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KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:34 pm

KLM F70 and the Estonian Saab 340 to Saaremaa island


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Tere, dear readers,

and welcome to my latest travel experience.
Estonia was the destination.
Estonia means two things for me, a country never visited before and also a airline never flown before, with two legs at these day.
Saaremaa, the biggest island around the country and the city of Kuressaare was my final target.
The island was a no-go area during Soviet times, nowadays well known for it´s rich birdlife, lots of seals and untouched nature.
Some three weeks after ariving home from Sweden:
FlySmaland/AvitransNordic Saab 340 To Växjö (by FLIEGER67 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)

it was time to go again.





Sunday, 19.07.2009
FRA (Frankfurt-Rhein-Main) Rain, Temperature 15 degrees
AMS (Amsterdam-Schiphol) Cloudy, Temperature 17 degrees
Duration: 45 minutes announced
50 minutes actual

Service KLM KL 1762 operated by KLM Cityhopper
Scheduled: 07.10 // 08.30
Actual: 07.10 // 08.00
Gate: D33 Seat: 11F / Exit row
Load factor: Around 70%



There is only one flight at Sunday from Tallinn to Kuressaare. Interesting was, that while Estonian Air offers flights from FRA to URE on its website, there are only nightstoppers at TLL and early morning further to URE flights on the schedule.
On the other hand site, several internet ticket dealers had the AMS connection open. Maybe somewhat risky for OV with a tight flight connection at TLL.
Anyway booked with one of these ticket dealers and hoped for good luck to catch the flight to URE.
My usual try for internet check in at KL´s website, no internet check in at Estonian for flights from Germany, wasn´t succesful this time.
The ticket was issued by Estonian, therefore not accepted by KL´s internet check-in.
Well, that means some minutes earlier than expected at the airport this sunday morning.
Started by car at 02.30 am, low traffic only, a quick ride to Tourcare, parked the car and shuttled to the airport.
The same procedure at the self service kiosks and I was send to the manual desk.
Only one male in front, but what a kind of man, a real big one, representing a african family heading for LOS with not more than five filled up baggage carts nearby.
So I had to wait for more than 15 minutes till they discussed, payed the excess baggage fees and finally checked in.
The asian girl there was nevertheless real friendly to me, she told me that while my bag is checked to URE she cant check me in for the two legs on Estonian.
I need to go to the check in counter again at AMS and she also cant secure if OV is handled by the AMS transfer desk.
Well further on to security without any time to wait, Terminal 2 was fairly empty that early morning, a bus gate showed my flight on the screen.

Also a interesting target:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901005.jpg

LH Cargo heavy on finals:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901006.jpg

Saravia Yak42:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901007.jpg

And again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901014.jpg

Perfectly ontime boarding was called and the bus goes the way along T2 to the apron where my machine waited.
I know, according to FRA OPS that the scheduled F70 was there, PH-KZG, delivered at 28.11.1996 to Austrian Airlines and in service with KL Cityhopper since 07.10.1997.
One of 24 examples in the fleet.
Leg no. 5 on type and a new registration for my log.
Thankfully the rain slowed down during boarding.

And my machine:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901008.jpg

Tail shot:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901010.jpg

Reg shot:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901012.jpg

The tail again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901013.jpg

En detail:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901015.jpg

Finally boarding:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901016.jpg

Two friendly female FA´s on this service. The cabin fitted with dark blue oldfashioned fabric seats, wide ok, generous legroom, well used, but clean.

My seat:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901024.jpg

Only a short way to taxi for a departure from the 4000 meters runway 25R in the right direction above DUS to AMS.

Just departed:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901018.jpg

No comment from the flightdeck, no flightlevel info.
Service was real good, also on this short hop they offered a sandwich and free drinks.

Looks good, isn´t it?:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901019.jpg

The nice young FA saw me writing down flight details and soon thereafter she approached me with a questionary form. I might be the interested passenger to fill in her form, she told me.

Approaching AMS:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901020.jpg

And again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901021.jpg


Approach started and not long thereafter we touched down on the 3300 meters Zwanenburgbaan 18C with an not that long way to taxi for the regional apron, filled up with
nice blue Fokker tails.

