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Long Plane Short Flight, Finnair A340: BRU-HEL-OSL  
User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Posted (12 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 16730 times:
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Introduction

A few weeks into the global airlines summer schedules, an interesting message appeared on the equally interesting airlineroute.net website:


BRU’s Finnair service to HEL sees normally a mix of A319/320 and Embraer 190 aircraft so the addition - or rather replacement - of the midmorning service by one of their longhaul A340-300 aircraft was a nice and welcome surprise. Needless to say I started fare hunting and itinerary puzzling right away!
This particular flight being operated once a week on Thursday made the search for a suitable itinerary quite challenging. There was 1 day that suited my schedule best, being Aug 15th as this was an official holiday in Belgium - and Mother’s Day as well in the region of Antwerp where I live - and the start of a long weekend off.

After quite some trial and error I found a matching hit and booked a BRU-HEL-OSL/ARN-HEL-BRU open jaw on Finnair’s excellent website, costing me a reasonable € 212. To fill in the gaps, an additional OSL-BRU-FRA-ARN open jaw was booked on Expedia. This deducted another € 211 off my VISA card. All in all, 8 legs booked, for about € 55 each which is decent value in my books! There was of course also the addition of 2 new airlines to the log - Finnair and FlyBE - and another intra-Europe widebody flight.

BRU-HEL on Finnair A340-300
HEL-OSL on Finnair (operated by FlyBE) Embraer 190
OSL-BRU on Brussels Airlines Avro RJ-100

Note: This report will only feature the Finnair flights as I’ve already reported a few times on Brussels Airlines and the Avro RJ100.

Here are the flights featured in this report on a map (thanks to the excellent Great Circle Mapper, copyright Karl L Schwartz):


Of course my itinerary wouldn’t be complete without 1 or 2 challenging connections: connecting time in HEL was scheduled to be 0h40 and connecting time in OSL 1h10. Fingers crossed so jet’s go!

Brussels Airport - BRU

My trusty motorbike delivers me in due time in the underground parking at the airport. I obtain the Finnair boarding passes from the SSK and the Brussels Airlines one is being sent to my phone, so I’m all set for the day. Security is no big deal so pretty fast I’m where I ought to be, gate A45 in terminal A.


OH-LQB has already landed on schedule at about 9h00 and lots of bins are waiting to be loaded.




It definitely is not a Jumbolino:




The ground time for this flight is about 2h40 so there should be plenty of time to get all the cargo loaded in time for departure. So one should think...

It’s another 20 mins before the scheduled boarding so I do my usual walkaround to look for some interesting machinery. Beside the countless Brussels Airlines planes, there’s not much around except for this duo from competing alliances:


The demography of people at the gate shows quite some pax of Asian descent, most likely connecting to the Finnair longhaul network. The load seems decent as well and will turn out to be around 50%.


BRU to HEL
AY812
Airbus A340-300 OH-LQB
STD-STA 11h40-15h15
Y class
seat 56A


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Hurrah for BRU’s glass gate bridges! This is however not the most flattering angle for this otherwise nice machine:


The first encounter with the crew is so and so. An older female FA takes a quick look at my boarding pass and shows my way to the first aisle on the right. No ‘welcome onboard’ nor a (genuine) smile... The cabin crew appears to be all female and composed of a mix of ages. There’s 1 particularly joyful FA working my aisle while the others tend to be more reserved. But that might just as well be a part of their Finnish nature?

I settle into my seat, window last row and the first impressions are not bad: seating comfort is good with ample legroom and winged adjustable headrests.


The IFE box is not too large and not bothersome   


Furthermore, the seat is equipped with well-sized touchscreen PTV’s:


The control unit is tucked away in the armrest which I find a clever idea:


The cabin itself features grey, beige and blue colours and modern seats with hard shell backs.






Finnair is celebrating it’s 90th birthday this year:


Coat hook.


Overhead panel featuring individual air vents:


En detail:


Overhead stowage space:


So we are all seated and ready to go but unfortunately nothing happens for a while. I hear some rumbling down below which obviously indicates that the bins are being loaded right now. This is confirmed by the captain, who comes on the blower and informs us all that ‘loading will take another 5 to 10 mins but we should be able to arrive in HEL more or less on schedule with a flight time of 2h10’. I start to worry a bit...

25 mins later we are still in idle mode and now I really start to get a bit anxious about my connecting flight in HEL. Why does the loading of those oh so important cargo bins has to be done on the very last minute despite the plane being on the ground for 2h40? Beats me...


Finally a loud bang! indicates closure of the cargo door and a few minutes later we finally push off   
We drive past 2 good looking Jetairfly Jungle Jets:


Let’s not forget about SN’s longhaulers...


and BRU’s liquid gold station:


Our army’s C-130 fleet:


Due to renovation works on 25R, it’s a single runway operation today - 20 is in use - so this means another wait for arriving traffic.


Finally, 45 mins after schedule we turn onto the runway.


Taking off A340-style!




Crossing 25L:


Crossing the Brussels-Leuven railway line:


After a hard right turn, we find ourselves facing north, next stop Helsinki Vantaa Airport.




Some climbing statistics:


Too bad the city of Brussels is partially hidden from sight although the Atomium was clearly visible.






Finally underway it’s time to explore the contents of the seat pocket.


Close up of the menu.


Finnair’s catering concept is more or less the following: free coffee, tea, water, soft drinks, snacks and alcohol for sale. As I’m going through the snack items to make a choice, the crew announces that the ‘service will commence soon including a barbeque chicken sandwich and hot and cold drinks of choice’. Excellent!

Headphones are distributed as well. I guess they are for 1 time use only and it shows, the sound quality is abominable!


I explore some of the features of the IFE. A good selection of movies, music, games,... is available and the touchscreen is fast responsive. Such a shame of the bad headphones though... But in the end, there’s usually 1 important item in this category and that’s of course the inflight map:


Lunch is served as promised and comprises a bbq chicken sandwich that is washed down with some apple juice and tea and lemon.


I ask the FA serving the food if I will be able to make my connection she thinks. She says that probably yes and will come back to me when she has more info on the connecting flights and their assigned gates.

Let’s not forget about the classic winglet shot!


Somewhere over Denmark.






After all those drinks, it’s time as well to go and explore the lavatorial facilities. There’s some funky lighting installed but it’s a bit of a mess inside...




This is how the back galley looks like:


My seat en detail:


I’m just seated again as another FA - the purser obviously and a very friendly woman - comes to my seat.

’Mr Sultanils’?
‘Yes, that’s me’
‘Regarding your connection flight, I have some more information for you. It will depart from gate 30 but I cannot promise you that you will make it. If you don’t mind packing your belongings and follow me to the front so that you’ll be able to exit the plane as the 1st passenger. I hope this will help you to make your connection’.
‘That’s really good, thank you very much’


I grab my stuff and follow the FA to the front, through the Y cabin, into the second (empty) C cabin.

’Please have a seat here and place your belongings in the overhead bins as wel will be landing soon’
‘I will, thank you for your assistance’


With a big grin on my face I’m now seated in a bulkhead business seat. Sadly I don’t have time to explore the seat in detail as the fasten seatbelt sign is already on.

Now that’s a whole lotta different view and much appreciated!




This part of the C cabin only features 2 rows of seats:






There’s one large screen on the panel which later on showed all the connecting flights info. A bit worrying was that for my connection it said: ‘Contact transfer desk’  Wow!


And indeed, we are very near our destination. We fly east of the city of Helsinki and with today’s nice weather and some fluffy clouds, the views are quite nice.






That’s HEL for you!


And this is HEM for you as well!


How I love these engine views...!




Our vessel graciously flares over the runway threshold of 22L before touching down firmly on the asphalt. Welcome to HEL!




Lots of white fuselages around!


I hope and pray for a finger gate but that hope pretty soon melts away as this follow-me car urges us to follow-him. By now it is already 15h48 and my plane is scheduled to depart from the gate in 0h05 from now    As it turns out, the plane waiting for me is the 2nd from the right, next to the Finnair A330...


We taxi all the way to the other end of the apron and make a final stop at a hard stand.


As the seatbelt sign goes out, the purser comes forward and beckons me to step into the galley and wait for the door to open. ‘Knock knock’, stairs are deployed and I’m on my out, thanking the purser for her kindness and good service.

A bus is waiting but it fills up rapidly which gives me just enough time for some last shots. An apron deboarding from a widebody is always cool but I’m not in the mood to appreciate it right now 




Driving off...


Helsinki Airport - HEL

I look at my watch and what follows is the fastest connection I have ever had the privilege to undergo. The full bus drives off and stops at the beginning - or the end - of T1. I run up the stairs into the departure area and then all the way to almost the very end of T2, carefully dodging a multitude of travellers on the way. Meanwhile I hear my name resounding through the intercom, which is actually a good sign, I still have a chance! Thankfully, the gate is still open and exactly 8 minutes after disembarkation I’m already in my seat for the next flight. And it’s a full one.


