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Scandinavian Capital Hopping: ARN-OSL-ARN On SAS

Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:53 pm

This is a short tripreport covering my trip to Oslo I did on the fifth of January.

SAS used to send out a magazine called Seasons 4 times a year to their Eurobonus Silver and Gold members. In the late fall of 2011, SAS changed the name of this magazine to Eurobonus Traveler, this to celebrate the fact that Eurobonus as a Frequent Flyer programme will celebrate 20 years in April 2012.
Together with the first issue of Eurobonus Traveler, they included a lounge voucher which gave you one visit to a SAS Business lounge if you were traveling on a ticket with SK, KF or WF, where such a lounge is available. Me being a Eurobonus Silver member, I also received one of these vouchers.
The expiry date of this voucher was January 31st, and since I didn't have any SK flights planned before that date that would allow me to use the voucher, I decided to do a quick daytrip somewhere to take advantage it. Afterall, I had never visited a SAS lounge at all.

Before I made any booking, I asked my mother, who also had gotten a voucher, if she would be interested to join me in such a daytrip, and indeed she was interested.

My first idea was to go to SK's flagship lounge at CPH, or possibly OSL. Our choice fell on OSL for two reasons, my mother preferred to go there, and there were more availability of cheap tickets for OSL.
Once decided on OSL, I realized that I could combine this with a flight or two on SK's OSL based ex-Braathens 737 classics, in the -400 and -500 series. Two subtypes previously unflown by me.
After deciding on the date, January 5, I found cheap and suitable flights for us. We ended up booking two flights on 737-400's with some 2hr 40mins in OSL. The tickets were priced at about 50 EUR oneway per person.

A few days before departure, while checking the booking, I noticed the plane on the outbound leg had been changed to a 737-600. Bummer, as I have flown that type lots of times. Oh well, the return leg was still scheduled as a 737-400.

January 5

We arrived to ARN by car, my father was kind enough to drive us there.

Great weather at the time:
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FIDS:
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ARN T5 old departure hall:
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And the newer one, used by SK and partners:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Oslo%202012/DSC05338.jpg

I had already checked us in online the day before, so all we had to do was to print out our boarding passes, which was easily done at one of the self service kiosks.

The FIDS told us that our departure gate was 9, so off to the security checkpoint next to Sky City it is!

There were no queue and we were through in no time.

Apron view:
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We headed to the Menzies Business lounge.

My mother got in for free, as she has a number of free lounge visits due to enough spending on her Diners Club card. We had to pay a guest fee for me at 16 EUR.

The lounge is decent, with sandwiches and snacks to eat. The drink section is limited to wine, beer, water, sodas and juices on tap.

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The views from the lounge however, is great. And there's a nice seating area to enjoy the view aswell.
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Note that on the photos, the weather gets worse, compared to sunny and not a cloud in sight when we entered the terminal.

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SK bird to BGO:
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And our bird to OSL in the background:
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After some quality time spent at the lounge, we headed to our gate, snapping some pictures of planes while heading there. As mentioned earlier, our flight to OSL left from gate 9, located at the end of the A-pier at ARN.

Yep, they are still around:
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BA and SK over at the F-pier:
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We waited at the gate for only a couple of minutes before boarding was called.

Gate area:
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Our plane hidden behind the jetway:
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FI 757 at a neighboring gate:
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SK882
ARN-OSL
737-600
LN-RRZ “Gisla Viking”

I walked down the jetway and was greeted by two female FA's. The crew for this flight consited of three old-ish women.

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I settled down on my seat 21A. This bird was equipped with SK's newer kind of seats. They are rock hard and thin, and not that good legroom here in the back.

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Seats en detail:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Oslo%202012/DSC05417.jpg

View from the seat:
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Luckily the aisle seat stays free when all passengers had boarded, so my mother moved to that seat and we were blessed with an empty middle seat. Making the comfort more bearable.

Cabin view:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Oslo%202012/DSC05385.jpg

Overhead panels:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Oslo%202012/DSC05419.jpg

The crew preforms a manual safety demo and we are soon pushing back.

We taxi towards runway 08, where I last took off about 30 hours earlier.

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We preform a standard takeoff, and soon after we enter the clouds...

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Oslo%202012/DSC05389.jpg

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Only to get out above them shortly after.

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Soon the seatbelt sign is turned off and the crew start their BOB round minutes later. We didn't bother with it.
I remember reading last fall that SK would introduce free coffee for their economy passengers some time after new year. Apparently it hasn't happened yet, but let's hope they'll introduce it soon.

I noted that this OSL based plane had a separate folder for the Norwegian domestic BOB sortiment, the Swedish sortiment only has a page in the standard “Cloudshop” folder.
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Most of the flight was overcast, the more west we got the less clouds there were though.

