gabrielchew
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A.net Meeting In Snowy Tallinn.U2 & FR STN-TLL-LTN

Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:25 pm

A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN

Back in October I was asked by FlyingFinn76 if I was interested joining a few other a.netters on a winter trip to Stockholm. I liked the idea of meeting a few other a.netters, but Stockholm didn’t tickle my fancy at all. Expensive pints make me angry. Thankfully, a side trip for the Saturday was organised to Tallinn in neighbouring Estonia. Now, this was more like it. A cheaper, more pretty destination that I had been hoping for an excuse to get back to.

As I was trying to save money for my upcoming African trip, I limited my flight choices to no-frills airlines. Thankfully mid-January London-Tallinn flights are cheap. I booked a one way easyJet STN-TLL flight for GBP 26, and return on Ryanair TLL-LTN for GBP 21. Not bad. A nice 3/4* hotel in Tallinn’s UNESCO Old Town was booked for GBP 38 including breakfast.

This weekend’s map:
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I decided to forego the expensive train connections, and took the easyBus service from Baker Street for GBP 5. I was a bit unsure of the time keeping of the bus, but was delighted that instead of the scheduled 1 hour 20 minutes, we arrive exactly an hour after leaving Baker Street.

On the easyBus to STN
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Nice sunny day to fly – walking to the nice terminal
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I took advantage of flying on easyJet (rather than Ryanair) and got a proper boarding card from an empty check in desk. I was told the load for today was 126 out of 156 – not full, but much busier than I was expecting. I also asked how much Speedy Boarding was – a shocking GBP 13.50 to board first??!? No thanks!
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There was only a small queue at security (of course more inexperienced travellers). The departure lounge at STN is very nice – spacious and light. To avoid the extorninate prices on board, I headed over to Boots, and got a bottle of their sparkling flavoured water for GBP 0.65 – tasty and a bargain.
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FIDS
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I took a seat and waited for my gate to show.
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As expected, we were given a gate in the satellite building, requiring a transit journey.


Free papers
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Ooh, is that a 747-800?
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On the transit
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In the Satellite Building
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My jet, G-EZAG
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The gate
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The number of people turning up at the gate grew slowly, and thankfully, everyone was calm, and sitting down, rather than hanging around like vultures.

January 2012
London Stansted (STN) – Tallinn (TLL)
easyJet U2 3057
Scheduled: 1310-1755 (2h45m)
Actual: 1321-1804 (2h47m)
Airbus A319 G-EZAG

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Finally we were let out onto the tarmac. All the speedy borders and young family headed to the front door. I trotted off to the back down, showed by boarding pass, then made a beeline for the emergency exit row. Excellent, window seat with extra legroom.
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Legroom
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The U2 A319s have a proper arm rest unlike BA
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Non-U2/FR, quite a rarity at STN
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Ooh, it a bit cold in TLL


Most U2 flights get a jetbridge
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Skiing charters
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Pushback
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Remnants of Air Asia X’s time at STN
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Taxiing past FRs winter graveyard
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Lining up
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Rotating into the sun
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An entertaining (if not rather one sided) view of 2014 UK without Scotland from the Daily Mail
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For GBP 1.20 I availed myself of a tonic water (ice, but no lemon)
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Views
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Cabin, quite full
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I bought another tonic to help pass the time
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The mother of this child let him run free. He leant so far over the back of the seat that he nearly fell into the row behind (and onto the occupants). He was also crawling in the aisle – not safe or clean.
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It slowly changed from day to night
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We headed through a rather thick dark cloud, and ended up popping out over Tallinn
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Touchdown was a few minutes late in a gloriously snowy Tallinn.
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A newly painted Flybe Nordic
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Special livery OV
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Disembarkation was via airbirdge, and before long I was walking towards immigration
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Immigration was swift, and with no luggage to collect I was shortly in a taxi. Time from plane to curb just 6 minutes.
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After s hort journey, I was dropped off my my hotel in the Old Town


After dropping off my stuff I went out in search of the other a.netters that had arrived on an earlier OV flight from ARN.

A few evening photos of Tallinn – simply gorgeous in the snow. I guess the Christmas tree is still there due to the differences in the Orthodox Christmas. It made the pictures better at any rate!
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After a great night out with the lads, I had enough time for a quick stroll around town before heading to the airport for my lunchtime flight home.
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Another short taxi ride later and I was back in the terminal. My last time in TLL 18 month earlier was a much calmer affair. Today, however, the place was packed.
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Arrivals
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FIDS


There was a long but fairly fast moving queue for security
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Terminal Map


The new CRJ 900
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The nice terminal with free wifi
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The same place from STN that I arrived on yesterday. The queue for the STN flight and our LTN flight intermingled creating quite a mess.
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Unlike easyJet, Ryanair don’t use a jetbridge. We were herded down the stairs into an underground waiting area.
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After ten minutes, the plane finally pulled up outside
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Fifteen minutes after that we were allowed to board
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January 2012
Tallinn (TLL) – London Luton (LTN)
Ryanair FR 2224
Scheduled: 1255-1340 (2h45m)
Actual: 1314-1339 (2h25m)
Boeing 737-800 EI-DHW