HEL to OSL
AY2659
Embraer 190 OH-LKK
STD-STA 14h55-16h25
Y class
seat 4A


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My female seat mate is still happily munching away a salad that she bought at one of the shops in the terminal and in the business class cabin there is a Russian (?) man happily having a phone call in broken English, as far as I can understand about an item he has lost on his way somewhere. As the plane is ready to leave, an FA stands besides the man urging him to end the call but the man keeps on talking. Suddenly the captain comes into the cabin and the call is ended quickly, what a show! I guess he was holding up the flight...

Despite some ignorant man delaying our departure (it wasn’t me!), we manage to pushback only a few mins after schedule. The next connection in OSL is 1h10 which should be sufficient and comes with a ‘satisfaction guaranteed or full refund’!

It’s all white and wide to our right...






with some occasional red thrown in!


The active departure runway 22R is quickly reached. Here we are seen crossing 22L:


Turning left now for immediate departure:


Our medium sized E-Jet trundles down the runway and in little time we lift off from Finnish soil. See you in Nov HEL, hopefully in a more relaxed fashion then!






We establish cruise and I’m feeling much more relaxed now   Some music on, a large window to look through...




some clouds, but not too much...


and a shiny winglet, what does one need more?


A safety card perhaps?


Nah, just give me a cold drink please!


Non alcoholic drinks are on the house, snacks are for sale. The cabin is attended by 2 younger females, 1 serving the business cabin and the other 1 serving the peasant cabin.

Hmm, I’m starting to dislike this curtain in front of me. Not only is it obstructing my view but it is plain ugly as well. Note the peephole to enable you to see the overhead signalisation.


There’s not a single word from the cockpit during the flight, just a ‘cabin crew landing in 5 minutes’ as we are on finals for runway 01R at OSL.

The approach is quite scenic here as well:








We land 5 mins ahead of schedule in another SAS-land. Lots of construction works are ongoing at OSL as a new terminal facility is being built.




We taxi into this seemingly improvised stand. Dust and debris from the construction works is freely kicking up in the air, that must not be doing any good to all those aircraft engines!


Apparently, some impatient people feel the urgent need to unclick their seatbelt and get up, with the plane still slightly moving forward, because suddenly one of the FA’s comes on the intercom in a not to be messed with voice: ‘Sit down and switch off your mobile phones!’. Hey, it wasn’t me!

A bus is waiting and it is nice and warm outside. Soon we are whisked off to the terminal building.




See anything familiar CaptainRed?


Oslo Airport - OSL

The transfer procedure is fast and efficient and with about half an hour to go before the next flight, I find myself in the international departure area of OSL.


As I already mentioned, I will not go into much detail on the Brussels Airlines flight. The old and tired Avro was almost full, scorching hot inside - it got better once we were airborne and I had forgotten about the nasty draft in the window last row seat on the 2-seater side. Never again that seat! Oh, and by the time the cart came by, the sandwiches were all sold out, grrr... On a positive note, the flight was on time, the crew the best of the day and the takeoff from OSL very scenic.

Some impressions...










Final thoughts...

Although the connection at HEL was a stressful one this time, I really did enjoy my first set of flight on the Finnish national carrier Finnair. The BRU-HEL flight on the A343 was a nice and unique opportunity to sample what the airline has to offer on it’s longhaul flights. The hardware is very good: the cabin is nice and the IFE up to date. What I did miss however were some extra seat amenities, like a power socket or a cup holder. Also the crew lacked that extra bit of charm that you’d appreciate but overall the service level experienced on the flight was not bad at all. Finnair promotes itself as the fastest route to Asia; if the price is right I’m sure they make a good alternative to head east.

Thank you for reading and I await and will answer your questions, thoughts and comments.

Sultanils


In thrust we trust.
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3218 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (12 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 16649 times:

Nice report Nils....lucky it all worked out ok!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
After quite some trial and error I found a matching hit and booked a BRU-HEL-OSL/ARN-HEL-BRU open jaw on Finnair’s excellent website, costing me a reasonable € 212. To fill in the gaps, an additional OSL-BRU-FRA-ARN open jaw was booked on Expedia. This deducted another € 211 off my VISA card. All in all, 8 legs booked, for about € 55 each which is decent value in my books! There was of course also the addition of 2 new airlines to the log - Finnair and FlyBE - and another intra-Europe widebody flight.

Nice itinerary. Great that you were able to take advantage of the 340 in BRU....what was the reason for this 1 weekly service?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
25 mins later we are still in idle mode and now I really start to get a bit anxious about my connecting flight in HEL. Why does the loading of those oh so important cargo bins has to be done on the very last minute despite the plane being on the ground for 2h40? Beats me...

Very annoying. On my MAN-AUH flight in Feb, we were ;ate due to late loading cargo....the plane had been on the tarmac in MAN for 8 hours!!!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Lunch is served as promised and comprises a bbq chicken sandwich that is washed down with some apple juice and tea and lemon.

Looks nice. My first ever AY flight is on Saturday - hoping for some nice service

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
‘Regarding your connection flight, I have some more information for you. It will depart from gate 30 but I cannot promise you that you will make it. If you don’t mind packing your belongings and follow me to the front so that you’ll be able to exit the plane as the 1st passenger. I hope this will help you to make your connection’.

Excellent crew! Nice to get a mini upgrade as well!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Thankfully, the gate is still open and exactly 8 minutes after disembarkation I’m already in my seat for the next flight. And it’s a full one.

Phew, just in time, well played!



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User currently offlineteme82 From Finland, joined Mar 2007, 1505 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 16347 times:
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Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
what was the reason for this 1 weekly service?

Cargo!  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
My first ever AY flight is on Saturday

Going to stay at HEL or move along to other destination?



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User currently offlineboeingdotcom From Singapore, joined Nov 2008, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 16308 times:

Wow, looks like an excellent short haul flight! Can't wait to try them out on Finnair long haul from SIN, would love to travel them to Europe! On a side note, the A340 looks like they been retrofitted with new overhead panels, looks like a new one to me!

And those who got off the seats before the aircraft came to a stop, they are really 'Kiasu'.



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User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1792 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (12 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 15982 times:

Hi Nils

Yet another one of your entertaining trip reports with some beautiful pictures and an highly stylish and elegant title image. I was wondering how long it would be til we saw the first trip report on this flight, and somehow I figured you'd be the one to do the honours.

Flying widebodies on these short sectors is always fun. I'm assuming on such a short route even the A 340 gave a more or less decent performance on take-off and during the climb. Or was it still sluggish?

By the way, just out of curiosity, do you by any chance know what the future holds for Brussels Airlines' Avros? They must be getting on now.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1298 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (12 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 15954 times:

Hey Sultanlis,

Thank you for this very interesting report.

I just love flying short flights on big planes... man I miss my TLV-AYT flights on those old A300s... happy days.

I haven't flewn A343 yet! Shame really. Plane looks great, beautiful wing view, and boarding via stairs is always nice.

Thx for shearing, Jonathan



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User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 504 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (12 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 15930 times:

Hi Nils,

Nice report about your experience on the AY A343.
The plane looks good and im sure Finnair does also fine on the longhaul.
Glad you made the connection, which must be one of the shortest ones in the Tripreporters books.

Thanks a lot for sharing
Cheers,
Johannes


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1201 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (12 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 15718 times:

Hola Nils!

Great report, beautiful pictures and very interesting read... I got anxious as well with your OSL connection at HEL... I am happy you made it and tthey held the plane foir you, it was their resposability anyway for departing so late from BRU, but on the airline industry you never know... They gave you a short upgrade for free, let's look at the bright side of life!  

I wanted to fly last year IB A343 on the route MAD-BCN on Sundays when they used to fly to GRU but I delayed it so much that they stopped the flight in the end... too bad!

I like the way A343 climb..., slowly and giving you the opportunity to feel that you are really leaving the ground and going onto the air...

Sorry to hear that SN did not have any left food by the time they reached you, I am not surprised as with a full flight everyone got something on board which was probably cheaper than OSL sky-rocket prices.

All the best.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (12 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 15713 times:
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gabrielchew...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Nice report Nils....lucky it all worked out ok!

Hiya Gabs, thanks for your comment. And yes, it all turned out OK once again   

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
what was the reason for this 1 weekly service?

Cargo demand for BRU-NRT it seems.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
the plane had been on the tarmac in MAN for 8 hours!

That really does make you wonder about the organization on the ground. And 8 hours is a long time to get this done imo.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
My first ever AY flight is on Saturday - hoping for some nice service

Don’t expect too much and you’ll be surprised. When in Y, no free G&T though 

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Nice to get a mini upgrade as well!

Yes, that was excellent although I couldn’t enjoy it to the fullest.

boeingdotcom...

Quoting boeingdotcom (Reply 3):
Wow, looks like an excellent short haul flight! Can't wait to try them out on Finnair long haul from SIN, would love to travel them to Europe! On a side note, the A340 looks like they been retrofitted with new overhead panels, looks like a new one to me!