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The flight progressed smoothly, and soon we begun our descent.

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Soon after, I spotted the town of Oslo on my side of the aircraft.

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This meant a landing from the south, on one of the 01's.

And indeed, soon we touched down on runway 01R.

SU holding for takeoff:
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Almost touchdown:
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And touchdown:
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OSL terminal:
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SU taking off:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Oslo%202012/DSC05479.jpg

Some nice views during taxi:
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We taxied to a gate at the base of the international pier, next to a DY 738.
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We were allowed to deboard either in the front or in the back. We of course chose the back exit, which allowed for some nice photos.

My seat after the flight:
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The planes were parked so close I could actually take two under wing shots!
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We took the stairs to up to the jetway and into the terminal we went.

Our plane as seen from the jetway:
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The first thing I did was to take a look around the terminal. Last time I was here in OSL I was kind of in a hurry, ( see: SAS Longhaul: Stockholm To New York, With A Twist! (by deltamartin Nov 13 2011 in Trip Reports) ) so this time I could take my time. While I looked around, my mother decided to do some tax-free shopping. We were outside of EU after all.

Some impressions of OSL:
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Once we both were done with our respecitve errands, we decided to head to the SAS Business lounge, it was after all the purpose of our visit to OSL, so we couldn't spend too much time doing other stuff.

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Outside of the lounge entrance there was a nice and large model of a SAS 738.
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Nope, haven't flown this one.
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We showed our BP's and gave our vouchers to the lounge agent and we were let in without any problems.

The lounge was pretty nice. Nice and comfortable furniture, very IKEA. Ample seating.
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The view was nice, but not photo friendly.
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They had a shelf with a lot of different In-flight magazines and different kind of folders from different parts of the SAS-group, a nice touch for us enthusiasts.
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The food and drinks offerings were decent; soft drinks, wine and beer on tap.
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A small buffet with a few cold dishes and sandwiches.
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We spent the rest of our time in OSL in the lounge.

When our boarding time approached we started to head towards the gate. Gate 38 was assigned for our plane to Stockholm this afternoon.

FIDS:
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Note the delayed AMS flights, I also noticed a KL flight from ARN were delayed from 9:30 something until after 12, I guess they were having some troubles down at AMS?

Gate area:
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Our plane behind the jetway, does indeed look like the scheduled 734.
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Soon boarding was called, and we lined up to be let onboard.

In the middle of the boarding process an airport worker yelled at us in the queue to move to let her pass with a passenger in a wheelchair. I found this a bit odd, isn't it better for everyone involved to do that before or after boarding, and not in the middle of the general boarding?

Soon we reached the desk and the gate agent scanned our boarding passes and let us walk down the jetway.

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Through the jetways glass wall I could see that the plane for the flight was LN-BRE, named Håkon V. Magnusson. If I'm not mistaken, these ex-Braathens birds are the only ones in the SAS mainline fleet without a “Viking” name, they inherited their old Braathens names instead.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Oslo%202012/DSC05533.jpg

SK882
OSL-ARN
Boeing 737-400
LN-BRE “Håkon V. Magnusson”

As I enter the plane I was greeted by a female FA. The crew consisted of three females and one male. All rather old in usual SAS standards.

We found our seats, mine was 24A with my mother on the B seat. This time the aisle seat got occupied as well, so no extra space for us.

The old fashioned seat was rather comfortable, the legroom was acceptable, not that one requires that much for these kinds of short hops.

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View out the window:
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Od-fashioned overhead panels:
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We pushed back and started taxiing towards 01R, the same runway that we landed on a few hours earlier.
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A WF bird taxiing behind us:
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Turning onto the active:
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The takeoff roll was rather powerful and loud and and soon we were airborn. By this time it was almost dark already so I didn't manage to take many decent pictures.
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The flight was pretty much like the outbound flight, a bog standard SK intra-Scandinavia flight. Once again we did not bother with the BOB.

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Cabin view:
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We approached Arlanda and landed on runway 01L and taxied towards gate 7, next to the one we left this morning. I believe most of SK's intra-Scandinavia flights use these gates, a remainder of the SAS-Express concept I presume.

Descending:
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Parked at our gate:
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My seat after the flight:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Oslo%202012/DSC05587.jpg

Aircraft parked at its gate:
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We walked through the terminal to the curbside where my father waited to pick us up, and our little trip to OSL came to an end.
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To sum things up,

SAS provided two standard SK flights, on time, friendly crews and BOB service, not much to say there. The old 737-400 (this example manufactured in 1990) was in great condition, and so was the younger cousin we flew to get to OSL.
The lounge voucher was a really nice gesture from SAS for me as a EuroBonus Silver member, a status pretty much useless unless you often need to check in an additional bag.
The lounge itself was rather nice, would have liked something more substantial on offer but the pasta salad was decent.

