LHboyatDTW
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What's SAS Like

Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:18 am

Hello once again

I have been exploring options of my dream trip to Sweden as one of those "be one with your ancestors" kind of trip. One thing that I think will start it off nicely and round it off nicely is to fly SAS, despite how expensive they are.

What is their long haul like?
What kind of food will I be offered (please no lutefisk  vomit  )?
Are the F/As LH friendly or like the "Witches of Gatwick" that are infamous for NW?
What is CPH like (I'd be flying into there instead of ARN)?
What are the seats like? Seat pitch (I'm kinda picky on that being 5'10/178)?

I may be able to leak some details out of my Swedish relatives in two weeks as they're flying SK to MCO from CPH via IAD to join us in Disney World.
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RE: What's SAS Like

Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:25 am

No lutefisk. Their food on long-haul is usually great as long as you don't fly from SEA ( avoid their salmon paste). The legrom is just like everyone else and they also have PTV on economy, although they lack AVOD. FA are alot nicer that LH's. CPH are also a nice airport to connect through
 
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RE: What's SAS Like

Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:35 am

What are the audio channels like?

I can easily listen to LH's techno channel for hours on end.

I think that with BA being able to upgrade their IFE to AVOD, I can see SK doing so if they were more financially stable.

If I were to be flying SK, it would most likely be ORD.
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RE: What's SAS Like

Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:58 am

Audio is like everyone else. In adition do they have a nose cam on their 330/340s
 
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RE: What's SAS Like

Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:06 am

ooh I've never tried that
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RE: What's SAS Like

Mon Feb 05, 2007 6:22 pm

I have not flown SK in Denmark, Sweden or intra scandinavia for a long time, but I have flown SAS Braathens intra-Europe and norway domestic often, and they are not pleasant to fly with. I think that all legacy carriers need on board food, and not food that you have to buy of the trolley. However, i'm not positive if the service is the same in Sweden and Denmark.

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RE: What's SAS Like

Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:48 pm

Quoting LHboyatDTW (Thread starter):
What is their long haul like?

Long hauls is pretty much on par. PTVs, plenty of water and OJ being circulated around the cabin at night, and IMO IFE is decent as well.

Quoting LHboyatDTW (Thread starter):
What kind of food will I be offered (please no lutefisk vomit )?

Not lutfisk, I remember being served meatballs and mashed potatoes on my last CPH-ORD run, pretty good, actually. However, I don't recall being offered a choice of meals during service since they retired the 767's. Still, the food was good enough to keep me satisfied  Smile

Quoting LHboyatDTW (Thread starter):
Are the F/As LH friendly or like the "Witches of Gatwick" that are infamous for NW?

In my experience, SK staff has always been professional and friendly, nothing like the NWA witches or the good old walker brigade of TWA's long haul service. SK's uniforms are really nice too. Flying from MAN to CPH, I purchased a nice watch from the duty free, and since the F/A was not able to give me exact change, I was give a bunch of chocolates and a small bottle of champagne (Not that I needed the change, really, I made a bargain due to recent changes in the exchange rate, and saved almost $40!).

Quoting LHboyatDTW (Thread starter):
What is CPH like (I'd be flying into there instead of ARN)?

CPH is one of my favourite airports. Clean and smart looking interiors, very Scandinavian. Plenty of good shopping to be done, and nice views of the apron. SK's check-in is located in T3, which can be crowded at times. However, SK manages to check you in at great speed. I was flying to Japan from CPH, via LHR and ICN, and the agent checked me and my luggage for all the flights in less than five minutes.

Quoting LHboyatDTW (Thread starter):
What are the seats like? Seat pitch (I'm kinda
picky on that being 5'10/178)?

Seat pitch is 32 inches, according to Seatguru.com. It can get a little cramped when sitting in a window seat, as the IFE box takes up some of your space. Otherwise, the seats themselves are nothing special, but adequate.

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 5):
However, i'm not positive if the service is the same in Sweden and Denmark.

I believe that water and coffee is free of charge on intra-Scandinavian flights, as well as domestic flights in Sweden. Also, on domestic flights in the morning, a complimentary breakfast is served. Intra-European flights don't offer anything for free.

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RE: What's SAS Like

Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:49 pm

I have flown SAS long-haul a couple of times over the last few years, and in my opinion they are a pretty average airline with pretty average service.



- In-flight service: Fairly well. You might get a rotten apple every once in a while of course, but, for the most part, SAS stewardesses are nice and service-oriented.

- IFE: Personal screens, but, as mentioned above, no AVOD. You have about 7-8 films running in continuous loops throughout the flight.

- Legroom: Standard economy. 32" if I'm not mistaken. No foot rest. Try getting the emergency exit seat.

- Food: Pretty hit and miss. Be aware that you do not have any choice in meals - you're stuck with whatever you get. On my last flight CPH-EWR and return, all passengers were served pork on the outgoing trip and salmon on the return trip. Thus, if you are afraid you might get something you do not want, you might want to pre-book a meal.

- CPH airport: Really great. It has a nice, relaxing atmosphere, plenty of shops, and good food outlets. One of the best transfer-airports in Europe.

Overall SAS offers a decent enough Y product. It ain't Singapore Airlines, but it still towers above most American carriers I've flown with.
 
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RE: What's SAS Like

Mon Feb 05, 2007 10:51 pm

Quoting Doona (Reply 6):
I believe that water and coffee is free of charge on intra-Scandinavian flights

SASbraathens coffee, tea and water isn't free, but in the last like 10 flights I've had them domestically in Norway it has been complimentary, however this has not happened to me flying SASbraathens internationally.

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RE: What's SAS Like

Tue Feb 06, 2007 1:58 am

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 8):
Quoting Doona (Reply 6):
I believe that water and coffee is free of charge on intra-Scandinavian flights

SASbraathens coffee, tea and water isn't free, but in the last like 10 flights I've had them domestically in Norway it has been complimentary, however this has not happened to me flying SASbraathens internationally.

On SASBraathens it is free coffee, tea, water on domestic Norway and Intra-scand
 
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RE: What's SAS Like

Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:14 am

So far I never experienced SAS on long haul but had many intra-European flights and to be completely honest to you I haven't had good experiences. Apart for two overbooking episodes, their MD80s are very cramped, crowded and uncomfortable.
Service is OK but food isn't that great. I happened to travel on a LED-ARN-MXP trip and snacks on the LED-ARN and ARN-MXP were the same!
On any flight I've been they've been serving salmon and after a whole week of vacation in Norway eating lot of fish that isn't exactly the food I was looking for, but...
Staff on ground is very professional and thoughtful, F/As are in the average but surely never rude.
CPH is one of the best airport I've been, had many connecting flights through it and never had a delay, a lost baggage or any bad experience. The terminals are very nice and well designed, easy to transfer and what a silence is in!
Also plenty of very good shops and souvenirs!

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RE: What's SAS Like

Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:54 am

SAS was once my babe, but unfortunately their European product isn't what it used to be, now BA and AY for example are better in intra-European service. SK's long haul is better than their short haul, no problem with that.

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RE: What's SAS Like

Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:53 am

Quoting Someone83 (Reply 3):
In adition do they have a nose cam on their 330/340s

They have 2 cameras, one that let's you look forward which is great for taxiing and especially for landing and another to look down, which is awesome depending on the weather and you don't even need to have a window seat.

I haven't flown SK recently but when I flew them back in 2003 between EWR and CPH the service was above average when compared to other carriers I've flown with. And it's not LH, you actually get a PTV in coach.

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