Hi boeingdotcom, thank you for your reply, much appreciated. AY indeed does SIN as well, I bet the service on longhaul will be satisfying. Funny I was thinking the same thing on the overhead panels!

Quoting boeingdotcom (Reply 3):
And those who got off the seats before the aircraft came to a stop, they are really 'Kiasu'.

I had to look that one up, but I agree with you  

knightsofmalta...

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 4):
Hi Nils

Hello William, good to hear from you!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 4):
Yet another one of your entertaining trip reports with some beautiful pictures and an highly stylish and elegant title image.

Thanks for your kind words.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 4):
I was wondering how long it would be til we saw the first trip report on this flight

Not long, about 1 week   I doubt if there will be others but you never know!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 4):
I'm assuming on such a short route even the A 340 gave a more or less decent performance on take-off and during the climb. Or was it still sluggish?

It was quite decent, perhaps explained by the medium-light load. But as a matter of fact, I love A340 takeoffs 

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 4):
By the way, just out of curiosity, do you by any chance know what the future holds for Brussels Airlines' Avros? They must be getting on now.

I haven’t a clue. Forums speculate on E-Jets or the C-Series but nothing is certain yet. In my case, I’ve had it with the SN Avro’s...

EL-AL...

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 5):
Hey Sultanlis,

Thank you for this very interesting report.

Hello EL-AL, thanks for comenting and I’m glad you liked it.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 5):
I just love flying short flights on big planes

That makes 2 of us   

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 5):
Plane looks great, beautiful wing view, and boarding via stairs is always nice.

  

Luxair747SP...

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 6):
Hi Nils,

Nice report about your experience on the AY A343.

Hello Johannes, thanks for your reply.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 6):
The plane looks good and im sure Finnair does also fine on the longhaul.

I’m sure they do indeed.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 6):
Glad you made the connection, which must be one of the shortest ones in the Tripreporters books.

Could be, it was at least the most tight one in my books 

Thanks all for commenting!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineomidp From Canada, joined Jun 2010, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 15668 times:

Awesome TR. Loved the pictures. If I could please ask for the style and brand of your camera as I'm looking to buy a new one and I'm asking members so that I can pick a nice one. Thank you  

User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (12 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 15478 times:

Hoi Nils, nice report!

Flying the A340 on a European flight is certainly a nice catch, and I also recall our FlyingFinn (who is sadly no longer with us) doing the same flight, but in the pointy end. Their intra-EU service looks fine, and those sandwiches sure look delicious! Will be nice to fly them again in January, though on a boring A320…

Nice of the crew to give you that last minute upgrade to the Business Class cabin, it's certainly a completely different world from the back, especially on long hauls. I'm a big fan of the engine view as well, especially on 4-holer planes like the A340.

Thanks for sharing!



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User currently offlinemartinair50 From Netherlands, joined May 2011, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 15175 times:

Hi Nils,
Thanks for uploading this TR, enjoyed reading it. Also pictures deserve a mention: they are awesome!

It's weird though you had bad sound quality through your earphones; I just came back from SIN With AY and the earphone quality was possibly the best I ever encountered on a plane. Maybe there was something wrong with the wiring in your seat?


User currently offlinelucce From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 15144 times:

Hi!
It's always nice to see a well-written, in detail flight report! That's quite a day you had, I can only imagine how it was to run through the entire airport. Even though they have cut down their service a lot, it seems it's still quite nice.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
What I did miss however were some extra seat amenities, like a power socket or a cup holder.

Cup holders would be nice, or at least a table that folds in two. However, apart from the two A340's they got from AF, all long haul aircraft do have power ports. They are located under the seat in between two seats. They are a bit hard to locate since you cant really see them in the seated position. Ironically, the two ex-AF birds do have cup holders though  .

Quoting boeingdotcom (Reply 3):
On a side note, the A340 looks like they been retrofitted with new overhead panels, looks like a new one to me!

Except for the two ex-AF A340's and the ex-VS one, all their big busses were delivered new. OH-LQB is the oldest of them and was delivered in 2007 so nearly all of them have the new interiors. The ex-VS one has new seats but retains the original panels and bins. They do give a lot cleaner look to the cabin  .


User currently offlineHELyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 913 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 14918 times:

Thanks for the exellent TR, interesting reading! I've been planning the same widebody experience on HEL-BRU, needs a bit of work though, AY's Euro flights tend to be pricy. Atleast once this autumn the 17th Oct they will also send an A333 to BRU.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
There’s 1 particularly joyful FA working my aisle while the others tend to be more reserved. But that might just as well be a part of their Finnish nature?

Finns need some time to warm up ,) My personal experiences of AY crews are similar, not awfully warm always but they've been really good in solving problems, like the purser on your flight.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
a bbq chicken sandwich

Their sandwiches are so much better than the sad tiny warm meals they used to serve on Euro routes before.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
what was the reason for this 1 weekly service?
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
Cargo demand for BRU-NRT it seems.

The BRU-HEL is a rather busy cargo route, there's also a MD-11F serving.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
This part of the C cabin only features 2 rows of seats

Next year also OH-LQB will get the new flat bed seats in C, similar to what they have on four A333's.


User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2415 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 14871 times:

Nice TR! Well done!

First, I have to confess that I am working for AY and that I am proud of it, BUT...

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
the midmorning service by one of their longhaul A340-300 aircraft was a nice and welcome surprise.

Very, very lucky you... This month was just horrible with the A340 operations. AY suffered from several AOG's- especially HKG was suffering with 4 flights in a row delayed to the next day. A nightmare!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The hardware is very good: the cabin is nice and the IFE up to date.

Sorry, but this is not true at all... Especially Business Class is suffering and as already HELyes mentioned, it is very necessary to refurbish. The lists of cabin defects on the A340 is endless, my record was this month >5 broken J-seats alone on one aircraft.


User currently offlineteme82 From Finland, joined Mar 2007, 1505 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 14698 times:
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Quoting debonair (Reply 14):
This month was just horrible with the A340 operations. AY suffered from several AOG's- especially HKG was suffering with 4 flights in a row delayed to the next day. A nightmare!

Last nights HKG is leaving today at 08:00 again... The usual plane is back in the workshop...


Sultanils, next time I recommend you to explore Helsinki city. It's really nice waterfront city in the Gulf of Finland.



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 16, posted (12 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 14329 times:
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Rogerbcn...

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 7):
Hola Nils!

Great report, beautiful pictures and very interesting read

Hola Roger, thanks for your commentary, much appreciated!

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 7):
it was their resposability anyway for departing so late from BRU

True but getting to HELwas 1 thing and I needed to get on that particular flight to OSL in order to get back home on SN. Separate tickets make these trips risky but I’m a daredevil ha ha ha!

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 7):
They gave you a short upgrade for free, let's look at the bright side of life!

Exactly, thanks again to the lovely purser!

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 7):
I wanted to fly last year IB A343 on the route MAD-BCN on Sundays

Bugger that. Btw is the LHR-MAD A340 service still around? You might as well do that one but you’ll have to get to MAD then first of course  

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 7):
I like the way A343 climb..., slowly and giving you the opportunity to feel that you are really leaving the ground and going onto the air...

You and I are perhaps one of the few people that actually can appreciate this graceful aircraft  

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 7):
Sorry to hear that SN did not have any left food by the time they reached you, I am not surprised as with a full flight everyone got something on board

The FA said that she would pass my complaints on. She agreed that if it’s in the menu, it should be available and certainly there should be a higher load of these on the flights where it is expected that pax are hungry - like on this evening flight.

omidp...

Quoting omidp (Reply 9):
Awesome TR. Loved the pictures.

Thank you very much!

Quoting omidp (Reply 9):
If I could please ask for the style and brand of your camera as I'm looking to buy a new one and I'm asking members so that I can pick a nice one.

It’s a simple point & shoot, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35. Imho an excellent and most of all discrete apparatus  

LH4116...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Hoi Nils, nice report!

Hello Jonas, good to you around again and thank you for your reply.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
nd I also recall our FlyingFinn (who is sadly no longer with us) doing the same flight, but in the pointy end.

Of course the FlyingFinn is still with us  Wow! but he is in hibernation methinks  

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Will be nice to fly them again in January, though on a boring A320…

That’s good to hear. And where will AY take you to?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
'm a big fan of the engine view as well, especially on 4-holer planes like the A340.

It makes a nice change from my usual view on the window, last row!

martinair50...

Quoting martinair50 (Reply 11):
Hi Nils,
Thanks for uploading this TR, enjoyed reading it. Also pictures deserve a mention: they are awesome!

Hi martinair50, thanks for commenting and good to hear you enjoyed it!

Quoting martinair50 (Reply 11):
It's weird though you had bad sound quality through your earphones; I just came back from SIN With AY and the earphone quality was possibly the best I ever encountered on a plane. Maybe there was something wrong with the wiring in your seat?

Well the sound was, let’s say, very flat and hollow but stereo. Does that make any sense. Perhaps I was spoilt by the sound quality of my own headphones? But good to hear you had no complaints on your set  

lucce...