OSL is a pretty nice airport with lots of glass walls and natural light. I have yet to be landside at OSL, so the only part I have ever visited there is the International Airside, so that's where my opinions are based.

My next report will cover my flights around the ARN A.net meet, including a very special flight on a Saab.

As a bonus, I have included a few pictures I took of the Antonov An-225 that landed at ARN when I was in OSL. It's a big bird.

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http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Oslo%202012/DSC05615.jpg

As usual, any feedback or comments is appreciated. Thanks for reading!

Martin
 
LH4116
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RE: Scandinavian Capital Hopping: ARN-OSL-ARN On SAS

Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:20 pm

Hej Martin, nice little report you've made.

Seems like you and your mother had a nice trip. Did she get the magazine as an EBS as well, or as a former SAS employee?  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Afterall, I had never visited a SAS lounge at all.

Well considering your commutes to KRN, you've already quite a substantial amount of segments. So making EBG shouldn't be too hard, just book some extra last minute trips. Sometimes a 2 segment via CPH can cost as little as 659 SEK.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
My mother got in for free, as she has a number of free lounge visits due to enough spending on her Diners Club card. We had to pay a guest fee for me at 16 EUR.

Interesting, so Swedish Diners no longer get the unlimited free lounge access?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Yep, they are still around:

Perhaps one of the worst flights of my life. Terrible aircraft!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The lounge was pretty nice. Nice and comfortable furniture, very IKEA. Ample seating.

Must say that it looks really nice and fresh. Much better then the lounge they have at ARN.

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas
SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
 
roberts87
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RE: Scandinavian Capital Hopping: ARN-OSL-ARN On SAS

Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:36 pm

Thanks for the trip report and the many pictures!

Seemed like SK delivered their usual product. Nothing too special but at least they are consistent with that.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Note the delayed AMS flights, I also noticed a KL flight from ARN were delayed from 9:30 something until after 12, I guess they were having some troubles down at AMS?

If I remember correctly there was indeed some shitty (pardon my French) weather on January 5th in the Netherlands. Lots if very strong winds that led to quite some delays at AMS.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Once we both were done with our respecitve errands, we decided to head to the SAS Business lounge, it was after all the purpose of our visit to OSL, so we couldn't spend too much time doing other stuff.

That lounge does look nice. How does it compare to the lounges at CPH at ARN? I'm probably having a business class flight on LH leaving from CPH or ARN, so that would give me acces to the SK Business Lounges, if I'm not mistaken.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The lounge voucher was a really nice gesture from SAS for me as a EuroBonus Silver member, a status pretty much useless unless you often need to check in an additional bag.
The lounge itself was rather nice, would have liked something more substantial on offer but the pasta salad was decent.

A nice gesture indeed. I'm a Flying Blue Silver, probably about the same as Eurobonus Silver. You get the basic perks such as business class check-in and security, priority boarding, bonus miles and some extra baggage allowance, but no lounge acces or a realistic chance of getting upgraded.
 
CaptainRed
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RE: Scandinavian Capital Hopping: ARN-OSL-ARN On SAS

Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:20 pm

Hi Martin,

interesting little report here, thanks a lot. Good idea to take that trip just to visit the lounge   Looks like you had two nice flights, well, the usual standard SK flights. Also nice pictures, really like the shots you got from the approach to OSL and the departure pics in the twilight.

Good catch with that huge Antonov, awesome bird.

Greetings
CaptainRed
 
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RE: Scandinavian Capital Hopping: ARN-OSL-ARN On SAS

Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:32 pm

Hey, Martin,

good to follow some more scandinavian style travels.
Nice pictures also.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):

The planes were parked so close I could actually take two under wing shots!

Sure a good idea!.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):

Through the jetways glass wall I could see that the plane for the flight was LN-BRE, named Håkon V. Magnusson. If I'm not mistaken, these ex-Braathens birds are the only ones in the SAS mainline fleet without a “Viking” name, they inherited their old Braathens names instead.

Good ol LN-BRE, logged also last year on CPH-OSL.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)
Tripreporter.net
 
deltamartin
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RE: Scandinavian Capital Hopping: ARN-OSL-ARN On SAS

Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:15 pm

Hi everyone and thanks for all the replies!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Did she get the magazine as an EBS as well, or as a former SAS employee?

Actually my father got the magazine as he is a EBS member, but he had no use of the lounge, nor did he bother to do a daytrip just for the sake of visiting a lounge, so he gave the voucher to my mother.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Well considering your commutes to KRN, you've already quite a substantial amount of segments. So making EBG shouldn't be too hard, just book some extra last minute trips. Sometimes a 2 segment via CPH can cost as little as 659 SEK.

