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Non-reving Over The Baltic With KF And SK  
User currently offlineDC9 From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 255 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3574 times:

Here is a small report (not much to write due to the short flight duration) from my weekend trip to Helsinki flying non-revenue and being as quite as one should about that fact, both to crew and others. If you enjoy this one, the next will be Alitalia ARN-MXP-NCE.

14 August 2004
KF 444 ARN-HEL
Seat 7F
Avro85 (OH-SAO)

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Photo © Daniel & Robert Fall


Scheduled departure time: 07:00
Scheduled arrival time: 09:00

Time enroute (actual) 0:45

Woke up at 0400 and after a quick shower, my father was kind enough to save me 280SEK and drive me the 15mins to the airport. Arriving at terminal 5 just before 0500 the queues to the check-in were surprisingly long to be a Saturday morning and a decided to use the self service machine. I chose seat 07F and the checkin machine indicated that I was the first to check in and that the gate would be 05B. Strolled around for a while looking at the usual lineup at the gates, used the internet service to check my e-mails and headed to my gate just before 0600. Boarding commenced and we were taken down to a bus that drove us out to the G ramp where OH-SAO was waiting for us.

Walked up the stairs and was greeted by the purser. She offerd to take my coat and I sat down in my seat. Cabin announcement (and throught the flight) was done in Finnish, Swedish and English. I quickly look around revealed that only 8 passengers wanted to travel eastwards this morning. Once airborne the cabin crew served breakfast consisting of a cheese sandwich, juice and a choice of coffee or tea. After a very enjoyable hop accross the sea with a beautiful view of the archipelagos on both sides and the Åland Islands, we began our descent towards Vantaa and were informed that we would be landing on rwy 04L. At the same time the "girls" came through the cabin with Marianne mints). We parked at gate 22 and had to be towed the last bit as the stand is not configured for the AVRO (The Blue1 captain I flew with blamed it on Finnair).
Strolled around the terminal and found nothing of interest and took the bus into the city where I checked in to the SAS Plaza hotel, just around the corner from the railway station.

15 August 2004
SK 1707 HEL-ARN
Seat 2D
Dash 8 Q400 (LN-RDT)

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Photo © Stefan Sjögren


Scheduled departure time: 20:45
Scheduled arrival time: 20:45

Time enroute (actual) 0:55


After a very enjoyable weekend I was very sad to leave. My friends drove me out to Vantaa where I checked in and was printed a boarding card with the text "Seat at Gate" (the joy of flying non-rev is that you are never sure if you are going to get on the flight or not) and gate 20B.
Was let down once again by the traffic at the airport and headed to the gate where I gave away my boarding pass and sat down to wait in the lounge.
Boarding began and when everyone else was onboard the bus, all non revs (3) were allowed to come forward to obtain their seat assignments.
While boarding as the last passenger I noticed that I had been given 02D in biz class, a very nice end to this trip
Sat down, talked to the lady next to me who had been routed via HEL(L) (for her) rather than flying direct DUB-ARN. We made a very short taxi from our remote parking to the runway and took off. Enjoyed a superb cold cut dinner and continued chatting with the lady and arrived at Arlanda way to early where I just cleared all the procedures without any hassel and met my friend who drove me home.


Summary: Great service on both legs to ALL passengers onboard, and Helsinki is a city well worth spending a few days in. To our Finnish forum members (should you read this) KITOS!!!  Big grin












[Edited 2004-08-16 00:30:42]

11 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3457 times:

nice report Big grin

jeremy


User currently offlineDC9 From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3337 times:

Thanks WidgetBoi.

On a side note. Lady in the gate called non-reving an extreme sport.

"Some bungyjump, some parachute and some people non-rev. No difference in amount of grey hair you get from it.


User currently offlineSpeedbirdegjj From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 430 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3296 times:

Great Report,

I was looking over my trip logs for the past few years and have to smile when you read things like MAN-EDI-GCI-JER because the direct MAN-JER had a weight restriction or SIN-AMS-MAN-LHR-LGW-JER where i was just happy for a seat to anywhere in europe!!.