Just landed:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901022.jpg

The neighbour:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901023.jpg

This was a real good experience on the KL F70 . I saw a Estonian tail in the distance, that might be my machine to TLL.
By bus to the terminal, looking for the next check in.







Sunday, 19.07.2009
AMS (Amsterdam-Schiphol) Partly cloudy, Temperature 20 degrees
TLL (Tallinn-Lennart-Meri) Sunny, Temperature 26 degrees
Duration: 2 hours announced
2 hours, 10 minutes actual

Service OV 174 operated by Estonian Air
Scheduled: 09.40 // 13.00 (1 hour time difference)
Actual: 09.40 // 12.50
Gate: C15 Seat: 20A
Load factor: Around 80 %


My arrival was well ontime, so the decision was quickly done. Out in the public, up the stairs and directly to the announced OV counters.
Not a minute to wait till it was my time.
The girl there was a bit surprised that the KL agents at FRA can´t check me in, but finally she worked quickly and secured me exact my seats of choice,
with another surprised smile about my seat map knowledge.
Also no time to wait at security and back in the packed gate area.

The board:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901025.jpg

Onur bound for AYT:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901026.jpg

Air France retro:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901028.jpg

It´s holiday season , also in the Netherlands, lots of people on travel.
OVs parent company SK announced last year that some of the ordered CRJ900´s will go to Estonian as a change for the older 737 machines.
And also for my flight, the scheduled equipment was the CRJ900.
Well, with no notice about the delivery of these aircraft it might be a 737 or something else to fly today.
Friendly a.netter Airbuseric told me by mail my gate and also the equipment that Sunday.
Therefore I was not surprised to see ES-ABH at the finger gate , a 737-500 delivered at 07.12.1998 to Air France and in service with Estonian since 09.01.2004.
One of two in the fleet and named "Sinilind". .
Leg no. 26 for me on type and a new entry to my log.

My machine:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901027.jpg

And again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901029.jpg

En detail:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901030.jpg

Boarding started some minutes earlier than announced, three middle aged, let me say, business friendly females on that service.
The cabin in mixed colours, blue fabric seats, slightly dirty. No recline, not that really comfortable seats from my point of view.

Seats:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901031.jpg

The cockpit crew was from Estonia, the captain with a short welcome during boarding, the FO with further informations inflight and once more during approach.
Departure from the 3500 meters runway 24, the Kaagbaan above CPH and southern Sweden to TLL.

Cargo apron:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901032.jpg

Just departed:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901033.jpg

Along the north sea:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901034.jpg

Again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901035.jpg

And again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901036.jpg

Flightlevel 36000 feet.
Service was SK style = Buy on Board.

Reaching the Baltics:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901037.jpg

Near TLL:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901038.jpg

TLL:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901039.jpg

And again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901040.jpg

After a calm flight we approached TLL´s 3070 meter runway 08 and landed well ontime.
Parked beside the other company B735 at a finger gate and now, welcome to Estonia.

At the gate:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901041.jpg

My machine:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901043.jpg

Last view:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901045.jpg







Sunday, 19.07.2009
TLL (Tallin-Lennart-Meri) Sunny, Temperature 26 degrees
URE (Kuressaare-Lennujaam) Thunderstorms, 21 degrees
Duration: 30 minutes announced
35 minutes actual

Service Estonian Air OV 603 operated by Estonian Air Regional
Scheduled: 13.55 // 14.40
Actual: 14.10 // 14.45
Gate: 9 Seat: 10A
Load factor: Around 70 %



Tallin looks really nice from above and also the weather was good, but nevertheless that was not my final destination for today.
No further security, time enough to walk around and see what TLL has on offer.
It´s a modern building, lot´s of wood and glass, nice views to the apron, especially from a seating area beside the duty free shop.
Not bad, here at TLL.
My gate was announced on the screen when I´am arrived and also a plane parked there.

