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US Airways - PHL To OSLO, Norway (Coach And Envoy)

Tue Sep 29, 2009 1:18 am

US Airways started seasonal service to Oslo, Norway in May 2009. My father and I decided to try out that new service and go to a place not many Americans know exists, never mind visit. I hope you enjoy the following trip report from our August 2009 trip.

We live in New York City and decided to drive to Philadelphia for our flight. It’s about a 2 ½ hour drive from our house to PHL and we often drive to it faster than fly.

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Outside the US Airways international terminal at PHL.

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US Airways:
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Air France:
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/SDC15166.jpg

Terminal:
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/SDC15172.jpg


I could not get a good view of our plane, but here is the one at A20:
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On board:
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Contents of the seat pocket:
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The take off was a usual powerful takeoff from a 757. It was also smooth. Shortly after takeoff headphones were offered for $5. I did buy a pair to keep, even though I had my own pair with me. The film on board this evening was the new Star Trek movie. I did watch it and I was surprised I enjoyed it. Full of fun action and battles which is just what I like in a movie.

Dinner service was next. The choices were pasta or chicken. I got the pasta and my dad got the chicken.

Pasta:
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/SDC15189.jpg

Chicken:
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/SDC15192.jpg

My pasta was very good. The downside to the meal is that the portions were too small, especially for transatlantic. I finished it with room for more.

My drink of choice: Coke Zero
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After dinner the F/A’s came around with the duty free trolley. I continued to watch the Star Trek movie and after that ended turned on my IPOD and a magazine I bought in PHL. I also read US CEO Doug Parkers column in the US Airways magazine. It was as pointless and as boring as usual. I don’t think I slept for long, if I dozed at all. I know I tried to as nothing was going on. I’m not the biggest fan of doing Transatlantic on a 757 either. It’s too small and I personally like more room to walk around.

The flight actually went faster than I thought it would and before I knew it, it was bright outside.
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Soon came the pre-landing service:
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A danish…small, yes…but it did have an upside. It was hot, which improved my initial opinion of the service.
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Land (I assume in Norway):
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Snow in August:
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Decent:
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Landing:
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OSL:
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SAS:
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k281/Murraymountain91/SDC15269.jpg

Eastern Airways:
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Lufthansa and SAS:
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SAS:
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Oslo terminal building:
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After debarking we went through immigration. Our bags came out pretty fast and we went through customs. The Norwegian currency is called the Kroner and we exchanged some dollars in for kroner’s.
We stayed at the Comfort Inn Boersparken. It was located near Oslo S train station in the city centre. The city was very nice with a free breakfast every morning. The breakfast was good enough and it included eggs, sausages, ham, cheese, bread, etc. The hotel was located in the heart of the city and it was very handy for tourists. We had no complaints about it. It also has free 24hr coffee, which we used to get over our jetlag.
Hotel bed:
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View outside window:
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After we settled into the hotel we got a map of the city from the front desk and headed out to look at some attractions.
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Our first impressions of Oslo were very nice:
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Norwegian parliament (The Storting):
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Main mall by the Storting:
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It was a beautiful sunny day with temps of about 65 degrees. (which was a nice break from the heat of NY)

The Royal Palace (home to King Harald V):
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Royal guard:
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The palace was on a bit of a hill. Here is a nice view from the front of the palace:
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More Oslo:
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After our walk we went back to the hotel, exhausted but we refused to sleep! The free hotel coffee helped with that battle. We watched some and the only English channel was BBC News….which was fine at first, but they repeat after a few minutes. We found a nice restaurant for some food. I had what was called Norwegian meat. I wanted to try some real Norwegian food and it was to die for. Some of the best food I’ve ever had.
We went for another walk after some food:
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The Opera House:
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The Opera House is beautiful. You can walk up onto its roof and it offers spectacular views of Oslo’s skyline and fjords.
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The next day we wanted to use the highly convenient Norwegian train service that was a short walk from our hotel. I wanted to go to somewhere in Norway outside Oslo to get to see more of the country itself. I wanted to be able to say I saw more of Norway than just Oslo. My dad and I got a morning train to Lillehammer. Lillehammer is a small Norwegian city north of Oslo. It hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics and this is one of the reasons that I picked Lillehammer.
Outside the train station in Oslo:
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On the train:
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Oslo Airport:
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Some airplane:
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Norwegian countryside:
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Old classic looking train:
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Nice views:
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Approaching Lillehammer:
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Lillehammer from a distance:
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Lillehammer:
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Outside Lillehammer station:
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Walking uphill:
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Blinds on the outside? Why?
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A square:
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A market:
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My dad bought a bag of cherries from a similar stall, except selling fruit and veg.

