And welcome to read my very first TR
. As the usual story goes, after reading many interesting TR
’s and meeting some of the A.net trip reporters at FRA
, I decided to write one too.
After making my first service seminar trip to Oslo back in 1987 with AY
, I think I became some kind of
aviation enthusiast and wanted to see what the world has to offer.
Too bad I didn’t keep any logs of my flights from the start, I was just enjoying flying and getting new experiences. Luckily I did take some pics of the planes with the video camera or with the point-and-shoot film camera. And you can believe I have been checking those videoclips for getting the register information for a way or another but unfortunately the video quality is too bad or then the plane has been in an angle that it is impossible to read any information from the side.
But I guess it is time to move on and start the TR
This is a very basic routing but hopefully the aircrafts makes it interesting and the pics I took.
I decided to start by writing about my trip I made 24.6.2011 which is the Midsummer Eve in Finland, meaning lot of people more or less drunk, burning the bonfire, making Midsummer magic tricks and just celebrating the Midsummer.
Since I had no plans for Midsummer, I decided to look around for a simple day trip. It was a long weekend in Finland so I could use one day for flying and two days for just resting. Once again, Skyscanner was very handy for this, I just wrote HEL
to Everywhere and soon I found a good fare to CPH
which was 57 € including 4 € service fee. Then I made a search from CPH
to several cities until I find out that CPH
sounds actually good for getting back to Finland.
/KF was 126 €, including the 4 € service fee and I made all the bookings by using the Wideroe website. After the reservation being made, I went to the Optiontown site and request an upgrade for a Premium Class for a flight LHR
, that was 58€. Few days before the departure, I got the confirmation email from Optiontown, my upgrade was accepted.
So, it was going to be 2 SK
flights with MD
-80 series in economy class and one KF
flight with Boeing 717 in Premium class, sounds very good to me.
The routing was like this:
Since the flight was departing 12:50, I had no hurry to the airport but after checking the first choice
which was a bus nearby from my home to the airport, the schedule was everything else than good. The second choice was then a regional train / bus combination which was very good, just need to remember have time for doing the travelling.
I did the on-line check-in for all 3 flights a day before so no need to worry about the boarding passes.
A shower, some coffee and sandwiches, travel documents, my backpack and I was ready to go.
I took the 9:58 regional train to Helsinki and from there I took the bus to the airport, it takes a bit time to do it this way but that is my “Plan B”. With the direct bus, “Plan A”, it takes about 40-45 mins. depending of the traffic.
I arrived at the airport 11:06, went to the security, showed my boarding pass, put everything in my backpack except my jacket and mini-laptop which I put in a separate box for x-ray machine. There was no queue and at 11:10 I was on airside on my way to buy the latest Airliners World and then it was time to enjoy the views with a pint of beer.
Flight information display, my flight from gate 15.
Gate 15 at Terminal 1
My favourite spotting place
(Delight Bar & Delicacies)
Onur Air Airbus A321-231 (TC-OBK)
Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-8F2 (TC-JFF). "Afyonkarahisar"
Lufthansa Airbus A319-112 (D-AIBA)
Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 737-8JP (LN-DYK) "Carl Larsson" with the WiFi onboard
My plane arriving at gate 15. SAS McDonnell Douglas MD
-81 (DC-9-81)(SE-DMB) "Bjarne Viking"
Flight n:o 1
McDonnell Douglas MD
Scheduled flight time: 12:50 - 13:30
Take-off: 12:47 / Landing: 13:05
It was my second time with SE
-DMB this year but since I don’t have all the registers logged, not sure if have flown with her before.
Boarding started at 12:22 and by row numbers, first from the middle to the end of the plane. I waited a moment and then joined the line. I found my seat after waiting some of the people wondering where to put the cabin bag and sat down. Legroom was really good and I was even able to put my legs straight under the front seat. Unfortunately I had a seatmate so sideways was a bit cramped.
Being 186cm / 6’1 tall, not all the planes offers legrooms like this in economy. Well, maybe Finnair in their A319’s but that’s a different story.