Upon boarding I was delighted to see the exit rows still empty. I asked the FA standing there if I could sit there, but she said I couldn’t unless I had a boarding pass saying I had one of those….Huh? It turns out just a few days before my flight FR had introduced “reserved” seating. Those with priority boarding passes are allowed in rows 1,2 and the exit rows. Shame I didn’t know about it in advance or else I would have bought reserved seats. EUR 5 seemed like a bargain to get an empty exit row on a full flight. In the end no one sat in those seats during the flight.
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Being deiced
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Taxiing out
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Some nice views soon vanished into the clouds
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I decided not to indulge in any of the inflight options, preferring the free option of my book and MP3. To disturb the tedium of the journey, someone’s bottle in their bad leaked sending the crew into a tizzy to solve the problem
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An oil rig being towed across the North Sea
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Snow free England
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Although there was quite a lot of frost
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Touchdown was a minute early. The crew played their triumphant “we’ve landed early” bit as we taxied to the terminal.
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An ATP
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G-LATE
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The old part of LTN, reserved for FR
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There was quite a queue for immigration, although the line moved quickly.
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Time from plane to curb was a respectable 13 minutes.
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So, overall a very pleasant weekend. It was great to meet up with the guys in Tallinn – I should probably have gone to ARN too – never mind. If you’re looking for a weekend break in Europe, Tallinn is just the place if you like a bit of snow!

I hope you enjoyed reading.

My next trip is a rather mammoth trip to Africa at the end of the week. The routing currently is LHR-CMN-LIS-BRU- BJM-KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ,DAR-NBO-ZRH-ATH-LCA-LHR, mostly in Business class. Exciting! Expect some trip reports!


All comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City – London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of San Diego Airport, and American Airlines San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LGW-OPO-LGW,LHR-FCO-CTA-LIN-LCY,LHR-AMS-GRQ-SEN,LTN-CPH-LHR-ORD
 
signol
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RE: A.net Meeting In Snowy Tallinn.U2 & FR STN-TLL-LTN

Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:50 pm

Hi Gabriel,

Thanks for this report, another for the meet collection!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN

Ah ha, the cheap option   Though I would have expected FR from STN and U2 from LTN  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
easyBus service from Baker Street for GBP 5

I once took it for GBP2 - though it was at 2am and in the other direction!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and got a bottle of their sparkling flavoured water for GBP 0.65

Did you actually spend 65p or was that a FPC (Frequent Pharmacy Customer) card points purchase?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
In the Satellite Building

A shame you didn't get a chance to visit the No 1 Lounge, it's quite good there (and includes priority lane security clearance).

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
FIDS

Doesn't seem to have the flight numbers on?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
For GBP 1.20 I availed myself of a tonic water (ice, but no lemon)

No gin, a shame  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The mother of this child let him run free.

Some people just let their kids run riot, like it's cruel to the child to tell them off.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
before heading to the airport for my lunchtime flight home.

So you didn't join the others for the early flight back?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Being deiced

I've yet to experience this...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My next trip is a rather mammoth trip to Africa at the end of the week.

Looking forward to the reports on that one!

Thanks again

signol
Flights booked: NWI-AMS-JNB-DUR, JNB-AMS-NWI
 
aflyingkiwi
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RE: A.net Meeting In Snowy Tallinn.U2 & FR STN-TLL-LTN

Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:21 pm

Hi Gabriel,

Sound's like you had 2 pretty decent & cheap flights with U2 & FR. Tallinn looks like a pretty cool place though I don't think the weather would be my cuppa tea.

Thanks for sharing & I am looking forward to your African reports.  

Regards,
aflyingkiwi
 
deltamartin
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RE: A.net Meeting In Snowy Tallinn.U2 & FR STN-TLL-LTN

Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:23 pm

Hi Gabriel!

Another nice report!
I too was on the A.net meet, and on that OV flight to TLL, I was leaving TLL to HEL on AY/BE about the same time as you arrived though, too bad we couldn't meet!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Ooh, is that a 747-800?

I do believe it is, a beauty.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

Disembarkation was via airbirdge, and before long I was walking towards immigration

I saw that plane while taxiing for takeoff on my ATR.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The nice terminal with free wifi

Indeed it was a nice terminal, bright and modern.

Martin
 
NDiesel
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RE: A.net Meeting In Snowy Tallinn.U2 & FR STN-TLL-LTN

Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:33 pm

Another great report! Tallinn looks beautiful - on my Xmas destination wish list for next year!

