caio86
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Sexy Swedes And Dashing Danes On SK

Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:50 pm

Foreword

On a beautifully clear day in 1628—so the story begins—the Vasa set sail on its maiden voyage. The pride of the Swedish fleet of the time, the Vasa was unmatched in its sheer size and number of cannons; it was launched with much fanfare and high expectations. However, b arely making a thousand meters away from excited onlookers on Stockholm's docks, the Vasa keeled to her port side and took on excessive amounts of water and sunk to the bottom of Stockholm's harbor. Flash forwarding to the present day—if Scandinavian Airlines System is a measure to go by, transportation in Scandinavia has improved by leaps and bounds since the times of the Vasa. Efficiency, value-for-money and Nordic charm and design are stereotypes I would bestow on the modern airline, judging from a roundtrip shuttle flight between Stockholm-Arlanda Airport and Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup.

(Note: the flights were taken pre-strike—I am unsure of how things might have changed or if they changed at all)

Report

Scandinavia Airlines System (SAS) SK1419, May 14th, 2007
Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) to Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup (CPH), Gate 7
Seat 31D, Class M (Economy), MD-80
Departure (Scheduled/Actual): 10.25/10.31
Arrival (Scheduled/Actual): 11.35

I had planned on seeing people off to the United States on an earlier Continental flight, so I left much earlier than my own journey to Copenhagen required. Nevertheless, I had no qualms about leaving Stockholm earlier than planned; the drive to the airport in the cool and moist Stockholm morning was unforgettable. The pine trees and flat farmlands were bathed in a misty fog blanket.

Upon reaching Arlanda, and entering the check-in area for SAS, there were long queues for everything—self-check-in, check-in, ticketing and security. Confused by the situation and (apologetically) not understanding a word of Swedish beyond “IKEA” and "lingonberry," I immediately preceded to the cheery SAS representative, who kindly went out of her way to direct me to the correct line. Although the lines were long, the check-in staff was pretty efficient and polite; I waited about two minutes on the line. Everything was sorted out after five minutes.

I must mention security, as both my person and my bag were flagged for further screening. In comparison to the United States, where the TSA personnel are absolutely mortified with touching a passenger’s genitalia region, instead opting to tap your nether region with a wand or a baton, I find (although this has only happened to me three times) that European security workers are not at all afraid to go all the way. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I did not have any other encounters with security since then, unless I count the TSA agent who inspected my back on arrival back in Newark. Asking me to step aside for an inspection, joke was on him, because I put dirty underwear at the top, and thus ended his brief (pun intended) search for contraband.

Almost everyone I spoke to prior to my Scandinavian holiday immediately associated the region with its expensive costs, almost in a knee-jerk reflex fashion. Stockholm’s airport is no exception, everything is quite expensive. However, the spotting is free. After I saw off people in the non-Schengen departure zone on their flight to Newark on Continental (CO), I walked around a bit and managed to take some photos as the ground staff began their set-up.

Boarding was quick and efficient—passengers only stood up when their boarding zone was called and lined up in a proper manner. One curious habit of Nordic businessmen I noticed during boarding was the fact that they swiped their EuroBonus cards instead of presenting a ticket (Swedes, Danes, Norwegians in the audience—can anyone explain how this works?).

Onboard the surprisingly spacious MD-80 were two different classes—Economy Extra and Economy. Frankly, the main differences were the fact that Economy Extra passengers received a complimentary meal (albeit small) and their faux-cloth head rest cover was a different color.

After the pleasant greetings and the live (and bilingual Swedish and English) safety demonstration, the “CloudShop” opened up at the same time we rather fittingly went above the clouds. Feeling a bit peckish, I looked for the most Nordic of menu choices—the “Renklämma-meny” or Venison menu, a few strips of venison wrapped in polarbread and a mayonnaise-like condiment (Swedes, Danes, Norwegians in the audience—what exactly is polarbread?), with a choice of drink for SK35 (about five dollars). The sandwich was a bit dry (the personnel at the mayonnaise dispensing unit had not been very generous), but the meat and the bread were very tasty. Fortunately I had some Kalles to spread on.

