---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
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.
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 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