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Olympic rings on street:
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View of the modern part of Lillehammer station:
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Back on the train:
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Lillehammer was fun. After that we went back to Oslo and visited Akershus Fortress:
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The fortress was still in some sort of use by the Norwegian military with guards and Military Police:
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The next day was our last full day in Oslo and I took my dad to see the American Embassy.
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An Aston Martin (James Bond car) parked in Oslo:
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Oslo City Hall:
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Nobel Peace Centre:
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The next morning we got up early for breakfast and so we would have time to pack. Our fight was not till around 1pm and the trip to the airport was fast.
Watching BBC News:
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The modern train to the airport:
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OSL:
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US Airways at OSL:
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SAS agents worked the flight, but there was one US Airways agent on the scene to assist the SAS workers. This lady was originally from PHL and was very experienced and knew exactly what she was doing. We are standbys and decided to upgrade on this flight as there were seats in Envoy.

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Norwegian Air Shuttle:
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SAS:
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I would have loved to have flown SAS.
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Our craft back to PHL:
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End of the walkway:
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Passport control:
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Thai:
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British Airways to LGW:
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Boarding the plane:
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Envoy seats:
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I personally can’t wait to try the new Envoy flat seats! They look amazing and US plans to have them on all A330s soon.

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Orange juice:
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Menu:
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The menu was written in English and Norwegian.
Newspapers were soon handed out by F/A’s. The Wall Street Journal:
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Thai:
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Takeoff five minutes early from departure time (nice!):
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Bye bye Norway:
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Empty TV container:
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I hate the Envoy tv system…

TV in place:
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The headphones get rid of a lot of outside sound:
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Nuts and a Coke Zero:
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Appetizer:
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My dads main course of chicken and rice:
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My main course of pasta with something good on top (the brown things look bad, but are good…whatever they are):
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Lovely dessert with cream:
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Chocolate dessert:
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Both desserts came with cheese and crackers:
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Tea:
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The meal and flight was highly enjoyable. I watched The Pink Panther 2 and Star Trek again during the flight.
On both flight the F/A’s were extremely professional and friendly and I applaud them for it.
Soap container in bathroom with America West emblem in it:
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This plane would not have been used by AW…so finding this was funny.

Pre-landing service:
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It was some cheese and tomatoes on a piece of toasted bread.

New Jersey coast:
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Hot towel:
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Atlantic City:
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It was a rough and bumpy landing with T-storms in the area. We were lucky to even land.
PHL:
Airtran:
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US Airways:
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AA:
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That was a fun trip and I highly enjoyed Norway. I would go back for sure.

Thanks so much for reading my report! Comments would be appreciated! Thanks.
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gardermoen
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RE: US Airways - PHL To OSLO, Norway (Coach And Envoy)

Tue Sep 29, 2009 1:41 am

Nice report. Oslo sure is a great city , I find it small enough and relaxing to get around.

I was there 3 years ago now, and I see that tram line construction are still going on in the city.

Being trapped in a 757 for so long sounds like torture!
 
kl911
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RE: US Airways - PHL To OSLO, Norway (Coach And Envoy)

Tue Sep 29, 2009 1:49 am

Great report! Norway looks beautifull.

Is it possible to buy standby tickets for international flights? Sounds good when the loads are lower. Is it cheaper then a normal ticket?

Thanks for sharing!
 
wntex
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RE: US Airways - PHL To OSLO, Norway (Coach And Envoy)

Tue Sep 29, 2009 1:50 am

Great TR!

Really enjoyed your pics and your write-up. Don't really know if I'll ever make it to Oslo, but it sure looks gorgeous.