Still quite a bit to go to EBG, the commuting only gets me half there, i.e. EBS. But let's see, maybe I'll do some last minute travel with SK in the summer. I also really wanna try a KF 717.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Interesting, so Swedish Diners no longer get the unlimited free lounge access?

Correct, if I'm not mistaken you get 1 visit per 10 000 SEK that you spend, or pay 125 SEK per visit.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Must say that it looks really nice and fresh. Much better then the lounge they have at ARN.

Well I haven't been to the one at ARN, but the one at OSL was indeed nice.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 2):
Seemed like SK delivered their usual product. Nothing too special but at least they are consistent with that.

  

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 2):

If I remember correctly there was indeed some shitty (pardon my French) weather on January 5th in the Netherlands. Lots if very strong winds that led to quite some delays at AMS.

Ah, okay. As I suspected then!  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 2):
That lounge does look nice. How does it compare to the lounges at CPH at ARN?

Haven't been to any other than the OSL one, but I believe the offerings are pretty much the same in OSL and ARN, but ARN offering a somewhat worse interior hardware. The CPH one is kind of the "Flagship Lounge" so I believe it's somewhat better in every aspect.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 3):
Good catch with that huge Antonov, awesome bird.

Indeed, I'm very happy to have seen it.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Sure a good idea!.

I knew you'd like it!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Good ol LN-BRE, logged also last year on CPH-OSL.

Good to hear, was your experience pleasant as well?

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Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:12 am

Hi Martin -

Gosh. Reading that alone gave me a chill. It looks cold over in the Scandinavian areas this winter.

Really liked the photos which mirrored the weather in being crisp and clear.

Good dedication just to use a lounge visit voucher. Seemed quite worth it!

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Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:42 am

Nice report Martin

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Together with the first issue of Eurobonus Traveler, they included a lounge voucher which gave you one visit to a SAS Business lounge

Thats nice of them. For some reason about 5 years ago, LH sent me (a LH Silver memeber) a booklet with two upgrade vouchers (from certain classes) and two lounge passes for any Star Alliance airline. Understandably, I was VERY happy with the gift. I upgraded VIE-PVG and PVG-CPH both to Business class, and got my friend and I into the CPH lounge on our outbound CPH-PVG (I was living near PVG at the time hence the frequent PVG flights).

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Before I made any booking, I asked my mother, who also had gotten a voucher, if she would be interested to join me in such a daytrip, and indeed she was interested.

It's nice that you can fly with your mum for fun! I imagine my mother would rather watch paint dry than going on a flying day trip!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The lounge was pretty nice. Nice and comfortable furniture, very IKEA. Ample seating.

The lounge looks exactly the same as I remember it from my first ever miles redemption back in 2006 (LHR-OSL-FRA-HKG/PEK-NRT-LHR).
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Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:18 am

Hi Martin!

Nice report with nice pictures !

Great to do a day trip to OSL ! Glad you got to try the 734 on the return. Always great to get a new aircraft type!

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Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:24 am

Hej Martin,

You sure are fast getting used to the more civilized side of flying - business class on BA, SAS lounges, what next?  

Nice of your mum to join you on this quick daytrip to get her duty free fix.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The crew for this flight consited of three old-ish women

Well, it's SAS after all! If you want younger crews, fly Blue1. Or BT. Or Estonian Air Regional  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The lounge was pretty nice. Nice and comfortable furniture, very IKEA. Ample seating.

Yeah, it's not a bad lounge. The Scandinavian "inner sanctum" is a bit better with a far more extensive drink selection, pretty much the same food offerings and a little classier decor. You could've just gone there, I've never seen anybody controlling the access apart from the reception desk of both lounges.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Through the jetways glass wall I could see that the plane for the flight was LN-BRE, named Håkon V. Magnusson. If I'm not mistaken, these ex-Braathens birds are the only ones in the SAS mainline fleet without a “Viking” name, they inherited their old Braathens names instead.

Yes, this is correct.

I've logged a bunch of flights with "Bremen" as well, all of those between OSL and CPH since these classics seem to be doing the trunk Scandinavian routes for most of the time.
 
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Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:51 am

Hej Martin!

Thanks for this nice report, as usual. You had the perfect excuse for a daytrip, some lounging and your mother wanting to come along is great as well. I think she sure must be allright with your plane ‘obsession’  . A small put off on the outbound changing to a 736 but aircraft changes seem to be common with SAS as well. I like the newer seats on the 736 and good you had that middle seat free; makes all the difference.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Before I made any booking, I asked my mother, who also had gotten a voucher, if she would be interested to join me in such a daytrip, and indeed she was interested.

