FlyingFinn76
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New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:50 pm

Introduction

For various reasons I ended up with over four weeks without any flights. That was a bit too much and after several things clicked I ended up booking some. The things that conspired to make this trip possible were:

- Oulu airport (OUL) recently opening its new terminal extension.
- My desire to log some qualifying segments on SAS group for Gold status requalification.
- KF selling very cheap tickets on the HEL-OUL route for 36 EUR one way (the DY competition working here...)
- The aforementioned tickets being available on same day turnarounds, fitting quite nicely to my business schedules.

So here we go, I really had no choice but to book a quick trip up to OUL to check out the brand new terminal.

The route, very simple by my standards: Wednesday 5.10.2011

Working in my home office during the morning I then catch the bus to the airport, arriving to T1 around 13.20 or so. For once Fast Track security is very useful as there’s quite a bit of a queue in the normal lanes. Quickly to the lounge where I dump my stuff to one of the working desks intending to do a bit of work while waiting. When I put my hat on the table I notice my neighbour eyeing it a bit curiously. When heading to get myself some grub and drink I notice that he is also browsing a familiar looking website...

Well, what do you know, by the time I come back he opens a conversation and it turns out that he is another fellow frequent flyer (well, people in lounges tend to be! Unless they are famous. Some are both.) .Sadly just a lurker here on a.net, but active on many other frequent flyer websites, including some German forums - he’s a German living in the US for the time being (but moving back to Europe) actually. So the hour or so until our flights are boarding (he’s heading to FRA with LH just five minutes later than my flight) is mostly spent chatting - about aviation of course, what else - forget about work (ok, I did manage to send off a few emails!) - a very pleasant time, I might add!

The departure screen manages to turn from not boarding into “Final Call” in less than five minutes for my flight, so we set off. Approaching my gate I snap a photo of my chariot of the skies, OH-BLO is delightfully a new registration for my log:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Helsinki_Departure_1.jpg

An interesting sidenote - I’m not the first trip reporter in this forum to have flown OH-BLO, fellow a.netter makeree has beat me to it, and in addition another two members have flown her when she was still known as EC-KFR.

At the gate I bid Guido farewell (I have a hunch we will see again sooner than later!), ask the gate agents if I’m the last one (“No, there’s still one more passenger trying to buy a ticket at the ticket desk!”) and stroll down the jetway.

For PlaneHunter:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Helsinki_Departure_2.jpg

Just before snapping that photo I tell the waiting purser “Apparently I’m not the last one so I have time to take a photo!”.
She is a bit confused and asks “A photo of what?”
- “This”, I point and snap away.
- Oh, I thought you were going to take a photo of *me*
- I can do that too, do you want me to?
- Thanks for the offer but not today.
- Shame you’d made a great model!
- (laughs)

That kind of conversation and a nice person certainly puts me into a mood for a great, relaxed flight.

HEL - OUL
KF205
B717 OH-BLO “Metsälampi / Forest Pond”
Seat 15F
14.40 - 15.40

The flight indeed is relaxed on the load front as well - three rows of Premium have one or two passengers and economy is around half full. I decided to go for the exit row for comparison purposes - the legroom definitely cannot be beaten:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Helsinki_Departure_3.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Helsinki_Departure_4.jpg

Really hot in the cabin - I comment this to the FA (wo)manning the exit rows and ask if the APU is off again - indeed it is. I wonder why they seem to always have the same issue with the 717s - or is it some sort of new fuel saving measurement since KF isn’t doing very well at the moment (well it never has, actually!).

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Helsinki_Departure_5.jpg

Guido’s ride to FRA a few gates over:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Helsinki_Departure_6.jpg

I’m not sure if the passenger buying the last minute ticket made it to the plane, but some five minutes after I boarded the doors are closed, the flight time announced as 55 minutes and push back initiated bang on time.

“Athens” still wearing the FC color scheme:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Helsinki_Departure_7.jpg

The weather forecast looked a bit harsh, but it turned out to be a perfect autumn day:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Helsinki_Departure_8.jpg

Take off is from 22R around ten minutes later:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Helsinki_Departure_9.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Helsinki_Departure_10.jpg

The Helsinki-Tampere motorway - I drove there and back just the previous day:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Helsinki_Departure_11.jpg

Passing HEL:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Helsinki_Departure_12.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Helsinki_Departure_13.jpg

Interestingly they announce the Premium class service as “A light meal with drinks” - is this a sign that they have upgraded the domestic Premium offerings - it used to be just a lousy sandwich and coffee/tea? I wish I had spent the 28 EUR to upgrade at least one of the legs to Premium to check it out - but alas I got cheap and let it pass.

In economy the service is the expected coffee/tea run:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Helsinki_Departure_14.jpg

That looks very dirty and nasty:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Helsinki_Departure_15.jpg

The route is the usual one - this is Tikkakoski airport (JYV):

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Helsinki_Departure_16.jpg

The further north we go, the cloudier it gets. The weather forecast promised rain, but luckily the first officer announces the weather in Oulu to be just overcast and ten degrees. Notice the shadow of the tail and engine over the wing:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Approach_1.jpg

These hops are quite short and quick ones, so soon after the trash is collected (seconds are offered but I decline) the engines spool down and we start our descent, breaking the clouds over landscape so typical to this part of the country:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Approach_2.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Approach_3.jpg

The highway number 4 coming all the way from HEL, together with a huge mall at Kempele called “The Zeppelin” - I’ve got some relatives living nearby so I’ve been there many times:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Approach_4.jpg

The city of Oulu and its heavy industry:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Approach_5.jpg

The suburban bliss of Kempele and Oulunsalo:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Approach_6.jpg

Landing is very wobbly and uneven on runway 30 after exactly 50 minutes of flight time.

