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Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:29 pm

Business had me going to Stockholm for a few days in September. It also gave me a nice opportunity to log some new aircraft types I have wanted for a long time – the MD being a priority.

I had one day free during my trip and I was planning on using it to fly of course. I contacted FlyingFinn, local expert in flying, for some advice on interesting flights. At first I wanted to go to Norway, where I have not been for more than 10 years, but all the flights from ARN were 736/7, no MD there. I wanted to avoid CPH, as I have been there last year and wanted to visit a new airport. I have found a great day trip with BT and SK from ARN-RIX-HEL-ARN all for just 118 euro and it would give me two new props and the MD on the way back. But later one another meeting was scheduled for that day, so now I only had the afternoon off. At the end I booked a simple ARN-HEL-ARN that will hopefully give me the B736 on one leg and the MD on the other. Once I shared my plans with FlyingFinn he has decided to join me on the MD flight, a nice surprise and I was now looking forward to these flights even more.

To get to ARN I will fly with LX and LH, so my final routing was LJU-ZRH-ARN-HEL-ARN-FRA-LJU. One of the airplanes that I always found interesting was also the A321 and that’s why I have chosen the ARN-FRA flight, as it was scheduled to be operated by one. After two outstanding long haul flights with Swiss I also wanted to try them on a European route.

As most of my trips, it all started with a drive from my house to LJU airport. My little brother, who has just gotten his driver’s license, was kind enough to take me to the airport and saved me the ridiculously high parking fee (around 70 EUR for four days). Since I was early I went and check out the condition of the DC-6 parked near the terminal.



You used to be able to go inside the cabin, but not anymore.



The airport was still quite sleepy at this time in the morning.



I have had some problems checking in for connecting flights via the airport website, so I skipped online check-in and did it all in the terminal. No line, nice employee, last and second-last row windows on my request and an 'I wish you a pleasant flight' smile for goodbye. Nice experience this morning.



JP364 LJU-ZRH 07:45-09:00 CRJ2 S5-AAI

Aircraft was supposed to be a CRJ9 just until the night before, when it got changed to a CRJ2. I hope this was the last equipment change on this trip, otherwise it will be quite disappointing for me.



S5-AAI is leased to JP until 2012 and they are not going to keep it, so this was probably my last flight on this plane so I did not mind the equipment change.



No choices today, a cheese sandwich for everyone. This was my first flight on JP with only one FA on the CRJ2, never seen that before.



Load factor was 100% in economy, a few seats remained unoccupied in business. It’s interesting that on ZRH flights JP has five rows of business on the CRJ2 and on FRA and MUC flights there are always just three. At least that’s how it was on all my flights so far.



I was looking forward to the approach into ZRH as it always offers some nice views on the beautifully Swiss scenery, but unfortunately nothing but clouds to see today.

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This was our view for most of the descent.



Finally we have broken out of the clouds just before landing on runway 34.



Opposed to the sun and 30 degrees in Ljubljana, it was cold and wet in Zurich, but I better get used to it as Stockholm weather report was not showing anything better.



This Finnair flight had quite a substantial delay.



The day before my departure I arranged a quick meet with a.netter and trip reporter H. (Infodesk), she was conveniently working the early shift on the airside infodesk. We had a nice chat at one of the restaurants during her break and it made the longish layover go by a lot faster. Thanks again! 



After saying goodbye I spent some more time in the lounge and around the airport.



I really like ZRH, such a nice looking airport, not too crowded at this central area, it is very calm and relaxing.



I then made my way towards gate A84 all the way down at the A pier.



My A319 waiting for the flight to ARN.



This part is not as nice as the main one or the E gates, but not bad either.



I found a nice spot by the window and watched some planes.



LX1250 ZRH-ARN 12:40-15:05 A319 HB-IPV



The cabin looked a bit old, but the seats were comfortable.



Rainy ZRH and a company A320 headed to FCO.



After takeoff from runways 28 we immediately went into the clouds and it took us some time to climb out and see some blue sky.



Luckily for me airshow was available almost the whole flight.



Meal service started from the back so I was among the first to get the small sandwich. There was an option between cheese or turkey, and, having a cheese sandwich already on JP, I went with the turkey one. It was not bad, just a bit small.



After the meal service was done we were already over central Germany.



Airshow.



I thought they will forget to hand these out. Famous Swiss chocolate.



Nothing to see outside but a layer of clouds.



1 hour and 50 minutes went by very fast and we were nearing Stockholm.



Still cloudy.



First sight of Sweden.



ARN in the top right corner of the picture.



Landing on runway 19R, we were right on time.



I tried to fit the Ethiopian flight to FCO into my schedule, but it was just not possible.



Let’s get out!



I hope to see you or one of your siblings/cousins at HEL in a few days.



A 45 minutes bus ride later I was in my room at the Scandic Continental conveniently located right next to the train station. A nice and simple hotel.



After two days of my conference and a visit to a business partner in Solna I was back in my room and preparing for my quick afternoon visit to Helsinki.



It was raining, not the best conditions for taking photos today. I opted for the bus again and it was a smooth ride to ARN.



Nice looking terminal hall.



