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Trip To Norway Pt. 3: HEL-OSL-EWR With Pictures!

Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:21 am

Hey all,
First and foremost, I am very sad to hear about the plane crash in Stord (Atlantic Airways Flight 670). My thoughts go out to all involved in this terrible incident.
Welcome to part three of my trip to Scandinavia! Thank you for reading! This part chronicles my AY flight from HEL-OSL, and my CO flight from OSL-EWR. Part 1 can be found here Trip To Norway: SEA-ORD-EWR-OSL With Tons Of Pics! (by Thepilot Sep 29 2006 in Trip Reports) part 2 can be found here Norway Pt. 2: BGO-TRD-BOO-OSL-HEL, Pictures (by Thepilot Oct 5 2006 in Trip Reports) and the blog can be found here http://www.scanditrip.blogspot.com/
Onto the report!

Monday October 9, 2006
Finnair Flight 651 (Airbus A319) (OH-LVH)
Depart: Helsinki Vantaa Airport, 7:35am (Gate 20A Stand 151) (Runway 22R)
Arrive: Oslo Gardermoen Airport, 8:10am (Gate 30) (Runway 19R)
Seat: 5F Load Factor: 92% Cruising Altitude: FL380
Wheels Up: 7:55am Wheels Down: 8:08am

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Finland was very good to my dad and I. The herring festival was rather intriguing, and the market was wonderful. Unfortunately, my dad got very bad food poisoning so we were grounded on Saturday. Yesterday, we had a wonderful trip to Tallinn, Estonia, on Nordic Jet Line. If you have never been to Estonia, I fully recommend seeing Tallinn. Not sure how good Estonia Air is.
Anywho, we woke up and 5:10am and took a taxi to the train station. From there, we boarded the Finnair bus (not Finn Airbus, we would be on that later), and arrived at Vantaa around 6:30am. Departure Hall 2 was very beautiful and spacious, and the departure board was pretty nice as well. Finnair had an easy check in machine for international flights if you are not checking baggage. However, we printed our boarding passes last night, so we proceeded directly to gate 20A.
We took a very long bus ride past the Santa Claus MD11, a BA A319, and a Malev onto our A319, which was supposed to be an A320, but that is okay. I really like the remote stand idea, because I get a better view of our plane, almost guaranteeing a registration sighting! We had an all female flight crew, and they took good care of us. We climbed to FL380, and we got a taste of the nose wheel camera, which I now cannot live without! A small breakfast was served, and I played my dad in chess. The battery died before a winner was made, but he was winning. Before I knew it, we were descending into Gardermoen.
We descended rather quickly, using the speed brakes to keep airspeed under control. Once again, we got a wonderful view of some lakes and fjords on our approach into OSL 19R. Touchdown was pretty smooth, and we taxied to gate 30. Easily cleared customs into Norway, and proceeded to the Continental check in desk for our next, very long 757 flight.

Pictures!!!


The departure board in terminal 2 (the international terminal), of HEL.


View of the blue A319 engine from 5F.


Our remote stand, 151. It was a very long bus ride from gate 20A.




View of HEL. In late November, it will freeze over  biggrin 


Climbout from 22R. We were just about to turn towards OSL.




Our TV monitor. This was great, as we could see altitude, and the all important nose wheel camera.



Comfortably cruising many feet up. Breakfast was then served.




Descent one again over those beautiful Norwegian fjords North of OSL.



On final for the beautiful yellow 19R.


Rolling out on 19R. Visual evidence of their yellowness.


The prop area of Gardermoen.


Pulling into the gate amid a flurry of SASs.
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Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:27 am

Monday October 10, 2006
Continental Airlines Flight 39 (Boeing 757-200 (Winglets!)) (N13110)
Depart: Oslo Gardermoen Airport, 11:30am (Gate 53) (Runway 19R)
Arrive: Newark Liberty Airport, 1:50pm (Gate C120) (Runway 22L)
Seat: 16A (exit row) Load Factor: 84% Cruising Altitude: FL380
Wheels Up: 12:20pm Wheels Down: 2:22pm