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Approach_7.jpg

My first glimpse of the new terminal:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Approach_8.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Approach_9.jpg

Ok, this is probably the reason for the uneven approach:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Approach_10.jpg

Jetways, jay:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Approach_11.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Approach_12.jpg

These tubes of metal make OUL the third airport in Finland with jetways, after HEL and RVN!

While disembarking the purser says to me “I hope you didn’t forget your camera!” - “Of course not! Thank you and good bye!”.

Bye OH-BLO (or so I thought):

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Approach_13.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Approach_14.jpg

The New OUL Terminal

Let’s take a terminal tour, shall we?

Airside seating areas:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_1.jpg

Empty gates:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_2.jpg

I’m not sure of the numbering - why do they have to have a gate 16 when there are four jetways and once everything’s complete there will be maybe eight gates?

This monitor was empty for some reason:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_3.jpg

The end of the terminal can be used for non-Schengen departures (not that they have any scheduled ones - just the odd charter) - this is the barrier separating it from the Schengen area:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_4.jpg

From the other side of the barrier:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_5.jpg

Passengers waiting for the return flight to HEL - the load looks to be quite a bit better than on my inbound flight:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_6.jpg

Working FIDS - not that there’s much variety in destinations:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_7.jpg

“Finished in winter 2012” - looks like the part that was the old terminal is now undergoing renovations:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_8.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_9.jpg

There’s only a single cafe/bar open and it’s airside. The rather nice one they had landside is now closed:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_10.jpg

Of course there has to be the obligatory travel value/general purpose store:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_11.jpg

View down to the sparkling new luggage hall - that crew turned out to be the crew of the Norwegian’s afternoon flight back to HEL, more on that later:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_12.jpg

Some leftover equipment from the official opening reception:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_13.jpg

A smoking aquarium - people at these northern latitudes certainly smoke more than in the south:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_14.jpg

Stairs down to the luggage hall:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_15.jpg

Nice:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_16.jpg

Not so nice - this is the exit from the luggage hall even though it’s kinda hard to tell as there are no signs whatsover:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_17.jpg

Landside - looks like everything’s not quite finished yet:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_18.jpg

I love the washing machine:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_19.jpg

This is where the landside restaurant used to be - hopefully they will open a new one. Notice the spider lamps:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_20.jpg

The new extension outside, again not quite finished yet:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_21.jpg

It’s not exactly very flashy:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_22.jpg

...but at least it matches the style of the old terminal part:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Terminal_23.jpg

Here are a couple of pictures when departing. Immediately after security control there’s a sign pointing towards gates 1-4 in the old terminal part:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Departure_1.jpg

...but this is on the way:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Departure_2.jpg

Apparently that part will become the bus gates once the renovation has been completed next spring. I’m actually a bit curious where BE will board their ATRs when they start the TLL-OUL route in November - it’s not like you can hook those birds to the jetways...

A very temporary looking corridor leads towards the departure gates:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Departure_3.jpg

Ending in these stairs which take you next to the cafe. I wonder who wheelchair pax and other people with mobility issues will cope:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Departure_4.jpg

Oulunsalo

Having explored the terminal and airport enough I still have a few hours to go. I decide to head to the nearby town of Oulunsalo, some two kilometers away.

Finns are crazy, and the norther you go, the crazier we get:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulunsalo_1.jpg

Walking down the “Silicon Alley” - these flashy buildings were constructed during the IT boom around the turn of the millennium when this area was a real boomtown:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulunsalo_2.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulunsalo_3.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulunsalo_4.jpg

So I’m walking along a sidewalk paid by the EU? Ok, now I’m eternally grateful, please take my tax money and use it to support your failing banks who couldn’t get a grip (masqueraded as “Emergency Aid to our friends in Greece” of course):

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulunsalo_5.jpg

Oulunsalo is a major metropolis and one of the largest cities in Finland:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulunsalo_6.jpg

The sleepy town centre - everything’s noticeably new, courtesy of the IT tax revenues:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulunsalo_7.jpg

Nice autumn colors:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulunsalo_8.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulunsalo_9.jpg

The local church isn’t that impressive, but looks quite nice in the low light:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulunsalo_10.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulunsalo_11.jpg

A very interesting town - I see maybe three people up and walking around. There’s also an unhealthy amount of day cares in the town centre, but this is of course explained by the area around here lying deep in the Finnish bible belt, and not just any bible but a particularly nasty interpretation of the book whose rules about various aspects of the modern life, including birth control and watching TV make even the Pope in Vatican look like a liberal...

There’s exactly one place to get food in town - well, an immigrant-run kebab place, what else:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulunsalo_12.jpg

The town hall - quite grandiose for a place this small:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulunsalo_13.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulunsalo_14.jpg

After filling my gut and downing a beer in the only bar in town (where I felt like stepping twenty years back in time) it is time to head back to the airport. I kinda like the way this picture turned out - the ATC tower at the end of the street being lit by the setting sun:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulunsalo_15.jpg

The bright green airBaltic rental cars are also available here:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulunsalo_16.jpg

You get a nice discount over the normal going rate if you agree to look like a dingus and drive around advertising the airline...