Hope the trip went well!

thanks again for sharing with us,

WNTex in AUS
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JFKMan
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RE: US Airways - PHL To OSLO, Norway (Coach And Envoy)

Tue Sep 29, 2009 1:54 am



Quoting Gardermoen (Reply 1):
Nice report. Oslo sure is a great city , I find it small enough and relaxing to get around.

Yea...Oslo was small and I loved that about it. Thanks for your comments  Smile

Quoting KL911 (Reply 2):
Is it possible to buy standby tickets for international flights? Sounds good when the loads are lower. Is it cheaper then a normal ticket?

I don't think you can just buy standby tickets...my dad works for US.

Thanks for commenting  Smile

Quoting WNTex (Reply 3):
Great TR!

Thank You very much!  Smile And I would def reccomend Oslo
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Global97
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RE: US Airways - PHL To OSLO, Norway (Coach And En

Tue Sep 29, 2009 2:01 am

Great TR. I am not a huge fan of US but I live in Philadelphia so it is the airline I fly the most. I am part Dutch and I am always flying to Amsterdam and have taken US Airways there about 7 times now. The food it always not the good on US and the portions are very small. I have found out that Pasta is so simple that they can't mess it up. So thats what I always get.

Seems like and amazing trip,
Global
 
JFKMan
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RE: US Airways - PHL To OSLO, Norway (Coach And Envoy)

Tue Sep 29, 2009 2:05 am



Quoting Global97 (Reply 5):
Seems like and amazing trip,
Global

It was  Smile and thanks for reading.

Yes...US Airways needs to improve economy transa food.
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EIASJ
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RE: US Airways - PHL To OSLO, Norway (Coach And Envoy)

Tue Sep 29, 2009 2:15 am

Nice report JFKMAN and your photos brought back happy memories of my trip there 4 years ago. I flew SAS domestic while in Norway and have to say it wasn't anything great, sure the flight was on time but the plane (a 737 if recall correctly) was old and pretty delapidated. However that didn't spoil my enjoyment of the scenery and the generousity of the Norweigan people, both of which were truly spectacular.
 
JFKMan
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RE: US Airways - PHL To OSLO, Norway (Coach And Envoy)

Tue Sep 29, 2009 2:52 am



Quoting EIASJ (Reply 7):
Nice report JFKMAN and your photos brought back happy memories of my trip there 4 years ago. I flew SAS domestic while in Norway and have to say it wasn't anything great, sure the flight was on time but the plane (a 737 if recall correctly) was old and pretty delapidated. However that didn't spoil my enjoyment of the scenery and the generousity of the Norweigan people, both of which were truly spectacular.

Thanks so much  Smile And the Norwegian people are some of the all around nicest I've ever met.
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Tue Sep 29, 2009 2:53 am

Very nice report. I echo everything that's been said here about Norway. I'm fairly well-traveled and Norway is no doubt my favorite country that I have visited. Everything is great about it and the relative lack of tourists (even in the central areas) make it more appealing. And also, it's got probably the most beautiful women anywhere in the world. It's too bad you didn't get a chance to see more of the country outside of Norway - in particular the fjords in the west. Still, sounds like you saw a lot nonetheless.
 
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Quote:
Shortly after takeoff headphones were offered for $5

What airline charges for a simple thing like headphones on a transatlantic flight? US just keeps finding ways to make them look cheap.
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Tue Sep 29, 2009 11:09 am



Quoting Crosswinds21 (Reply 9):
Very nice report

Thanks so much  Smile

Quoting COEWR2587 (Reply 10):
US just keeps finding ways to make them look cheap.

US and others just keeps finding ways to survive. And thanks for reading....and I guess my TR had nothing else nearly interesting worth a comment other than headphones.
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Tue Sep 29, 2009 11:46 am



Quoting JFKMAN (Reply 11):
US just keeps finding ways to make them look cheap.

Haha so true.

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Tue Sep 29, 2009 12:50 pm

Great trip. I flew OSL-EWR before US launched service to my home airport of PHL. That is a pretty sad looking breakfast they served you!