Quoting lucce (Reply 12):
Hi!
It's always nice to see a well-written, in detail flight report!

Hello lucce, many thanks for your kind words!

Quoting lucce (Reply 12):
I can only imagine how it was to run through the entire airport.

It was my 3rd time in HEL and by far the least enjoyable one. I’m glad however that my physical condition is quite good so I didn’t step on my breath while running  

Quoting lucce (Reply 12):
all long haul aircraft do have power ports. They are located under the seat in between two seats. They are a bit hard to locate since you cant really see them in the seated position. Ironically, the two ex-AF birds do have cup holders though

So I clearly missed it then, but good to hear it’s there. Just a power socket or a USB port as well?

HELyes...

Quoting HELyes (Reply 13):
Thanks for the exellent TR, interesting reading!

Hello HELyes, you’re welcome and thanks for your reply.

Quoting HELyes (Reply 13):
AY's Euro flights tend to be pricy

Indeed. At first I looked at a simple return ticket BRU-HEL-BRU but the price for that was beyond proportions. The good old open jaw ticket did the trick!

Quoting HELyes (Reply 13):
Atleast once this autumn the 17th Oct they will also send an A333 to BRU.

That’s cool as well. Is it planned that far ahead?

Quoting HELyes (Reply 13):
Finns need some time to warm up ,) My personal experiences of AY crews are similar, not awfully warm always but they've been really good in solving problems, like the purser on your flight.

I thought so. Indeed, the crew was just as you described. No problem with that whatsoever, I think it’s part of the whole ‘package’ shall we say?

Quoting HELyes (Reply 13):
Their sandwiches are so much better than the sad tiny warm meals

I agree on that one!

Quoting HELyes (Reply 13):
Next year also OH-LQB will get the new flat bed seats in C, similar to what they have on four A333's.

Good to know. I thought the seats were fine but I’m in no way a frequent traveler - let alone in business class - so it’s just an unbiased opinion lol!

debonair...

Quoting debonair (Reply 14):
Nice TR! Well done!

Hi debonair, many thanks for your comments!

Quoting debonair (Reply 14):
Very, very lucky you... This month was just horrible with the A340 operations. AY suffered from several AOG's- especially HKG was suffering with 4 flights in a row delayed to the next day. A nightmare!

Ouch, that’s really bad. And Finnair having to cough up all the €’s for the hotel and food and stuff. And also the inconvenience for the pax... So I must be happy that my A340 was there  

Quoting debonair (Reply 14):
Sorry, but this is not true at all... Especially Business Class is suffering and as already HELyes mentioned, it is very necessary to refurbish

I’m in no means a frequent traveller or connoisseur of the industry. My opinion is just based on what I experienced and for me it was fine. But for others who travel more and also in the higher travel classes like C, I understand the product can be inferior.

teme82...

Quoting teme82 (Reply 15):
Sultanils, next time I recommend you to explore Helsinki city. It's really nice waterfront city in the Gulf of Finland.

I plan to do that when I return without having to catch another flight within a 0h40 timeframe lol!

Thanks all for commenting!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offline330lover From Belgium, joined Jul 2008, 588 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 14276 times:

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Why does the loading of those oh so important cargo bins has to be done on the very last minute despite the plane being on the ground for 2h40? Beats me...

I heard the 340 thursday operations from BRU are about very specific medical cargo, so maybe that's why they waited until the very last moment to load it: to keep it in a sterile and cool place as long as possible... Just a thought.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26900 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (12 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 14026 times:

Hey Nils  

Great report and always nice to get a widebody on an intra EU flight.

Also nice to get the short upgrade to C! Was great to see both cabins. Glad you made your connection !

Same interior as Aer Lingus A330s . All you need to do is change the seats Green  

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineHELyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 913 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (12 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 14021 times:

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
Quoting HELyes (Reply 13):
Atleast once this autumn the 17th Oct they will also send an A333 to BRU.
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 16):
That’s cool as well. Is it planned that far ahead?

I think so, their booking engine shows A333 on 17th Oct and the last A343 flight on 24th Oct. Nothing quaranteed of course.

Quoting 330lover (Reply 17):
I heard the 340 thursday operations from BRU are about very specific medical cargo, so maybe that's why they waited until the very last moment to load it: to keep it in a sterile and cool place as long as possible... Just a thought.

That probably explains it, thinking the right temperature especially.


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (12 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 14016 times:
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330lover...

Quoting 330lover (Reply 17):
to keep it in a sterile and cool place as long as possible.

Hmm, don’t know. The bins were on the apron already for quite some time.

OA260...

Quoting OA260 (Reply 18):
Hey Nils

Hi Philip!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 18):
Great report and always nice to get a widebody on an intra EU flight.

Thanks and yes, the widebody was a nice treat!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 18):
Also nice to get the short upgrade to C!

It was good while it lasted, sadly no meal service or a ‘lie down’ test  

Quoting OA260 (Reply 18):
Same interior as Aer Lingus A330s . All you need to do is change the seats Green

My enhanced title pic is a reference to that! Nah, just kidding. Is that really so?

Thanks for commenting!

Sultanils



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 31
Reply 21, posted (12 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 13650 times:

HI Nils,

Very nice report, although even I felt a bit flustered reading about your hurried connection, excellent that you made it though and good service from the FA's to move you towards the front. Doubt it made much difference, but what a view!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Hurrah for BRU’s glass gate bridges! This is however not the most flattering angle for this otherwise nice machine:

Yes, fat from that angle.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Headphones are distributed as well. I guess they are for 1 time use only and it shows, the sound quality is abominable!

Haha, I had a pair like this when my good ones broke. Like listening to audio through an empty tin of beans. At least they have the plastic parts on the end so that it sticks into most people's ears.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Now that’s a whole lotta different view and much appreciated!

Yes! Crazy good views! Good day for flying.

Rgds

Luke



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6542 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (12 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 13432 times:

Hi Nils !

Very nice report with nice pictures !

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Of course my itinerary wouldn’t be complete without 1 or 2 challenging connections: connecting time in HEL was scheduled to be 0h40 and connecting time in OSL 1h10. Fingers crossed so jet’s go!

That's crazy ! Too much stress with such a short connection. 40 mins may be a legal connection but you should really look for a connection with at least 2h in my experience.

Nice to be on a widebody plane for such short flight. Service looks okay.

Looking forward to your next report !

The777Man



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User currently offlineIdeekay From Switzerland, joined Jun 2012, 208 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (12 months 1 day ago) and read 13393 times:

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
BRU to HEL
AY812
Airbus A340-300 OH-LQB
STD-STA 11h40-15h15
Y class
seat 56A

Why havent you told me anything that you are in HEL at that time?  I was also there, I can even see the aircraft which brought me there.

Sorry I took that one shot from you to show that:


Atleast I got a cockpit shot 

Next time take a little more time with you, but hey it was a great TR! Thanks!  

Cheers,
Ideekay


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 24, posted (12 months 23 hours ago) and read 13357 times:

Hi Nils, great report here with quite a lot of action, you really are the master of tight connections  

Good idea to get a flight on the Finnair A340, always cool to get on a widebody intra-European.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Some climbing statistics:

Nice, I really like that display, even though the altimeter looks a bit simple. But still cool.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
’Mr Sultanils’?
‘Yes, that’s me’
‘Regarding your connection flight, I have some more information for you. It will depart from gate 30 but I cannot promise you that you will make it. If you don’t mind packing your belongings and follow me to the front so that you’ll be able to exit the plane as the 1st passenger. I hope this will help you to make your connection’.
‘That’s really good, thank you very much’

Now that's what I call great service, very thoughtful of the crew to make this possible. However with the bus boarding your advantage of being the first out was kind of diminished. But then of course very nice to get to try out the business class seats as well, even if only for a short time.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Now that’s a whole lotta different view and much appreciated!

Indeed, nice picture.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Thankfully, the gate is still open and exactly 8 minutes after disembarkation I’m already in my seat for the next flight.

Wow, that was tight, glad you made it.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
See anything familiar CaptainRed?

Yeah, I think I have seen that particular white tail somewhere before   ...

CaptainRed


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 25, posted (12 months 21 hours ago) and read 13290 times:

Hi Nils,

excellent report with great pictures, well done! I also read about the A340 deployment on that route, good idea to get on that bird! I flew on AY's first A340 (OH-LQA) back in 2007, that's the former Virgin one. Here's the link:
MUC To Nagoya: Finnair E170 & (Old) "New" A340 (by PlaneHunter Nov 15 2007 in Trip Reports)

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
After quite some trial and error I found a matching hit and booked a BRU-HEL-OSL/ARN-HEL-BRU open jaw on Finnair’s excellent website, costing me a reasonable € 212. To fill in the gaps, an additional OSL-BRU-FRA-ARN open jaw was booked on Expedia. This deducted another € 211 off my VISA card. All in all, 8 legs booked, for about € 55 each which is decent value in my books! There was of course also the addition of 2 new airlines to the log - Finnair and FlyBE - and another intra-Europe widebody flight.