Oulu Airport

Back at the airport I first notice quite a few people walking around, being quite annoyed. Well, the reason sun becomes apparent - the afternoon DY flight was canceled and now the evening flight is already showing a 3+ hour delay. Apparently one plane suffered a birdstrike earlier today and is out of action for the rest of the day, throwing a major spanner in the works. The passengers and the waiting DY crew are less than amused by this. I actually talk with quite a few ones who had to buy a new ticket from KF there on the spot to be sure that they would make their commitments in Helsinki... Good luck trying to get that money back from Norwegian...

I will end the report here - the plane ended up being the very same one that took me up here, bugger and nothing interesting happened on the way back. We left seven minutes early, landed some twenty minutes early, load was better, 80% or so but nobody in Premium. More coffee, more funny cabin crew members - this is the KF I like a lot.

Some pics:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Departure_5.jpg

Yes, I think I will prefer the exit row from now on:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Departure_6.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Departure_7.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Departure_8.jpg

The island of Hailuoto - in the summertime connected to mainland with a ferry, during the wintertime there’s an ice road instead:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Departure_9.jpg

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Departure_10.jpg

After landing at HEL - I’ve never noticed these lights before. Is this KF’s version of mood lighting:

http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac154/FlyingFinn_photo/Oulu_09_2011/Oulu_Departure_11.jpg

Conclusions

Well, a nice quick trip up to OUL with KF - very standard flights with them, but that is not to say they were bad, not by a long shot. On time or early departure on both flights, early arrival on both - well done. Very pleasant cabin crew as usual, plus scoring a new 717 (although twice) was nice as well, still a few to go until I’ve logged the whole fleet.

The new Oulu terminal certainly was an improvement over the old one which had a tendency of getting really packed during rush hour. The jetways will certainly make it more pleasant during the harsh winters they have up there. Right now it is a bit unfinished, so I guess I will need to make another trip up there to check it out once it is completed... Also there’s too much space there for the current traffic levels, hope they manage to attract some new traffic, now that the planned BT hub operation will probably not come into fruition...

And finally, special thanks and greetings to Guido! It certainly was a pleasure, hope we can implement some of those plans we talked about! I’ll send you mail soon. Keep watching for the hat!


I booked another spur-of-the-moment trip for next weekend, but not sure if I’ll bother writing another report on that as there’s nothing really new, just my last flights aboard BT’s Fokker 50s and a farewell to the “Midnight Fokker” - let’s see what happens. Anyway one upcoming trip I most certainly will report on is a daytrip to Sweden to catch another rarish bird for my log: HEL-ARN-KSD/TYF-HFS-ARN-HEL! Stay tuned!

Happy contrails!
 
taichen
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:20 pm

Nice to see the new OUL terminal. Not that I am really impressed, but is OK.
btw, I have a friend who used to live in Oulunsalo   But Oulu is nicer  
 
The777Man
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:37 pm

Hi FlyingFinn!

Nice report with nice pictures ! KF looks okay as usual and even better to get the exit row. They have free seating ? Nice you flew on a new airplane for you!

The terminal in OUL looks nice but weird with the numbering of the gates. If they will have up to 8 gates, they will probably be the same size as MMX! Seems like they have big plans in OUL.

American Airlines have (used to?) jet bridges at ORD that works on ATRs but think that's one of the few places ATRs use jet bridges.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man
Boeing 777s flown: UA, TG, KE, BA, CX, NH, JD, JL, CZ, SQ, EK, NG, CO, AF, SV, KU, DL, AA, MH, OZ, CA, MS, SU, LY, RG, PE, AZ, KL, VN, PK, EY, NZ, AM, BR, AC, DT, UU, OS, AI, 9W, KQ, QR, VA, JJ, ET, TK, PR, BG, T5, CI, MU and LX.. Further to fly.. LH 777
 
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:24 pm

Hi FF!

Another great trip report, made my evening!

The new terminal in OUL don't look too nice, I guess it will be better though as time goes. And as you said, it isn't even finished yet!
The flights on KF looked nice. I wish SK had a similar service concept in Economy...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The city of Oulu and its heavy industry:

Like every town along the shores of Gulf of Bothnia.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The new extension outside, again not quite finished yet:

Looks exactly like any of the newer Ikea buildings here in Sweden!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
...but at least it matches the style of the old terminal part:

And that looks exactly like one of the older Ikea buildings.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I%u2019ve never noticed these lights before. Is this KF%u2019s version of mood lighting:

Looks nice!

Martin
 
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:28 pm

Thank you for this trip report.   I loved the livery on that 717, looks awesome. Also Oulu looks a nice place. Looking forward to future TR's.
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gabrielchew
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Thu Oct 06, 2011 11:02 pm

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

For various reasons I ended up with over four weeks without any flights

4 weeks - thats a long time for you!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Well, what do you know, by the time I come back he opens a conversation and it turns out that he is another fellow frequent flyer (well, people in lounges tend to be! Unless they are famous. Some are both.) .Sadly just a lurker here on a.net, but active on many other frequent flyer websites, including some German forums - he’s a German living in the US for the time being (but moving back to Europe) actually. So the hour or so until our flights are boarding (he’s heading to FRA with LH just five minutes later than my flight) is mostly spent chatting - about aviation of course, what else - forget about work (ok, I did manage to send off a few emails!) - a very pleasant time, I might add!

