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ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:46 pm

I guess it's pretty safe to say that this flying hobby is quite uncommon amongst most of the worlds population. Who in their right minds would put themselves through the rigours of airport security, the discomfort of sitting in a tight economy seat, possibly for many hours, the un predictable nature of airline scheduling and weather delays, only to get off one plane and onto another, all with the aim of ticking off new airlines, airports or routes? Well, there are a few of these crazy people going around and they were planing to meet up at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport for a weekend in January. I had to join them.
Time to get the ball rolling with the planing. As you would expect with a hobby that has such an International flavour, these “flying addicts” are scattered far and wide. Luckily, a popular Social Networking site goes a long way to keeping us all in regular contact and informed of each others comings and goings.
I had been in recent contact with fellow British based trip reporter Palmjet and we discussed the possibility of taking the flight up to Stockholm together. It was quickly decided that this was the way to go and that our journey would start off in the English capital. Good news for me, living in the North of England I could throw in another short flight from Manchester to meet in London, this after all is the name of the game.

I decided to send some cash the way of out national flag carrier and opted to use BA on the outward portion of the trip. At this time of year it is not unheard of for a certain South UK airport to be in turmoil at the slightest hint of snow. With bad memories of being stuck at LHR for far too long last winter I picked Gatwick as my London arrival airport. I would then take the train over to City airport to meet Palmjet where we would take a BA/CityFlyer E-170 up to Sweden's Capital.
I booked a return for the Sunday evening with Scandinavian Airlines direct to Manchester and used 9,000 miles to pay for Business Class.

Here is the routing courtesy of GreatCircleMapper.

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As for hotels, there were plenty of good options with the usual massive price variations. A bunch of us settled for the Radisson Arlandia. A free airport shuttle, free Wi-Fi and comfortable rooms at a good price, perfect.

So, that's the planning out of the way, time to make the journey. Read on to find out that things don't quite work out as intended.

Friday 13th January:

It was a lovely cold and crisp morning so I decided to catch a lift to the train station with my girlfriend on her way into work. Might as well make the most of the clear weather and make my way across to Manchester at my leisure. I left just after the morning rush for the 9-5 office workers and the ride to the airport was quiet and relaxed.

Sure looks like a nice day for flying.

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As I was quite early and had to switch trains in Manchester I called in at a chain store for a cooked breakfast.

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I arrived at the airport with around 2 hours to spare. Being that it was now late morning the place was practically deserted so the formalities were completed in good time and with ease.

Time for a look around to see if anything interesting is here. Not seen this retro KLM at MAN before. It flew me from Madrid to Amsterdam in 2011.

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With not much else going on I just sat at a bar and nursed a beer for a half hour to pass the time before boarding.

After a small 10 minute delay, my flight to LGW was eventually called for boarding and it was time to get moving.

Flight Number: BA 2905
Route: MANLGW ( 1st time flying this route)
Airline: British Airways ( 8th time flying with this airline)
Aircraft: Boeing 737 ( 22nd time flying on this type)
Registration: G-DOCW (1st time flying on this aircraft)
Economy Class
Seat: 20F
Flight Duration: 0hr : 41min

Once sat in 20F it was quite clear this was a fairly quiet flight with a load of around 40%. The Captain also announced over the PA system that the delay was due to problems with one of the main landing gear... Any nervous flyers onboard??? The aircraft was fully serviceable though.

After a total delay of some 45 minutes we make the short taxi out to 23R.

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Before really gunning the throttles and making one of the most powerful take off's I have felt in a long time. Check the angle of attack.

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Power station in the distance.

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Leg room shot before service starts? It's a must for a trip report.

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Classic 737 service panel.

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In the cruise with good clear views. (rhyming)

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Time for service. Those pictures Gabe posts of his G+Ts make me follow his ways. No double for me though. Perhaps I'm not as charming?

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Cabin shot. Not looking bad for 19 years in service, almost to the day actually.

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South coast of England with some sun reflecting in the water.

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Going down and slowing down.

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Making some turns to get us on course for the final approach.

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About to kiss the tarmac on 08R

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Dumping lift. Looks quite complex in there.