Not bad at all!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
HEL-OSL on Finnair (operated by FlyBE) Embraer 190

Make sure you log it as a FlyBE Nordic flight. Different AOC, different airline.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Of course my itinerary wouldn’t be complete without 1 or 2 challenging connections: connecting time in HEL was scheduled to be 0h40 and connecting time in OSL 1h10.

Wow, you cannot stop booking these, right? I just had a very tight connection at VIE, the transfer time shrunk from 40 to 30 minutes due to a delay, but I was able to get from aircraft (intercontinental flight) to aircraft (Schengen zone flight) in 20 minutes. But I almost had to run, wasn't fun.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Hurrah for BRU’s glass gate bridges! This is however not the most flattering angle for this otherwise nice machine:

Great picture! I took a similar one on my Swiss trip two years ago:



Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The IFE box is not too large and not bothersome

Good!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Finnair’s catering concept is more or less the following: free coffee, tea, water, soft drinks, snacks and alcohol for sale.
AY's catering used to be nice, too bad they switched to BOB.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
But in the end, there’s usually 1 important item in this category and that’s of course the inflight map:

Nothing else needed.  

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
’Mr Sultanils’?
‘Yes, that’s me’
‘Regarding your connection flight, I have some more information for you. It will depart from gate 30 but I cannot promise you that you will make it. If you don’t mind packing your belongings and follow me to the front so that you’ll be able to exit the plane as the 1st passenger. I hope this will help you to make your connection’.
‘That’s really good, thank you very much’

Very impressive!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Now that’s a whole lotta different view and much appreciated!

No doubt about that!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
This part of the C cabin only features 2 rows of seats:

Stübli, Finnair style.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
A bus is waiting but it fills up rapidly which gives me just enough time for some last shots. An apron deboarding from a widebody is always cool but I’m not in the mood to appreciate it right now

I can totally understand that.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):

I look at my watch and what follows is the fastest connection I have ever had the privilege to undergo. The full bus drives off and stops at the beginning - or the end - of T1. I run up the stairs into the departure area and then all the way to almost the very end of T2, carefully dodging a multitude of travellers on the way. Meanwhile I hear my name resounding through the intercom, which is actually a good sign, I still have a chance! Thankfully, the gate is still open and exactly 8 minutes after disembarkation I’m already in my seat for the next flight. And it’s a full one.

Wow, you were really lucky! What's your next goal? 5 minutes? At CDG?  


PH

[Edited 2013-08-24 06:15:52]


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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1141 posts, RR: 3
Reply 26, posted (12 months 11 hours ago) and read 13014 times:
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Hi Nils,

Another great and entertaining report you made here accompanied with many nice pictures as usual!
Once reading about this "special" A340 service I had a feeling you were going to try it out  
You sure booked a nice itinerary with some tight connections, typical Sultanils style  
Glad to hear you were able to make your connection, although this one was very tight!
AYs A340 actually looks quite nice from the inside, wouldn't mind trying it out on a LH..

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
That’s HEL for you!

Great shot!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
ow I love these engine views...!

Such a beautiful view!

Thanks for sharing and looking forward to more!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 27, posted (12 months 4 hours ago) and read 12900 times:

Hello Nils


Great report about Finnair, it was a pleasure to read.
Nice to have the 340 on such a short flight, hardware looks pretty nice actually.
Good to know the connection of HEL worked out very fine.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently onlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 972 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (12 months 1 hour ago) and read 12828 times:

Hello Nils,

Great report about the AY A340! Very interesting indeed that they operate this flight with the might A340, glad to read you were able to take the route! Nice that they served a free sandwhich too. And of course good to hear all went well with the tight connections!


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 29, posted (11 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 12538 times:
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lukeyboy95...

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 21):
HI Nils,

Very nice report

Hello Luke, good to hear from you and thanks for reading and replying.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 21):
although even I felt a bit flustered reading about your hurried connection, excellent that you made it though and good service from the FA's to move you towards the front.

Did I make you nervous as well lol? Mission accomplished! Yeah, it was a bit stressy, but when you don’t try you can only lose as they say. And indeed refreshing to see that the FA ‘understood’ my situation  

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 21):
Yes, fat from that angle.

Perhaps the reason why she gets airborne so sluggishly?

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 21):
Like listening to audio through an empty tin of beans.

Exactly, I knew someone would understand   

The777Man...

Quoting The777Man (Reply 22):
Hi Nils !

Very nice report with nice pictures !

Hello Lars, thank you very much.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 22):
40 mins may be a legal connection but you should really look for a connection with at least 2h in my experience.

I know I know but this was really my only option. But hey, I always have a backup plan  

Ideekay...

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 23):
but hey it was a great TR!

2 a.netters at the same airport at the same time isn’t that big of a coincidence lol! But hey, I don’t know you at all so perfectly normal for missing out on each other   Thanks for reading!

CaptainRed...

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 24):
Hi Nils, great report here with quite a lot of action, you really are the master of tight connections

Hello CR, thank you for your commentary. And yes, I wear the title with pride!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 24):
Good idea to get a flight on the Finnair A340, always cool to get on a widebody intra-European.

This certainly was 1 unique opportunity. If you want it, you still have time until the end of Oct!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 24):
even though the altimeter looks a bit simple.

Agreed. In fact I dind that display a bit Nintendo-ish of you know what I mean  

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 24):
Now that's what I call great service, very thoughtful of the crew to make this possible. However with the bus boarding your advantage of being the first out was kind of diminished.

She was really lovely and helpful but indeed, the advantage was quickly gone. But hey, I made it and was able to sit in a business class seat for a while so complaints.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 24):
Yeah, I think I have seen that particular white tail somewhere before

I thought so, a recognisable plane even without the Norwegian sticker visible. I wonder when they will start deploying their B787 on the route.

PlaneHunter...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 25):
Hi Nils,

excellent report with great pictures, well done!

Good day PH, many thanks for your comments, greatly appreciated.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 25):
I flew on AY's first A340 (OH-LQA) back in 2007

That’s cool was well and now already 6 years ago! I’ll have a look into the report and see what’s changed... or not  

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 25):
Make sure you log it as a FlyBE Nordic flight. Different AOC, different airline.

Ha ha, I’m not that deep into the details on the logging   but you’re right indeed!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 25):
Wow, you cannot stop booking these, right?

Well, sometimes you just don’t have many options and if you dearly in want of something, you just have that little tiny risk. But hey, I always have a backup plan!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 25):
I took a similar one on my Swiss trip two years ago:

That’s a lookalike, except for the decalls, nice shot!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 25):
Stübli, Finnair style.

Indeed and the best place to be when flying business imo.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 25):
What's your next goal? 5 minutes? At CDG?

No, my risks are always calculated meticulously. It’s not that I go out of my way to look for these tight connections but when squeezing them into a daytrip, it does get tight at times...

adamspotter...

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 26):
Hi Nils,

Another great and entertaining report you made here accompanied with many nice pictures as usual!

Hello Brendan, thank your for reading and replying.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 26):
Once reading about this "special" A340 service I had a feeling you were going to try it out

It was not a question of ‘if’ but rather ‘when’  

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 26):
Glad to hear you were able to make your connection, although this one was very tight!

Yes, it was tight as HEL 

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 26):
AYs A340 actually looks quite nice from the inside, wouldn't mind trying it out on a LH

Indeed, nice but nothing special and well suited to do the job on longhaul.

MSS658...

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 27):
Hello Nils
Great report about Finnair, it was a pleasure to read.

Hi Marc, thanks!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 27):
Nice to have the 340 on such a short flight, hardware looks pretty nice actually.

  

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 27):
Good to know the connection of HEL worked out very fine.

I wouldn’t say it was a breeze but I made it and that’s what counts.

roberts87...

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 28):
Hello Nils,

Great report about the AY A340!

Hello Robert, thank you!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 28):
glad to read you were able to take the route!

It took some puzzling but I’m happy how the itinerary came out.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 28):
Nice that they served a free sandwhich too.

I was surprised about the sandwich too, I thought the catering was more like ‘sweet or salt’.

Thanks for commenting all!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 30, posted (11 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 12335 times:

Hi again, Nils!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 29):
That’s cool was well and now already 6 years ago! I’ll have a look into the report and see what’s changed... or not

The cabin was still equipped with VS' seats (with blue covers) and IFE system. I was hoping to get a brand new bird back then, but well.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 29):
Well, sometimes you just don’t have many options and if you dearly in want of something, you just have that little tiny risk. But hey, I always have a backup plan!

Yes, having a plan B and a plan C is the most important thing.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 29):
Indeed and the best place to be when flying business imo.

Some airlines have a "Stübli" between a big J class section and Y Class, just next to the engine. That's even better!  


PH



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1451 posts, RR: 33
Reply 31, posted (11 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 11915 times:

Hi Nils,

You never fail to disappoint with your reports and you are certainly becoming the King of short connections. That was quite a record you set in Helsinki, just 8 minutes! Very kind of the FA to let you sit in C for the landing, certainly something she didn’t have to do but a gesture you’ll remember for a long time to come. Just a shame you couldn’t enjoy that de-boarding by bus properly.