The 13:50 was my flight.



I checked-in online, but went to one of the self service machines to print out a normal boarding pass. A quick swipe of my M&M card was enough to have my itinerary shown on the screen and soon after a new boarding pass came out.



No bags to drop off today.



Finnair Embraer OH-LKI, the same aircraft I saw at ZRH a few days ago!



I walked all the way down the F pier and enjoyed some views of aircraft passing by.



A lot of SK planes.



LH A320 to MUC leading this Star Alliance parade.



Icelandair.



I will be taking this flight tomorrow. Good sign that it was an A321 today.



BA pulling into the gate.



I like it how all the flights are printed on one boarding pass instead of having different ones.



Gate 3A for today’s flight with free newspapers available.



My good looking B736.



This part of terminal 5 is not as nice as the bright and modern F pier.



Boarding started more or less on time.



SK704 ARN-HEL 13:50-15:45 B737-600 LN-RPY



Normal SK cabin.



Boarding still in progress, it was not a full flight today, I had the whole row for myself.



Legroom is not that good, but it will do for this short flight. The last row was already taken unfortunately, the legroom is a bit better there.



Six seats just for me.



‘You should not be wearing your seatbelt now as we are refueling the aircraft.’



On our way!



Clouds again.



Cabin view from the second-last row.



Some sunshine above the clouds.



But more clouds during our descent.



Uneventful flight, BOB service, senior FAs.



Landing was on runway 22R.



Rain way my loyal companion on this trip so far.



I was in no hurry to get off as I had plenty of time.

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Since the captain was standing at the door saying goodbye to passengers, I asked if I could take a cockpit picture.



I thanked the captain and made my way into the terminal.



AY retro jet at the next gate.



The terminal was full of pax connecting to Asian destinations, every bar was packed. I received an SMS form FlyingFinn and we agreed to meet at T2 security at 16:55.



Lots of people around the airport.



I walked around the whole terminal and watched the planes outside.



Then I returned to gate 13, where the security check is located. And at exactly 16:55 I spot a familiar hat among the crowd waiting to pass through the checkpoint. I comment to P. about his on time performance and he answers: ‘Well, I have done it a few times.’ 

We went to a nearby restaurant to get something to eat.



Then FlyingFinn was kind enough to host me into the SAS lounge.



We spent the remaining time before our flight in the lounge and talking, mostly about aviation and travel of course.



Some minutes before scheduled boarding time we made our way to the gate, to make sure there was an MD parked there.



Yes! It was hard to get any decent pictures because of the rain and dark.



Gate area.



No apparent line so we just made our way onboard with the crowd.



Finally boarding my first ever MD flight!



SK709 HEL-ARN 19:45-19:45 MD82 OY-KHN



One of the FAs moved away from the door when she noticed me taking pictures…

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Inside the calm looking cabin.



Not the best weather for taking pictures outside.



Interesting no smoking and seatbelts signs.



View from my comfortable seat just before pushback started.



As I have mentioned the conditions were not ideal for photography. We taxied to runway 22R and enjoyed a steep climb away from HEL.



Nothing unusual inside the seat pocket.



Once the BOB cart passed our row it was time to get up and take a look around. Row 26 was not as loud as I would have expected, but those rows near the back were the real deal  There was a lot of noise and you could not see anything but the red engine.



Before I started reading A.net I did not even realize that the MD’s have a door in the back.



Cabin view from the back. It was cool to be in an aircraft a bit different from the normal Airbuses and Boeings.



I do not think I have ever used the toilet on a narrow body. I did take a picture of course 



Rear galley.



Our seats, 26AB.



Nice looking sunset on the other side.



As all of the flights on this trip, this one passed by very quickly and we were soon approaching ARN.



I would not mind a bit longer flight, but my objective – fly on the MD – was fulfilled and I was happy about that. It was a great flight!



Cabin just before landing.



Here we are, back to ARN again.



What was a specially flight for me was just another ‘day in the office’ for FlyingFinn 



The windows got quite foggy after we docked at our gate.



Come on, don’t you want to spend some more time on this aircraft? I do…



Interestingly, on my CO B753 flight the FAs instructed pax to put them in ‘with the wheels facing towards you, as they seem to fit better that way.’



Being the last two to get out I asked for a photo of the cockpit. The captain asked me where I’m from and looked a bit confused when I responded with ‘Slovenia’. He looked even more confused when I told him I took this flight just for flying on the MD.



One last look at ‘Dan Viking’



Once at the entrance to the SAS lounge I said goodbye to FlyingFinn. He returned to HEL on the next SK flight, I went back to my hotel in Stockholm. I made a quick stop upstairs to check in and pick up my boarding pass for tomorrow flights back home.

It was not long before I went back to the airport, the next morning actually. This time I decided to try the Arlanda express.



The ride was quick and comfortable.



Oh no, I have missed my flight to Ljubljana! Fortunately I’m not flying directly to LJU today. There were two JP flights that I could have taken and fit my schedule perfectly – there was a flight on Sunday afternoon and this one on Thursday morning. But where’s the fun in that? 