Once the light snack was collected, we began to descend, and harbor of Copenhagen began to emerge on the horizon. The landing was smooth and the deplaining process was quick and efficient.

While Copenhagen once inspired Hans Christian Andersen and remains rooted in its proud heritage, it is a city that is in the here-and-now. One can see the cutting-edge windpower facilities dotting the harbor, the mega-tankers docking in the port facilities nearby. The airport is modern and wholly functional in comparison to other European airport facilities. Even the details of the city, such as generous bicycle facilities and cutting-edge cuisine at Noma (which I highly, highly recommend), exude certain homage to the past and visions for the future.

Return trip to follow in due course.

Photos

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A long security line at Arlanda and an advert for the new Stockholm-Beijing route

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Swedish design 1

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Other non-SK check-in area

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Austrian Airlines to Vienna?

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MyTravel with fog-enveloped background

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Air China Cargo and a Lufthansa plane

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Nordic Leisure

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SAS planes

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Waiting area

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Information on flight

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Lufthansa and Continental

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Swedish design 2

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Swedish design 3

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Swedish design 4

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Not Swedish design (I'm guessing) but incredibly useful and helpful

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Korean design

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Pensative captain

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SK MD-80

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Back of the plane

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Legroom and seat pocket. Contents of seat pocket: a copy of "Scanorama," a Swedish Cloudshop menu, dutyfree (very very limited choices), a couple of sick bags and a safety card

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Adverts on tray-tables

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Cloudshop advert

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Cloudshop menu

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Renklämma-meny!

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Swedish countryside 1

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Swedish countryside 2

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Galley area prior to landing

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Copenhagen and environs (note the wind turbines)

I hope you found this interesting...more Scandinavian adventures to come. Comments/questions/concerns greatly appreciated.
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ardian
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RE: Sexy Swedes And Dashing Danes On SK

Sun Jun 03, 2007 12:05 am

Great tripreport! Especially the 'Swedish design' pics followed by 'Korean design' Big grin Looking forward to the next Scandinavian adventures
 
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RE: Sexy Swedes And Dashing Danes On SK

Sun Jun 03, 2007 2:18 am

Again, a very well composed trip report. I am starting to become a fan of your trip reports. Just a question, where are the 'Sexy Swedes and Dashing Danes on SK' as mentioned in the title?  tongue 
 
navymmw
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RE: Sexy Swedes And Dashing Danes On SK

Sun Jun 03, 2007 11:16 am

nice trip report.

And I also have the same question as 9MMAR. Where are the sexy Swedes? lol.
 
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RE: Sexy Swedes And Dashing Danes On SK

Sun Jun 03, 2007 4:18 pm

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 2):
where are the 'Sexy Swedes and Dashing Danes on SK' as mentioned in the title?

beauty would be in the eye of the beholder...  Wink
 
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RE: Sexy Swedes And Dashing Danes On SK

Sun Jun 03, 2007 5:51 pm

Com'on Azizul, look what he says here:

Quoting Caio86 (Thread starter):
more Scandinavian adventures to come

Give him a break  Smile

Anyhow, Caio86, great TR: looking for more Sexy Swedes and Dashing Danes to come soon....
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RE: Sexy Swedes And Dashing Danes On SK

Sun Jun 03, 2007 5:56 pm

Nice TR, but I also have same question as the others, wheres the sexy Swedes!! ehehheh  Smile
 
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RE: Sexy Swedes And Dashing Danes On SK

Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:39 pm

I opened this TR just for Sexy Swedes!

of Sexy Swedes

Nice TR by the way.
 
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Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:57 pm

Nice TR . There is a photo of a sexy SK (Dane) here :: N272WA&OA260, CPH-DUB On SK In Y. Part 2/2 (by N272WA May 27 2007 in Trip Reports)

 Big grin
 
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RE: Sexy Swedes And Dashing Danes On SK

Mon Jun 04, 2007 1:25 am

Quoting Cabso1 (Reply 7):
I opened this TR just for Sexy Swedes!