It’s always exciting to fly a widebody on a short route & congrats on making an itinerary work. Dare I tell you that I’m also doing a similar hop with an A332 at the weekend? The plane’s tail is red and has a big white alpine flower on it   

Good to see AY offer free drinks and a sandwich onboard, they really should keep this up as you just expect to get decent service from them. However, it’s still nothing like the hot meal we were given on the ZRH-HEL leg a few years ago.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
This deducted another € 211 off my VISA card. All in all, 8 legs booked, for about € 55 each which is decent value in my books!

I agree.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
This is how the back galley looks like:

Larger than some kitchens!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
As the plane is ready to leave, an FA stands besides the man urging him to end the call but the man keeps on talking. Suddenly the captain comes into the cabin and the call is ended quickly, what a show! I guess he was holding up the flight...

Good for the captain! That’s the way to put the guy in his place.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The old and tired Avro was almost full, scorching hot inside -

Oh yes, I know all about scorching hot Avros  

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 762 posts, RR: 12
Reply 32, posted (11 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 11724 times:

Hey Nils,

Excellent report!
That's something pretty unusual and it's great you've kept an eye on a.route.
With 50 % load factor do you know if AY has removed some flights on narrowbodies to reach this figure?
Very nice for you to get a glimpse in J/C class but maybe if you would have asked the question earlier about your connection you could have been upgraded by the FA before taking off...  .

Anyway glad to to read you had an happy ending!

For the rest, AY seems far to be the best but remains OK

thank you for sharing



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 33, posted (11 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 11544 times:
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PlaneHunter...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 30):
The cabin was still equipped with VS' seats (with blue covers) and IFE system. I was hoping to get a brand new bird back then, but well.

I had a look at your report and the difference in the look and feel of the cabin is quite striking. But in 6 years, a lot can happen of course  

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 30):
Some airlines have a "Stübli" between a big J class section and Y Class, just next to the engine. That's even better!

Next to the engine, your favourite seating position  

infodesk...

Quoting infodesk (Reply 31):

Hi Nils,

Hello Hannah, good to hear from you!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 31):
Dare I tell you that I’m also doing a similar hop with an A332 at the weekend? The plane’s tail is red and has a big white alpine flower on it

You daredevil! That should be really cool. Where’s it going to? Definitely need to read about that you know!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 31):
However, it’s still nothing like the hot meal we were given on the ZRH-HEL leg a few years ago.

I was quite happy with the catering. One shouldn’t expect not too much these days... Then you’ll never be disappointed!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 31):
Larger than some kitchens!

Indeed, although I found it rather narrow especially in comparison to the AZ B777 galley I saw in the beginning of this year on the illustre NRT hop. That one was really huge!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 31):
Good for the captain! That’s the way to put the guy in his place.

Slots, money,... what’s all on a captain’s mind?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 31):
Oh yes, I know all about scorching hot Avros

Oh yes, I remember that vividly, you trying to survive a flying RJ100 sauna!

eastafspot...

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 32):
Hey Nils,

Excellent report!

Hi Léonard, welcome again, I’m glad you enjoyed!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 32):
That's something pretty unusual and it's great you've kept an eye on a.route.

It is pretty unusual indeed that’s why I of course imediately jumped on it! With succes  

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 32):
With 50 % load factor do you know if AY has removed some flights on narrowbodies to reach this figure?

They have not. They keep the current schedule and aircraft ‘as is’ but they just replaced this particular rotation with a larger aircraft to allow for more cargo.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 32):
but maybe if you would have asked the question earlier about your connection you could have been upgraded by the FA before taking off...

Lol, I could’ve but I doubt if this would have worked   

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 32):
For the rest, AY seems far to be the best but remains OK

I’d rate them ‘perfectly suitable’ in my books and if the price is right, no doubt!

Thanks for commenting all!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1273 posts, RR: 4
Reply 34, posted (11 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 11447 times:

Hi there Nils, great that you got a wide body in Europe! I do like the A340 - just a shame I've not got more of them in the log. Good that you got an upgrade too - all ten minutes of it!

Must have been pretty stressful having to run to make your connection!

Is that E190 from Flybe Nordic? Seems to have a different interior and safety card from the examples here in the UK? That and the fact they're E195's over here.



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User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2752 posts, RR: 25
Reply 35, posted (11 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 11388 times:

Hi Nils.

Interesting report, always cool to enjoy a widebody on a short european flight, also nice to enjoy a business seat even if for only a few minutes 

AY looks like a nice airline to fly, shame their fares from BCN to HEL are a bit... ridiculous.

Glad you could make the next flight, I would´ve been sh...ng myself :O

MIAspotter.



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5150 posts, RR: 55
Reply 36, posted (11 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 11086 times:

Hi, N.,
now that´s a great story to come back on the Tripreporter´s path after some recent travels, you know.
Sure a good idea to catch these special service on the BRU-HEL route
and what a experience with these HEL connection, done something like this also, but not looking forward to another one.
And hopefully not around the upcoming weekend in HEL!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 37, posted (11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 10946 times:

Hey Nils. I'm finally back from my break and what a nicer way to get back to my routine than to read some nice reports like yours. What a nice surprise to see Finnair send the A340 to BRU and how nice that you managed to find yourself in it. Lovely photos as always. I'm not the biggest fan of Finnair's new livery (even though it has been growing on me) but your photos make it look good.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Of course my itinerary wouldn’t be complete without 1 or 2 challenging connections: connecting time in HEL was scheduled to be 0h40 and connecting time in OSL 1h10. Fingers crossed so jet’s go!

Keeping the tradition alive I see! I would have not expected anything else from you. I'm glad it all worked out at the end, even if it had to be a nail-biter.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The IFE box is not too large and not bothersome

Excellent! All IFE boxes have to be that size.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
If you don’t mind packing your belongings and follow me to the front so that you’ll be able to exit the plane as the 1st passenger. I hope this will help you to make your connection’.

That's very nice and thoughtful of her. Too bad that it would have made little difference given that you were to be bused to the terminal. In any case, you made your connection so that's what matters  .

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Thankfully, the gate is still open and exactly 8 minutes after disembarkation I’m already in my seat for the next flight.

Surely that must be a new record? What an experience! Aren't you getting tired of all those tight connections? I'm starting to suspect you like to torture yourself .

Thanks again for this, Nils. Loved your photography! The skies in HEL looked particularly mesmerizing. I love taking photos in conditions like these.

Stojan



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 38, posted (11 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 10673 times:
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jwhite9185...

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 34):
Hi there Nils, great that you got a wide body in Europe!

Hello James, thanks for stopping by and yeah - pretty cool on the whitebody  

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 34):
I do like the A340

Me too, my fav longhauler. I call her the grandmother of widebodies  Takeoff wise, there’s nothing that beats a T7 of course!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 34):
Good that you got an upgrade too - all ten minutes of it!

Lol, it was much more than 10 minutes. Although they were not the most relaxing ones unfortunately!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 34):
Must have been pretty stressful having to run to make your connection!

It was but I made it in the end   

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 34):
Is that E190 from Flybe Nordic? Seems to have a different interior and safety card from the examples here in the UK?

FlyBE Nordic indeed, different cabin, safety card, crew, livery, AOC, what else? Good for the log!

MIAspotter...

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 35):
Hi Nils.

Interesting report

Hi MIAman, thanks for commenting!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 35):
always cool to enjoy a widebody on a short european flight, also nice to enjoy a business seat even if for only a few minutes

Rub it in some more will you   ..says a man who receives 2 upgrades out of the blue on 2 longhaul flights on a highly ranked airline. But it was nice, yes 

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 35):
shame their fares from BCN to HEL are a bit... ridiculous

That’s the right definition. A return BRU-HEL-BRU would’ve cost me a fortune as well, hence the open jaw trick!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 35):
I would´ve been sh...ng myself

I always take some spare supplies should that happen but it was not the case that day   

FLIEGER67...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 36):
Hi, N.,
now that´s a great story to come back on the Tripreporter´s path after some recent travels, you know.

Hello Markus, welcome back and thanks for your reply!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 36):
Sure a good idea to catch these special service on the BRU-HEL route

It was an opportunity not to be missed for sure.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 36):
but not looking forward to another one

Me neither, the next travels are just a bit more relaxed  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 36):
And hopefully not around the upcoming weekend in HEL!

Going to Ukraine are you?

Widebodyroga...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 37):
Hey Nils. I'm finally back from my break and what a nicer way to get back to my routine than to read some nice reports like yours

Good day Stojan, how are you? Thanks for your nice comments.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 37):
Lovely photos as always.
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 37):
Loved your photography!

Thanks, although I don’t find them very good myself but hey, who am I to judge  

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 37):
Keeping the tradition alive I see!

Indeed but I’ll be breaking the habit... Too much stress from my side!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 37):
Excellent! All IFE boxes have to be that size.

