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User currently offlineMikkel777 From Norway, joined Oct 2002, 370 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 1 week 2 days ago) and read 9090 times:


---This is my first trip report

---English is not my native language (my last English lesson was 10 years ago, and I don’t have my dictionary with me)

As I did this trip a while ago, it will not be too detailed.

SK 946 A333
Dep: 16:15 (On time)
Arr: 07:35 +1 (10 min early)
Block time: 8:20

We had the Air Wisconsin flight from CWA, and arrived at ORD Terminal 2 at 2.20pm. That was a little less than 2 hours prior to the departure to Scandinavia. After a quick transfer with the train, we were ready for check in. There were absolutely no lines for the SAS-desks; in fact, I've never seen lines at SAS-desks at ORD. I told the agent that I'd like an upgrade for points, and that I had 10 000 points in coupons and the rest in my account. I was told that that would be just fine to use a combination. She also asked my brother if he'd like an upgrade too, but he didn't have enough points and didn't want to spend $200 on a better seat. I asked if he could have mine seat, as it was the best coach-seat on the plane (21H, first row behind eco extra). Of course he could Big grin

I also asked for a window seat, in the front biz-cabin, with a free seat next to me. I did this, having looked at the occupied seats on the web earlier that day, and thus knowing the load in C was pretty low. I was given 4H (Even better than 6H that I had the previous trip.) I must say that I’ve only had good experiences with SAS-agents in the US. Big thanks to the agent, and we went off to the duty-free store to get some Cognac and Whiskey.

The security lines were already pretty long, and we made it pretty quick in the shop. Still don't know why all the bags have to be picked up after security, but anyway, we did our shopping and got in line for security. At one point, I started to worry about making the flight, as the line hardly moved for a long time. As far as I can remember, we made it trough 40 min before departure. No time for a lounge visit, and not much time for photographing.

We went to the gate (15C, I think), and were greeted by the same agent who checked us in. Big smile, and thanks again!
I was looking forward to sit down and have a nice Champagne, and wasn't disappointed. After receiving help with my jacket, I took out what I needed from my carry-on (paper, pen, camera, minidisk, magazines, and my sandals) Nice to have the seat next to me free, being able to move as i like and put my stuff all over. A few minutes later, drinks were offered. We could choose from Champagne, OJ or water. I guess you know what I had.

We pushed back on time, and taxied for departure on RW 32R. It took only a couple of minutes from pushback to take-off, even with a 16:15 pushback
Here are a few pics from the taxi:

Guess this 330 has a nice C-class too

My next flight to the US is probably on this carrier

This was leaving for CDG a little while later:

We had to wait for to AA planes to land on RW 27R and the LX332 to take off before we could taxi in position. Not b

Here is a video-clip of the take-off. Listen to the roar from the big RR engines

We used quite a bit of runway, even if we were pretty light. I later learned that we were 17 tons under MTOW, and that we had a derated TO to 47 degress (if I remember correctly). After a short climb, we levelled of. I expected it to be a climb restriction at 5000ft, and that was confirmed later in the flight. After two minutes, we entered climb again, and it was straight to FL370. I was pretty amazed how quick the A333 can climb, even for a transatlantic crossing.

Well into the climb, drink-service started. I had another glass of Champagne, and chose salmon as the main course. I don’t have the menus here, so I don’t remember the other choices I had.

Here are some more pics:
Cruise at FL370

There were also an appetizer before the starter, but I didn’t take a picture of that. Here is the starter; salad with cheese, parma with pepper, tomato, a nice cheese and a decent Chardonnay.

Even if our flight departed early, it was getting darker pretty quickly. This pic is taken between the starter and maincourse, somewhere over Canada. An hour into the flight, we stepclimbed to FL390

The main course was very good, wild rice and salmon. Again accompanied with Chardonnay.

I like the glasses in SAS C class, and the salt and pepper boxes, but of course, I miss a decent knife.

For dessert, I was asked if I wanted cheese, fruit or cheesecake. I thought for a couple of seconds and then the FA said : “Or of course, you can have them all”. Great, I said, this flight will not keep me hungry, like all the others.
The dessert arrived, and it was very good. I was not able to finish the cake entirely, but I was close. The dessert was accompanied with a nice sweet wine, perfect for the cake and fruit.

Then i had some coffe and Cognac, and tried to relax. It was pretty dark outside, but probably not more than 6:30pm Chicago-time, so it was hard to get some sleep. I opted for seeing a movie, and had some more wine and a GT.

As I felt a little bit sorry for my brother in coach, I asked the FA if he could join me up in front for a while. The FA had to ask the purser, and later told me that we could both sit in the economy extra cabin for a while if we wanted to chat, but he could not be in the C cabin due to the other full fare paying passengers. I went back and told my brother to come with me, just to the row in front of him. Of course, he was busy watching a DVD on his new notebook. Then he told me that he even had his next seat free, as the guy next to him had “stolen” a seat in economy extra. Pretty rued, if you ask me, but my brother was happy. After a while, the FA came to me again, and told me that we could both sit in the C cabin for a while, as long as we didn’t disturb anyone. “Then maybe he’ll fly biz next time too”, the FA smiled.

Off we went, and tried the seat and extra room. The SAS C-class seat is pretty good, but the pitch could have been better. One thing that was annoying is the black plastic box under the seat in front of you. You can put your feet in the box, but the edges are pretty sharp. Here is a pic from another flight, where the not-to-good pitch is shown.
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After a while, he went back, and I tried to get some sleep. I think I slept for an hour, and then started watching a movie again.