I dropped off my bag at one of the counters. It is the size of a carry on, but I like to walk a lot around airports and prefer not to drag it around with me. Gate 3A today, same as yesterday! Nice looking Thai 747 seen from the Skycity.



Once airside I was quite scared by this A320. But I knew that gate 3A is on the other side and that the MUC flight is an A320, so I still expected the A321.



Charter to Greece.



OH-LEE



Is this the last BT Fokker I will see?



Once I got to gate 3A there was a heavily delayed Airbus to Chania already parked there. FIDS indicate that gate 7 was the way to go now.



I took a seat near the window and soon – yes, here it is, the expected A321! It looked like I will be able to get all three new types!



Boarding was quite chaotic with five rows forming and I was in the slowest moving one. After a few minutes another agent started boarding on the other side of the gate, I had better luck in that row.



LH803 ARN-FRA 12:40-14:45 A321-100 D-AIRU



Almost inside the A321. I always wanted JP to get the A321 when I was younger, it just looks so cool. And finally I was getting a chance to fly on one today.



Captain patiently waiting for the next load of PAX to board.



Würzburg.



The A321 is long and my seat was in the back section.



Sufficient legroom.



Not so bad weather in Stockholm on the day of my departure.



With the never ending flow of passengers into the cabin I gave up hope of an empty middle seat. The flight was almost completely full, I only noticed three seats open in economy. And luckily, one of those was right next to me.



It sure makes any flight more enjoyable.



Off we go from runway 19R.



Bye bye, Sweden, I have enjoyed my stay and hope to come back sometime.



Clouds again.



What is that inside the window?



A nice smell of something warm filled the cabin (it was not fire, don’t be scared) and the meal service started soon after. This time from the front so I was among the last to get the…



I’m not sure what this was. Maybe some of our German friends can help out.



It was handed out with a smile from the nice FA, the crew was very nice on this flight.



Drink trolley still quite far away from my row.



Already over the sea.



I spent the remainder of the flight relaxing and listening to some music.



1 hour and 45 minutes of flying time was announced by the captain and the time was just flying by. We soon started to sink into the clouds (again).



Interesting weather in Germany. It looks warm and cold at the same time.



Some nice light effects.



We landed on runway 25L at Frankfurt almost right on time. I did not have a minute of delay (well, maybe a minute or two) on any of my six flights on this trip.



It was nice to be at Frankfurt again.



This A343 had to wait for us to race over 25C.



Our gate at the A gates.



Appropriately to the occasion of my first A321 flight we parked next to an A321.



After we stopped at the gate we just waited there for a good five minutes with our engines still running and something amazing happened – no one got up! Everybody was just patiently waiting for the captain to turn off the seatbelt sign.



That’s more like it!



I was in no hurry with my four hour layover and waited for most of the passengers to leave.



Thanks for the nice ride.



A15 was our gate today.



And Würzburg was continuing to Berlin afterwards.



I made my way to my favorite restaurant to get something to eat and then off to the visitor’s terrace. Out of all security checks on this trip I only beeped at the entrance to the terrace and I was searched more thoroughly than on any security inside the airport.



It was good to be up here again.



I am not in Scandinavia anymore, am I?



The weather was great, warm and partly cloudy.



After a good hour of enjoying the sun and watching the planes I returned to T1 and took my preferred chair next to gate B11 – but they have put a bunch of barracks over there since my last visit. So no good views from here anymore.



I checked one of the computers with flight details and noticed that S5-AAI was operating this flight, the same CRJ2 that flew me into ZRH a few days prior. I guess that flight was not my last one on S5-AAI.

JP149 FRA-LJU 19:00-20:15 CRJ2 S5-AAI



The last row was unable to select on the seat map and the second-last row already had both aisles taken. So I had to settle for 11D and I had a neighbor, while the last rows remained unoccupied and only one passenger in row 12. The people around me were quite annoying so I put on my headphones right after takeoff.



Interesting ‘snackbox’ was given out. There was a choice of a meat or cheese sandwich. JP sure changes the sandwich provider a lot, this was the fifth or sixth different kind I have received.



After landing I was the first one off the bus and my bag was already on the conveyor, very impressive work by LJU ground staff 

A nice trip has come to an end, but it did provide some very nice flights. A BIG thank you to both Infodesk and FlyingFinn for their company at ZRH and HEL respectively. It was great to take a flight with another A.netter, thanks again to FF for taking his time to do the HEL-ARN trip with me.

A few other interesting things happened after my arrival back home – photophil posted his trip report on the same ARN-HEL-ARN trip I did and he actually flown the ARN-HEL flight on the same day as me. He was scheduled on the same 19:45 HEL-ARN MD82 the next day, but his flight was cancelled. I guess my worries about equipment changes or cancellations weren’t that far from coming true, so I’m glad that it ended up ok and I hope that Philip will be able to get the SK MD82 some other day. Another A.netter cliffak also responded to our comments and we found out we were on the same flight! What are the chances, a small world indeed. Unfortunately we were not able to meet, but the guys are scheduling a meeting at ARN if anyone is interested: A.netter Meeting At ARN? (by photophil Sep 26 2011 in Non Aviation) .