The board:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901044.jpg

No change here, the warm welcomed and rare, at least in middle europe, Saab SF340.
It was ES-ASN, a machine with a long history around the globe, delivered at 14.09.1989 to Tempelhof Airways USA, further at 10.08.1992 to Golden Air.
From 01.05.1993 with Gotia Shuttle Express and from 08.03.1994 in service with Nusantara.
Further to Australia from 02.05.1997 with Kendell, back to Europe at 01.01.2001 with Sabena and again around the globe to Air Nelson from 16.05.2001.
And finally at 24.09.2007 to Estonian Air Regional.
Estonian operates two SF340´s, leg no. 4 for me on type and a new registration for my log.

My machine:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901046.jpg

The engine:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901050.jpg

And again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901051.jpg

My gate:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901047.jpg

Company meeting:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901048.jpg

Lithuanian Smartlynx bound for HER:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901049.jpg

All white:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901052.jpg

Avies J32:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901053.jpg

Boarding time comes and goes, a girl at the desk, but no crew at the plane, so it seems.
Finally some 15 minutes late the crew arrived and boarding was called only minutes later. Lets go for Kuressaare.
Self service to the plane. One real friendly female on that machine.
The cabin fitted with dark blue comfortable leather seats, good legroom, ok so far.

Ceiling:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901055.jpg

Seats:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901059.jpg

Departure from runway 08. The estonian captain with a friendly welcome during boarding and also once more inflight with weather details around Kuressaare.

Just departed:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901054.jpg

Well, the weather. I saw heavy clouds along the way above the baltic sea, the sky cleared up only short ahead to TLL.
And now it was the other direction, that means soon after departure the clouds coming up again and we had a shaking ride around und through them.
Free water and some sweets on offer.

More clouds:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901056.jpg

And more:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901057.jpg

Much more:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901058.jpg

Approach into URE:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901060.jpg

Once more:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901061.jpg

Again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901062.jpg

Wheels down:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901063.jpg

Heavy clouds:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901064.jpg

Approach was interesting, heavy low and black thunderstorm clouds west of the airport, not that real flying weather today. Finally the plane touched down on the 1518 meters runway 17
and we taxied to the apron.
Surprisingly no rain, but heavy wind.

Taxi:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901065.jpg

Parked:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901066.jpg

Again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901067.jpg

On the apron:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901068.jpg

Again:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901069.jpg

Once more:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901070.jpg

I had a nice conversation the next day with the check in girl and she answered after I´ve told her that I've arrived the day before,
that she don´t want to fly yesterday with that deep scaring clouds and thunderstorms all around.
My bag was quickly on the belt, so out in the public and also quickly looking for a taxi before the next thunderstorm arrived.
But, URE is one of these remote points on the world where you need to call a cab from the airport.
Usually there are drivers all the way who want your money. Not here.
The friendly woman at the information desk called and told me that I had to wait for some ten minutes till a cab was free to pick me up.
My hotel was not that far away, but time enough for the thunderstorm and it was heavy raining when I was there.
Accomodation was the Georg Ots Spa hotel, a real recommendable modern place with several indoor/outdoor pools and saunas.

The hotel:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901071.jpg



Around two hours later the sun shows up and I was immediatelly on the way for some pix especially around the bishop´s castle,
one, if not the best preserved castle from the "Deutsche Orden" in the baltics.
Friendly people here, beneath some russian everything, but nothing what I really need, dealers around the bishop´s castle.

Hopefully well fixed:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901074.jpg

Once more:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901075.jpg

Nice architecture:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901079.jpg

Once more:
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/EST0901/EST0901080.jpg

KL offers real good service on that short hop to AMS on a more and more rare aircraft, recommendable.
OV, well, not the best impression on the AMS-TLL leg, not that especially friendly staff, BOB service and no CRJ 900, but
OV Regional with the also rare SF340 and a nice and friendly FA on the short hop to URE, much better than on OV mainline.
But, you know, no problem to fly all that airlines again, especially OV Regional, see you tomorrow!.

Comments welcome,
Markus (FLIEGER67)
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akhmad
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:44 pm

Hi Markus,

Great report again! I can barely wait for my turn to fly this month.

Cheers,
Suryo
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:09 pm

Hi Markus

Again, great report and pics!
Your destinations are getting more and more extraordinary!

There is one thing I'm not sure about...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
questionary form

what did you have to fill out?