Then it was time for breakfast. I must say I’ve had better breakfasts with SAS in coach, so I was a little bit disappointed. I also think the portion could have been bigger. See for yourself what the contents were.

Anyway, the breakfast was a pleasant experience, as during it, one of the FA’s came to me with the following message : “You are welcome to visit the cockpit after breakfast”
What a nice surprise, and I of course regretted deeply that I had several drinks earlier that flight. Anyway, I felt pretty sober, and brought my camera to the flightdeck. This was when we were about two hours out of ARN (west of the Norwegian coastline), so I had the pleasure to watch the beautiful sunrise from the jumpseat.

Sorry for some the blurriness and dark pics, but it was dark and I didn’t want to disturb the crew too much. There were three pilots, so one of them had lots of time to chat with me, and the others were also very helpful and told me lots of things. I had the center jumpseat, and the relifpilot had the right jumpseat, but we swithed before landing at ARN.

This pic is during descent to ARN, you can see the lakes.

Here is a movieclip of the weather-radar:

The weather at ARN was pretty lousy, so that made the movieclip of the landing pretty bad.

Here is the plane after de-boarding

All in all, here are my sum-up comments.

Check-in + boarding:
Spotless. Very friendly and helpful. No lines for check in or boarding 10/10

Dinner was great, wine was good, but at least one red more to chose from would be nice. Breakfast was mediocre, and should have been bigger. Scrambled eggs with bacon would be nice. Total 7/10

I really like the mix of Norwegian, Sweedes and Danish crew on the intercontinental SAS flights. I also like the variety in age. I don’t like the trend towards young and blond FA’s, because I want smiling, helpful and professional FA’s, not something good to look at. For that we have mother earth Big grin 10/10

The seat is good, and makes it easy to relax. I’d opt for a 60” picth and throw out a row of seats to be competitive to BA, VS and KLM’s MD11 and 772 and others. I don’t like the thought of a flat bed that is not horizontal, like SQ have, as I find it easier to sleep in a good chair than a bad bed. The engine noise is notable, but not a problem. 8/10

Feel free to ask if something is unclear

15 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineWorldoftui From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 week 2 days ago) and read 8941 times:

A really great report. I have heard lots of good things about SK longhhaul C class.

Good one!
By the way - your English is very good - please do NOT check my reports for grammar and spelling as you will probably put me to shame!

User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3407 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 8659 times:
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My home airport ORD!!! Very nice! your English is really good! I really enjoyed your trip report! I'm glad you liked ORD. I only visit ORD 2 -> 3 times a year... either to go somewhere or pick someone up....

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User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 8635 times:

Great report and pics  Big grin


User currently offlineOzzie From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 8633 times:

Your English is very good, If you hadn't placed that warning I would have never thought about it.

User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5557 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 8571 times:

Excellent report! I really enjoyed it! The movies and pics were very nice. Looking at that cheesecake, it's making me hungry! I have to try to fly first class overseas next time, maybe I can when I head back to Croatia! Thanks for the great report!!!

User currently offlineCOEWR2587 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 607 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 8539 times:

Awesome report. I love the pics!!

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User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8520 times:

Awesome trip report and I love them with the pics. I am really like them and I can see sunrise inside of the cockpit. It is looking very good.

User currently offlineGodBless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 8458 times:

---This is my first trip report
---English is not my native language (my last English lesson was 10 years ago, and I don’t have my dictionary with me)
As I did this trip a while ago, it will not be too detailed.

If you wouldn't have said that I wouldn't have noticed anything!
All in all great report, really enjoyed the pictures.

I always keep an eye on SK offers to the States as I really want to give their A330/A340 a try since I only heard good stuff about them.
Hopefully ARN will in the future offer more options for longhaul trip reports. It's always great to read reports that have to do with my second "home airport".


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4785 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8392 times:

I love a report with pics! I have flown SAS numerous times out of SIN and they are always a joy to fly with. Very friendly crew...

Welcome to my starry one world alliance, a team in the sky!
User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1805 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8366 times:

Hey great report !! By the way did you ask the pilots how did they feel flying the A330 ?


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User currently offlineMikkel777 From Norway, joined Oct 2002, 370 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8311 times:

Thanks for all the comments, I might even write another one after all those kind words.

By the way did you ask the pilots how did they feel flying the A330 ?

Yes, I did. They were all very pleased with the 330, the best aircraft they had flown.

User currently offlineAirbear From Australia, joined May 2001, 648 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 days ago) and read 8223 times:

Hi Mikkel777 ... great report, thanks. I will be travelling in c-class SIN-CPH & CPH-NRT later on this year, after having flown with SK last time in c-class back in 9/2002, and enjoyed it. So, if you don't mind... when was your trip, and has anything in the SK intercontinental biz class service changed since I last flew in Sep. 2002?

Thanks & Regards

User currently offlineMikkel777 From Norway, joined Oct 2002, 370 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8182 times:

The flight was last September. I don't think too much has changed since then, and I'm not sure anything has changed since you last flew SK. There might be small cutbacks on food quality, but I can't say for sure. Enjoy your flight!

User currently offlineAirbear From Australia, joined May 2001, 648 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8043 times:

Mikkel777 ... thanks for that. I am looking forward to SK service again. I flew long-haul quite a lot with them in the DC-10 days, and always enjoyed my SK flights!

User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7633 times:

Great report and really nice pics.

Bra jobbat gutt.  Smile

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