A mother and son trip, very nice.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
We ended up booking two flights on 737-400's with some 2hr 40mins in OSL. The tickets were priced at about 50 EUR oneway per person.

Good price and good equipment scheduled; too bad you had a one leg equipment change.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Apron view

I have the very same photo in my ARN.meet report  

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Making the comfort more bearable.

3 occupied seats and you feel squished in there, I can tell.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Our plane as seen from the jetway:

Strange concept in deboarding via finger and onto apron via the back door. I had something similar a few months ago in DUB.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I guess they were having some troubles down at AMS?

Bad weather...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I found this a bit odd, isn't it better for everyone involved to do that before or after boarding, and not in the middle of the general boarding?

That’s not well timed indeed. Usually they do this 1st or last?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The old fashioned seat was rather comfortable

Love these old school seating!

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Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:34 pm

Hi Martin,

another nice report, congratulations on getting the 734. I flew OSL-TRD on sister ship LN-BUF in 2009.


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Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:06 pm

Hi again, thanks alot for all the replies!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 6):
It looks cold over in the Scandinavian areas this winter.

Well actually this winter has been much warmer than the previous two.  
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 6):
Good dedication just to use a lounge visit voucher. Seemed quite worth it!

Indeed, I'm glad I did it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
For some reason about 5 years ago, LH sent me (a LH Silver memeber) a booklet with two upgrade vouchers (from certain classes) and two lounge passes for any Star Alliance airline. Understandably, I was VERY happy with the gift. I upgraded VIE-PVG and PVG-CPH both to Business class, and got my friend and I into the CPH lounge on our outbound CPH-PVG (I was living near PVG at the time hence the frequent PVG flights).

Wow, that sounds really nice.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
It's nice that you can fly with your mum for fun! I imagine my mother would rather watch paint dry than going on a flying day trip!

Well, after all my mother did use to work for SAS, but she never got to use any of their lounges, so I believe she was rather curious how those lounges were like.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):
Glad you got to try the 734 on the return. Always great to get a new aircraft type!

Yep, there's only one first time!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
You sure are fast getting used to the more civilized side of flying - business class on BA, SAS lounges, what next?

Haha, we'll see!  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Well, it's SAS after all! If you want younger crews, fly Blue1. Or BT. Or Estonian Air Regional

Well, as of this weekend I have now tried 2 of those three, and a KF flight is in the pipeline.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
You could've just gone there, I've never seen anybody controlling the access apart from the reception desk of both lounges.

Oh, I didn't know that, I thought there would be a turnstile or something. If I knew that it was wide open I'd probably have taken a peek inside at least.
I don't think I'd have used that lounge though, I am a shy and rule-following Swede after all!  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 10):
I have the very same photo in my ARN.meet report

A similar photo will be featured in my ARN meeting report as well.  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 10):
3 occupied seats and you feel squished in there, I can tell.

Been there, done that.   

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 10):
Strange concept in deboarding via finger and onto apron via the back door. I had something similar a few months ago in DUB.

A little strange indeed. I like it though, gives you some perks of a bus boarding, but none of the hassle!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 10):
That’s not well timed indeed. Usually they do this 1st or last?

Well, at KRN and ARN it's usually done before general boarding.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
congratulations on getting the 734. I flew OSL-TRD on sister ship LN-BUF in 2009.

Did you have a nice flight as well?

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Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:34 pm

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 12):
Quoting The777Man (Reply 8):Glad you got to try the 734 on the return. Always great to get a new aircraft type!
Yep, there's only one first time!

Had my first 734 flight on KL PH-BDR in Oct89 AMS-ARN with cockpit visit in flight.....so a while ago.

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Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:54 pm

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Had my first 734 flight on KL PH-BDR in Oct89 AMS-ARN with cockpit visit in flight.

That's nice, cockpit visits during flight is rare nowadays, I've never been fortunate enough to experience one.

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Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:15 pm

Hi Martin,

This is what I call an exciting mother-son daytrip. Thank you so much for sharing. I cannot wait to have my own in March.  


Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The tickets were priced at about 50 EUR oneway per person.

A bargain!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
And there's a nice seating area to enjoy the view aswell

This makes your lounge visit even more enjoyable.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The crew for this flight consited of three old-ish women.
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The crew consisted of three females and one male. All rather old in usual SAS standards.

No acquaintance of your mother among them?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I could actually take two under wing shots

What an unique opportunity. Way to go, Martin!   


Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
They had a shelf with a lot of different In-flight magazines and different kind of folders from different parts of the SAS-group, a nice touch for us enthusiasts.

Did you liberate each of the copies?   


Quoting roberts87 (Reply 2):
If I remember correctly there was indeed some shitty (pardon my French) weather on January 5th in the Netherlands. Lots if very strong winds that led to quite some delays at AMS.