NDiesel
Delta MD-11 JFK-CDG - Upon sunrise I fell in love with Aviation
 
gabrielchew
Topic Author
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RE: A.net Meeting In Snowy Tallinn.U2 & FR STN-TLL-LTN

Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:59 pm

Quoting signol (Reply 1):
Ah ha, the cheap option Though I would have expected FR from STN and U2 from LTN

Indeed, it seems the wrong way round

Quoting signol (Reply 1):
I once took it for GBP2 - though it was at 2am and in the other direction!

The pricing seems quite haphazard. There was a £2 about an hour later

Quoting signol (Reply 1):
Did you actually spend 65p or was that a FPC (Frequent Pharmacy Customer) card points purchase?

Wel,, I used 65p worth of points

Quoting signol (Reply 1):
Doesn't seem to have the flight numbers on?

The screen kept chaning

Quoting signol (Reply 1):
No gin, a shame

No gin for that price.....

Quoting signol (Reply 1):
So you didn't join the others for the early flight back?

No, thank goodness. I need my sleep!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 2):
Tallinn looks like a pretty cool place though I don't think the weather would be my cuppa tea.

The weather was wonderful - so pretty in the snow! You just have to wrap up warm!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 2):
Thanks for sharing

No problem

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
Another nice report!

Thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
I was leaving TLL to HEL on AY/BE about the same time as you arrived though, too bad we couldn't meet!
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 3):
I saw that plane while taxiing for takeoff on my ATR.

Looks like we just missed each other - shame!

Quoting NDiesel (Reply 4):
Another great report!

Thanks!

Quoting NDiesel (Reply 4):
Tallinn looks beautiful - on my Xmas destination wish list for next year!

It should be - lovely place
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Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:16 am

Hey there Gabriel Chew Gab, great report!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As I was trying to save money for my upcoming African trip,

I suppose most of those money went for the Biz tickets, or were they all purchased with BD miles?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and took the easyBus service from Baker Street for GBP 5.

Now that's an interesting marketing gimmick. Offer the pax cheap transfers to the airport. It actually makes sense to fly LCCs then. Wish more faux airlines would come up with a similar idea.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I headed over to Boots, and got a bottle of their sparkling flavoured water for GBP 0.65 – tasty and a bargain.

Wow, I had no idea any item in any airport in the known world could be priced that cheap. I assume it was courtesy of the weak economy? Thank you Mr. Cameron  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
All the speedy borders and young family headed to the front door. I trotted off to the back down,

What's the point of this speedy boarding thing anyway. Aren't the seats assigned on Easyjet?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
For GBP 1.20 I availed myself of a tonic water (ice, but no lemon)

Did you bring the Gin from home?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Time from plane to curb just 6 minutes.

...And another 6 minutes to the city  

Thanks for sharing
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Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:25 am

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
I suppose most of those money went for the Biz tickets, or were they all purchased with BD miles?

Five tickets....
LHR-CMN cash in Y
CMN-LIS-BRU-BJM miles in C with BD
BJM-KGL-ADD-ZNZ miles in C with BD
DAR-ZRH-ATH-LCA miles in C/F with BD
LCA-LHR miles in C with BA

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
Now that's an interesting marketing gimmick. Offer the pax cheap transfers to the airport. It actually makes sense to fly LCCs then. Wish more faux airlines would come up with a similar idea.

Yeah, it's great if you get the lowest fares. Only really works if you start in Central London though

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
Wow, I had no idea any item in any airport in the known world could be priced that cheap. I assume it was courtesy of the weak economy? Thank you Mr. Cameron

Nothing to do with a weak economy. Just a special deal.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
What's the point of this speedy boarding thing anyway. Aren't the seats assigned on Easyjet?

No, it's free seating, although they are trialling assignsed seating.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
Did you bring the Gin from home?

Would I do such a thing?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
...And another 6 minutes to the city

Yeah, TLL is nice and central
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Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:46 am

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
On the easyBus to STN

Ah, that brings back memories of my ventures down to London when I was a completely broke student up in Scotland. Gotta love the easyBus.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
For GBP 1.20 I availed myself of a tonic water (ice, but no lemon)

Can you pay in cash or do they only accept plastic like here in the US?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A few evening photos of Tallinn – simply gorgeous in the snow. I guess the Christmas tree is still there due to the differences in the Orthodox Christmas.

Man, I'd love to visit the Baltic capital cities one day (only been to Vilnius). As for the Christmas tree: Technically it's the Old-Calendrists that have a late Christmas not the Orthodox Christians as a whole (even though the Old-Calendrists are Orthodox). There are many Orthodox (see Greece, Bulgaria and elsewhere) that celebrate Christmas on Dec 25. Not important (I am not even religious), I just wanted to point it out.  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The crew played their triumphant “we’ve landed early” bit as we taxied to the terminal.

Ryanair loves to blow its own horn like noone else in the aviation world, no doubt about that  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My next trip is a rather mammoth trip to Africa at the end of the week. The routing currently is LHR-CMN-LIS-BRU- BJM-KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ,DAR-NBO-ZRH-ATH-LCA-LHR, mostly in Business class. Exciting! Expect some trip reports!