  

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 37):
oo bad that it would have made little difference given that you were to be bused to the terminal. In any case, you made your connection so that's what matters

That’s right but I guess the FA didn’t know about that. Still excellent and proactive customer service from the Finnair girls.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 37):
Surely that must be a new record? What an experience! Aren't you getting tired of all those tight connections? I'm starting to suspect you like to torture yourself

A record it was, too bad I did not notofy Guiness of that. But no more super tight connections as of now, only tight ones 

Thanks for commenting all!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2752 posts, RR: 25
Reply 39, posted (11 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 10025 times:

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 38):
Hi MIAman, thanks for commenting!

Yo Sultanbro, no problem 
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 38):
Rub it in some more will you   ..says a man who receives 2 upgrades out of the blue on 2 longhaul flights on a highly ranked airline. But it was nice, yes 

What can I say...   

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 38):
That’s the right definition. A return BRU-HEL-BRU would’ve cost me a fortune as well, hence the open jaw trick!

I know, I tried and gave up, I also discovered LH is not a fan of one way tickets... FRA-BCN is like 699€ while a return is just 99€

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 38):
I always take some spare supplies should that happen but it was not the case that day

Always good to be prepared.

MIAspotter.



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User currently offlinevio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1409 posts, RR: 10
Reply 40, posted (11 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 9306 times:

Nice report sir! I found it interesting that they used such heavy metal on this short route, but none the less welcomed. Good thing you made the connection in HEL. The "Short upgrade" was a nice touch.  

It has been a long time since I've flown on Finnair. The year was 1999 and back then, I flew from Toronto to Helsinki with their MD-11s. Oh good memories. If I remember correctly, Vantaa only had two runways then. They only started building the 3rd one later. Of course, I've been to Finland since there, but usually flew there with SAS through CPH and once even took a Ryanair to Tampere.

Thanks for sharing.



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 41, posted (11 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 8854 times:
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MIAspotter...

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 39):
I know, I tried and gave up, I also discovered LH is not a fan of one way tickets... FRA-BCN is like 699€ while a return is just 99€

Oneways on LH are nearly never affordable. That’s why I always book a return and use the other portion to combine with another set of flights on another day. It takes some puzzling at times of course  

vio...

Quoting vio (Reply 40):
Nice report sir!

Thank you very much ‘sir’, I mean vio  

Quoting vio (Reply 40):
I flew from Toronto to Helsinki with their MD-11s.

Wow, how cool that you actually flew on AY’s MD-11. I rememeber when BRU got a daily Varig and SN MD-11 flight. Those were the days indeed. Are we getting old?

Sultanils



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 42, posted (11 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 8821 times:

Nice report Nils!
Especially appreciated as another short haul widebody fan   From your ticket purchases do you have another report to come?
I'm also looking forward to the first report of flying with your children - if you manage to survive it!
signol



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User currently offlinevio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1409 posts, RR: 10
Reply 43, posted (11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 8796 times:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 41):
Wow, how cool that you actually flew on AY’s MD-11. I rememeber when BRU got a daily Varig and SN MD-11 flight. Those were the days indeed. Are we getting old?

Yeah buddy... time flies by. I can say now "Back in my day, I flew CSA Tu-154, Westjet 737-200, Finnair's MD-11 and Lufthansa's 747-200"... I remember thinking "Boy, one day I can fly the 787... well that day is getting closer and closer" (*waiting for Air Canada's Dreamliners to come online)

Cheers



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 44, posted (11 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 8380 times:
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@ signol:

Quoting signol (Reply 42):
Nice report Nils!

Good day to you Robin, thanks for your feedback!

Quoting signol (Reply 42):
Especially appreciated as another short haul widebody fan

That makes 2 of us then and I’m sure there are plenty more here on the board  

Quoting signol (Reply 42):
From your ticket purchases do you have another report to come?

It’s already online as you may know  

Quoting signol (Reply 42):
I'm also looking forward to the first report of flying with your children - if you manage to survive it!

I just went into an indefinite hybernation regarding the writing of TR’s. I’ll share some of my adventures via another source probably 

@ vio:

Quoting vio (Reply 43):
I remember thinking "Boy, one day I can fly the 787... well that day is getting closer and closer"

That probably was a ‘more recent’ thought of yours. I’m also looking forward to have a ride on that one, although nothing’s booked yet. We’ll see...

Sultanils



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2452 posts, RR: 53
Reply 45, posted (11 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7893 times:

Haai Nils,

How nice to experience an intra-European widebody service through your eyes! As usual with some witticisms thrown in!  


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
of the midmorning service by one of their longhaul A340-300 aircraft was a nice and welcome surprise.

Lucky you in BRU! First a dedicated QR service and now this!  


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
There was 1 day that suited my schedule best, being Aug 15th as this was an official holiday in Belgium - and Mother’s Day as well in the region of Antwerp where I live -

Would Mrs. have loved to tag along as her Mother’s Day gift?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Of course my itinerary wouldn’t be complete without 1 or 2 challenging connections: connecting time in HEL was scheduled to be 0h40 and connecting time in OSL 1h10.

Your signature transit experience! 


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
My trusty motorbike delivers me in due time in the underground parking at the airport.

I would love to see you in a complete motorbike outfit once!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I obtain the Finnair boarding passes from the SSK and the Brussels Airlines one is being sent to my phone,

I would have the done the same with the boarding passes for the keepsake!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
It definitely is not a Jumbolino:

More a Megalodino!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
seating comfort is good with ample legroom   
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The IFE box is not too large and not bothersome
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The control unit is tucked away in the armrest

Well done, Finnair!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Finnair is celebrating it’s 90th birthday this year:

The second oldest airline in the world after KLM!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Finally a loud bang!

Ouch! Could the ramp agents have been more gentle?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Why does the loading of those oh so important cargo bins has to be done on the very last minute despite the plane being on the ground for 2h40? Beats me...

Could they load diamonds?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
it’s a single runway operation today - 20 is in use - so this means another wait for arriving traffic.

Nowadays, it’s 19.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
and BRU’s liquid gold station:

I can’t help thinking of Spandau Ballet! 


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
A good selection of movies, music,

Tell me more about music selection! Is there any dance selection?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
‘Regarding your connection flight, I have some more information for you. It will depart from gate 30 but I cannot promise you that you will make it. If you don’t mind packing your belongings and follow me to the front so that you’ll be able to exit the plane as the 1st passenger. I hope this will help you to make your connection’.

  


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Now that’s a whole lotta different view and much appreciated!

That’s what I call operational upgrade!  


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
my plane is scheduled to depart from the gate in 0h05 from now   

Yikes! That calls for ultimate power walking!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
An apron deboarding from a widebody is always cool but I’m not in the mood to appreciate it right now 

I understand.   


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Meanwhile I hear my name resounding through the intercom, which is actually a good sign, I still have a chance!

Finnair couldn’t just leave a Sultan behind, could it?   


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Suddenly the captain comes into the cabin and the call is ended quickly, what a show! I guess he was holding up the flight...

No doubt about it! Shame on him!


Thank you for sharing. Have a nice week(end) ahead!  

Best wishes,
Suryo  

[Edited 2013-09-19 12:10:07]


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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 46, posted (11 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7608 times:
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@ akhmad:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
Haai Nils

Haai eveneens Suryo, thank you heaps for your extended comments   

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
Lucky you in BRU! First a dedicated QR service and now this!

We have many a dedicated service you know, not only Qatar. There’s Etihad, Thai, Hainan,...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
Would Mrs. have loved to tag along as her Mother’s Day gift?

Most certainly not. The flying ‘for the flying’ is definitely not her cup of tea. But I was free to go  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
I would love to see you in a complete motorbike outfit once!

You wish lol   Not much to see about that, I look twice the size so that’s still not much 

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
I would have the done the same with the boarding passes for the keepsake!

You mean for not losing them? If you lose your phone then, you have a bigger problem. I get your point, when on travel one tends to have so many papers in the hand luggage.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
Well done, Finnair!

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
The second oldest airline in the world after KLM!

Is it really? And the KLM is the oldest? Cool.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
Ouch! Could the ramp agents have been more gentle?

Well, you know just like me how luggage on an airport is handled. Not gentle...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
Could they load diamonds?

They could but I doubt there are diamond shippings that large going to HEL and beyond.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
Nowadays, it’s 19.

You’re right, it has just changed.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
Tell me more about music selection! Is there any dance selection?

I didn’t look at it as I always have my own ‘dance music’ on hands on my phone. Spotify Premium is my choice of entertainment  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
I can’t help thinking of Spandau Ballet!

You’re a product of the ‘80-’90’s, just like me  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
Yikes! That calls for ultimate power walking!

Not walking, it was power running or else I wouldn’t have made it.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
No doubt about it! Shame on him!

Some people  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 45):
Thank you for sharing. Have a nice week(end) ahead!

Thanks for replying, and the same to you my friend.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2452 posts, RR: 53
Reply 47, posted (11 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7557 times:

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 46):
thank you heaps for your extended comments   

You are welcome!  