My flown list looks a bit more colorful now: ATR42, A319, A320, A321, A333, A346, A388, B717, B733/4/5/6/8/9, B744, B752, B753, B764, B772, B77L, B77W, CRJ2, CRJ9, F100, MD82 and some seaplane No Embraers yet, so with some of my FlyingBlue miles expiring in a few months and AF having three daily Embraer flights to LJU that might be the next thing to do.

Best regards,
Blaž

My previous reports:
Adria Retro And Austrian B738 To And From Istanbul (by SloAir Aug 31 2011 in Trip Reports)
To The A.net Meeting At Frankfurt With Adria CRJ2 (by SloAir Jul 11 2011 in Trip Reports)
LX Upgrade! Montreal-Zurich In First On The A333 (by SloAir May 4 2011 in Trip Reports)
Swiss A330-300 Zurich-Montreal In Business (by SloAir May 1 2011 in Trip Reports)
Singapore B777-300ER Munich-Manchester And JP,U2 (by SloAir Apr 6 2011 in Trip Reports)
One Of The Last CO Trip Reports? IAH-LAS B753 (by SloAir Feb 14 2011 in Trip Reports)
My LX A333 C Flight Cancelled LJU-ZRH-JFK-ZRH-LJU (by SloAir Dec 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
CO B767-400 BusinessFirst From Houston To Paris (by SloAir Nov 24 2010 in Trip Reports)
Houston, We Have A Problem! 12 Hour Delay On CO 5 (by SloAir Nov 14 2010 in Trip Reports)
Adria Airways New Airbus 319 (LJU-MUC-BCN-LJU) (by SloAir Aug 30 2010 in Trip Reports)
LJU-CDG-LHR-CDG-FRA-LJU On JP, AF(A380) And LH (by SloAir Jul 5 2010 in Trip Reports)
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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Fri Sep 30, 2011 5:58 am

Thanks for the TR, interesting 'hunting' trip   And great pictures, really enjoyed them.

Good you cought the planes you wanted. I love the MD's too, AY used to have a large MD fleet before the Airbuses and Embraers. Use to fly them a lot, like SK's birds but not lately.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
The terminal was full of pax connecting to Asian destinations, every bar was packed.

Yes the T2 at HEL turns to Little Asia in the afternoons, especially the Non-Schengen section in the other end.
 
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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:16 am

Hell Blaž,

A nice new report from your hand! It's good to read everyting turned out as planned, you got the right plane type to the right airport, right on time    And of course when going to HEL, you just cannot 'not meet' FlyingFinn, he's always around.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Aircraft was supposed to be a CRJ9 just until the night before, when it got changed to a CRJ2

Too bad you missed out on the CRJ9 and on top of that you got the same reg twice 

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I really like ZRH

Yes me too, I transited there once on my way to IST 2 years ago.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I tried to fit the Ethiopian flight to FCO into my schedule, but it was just not possible.

I have looked up the schedules as well, timings in/out ARN are really bad yes.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I like it how all the flights are printed on one boarding pass instead of having different ones.

Yes and it saves some paper as well. I also like the electronic ones on a mobile phone.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
‘You should not be wearing your seatbelt now as we are refueling the aircraft.’

How right you are. Did the cabin crew say that?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
We went to a nearby restaurant to get something to eat.

Lovely greasy airport food  

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Before I started reading A.net I did not even realize that the MD’s have a door in the back.

You know this is quite an educational site as well!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I’m not sure what this was.

It's a quiche, a kind of vegetable pie.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
After we stopped at the gate we just waited there for a good five minutes with our engines still running and something amazing happened – no one got up!

Maybe not that surprising giving the fact the engines were still audible. Usually the scramble begins when you effectively hear the engines being shut down.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
so with some of my FlyingBlue miles expiring in a few months and AF having three daily Embraer flights to LJU that might be the next thing to do.

A good enough reason for yet another trip!

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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:16 am

Hi, Blaž

nice report and good to see 2 a.net meets on your way. Congrats on the new types, really successful itininerary here!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
S5-AAI is leased to JP until 2012 and they are not going to keep it, so this was probably my last flight on this plane

I don't mind their decision. Less CR2's is better  

btw, you pictured a TG 777F on approach to FRA, that is probably also the last time you saw it since it will go to Southern Air for DHL. One of both TG 777's is already repainted.

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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Fri Sep 30, 2011 9:20 am

Moro, Blaž!

Nice to have your Nordic (remember, Finland is not part of Scandinavia as many people in this board are eager to tell you!  ) report up. Good for you to catch so many different and new plane types for your log, always nice, and especially since you managed to combine those into your business trip. Good variety of airlines as well.

It certainly was great meeting you and having another (for me at least) Mad Dog flight together. It's great that you managed to score your first flight with the type - they aren't that common anymore (unless flying AA in Northern America...). For me, as I said it's bread and butter, that was my 51st flight aboard an MD-82, second with Dan Viking. And my 41st time flying HEL-ARN  . I have a couple of more SK Mad Dog flights booked, let's see if there are any equipment changes.

Good that you were also meet Hannah at Zürich.

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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Fri Sep 30, 2011 9:41 am

Hi Blaz!