Man, I can't wait to read your TRs. I hope you have an awesome time (and also that it doesn't take you too long to put those TR together!). Happy landings!

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Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:43 am

Hi Gabriel!

It was great to meet over the weekend in TLL, thanks for a good time.

Also interesting to read experience on floghts flights, another different view! Seemingly U2 did ok and nice to score an exit row. About FR, not sure. I think it is a compulsory item to have 2 people seated at the emergency exit seats to be able to open the hatches in case of evacuation. They can have new selling points, but this seems a safety issue as well... Maybe something to look up?
Good pics, nice sunset too! That Christmas tree only looked much better in the evening  

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Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:27 am

Hi!

Just wanted to say many thanks for the trip report. It was slightly different from your usual reports in that there were no business class lounges and gin and tonics! But some great shots of the terminals and in flight and of course Tallinn. I would really like to make it to Tallinn especially as there are good cheap flight options from London. I went to Bratislava with Ryanair a couple of times and loved the place.

Many thanks,

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Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:42 am

Hi Gabriel,

Very nice report. Another ARN A.net meeting report without visiting ARN.   


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I booked a one way easyJet STN-TLL flight for GBP 26, and return on Ryanair TLL-LTN for GBP 21. Not bad. A nice 3/4* hotel in Tallinn’s UNESCO Old Town was booked for GBP 38 including breakfast.

What a cheap combo! Well done, Gabriel!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Ooh, it a bit cold in TLL

The temperature put me off the ARN meeting.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Remnants of Air Asia X’s time at STN

Soon to be remnants of Air Asia X’s time in Europe.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Taxiing past FRs winter graveyard

I did not know that FR parked so many of the fleet during wintertime.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Rotating into the sun

Beautiful view.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Cabin, quite full

With some passengers noticeably dozing off.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I bought another tonic to help pass the time

Still no gin? 


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A few evening photos of Tallinn – simply gorgeous in the snow.

I indeed dislike the temperature, I cannot deny that these photos are stunning!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The nice terminal with free wifi

What an oase. You can feel the calm atmosphere.


Thank you for sharing. Looking forward to your African adventures.


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Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:53 am

Hi Gab,

Thanks for this TR; it puts U2 and FR into a good comparison !!! (guess which one I would prefer ?)...

TLL has been high on my to visit list too, but it has to wait till Summer...will probably fly the non-stop Bombardier flight of OV instead of a LCC  
After visiting VNO and RIX before, this is my final Baltic capital to visit...no doubt I will like it, since I've always been a big fan of this area as well as Scandinavia: thanks a lot for sharing some pictures !

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Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:42 am

Hi Gabriel

Nice tripreport you have got there! Great to read. Too bad we missed each other over the weekend! But hey, this weekend we have another chance  .

EZY and FR got you over and back to TLL pretty good. IMO Easyjet looked a tad better. I like the added (payed) service of the Easybus.


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Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:57 am

Hey great report and nice to see one from STN. I still have never flown EZY . Love the snowy pics , have not seen snow on the ground this year and probably wont . Kind of miss it  

Glad you had a good trip .

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Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:04 pm

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
In the end no one sat in those seats during the flight.
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 9):
I think it is a compulsory item to have 2 people seated at the emergency exit seats to be able to open the hatches in case of evacuation

That's right, Eric. Quite interesting that at FR they don't seem too bothered about that!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
Can you pay in cash or do they only accept plastic like here in the US?

Cash is easier to pay with than card at U2, so a contrast to the US!

Quoting MH017 (Reply 12):
will probably fly the non-stop Bombardier flight of OV instead of a LCC

Do it! I flew TLL-ARN on one of the CRJ900's and loved it. If anything the flight was too short for me. OV are a great little airline. On the other hand I imagine it might be a bit cramped if the flight was full, but I had a free seat next to me so it was good.

Gabriel, was awesome to meet you. Matt and I were in the terminal at the same time you were and we tried to make it down to your gate before we realised you had to go through passport control. Anyway, we saw you taxi out and takeoff from our gate. In fact you got a photo of the OV 737 being de-iced that was at a neighbouring gate, and I was getting some shots of it. I think Matt got a couple of shots of you on the runway.

Good luck on your African trip! No doubt next you'll be going to Somalia or some equivalent!
 
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Thu Jan 19, 2012 3:52 pm

Hi Gabriel,

Nice to see some a.netter coming in to the meet from another angle. We just missed each other I guess. Your plane had just left when we came in, wasn’t it?
I’m glad you had a good time in Tallinn with cheap beer, food and wo...nah...! But I still feel you should’ve done it ‘the proper way’ by coming to ARN  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I also asked how much Speedy Boarding was – a shocking GBP 13.50 to board first??!? No thanks!