Legroom pic, seat 8A
Pushback was 12:40 and after the ground crew had finished their job, we began to taxi toward the runway 22R.
Crossing the runway 04R/22L
Take-off was 12:47 from runway 22R. What a nice feeling when you can hardly hear the engines but still feeling the powerfull force that makes the aircraft climbing up.
Back in the days when Finnair had the DC-9’s / MD
-80’s I was not a big fan of these planes but now when you are getting older, you get wiser...that’s what they say.
Probably you all have seen this same view from FlyingFinn’s TR
Clouds are very low
Municipality of Inkoo
Port of Inkoo
City of Raasepori (Former City of Tammisaari)
Lappohja Village (left), Port of Koverhaara (in the middle)
Hanko Airport. Not much activity there.
Unfortunately I missed the picture of Hanko City itself because of some clouds that appered suddenly.
Our flight was continuing over the Baltic Sea to Sweden together with some thick clouds but after getting near the south-west area of Sweden, it became very clear.
I didn’t buy anything from the BOB, was just busy to see the views and taking pics.
Descent started approx. 15 mins. before landing and we landed at 13:05, 25 mins before the scheduled time on runway 22L.
Descent has started
Town of Alstorp (front), urban area of Hofterup (middle)
Urban area of Löddeköpinge
Barsebäckshamn and closed Barsebäck nuclear power plant
The Bridge of Öresund
Island of Saltholm
The brigde of Öresund ends to a tunnel
Landing at CPH
, runway 22L, 13:05
Approaching gate B8
Flight SK717 HEL
After I got out from the plane, I saw from the display at gate that my flight to London will depart from gate D101. I started to walk to the shopping area and I was checking from displays there to confirm my gate but there was no gate information showed so I started to walk around to spend some time. Later I was walking towards the D-gates just in case the information at gate B8
Gates F1-F10 are used by the low cost carriers
I reached the area to the gates D101-D104 and the flight display at that area finally showed the gate D101 for my flight to London, Heathrow. I went through the passport checking, no problems. Then I went to check where the gate is, took the stairs up and on my way to the gate, I saw SK
Airbus A321 at the gate D101. I though first there has been an aircraft change but soon the Airbus were pushed back and I don’t have the information what was the destination.
When I came to the gate D101, it showed SK505 to London, so my plane will be another MD
-80 series...at least I was hoping on that.
I went back downstairs to a 7/Eleven and bought a slice of pizza and a Pepsi, took the stairs back up and sat on a sofa. I was then eating the pizza slice while watching the planes landing from the distance.
The sign says it all
This map is not updated, gates F1-F10 are missing.
About 14:09 an aircraft arrived at gate D101 and it was MD
-82 (SE-DIN). A new reg for me, I felt really good for having another MD
-80 series for today’s flights. Three in a row if you count B717 as MD
-82 (SE-DIN) arriving at gate.
Flight n:o 2
McDonnell Douglas MD
Scheduled flight time: 14:55 - 15:50
Take-off: 15:02 / Landing: 15:42
Preboarding started at 14:25 and we actually went down to the gate D1 waiting area and from there, the actual boarding was at 15:02.
I found my seat and was hoping at least middle seat would be empty. But soon an older couple from Denmark took the aisle and the middle seat, so I had less room on sideways.
Good legroom but sideways bit cramped again.
Seats before the couple arrived
Pushback was at 14:53 and after a short taxiing, we took-off from runway 22R at 15:02. Once again a powerfull climbing and the whole plane was shaking and moving but soon the climbing was getting steady. I was taking some pictures and here are some of the take-off and climbing.
City of Køge
Town of Rudkøbing
City of Marstal (Denmark)
After leaving the Denmark airspace, we continued flying over the very northern part of Germany, over the East Frisian Islands, south of the City of Leeuwarden (The Netherlands), south of the City of Bolsward (The Netherlands), south of the Village of Makkum, (The Netherlands) until crossing the coast of The Netherlands nearby the Village of Groet.