Quoting Sultanils (Reply 46):
There’s Etihad, Thai, Hainan,...

Cold comfort. We've got Etihad as well in AMS.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 46):
The flying ‘for the flying’ is definitely not her cup of tea. But I was free to go   

What a sweatheart!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 46):
You mean for not losing them?

For the sake of my home collection.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 46):
Is it really?

I was wrong!   
Finnair happens to be the fifth oldest after KLM, Qantas, Aeroflot and Czech Airlines.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 46):
Well, you know just like me how luggage on an airport is handled. Not gentle...

Sad, but true.  


Quoting Sultanils (Reply 46):
You’re a product of the ‘80-’90’s, just like me   

Yup!  



[Edited 2013-09-20 07:18:55]


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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 48, posted (11 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 7347 times:
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@ akhmad:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 47):
Cold comfort. We've got Etihad as well in AMS.

And Emirates! You guys have much at AMS that I would like at BRU 

Quoting akhmad (Reply 47):
What a sweatheart!

She is and I know it   

Quoting akhmad (Reply 47):
For the sake of my home collection.

Oh no, another collector  Wow! Lol, just joking  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 47):
Finnair happens to be the fifth oldest after KLM, Qantas, Aeroflot and Czech Airlines.

  

Sultanils



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User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 49, posted (10 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6398 times:

Hello Sultanils

Very nice report about this unusual aircraft type/route combo. That's the way to go to experience long haul equipment without actually having to go the long haul.

Well done by AY in resseating you to the front, resulting in the fantastic engine/wing shots:

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Now that’s a whole lotta different view and much appreciated!

And glad that you made the connection!

Best regards,
LXM83


User currently offlinedirktraveller From Singapore, joined Jan 2011, 578 posts, RR: 2
Reply 50, posted (10 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6313 times:

Hi Sultanils,

Great trip report on Finnair. It is always nice to fly a widebody on shorter regional routes, especially if it's an A340. Their interior in the A340 looks neat, while their offerings looks within the standards of intra-European flights.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
If you don’t mind packing your belongings and follow me to the front so that you’ll be able to exit the plane as the 1st passenger.

That is very nice of them. Not every airlines put extra attention and effort to help passengers who are in the verge of missing their connecting flight. Thumbs up for the crew on your AY flight.

Actually I was thinking of putting a reply much earlier when you posted this report, but then I just had the opportunity now. Nonetheless, thanks very much for sharing this TR.

Regards,
Dirktraveller.


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 51, posted (10 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6030 times:
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@ LXM83:

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 49):
Hello Sultanils

Hi LXM83, many thanks for your comments!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 49):
Very nice report about this unusual aircraft type/route combo.

Thank you!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 49):
That's the way to go to experience long haul equipment without actually having to go the long haul.

I thought so as well. And I was exceptionally glad to score this intra European WB flight as it’s not a 5th freedom one.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 49):
Well done by AY in resseating you to the front

Thumbs up for the proactive AY crew indeed.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 49):
And glad that you made the connection!

Never again this way, I always say that but old habits die hard  

@ dirktraveller:

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 50):
Hi Sultanils

Good day dirktraveller! Thank you for your reply.

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 50):
Great trip report on Finnair. It is always nice to fly a widebody on shorter regional routes, especially if it's an A340.

Thanks again, I’m glad you share my love for the A340. Not many do  

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 50):
Their interior in the A340 looks neat, while their offerings looks within the standards of intra-European flights.

Yes, it looks neat and relatively up-to-date. I wouldn’t mind flying that one on longhaul.

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 50):
Thumbs up for the crew on your AY flight.

Indeed, a very nice - yet a bit closed - and service oriented crew on that flight.

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 50):
Actually I was thinking of putting a reply much earlier when you posted this report, but then I just had the opportunity now.

No problem, I appreciate it anyway!

Sultanils



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User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 3
Reply 52, posted (7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3394 times:

Hi Nils,

Pardon my delay in reply! In line with the context of your TR, it was a (HEL)l of a busy year in 2013 for me!

Anyway, fantastic report and I love this introduction to Finnair's longhaul product! I was quite curious about Finnair (you know they fly to SIN and they offer great fares to Europe now and then) so it was sweet to read your perspective of it!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
After quite some trial and error I found a matching hit and booked a BRU-HEL-OSL/ARN-HEL-BRU open jaw on Finnair’s excellent website, costing me a reasonable € 212

There's magic in your fingers for finding remarkably suitable connections for your day trips, especially incorporating special flights like this A340!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Of course my itinerary wouldn’t be complete without 1 or 2 challenging connections: connecting time in HEL was scheduled to be 0h40 and connecting time in OSL 1h10. Fingers crossed so jet’s go!

Living life dangerously lol

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
My trusty motorbike

Your good ol' bike.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
It definitely is not a Jumbolino:

I am sure you must have been very excited about seeing that parked at the gate! Even I was, looking at your photo!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
This is however not the most flattering angle for this otherwise nice machine:

Very unique angle, actually.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
An older female FA takes a quick look at my boarding pass and shows my way to the first aisle on the right. No ‘welcome onboard’ nor a (genuine) smile...

I hope that's not the norm for Finnair!

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The IFE box is not too large and not bothersome

Yeah, looks like plenty of legroom! Thanks for the great picture (I wonder what sort of angle you had to get into for that shot!)!

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Finnair’s catering concept is more or less the following: free coffee, tea, water, soft drinks, snacks and alcohol for sale.

Thanks for the insight into their intra-European service.

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Lunch is served as promised and comprises a bbq chicken sandwich that is washed down with some apple juice and tea and lemon.

Is sandwich the norm?

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‘Regarding your connection flight, I have some more information for you. It will depart from gate 30 but I cannot promise you that you will make it. If you don’t mind packing your belongings and follow me to the front so that you’ll be able to exit the plane as the 1st passenger. I hope this will help you to make your connection’.

That was really nice of her. Your tight connection turned out to be a blessing in disguise! Look at the beautiful view of the engines from your new seat! The cabin seemed empty too!

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Thankfully, the gate is still open and exactly 8 minutes after disembarkation I’m already in my seat for the next flight.

That was FAST!

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The cabin is attended by 2 younger females, 1 serving the business cabin and the other 1 serving the peasant cabin.

Just two cabin crew and just ONE in Economy on the Embraer 190?! That's so strange. On the E190 flights I've been, there were at least dedicated 2 cabin crew in Economy.

Thank you for this wonderful TR and I'm glad to read that you had a smooth-flying experience (thankfully!). Great pictures and dedication!

Wishing you a happy flying 2014,
Gavin

p.s. I thought the title pic looked kinda like Aer Lingus' cabin though lol.



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Gavin!

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Pardon my delay in reply! In line with the context of your TR, it was a (HEL)l of a busy year in 2013 for me!

No problem at all my friend, many thanks anyway for your much valued commentary! And I know, 2013 was rather busy for you, I saw it also at the amount of produced FlightTravels videos, well done   

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you know they fly to SIN and they offer great fares to Europe now and then

They do offer very good fares now and then and they also offer the ‘fast route’ to Asia, which seems like a good marketing slogan!

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There's magic in your fingers for finding remarkably suitable connections for your day trips, especially incorporating special flights like this A340!

I really struggled with this one though, limited only to a Thursday.

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Living life dangerously lol

It was a more of a calculated risk, and being on 1 ticket ans stuff, I went for it. But I did have a backup plan  

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Your good ol' bike.

Which is for sale now... Interested 

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I am sure you must have been very excited about seeing that parked at the gate!

I sure was, what better than a widebody on an intra-European flight?

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I hope that's not the norm for Finnair!

Gladly not. As another user commented as well: it’s a bit in the Finnish genes.

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Yeah, looks like plenty of legroom! Thanks for the great picture (I wonder what sort of angle you had to get into for that shot!)!

I didn’t break my neck or back, thanks! And the shot wasn’t so hard, just some bending over and a flash  

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Thanks for the insight into their intra-European service.

  

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Is sandwich the norm?

Can’t really tell.. I guess on these longer intra-Euro’s you get something substantial - iso the sweet or savoury option - to eat, hence the sandwich now. Must admit it was very good.

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That was really nice of her. Your tight connection turned out to be a blessing in disguise! Look at the beautiful view of the engines from your new seat! The cabin seemed empty too!

The purser melted for my charms lol! No, just kidding, she was really proactive in finding the best possible solution for my tight problem   

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That was FAST!

The FASTest I’ve ever done, but please, not again!

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Just two cabin crew and just ONE in Economy on the Embraer 190?! That's so strange. On the E190 flights I've been, there were at least dedicated 2 cabin crew in Economy.

You mean 2 in Y and 1 in C then or just 2 serving both cabins as was the case here in fact.

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Wishing you a happy flying 2014

The same goed for you and many thanks again for dropping me some lines!

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p.s. I thought the title pic looked kinda like Aer Lingus' cabin though lol.

I’m glad I was able to deceive you, even just a tiny bit  

Sultanils



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