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After docking at the gate I made my way through the various corridors and passageways to get to the automated train running between the 2 terminals. Quite a cool experience, and I was on the lookout for all these modernisation projects I had seen on the Gatwick Airport programme here in the UK.
As I said at the top of the report I was taking the train to City airport. I'm not particularly au fait with the train system in the capital so I made some enquiries at an info point. I was given a map and advised on the best way to make the journey. Very helpful staff. I was also surprised at the relatively low cost of a ticket, £12.50.

I arrived at City airport around 4pm and contacted Palmjet to let him know my whereabouts. He was just leaving home so I headed to Pret for a duck wrap and a drink while I waited.
He soon showed up and we exchanged greetings before heading airside to sit and chat for a while over a beer and some apron views. (READ ON)

Well, as can be expected when 2 aviation geeks meet for the first time, the conversation is only about one thing. When you are trying to explain this stuff to “outsiders” you can see a blank look wash over their faces after about 30 seconds, but in this company it was full on Commercial Aviation. “How did you get started”, “What are your first memories”, “Where are you heading this year” amongst many other things. Well, what happens next will play out in my mind for years to come. WE MISSED OUR FLIGHT!!!! Now wait just a moment...
2 guys meet up in an airport, 2 regular flyers who have made hundreds of connections in airports all over the world without any trouble what so ever. 2 guys who are only here because they love flying and the buzz of an airport, and they MISS THE FLIGHT!!!

Rewind the clock 2 minutes: In full conversation I see Palmjet glance down at his watch as he says “I'm just checking the time”, he then glances up at the departure board and says “gate closed”. I look round and sure enough he is right. Panic sets in right away and I just grab my bags and run to gate 21 with the faint hope that we might still make it, but no dice. I see the dispatcher walking towards us and she confirms our fear that yes, that BA jet sitting on the tarmac with the doors closed was the Stockholm flight. We're screwed!! Deep in conversation, 2 hours passed by in what felt like 5 minutes.
We are taken back land side and head to the ticket desk to look into getting re-booked. We were both totally embarrassed, frustrated and generally pi**ed off. To add insult to injury, the new ticket price was astronomical. We told the woman on the desk we would be back in 5 minutes. It was decided that as this was a special event and something we had looked forward to for ages we would just have to suck it up, hand over the credit card and get a new ticket. After a few expensive moments we were re-booked to fly from LHR early next morning getting us to the meeting around 11am.

Palmjet said I could crash at his apartment for the night and that we should head out for a couple of beers and some Thai food at his local pub. Thanks for the hospitality mate, really appreciated and dinner is on me next time we miss a flight.

Friday 14th January:

Our alarms were set to go off at 4am and after getting our stuff together we were in a cab and heading out to LHR with very quiet roads for London.

Check in was something of a surprise. No window seats left. The woman at City airport said the flight was pretty empty last night, strange. We head to a desk to ask a human being if something is up? Yes, the flight is quite busy in fact. She offers us aisle seats next to each other in the emergency exit row 10. We accept this option.

Once through security, Palmjet takes us up to the BA First Class lounge for breakfast.

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After eating, we make sure we are at the gate in good time!!
A bit of a shame to miss out on the E-170 yesterday and end up on a oh so common A320.

Flight Number: BA 776
Route: LHRARN ( 1st time flying this route)
Airline: British Airways ( 9th time flying this airline)
Aircraft: A320 ( 35th time flying on this type)
Registration: G-EUUX ( 1st time flying on this aircraft)
Economy Class
Seat: 10D
Flight Duration: 2hrs : 20 min

With aisle seats it was pretty much impossible to get any bearings on our position. We did confirm a 9R departure but that was about it. Sucks not having a window seat.

Here is the snack. Not really to my taste with egg mayo filling on the bread. Personally, I found the meal service sub-par in comparison to SWISS or Lufthansa.

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Cabin view.

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The flight was uneventful. We just chatted some more about planes etc and we were soon on approach to ARN. We could make out some snow, but not as much as expected. We later found out that fellow trip reporter 'ba-319-131' was sitting in 10A but he was sleeping and didn't really catch any of our airlines talk to give away our identity.

We made a smooth touchdown and headed to the terminal. The interior really reminded me of OSL.