Always nice to meet another a.netter.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The flight indeed is relaxed on the load front as well - three rows of Premium have one or two passengers and economy is around half full. I decided to go for the exit row for comparison purposes - the legroom definitely cannot be beaten:

Legroom looks good

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
That looks very dirty and nasty:

I'm sure most of the carpet looks like that, you just can't see it as the seats are too close together.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Notice the spider lamps:

Nice. Terminal looks great, even if it hasn't been finished totally

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
There’s exactly one place to get food in town - well, an immigrant-run kebab place, what else:

Looks awful!
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:11 am

Hey PP, nice little report!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The route, very simple by my standards:

That is indeed short. Didn't knew you even bothered making such trips, and especially not since you're not flying through RIX this time.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Premium offerings - it used to be just a lousy sandwich and coffee/tea? I wish I had spent the 28 EUR to upgrade at least one of the legs to Premium to check it out - but alas I got cheap and let it pass.

Wow that's very cheap! Does it also cost €28 to upgrade ARN-HEL flights, or only the finnish domestics?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
(“No, there’s still one more passenger trying to buy a ticket at the ticket desk!”)

Didn't know that was possible these days... Good luck with that  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A smoking aquarium - people at these northern latitudes certainly smoke more than in the south:

Suppose that's the case in all nordic countries. The countryside people in Norway are smoking like chimneys! Also tobacco is really expensive there.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The new extension outside, again not quite finished yet:

Actually the blue color makes it look strikingly similar to an IKEA warehouse  

Thanks for sharing
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:49 am

Hi FF !
just to drop a short message ... Blue1 really stands out with its identity ... a beautiful work of young designers ... this summer I went to the SPU only to see the arrival from HEL ... stunning ...

OUL airport really hit the aesthetics of Ikea, but it is an inexpensive way to build ... It is better to satisfy the function and spend money on jetways ...ok little local aesthetics in the interior and exterior would not hurt but unfortunately rationalization is the first thing that investors want ... stipica
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Fri Oct 07, 2011 8:01 am

Great TR, Petteri !!!

Like that fact that you show us something of Oulunsaalo too  

Yep, noticed those blue lights in the front of OH-BLN too, the other day...thought it was typically Finnish (blue)...

Surprised to see those take-off and landing-shots; I was told to put away my camera when landing at Gardermoen by the 'bitchy' FA  
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:45 am

Hi P.,

enjoyable report as usual!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
For various reasons I ended up with over four weeks without any flights. That was a bit too much and after several things clicked I ended up booking some.

I'm glad that I'm not suffering from withdrawal symptoms...  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
OH-BLO is delightfully a new registration for my log:

Very good, I know what that means!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
For PlaneHunter:

Great, thanks!   

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Just before snapping that photo I tell the waiting purser “Apparently I’m not the last one so I have time to take a photo!”.
She is a bit confused and asks “A photo of what?”
- “This”, I point and snap away.
- Oh, I thought you were going to take a photo of *me*
- I can do that too, do you want me to?
- Thanks for the offer but not today.
- Shame you’d made a great model!
- (laughs)

Nice!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
That looks very dirty and nasty:

Who knows what happened there...well, I don't want to know actually.  


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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:22 am

Hola P.!

Great TR as usual.

I am surprised you flew such an easy sector. Only one airport, one airline, one routing.... very surprised, after so many weeks without flying you definitely needed something easy, but wasn't it a little too easy?

Nice to see the new terminal at such exotic location, OUL. It looks great and maybe when it is completed it will be even better.

Thanks a lot and hope to see you soon in your more usual routings.

Salut!

Roger

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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:55 am

Hi Petteri,

While not exactly being Changi airport ie, OUL has done well in its expansion. I just wonder what they have with the color 'blue': almost everything's blue, even the whole outside of the building is. And to match it all they add these temporary walls in black & orange, very stylish... not! And why the expansion/renovation: does it get that much traffic or was it all that run down?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Some are both.

Does that include yourself  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
OH-BLO is delightfully a new registration for my log

Cool! However I thought you had logged them all by now?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
That kind of conversation and a nice person certainly puts me into a mood for a great, relaxed flight.

It indeed does and you yourself are always in the mood for a nice conversation, are you not!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Some leftover equipment from the official opening reception:

And you did not attend?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
well, an immigrant-run kebab place, what else

How ironic.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Good luck trying to get that money back from Norwegian...

As the flight's cancelled, shouldn't they offer you a rebook or refund? Or is it that difficult anyway to get your money back from this company?

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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:13 pm

Hi P.,

interesting little report. Quite a simple routing for your standards, but hey, why not, still sounds like a fun day of flying. These four weeks without flying must have been quite an ordeal for you   Just too bad you ended up with the same bird on both legs.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Passing HEL:

Nice overview of the airport.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Notice the spider lamps:

Oh, these look quite scary.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Finns are crazy, and the norther you go, the crazier we get:

Err, ok, yes....

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the ATC tower at the end of the street being lit by the setting sun:

A very nice picture, lovely colors. Also thanks for your tour of that little town. Just too bad that you had to fly the same day back and couldn't experience the night life there  

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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:25 pm

Hi guys, good to see so many comments already. Thanks!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 2):
They have free seating ?

Nope, but I picked that seat from OLCI.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 2):
The terminal in OUL looks nice but weird with the numbering of the gates. If they will have up to 8 gates, they will probably be the same size as MMX! Seems like they have big plans in OUL.