Thanks for posting
Regards
Bobby
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FLIEGER67
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:43 pm

Hey, good to follow some comments.

@Suryo:

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 1):
Great report again! I can barely wait for my turn to fly this month.

Thank you and hopefully also something to read for us.

@Bobby:

Quoting Amigocharlie (Reply 2):
Again, great report and pics!
Your destinations are getting more and more extraordinary!

Thank you and you know, I´am doing my best!.

Quoting Amigocharlie (Reply 2):
what did you have to fill out?

LH works since a longer time with that type of customer questionaire,
checking your opinion about service, handling, aircraft and else.
That was the first time for me on KL now.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:53 pm

Very cool! I dig the gate on the castle; I thought those only existed in fairy tales!
 
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Wed Sep 02, 2009 5:29 am

Hallo Markus,

As usual, a great report with some nice picks of familiar sights (for me). Looks like the Estonian weather was still great on your flying day - I was in TAY a day earlier but you already know that...

ES-ABH is actually the only OV 737 I've flown, logged TLL-FRA in May 2007. I've flown both of the Saabs multiple times, though.

You were lucky to sit on the right hand side and get an approach to runway 08 at TLL, those offer great views of downtown as is evident from your pictures. Those are especially great if coming from HEL as then the flight route takes one directly over the old city with stunning views of the old buildings.

I did URE on a day trip in May 2008, flew ARN-URE on OV Regional and a few hours later URE-TLL on an Avies J32 when it still held the PSO from the Estonian government for this route (which has now been awarded to OV, hence your flight). The Avies flight was excellent.

By the way for something completely different you might want to try the island of Ruhnu in the middle of the Gulf of Riga the next time. There are flights from URE and EPU operated by the world's most obscure airline, Luftverkehr Friesland-Harle. See http://www.ruhnulend.ee/index.php?id=10 for some information. I've been wanting to do that for quite some time but never had a chance...

Thanks for posting and keep up the good work, we all are eagerly awaiting for the next episodes!
 
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Wed Sep 02, 2009 5:30 am



Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
You were lucky to sit on the right hand side and get an approach to runway 08 at TLL,

Argh, I shouldn't be posting before having my morning coffee - I obviously meant the "left hand side".
 
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:46 am

Markus,
a long awaited report with the short visit to my home airport. Good pics! Really enjoyed those.
That thunderstorm looked great and impressive!

Sorry again that you didn't get the CRJ900. First frame is now recently delivered (or will be soon now). I've seen pictures of it somewhere a few weeks ago.

The Saab 340, I also have to fly it. Maybe I have to take the creditcard and just book a trip to Estonia, otherwise my chances become rather limited.

btw, I'm surprised by that KLM sandwich in Y class. It's usually a bit less you'll get, like just a cookie or so. So, yes, KLM did well here. Hope to receive a good service myself later this month on KL!

Regards,
Eric
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:52 am

Excellent report as always!

I'm getting a bit curious what else there was to do and see at URE other than the castle ?

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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:18 am



Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
I'm getting a bit curious what else there was to do and see at URE other than the castle ?

There are a good number of spas for relaxation and treatments plus a couple of nice beaches if you're willing to brave the Baltic waters. Otherwise it is a beautiful if tiny town with some nice Baltic-style wooden buildings, but you are right, it doesn't have that much to keep you occupied for more than a day unless you're into drinking lots of cheap vodka. The island of Saaremaa itself is very beautiful and compact, makes for nice bike trips etc.
 
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Wed Sep 02, 2009 2:54 pm

Markus,

As usual, you've got my attention by going to another off-the-track destination !!!

Great TR with some (dramatic) photos, esp. the landing at Saaremaa Island...
Your 'near TLL' picture looks like an old Soviet Air Base slightly to the west of Tallinn...(sorry, forgot the name)

Glad you liked the friendly KLC-service on the Fokker 70  

When will you visit Aland ? Always eager to visit that area and would 'love' to see a pre-view by yours truly !!!

Keep those interesting TR's coming'

[Edited 2009-09-02 07:59:15]

Eric,

Apart from Estonia, plenty of Saab 340's still operate in Sweden and Finland domestically

[Edited 2009-09-02 08:01:02]
don't throw away tomorrow !
 