Island of Norderney, East Frisian Islands off the North Sea coast of Germany
City of Norderney
Island of Juist, East Frisian Islands off the North Sea coast of Germany
Juist airport (JUI
Island of Borkum, East Frisian Islands off the North Sea coast of Germany
City of Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
City of Bolsward, The Netherlands
Village of Makkum, The Netherlands
The Dutch coast, Village of Groet can be seen at left
We arrived the UK airspace nearby the City of Clacton-on-Sea, passing Point Clear, flying over the county of Essex until reaching the city of London where we were on hold for a few rounds which was more than a good thing for me.
Point Clear, UK
Bradwell Bay Airfield, Essex, UK
Everytime I fly to London either visiting the city or just transferring, I hope to get some good pics of London itself and now it seems I got the Jackpot !! First I thought the city would be covered by clouds but then suddenly the whole London was in front of my eyes and I let the camera do its work.
The Financial Area
Left, Shard London Bridge, still under construction. It will be the tallest building in EU in 2012. (306m / 1003ft without antenna)
The Kia Oval - Home of Surrey County Cricket Club
Buckingham Palace can be seen at the park on right
About 10 mins. before landing, we started our approaching to LHR
. Landing was at 15:42 on runway 27L, 8 mins before schedule.
Jury’s Inn airport hotel (grey building)
Landing. The construction of the new Terminal 2.
After landing, we taxied to our gate at T3
but we had to make stop nearby the Flight Control Tower because there was Air Canada B777 and Air Egypt B777 about to start their taxiing to the runway and we needed to wait them leaving before we could taxi to the gate which was located at the end of a “gulf” (as seen from air). There was not enought space for two planes passing each other so they made us waiting. After approx. 10 mins. of waiting, we were allowed to taxi to our gate and we got there around 15:57.
After disembarking the plane, I followed the other passengers until I saw the sign “Transfer” and decided to follow that. I went throught the security check which was quite quick and soon I was at the airside with other passengers. I decided to skip any shopping and instead, I was on my way to the SAS Lounge.
When traveling with KF
in Premium Class, you have the access to any SAS Business Lounge on Continental Europe but it is not valid on domestic flights in Finland or to Scandinavia. I got my Premium Class ticket from Optiontown and this is maybe the cheapest way to get an upgrade to KF
But, as you might know, KF
will stop their flights to LHR
(not sure about the schedule) maybe sometimes next year and all this fun will come to an end, unless you have the SAS Gold Card...which I don’t have.
I stepped inside the SAS Business Lounge at 16:10 and my boarding pass was scanned, green light gave me the access. I went upstairs and took a seat by the window, left my backpack there and went to get something to eat. They had something called “Hot-Dog Friday”, that sounded good so 2 hot-dogs for me together with some minestrone soup, two naan bread and a beer. It was time to go back to my seat and enjoy the food and view. A bit later coffee with some biscuits and some cake.
Guide to the lounges at T3
SAS - The London Lounge
Something to eat at SAS Business Lounge in LHR T3
Coffee, biscuits and two pieces of cake
I had my mini-laptop with me and I was using the free Wifi at the Lounge for checking the registeration of that B717 which would take me back home. Soon I find out that KF555 was operated with OH
-BLO, so that mean the same aircraft for the flight KF556.
This flight was the 5th one for me with KF
B717 and also 5th one with a new register to me. And it was also 5th time to me to sit on a 1st row. So, no economy class experience yet with KF
-BLO arrived at gate 9 at 17:20 and I saw the arriving from the Lounge, which means the gate is very near.
I decided to leave the Lounge at 17:30, after using the men’s room and to go buy some candies. The gate number was not showed yet on the flight information display located at Lounge but I knew where the gate was because I made this same flight from the same gate in the beginning of June.
I arrived at the gate around 17:45 and the display shows “gate open” so I stepped in boarding pass in my hand. “We’re not open yet” I heard the male clerk behind the desk saying, “oh well” I thought, lets wait a few mins then. There were some other passengers arriving that gate and entering with their boarding passes, they were letting in without any problems. So then I went in again with my boarding pass and this time I heard the male clerk mumbling something about “apologies” or so.