Time to meet the guys over at Sky City and face the music about the missed flight. Well, not too much abuse for us thanks. I had a really good time and it was great to see some of the faces behind these amazing stories. I felt really inspired when talking to the guys, you could really feel the passion for flying and the company was great. We talked for a while over a few beers, sharing stories and opinions.

Soon, most of the group were heading off on a flight to Tallinn but I was staying in Stockholm for the night, we bid our farewells until tomorrow. Arrangements were made for this evening to hook up with Palmjet and MSS658 for dinner downtown.

Time to check out the hotel then.
Not a bad looking room.

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Comfy bed.

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I grabbed a couple of hours sleep followed by a shower before heading down to the hotel bar to meet Pj and taking the Arlanda Express train into Stockholm.

Quite a nice train interior.

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And quite a nice top speed.

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205 kph through a Nikon 35mm lens.

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MSS658 met us on the platform and we headed out for some Chinese food and more aviation talk. Thanks for a enjoyable dinner guys, again, great company.

Time for some night shooting around downtown Stockholm? You bet.

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We said goodbye to MSS658 as he was taking a different train back to some random, out of the way hotel. Back at the Radisson, my head hit the pillow and I was out like a light.

Sunday 15th January:

I was awake around 9am and went for a sauna and a few laps of the swimming pool. Might as well use the facilities.
Arrangements had been made with Pjet to meet for breakfast at 10 and I had a bit of time for some photo taking before this.

The AN-124 which eluded most of the group.

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Jumbo hostel. Maybe next time?

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Hotel exterior.

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Oh, and that breakfast was amazing.

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We checked out and made tracks back to Sky City to re-group.

A well photographed airline here on this ARN meeting.

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When the guys arrived back from there side trip/beer tasting adventure, we took over a burger bar and grill to fill our faces. Again, more aviation chat.

Overview of this part of the building.

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Bit by bit, members started leaving to catch flights home, and not always in the most direct way which I found great. It was time for me to say goodbye also. I wanted to check out the SAS Business Class Lounge.
It was something of a disappointment really. Pretty mundane feel to the place and very limited on the food front.

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I dozed for a while before heading into the Non-Schengen zone for my flight direct back to Manchester.

Flight Number: SK 2549
Route: ARN – MAN (1st time flying this route)
Airline: Scandinavian Airlines ( 13th time flying with this airline)
Aircraft: Boeing 737 ( 24th time flying on this type)
Registration: LN-RPA (1st time flying on this aircraft)
Business Class
Seat: 2F
Flight Duration: 2hrs : 15 min

The gate looked pretty quiet and boarding was called after only a few moments of waiting. I took up residence in 2F and an announcement was quickly made for boarding completed. Cool, only me in Biz Class this evening and 2 other guys in Y+.

Our Eastern neighbour.

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I'm not too sure on the departure runway, 08 I think? Here are a couple of photos.

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I was originally here in 2A but the legroom was poor due to the bulkhead.

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2F legroom a little better and very generous recline.

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Champagne sir?

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Fish pie for dinner with some really tasty Salmon, a little salty but I don't mind that.

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A selection of digestifs were offered, I took a baileys.

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After the very nice meal I just laid back in my seat, put on some easy tunes and watched the sun go down. The crew were great and importantly made sure the champagne was flowing into my glass the whole way home (8 glasses). I really enjoyed this flight.

Random view from my perspective as we chase the setting sun Westward.

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After a spectacular approach on a very clear night we kissed the tarmac 10 minutes early and taxied to stand 24. I walked off that plane a very happy chappy with a slight drunk feeling, memories of a enjoyable weekend and a lesson learned.

Thanks for reading,
Lee.
 
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:31 pm

Hey Lee, fantastic report. Great pics, really have to get one of those Nikon 35mm lenses since you've managed to prove that it's possible to make it quite far on just one of those.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I booked a return for the Sunday evening with Scandinavian Airlines direct to Manchester and used 9,000 miles to pay for Business Class.

That's quite the bargain actually, considering that SAS charge €600 for the same flight with cash! Perhaps I should buy some of those BD miles  
Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Sure looks like a nice day for flying.

Great shot! Is it HDR, btw?

