Trip report for the CPH-EWR leg
Had spent the whole day at Continental's Maintenance facilities at EWR, where I had managed to get a little tour (will post some photos of it after the trip report). Unlike the flight to EWR, I had tickets in economy class and not business class, and due to this I decided to arrive a little early at Terminal B which SAS uses to try to get an upgrade using som frequent flyer milage. Used 10.000 Eurobonus points and upgraded myself to economy extra and was quite happy with this. Economy Extra onboard SAS' 330/340 means 2-3-2 configuration, extra leg room, separate cabin and slightly better service.
Had a some food and a few beers, before I went through security and out to the gate area and sat down waiting for boarding to begin. Was watching the 330-300 that was suppose to take me back to Europe being loaded and prepared for the flight when I suddenly saw the ground crew starting to off load the luggage/cargo, something that made me a little suspicious that something was wrong.
And something was definately wrong. A one hour delay was first announced, but when the captain suddenly came up to the gate and grabbed the microphone I as already staying just in front of the counter as this is never a good sign. The captain informed us that one of the loaders had crashed into the plane, damaging it, however he did not yet know if the flight had to be cancelled or just heavily delayed, but would come back with more information as soon as possible.
Five minutes later the captain return and said the flight was cancelled and everyone was informed that we would have to pick up our luggage at the domestic luggage reclaim and proceed to SAS' ticket office in the check in area. However I reacted quickly and before the announcement was over I was already walking with a quick pace towards the ticket office, while most other passengers still was looking at eachother with a confused expression....ha ha you snooze you loose Expecting the luggage would take ages to arrive I walk instead straight to the ticket office and even without any running I was number 1 in the line.
Was rebooked to Malaysian's EWR-ARN flight that was leaving later that evening and got tickets for a later ARN-CPH flights as I would miss the flight I was booked on. When I arrived at teh ticket desk the MH flight was still wide open so I was resonably happy with getting a window seat, fearing I might end up in the middle of the five-seater
After being rebooked I went to get my luggage, which was among the latest to arrive, meaning I would have been number 260 in the line, instead of number one if I had done what I was told to do. Together with between about 150 SAS passengers I then checked in with MH and went through security for the 2nd time that day.
Route: Newark - Stockholm
Airline: Malaysian Airlines
Flight Number: MH91
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200
Seat: 35A (Economy)
Distance: 6314 km
Duration: 7hrs 30mins
Date: 3rd December 2007
Photo © Jonas Bodell
Was a small delay before boarding could begin and 3,5 hours after my original schedule I could finaly find me seat.
The leg room
Shortly after take-off some light snack and something to drink was being served
Dinner existed of some noodle thing with chicken and to be able to sleep did I combine some red wine with melantonin pills
Watched a few shows on their AVOD, which had a good selection, although its user-friendliness could be questioned. Not much happening during the flight and I was able to get a few hours of sleep. Somewhere over Norway, breakfast was served which was some sort of donut that tasted like plastic.
Our flight path was just north of OSL as you can see here
Arrived in ARN on time and went through the passport control and security before finding something to eat as the on board breakfast didnæt really fill me up.
Route: Stockholm - Copenhagen
Airline: Scandinavian Airlines
Flight Number: SK405
Aircraft: Airbus 321
Seat: 32F (Economy)
Distance: 548 km
Duration: 1hr 10mins
Date: 4th December 2007
Photo © Simon Brygg - Ostersund Photography
Boarding and take off on time, and in generall a quite boring flight with not much to write about. In addition I was half-way asleep at this point.
I was dissappointed that I was not able to try out SAS Economy Extra on their intercontinental flight, however, there isn't much you can do that a car hits the airplane creating a whole in the fuselage. When dissaster first struck I must say that the SAS ground staff at EWR did a good job trying to get around 260 passengers back to Europe. Most people was able to get back to Europe that that, although I know that a few had to stay a night in New Jersey. Luckily for SAS the MH91 was half-full at most this day, meaning over half of the stranded SAS passengers could fit here although I know a large group of people was rebooked via CDG with CO and one guy with a C-class tickets got rebooked with LH/Privatair.