Yeah, good point although physically Malmö is much larger - the gates are more spread out.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 2):
American Airlines have (used to?) jet bridges at ORD that works on ATRs but think that's one of the few places ATRs use jet bridges.

The old KR/AY ATR-72s that have the door in front used to do the same here at HEL. I've boarded them this way a few times.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
The flights on KF looked nice. I wish SK had a similar service concept in Economy...

Well, they do.... In domestic Norway and Denmark  
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
Like every town along the shores of Gulf of Bothnia.

Good point.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
Looks exactly like any of the newer Ikea buildings here in Sweden!
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
And that looks exactly like one of the older Ikea buildings.
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
Actually the blue color makes it look strikingly similar to an IKEA warehouse

Hah, more good points, but you are absolutely right!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
There’s exactly one place to get food in town - well, an immigrant-run kebab place, what else:
Looks awful!

Really? I thought it was one of the better kebabs I've had anywhere.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
Wow that's very cheap! Does it also cost €28 to upgrade ARN-HEL flights, or only the finnish domestics?

The domestics are usually 25 EUR + 3 EUR "fee", sometimes 35 or so. HEL-ARN has always been 39 + 3 EUR when I've looked at it, OSL and CPH 49 + 3.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 8):
Surprised to see those take-off and landing-shots; I was told to put away my camera when landing at Gardermoen by the 'bitchy' FA

Well, the point here is being discreet enough.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
For PlaneHunter:
Great, thanks!

My pleasure.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 10):
I am surprised you flew such an easy sector. Only one airport, one airline, one routing.... very surprised, after so many weeks without flying you definitely needed something easy, but wasn't it a little too easy?

Well, sometimes something easy and relaxed is nice. And besides I just wanted to see the new terminal up there...

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 10):
Thanks a lot and hope to see you soon in your more usual routings.

Trust me, there's plenty more complex stuff to come...

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 10):
Roger

BTW you are one of the persons who flew with the same plane when it was still with Spanair. Airfleets.net is great  .

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
While not exactly being Changi airport ie, OUL has done well in its expansion.

Hah, good point, Nils. I actually forgot to add my feelings about the terminal being strictly functional against the bling bling of many other airports in the world - we Finns just aren't like that at all.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
And why the expansion/renovation: does it get that much traffic or was it all that run down?

Well, it got quite crowded at peak times with up to four flights going out at the same time, so something definitely needed to be done. No, it wasn't run down at all.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
Cool! However I thought you had logged them all by now?

Nope, still two or three missing.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
Some leftover equipment from the official opening reception:
And you did not attend?

The signs in the picture say "Invitees only" - I guess mine was lost in the mail.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
As the flight's cancelled, shouldn't they offer you a rebook or refund? Or is it that difficult anyway to get your money back from this company?

Yeah, but I meant getting the fare difference back from what they paid to KF for an essentially walk up ticket (lots of €€) and what they originally paid for the DY ticket (very little €€). Hope they had a good travel insurance or an understanding employer...

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
ust too bad that you had to fly the same day back and couldn't experience the night life there

Well, trust me that the one beer I had in the pub represented all the nightlife there is to this place!
 
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Fri Oct 07, 2011 6:14 pm

Thanks for another excellent report.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The route, very simple by my standards:

Hang on, is the same Flying Finn we know?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
he opens a conversation

Always good to chat about hobbies, maybe you could persuade him to join A.net and report on some of his flights?  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I wish I had spent the 28 EUR to upgrade at least one of the legs to Premium to check it out - but alas I got cheap and let it pass

Maybe, but are the sandwich and miles worth the EUR28?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A smoking aquarium - people at these northern latitudes certainly smoke more than in the south:

I'm not convinced, it seems that everyone in Italy smokes. Some places are practically smoke-free, UAE seems only to have expat smokers (apart from the sheeshas)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
kebab

That looks so wrong and greasy. You're making me hungry, and I only just ate!

Thanks again.

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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:56 pm

Hi, P.,
great stuff, I like these travel around the nordics, you know.
And much more during the upcoming autumn/winter time.
OUL new terminal looks good. Been there on the AY classic MD couple of years ago.
And what about these action filled city, where people from all around the globe come to party.
Well, also Kemi, you know, looks like a place with more activity!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):

Of course there has to be the obligatory travel value/general purpose store:

With a nice girl, so it looks like, to take care about it!.

Have a nice weekend,
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Sat Oct 08, 2011 4:17 am

Another nice report! 4 weeks with no flying just felt like too much!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
why do they have to have a gate 16 when there are four jetways and once everything’s complete there will be maybe eight gates?

It's odd, but it's not just Oulu, but quite a bit of Scandinavia. My home airport of EVE has 4 gates, they are 27, 28, 29 and 30. Never understood that numbering.

-CXfirst

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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Sat Oct 08, 2011 10:19 am

Hi P,
Good to see you're still around (four weeks without flying - I was getting seriously worried). The 717 is also nice. It was also nice to see some kind of preview of the new Oulu terminal - I'm flying there on Wednesday myself (I guess it's not necessary to tell you on what aircraft...)
The new terminal and interior looks nice and modern - even though the temporary arrangements don't impress me very much. Anyway I feel OUL is now much more capable to handle 20+ flights a day (or more).

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
- KF selling very cheap tickets on the HEL-OUL route for 36 EUR one way (the DY competition working here...)