Quoting Crosswinds21 (Reply 9):
Everything is great about it and the relative lack of tourists (even in the central areas) make it more appealing. And also, it's got probably the most beautiful women anywhere in the world

My friend you need to head to Iceland! I've been to both Norway as well, but Iceland is simply wild!

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Tue Sep 29, 2009 1:00 pm

Excellent TR!

Ive been to Oslo a couple of times and love that city and Norway.

Your report brought back great memories. Thanks!
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Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:45 pm

Great report on your trip! My family and I visited Norway in May 2008. I took a lot of pictures similar to the ones you have of Oslo. Now when my family went to Norway we also went to Kongsberg, Bergen and Jevnoker. My favorite food we had there are those Swedish meatballs with lingonberry's and of course lefse. Thanks for putting the report together.
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Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:54 pm

Thanks for the pictures of Norway. It makes a report so much more interesting,

I did a lot of transatlantic trips on Boeing 707s / DC-8s and it never bothered me. I don't think a 757 would either though I have never done it yet.
 
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Tue Sep 29, 2009 4:55 pm

Loved the pictures of Oslo and Lilihammer. Norway is now high on my list of countries in Europe to visit.
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Tue Sep 29, 2009 5:51 pm

Great report. Im not a fan of US Airways but the return Envoy didnt look too bad. Loved the pics of Oslo. Would love to go there, so far only transited.

Thanks for the report.

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Tue Sep 29, 2009 7:47 pm



Quoting JetSetter629 (Reply 13):
Great trip. I flew OSL-EWR before US launched service to my home airport of PHL. That is a pretty sad looking breakfast they served you!

Thanks  Smile And yes it is...I would not even go near calling it a breakfast thats why I did not even say that word in the TR lol.

Quoting JetSetter629 (Reply 13):
My friend you need to head to Iceland!

Thats on my list as well!

Quoting LAXdude1023 (Reply 14):
Excellent TR!

Thanks so much!  Smile

Quoting Treebeard787 (Reply 15):
Great report on your trip! My family and I visited Norway in May 2008. I took a lot of pictures similar to the ones you have of Oslo. Now when my family went to Norway we also went to Kongsberg, Bergen and Jevnoker. My favorite food we had there are those Swedish meatballs with lingonberry's and of course lefse. Thanks for putting the report together.

Thank You so much for commenting.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 16):
Thanks for the pictures of Norway. It makes a report so much more interesting,

Yea I enjoy doing a full report...just not aviation stuff. As thats a lot of what travel is about...seeing places.

Quoting Force13 (Reply 17):
Loved the pictures of Oslo and Lilihammer

Thanks  Smile

Quoting OA260 (Reply 18):
Great report. Im not a fan of US Airways but the return Envoy didnt look too bad.

Thanks and I like Envoy a lot.  Smile
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Tue Sep 29, 2009 9:29 pm

Nice report & pictures, thanks for sharing.

I have been to Oslo 2 or 3 times, seen nothing much of the city though, must find the time to see more, looks like some interesting places.

Food portions look small in both economy & Envoy + don't like the pre departure drink being served in a plastic cup, that is just cheap!

Some of the pictures were duplicated, not sure if you saw that.

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Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:35 pm

Thanks  Smile

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 20):
don't like the pre departure drink being served in a plastic cup, that is just cheap!

Actually the orange juice was served in that cup but champers came in a glass.
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Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:47 pm



Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
My main course of pasta with something good on top (the brown things look bad, but are good…whatever they are):

I think those are sun-dried tomatoes. They are tasty!

Envoy looks OK but it's a long time to spend on a narrow-bodied aircraft
 
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Wed Sep 30, 2009 1:05 am

Very Nice. Oslo looks like a great city..for some reason it reminds me of BOS.

Way to go US....they gave the ETOPS new overhead bins and passenger control panels.

Did they still show the boarding video and safety video?
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Wed Sep 30, 2009 1:10 am



Quoting Kurt (Reply 22):
I think those are sun-dried tomatoes. They are tasty!

Envoy looks OK but it's a long time to spend on a narrow-bodied aircraft

Thanks for informing me  Smile

Envoy is very good. The F/A's are the best in my opinion and US is updating the seats as we speak. Those seats are very comfy though. They need to change this IFE system though.