Well, I didn't.  liar 

Nice TR.
 
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RE: Sexy Swedes And Dashing Danes On SK

Wed Jun 06, 2007 4:07 pm

Quoting Caio86 (Thread starter):
One curious habit of Nordic businessmen I noticed during boarding was the fact that they swiped their EuroBonus cards instead of presenting a ticket (Swedes, Danes, Norwegians in the audience—can anyone explain how this works?).

When traveling on an e-ticket and leaving Scandinavia for another Scandinavian country (or Finland) there is no requirement for a boarding pass on SAS. The card holding the e-ticket (EuroBonus, Visa, etc.) can simply be swiped at the security check as well as at the gate. At the gate, a small piece of paper is produced by the gate reader containing the same information as the seat-slip of the boarding card.

So if traveling without checked baggage, you check in on the Internet or by your mobile phone, go straight to security, swipe your card, go to the gate, swipe your card again and off you go..
 
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Wed Jun 06, 2007 6:53 pm

Nice TR,

Looking forward for more Scandinavians adventures.
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RE: Sexy Swedes And Dashing Danes On SK

Thu Jun 14, 2007 5:29 am

Quoting Zimme (Reply 10):
So if traveling without checked baggage, you check in on the Internet or by your mobile phone, go straight to security, swipe your card, go to the gate, swipe your card again and off you go..

At OSL you don't have to swipe it at security as they usually don't check boarding passes
 
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RE: Sexy Swedes And Dashing Danes On SK

Thu Jun 14, 2007 8:17 am

What has happend to the once so proud SAS? I remember that even the late SR took them as an exsample for perfect
inflight service. And nowadays they charge for food on intra european flights. Thumbs down!!
Anyway, anyhow i am looking forward to your return report.

cheers: DALelite
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Fri Jun 15, 2007 6:41 pm

Thanks for the TR. I love SAS, crew have always been an absolute pleasure on my flights.
Cheers,
N272WA  Smile
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RE: Sexy Swedes And Dashing Danes On SK

Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:54 pm

Nice report!


Can someone pls translate "Renklämma-meny!" ?

Thanks in advance.
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zimme
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RE: Sexy Swedes And Dashing Danes On SK

Tue Jun 19, 2007 4:48 pm

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 15):
Can someone pls translate "Renklämma-meny!" ?

That would be something along the lines of "deer-wrap menu".
 
caio86
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RE: Sexy Swedes And Dashing Danes On SK

Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:58 am

You lot are pretty tough. I thought I could get past you with pictures of Scandinavian business people. Oh well...to each his/her own.

Anyways, dear boys and girls, here are pictures of some sexy Swedish models at one of my favorite stores in Stockholm--Acne Jeans.

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Here are some photos from my Copenhagen trip, for those who asked (and for those who didn't...I suppose)

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Viking heritage on full display

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The Amalienborg Palace guards (the winter palace for Her Majesty)

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CHEESE DANISH...IN DENMARK! (although it's called "weinerbrod" here)

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I highly, highly recommend going on one of many canal tours to get your bearing and to see most of the beautiful sites in this compact and highly maritime city.

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Le Palais de Porn...The Museum Erotica.

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Strøget--a pretty pedestrian street which, despite being mazelike, is really hard to get lost in.

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The Queen's boat

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The controversial Maersk Opera House

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The Little Mermaid looking forlorn, probably because she's got red paint on her

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The closest I got to wildlife in Denmark...a reindeer from Greenland in the National Museum (which is FREE)

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Tivoli amusement park, which is well worth a visit

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And to finish it off, a cute swan couple swimming in the picturesque Nyhavn area

...the return trip to come very soon, I promise.
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RE: Sexy Swedes And Dashing Danes On SK

Sat Jun 30, 2007 9:16 pm

Quoting Caio86 (Thread starter):
the “Renklämma-meny” or Venison menu



Quoting Zimme (Reply 16):
Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 15):
Can someone pls translate "Renklämma-meny!" ?