I sat down near the doors that were the entrance to the jetway to the plane and waited the boarding announcement to come.
Flight n:o 3
Boeing 717-200 (OH-BLO)
Scheduled flight time: 18:30 - 23:25
Take-off: 18:48 / Landing: 23:17
Boarding was called at 18:05 and I was almost with the first ones to board the plane. It was not very hard to find my seat, 1A and this time without any newspapers spread on the seats 1A and 1C like it happened in May on this same flight number. And no seatmate as well.
When I did the OLCI for this flight, I choose the seat 1A for getting some nice pics of LHR
if the take-off was from 09R or 27R and obviously there was someone listening my wishes because take-off was from 27R. And that means I can also get pics of the T5
Seat 1A. (pic taken after landing in Helsinki airport)
The seat did not offer much space on sideways but as being a Premium Class instead of Business Class, you cannot expect to have wider seats.
Very soon came the announcement “boarding completed” but they were still counting the passengers few times, it turned out that there was actually one passenger missing and the passenger’s name was announced without any reply. The ground crew prepared to remove passenger’s luggage and this information was also given to us together with apologies for delayed start. Then suddenly the missing passenger appeared from somewhere and all the 71 passengers were on board.
Pushback was at 18:32 and while taxiing to 27R, we were passing the construction of the new T2
. It was raining and that made a bit difficult to take pics throught the window, my camera was trying to focus on the drops on the window.
Take-off was at 18:48 and during that, all the rain drops were wiped out and my window became clear again.
And yes, I took few pics of the T5
and its satellite buidings 5B
and 5C. The official opening for 5C was 1st June 2011 and unofficial 20th May 2011.
In this picture you can see that “gulf” on the left from Flight Control Tower I was talking about earlier.
From right Terminal 5A
and the newest 5C
After take-off we made a right hand turn but because of the cloudy weather I was not able to locate our route. But it was something like: South-east UK - over northern Denmark - over Gothenburg, Sweden - north of Stockholm - south of the Island of Åland, Finland and finally the southern part of Finland to HEL
Meal was served approx. 25 mins. after departure.
It was beef with rice, average for an airline food.
During the meal the turbulence was shaking the plane a bit, I had some of my coffee spilled on the tray and needed some extra napkins to clean it. Otherwise very nice and stable flight.
Almost the Midnight sun. I took this at 23:10 Finnish time.
Approahing started around 23:00 and while the crew were preparing for landing, I was looking the view from the window and could see quite many bonfires when people were celebrating the Midsummer.
Landing was at 23:17, 8 mins before schedule, on runway 15 and we taxied to the gate 12 which is the only non-Schengen gate at Terminal 1.
Landing on runway 15
Arriving at gate 12
-BLO at gate 12
I took few mins until we could disembark the plane but I was the first one to get out and passport control was like routine. I headed downstairs to Baggage Claim 1 and immediately out from that area because I had just my backpack.
My last bus to Espoo left like 30 mins ago so I was using the “Plan C”. First taking the bus to Tikkurila railway station and from there, a regional train to Helsinki Railway station and finally another regional train or bus or taxi to home. I was at Helsinki around 00:15 and next regional train to Espoo was leaving at 00:52....excellent train schedules...NOT ! So my choice was a taxi then.
Arriving home around 00:50 my Midsummer trip was finished.
I enjoyed the SK MD
-80 series together with KF
B717 and that was the main purpose of this trip.
I didn’t buy anything from SK
’s BOB service but I have had better service on earlier KF556 flights,
especially in the beginning of June when Johanna and her colleague kept asking me my drink
favourites and after meal drink favourites and so on, they were really taking care of me.
I am not a big fan of the cold meals that KF
serves sometimes, I prefer the warm ones like this was.
Everything worked as planned, no bigger delays and no other problems.
And as a bonus, good pics of London.
Hope you enjoyed my first TR
, comments and feed back are welcome.