Canberra From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 310 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 12422 times:
Hello again, time for a report from a fairly recent trip from Billund in Denmark to Oslo.
The trip was booked with BA as this could give me another two new airline types on the list (see profile). At the time of booking I was supposed to fly Dornier 328 on the way to Norway and BAe ATP on the way back.
The price of this return flight was a very decent EUR 190 including all taxes and fees. To get this cheap fare you need to book three days in advance and stay away for three nights.
Arrived Billund 1½ hour before departure time, to allow me to have a look around in the airport before heading north. Billund is not a very busy airport but they have some nice visitors now and then (often IL76’s).
This time there was no Il76’s, but among others these were seen. I should maybe add they are both stored in Billund.
Anyway back at the terminal, OY-NCS Sun-Air brand new Do328 was waiting on the apron, but in front of the gate allocated for our flight a Jetstream 31 was parked. Not to bad as it would my first J31 flight as well!
Flight number: BA8263
Operated by: OY-SVB Jetsream 31, Sun-Air of Scandinavia
Depart: 08 Mar 2005 13:15
Arrive: 08 Mar 2005 14:35
Departed around 20 min. late and was also around 20 min. in Olso. The Jetstream is quite a bit slower than the Dornier so we couldn’t up for lost time. Anyway the flight was great, a lot noisier than a Boeing or Airbus flight, but that is even better. It actually feels like you are flying and not sitting in a train or a car!
I know British Airways is a so-called full service airline, but I understood that they joined the club of Sandwich and soft drinks on Intra Europe flights. This is defiantly not the case of the flights operated by Sun-Air.
The flight was scheduled to take 1h20m, in this time we were served a pasta salad with chicken, drinks of your choice including wine and beer. Afterwards coffee was served with a cookie and a Cognac or Bailey. I should might add that the pasta salad wasn’t the normal airline food thing, but a pasta salad, as you would find it at a sandwich bar. See this is what I call a full service flight.
Only down side of this great trip was that the flight attendant asked me not to take photos of the inside the plane because of security reasons! Of course I respected this, even though I can only shake my head of this. Took a few windows shots though.
Anyway we arrived safe to Oslo, and of course I had a look around before heading to the city centre. Not surprisingly lots of SAS, SAS Braathens and Braathens, but also Coast Air, TNT/Air Cairo Tu204 etc.
After a few days with beers and football it was time to head back again. This time I was supposed to fly on one of Sun-Air’s ATP’s, but again there was a change in aircraft type. The Dornier 328 operated the flight this time, so I was not the one complaining!
Flight number: BA8264
Operated by: OY-NCS Dornier 328, Sun-Air of Scandinavia
Depart: 11 Mar 2005 15:00
Arrive: 11 Mar 2005 16:20
After a short stay at a snowy Oslo-Gardermoen we were bussed to the aircraft and boarded via the Dornier’s own stairs. I always thought this is a great way to board an aircraft but maybe not in the snow.
The Dornier has a 1 + 2 seating layout, with decent space for short flights. The only problem is that you can’t really have any cabin luggage, as the overhead luggage space is very small.
We got in the air almost on time, so everything was fine. After having climbed some time a very annoying whistling stared coming from the door. Unfortunately this sound continued until we started our decent, and destroyed an otherwise very nice flight a bit.
Food wise the pasta salad was chanced into a sandwich bar style sandwich, which was not bad at all. Other than that we still had everything you could wish for.
Back in Billund a little ahead of time there was time for a few photos. This time an Il76 was parked on the far side of the field. Always nice to see these beasts.
UK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2606 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 11971 times:
Many thanks for a nice report. Looks like Sun-Air are one of those operators who have the flexibility to change aircraft types pretty regularly. I've seen the J31 operating the MAN-BLL flight a few times recently - it's quite nice to see such a small a/c in full BA c/s.
I flew the J41 in BA c/s with British Regional Airlines (merged with Brymon Airways to become BA CitiExpress) a few years ago LBA-DUB. This is the only time I flew on a Jetstream and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Canberra From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 310 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 11749 times:
Thanks Atco2b and UK_Dispatcher,
Quoting Atco2b (Reply 1): Ive heard its changed a lot since then, maybe time for another visit
True Billund has changed a lot since 1999. A new terminal have been build on the north side of the runway. The old (on the south side) is now a freight terminal as far as I now. If you are planning an other visit remember to bring a book and a lot of patience (or go to Lego land). As said, Billund have some nice visitors but it is not exactly a busy place.
Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 2): Looks like Sun-Air are one of those operators who have the flexibility to change aircraft types pretty regularly.
Was told that there is not really any aircraft scheduled to fly specific routes before a couple of days before flight. Aircraft type is alone determined on load. Less than 19 pax = J31, 19 - 30 pax = Do328/J41, and +30 pax = ATP. All depending on availability of course.
Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2904 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 11677 times:
Thanks a lot for sharing this report and the pics with us! I always enjoy reading about European regional flights, and in Sun-air's case, the unusual aircraft types make it even more interesting to read about.
Are these flights operated under BA code only, or is it a codeshare that can also be booked as a Sun-Air flight? Very odd to fly Denmark to Norway on BA, but I also find it very nice to see those props in full BA livery.
Having never flown on neither Jetstream nor Do328, I'm at least looking forward to getting my first ATP flight in June - although not on BA / Sun-Air but on Flyjem.