Nice report with nice pictures ! Funny that you stayed at Continental Hotel in Stockholm since I used to work there on weekends when I was in high school almost 30 years ago.......

I don't like the combination boarding passes and prefer one for each flight. I guess I would just say I lost mine to get new for each flight.  

Nice that the flights worked out for you and no equipment changes except for JP......Legroom on the SK 736 is abysmal as always. Nice that you met up with FlyingFinn to go on one flight together. Did you sit behind the galley in the back next to the engine ? Not much of a view from there/

I have also OY-KHN in my log; LHR-ARN 12May07.

Nice that you got the LH 321 but it's one of my least favorite aircraft because it feels very cramped to me. Really feels like you travel on a BUS. Gate 7 at ARN used to be the gate for the SK 747 to JFK when they had those, last one left in 1987 or so I think.

Looks like a great trip for you with some new types and airlines!

Looking forward to your next report!

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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:09 am

Quoting HELyes (Reply 1):
Thanks for the TR, interesting 'hunting' trip   And great pictures, really enjoyed them.

Hello, thanks for your feedback, appreciate it.

Quoting HELyes (Reply 1):
I love the MD's too, AY used to have a large MD fleet before the Airbuses and Embraers. Use to fly them a lot, like SK's birds but not lately.

JP used to have MD's as well, I remember watching them at LJU when I was little. Unfortunately I was not able to get a ride on one.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 2):
And of course when going to HEL, you just cannot 'not meet' FlyingFinn, he's always around.

Hi Nils, yes, you can't miss FlyingFinn at HEL  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 2):
Too bad you missed out on the CRJ9 and on top of that you got the same reg twice

There is only one out of four JP CRJ9 missing from my log, so I was hoping to get that one. Some other time I guess, if they will be able to make it.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 2):
How right you are. Did the cabin crew say that?

Yes, it was announcement, just as I was taking the picture.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 2):
You know this is quite an educational site as well!

True, of course.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 2):
A good enough reason for yet another trip!

Sure, I'm a regular visitor of airfrance.si  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
nice report and good to see 2 a.net meets on your way. Congrats on the new types, really successful itininerary here!

Hi Eric, thanks for the comment 
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
I don't mind their decision. Less CR2's is better

Agree, I'm quite tired of them. Only five left now in their fleet.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
btw, you pictured a TG 777F on approach to FRA, that is probably also the last time you saw it since it will go to Southern Air for DHL. One of both TG 777's is already repainted.

Interesting, thanks for the info. So I spotted this plane three times - first, last and never again.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
Nice to have your Nordic (remember, Finland is not part of Scandinavia as many people in this board are eager to tell you! &nbsp  report up.

I can totally understand you, it's the same with Slovenia being in Central Europe and not in Eastern or South-Western Europe. But since all of my flights involved ARN I went with Scandinavia. Chasing them around Sweden, Finland and Germany would be a bit too long  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
And my 41st time flying HEL-ARN

Impressive statistics,

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
Next time in Ljubljana!

Sure. Just yesterday it was all over our media that there are plans of new low-cost routes from LJU to Italy, Spain, Germany, Ireland and Scandinavia. We'll se about that.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
I don't like the combination boarding passes and prefer one for each flight. I guess I would just say I lost mine to get new for each flight.

Well the one boarding pass is more convenient, but you are right, it is also nice to have a separate one for each flight. So getting a new boarding pass for each flight and using the one that has all of them on seems like the best option  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Nice that you met up with FlyingFinn to go on one flight together. Did you sit behind the galley in the back next to the engine ? Not much of a view from there/

We were seated in the front of the galley, so we had an unobstructed view outside.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Nice that you got the LH 321 but it's one of my least favorite aircraft because it feels very cramped to me. Really feels like you travel, on a BUS.

I found it quite comfortable, it was long and the cabin was the same as all the other LH Airbuses.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Gate 7 at ARN used to be the gate for the SK 747 to JFK when they had those, last one left in 1987 or so I think.

Interesting to know that, thanks for the info. I can't imagine how crowded it must have been there when a full 747 was boarding.

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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:26 am

Interesting trip! Nice report and great pictures (despite the horrible weather....or is it because of the weather   ).
Which flight did you like most?
 
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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:34 am

No doubt about wich flight was the best - your nickname says it all   The Mad Dog was the best.
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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:34 pm

Hi Blaž,

Very interesting and good illustrated TR!

Good to hear everything went to the plan and you scored all 3 new types. Also nice you met with two fellow A.Netters during the trip. Sounds like perfect trip!

Congratulations and thanx for sharing.

Regards,
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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:37 pm

Hi Blaž!

Nice tripreport! Always nice to read about a trip to my home airport ARN!

Indeed the MD80 is a great aircraft to fly on, flown it with SK many times and I really love it!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I like it how all the flights are printed on one boarding pass instead of having different ones.

Yeah I find that great too! And SK likes promoting that kind of things too as they save both money and the enviroment.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Charter to Greece.

That's one dirty A330.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
After we stopped at the gate we just waited there for a good five minutes with our engines still running and something amazing happened – no one got up! Everybody was just patiently waiting for the captain to turn off the seatbelt sign.