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:54 pm

Hey Markus,
Never seen an OV report before. Shame the 737 interior was tired. Maybe they should take the seats out of the SF340 and put same into B737 it would be alot better .

I like the Dutch design on the KLM sandwich !!  Smile

Some great photos of a place I never knew anything about. Thanks for showing us.


Regards

Philip
 
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Wed Sep 02, 2009 5:52 pm

Nice TR.

I have always liked the Estonia Livery, and you got some great shots on the turboprop flight,
(The views on this site are my own and no one elses)
 
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:13 pm

Hello Markus and thanks for another great report! The KL service looked a little more extensive then I recieved on my flight, still, for a respected airline as KL I think they should offer something more special on these longer flights!

The S340 looks great, I should probably see if I can get a flight on one of those! I've been thinking of going RIX so who knows  Smile

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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:00 pm

Hello, real good to see such a huge number of comments.

@Caitlin:

Quoting C8fromONT (Reply 4):
Very cool! I dig the gate on the castle; I thought those only existed in fairy tales!

Thank you. Something like Harry Potter style from my point of view!.

@P.

Quoting C8fromONT (Reply 4):
As usual, a great report with some nice picks of familiar sights (for me). Looks like the Estonian weather was still great on your flying day - I was in TAY a day earlier but you already know that...

Hei and thank you, we missed another by one day only.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
ES-ABH is actually the only OV 737 I've flown, logged TLL-FRA in May 2007. I've flown both of the Saabs multiple times, though.

Me, too now!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
You were lucky to sit on the right hand side and get an approach to runway 08 at TLL, those offer great views of downtown as is evident from your pictures.

Indeed real nice, especially with that cruisers in the harbour.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
Avies J32

Something to do also, you know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
There are flights from URE and EPU operated by the world's most obscure airline, Luftverkehr Friesland-Harle.

Something about LFH is coming up with the return story.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 5):
Thanks for posting and keep up the good work, we all are eagerly awaiting for the next episodes!

As soon as possible.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Argh, I shouldn't be posting before having my morning coffee - I obviously meant the "left hand side".

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@Eric:

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 7):
a long awaited report with the short visit to my home airport. Good pics! Really enjoyed those.

Thank you.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 7):
Sorry again that you didn't get the CRJ900. First frame is now recently delivered (or will be soon now). I've seen pictures of it somewhere a few weeks ago.

Yes, I also read about some test flights.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 7):
The Saab 340, I also have to fly it. Maybe I have to take the creditcard and just book a trip to Estonia, otherwise my chances become rather limited.

Or Sweden is also a good place to catch the Saab´s.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 7):
btw, I'm surprised by that KLM sandwich in Y class. It's usually a bit less you'll get, like just a cookie or so. So, yes, KLM did well here. Hope to receive a good service myself later this month on KL!

Service was real good for that short flight.
And good to see some more KL upcoming.

@Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):

Excellent report as always!

Thank you.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
I'm getting a bit curious what else there was to do and see at URE other than the castle ?



Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
of spas for relaxation

Thanks also P. for the details, the spa was my place to relax during the thunderstorm.

@MH017:

Quoting MH017 (Reply 10):
As usual, you've got my attention by going to another off-the-track destination !!!

Great TR with some (dramatic) photos, esp. the landing at Saaremaa Island...

Thank you.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 10):
Your 'near TLL' picture looks like an old Soviet Air Base slightly to the west of Tallinn...(

Me, too, I don´t remember the name.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 10):
When will you visit Aland ? Always eager to visit that area and would 'love' to see a pre-view by yours truly !!!

Keep those interesting TR's coming'

Indeed, not to far from my schedule, Air Aland flights are also operated by the AvitransNordic SF340´s.
And you know I will do my best!.

@Phil:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):
Some great photos of a place I never knew anything about. Thanks for showing us.

Thank you.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):
Shame the 737 interior was tired. Maybe they should take the seats out of the SF340 and put same into B737 it would be alot better .

Good idea or finally switch to the CRJ9.

@LHR380:

Quoting LHR380 (Reply 12):
I have always liked the Estonia Livery, and you got some great shots on the turboprop flight,

I like it too, it looks superb on the Saab, at least from my point of view.