OMG, that’s horrendous. I never take Speedy Boarding with EZY. With FR it’s only € 5, that’s excusable.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Ooh, is that a 747-800?

Wouldn’t know, am not into that matter. Anyone else maybe?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Ooh, it a bit cold in TLL

Like the ‘realfeel’ of -16°C. Pretty cold for being outside a great part of the night

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
An entertaining (if not rather one sided) view of 2014 UK without Scotland from the Daily Mail

Huh, what’s that? Update pls  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The new CRJ 900

the one that took me to AMS was only 1 month old, shiny & new.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The nice terminal with free wifi

Gotta love Estonia for the free wifi almost everywhere.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
In the end no one sat in those seats during the flight.

You didn’t bother changing anymore or wasn’t it allowed?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My next trip is a rather mammoth trip to Africa at the end of the week.

Man, that’s a monstrous routing! Enjoy your trip to Africa and be safe  

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Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:47 pm

Thanks everyone for your comments!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
Can you pay in cash or do they only accept plastic like here in the US?
Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 15):
Cash is easier to pay with than card at U2, so a contrast to the US!

I think there is a GBP 5 minimum charge for card

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
Man, I can't wait to read your TRs. I hope you have an awesome time (and also that it doesn't take you too long to put those TR together!). Happy landings!

Hopefully the first one will be up pretty soon - depends if I can find any wifi!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 9):
It was great to meet over the weekend in TLL, thanks for a good time.

Nice to meet you too!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 9):
Seemingly U2 did ok and nice to score an exit row. About FR, not sure. I think it is a compulsory item to have 2 people seated at the emergency exit seats to be able to open the hatches in case of evacuation. They can have new selling points, but this seems a safety issue as well... Maybe something to look up?

I'm sure once people learn that you have to pay for these seats, they'll fill up quickly. I was surpised they didn't move anyone before take off, or ask people to pay onboard - I would have!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 9):
Good pics, nice sunset too! That Christmas tree only looked much better in the evening

Thanks. The town did look a lot better at night!

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 10):

Just wanted to say many thanks for the trip report.

No problem!

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 10):
It was slightly different from your usual reports in that there were no business class lounges and gin and tonics!

Yeah, it's hard tranistioning to no frills!

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 10):
I went to Bratislava with Ryanair a couple of times and loved the place.

I loved Bratislava too - I bet it'd look good in the snow too

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
Very nice report.

Thanks!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
Soon to be remnants of Air Asia X’s time in Europe.

Yes, shame they couldn't last

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
I did not know that FR parked so many of the fleet during wintertime.

I think it shows how cheap they got their 738s for it they can park them without blinking and eyelid.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
I indeed dislike the temperature, I cannot deny that these photos are stunning!

You just need to wrap up warm Suryo!

Quoting MH017 (Reply 12):
Thanks for this TR;

No problem

Quoting MH017 (Reply 12):
TLL has been high on my to visit list too, but it has to wait till Summer...will probably fly the non-stop Bombardier flight of OV instead of a LCC

I went in the summer and it rained all the time. At leas the wointer is supposed to be cold!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):

Nice tripreport you have got there!

Thanks!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
Too bad we missed each other over the weekend! But hey, this weekend we have another chance .

Yes, hoping to see you on Saturday

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
Hey great report and nice to see one from STN.

Thanks. STN is quite nice.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
. Love the snowy pics , have not seen snow on the ground this year and probably wont . Kind of miss it

I missed it too. We've only have one snowy morning over here, so was lovely to see some powder in TLL.

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 15):

Gabriel, was awesome to meet you.

You too Tom!

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 15):
Matt and I were in the terminal at the same time you were and we tried to make it down to your gate before we realised you had to go through passport control. Anyway, we saw you taxi out and takeoff from our gate. In fact you got a photo of the OV 737 being de-iced that was at a neighbouring gate, and I was getting some shots of it. I think Matt got a couple of shots of you on the runway.

WOuld be nice to see some pictures. Thanks to the horrible FR boarding process, I imagine I was already queueing up before you even got into the terminal!

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 15):
Good luck on your African trip! No doubt next you'll be going to Somalia or some equivalent!

Somalia isn't on my list...yet!
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Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:50 pm

Quoting sultanils (Reply 16):
We just missed each other I guess. Your plane had just left when we came in, wasn’t it?

Yeah, but only just!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 16):
I’m glad you had a good time in Tallinn with cheap beer, food and wo...nah...! But I still feel you should’ve done it ‘the proper way’ by coming to ARN

Yeah, I should have come to ARN... next time!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 16):
Like the ‘realfeel’ of -16°C. Pretty cold for being outside a great part of the night

It didn't feel too cold when you'd had a few drinks!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 16):
Huh, what’s that? Update pls

Scotland want to go it alone....lots of debates in parliament at the moment

Quoting sultanils (Reply 16):
You didn’t bother changing anymore or wasn’t it allowed?