And at the moment, thanks to a campaign, they're selling r/t trips for 67 EUR (at least I made a deal for that price..)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So the hour or so until our flights are boarding (he’s heading to FRA with LH just five minutes later than my flight) is mostly spent chatting - about aviation of course, what else - forget about work (ok, I did manage to send off a few emails!) - a very pleasant time, I might add!

Always wonderful to hear about such a nice coincidence!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
OH-BLO is delightfully a new registration for my log:

... and she's looking absolutely gorgeous in the sunshine.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
or is it some sort of new fuel saving measurement since KF isn’t doing very well at the moment (well it never has, actually!).

I know, and it hurts to know it. They're trying hard, I have never been disappointed by their service - but then - the planning department.. Yesterday the Augsburg Airways E190 operated an evening ZRH hop for KF. And the RC bumblebee is still around.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
and push back initiated bang on time.

See - KF is improving its punctuality!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
That looks very dirty and nasty:

Nasty, yes. But still worth it as it's on the 717  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Bye OH-BLO (or so I thought):

Got to love the appearance of any T-tail!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I’m not sure of the numbering - why do they have to have a gate 16 when there are four jetways and once everything’s complete there will be maybe eight gates?

Some genius at work for Finavia I guess.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
This monitor was empty for some reason:

Not that they're all too reliable. The OUL airport website is all but reliable when stating the time when a certain flight departed. It never matches with Amadeus or the airlines. Are they manually put there or what...?
BTW, for how long has OUL flight info been available in the YLE text-tv? I just discovered it yesterday!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So I’m walking along a sidewalk paid by the EU? Ok, now I’m eternally grateful, please take my tax money and use it to support your failing banks who couldn’t get a grip (masqueraded as “Emergency Aid to our friends in Greece” of course):

Touché!  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
We left seven minutes early, landed some twenty minutes early, load was better, 80% or so but nobody in Premium. More coffee, more funny cabin crew members

That's the Blue1 I'm talking about!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Is this KF’s version of mood lighting:

See - the 717 is superior in EVERY way!



717

PS. Do you have any info on when your TV star appearance will take place? I've been following the program, and I like it a lot.
 
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Sat Oct 08, 2011 5:23 pm

Hey P .

That was a nice report. Sometimes the simple flights can be the best. Love the Kebab mouth watering now but probably not good for the body LOL...

Always nice to get good crews also . I can imagine it gets very icy up there so im sure they will appreciate the new bridges.

Thanks for the report.

Philip  

PS. All these 717's Im jealous  
 
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Sat Oct 08, 2011 6:49 pm

Hi P,

Another good read interjected with some good humour, always worth a read  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
I ended up with over four weeks without any flights.

- Yikes, how did you cope?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
My desire to log some qualifying segments on SAS group for Gold status requalification.

- See, there are reasons to fly!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The route, very simple by my standards:

- Your not wrong!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
OH-BLO is delightfully a new registration for my log

- Cool, flown the entire KF 717 fleet yet?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
That looks very dirty and nasty

- That's the problem with lighter carpets and seats, can get very grubby if not looked after.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
this is the exit from the luggage hall even though it’s kinda hard to tell as there are no signs whatsover:

- Looks quite unfinished.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The bright green airBaltic rental cars are also available here

- Never knew they did this, every day is a school day.

Cheers

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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:47 am

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 11):
And why the expansion/renovation: does it get that much traffic or was it all that run down?

OUL's passenger traffic has increased 40% this year and there will be also considerable increase in charter traffic during this autumn/winter. Also for the first time there will be heavy aircraft used on charters. Old terminal with 300 charter pax at the same time would have been complete nightmare, especially on the arrival side where the queue for immigration would have reached to the apron(not nice queueing in -30C when you just got back from Thailand...).

I'd say that it's quite useful upgrade.
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Sun Oct 09, 2011 4:14 pm

Hi guys,

Good to see more comments, thank you!

Quoting signol (Reply 14):
The route, very simple by my standards:
Hang on, is the same Flying Finn we know?

Possibly. Plenty of convoluted routings and crazy stuff to come up, I promise!

Quoting signol (Reply 14):
Always good to chat about hobbies, maybe you could persuade him to join A.net and report on some of his flights?

Well I think he does that on the German forum. Plus he sounded like a very busy person so maybe not time to do that.

Quoting signol (Reply 14):
Maybe, but are the sandwich and miles worth the EUR28?

Sandwich, no. The miles - yes, just barely though. You do earn eight times the el cheapo economy miles. And the feeling of sitting up front with the people walking to economy class past you - PRICELESS!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 15):
Well, also Kemi, you know, looks like a place with more activity!.

Well, it has probably ten times the population of this place...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 15):
With a nice girl, so it looks like, to take care about it!.

Markus, you really are Italian in disguise, aren't you? Related to Mr. Berlusconi by any chance?

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 16):
It's odd, but it's not just Oulu, but quite a bit of Scandinavia. My home airport of EVE has 4 gates, they are 27, 28, 29 and 30. Never understood that numbering.

Good point. There are lots of airports around with weird gate numbering schemes. And let's not even talk about the missing T1 at Arlanda...

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
four weeks without flying - I was getting seriously worried

Well, it was only two actually. It would've been four without these trips though.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
And at the moment, thanks to a campaign, they're selling r/t trips for 67 EUR (at least I made a deal for that price..)