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
2 guys who are only here because they love flying and the buzz of an airport, and they MISS THE FLIGHT!!!

Now that's just the biggest bummer of all mankind. I could only imagine how terrible it must've felt.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Palmjet said I could crash at his apartment for the night and that we should head out for a couple of beers and some Thai food at his local pub. Thanks for the hospitality mate, really appreciated and dinner is on me next time we miss a flight.

Very nice pf P/J to let you spend the night at his place. At least after that rip-off airfare, you wouldn't have to pay a rip-off hotel charge.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Time for some night shooting around downtown Stockholm? You bet.

You found yourself a nice tripod, mate?  
Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I wanted to check out the SAS Business Class Lounge.
It was something of a disappointment really.

Yes, that lounge isn't much to hang in the christmas tree. It's old and worn, and the drinks selection is terrible. The Scandinavian Lounge next door is however much nicer, much much nicer!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
The crew were great and importantly made sure the champagne was flowing into my glass the whole way home (8 glasses).

That's great service. Reminds me of the crew on my recent SAS flight, where they almost forced me a bottle of champers, even though I just wanted to go to sleep. Great service though. Still a bit amazed how you managed 8 glasses, and still made if off the plane   Or did they carry you?  

Thanks for sharing
//Jonas
SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
 
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:18 am

Hey Jonas, thanks for the speedy response.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Hey Lee, fantastic report. Great pics, really have to get one of those Nikon 35mm lenses since you've managed to prove that it's possible to make it quite far on just one of those.

Thank you. Yea, the 35mm is versatile and well priced. f1.8 is great for bokeh and low light shooting but the f1.4 is double the price.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
That's quite the bargain actually, considering that SAS charge €600 for the same flight with cash! Perhaps I should buy some of those BD miles

Indeed. I had to pay £43 in taxes also but that is pretty much nothing since SK don't charge YQ on award tickets. It was a good way to round off a good weekend.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Great shot! Is it HDR, btw?

Thanks, no, I just enhanced the shadow areas in I-photo. Kind of gives that effect.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Now that's just the biggest bummer of all mankind. I could only imagine how terrible it must've felt.

Terrible.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Very nice pf P/J to let you spend the night at his place. At least after that rip-off airfare, you wouldn't have to pay a rip-off hotel charge.

Indeed. That would have been bad. I would have maybe just slept at LHR.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
You found yourself a nice tripod, mate?

I had to get creative using roadside furniture as a makeshift tripod.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Yes, that lounge isn't much to hang in the christmas tree. It's old and worn, and the drinks selection is terrible. The Scandinavian Lounge next door is however much nicer, much much nicer!

P was going to see if he could blag me in but we got separated en route.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
That's great service. Reminds me of the crew on my recent SAS flight, where they almost forced me a bottle of champers, even though I just wanted to go to sleep. Great service though. Still a bit amazed how you managed 8 glasses, and still made if off the plane   Or did they carry you?

It sure was. I love it when they encourage you to drink like that. They just kept bringing more and more. I have had this happen 2 times before with SWISS Biz Europe. I could walk mate, but maybe with a slight wobble  
 
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:19 am

Hi Lee,

Great read and pictures, thanks for posting - was great to meet up at ARN, shame we never had more time for chat's and beer, pehaps on the next meet? - BTW, impressed you admitted to the missed flight, brave man!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Once through security, Palmjet takes us up to the BA First Class lounge for breakfast.

- An there I was slumming it in the North Terraces!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
G-EUUX ( 1st time flying on this aircraft)

- Was mine too!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
We later found out that fellow trip reporter 'ba-319-131' was sitting in 10A but he was sleeping and didn't really catch any of our airlines talk to give away our identity.

- That and trying to be as far away from the smelly chap in 10B as possible!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
We talked for a while over a few beers,

- And expensive beers they were too, at least to us Brits.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Champagne sir?

- I like the glass they use, trust you managed to keep some?

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
the champagne was flowing into my glass the whole way home (8 glasses)

- You sound just like me!

Cheers

Mark
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:39 am

Hiya Mark. Thanks for stopping by.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
Hi Lee,

Great read and pictures, thanks for posting - was great to meet up at ARN, shame we never had more time for chat's and beer, pehaps on the next meet? - BTW, impressed you admitted to the missed flight, brave man!