Not allowed, thereby breaking a few laws I'm sure.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 16):
Man, that’s a monstrous routing! Enjoy your trip to Africa and be safe

Thanks, hopefully it'l go well!
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Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:10 pm

Hi Gabriel...really nice TR. TLL is a beautiful city and you made some very nice pictures! Wow it looked cold there. I cannot wait for your next adventure...that looks amazing! Cheers, William
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Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:52 pm

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 19):
really nice TR
Quoting globalflyer (Reply 19):
TLL is a beautiful city and you made some very nice pictures!

Thanks William!

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 19):
Wow it looked cold there

It was pretty nippy!

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 19):
I cannot wait for your next adventure...that looks amazing!

Hopefully it will go without a hitch!
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Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:46 pm

Hey Gabe.

Another fast report from this double sided meeting.
Really nice to see some pictures from Tallin. Looks so good with the snow around and still some christmas decorations.

I'm glad all went to plan for you and you had a good night with the lads. Lots of booze judging by the looks on some of the faces Sunday morning.

As for the flights, well, U2 seem to be quite acceptable here aside from the rip-off speedy boarding price. That really is astonishing. FR, well the style is slightly below easyJet as we know. But, you got a good price both directions. I just dont really like the hanging around on a flight of stairs while the plane pulls in.

Thanks for sharing your story. I'm really looking forward to your African adventure. That is one hell of a routing and I wish you a safe trip in every way.

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Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:52 pm

Hi, Gabriel,

great to follow you´re point of view about the TLL meeting. Sounds once again like a good idea to spend the weekend.
Also flying on EZY/FR sounds ok.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

My next trip is a rather mammoth trip to Africa at the end of the week. The routing currently is LHR-CMN-LIS-BRU- BJM-KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ,DAR-NBO-ZRH-ATH-LCA-LHR, mostly in Business class. Exciting! Expect some trip reports!

Now that´s another level of interesting destinations.

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Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:14 pm

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 21):
Another fast report from this double sided meeting.

Well, I needed to put it up before I left for Africa

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 21):
Really nice to see some pictures from Tallin. Looks so good with the snow around and still some christmas decorations.

Prettier than Stockholm?

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 21):
I'm glad all went to plan for you and you had a good night with the lads. Lots of booze judging by the looks on some of the faces Sunday morning.

Yeah, was a good night - a few people had a bit to much - I was very close to the line!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 21):
I just dont really like the hanging around on a flight of stairs while the plane pulls in.

Me either. Horrible process - everyone is on edge including the staff trying to control the rabble

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 21):
That is one hell of a routing and I wish you a safe trip in every way.

THanks!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 22):

great to follow you´re point of view about the TLL meeting.

Shame you didn't come! Have to meet some other time!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 22):
Now that´s another level of interesting destinations.

Yup, I just love the wierd and the wonderful!
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Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:58 am

Hi Gab,

Good to see your report up, was certainly great hooking up again, if only for such a short period! I'm amazed at what a difference there's between the almost summery weather in the UK and the full winter (although still warmer than is the norm) in Tallinn!

Look forward to another meet, in Berlin at the latest!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Back in October I was asked by FlyingFinn76 if I was interested joining a few other a.netters on a winter trip to Stockholm. A cheaper, more pretty destination that I had been hoping for an excuse to get back to.

Hmm, you put it in a bit different terms before: "peer pressure" was among the terms used...  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I decided to forego the expensive train connections, and took the easyBus service from Baker Street for GBP 5. I was a bit unsure of the time keeping of the bus, but was delighted that instead of the scheduled 1 hour 20 minutes, we arrive exactly an hour after leaving Baker Street.

The easyBus isn't bad if you can score one of the cheaper tickets. Of course it being London and an automobile you are subject to traffic in the city, the M25 and whatever is the designation for the motorway up to Stansted but looks like that Saturday you were pretty lucky. I think it took around 1h30mins when I took it a couple of years ago...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
, but much busier than I was expecting. I also asked how much Speedy Boarding was – a shocking GBP 13.50 to board first??!?

I've never understood why easyJet keeps gouging so much money for it? Sure, you get a dedicated check in desk (pretty much useless as you have OLCI anyway) - maybe they could split it into two - a cheaper fee for priority boarding and another fee for the works including priority check in (kinda like airBaltic). I find the 4-5 EUR Ryanair charges for priority boarding to be fair.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The number of people turning up at the gate grew slowly, and thankfully, everyone was calm, and sitting down, rather than hanging around like vultures.

See, this is the difference between Ezy and Ryan - both are cheap but only Ezy is civilized.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Remnants of Air Asia X’s time at STN

...and soon in the whole of Europe  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Taxiing past FRs winter graveyard

I wonder why they don't lease those planes to other carriers instead of letting them sit there. Or maybe they are targeting the lucrative last minute leases, like the famous BA strikes of yesteryear when FR operated a number of routes for them...  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
.Huh? It turns out just a few days before my flight FR had introduced “reserved” seating. Those with priority boarding passes are allowed in rows 1,2 and the exit rows.