@Martijn:

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 13):
Hello Markus and thanks for another great report!

Thank you.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 13):
The S340 looks great, I should probably see if I can get a flight on one of those! I've been thinking of going RIX so who knows

Hej, good idea, let us know more about it.

Greetings,
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:36 pm

Thanks for the nice report! I flew a lot in the Baltics last year and wanted to go to URE with BT from RIX. However the flight was massively delayed and I opted to fly to TLL instead, since I had a flight with Avies to Kärdla the next day, which I didn't wanted to miss.
May bag however made it to URE  Smile I guess it's the same girl you talked to which did the best to get my bag back to TLL and gave it to the staff of an Avies-flight to bring it to TLL, that gitl was great!

Hope I will be able to fly to URE soon. I would love to take the flight to Ruhnu from there. By the way, I think there is a "hotel" (or rather guestrooms) in the airport building in URE...
 
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:28 am

Thanks for a nice report.  Smile I actually flew on one of Estonian's Saabs from ARN to TLL only a few days after your flight. Who knows? Might have been the same plane! We received a bit more service thought, a sandwich and coffee. We were bussed to the plane at ARN, and even thought I knew that this would be a small plane it was a bit of a shock to see it close up.
 
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Sat Sep 05, 2009 7:35 pm

Hi Markus,

It's good to see you're still finding new airlines and airports for your log and it always nice to read something unusual.

Kuressaare sounds an amusing place, no taxis? Still, it's nice to hear the lady at the information desk was helpful  Wink And the shots of the town portray it in a very favourable light. And talking of light, those dark clouds looked very menacing. Good job you didn't get diverted!

KLM's in flight service seems to be good for such a short hop, surprising as I thought it was all biscuits and crackers. Wonder why the inconsistency?

Hope you managed to use the wellness facilities at the hotel. Looking forward to the return trip!

Happy flying
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Sat Sep 05, 2009 10:34 pm

Hi Markus,

Another real nice report & the destination being a place I've enver heard of!

Nice to get the F70, still missing from my log, need to do something about this, such rare birds in overall production numbers.

Goot to set another Saab, only flown one once myself.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Started by car at 02.30 am

- Heck, that was on early start, you must have been dead on your feet that night!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Saravia Yak42:

- Nice, never seen this airline!

Looking forward to the return report.

Regards

Mark
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Sun Sep 06, 2009 4:24 pm

Hi there Markus,

A very interesting trip report! I do not think I have ever seen a Trip Report on Estonian, so I thoroughly enjoyed reading about them for the first time!

That thunderstorm coming into URE looks pretty bad though! Thank god you got there before they moved over the airfield!

Thank you for the wonderful trip report!

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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Sun Sep 06, 2009 7:00 pm

Hi Markus,

again a very good report about an interesting destination and some great pictures. Saaremaa looks very nice - a destination I also had in mind. Well, maybe next summer...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Service was real good, also on this short hop they offered a sandwich and free drinks.

Looks good, isn´t it?:

Looks indeed good for such a short flight.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The nice young FA saw me writing down flight details and soon thereafter she approached me with a questionary form. I might be the interested passenger to fill in her form, she told me.

Hehe, the same happened to me as well several times. I have filled in the LH questionnaire more than once...

Regards
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Mon Sep 07, 2009 3:25 am

Hi Markus!

Another nice TR, I really enjoyed reading it and learning more about that distant island. On the other hand, I was really surprised that service on OV is not that good. I expected it to be better.

Anyway, lovely TR and photos. Thanks for sharing them with us.
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:02 pm

Hey,
retour from Milano and good to follow such a huge number of comments.

@Reifel:

Quoting Reifel (Reply 15):

Thanks for the nice report!

Thank you.

Quoting Reifel (Reply 15):
Avies to Kärdla

Still on the to-do-list for me.

Quoting Reifel (Reply 15):
Hope I will be able to fly to URE soon. I would love to take the flight to Ruhnu from there. By the way, I think there is a "hotel" (or rather guestrooms) in the airport building in URE...

Ruhnu is operated by the earlier mentioned LFH, something exotic and AFAIK there are some guestrooms at URE terminal.