Thanks and glad you enjoyed the read. Yes, there is just so much going on and so many new people to chat with. I hope to make the BER meet so lets have a beer if it works out.
Well, we did consider making something up, but it was quite a funny/stupid mistake so we went with the real story.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
An there I was slumming it in the North Terraces!

First time in a BA lounge for me and I was quite impressed. Suppose if they can't get it right at LHR then its a poor job.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
That and trying to be as far away from the smelly chap in 10B as possible!

10E could have done with a wash too, and he was an arm rest hog. Funny we were on the same flight. Pretty cool that you guys flew in for the afternoon. Not many hobbies where you can do that.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
And expensive beers they were too, at least to us Brits.

Too right, and things got worse in the hotel and downtown!!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
I like the glass they use, trust you managed to keep some?

You know it never crossed my mind. Maybe I need to start a collection? It would take some time to catch you up by the sounds of it.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
You sound just like me!

Never turn anything down on a flight. Well, almost anything.
 
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:41 am

Hey Lee ,
Great report and I really wasnt expecting the missed flight bit . I felt your pain when I read that !

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I called in at a chain store for a cooked breakfast.

God Id kill for that now LOL... Im back on my diet and you always want what you cant have !

Glad you got there in the end and nice to read your side of events.

Regards

Philip  
 
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:08 am

Hi Lee,
thanks for taking the time to write up, and owning up to missing a flight - I've come close before, but been lucky so far! It just goes to show how much fun can be had chatting to other A.netters!
On to your flights - the MAN-LGW sector looks quite normal. Those 737s are looking very tired now, and I noticed you too had the "Cranberry" brand snacks which did not contain any cranberries!
When you eventually got the LHR flight, it looked ok, the sandwich a little small but that is intra-Europe flights in Y now, at least you could eat in the lounge beforehand!
I've commented on the meet itself before, I wish I was there, but hey ho. BER hopefully! Stockholm itself as always looks nice (except that monstrosity called Sergels Torg!)
And a nice flight back. 8 champagnes? It's a wonder you could find the shutter button on your camera! Glad it was a nice flight for you, and for only 9k miles for the upgrade, seems well worth it.
Thanks again!

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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:55 am

Hey Lee, thanks for the excellent report ! Very nice pictures of Stockholm too, looks great at night, must have been chilly though.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I booked a return for the Sunday evening with Scandinavian Airlines direct to Manchester and used 9,000 miles to pay for Business Class.

Sounds like a nice way to splurge a bit to make the flight extra special ; )

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Rewind the clock 2 minutes: In full conversation I see Palmjet glance down at his watch as he says “I'm just checking the time”, he then glances up at the departure board and says “gate closed”. I look round and sure enough he is right. Panic sets in right away and I just grab my bags and run to gate 21 with the faint hope that we might still make it, but no dice. I see the dispatcher walking towards us and she confirms our fear that yes, that BA jet sitting on the tarmac with the doors closed was the Stockholm flight. We're screwed!! Deep in conversation, 2 hours passed by in what felt like 5 minutes.

So that's what happened? I was wondering how two savvy travelers had managed to miss a flight ; ) I had thought of flat tires, kittens stuck in trees being saved by PJ, or the good ol fashioned AM/PM switcheroo. At least by the time you realized it there was nothing that could have been done and it wasn't one of those long and agonizing rides to the airport where you wonder the entire journey if you're gonna make it in time.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
We are taken back land side and head to the ticket desk to look into getting re-booked. We were both totally embarrassed, frustrated and generally pi**ed off. To add insult to injury, the new ticket price was astronomical. We told the woman on the desk we would be back in 5 minutes. It was decided that as this was a special event and something we had looked forward to for ages we would just have to suck it up, hand over the credit card and get a new ticket. After a few expensive moments we were re-booked to fly from LHR early next morning getting us to the meeting around 11am.

Sounds painful indeed, although its best to write off these costs as another case of "Life happens". Most of the time things don't go as planned and we go a bit (or a lot) over budget, its fair to say it was probably worth it since you guys seemed to have had a very nice time.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Once through security, Palmjet takes us up to the BA First Class lounge for breakfast.