That would be something along the lines of "deer-wrap menu".

Actually "ren" is reindeer, not venison  Smile (although it could be argued that venison is a broad enough term to cover it)

Quoting Caio86 (Reply 17):
The closest I got to wildlife in Denmark...a reindeer from Greenland in the National Museum (which is FREE)

This would be what your renklämma looked before SAS got its hands on it  Silly
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 11:22 am

Scandinavia Airlines System (SAS) SK408, May 16th, 2007
Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup (CPH) to Stockholm Arlanda (ARN)
Class M (Economy), A321
Departure (Scheduled/Actual): 14.20/14.24
Arrival (Scheduled/Actual): 15.30/15.29

Although a cliché of Copenhagen, the city exudes a sense of fairytale qualities. Yet, while the city and its citizens respect the past and traditions, it is evident to the casual visitor that the city looks to the future. Culinary delights at Noma combine Danish ingredients with foreign techniques to create Michelin moments of sensory pleasure. Wind turbines, harvesting the clean energy of tomorrow, sit in aquatic areas where Vikings once launched their ships to plunder and pillage distant lands and peoples and where their Danish descendants traveled for other purposes. The controversial Maersk opera house faces the Amalienborg Palace.

Despite the seemingly juxtaposed traditional and modern existing side-by-side, Copenhagen manages to strike a pleasantly harmonious balance between the two. No place is better evidence of that concept than the airport. Although not in Copenhagen per se, I found the airport to be an absolute delight to use—it was very much the Scandinavian stereotype, big and beautiful, yet understated in intelligence and subtly efficient.

The terminal before security was airy and spacious, with ample overhead natural lighting. The SAS check-in desk was highly efficient and strategically placed near the building main entrance. There was also a couple of SAS ground staff to direct the clueless (read, me) to the correct line. The line was long because of the different SAS and Icelandair flights departing at the same time, but it moved rather quickly. I was somewhat glad that there was a bit of a wait, as it allowed me some time to savor the natural tones and materials used.
After check-in, I took the time to get something to eat, as SAS does not give a complimentary snack. Settling on a salad in the pre-security area, although good, it was nowhere near $10.00. The only kind of leaves that should be that much are the gold kind. Satiated, I moved onto the efficient security area and thus entered the shopping complex area between the security and the departure lounges.
In the duty-free area there was a stand with complimentary Pear Absolut vodka. Seeing no attendants, and being the cheap bastard that I am, I managed to help myself to a couple...seeing me off to a pleasant journey. There were products of every kind, and they accept many different types of currency. There are also little shopping carts and strollers for the airport customers' convenience. It truely was a magical (albeit alcohol-induced) fairytale of sorts.
Boarding the SAS plane was efficient; many Scandinavians used the SAS EuroBonus card to swipe in. Leaving and arriving on-time, the journey was pretty uneventful and short, except for the view of the Stockholm archipelago on the way back.


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Check-in area in Kastrup

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Icelandair.

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Other planes/carriers

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SK A321 that I took

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Loading the baggage on a rainy day

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Icelandair from a different angle.

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Backs of heads

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Old style drop-down screens

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View from the front

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Legroom

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Back of seat...

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...Back of seat part deux...I said the flight was uneventful...I wonder why everything in SAS is pretty much conducted in an English language medium except the actual announcements (eg. Scanorama, all the signage, duty-free mag)

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Cimber Air

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On the runway

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Stockholm archipelago

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Stockholm archipelago II

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Landing prep.

Questions, comments, concerns?
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navymmw
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RE: Sexy Swedes And Dashing Danes On SK

Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:04 pm

nice trip report, one question though, where are the sexy sweeds?
 
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:21 pm

AMAZING Trip Report!!

I'm flying on SAS to Greece in less than 2 weeks and can't wait! Thanks for posting the pics. I'm looking forward to my trip even more now  Smile
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