Ofcourse, it's a flight between Sweden and Germany!  

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Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:19 pm

Hi Blaž!

Really nice to read about your Nordic adventure. I remember the feeling waiting for my first ever MD-80 flight a couple of years ago. Ever since the T-tails have always been my preferred choice.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
It also gave me a nice opportunity to log some new aircraft types I have wanted for a long time – the MD being a priority.

You did not think about logging a run or two on the Boeing 717?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
After saying goodbye I spent some more time in the lounge and around the airport.

Hah, interesting to see the FIDS showing some flights estimated to depart earlier than scheduled. Unless it is a delay of 23 hours.....  

Thanks again for such a nice read.
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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:45 pm

Hi Blaž,

interesting report with some nice pics, and of course congratulations on logging some new plane types. Especially great to catch the Mad Dog, for sure something special. I have had that pleasure for the first time last year on Alitalia and I am eager to catch that plane again, but no luck so far. A shame that you couldn't use the rear stairs, that really adds to the experience.

Also nice that you managed to meet some other a.netters.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I’m not sure what this was. Maybe some of our German friends can help out.

Hmm, no idea, looks like something between a pizza and a French "tarte flambee", so a rather international snack. But nice to get something warm.

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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:31 pm

Nice TR, Blaz !!!

Interesting route and I do like your pictures quite a lot, despite the attrocious weather conditions most of the time; really like the MD80 inside shots as well as the cockpit one(s)...

When you want to 'burn' your FlyingBlue miles, you might consider KLC: they both operate the F70 and E190, which don't appear in your aircraft-overview as yet  

Cheers,

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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:16 pm

Quoting SPLTA (Reply 9):
Very interesting and good illustrated TR!

Hi SPLTA, I'm glad you feel that way.

Quoting SPLTA (Reply 9):
Sounds like perfect trip!

It was, nice planes and nice company.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 10):
Nice tripreport! Always nice to read about a trip to my home airport ARN!

Glad to hear you liked it.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 10):
Indeed the MD80 is a great aircraft to fly on, flown it with SK many times and I really love it!

I agree, hope to get some more chances to fly with the MD.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 11):
You did not think about logging a run or two on the Boeing 717?

I've logged the 717 two years ago on the other side of the world - I did a Cairns - Ayers Rock - Perth trip with two Qantaslink 717s. Those were some nice and interesting flights.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 11):
Hah, interesting to see the FIDS showing some flights estimated to depart earlier than scheduled. Unless it is a delay of 23 hours.....

I haven't even noticed that   Interesting indeed.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
I have had that pleasure for the first time last year on Alitalia and I am eager to catch that plane again, but no luck so far.

I have looked at Alitalia for a long time, but never found any good fares/flights from TRS and I did not want to drive all the way to VCE.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
Also nice that you managed to meet some other a.netters.

It's always a pleasure and it makes things a lot more interesting.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 13):
Nice TR, Blaz !!!

Thank you Pieter!  
Quoting MH017 (Reply 13):
When you want to 'burn' your FlyingBlue miles, you might consider KLC: they both operate the F70 and E190, which don't appear in your aircraft-overview as yet

That is a good idea, will check it out. Specially now when KLM has a website for Slovenia.

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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Sat Oct 01, 2011 7:59 pm

Hi Blaz,

What a cool trip report. Any excuse to fly with the MD-80 is a good one in my book!

I particularly liked the pictures of the DC-6 in LJU. The aircraft actually looks rather well preserved, especially given that it does not appear to be protected from the elements. Does the airport pay to keep it in such good shape?

On a side note, what's the current financial state of JP? For a while things looked rather bleak. Any improvements?

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Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:20 pm

Hi, Blaz,

pretty good to follow you´re Scandi story, congrats with all targets fixed, especially the soon to go MD.

Also good to see travel or airports with A.net company. Something more from my hand in this case is soon to come, you know.

Have a nice weekend,
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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Sat Oct 01, 2011 10:27 pm

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 15):
What a cool trip report. Any excuse to fly with the MD-80 is a good one in my book!

Hi William, I agree, any excuse to fly the MD is good while they are still around.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 15):
Does the airport pay to keep it in such good shape?

I'm not sure who is responsible to take care of the plane. It has been cleaned and repaired just recently again.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 15):
On a side note, what's the current financial state of JP? For a while things looked rather bleak. Any improvements?

It looks a bit better now, they have received a new loan and signed a new contract with the union, so they might be able to go through. But the fleet will be smaller with the winter schedule, only one of the current four A320 family will stay and one CRJ is also leaving the fleet.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 16):
Also good to see travel or airports with A.net company. Something more from my hand in this case is soon to come, you know.

Hi Markus, yes, having A.net company makes any trip great. I know what you mean, I'm eagerly awaiting that  

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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Sun Oct 02, 2011 7:33 am

Hi Blaž,

great report with good pictures as usual! Congratulations on getting the MD-80! I always enjoyed my flights on these birds.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Aircraft was supposed to be a CRJ9 just until the night before, when it got changed to a CRJ2. I hope this was the last equipment change on this trip, otherwise it will be quite disappointing for me.