Actually if you book that as a roundtrip via the US Expedia the price drops to 55 EUR, a bargain if ever! Too bad they have a minimum stay so not good for same day turnarounds.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
Yesterday the Augsburg Airways E190 operated an evening ZRH hop for KF.

Oh, I never knew it was back.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
And the RC bumblebee is still around.

Yeah, saw that when getting back to HEL. It was operating the late night flight to CPH (coming back as the midnight flight).

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
BTW, for how long has OUL flight info been available in the YLE text-tv? I just discovered it yesterday!

No idea. Does somebody still use tele text?

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 17):
PS. Do you have any info on when your TV star appearance will take place? I've been following the program, and I like it a lot.

Eight of November, I've been told.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 18):
PS. All these 717's Im jealous

Come on, some of them flew in Greece for the previous Olympia. And you are very welcome to come here to catch some!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 19):
ended up with over four weeks without any flights.
- Yikes, how did you cope?

Well, by booking these  .

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 19):
- Cool, flown the entire KF 717 fleet yet?

Nope, still missing two or three I think.
 
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Sun Oct 09, 2011 4:22 pm

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 19):
- Cool, flown the entire KF 717 fleet yet?

Nope, still missing two or three I think.

- You need to get back to booking some more flights then, clear these buggers!

Cheers

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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Sun Oct 09, 2011 4:40 pm

Hi Mark,

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 22):
- You need to get back to booking some more flights then, clear these buggers!

Well, currently four flights booked with the KF 717s, so chances are good.
 
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Sun Oct 09, 2011 4:43 pm

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 23):
Well, currently four flights booked with the KF 717s, so chances are good.

- Fingers crossed for you my friend.

Good luck!

Cheers

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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Sun Oct 09, 2011 6:13 pm

Hi P.,

Thanks for another interesting report there.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The route, very simple by my standards:

Yes, I would agree, it is quite simple compared to your usual routes.  

And thanks for the pics too. It looks like OUL is really shaping up. I was there a couple of years ago - in December - brrrr! Those new jetways will really come in handy, I'm sure!   

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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:57 am

Thanks alot for the trip report!

I drove once from the Swedish side to Oulu (or Uleåborg as it is called in Swedish) many years ago, and I was impressed with the stature of the city - cobblestone streets and historical architecture. Too bad your over-day itinerary didn't allow you to visit the city proper.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f5/Oulu_City_Hall_2006_02_12.JPG/800px-Oulu_City_Hall_2006_02_12.JPG

About the new terminal at OUL, seems so sterile, like a warehouse. And the floor tiles look so cold... brrr!  

But again, thanks so much for sharing! How I wish I could just go impromptu like that.....
 
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:44 am

Hi guys, thanks for the additional comments.

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 25):
And thanks for the pics too. It looks like OUL is really shaping up. I was there a couple of years ago - in December - brrrr! Those new jetways will really come in handy, I'm sure!

Yeah, it can get quite brutal in the wintertime when the harsh winds blow out of the sea.

Quoting MarcoPoloWorld (Reply 26):
and I was impressed with the stature of the city - cobblestone streets and historical architecture. Too bad your over-day itinerary didn't allow you to visit the city proper.

The centre is quite a pretty place, especially the waterfront and the regenerated pedestrian streets. But no real need to visit the city as I've been there many times and even lived there for a while some years ago.

Quoting MarcoPoloWorld (Reply 26):
About the new terminal at OUL, seems so sterile, like a warehouse. And the floor tiles look so cold... brrr!

Good point. I sort of wonder why couldn't they build it like most of the Scandinavian airports are built - with wood, wooden floors etc.
 
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Mon Oct 10, 2011 12:01 pm

Hi P.

Nice trip report, seems like KF did it well again  .

Thanks for showing us the new OUL terminal, it was a pleasure.


Greetings
Marc
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Widebodyroga
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:58 pm

Nice report Petteri, despite the shamefully simple route .

I love the clean feel of OUL. This is how I like small airports to look like. Of course there is more work to be done (especially on the exterior) but this is not the Balkans, so I am sure it will be completed in no time.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A very interesting town - I see maybe three people up and walking around. There’s also an unhealthy amount of day cares in the town centre, but this is of course explained by the area around here lying deep in the Finnish bible belt, and not just any bible but a particularly nasty interpretation of the book whose rules about various aspects of the modern life, including birth control and watching TV make even the Pope in Vatican look like a liberal...

Ouch.


Thanks Petteri.
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:30 pm

Hi P.,

No doubt about your versatility. A tour along new airport terminal. Which trip reporter could have imagined it?  


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
When I put my hat on the table I notice my neighbour eyeing it a bit curiously. When heading to get myself some grub and drink I notice that he is also browsing a familiar looking website...

Watch out! Before you know, a horde of fans will be after you.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Just before snapping that photo I tell the waiting purser “Apparently I’m not the last one so I have time to take a photo!”.
She is a bit confused and asks “A photo of what?”
- “This”, I point and snap away.
- Oh, I thought you were going to take a photo of *me*
- I can do that too, do you want me to?
- Thanks for the offer but not today.
- Shame you’d made a great model!
- (laughs)

I wonder if she might have regretted her refusal of being photographed.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
the legroom definitely cannot be beaten:

The best seat in the house.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
In economy the service is the expected coffee/tea run:

Again in a cup with appropriate saying.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
That looks very dirty and nasty:

The offender should be sentenced to clean up the spot!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
While disembarking the purser says to me “I hope you didn’t forget your camera!” - “Of course not! Thank you and good bye!”.