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My dad and I were the second family to check in after the desk opened, and we got our exit rows and were off to security. I was stopped by a nice looking TSA agent, and got the whole metal detector search. My bag was also searched. My dad said he was jealous of me, because he wanted to be searched by the TSA agent. I love my dad! I then got a baguette from the Upper Crust, and we parked ourselves at gate 46 to charge the laptop. I read Airport magazine and spotted while my dad did work for his lecture in NYC. Finally, at 10:55, we walked to gate 53 through another passport check and to the gate.
Once again, the entire contents of my luggage were searched, and the CO official scowled at my Frontier Airlines T-Shirt with Flip the Dolphin (it was the only clean one!). We then boarded, and settled down in the spacious exit row as a BA A319 pulled in next to us from LHR. The captain announced the flight time to Newark would be 7 hours 58 minutes 11 seconds. Funny guy who sounded like the Governator. 11:30 came and went, and we were still stuck on the ground. Finally, at 11:41, then announced they needed to do another headcount to make sure all the passengers were accounted for. Next, they had to match every bag to a passenger, because 139 pieces of luggage were checked, and 140 made it into the cargo hold. This is of course for security reasons, and I watched Speedbird unload, refuel, reload passengers and bags, have the pilot do a walk-around, and push back before we even moved. Finally, at 12:11pm, almost an hour after boarding the plane, we pushed and taxied to runway 19R.
Next to us, I saw the first Tupolev of my life, a 154 with SU from SVO. Takeoff was 38 seconds, and we climbed away from the beautiful yellow runway of OSL to FL380. It was very bright, so I shut my visor rather early. Once reaching cruising altitude, CO served us drinks and a very good beef brisket with a roll and a piece of apple pie. They played X-Men the Last Stand and After the Sunset, both of which I watched. Our route took us over Reykjavik, Iceland, Greenland, St. Johns, Newfoundland, Halifax, BDL, and onto EWR.
There was a long special on Tom Cruise after the movies, and I read Gilgamesh for my AP English 12 class. We filled out all the paperwork for EWR, and began our descent near BDL. I got a few good shots of that airport. We made two 360s, and got vectored all over the plane until finally we were lined up for 22L. I got a very good view of the Manhattan skyline as we approached EWR. We touched down quite firmly what seemed to be a good ways down the runway, and stopped to taxi to C120. We had to be pulled in by a truck, and we soon deplaned for customs and immigration. This was the fastest I have ever gotten through customs, and in Newark! We got through both in about five minutes, and we went off to the Marriot Hotel off the Brooklyn Bridge.

Thepilot Weighs in: 757s Across the Pond
Ok, so I have finished flying one of the longest 757 routes in the world, over 8 hours in the air. I have also flown on the A330, A340-500, 747-400, 777-200ER, and 767-300 on flights well over 5 hours. And, in my opinion, the 757 does just as good a job as the widebodies. The only difference is the width. However, the real difference lies in the carrier. Delta vs. American, Continental vs. US Airways, Northwest vs. United, etc. If they stuff you in like cattle and treat you like crap, it doesn’t matter what type of plane you are on. The CO 757s were comfortable, the flight attendants were great, and the IFE was fine with the drop down monitors. True there is only two bathrooms for Y class, but there also isn’t as much crowding as there are 150 Y class seats as opposed to 300 Y class seats. So, in conclusion, the 757 is a great longhaul aircraft, it just depends on the carrier.

Pictures!!!



OSL departure hall.


Yellow Sterling Airliner bound (I assume) for CPH.


Our CO 757, N13110, coming in from EWR.


N13110’s dead sexy winglet. It also increases its range!


BA A319 from LHR. This aircraft docked after we were in the plane, and pushed before we had!


My first Tupolev! An SU one bound for SVO.



Taxiing towards 19R.


Takeoff from runway 19R. I am guessing we were almost at MTOW.



Climbing to FL380, and for the last hour and a half, FL400.


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Cruising somewhere near Halifax, Nova Scotia.



Beginning our descent over Southern Massachusetts (this TR has lots of pair pictures).


Overview of BDL. This is a fairly well represented airport on anet.


The Manhattan skyline on final for runway 22L.


Landing video on runway 22L. I gave a little commentary.


Taxiing back to CO’s terminal C.


KL A332 going back to, where else, AMS.


Regional jet gates at the C terminal. We had to wait here to be towed in by a ground tug.


You can see the reflection of N13110 in the mirror.


Well, that concludes part three of my amazing trip to Scandinavia. Man, I have only been in the states 24 hours (a lifetime for Jack Bauer  biggrin  Wink and I already miss Norway. If I fly 757s for CO, maybe I can go there more often! Part four will include links to all parts of the trip, my CO flight from EWR-SEA, and pictures from the trip in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Bodo, Helsinki, and Tallinn, Estonia. Thanks again for reading! Take care.

Will
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RE: Trip To Norway Pt. 3: HEL-OSL-EWR With Pictures!

Wed Oct 11, 2006 6:48 pm

great report , they fly 757s to my home airport GLA but i have yet to fly them!1
 
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RE: Trip To Norway Pt. 3: HEL-OSL-EWR With Pictures!

Thu Oct 12, 2006 12:26 am

Great report



,but

Quoting Thepilot (Thread starter):
Descent one again over those beautiful Norwegian fjords North of OSL.