Quoting USAirALB (Reply 23):
Very Nice. Oslo looks like a great city..for some reason it reminds me of BOS.

Way to go US....they gave the ETOPS new overhead bins and passenger control panels.

Thanks for commenting  Smile

Quoting USAirALB (Reply 23):
Did they still show the boarding video and safety video?

YES!!! And I love seeing it as its sadly no longer shown on domestic flights. I love the music on the US safety video.
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Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:00 am

Nice report. Glad your enjoyed your stay in Oslo  Smile

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British Airways to LGW:

LHR  Wink
 
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Wed Sep 30, 2009 1:42 pm



Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
We watched some and the only English channel was BBC News%u2026.which was fine at first, but they repeat after a few minutes

Same thing in Greece. I still have the theme song from BBC World News (the countdown 20..19...18.."beep beep beep...") stuck in my head.

Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
Dinner service was next. The choices were pasta or chicken. I got the pasta and my dad got the chicken.

Lucky, at least you had a choice! I just got a tray with mostly salad on my 9 hour flight to ATH.

It's cool to see pictures of a place most Americans wouldn't even think of to go on holiday, as you said. Oslo looks like a very calm, low-key city that I would love to see one day along with Copenhagen. Good TR!
 
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Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:22 pm



Quoting Someone83 (Reply 25):
LHR

Of course. Thanks for catching that  Smile

Quoting SKYYBLUE (Reply 26):
Same thing in Greece. I still have the theme song from BBC World News (the countdown 20..19...18.."beep beep beep...") stuck in my head.

lol yes very good tune. I watch the BBC News here more often just to hear the music.

Quoting SKYYBLUE (Reply 26):
It's cool to see pictures of a place most Americans wouldn't even think of to go on holiday, as you said. Oslo looks like a very calm, low-key city that I would love to see one day along with Copenhagen. Good TR!

Thanks so much! Copenhagen is on my list as well.  Smile
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Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:33 pm

Very interesting report with many nice pictures from Norway.

Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
My pasta was very good. The downside to the meal is that the portions were too small, especially for transatlantic. I finished it with room for more.

It seems US hasn't improved its long-haul catering since I flew MUC-PHL-MUC in 2005. The portions are small and badly presented. They should get rid of these cheap black plastic bowls.

Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
I’m not the biggest fan of doing Transatlantic on a 757 either. It’s too small and I personally like more room to walk around.

I haven't tried the 757 on a transatlantic sector yet, but I'd be fine if there's enough legroom and a PTV. Maybe I'll try DL's 757 for that.

Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
A danish…small, yes…but it did have an upside. It was hot, which improved my initial opinion of the service.

That was all for breakfast?

Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
An Aston Martin (James Bond car) parked in Oslo:

Nice car, almost as pretty as my Scirocco...  Wink


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Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:43 pm



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 28):
The portions are small and badly presented. They should get rid of these cheap black plastic bowls.

Yes they should. Portions are important, but the way its presented is just as important and US needs to improve here.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 28):
That was all for breakfast?

Yes....

Thanks for the comments  Smile
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Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:03 pm

Enjoyable report and great pictures, but that is not a Danish for breakfast.
 
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Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:40 pm



Quoting Shamrock321 (Reply 30):
Enjoyable report and great pictures, but that is not a Danish for breakfast.

Thanks for the comments  Smile And the F/A's called it a danish...but I don't know.
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Thu Oct 01, 2009 12:05 am

wow the Oslo photos were stunning makes me want to go visit
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Thu Oct 01, 2009 12:21 am



Quoting ThegreatRDU (Reply 32):
wow the Oslo photos were stunning makes me want to go visit

You should  Smile It was amazing. Thanks for commenting.
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Sat Oct 03, 2009 12:46 pm

I'm sorry about the repeated photos...but I don't know how to edit the report. Sorry..?
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Sat Oct 03, 2009 11:02 pm

JFKMAN, you'll love Bill Baileys take on the BBC theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxisUAEWbq0 Still it is a great theme.