Not a good start...

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
It looked like I will be able to get all three new types!

...but your trip turned out to be successful in the end.


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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:29 am

Hola Blaz,

Great TR.

Really great you got to catch all those newbies for you. It is always exciting to fly new types. I flew my first Embrarers this summer and I really enjoyed the experience.

Glad to hear most of your flights were on time, that is another thing that worries me, especially if you have different companies involved and separate tickets... sometimes it becomes a nightmare.

Keep them coming.

Salut,

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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:56 pm

Hey great report and very enjoyable read. Shame you can't get inside that beauty in LJU. Nice varied report on a few airlines. Id love to fly JP again one day . I only had one flight with them but I loved it .

Nice of P to guest you into the lounge.

That looks like German Pizza you got on LH  


Thanks for the report.

Regards

Philip  
 
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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Sun Oct 02, 2011 6:58 pm

Zdravo Blaž,

Fantastic report. How wonderful that you could fix a meeting with both P. and Hannah on your trip. A.net meeting is always exciting!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
My little brother, who has just gotten his driver’s license, was kind enough to take me to the airport and saved me the ridiculously high parking fee (around 70 EUR for four days)

Good to know you can rely on your brother.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
You used to be able to go inside the cabin, but not anymore.

Why is that?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
it was cold and wet in Zurich
SQ A380 looks so majestic among LX Airbuses!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
HB-IPV

I flew with her on 25th September 2009 from ZRH to AMS.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
thought they will forget to hand these out. Famous Swiss chocolate.

You just cannot miss out that particular Swiss signature service.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
No bags to drop off today.

Is it not relieving?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I like it how all the flights are printed on one boarding pass instead of having different ones.

Herman and I got similar boarding passes from AF last year. Actually I like combined boarding pass as well as separate ones.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Six seats just for me.

Luckily you could spread out.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Then FlyingFinn was kind enough to host me into the SAS lounge.

Such a nice host P. was!  Smile


Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Finally boarding my first ever MD flight!

Really? Congratulations!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Oh no, I have missed my flight to Ljubljana!

Did you get up too late?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I’m not sure what this was

The packing says “Quiche Lorraine”.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
It was good to be up here again.

Ah, those nice memories!  


Thank you for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo

[Edited 2011-10-02 12:02:40]
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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:54 pm

Ah, that Mad Dog flight was the same one I was on. Actually, I think I'm in one of the photos.

I should have put two and two together when I saw that hat and general camera-wielding.. 
 
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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:40 am

Hi Blaz,

I'm so glad your trip & joint flight with P worked out exactly as planned, something you can never be sure of. Well done on the new additions to your log.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
really like ZRH, such a nice looking airport, not too crowded at this central area, it is very calm and relaxing.

Always nice to hear positive feedback!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I found a nice spot by the window and watched some planes.

I bet that Darwin Saab had a bumpy ride down to Lugano given the weather.......

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
A319 HB-IPV

Well known, I've logged her a few times.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
. It was not bad, just a bit small.

I actually think the new sandwiches are nowhere near as good as the old ones. They're smaller for a start and the bread is usually pretty tough.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Legroom is not that good, but it will do for this short flight

That is tight legroom.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
And at exactly 16:55 I spot a familiar hat among

P's hats have become pretty famous, eh?

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
cockpit. The captain asked me where I’m from and looked a bit confused when I responded with ‘Slovenia’. He looked even more confused when I told him I took this flight just for flying on the MD.

He's obvouosly not had the pleasure of meeting any a.netters before then.

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
What is that inside the window?

Euurgh!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Everybody was just patiently waiting for the captain to turn off the seatbelt sign.

Perfect German organisation  

It was good to meet you,

Happy flying
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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:40 pm

Hi Blaz

Nice Scandinavian trip report, seems like I'm the only trip reporter who has yet to come there. Nice to meet some trip reporters on the way as well. Another nice bonus is to log some new aircraft types.... All makes it an interesting trip..

I've looged HP-IPV from BRU to ZRH back in 2006.


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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:36 pm

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
great report with good pictures as usual! Congratulations on getting the MD-80! I always enjoyed my flights on these birds.

Hi PH, thanks for your comment, the MD80 sure is a nice aircraft.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
...but your trip turned out to be successful in the end.

Yes, that's what matters  
Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 19):
Really great you got to catch all those newbies for you. It is always exciting to fly new types. I flew my first Embrarers this summer and I really enjoyed the experience.

Hi Roger, Embraers are still on my to-fly list and every report I read about them, your's being the latest, I want to do a trip on one of them. Probably next year.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 19):
Glad to hear most of your flights were on time, that is another thing that worries me, especially if you have different companies involved and separate tickets... sometimes it becomes a nightmare.

I agree, it can get quite nerve-racking with tight connections, that's why I always prefer longer layovers and it gives me some time to explore the airport.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 20):
Hey great report and very enjoyable read. Shame you can't get inside that beauty in LJU.