But for all of us that do the non rev thing, it becomes the norm after a while and in a sadistic kind of way i like it!!

Kind Regards
Ryan


User currently offlineA319114 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 541 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3291 times:

Nice report! How did you like the Q400 ride? Is it as silent and comfortable as they say?


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User currently offlineSpeedbirdegjj From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 430 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3286 times:

A319

i flew one last month (flybe JER-SOU) and i would have to say that whilst its certainly an improvement over the Dash 8 200/300 its nothing as good as some of the Bombardier PR stuff would have you beleive, certainly falls well short of the Fokker 50 in that respect. IMHO

Ryan


User currently offlineDC9 From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3244 times:

A319: Put it this way. I have flown 5 times on the Dash and been seated in 11D, 7A, 3D, 11A, Cockpit and now latest in 2D. I think that the further back you sit (behind the wing) the quieter it is. However in front (cockpit excepted) it is certainly not Q. On this topic I prefer the SAAB2000.


[Edited 2004-08-16 22:41:16]

User currently offlineChristian From Sweden, joined Oct 1999, 348 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3210 times:

Very nice indeed. Have to agree with you there about the Dash 8 Q400, sat in the very back on a trip between BMA and CPH, that was the nicest trip on the Q400 ever, on second place when I have to move back some 14 row, I sat on 1F, due to balance. I got all the candy I wanted on that flight.


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User currently offlineFinnWings From Finland, joined Oct 2003, 640 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3198 times:

DC9, thanks of the report and those nice words dedicated to Finnish members of the forum.  Big thumbs up

Nice to hear that you had a great time here in Helsinki! I have flown a couple of times on Blue1 and have to say that I like their service a lot. KF has good aircrafts, excellent legroom and usually better service than their owner SK. What comes to Q400, they are loud next to engine but a lot quieter further back. Personally, I have found ATR72-500 and Saab 2000 more comfortable.

Best Regards,
FinnWings


User currently offlineDC9 From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3190 times:

I can't compare the service as I flew Monkey class over and Biz back, but I must say again that both airlines did the service with such warmth as one would expect from theese nations. I will probably get shot by someone but I think that the finns in general are much more open and friendly than their westerly neighbours (and yes I am part Swedish part Norwegian).
It will be interesting to try the ATR72 from MXP to NCE when I go back for the autumn at university. I shall tell you more then.

KIPPIS Finnwings!  Big thumbs up and as "Arnie" would say "I'll be back" BTW do you know if it is true what I wrote about gate 22 at HEL?

[Edited 2004-08-17 22:19:04]

User currently offlineFinnWings From Finland, joined Oct 2003, 640 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3192 times:

I will probably get shot by someone but I think that the finns in general are much more open and friendly than their westerly neighbours (and yes I am part Swedish part Norwegian).

I have always thought that foreigners think we Finns are shy and quiet...  Laugh out loud Nice to hear, because we have love/hate relationship with Swedes and always like to compare things with them. I knew that we are better in ice-hockey, but...  Big thumbs up

Looking forward to hear about your MXP-NCE trip! Are you sure it will be series 500 ATR, because older 200s are very loud?

What you told about gates at HEL is correct... gates 12-22 are configured even for CRJs and ATRs, but not for Avros. Actually we don't have enough capacity here because during peak hours all remote stands and 21 airbridges are occupied. Therefore, many pax aircraft are parked often on the cargo apron (which is quite cramped as well) and usually those aircrafts are Avros of Blue1. Currently we have 3 runways here, but we would definitely need more parking/terminal space.

However, have a nice trip and tell greetings for Mika Häkkinen in Monaco...  Wink/being sarcastic

Med vänliga hälsningar,
FinnWings



[Edited 2004-08-17 22:38:21]

User currently offlineDC9 From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3148 times:

Thanks for clearing that up for me.

You can have some unsused stands from Arlanda and our third runway.


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