Really? I didn't know that! Then again I haven't flown FR since July. Good to know anyway, I think I might end up with them in May again, need to save some money and they are offering a quite tempting option...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
G-LATE

Great registration!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The old part of LTN, reserved for FR

How come I'm not surprised!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
So, overall a very pleasant weekend. It was great to meet up with the guys in Tallinn – I should probably have gone to ARN too – never mind. If you’re looking for a weekend break in Europe, Tallinn is just the place if you like a bit of snow!

Yes, certainly nice meeting you! The ARN half of the meeting was great too, but at least there was a proper winter in Tallinn!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My next trip is a rather mammoth trip to Africa at the end of the week.

Great stuff, can hardly wait. But anyway take care, I'm still amazed at your camping plans!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 6):
Now that's an interesting marketing gimmick. Offer the pax cheap transfers to the airport. It actually makes sense to fly LCCs then. Wish more faux airlines would come up with a similar idea.

There's the F word again.
 
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RE: A.net Meeting In Snowy Tallinn.U2 & FR STN-TLL-LTN

Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:46 am

Thanks for posting. Seems like you had decent flights with U2 and FR. Nothing special, but hey, what do you expect for such a bargain price. Thanks for posting the pictures of the TLL terminal as well, looks prettty nice indeed.

You're next trip sure seems interesting. Have fun!
 
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RE: A.net Meeting In Snowy Tallinn.U2 & FR STN-TLL-LTN

Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:54 pm

Thanks for the comments guys!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 24):

Good to see your report up, was certainly great hooking up again, if only for such a short period!

Yeah, ewas good to see you!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 24):
I'm amazed at what a difference there's between the almost summery weather in the UK and the full winter (although still warmer than is the norm) in Tallinn!

Yeah, it was a nice change from summer to winter

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 24):
Hmm, you put it in a bit different terms before: "peer pressure" was among the terms used...

I was trying to mellow it for the public! But yes, in reality you held a gun to my head. I had no option but to press "confirm"

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 24):
I've never understood why easyJet keeps gouging so much money for it? Sure, you get a dedicated check in desk (pretty much useless as you have OLCI anyway) - maybe they could split it into two - a cheaper fee for priority boarding and another fee for the works including priority check in (kinda like airBaltic). I find the 4-5 EUR Ryanair charges for priority boarding to be fair.

Yeah, 13.50 is ridiculous. For once FR are looking better than U2

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 24):
Really? I didn't know that! Then again I haven't flown FR since July. Good to know anyway, I think I might end up with them in May again, need to save some money and they are offering a quite tempting option...

I think it's worth it to get speedy boarding and an exit row

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 24):
Great stuff, can hardly wait. But anyway take care, I'm still amazed at your camping plans!

I'm still amazed at my camping plans!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 25):
Thanks for posting.

No problem

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 25):
Seems like you had decent flights with U2 and FR. Nothing special, but hey, what do you expect for such a bargain price.

You can't expect a lot, but you can hope for the best!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 25):
You're next trip sure seems interesting. Have fun!

Thanks, I will!
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RE: A.net Meeting In Snowy Tallinn.U2 & FR STN-TLL-LTN

Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:36 am

Hey Gabriel, thanks a lot for the report.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As I was trying to save money for my upcoming African trip, I limited my flight choices to no-frills airlines. Thankfully mid-January London-Tallinn flights are cheap. I booked a one way easyJet STN-TLL flight for GBP 26, and return on Ryanair TLL-LTN for GBP 21. Not bad. A nice 3/4* hotel in Tallinn’s UNESCO Old Town was booked for GBP 38 including breakfast.

Wow, now that's my idea of a cheap and cheerful trip ; ) Wintertime may be chilly, but its a good time to take advantage of these kinds of things.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

I decided to forego the expensive train connections, and took the easyBus service from Baker Street for GBP 5. I was a bit unsure of the time keeping of the bus, but was delighted that instead of the scheduled 1 hour 20 minutes, we arrive exactly an hour after leaving Baker Street.

Not a bad deal. And not too long either, its better to overestimate the block times as otherwise people might try to cut it too close.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Finally we were let out onto the tarmac. All the speedy borders and young family headed to the front door. I trotted off to the back down, showed by boarding pass, then made a beeline for the emergency exit row. Excellent, window seat with extra legroom.

Who needs speedy boarding when you've got a private entrance all to yourself ; )

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

Ooh, it a bit cold in TLL

Ouch, that windchill is a killer..

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Immigration was swift, and with no luggage to collect I was shortly in a taxi. Time from plane to curb just 6 minutes.

Quite impressive, nothing better than a quick exit.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
After a great night out with the lads, I had enough time for a quick stroll around town before heading to the airport for my lunchtime flight home.