I can confirm that. It was like a survival trip getting myself to the office on the bike.


Thanks again.

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Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:46 pm

Hi Suryo!

Thanks for commenting!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
Thank you so much for sharing. I cannot wait to have my own in March.

Looking forward to read about it!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
This makes your lounge visit even more enjoyable.

Indeed. A lounge without a view is not a proper lounge!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
No acquaintance of your mother among them?

Nope, since both of our flights were scheduled on the ex-Braathens birds, which are all based in OSL, there were OSL-based crew on both flights, and my mother were based at ARN during her entire SAS career.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):

Did you liberate each of the copies?

I only snatched one of those magazines actually, the Blue1 inflight magazine. Never been a big fan of collecting stuff actually, probably inherited from my father who considers everything without a proper function to be trash!

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Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:21 am

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 14):
's nice, cockpit visits during flight is rare nowadays,

Yes, I could have stayed in the cockpit for landing at ARN but unfortunately, I thought I had to go back to my seat......so I left the cockpit just as we passed Skarholmen..... 

Had my first 744 flight with KL on the same trip and the 744 had been in service for about 9 months at that time.

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Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:41 pm

Hey Martin another nice report well done .   Nice food offerings in the OSL lounge. I love the style of these SK lounges.

Keep them coming .

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Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:24 pm

Great report and it looks like you had two great flights.

The last time I flew Braathens (Amsterdam > Bergen > Amsterdam) was in 2001 when it really was Braathens, great flights and great crews (also older, if I remember correctly!) The seats on the 734 haven't changed since 2001, although the covers/materials have. One thing I've always wondered - what are/were the grey rectangles above the tray-tables for? They were there in 2001 also, then empty too... Can somebody enlighten me, please?
 
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Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:43 pm

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
This is what I call an exciting mother-son daytrip. Thank you so much for sharing. I cannot wait to have my own in March.

A mother-son trip or a daytrip? I hope to do plenty of father-son trips in the future  

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Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:57 pm

Hi Martin,

Another really nice trip report you've written up, really enjoyable to read it as usual. Nice you managed to catch the 737-400, that's a subtype still missing in my log (but well, I should log it in a month or so).

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
SAS used to send out a magazine called Seasons 4 times a year to their Eurobonus Silver and Gold members. In the late fall of 2011, SAS changed the name of this magazine to Eurobonus Traveler, this to celebrate the fact that Eurobonus as a Frequent Flyer programme will celebrate 20 years in April 2012.

I remember that magazine! Despite always being only a EuroBonus Basic member I think I have received the magazine a couple of times - I got it after completing my first flight (and scoring my first EB points) plus again at a later stage when they were running some sort of a campaign.
Anyway, I am getting closer to EBS all the time plus I can comfort myself by reading the Eurobonus Traveler online at the Blue1 website.  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Before I made any booking, I asked my mother, who also had gotten a voucher, if she would be interested to join me in such a daytrip, and indeed she was interested.

That is very kind of her (and of you also to ask her to come with you!). Unfortunately my parents aren't exactly very excited about my travel plans at all times.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I noticed the plane on the outbound leg had been changed to a 737-600. Bummer, as I have flown that type lots of times

You lucky Swedes with MD-80s, 737-600s and ATPs all over the place. I still haven't logged a flight on the 737-600 (but yes, I have a flight booked on it on SK, of course).

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Apron view:

Seeing the Ethiopian Airlines tail makes me sad - it makes me remember their ARN-FCO connection that I haven't managed to enjoy yet - such a shame the ADD flights will become nonstop soon.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The views from the lounge however, is great. And there's a nice seating area to enjoy the view aswell.

Perfectly designed for A.netters!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Yep, they are still around:

At first I thought you were talking about the airline, then I understood you meant the Fokkers. Well, apart from their horrible signature smell I think they are nice little birds. And with the added financing I guess we will see Air Baltic around for some more time.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The crew for this flight consited of three old-ish women

...which confirmed you had boarded a SAS flight.  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I remember reading last fall that SK would introduce free coffee for their economy passengers some time after new year. Apparently it hasn't happened yet, but let's hope they'll introduce it soon.

Yeah, at least they have been experimenting with free coffee on some routes.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
They had a shelf with a lot of different In-flight magazines and different kind of folders from different parts of the SAS-group, a nice touch for us enthusiasts.

I'd be in heaven! BTW, I see a Blue1 inflight magazine.  
I know this is a bit off-topic, but talking about KF and SK, SAS will stop flying ARN-HEL and CPH-HEL starting March. From there on all flights are transferred to Blue1. So your chances to get a 717 ride are getting bigger and bigger!  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
My next report will cover my flights around the ARN A.net meet, including a very special flight on a Saab.

