after my 1st TR
in June you are now able to read my second one. After trying several airlines in the last months, I wanted to fly on Star Alliance again. So I chose Scandinavian, because it was a long time ago I flew on a prop (I think I was three years old^^).
I woke up at 7:50 a.m. and after having a shower and breakfast my mom brought me to Tegel Airport. Check-in went very fast because there was no queue at the counter. I wanted to have a window seat on the right hand side due to eastern wind and I got 20F. Last row, but that was okay. Unfortunately it was not possible to check-in for the evening flight so I had to check-in Copenhagen. After that I went into the main hall, got some Danish Crowns and made a few shots.
Busy morning at the airport.
A318 and LX
A320 arriving at the same time on A14/A15.
Then I passed the security control which was quite tight and then waited for my flight.
To: Copenhagen-Kastrup Int. Airport (CPH)
Dep.: 09:50 a.m. / 10:07 a.m.
Arr.: 10:55 a.m. / 10:50 a.m.
LN-RDP (Dash 8-400)
Boarding time was announced to be 09:20 but the plane wasn't even at the gate at this time but a few minutes later it was.
-RDP arriving at 09:29.
Boarding started at 09:40 and was very fast. The ground crew was a bit bored but they did there job. After the okay of the f/a we were allowed to walk a short way to the plane.
Boarding of SK
I was feeling very good, when I read this text
A female and a male flight attendant which were both very nice welcomed the passengers and helped them. At this point I noticed how many old people were in the plane what surprised me a bit. Although the Dash is only 7 years old it was quite "rancid". Especially at hidden places was dirt. It was not bad at all but I noticed it anyway. The load factor was 100% I think maybe I overlooked some free seats but it was really full.
Legroom was not huge but enough.
Boarding went very fast and soon pushback started. Then we had a quick taxi to runway 08R and had a very smooth take-off. Unfortunately the windows were not very clean so it was rather difficult to make some shots but I did my very best.
tower visible in the center and THF
at the upper right hand side.
Cabin shot while climbing to the cruising altitude.
The f/a's were very fast but I was really surprised when I heard them saying that I had to pay for drinks and food! I paid 144€ for this flight and in my eyes that is not Star Alliance standard. Anyway I wanted to drink and eat something so I paid 40DKK (6€) for a coke and a muffin.
Crossing the German coast of the Baltic Sea.
The flight was very fast and soon after we were above the Baltic Sea the descend started.
The water shimmering in the sunlight.
Shortly before touchdown on runway 04L.
The landing was a bit hard but okay and after vacating the runway we taxied to our parking position. A bus took us to the terminal.
The big departure hall of Copenhagen where I went by mistake.
Outside Terminal 3.
Then I started my long way to "Flyvergrillen" by foot. It took 30 minutes to go there but it was really a nice experience and after 7 hours at that spotting point I went back to catch my flight to Berlin.
I arrived 70 minutes before the departure at terminal 3 and looked on the television to find my check-in counter. When I saw the queue I couldn't believe my eyes. About 10 flights had to check-in at about 10 counters but the queue was so long...fortunately a SAS agent helped people. She said to me: "You can go to a self-check-in-automate and tip in your booking code." I'm not a friend of such automates but it was better than to stand a long time in a queue. The booking was even possible in German but then I got quite angry. "14C - aisle seat" was flashing on the screen. Nevertheless I went to the security and passed it this time very well.
Then I started to search an SAS counter but I didn't find one. So I tried my luck at the Transfer Centre. The guy wasn't the nicest but was able to arrange me a window seat "but there is only one left in the last row." he said. But I was fine with that and happy to have my window seat. By the way: it was 20F exactly the same seat as on the flight to CPH
Now I was able to make some shots at the airport.
A320 waiting for the departure to FRA
A321(?) pushed back.
To: Berlin-Tegel Int. Airport (TXL)
Dep.: 07:30 p.m. / 08:04 p.m.
Arr.: 08:25 p.m. / 08:53 p.m.
LN-RDF (Dash 8-400)
Our boarding counter was C5 and soon there was the new time for the flight flashing on the timetable: 07:45. That forecast was really good because it started exactly at that point of time. A bus brought us to the Dash 8. As you can see on my pictures the weather was fantastic. The sun was burning the whole day at 25C° (which is quite hot for Denmark) and there were only scattered clouds. But on that bus drive a huge rain shower was coming out of the sky. The driver really drove directly to the 5-step-ladder but it didn't make a difference. Everyone was wet
. Fortunately I had my jacket with me what I already had regretted due to the hot temperature.
After everyone had taken his place we were taxiing to runway 04R.
Accelerating on runway 04R and pushing the water off the runway.
Oeresund bridge between Denmark and Sweden (you can see runway 30 at the lower left corner).
Cabin shot of SK1677.
As you can see on the cabin shot the flight wasn't very full. I estimate the load factor at about 50%-60%. I had no problem with because the seat and the row next to me were empty ao I was able to chill out...
Only a bottle of water for the quick flight.
Now the delay showed its nice face. A beatiful sundown above Germany which I had missed when the flight would have been in time. Here are some impressions.
Soon we were on approach for runway 08L.
The suburb "Spandau" with the river Havel in the background.
Seconds later we touched down on runway 08L and taxied quickly to our parking position. After leaving the approach zone I made a quick snap of the main hall which was rather quiet now at 09:30 (last flights are departing 10:00).
I hope you enjoyed my TR
although it is again very long. SAS is remaining in my mind as a very professional airline and the difference between Star Alliance and "normal" airlines is clearly visible.
See you soon,