Hey Philip, I'm glad you feel that way. I've been inside the DC-6, but I was still a little kid back then. There were some photos posted on a Slovenian spotters forum, it looks quite nice.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 20):
Id love to fly JP again one day . I only had one flight with them but I loved it

Where did you fly to? Hope it wasn't on the CRJ2, it's the least comfortable a/c in the fleet.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Fantastic report. How wonderful that you could fix a meeting with both P. and Hannah on your trip. A.net meeting is always exciting!

Hi Suryo, appreciate your comment. And I totally agree, A.net meetings are a lot of fun.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Why is that?

I'm not sure, hope they will reopen it in the future.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Such a nice host P. was!

Yes, it was very nice to have company at the airport.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Really? Congratulations!

Thank you  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Did you get up too late?

I just preferred a quick detour via FRA   I did LJU-ARN-LJU a few years ago and did not want to do it again.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
The packing says “Quiche Lorraine”.

I wasn't sure about the ingredients, but I was able to find out meanwhile - Quiche is a savory, open-faced pie of vegetables, cheese, or meat in custard, baked in a pastry crust.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Ah, those nice memories!

Yes, I will always remember that sunny July day when I will be visiting the terrace.

Quoting cliffak (Reply 22):
I should have put two and two together when I saw that hat and general camera-wielding.. 

Yes, the camera can give you out quickly   Maybe we will be able to meet some other time.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 23):
I'm so glad your trip & joint flight with P worked out exactly as planned, something you can never be sure of. Well done on the new additions to your log.

I was happy that it worked out great too, the next day the same SK MD80 flight was cancelled...

Quoting infodesk (Reply 23):
P's hats have become pretty famous, eh?

You can't miss it  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 23):
It was good to meet you,

It was good meeting you too.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 24):
Nice Scandinavian trip report, seems like I'm the only trip reporter who has yet to come there.

You should give it a try if you will be able to, maybe to the ARN meeting. It is an interesting place with a lot of flying possibilities.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 24):
Another nice bonus is to log some new aircraft types.... All makes it an interesting trip..

It was a very successful trip, aviation wise.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
I flew with her on 25th September 2009 from ZRH to AMS.
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 24):
I've looged HP-IPV from BRU to ZRH back in 2006.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 23):
Well known, I've logged her a few times.

Seems like HP-IPV has had the honor of carrying a lot of trip reporters.

Thanks for all the comments and feedback,

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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:35 pm

Hi Blaž ...
I'm glad that you succeeded and that you share the experience with us ... Inex-Adria flew SPU-ZAG-LJU with MD82 and a couple of times I was the only passenger between ZAG and LJU ...hehhehe ...
ah you're so young ...stipica  
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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:33 pm

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
S5-AAI is leased to JP until 2012 and they are not going to keep it, so this was probably my last flight on this plane so I did not mind the equipment change.

Great photo

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
I like it how all the flights are printed on one boarding pass instead of having different ones.

I don't like it then whey do that

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Row 26 was not as loud as I would have expected, but those rows near the back were the real deal  There was a lot of noise and you could not see anything but the red engine.

That woudn't be a good seat on a long flight

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Once airside I was quite scared by this A320. But I knew that gate 3A is on the other side and that the MUC flight is an A320, so I still expected the A321.
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
LH A320 to MUC leading this Star Alliance parade.

I'm flying LH ARN-MUC this weekend

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
After we stopped at the gate we just waited there for a good five minutes with our engines still running and something amazing happened – no one got up! Everybody was just patiently waiting for the captain to turn off the seatbelt sign.

How civilised!
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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:44 pm

Hello Blaž!

Thanks for the nice story with some really nice pictures. Congratulations to your new A/C types, that´s always fun! It seems that you also had some nice flights with the Star Alliance carriers!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
Bye bye, Sweden, I have enjoyed my stay and hope to come back sometime



Welcome back!

Quoting SloAir (Thread starter):
no one got up! Everybody was just patiently waiting for the captain to turn off the seat belt sign.


Unbelievable! I never experience this! I´ve been to flights were people have starting queuing by the door when the seat-belt sign is still on and the engines is running!:D

Thanks again!

Greetings
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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:03 pm

Quoting stipica (Reply 26):
ah you're so young ..

Hehe, thanks for the comment stipica. It's a shame I missed out on JP MD82 and DC9 but what can you do  
Quoting stipica (Reply 26):
a couple of times I was the only passenger between ZAG and LJU

That sounds like a lot of fun.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 27):
That woudn't be a good seat on a long flight

Agree, it would be hard to spend two or three hours with all that noise and nothing to see.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 27):
How civilised!

Yes, it is rare to see something like that, at least I do not remember the last time everyone just waited.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 28):
Thanks for the nice story with some really nice pictures.

Hi Robert, thanks for your feedback, I appreciate it.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 28):
Unbelievable! I never experience this! I´ve been to flights were people have starting queuing by the door when the seat-belt sign is still on and the engines is running!:D

I've been on flights when people got up and started to get their belongings out of the overhead bins while we were still taxiing or waiting for a gate. It was a welcome change.

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RE: Chasing The B736, MD82 And A321 Around Scandinavia

Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:23 pm

Hey Blaz! Nice report! Good job logging all those different types. Hoping to log another M82 and the 736 on my way to ARN in January.

Best regards,

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