How attentive!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
why do they have to have a gate 16 when there are four jetways and once everything’s complete there will be maybe eight gates?

Probably anticipating the following phase of the project.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
A smoking aquarium - people at these northern latitudes certainly smoke more than in the south:

Really? I thought it was the other way around.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Finns are crazy, and the norther you go, the crazier we get

So, how do you consider yourself?   


Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Ok, now I’m eternally grateful, please take my tax money and use it to support your failing banks who couldn’t get a grip (masqueraded as “Emergency Aid to our friends in Greece” of course):

What a statement. I like it!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
not just any bible but a particularly nasty interpretation of the book whose rules about various aspects of the modern life, including birth control and watching TV make even the Pope in Vatican look like a liberal...

Do you mean something like Brunstad Christian Church?


Thanks for sharing this insightful review and of course the beautiful pictures.

Best wishes,
Suryo
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:24 pm

Great report and lovely pictures. I'm always pleased to see trip reports about Finland and this one was very enjoyable.

I do agree with these guys:

Quoting taichen (Reply 1):
Nice to see the new OUL terminal. Not that I am really impressed
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
The new terminal in OUL don't look too nice, I guess it will be better though as time goes. And as you said, it isn't even finished yet!

Is there some off-the peg airport manufacturer somewhere? That looks like the twin of a thousand airports in the world.

I'm a great fan of being individual. Shame Oulu airport didn't think the same.

The Blue1 livery looks really good. Well done to them.
and with that..cabin crew, seats for landing please.
 
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Tue Oct 11, 2011 2:16 pm

Hi guys,

Good to see more comments, thank you!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 28):
Nice trip report, seems like KF did it well again .

Well, they normally do the flight experience just fine, too bad they don't do their financials very well...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 30):
Which trip reporter could have imagined it?

Well, I think quite a few actually!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 30):
The best seat in the house.

Almost, there are two seats up at the very pointy end that are better.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 30):
A smoking aquarium - people at these northern latitudes certainly smoke more than in the south:
Really? I thought it was the other way around.

Well, generally speaking it might be, but within one country it certainly is like that - the harsher the climate, the more the people tend to smoke.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 30):
Finns are crazy, and the norther you go, the crazier we get
So, how do you consider yourself?

Stark raving mad.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 30):
Do you mean something like Brunstad Christian Church?

Nope, far more fundamentalist and controlling of people's lives - see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laestadianism

Quoting Babybus (Reply 31):
Is there some off-the peg airport manufacturer somewhere? That looks like the twin of a thousand airports in the world.
I'm a great fan of being individual. Shame Oulu airport didn't think the same.

Well, we Finns are more known for being utilitarian and functional than grand or different - our airports certainly are a testimony to that (although the long haul terminal at HEL is quite impressive from the outside).
 
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:27 am

Hi P,

Good read as always.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
So here we go, I really had no choice but to book a quick trip up to OUL to check out the brand new terminal.

I like your wording - you had no choice. Was your credit card hopping out of your wallet with anticipation?!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Just before snapping that photo I tell the waiting purser “Apparently I’m not the last one so I have time to take a photo!”.
She is a bit confused and asks “A photo of what?”
- “This”, I point and snap away.
- Oh, I thought you were going to take a photo of *me*
- I can do that too, do you want me to?
- Thanks for the offer but not today.
- Shame you’d made a great model!
- (laughs)

It really does seem the crews of KF are always friendly and up for a laugh.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
These tubes of metal make OUL the third airport in Finland with jetways, after HEL and RVN!

So the jetways were only introduced with the new terminal?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
View down to the sparkling new luggage hall

It's so sparkly, it looks like the floor is flooded.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Some leftover equipment from the official opening reception:

No cake?  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
this is the exit from the luggage hall even though it’s kinda hard to tell as there are no signs whatsover:

Very bad and most confusing.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
but not sure if I’ll bother writing another report on that as there’s nothing really new, just my last flights aboard BT’s Fokker 50s and a farewell to the “Midnight Fokker” - let’s

Please? I think the you've logged that flight so many times it deserves a worthy farewell!

Happy flying
Infodesk   
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:01 pm

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
The route, very simple by my standards:

Hi FF, yes indeed, this was a little of a revelation to see only one line on your map!

But a very nice TR, thanks. One thing, the terminal looked very clean and cold... lots of straight lines. Do the architects feel emotions?

Luke!
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:16 am

Nice report, P! Now I can postpone my trip to OUL until November 17  No rush to see what they have there!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
Eight of November, I've been told.

9th of November will be your special episode, atleast according to my calendar. But I guess you also appear on another episode when lots of Finnish aviation enthusiasts fly to TLL 
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RE: New Oulu Terminal: HEL-OUL-HEL

Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:03 pm

Hello Petteri

Thanks for the nice story! You don´t have to fly via 5 airports with 5 different airlines to make a story interesting for sure 

Thanks for the guide to Oulu´s new terminal, sadly I didn´t find it that attractive. Too dark for my taste 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Sadly just a lurker here on a.net, but active on many other frequent flyer websites, including some German forums - he’s a German living in the



Small world you know 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
OH-BLO is delightfully a new registration for my log:



Have you catch all by now?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Thread starter):
Take off is from 22R around ten minutes later:



What a beautiful picture! I love the reflection of the clouds on the wing!

Thanks again Petteri! See you soon

Greetings
Robert

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