@Gefleflyg:

Quoting Gefleflyg (Reply 16):
Thanks for a nice report.

Thank you.

Quoting Gefleflyg (Reply 16):
We were bussed to the plane at ARN, and even thought I knew that this would be a small plane it was a bit of a shock to see it close up.

But nevertheless so good looking!.

@Hannah:

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 17):
It's good to see you're still finding new airlines and airports for your log and it always nice to read something unusual.

Thank you.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 17):
Kuressaare sounds an amusing place, no taxis? Still, it's nice to hear the lady at the information desk was helpful

Helpful, yes, but no way in comparison to the nice ladies at ZRH  Wink

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 17):
KLM's in flight service seems to be good for such a short hop, surprising as I thought it was all biscuits and crackers. Wonder why the inconsistency?

I was also really surprised, it seems not the usual stuff.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 17):

Hope you managed to use the wellness facilities at the hotel.

The perfect place to spend some time during the thunderstorm.

@Mark:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 18):
Another real nice report & the destination being a place I've enver heard of!

Thank you.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 18):
Nice to get the F70, still missing from my log, need to do something about this, such rare birds in overall production numbers.

With the change for the Embraers at KLC it seems not that long time to go.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 18):
- Heck, that was on early start, you must have been dead on your feet that night!

Well, evening entertainment was, also with a couple of coffee´s, not my thing to do in URE!.

@Globetraveller:

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 19):
A very interesting trip report! I do not think I have ever seen a Trip Report on Estonian, so I thoroughly enjoyed reading about them for the first time!

Thank you.

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 19):
That thunderstorm coming into URE looks pretty bad though! Thank god you got there before they moved over the airfield!

Exactly my thoughts during the approach.

@Christoph:

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 20):
again a very good report about an interesting destination and some great pictures. Saaremaa looks very nice - a destination I also had in mind. Well, maybe next summer...

Thank you and good choice, let me know.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 20):
Hehe, the same happened to me as well several times. I have filled in the LH questionnaire more than once...

Here too!.

@Aleksandar:

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 21):

Another nice TR, I really enjoyed reading it and learning more about that distant island.



Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 21):
Anyway, lovely TR and photos. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Thank you.

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 21):
. On the other hand, I was really surprised that service on OV is not that good. I expected it to be better.

Me, too, maybe not the best day!.

Greetings,
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Fri Sep 11, 2009 5:06 pm

Servus Markus,

very interesting report, great routing and nice airline (OV). I tried to fly MUC-TLL on OV last year, but switched to MUC-RIX (BT) in the end due to a better fare.

The Saabs look really good in OV's colors. And great to see they have updated the interior.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The nice young FA saw me writing down flight details and soon thereafter she approached me with a questionary form. I might be the interested passenger to fill in her form, she told me.

The same happened to me on the EK DOH-DXB flight earlier this year. Probably because they saw me taking pictures of the seats.


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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:22 pm

Hey, PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
very interesting report, great routing and nice airline (OV).

Thank you.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
The Saabs look really good in OV's colors. And great to see they have updated the interior.

Exactly my opinion.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
The same happened to me on the EK DOH-DXB flight earlier this year. Probably because they saw me taking pictures of the seats.

Interesting to know that EK uses also that stuff.

Greetings,
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:28 pm

Hi Markus,

Finally again some landscape pics to complement your already superb reports!
I always love to see some nature or architecture combined with flying stories!

A nice routing also since you have passed AMS en route.
What did you think of the Fokker 100? She is still missing from my log.
BTW, my log really is something to work on again. Haven't flown since JUL  Sad

Anyway, thanks for sharing again!
Viele Grüsse,
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RE: KLM F70 And The Estonian SF340 To Saaremaa Island

Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:10 pm

Hoi, Joost,

Quoting DALCE (Reply 25):
Finally again some landscape pics to complement your already superb reports!
I always love to see some nature or architecture combined with flying stories!

Thank you and absolutely me too.

Quoting DALCE (Reply 25):
What did you think of the Fokker 100? She is still missing from my log.

Love the F100´s like also the F70´s, always preffered between the usual A. or B. planes.

Greetings,
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