I am looking forward to it! And such a shame I could not join you guys last week, because of family reasons. Hopefully we can meet in Berlin at latest.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
Did you liberate each of the copies?

I would have! 
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 16):
Never been a big fan of collecting stuff actually, probably inherited from my father who considers everything without a proper function to be trash!

I kinda understand your point of view, yet I collect miniature aircraft models, safety cards, inflight magazines, boarding passes and baggage tags. And at the moment I have no plans to stop. 

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Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:44 pm

Hi Martin

Great report! Especially the pictures of the MD-80 are enough to warm the heart on a chilly winter's night. The OSL SK lounge looks rather nice. Last time I was in Oslo I didn't manage to try it out because I only had 15 minutes between arriving from ZRH and continuing on to ARN. The food offerings also look rather good, that's quite a substantial plate you got there!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
We were allowed to deboard either in the front or in the back. We of course chose the back exit, which allowed for some nice photos.

I've never been allowed to do that before. Is this commonly done in OSL? And where or rather how do the passengers deplaning at the back enter the terminal building?

Thanks for posting Martin!

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Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:57 pm

Hi, and once again thanks for all the comments!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 18):
I love the style of these SK lounges.

Yeah me too. Very Scandinavian and nice.

Quoting djb77 (Reply 19):
The seats on the 734 haven't changed since 2001, although the covers/materials have.

Yeah, these ones are the standard SK blue fabric. Was it leather when they flew for Braathens?

Quoting djb77 (Reply 19):
One thing I've always wondered - what are/were the grey rectangles above the tray-tables for? They were there in 2001 also, then empty too... Can somebody enlighten me, please?

No clue. Looks like they made room for IFE or something, but i rather doubt that.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 21):

Seeing the Ethiopian Airlines tail makes me sad - it makes me remember their ARN-FCO connection that I haven't managed to enjoy yet - such a shame the ADD flights will become nonstop soon.

I'm actually booked to fly it in June, I hope they don't introduce the nonstop before my flight.   

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 21):
...which confirmed you had boarded a SAS flight.

Haha, indeed!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 21):
I know this is a bit off-topic, but talking about KF and SK, SAS will stop flying ARN-HEL and CPH-HEL starting March. From there on all flights are transferred to Blue1. So your chances to get a 717 ride are getting bigger and bigger!

Earlier today I almost made a booking to fly the KF 717, turns out my SAS voucher is only valid for flights operated by SK mainline.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 21):
I am looking forward to it! And such a shame I could not join you guys last week, because of family reasons. Hopefully we can meet in Berlin at latest.

Would love to come to BER, sadly that weekend is the last weekend before my graduation, so its not really a suitable weekend for me.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 21):
I kinda understand your point of view, yet I collect miniature aircraft models, safety cards, inflight magazines, boarding passes and baggage tags. And at the moment I have no plans to stop.

I do collect aircraft models and certain safety cards and magazines, mainly from airlines that will disappear, that's why I have the bmi and LH Italia safety card. I don't really collect much beyond that though.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 22):
Is this commonly done in OSL? And where or rather how do the passengers deplaning at the back enter the terminal building?

I haven't been much at OSL but this was my first time experiencing it there. It's also commonly done at ARN Terminal 2 and 4.
There's usually a stair connected somehow to the jetway.

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Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:16 pm

Hi Martin,

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Together with the first issue of Eurobonus Traveler, they included a lounge voucher which gave you one visit to a SAS Business lounge if you were traveling on a ticket with SK, KF or WF, where such a lounge is available. Me being a Eurobonus Silver member, I also received one of these vouchers.

Nice gesture from SAS!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I realized that I could combine this with a flight or two on SK's OSL based ex-Braathens 737 classics, in the -400 and -500 series. Two subtypes previously unflown by me.

Good and obvious choice! How much longer will they be around with SAS...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The tickets were priced at about 50 EUR oneway per person.

That's always a good deal!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I noticed the plane on the outbound leg had been changed to a 737-600. Bummer, as I have flown that type lots of times.

Bugger! For me, the -600 is more interesting though, but I can understand you feel dissappointed about this.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Apron view:

Familiar view... typical ARN

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The lounge is decent, with sandwiches and snacks to eat. The drink section is limited to wine, beer, water, sodas and juices on tap.

A very standard lounge, but as you say indeed the apron views are nice.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
we decided to head to the SAS Business lounge, it was after all the purpose of our visit to OSL

Haha.. with mother visiting a lounge on purpose! I can't think about such thing will ever happen to me LOL

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
My next report will cover my flights around the ARN A.net meet, including a very special flight on a Saab.

