), and the flight was early into LAX. Flying time, from what I remember, was 10h06m. And honestly even if my camera was working, I couldn't have taken many decent pics, since my window was terribly scratched. Still a fun ride. BA is still amazing after all these years.

My ride to LAX.


After I touched down in LAX I eventually made my way back to MSY via a connecting red eye in DFW.

The End.

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User currently offlineHELyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 939 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 8352 times:

Thanks for the TR, interesting reading!

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
This trip was nonstop, 100% travel, no overnight stays in any city. By the time I got to LAX, I was exhausted beyond belief.

Wow what a trip, I must try that once though I know it would kill me!

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
The plane was spotlessly clean and the Y seat was very comfortable.

I like their A333 too. This was the first TR of AY's JFK service I've seen, seems you got my favourite Finnish beer ,)

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
The connection at HEL was painless. No security to go through. I just walked off the plane from JFK and walked right to my next gate to LHR.

Yes flying from US to a non Schengen destination through HEL is easy, no security and you don't have to leave the non Schengen terminal.

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
The BA service more than made up for the lack of pitch. The meals were great

Agree, BA have good service and good food in Y.


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5517 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 8296 times:

Very cool! I did MSP-DEN-LAX-ORD-MSP in a day several years back and people thought I was nuts. This blows it out of the water.

I had the pleasure of flying through HEL last summer on my way to LJU. I was very impressed by the terminal as well as Finnair's service. Too bad they downgraded me to AA from AY overseas on the way back.


User currently offlineteme82 From Finland, joined Mar 2007, 1527 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7565 times:
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Thanks for great TR. Next time get extra battery with you  
Man you must have been beaten at LAX. I would imagine pulling this kind of stuff but I would be exhausted after 48 hours. I have to agree that BA y service is great. I did LRH-JNB-LHR FEb 2012 and the service was great both ways.

Quoting HELyes (Reply 1):
seems you got my favourite Finnish beer ,)

Mine too   That reminds me to get some before tonights sauna  



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User currently offlinerwsea From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3104 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6370 times:

Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing the report. It's a shame that you didn't have a chance to spend any time in Helsinki. Maybe it's not at its best in the middle of winter, but it's an interesting place with great people.

User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1201 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6197 times:

I had the possibility of flying Geneva to New York via Helsinki and London but decided against it due to an additional 5 hours on a plane.

But I am sure I am much older than you are.

Unbelievable what you did.


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6570 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6105 times:

Thanks for the comments. It was a fun trip. If I had more time I would have loved to have visited Helsinki. But perhaps in the summer it would have been a better time to visit. At the very least I can say I got to try a Finnish beer. It was great.  

User currently offlineydmine03 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5948 times:

Quick question! How exactly did you check-in for your flights? Do you mind writing a little bit about your interaction with the staff, specifically in Miami when you had the canceled flight. Did you have OLCI initially? Sometimes I can't do it for international trips, and get embarassed when the person at the counter sees my EWR-ORD-JFK-LHR-XXX or BOS-MIA-LHR-XXX, or JFK-HEL-CDG/LHR.

User currently offlineydmine03 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5942 times:

Quoting HELyes (Reply 1):
Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):The plane was spotlessly clean and the Y seat was very comfortable.
I like their A333 too. This was the first TR of AY's JFK service I've seen, seems you got my favourite Finnish beer ,)

By the way, here are are of my old TR's that show Finnair's JFK service.

BOS-ORD-LHR-SOF And VAR-BUD-HEL-JFK On AA BA MA AY (by ydmine03 Mar 7 2010 in Trip Reports)

NYC To BKK And Back On AY/BA/AA (PICS) (by ydmine03 Jul 23 2010 in Trip Reports)


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6570 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5888 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 6):

Quick question! How exactly did you check-in for your flights? Do you mind writing a little bit about your interaction with the staff, specifically in Miami when you had the canceled flight. Did you have OLCI initially? Sometimes I can't do it for international trips, and get embarassed when the person at the counter sees my EWR-ORD-JFK-LHR-XXX or BOS-MIA-LHR-XXX, or JFK-HEL-CDG/LHR.

I was not able to check-in online for any of the segments, but I was able to check in all the way from MSY to HEL at a kiosk in MSY. I also did receive a boarding document for HEL-LHR without a seat number, so when the gate opened for HEL-LHR, I was able to get a seat assignment. I got the LHR-LAX at the transfer desk at T-5...and then finally the LAX-DFW-MSY at a kiosk at LAX. The whole thing was surprisingly easy.

Actually what happened was the MIA-JFK was canceled the night before my trip, so I called AA res and they rebooked me via ORF. So the morning of the trip, I was good to go.


User currently offlineHELyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 939 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 5460 times:

Quoting ydmine03 (Reply 8):

By the way, here are are of my old TR's that show Finnair's JFK service.

Thank you, have missed those. Great pics! The BKK part looked familiar, thats my favourite escape route to sun in midwinter.


User currently offlineklmd11l From New Zealand, joined Dec 2007, 123 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 5321 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
In January of this year I did another one of my crazy trips just for the sake of flying on a new airline and flying on a trans atlantic flight again. This trip was nonstop, 100% travel, no overnight stays in any city. By the time I got to LAX, I was exhausted beyond belief. So tired, in fact, that I barely remember the last two flights home. But of course I took them.

Wow! I should show this thread to my folks who thought why would anyone fly BUR-SAN via PHX (3 hrs. layover) instead of driving or taking the train/bus?!!



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User currently offlineL0VE2FLY From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 1573 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3590 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
So to summarize...

MSY-MIA on AA 738
MIA-ORF-JFK on AA E145
JFK-HEL on AY 333
HEL-LHR on AY 319
LHR-LAX on BA 744
LAX-DFW on AA 738
DFW-MSY on AA M80

Pure insanity. But, of course, fun.

You got this one right!  Where else but on this forum can you tell a story like this without being labeled insane?! That's why I love airliners.net!

If I were to fly long haul for the sake of flying, I would still leave the airport and spend at least one day in each city, especially if I haven't been there before.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3515 times:

Nice report - good to see some coverage of AY as I'm flying them later this month to Asia. I'm glad their service standards seem high.


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User currently offlineteme82 From Finland, joined Mar 2007, 1527 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3442 times:
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Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
Nice report - good to see some coverage of AY as I'm flying them later this month to Asia. I'm glad their service standards seem high.

Do let us know what you think. Where are you heading? BKK?

Quoting L0VE2FLY (Reply 12):
If I were to fly long haul for the sake of flying, I would still leave the airport and spend at least one day in each city, especially if I haven't been there before.

heh... I differ from you. If I had the money I would do HEL-HKG-SYD-LAX-JFK-LHR-HEL as fast as I can. 



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