Note to self... if you ever miss a flight, make sure it's a flight with Palmjet.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Here is the snack. Not really to my taste with egg mayo filling on the bread. Personally, I found the meal service sub-par in comparison to SWISS or Lufthansa.

Indeed that looks quite poor, its not really such a short flight. I thought BA would offer something more substantial.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Oh, and that breakfast was amazing.

Now that's more like it   mmmm, crispy bacon.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Overview of this part of the building.

Looks nice, I like that tilted clock.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Fish pie for dinner with some really tasty Salmon, a little salty but I don't mind that.

Seems like a tasty dinner, was it the only choice though?

Thanks again for the report Lee !

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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:10 am

Hi Lee,

Great 4th TR of the ARN A.net meet !!!

How on earth could you've missed the wonderful E190 ? Now you had to fly a 'normal' 320 at even a higher price LOL !!!

Good to see you've included some STO pictures...nice city, right ?

Hope to meet you in June in BER; take care and thanks for sharing...

Cheers,

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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:11 am

Hi Lee,

One thing that struck me of the title of your TR was “The Lows”. How come? An A.net meeting was supposed to be “Highs”.

Missing the flight! Palmjet and you make me realize the existence of this hidden danger when two people get too carried away sharing their passion. Nevertheless, this passion is worth every penny and you showed it to me.  


Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I called in at a chain store for a cooked breakfast.
Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Oh, and that breakfast was amazing.

You make me craving for full English breakfast.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Perhaps I'm not as charming?

How about "considerate"?

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Cabin shot. Not looking bad for 19 years in service, almost to the day actually.

The interior looks better than sister ship G-DOCX.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Palmjet said I could crash at his apartment for the night and that we should head out for a couple of beers and some Thai food at his local pub.
Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
MSS658 met us on the platform and we headed out for some Chinese food and more aviation talk.

The joy of A.net friendship.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
We later found out that fellow trip reporter 'ba-319-131' was sitting in 10A but he was sleeping and didn't really catch any of our airlines talk to give away our identity.

Blessing in disguise.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
went for a sauna and a few laps of the swimming pool

Is there a gym as well?

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Cool, only me in Biz Class this evening and 2 other guys in Y+.

What a nice finishing touch! Your own private cabin in J.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
A selection of digestifs were offered, I took a baileys.

Inspired by (Airbus)eric?   


Thank you for sharing this lovely Saturday morning read. I hope you can make it to BER next June. It would be great to meet you in person.

Have a nice weekend,
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:31 am

Hey Lee,

Wow, great story and pictures! I love the 35mm lens for average use, is small, and convenient for most situations!

When you told me about your missed flight, I was really surprised... How could that ever happen to a.netters! But also, you have a good excuse. Did you fly the Emb170 before? If not, why not coming over from City to Amsterdam for a day, and fly back on e.g. Cityjets F50 from Rotterdam?

Good to see also some Stockholm pix, it's a really nice but especially in summer, with all the water around.

About SAS, good to see them performing well, I love the airine, great crews make good service!

It was good meet guys, we should do it again soon.

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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sat Jan 21, 2012 9:08 am

Hi Lee,

very interesting report with good pictures! I cannot believe you guys missed that flight. But at least you made it to the meeting in the end.


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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:12 am

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 4):
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
And expensive beers they were too, at least to us Brits.

Too right, and things got worse in the hotel and downtown!!

- I can imagine, an expensive little trip for you.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 4):
I hope to make the BER meet so lets have a beer if it works out.

- Me too, must sort it out.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 4):
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
I like the glass they use, trust you managed to keep some?

You know it never crossed my mind. Maybe I need to start a collection? It would take some time to catch you up by the sounds of it.

- I have a few  .........

Cheers

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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:25 am

Hi Lee,

interesting report and a nice story. The more I read about the great time you must have had during the meet the more I regret that I haven't been there as well.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
2 guys who are only here because they love flying and the buzz of an airport, and they MISS THE FLIGHT!!!

Oh dear. But then it was Friday the 13., superstitious anyone? But no, sometimes things like that just happen when you travel, and nice that in the end you decided to take the alternative flight even though it was more expensive. Just a bit of a shame that you missed the E-170, for sure more interesting than the A320.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Time for some night shooting around downtown Stockholm? You bet.