Those are lakes, not fjords  Wink
 
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Thu Oct 12, 2006 12:26 am

Great report and pictures! I want very much to go to Helsinki, it sounds like a great city to visit. I have flown Continental many times and enjoyed their flights abroad. I'll actually be flying on them again around Thanksgiving. That's amazing that you were on a 757-200 from OSL to EWR!

Looking forward to more reports!

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Thu Oct 12, 2006 1:10 am

Quoting Thepilot (Reply 1):
Ok, so I have finished flying one of the longest 757 routes in the world, over 8 hours in the air. I have also flown on the A330, A340-500, 747-400, 777-200ER, and 767-300 on flights well over 5 hours. And, in my opinion, the 757 does just as good a job as the widebodies. The only difference is the width. However, the real difference lies in the carrier. Delta vs. American, Continental vs. US Airways, Northwest vs. United, etc. If they stuff you in like cattle and treat you like crap, it doesn’t matter what type of plane you are on. The CO 757s were comfortable, the flight attendants were great, and the IFE was fine with the drop down monitors. True there is only two bathrooms for Y class, but there also isn’t as much crowding as there are 150 Y class seats as opposed to 300 Y class seats. So, in conclusion, the 757 is a great longhaul aircraft, it just depends on the carrier.

I agree. Seems many people are so infatuated with widebodies, but I just don't see the difference. If it's the same seat, what else really matters? People always claim, "Well there's more space", not when you're sitting in your seat there's not. It's all in their head.
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Thu Oct 12, 2006 2:11 am

Quoting Thepilot (Thread starter):
Yellow Sterling Airliner bound (I assume) for CPH.

Well asumptions is as known the mother of all.........

Sterling actually flies to 13 destinastions from Oslo, (ALC, AMS, BCN, CPH, CHQ, FLR, LPA, AGP, MPL, NCE, PMI, CIA, TFS)
 
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RE: Trip To Norway Pt. 3: HEL-OSL-EWR With Pictures!

Thu Oct 12, 2006 3:55 am

Quoting Someone83 (Reply 3):
Quoting Thepilot (Thread starter):
Descent one again over those beautiful Norwegian fjords North of OSL.

Those are lakes, not fjords

And also, the beautiful fjords are on the west side of Norway... ?

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Thu Oct 12, 2006 4:28 am

Quoting Thepilot (Thread starter):

Not sure how good Estonia Air is.

Estonia Air is rather good, though not flying to HEL at all, only Finnair's Estonian subsidiary Aero does.

Quoting 777STL (Reply 5):


Quoting Thepilot (Reply 1):
So, in conclusion, the 757 is a great longhaul aircraft, it just depends on the carrier.

In Finland 757 is a warning sign... in HEL 757 means packed    charters on Finnair and Air Finland, would be interesting to try something like CO for a change.

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Thu Oct 12, 2006 4:33 am

Nice final segment, have enjoyed travelling with you.

Look forward to more reports in the future.

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RE: Trip To Norway Pt. 3: HEL-OSL-EWR With Pictures!

Thu Oct 12, 2006 5:09 am

Quoting Thepilot (Thread starter):
Overview of BDL. This is a fairly well represented airport on anet.

Great report!! Only thing is that this isnt BDL -- i think its PVD . . .anyone else out there have any thoughts?
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Thu Oct 12, 2006 5:38 am

Quoting DILF (Reply 10):
Great report!! Only thing is that this isnt BDL -- i think its PVD . . .anyone else out there have any thoughts?

It's ALB. Somehow you wound up West of MA instead of South of MA.
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Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:50 am

Quoting DILF (Reply 10):
Great report!! Only thing is that this isnt BDL



Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 11):

It's ALB. Somehow you wound up West of MA instead of South of MA.

Thank you all for your reading and replies.

My bad, I guess that airport is ALB, which actually makes a little more sense. I found this overview of ALB.

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Also, I was in NYC today for the plane crash. I was on a Subway to LGA for spotting, and I saw smoke from the general area of the crash. I was also at the MET Art Museum today, and I walked right by the building, I am not joking. This was around 1:45ish, an hour before the crash. Also, when I arrived at LGA, there was around a 25-30 minute time period when there was no flights at all. I thought it was ops or a runway change, but I now found out what it was. My condolences to the Lidle family, and everyone else effected by this incident.

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RE: Trip To Norway Pt. 3: HEL-OSL-EWR With Pictures!

Thu Oct 12, 2006 10:06 am

Quoting Thepilot (Reply 12):
My bad, I guess that airport is ALB, which actually makes a little more sense.

Yes, inbound transatlantic flights to EWR regularly come in over ALB. I watch them all the time from my office window. They usually cross ALB at 16,000 feet - too low for contrails but low enough that I recognized Peter Max one time.

Nice photos!

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Fri Oct 13, 2006 7:27 am

Nice report!

On the same day i flew into HEL from ZRH on Blue1, where i still am. The world's so small isn't it Big grin

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