Tallin looks great, it might have been chilly but the snowy landscape sure makes the place look nice.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

The nice terminal with free wifi

Looks like a nice hub for Estonian..

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My next trip is a rather mammoth trip to Africa at the end of the week. The routing currently is LHR-CMN-LIS-BRU- BJM-KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ,DAR-NBO-ZRH-ATH-LCA-LHR, mostly in Business class. Exciting! Expect some trip reports!

Now that sounds like fun, looking forward to the reports.

Cheers
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RE: A.net Meeting In Snowy Tallinn.U2 & FR STN-TLL-LTN

Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:38 pm

Quoting SR117 (Reply 27):
Hey Gabriel, thanks a lot for the report.

Thanks Ricardo, glad you liked it

Quoting SR117 (Reply 27):
Not a bad deal. And not too long either, its better to overestimate the block times as otherwise people might try to cut it too close.

I always take bus timing with a (big) pinch of salt

Quoting SR117 (Reply 27):
Ouch, that windchill is a killer..

Yeah, it was quite bitter

Quoting SR117 (Reply 27):
Tallin looks great, it might have been chilly but the snowy landscape sure makes the place look nice.

Indeed, the snow makes it look great

Quoting SR117 (Reply 27):
Now that sounds like fun, looking forward to the reports.

Well, the first one should be up once the photos are online (which is taking some time to upload!)
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RE: A.net Meeting In Snowy Tallinn.U2 & FR STN-TLL-LTN

Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:45 pm

Hi Gabriel,

Really nice to read another story about the A. net meet! Nice with some variation to see a report not featuring a flight on the Estonian Air Saab...  

Some really stunning shots from Tallinn, well done! And I recognize a couple of A.netters there too!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A nice 3/4* hotel in Tallinn’s UNESCO Old Town was booked for GBP 38 including breakfast.

What? Three quarters of a star?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I also asked how much Speedy Boarding was – a shocking GBP 13.50 to board first??!? No thanks!

If I've understood correctly, the fee for Speedy Boarding varies. Wonder what it depends on? Departure airport? Flight popularity?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was told the load for today was 126 out of 156 – not full, but much busier than I was expecting

Well, even though the climate isn't very humid here in the winter Tallinn is quite a very nice place to spend a night (or two) in so not very surprising. Good to see they are doing well on the route - hope we will see orange tails in TLL for some more time (I still can't forgive easyJet for shutting down all three routes from Helsinki).

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My jet, G-EZAG

That would be a suitable bird to fly to ZAG!
(Just like flying Blue1's OH-BLQ to BLQ. Hopefully that will happen!)

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A newly painted Flybe Nordic

Good to see they have at least managed to paint the TLL based aircraft in the Flybe livery.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The new CRJ 900

A great looking bird! Hopefully my booked segments on Estonian Air will still be on the CRJ-900 instead of the Embraers they will be leasing.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Unlike easyJet, Ryanair don’t use a jetbridge. We were herded down the stairs into an underground waiting area.

The privileges of flying orange, eh?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
G-LATE

What a hilarious reg on that plane!

Your African adventure sounds really exciting, hopefully I will read about it soon. Looking forward to Berlin & June!

Regards,
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RE: A.net Meeting In Snowy Tallinn.U2 & FR STN-TLL-LTN

Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:25 am

Hi Gabriel,

Good read, Tallinn looks lovely in the snow, have to think about taking the wife there during the snow, perhaps December for a Christmas jolly.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I also asked how much Speedy Boarding was – a shocking GBP 13.50 to board first??!? No thanks!

- Yikes, I remember when it cost about £4.00!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
For GBP 1.20 I availed myself of a tonic water (ice, but no lemon)

- No gin!?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The mother of this child let him run free. He leant so far over the back of the seat that he nearly fell into the row behind (and onto the occupants).

- I hate kids on a plane, even more so when their iresponsible parents don't control them.

Cheers

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RE: A.net Meeting In Snowy Tallinn.U2 & FR STN-TLL-LTN

Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:23 pm

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 29):
Really nice to read another story about the A. net meet! Nice with some variation to see a report not featuring a flight on the Estonian Air Saab...

Yeah, I've had enough of that Saab too!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 29):
What? Three quarters of a star?

haha

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 29):
If I've understood correctly, the fee for Speedy Boarding varies. Wonder what it depends on? Departure airport? Flight popularity?

Not sure what it depends on

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 29):
Your African adventure sounds really exciting, hopefully I will read about it soon. Looking forward to Berlin & June!

Well, the first 2 parts are up. I'm flying ET KGL-EBB-ADD tomorrow

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 30):
Good read, Tallinn looks lovely in the snow, have to think about taking the wife there during the snow, perhaps December for a Christmas jolly.

Yeah, it's a loverly place for a winter wonderland weekend getaway

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 30):
- No gin!?

Well, not bought from U2....
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