Nice pictures. Must be a nice city with all the water around. Will visit it this year as well for the first time after the Berlin meet in June. Looking really forward to it.

Greetings
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:29 am

Hi Lee!

Great tripreport!
The ARN meet was for sure a nice experience, too bad we didn't really meet as I went to the Caravelle and then on to TLL.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Sure looks like a nice day for flying.

Wow, what a great picture.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Time for a look around to see if anything interesting is here. Not seen this retro KLM at MAN before. It flew me from Madrid to Amsterdam in 2011.

Nice that you have flown a retrojet, I really wanna get on SK's retrobird. Too bad I don't have any SK A319 flights scheduled.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Here is the snack. Not really to my taste with egg mayo filling on the bread.

Egg mayo sandwiches isn't really my favourite either.

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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:26 pm

Hi Lee,

I must admit, I too was curious as to what the lows were on the trip. You certainly surprised me!

Good to see you fit in a MAN-LGW run, something I've been meaning to do for ages. In which chain store did you have your brekkie before setting off? Doesn't look bad at all.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Sure looks like a nice day for flying.

Beautiful.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Leg room shot before service starts? It's a must for a trip report.

That seat looks a bit worse for wear.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Well, what happens next will play out in my mind for years to come. WE MISSED OUR FLIGHT!!!! Now wait just a moment...

I honestly thought you were joking when I read this. Lee, I admire your composure and the way you and Palmjet went dealt with it. It's easy to think "That'll never happen to me", but it proves we are all humans and it could happen to any of us. It was one way of making the weekend memorable!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Once through security, Palmjet takes us up to the BA First Class lounge for breakfast.

Every cloud has a silver lining.......

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Fish pie for dinner with some really tasty Salmon, a little salty but I don't mind that.

Looks tasty!

Happy flying
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sat Jan 21, 2012 3:08 pm

Thanks for posting!
I can't imagine how guys must have felt when you missed your flight. Glad to hear you still enjoyed the rest of the weekend though!
 
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sat Jan 21, 2012 3:29 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Hey Lee ,
Great report and I really wasnt expecting the missed flight bit . I felt your pain when I read that !

Hi Phil. Thanks. The pain was almost as bad as the embarrassment.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
God Id kill for that now LOL... Im back on my diet and you always want what you cant have !

Too much indulging after christmas, always the way mate.

Quoting signol (Reply 6):
Hi Lee,
thanks for taking the time to write up, and owning up to missing a flight - I've come close before, but been lucky so far! It just goes to show how much fun can be had chatting to other A.netters!

Hi Signol. Well, honesty being the best policy and all that.... Time flys when you are enjoying yourself. It's a shame time flew and we didn't.

Quoting signol (Reply 6):
I noticed you too had the "Cranberry" brand snacks which did not contain any cranberries!

Indeed, and again I can't say I was too taken on with the taste or substance.

Quoting signol (Reply 6):
I've commented on the meet itself before, I wish I was there, but hey ho. BER hopefully!

Hope you can make it?

Quoting signol (Reply 6):
And a nice flight back. 8 champagnes? It's a wonder you could find the shutter button on your camera! Glad it was a nice flight for you, and for only 9k miles for the upgrade, seems well worth it.

I like to make the most of the feel good things when flying in Business Class and I just happen to have developed something of a taste for Champers. The 9k miles was a good deal in my opinion also.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 7):
Hey Lee, thanks for the excellent report ! Very nice pictures of Stockholm too, looks great at night, must have been chilly though.

Ricardo, good to hear from you.
Thanks for your kind words. It was quite cold at night. The wind chill was giving me a red nose.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 7):
Sounds like a nice way to splurge a bit to make the flight extra special

Too right.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 7):
So that's what happened? I was wondering how two savvy travelers had managed to miss a flight ; ) I had thought of flat tires, kittens stuck in trees being saved by PJ, or the good ol fashioned AM/PM switcheroo. At least by the time you realized it there was nothing that could have been done and it wasn't one of those long and agonizing rides to the airport where you wonder the entire journey if you're gonna make it in time.