Looking forward to read about it!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I took of the Antonov An-225 that landed at ARN when I was in OSL. It's a big bird.

It's an impressive aircraft! I've been very close to it once it visited AMS... nothing can beat this structure!

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Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:26 pm

Hej Hej

Good report you have got there. Thanks for sharing.
Seems like we have the same opinion on the new SK seating!
Return seating looks good as well, but quite weird since SK was never planning to operate with PTV's. I remember seeing this on SN once as well!

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RE: Scandinavian Capital Hopping: ARN-OSL-ARN On SAS

Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:02 am

Nice report...

Its been a while since I have flown SK, I've done NRT-CPH-MAN and back as well as LHR-CPH-AAL and back, and always found them pleasant! Of noting,yes the FA's were all on the older side, I did not realise this was an SK thing!!

Thanks again!
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RE: Scandinavian Capital Hopping: ARN-OSL-ARN On SAS

Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:26 am

Hi Martin,

nice report on the hops to Oslo. A true a.netter's way to use a lounge voucher!
The flights looked to be standard SAS quality, with the BOB. A shame they hadn't reintroduced a free drink yet, but hopefully it will come.
And the OSL lounge looked very nice, a pity about the windows non-suitability for photos outside though!

Thanks again

signol
Flights booked: NWI-AMS-JNB-DUR, JNB-AMS-NWI
 
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RE: Scandinavian Capital Hopping: ARN-OSL-ARN On SAS

Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:07 pm

Hi again and thanks for the feedback!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 24):
Good and obvious choice! How much longer will they be around with SAS...

Well the leased 73G's and 738's will start to come this year I think, so probably not for long.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 24):

Haha.. with mother visiting a lounge on purpose! I can't think about such thing will ever happen to me LOL

Well, she is part of the reason why I love aviation today so I'm pretty lucky!  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 25):
Seems like we have the same opinion on the new SK seating!

Yep. They will soon introduce new seats very similar (maybe the same, not sure) to LH's NEK, so we'll see how those are.

Quoting aussiepomm (Reply 26):
Its been a while since I have flown SK, I've done NRT-CPH-MAN and back as well as LHR-CPH-AAL and back, and always found them pleasant!

Yeah, even though their shorthaul economy product isn't the best, it is at least consistent!

Quoting signol (Reply 27):
The flights looked to be standard SAS quality, with the BOB. A shame they hadn't reintroduced a free drink yet, but hopefully it will come.

Hopefully they will introduce it to the summer schedule, as that's when they usually update their BOB menu called CloudShop.

Martin
 
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RE: Scandinavian Capital Hopping: ARN-OSL-ARN On SAS

Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:40 pm

Thanx for this TR

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 22):
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):We were allowed to deboard either in the front or in the back. We of course chose the back exit, which allowed for some nice photos.
I've never been allowed to do that before. Is this commonly done in OSL? And where or rather how do the passengers deplaning at the back enter the terminal building?

Yes this has become a common occurance at OSL. I guess it's more effeciant embarking / unembarking. DY also does this at OSL. If you walk out the back, you have to take the stairs on the side of the jetway up to the jetway itself and proceed inside the terminal.

On a sidenote...

Seems like DY usually has a younger flightcrew. Have you tried them Martin ?
 
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RE: Scandinavian Capital Hopping: ARN-OSL-ARN On SAS

Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:22 pm

Hi Mortyman, thanks for your feedback!

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 29):
Seems like DY usually has a younger flightcrew. Have you tried them Martin ?

Yeah, I have a handful of flights logged with them. I have another flight booked in March. Usually prefer to book SK though because of their FF-programme and my history with them (never really been badly taken care of).
Indeed the average age on DY's crews are probably younger, I'm not sure if I think that is a good or a bad thing though. I guess it is like it is with everything, both options has positive and negative aspects.

Martin
 
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RE: Scandinavian Capital Hopping: ARN-OSL-ARN On SAS

Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:02 pm

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 30):
Yeah, I have a handful of flights logged with them

Great !

Hopefully we can both enjoy a longhaul journey with DY soon on their B787's when they arrive  Smile

[Edited 2012-01-20 15:03:10]
 
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RE: Scandinavian Capital Hopping: ARN-OSL-ARN On SAS

Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:51 pm

Hej Martin!

Thanks for the nice report with good pictures! Nice that your mother come along on your trip. I can´t imagine my mother join me on a day-trip! Not even for the tax-free 

Pity about the A/C change. The -500 is far more exotic then the -600 to me too.

Greetings

Robert
 
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RE: Scandinavian Capital Hopping: ARN-OSL-ARN On SAS

Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:52 pm

Hi Robert!

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 32):
The -500 is far more exotic then the -600 to me too.

Indeed, I still need to get on a -500.  

Martin

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