Did the same flight as you did in August, and upgraded on my return from PHL. Agree with you, food is poor in both Envoy and Coach, it's edible but portions are too small. Thought the crews were really good though, they do a very good job.
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Sun Oct 04, 2009 1:08 am



Quoting CEO@AFG (Reply 35):
JFKMAN, you'll love Bill Baileys take on the BBC theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxisUAEWbq0 Still it is a great theme.

Oh thanks for that. Very funny  Smile

Quoting CEO@AFG (Reply 35):
Did the same flight as you did in August

I dunno about yours but my flights were nowhere near full. But I do hope US keeps the route.

Thanks for commenting  Smile and reading.
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Sun Oct 04, 2009 5:00 am

Great TR! Thanks for sharing! Some of the food is actually making me hungry  Smile
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Loved reading! I think its an absolute rip off that we have to pay for headphones, they maybe dirt cheap but c'mon! Nice to see some promotion for BHX on the napkins ;D
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Sun Oct 04, 2009 12:58 pm



Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 37):
Great TR! Thanks for sharing! Some of the food is actually making me hungry

Thanks so much for reading!  Smile

Quoting T8KE0FF (Reply 38):
Loved reading! I think its an absolute rip off that we have to pay for headphones,

Thanks and it is a bit of a rip off. And no one on the flight seemed to be buying, from what I could see.

Quoting T8KE0FF (Reply 38):
Nice to see some promotion for BHX on the napkins ;D

Yay!  Smile
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Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:11 am



Quoting JFKMAN (Thread starter):
On the train:

You got lucky and got a classic B5 car pulled by the EL18 locomotive. They're getting more rare as more and more trains use the BM70 four car set with no locomotives.

Quoting Treebeard787 (Reply 15):
My favorite food we had there are those Swedish meatballs with lingonberry's

You can get that at IKEA here in the States  Smile
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Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 40):
You got lucky and got a classic B5 car pulled by the EL18 locomotive. They're getting more rare as more and more trains use the BM70 four car set with no locomotives.

I am classic conservative type of guy. I like the old one better...so I'm very happy to have gotten it.
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Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:52 pm

Fantastic TR!

Awesome pics, especially Lillehammer. I remember watching the Winter Olympics on TV in '94. Also nice spotting shots, the cabin, food, etc. Now I want to go to Norway, however, if I do be rest assured I am taking KLM!  bigthumbsup 

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Thu Oct 08, 2009 12:58 am



Quoting Carlisle (Reply 42):
Fantastic TR!

Awesome pics, especially Lillehammer. I remember watching the Winter Olympics on TV in '94. Also nice spotting shots, the cabin, food, etc. Now I want to go to Norway, however, if I do be rest assured I am taking KLM!

See you back on FB,
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Thanks very much Jeremy!  Smile I'd come with you on KLM just to go throught AMS  Smile
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Fri Oct 09, 2009 7:10 am

Thank you for sharing, great pics from your flights and of Norway. You know I hvae flown from PHX to Hawaii on US 757's and it is slightly shorter than USA-Euriope (uk, ARN and OSL), I dont seem to mind the aircraft.
Yes, the arrival service offered should be something more substantial, a yogurt or some fruit should be thrown in there (for Y). The dinner service should include bigger entrees and appetizer salad, to fill someone up. Anyways, I will have to try this flight out next summer (hopefull, it will return next summer season).

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Quoting Chepos (Reply 44):
Anyways, I will have to try this flight out next summer (hopefull, it will return next summer season).

Thanks for reading and I hope so too!
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Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:56 pm

Very nice trip report! I am actually impressed with the aircraft, and although I personally would rather fly on a larger airplane on a transatlantic flight, I wouldn't mind trying the 757 on a long distance flight. Thanks!

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Quoting AAairplane (Reply 46):
Very nice trip report! I am actually impressed with the aircraft, and although I personally would rather fly on a larger airplane on a transatlantic flight, I wouldn't mind trying the 757 on a long distance flight. Thanks!

Thanks for reading and thanks for the comments AA  Smile
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Quoting JFKMan (Reply 47):
Thanks for reading and thanks for the comments AA

You bet.  Smile

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Quoting AAairplane (Reply 48):
You bet.

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