Ha ha, some funny things. We just hung our heads in shame and did the walk of shame for a new ticket.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 7):
Sounds painful indeed, although its best to write off these costs as another case of "Life happens". Most of the time things don't go as planned and we go a bit (or a lot) over budget, its fair to say it was probably worth it since you guys seemed to have had a very nice time.

A good way to look at it and so long as you learn something then it's no problem. There was really no way to miss this event, we had an option to write it off but it just did not make sense in this situation.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 7):
Note to self... if you ever miss a flight, make sure it's a flight with Palmjet.

Too true. If it's on a One World airline he can look after you.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 7):
Indeed that looks quite poor, its not really such a short flight. I thought BA would offer something more substantial.

My thinking also. Perhaps a warm breakfast roll or something?

Quoting SR117 (Reply 7):
Seems like a tasty dinner, was it the only choice though?

Yes it was the only option. To be honest i'm not really a fish lover but it was very nice actually.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 8):
How on earth could you've missed the wonderful E190 ? Now you had to fly a 'normal' 320 at even a higher price LOL !!!

Hello Pieter.
Yes, paying all that to fly A320... Not so good eh?

Quoting MH017 (Reply 8):
Good to see you've included some STO pictures...nice city, right ?

It sure is. Would be worth a look in the Summer months I think? Sample some of the caffe culture and so on.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 8):
Hope to meet you in June in BER; take care and thanks for sharing...

That will be great, thanks and same to you Pieter.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
Wow, great story and pictures! I love the 35mm lens for average use, is small, and convenient for most situations!

Good day to you Eric.
I am more than happy with this 35mm, and such a good price. Every kit bag should have one.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
When you told me about your missed flight, I was really surprised... How could that ever happen to a.netters! But also, you have a good excuse. Did you fly the Emb170 before? If not, why not coming over from City to Amsterdam for a day, and fly back on e.g. Cityjets F50 from Rotterdam?

We were expecting to get some funny words from you guys. No E-170 for me yet so it was a double trouble.
That routing actually sounds quite interesting. I need the F50 also. Maybe something to look into for 2012? I will let you know.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
Good to see also some Stockholm pix, it's a really nice but especially in summer, with all the water around.

It really is lovely.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
About SAS, good to see them performing well, I love the airine, great crews make good service!

Totally agree. I was taken with them right away on a long haul CPH-NRT. And also that they use the Mad Dog. Really good airline with great crews and well looked after cabins.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
It was good meet guys, we should do it again soon.

You also Eric, and for sure we will be in touch before too long.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
Hi Lee,

very interesting report with good pictures! I cannot believe you guys missed that flight. But at least you made it to the meeting in the end.

Thanks PH.
We cant either, but it happend and we just have to make sure it wont occur again. A wake up call to be less blasé.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 12):
I can imagine, an expensive little trip for you.

Just some numbers on a credit card statement now. A few more than I would like you know.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 13):
Hi Lee,

interesting report and a nice story. The more I read about the great time you must have had during the meet the more I regret that I haven't been there as well.

Hi CR. Good to hear from you.
Thanks. Well, BER is not too far away really, a chance to make it happen for you?

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 13):
Oh dear. But then it was Friday the 13., superstitious anyone? But no, sometimes things like that just happen when you travel, and nice that in the end you decided to take the alternative flight even though it was more expensive. Just a bit of a shame that you missed the E-170, for sure more interesting than the A320.

Yes, the Friday the 13th got a mention a few hours later. I guess strange things happen here.
I'm mad to miss the 170. Something to hunt down at a later date.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 13):
Nice pictures. Must be a nice city with all the water around. Will visit it this year as well for the first time after the Berlin meet in June. Looking really forward to it.

It's lovely, just a bit on the cold side for me at this time of year. Summer would be amazing by the water.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 14):
Hi Lee!

Great tripreport!
The ARN meet was for sure a nice experience, too bad we didn't really meet as I went to the Caravelle and then on to TLL.

Hey Martin.
It was really good. Seems to be the case that with all these new faces at a meeting it's hard to get to see everyone. Next time for sure.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 14):
Wow, what a great picture.

Thanks.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 14):
Nice that you have flown a retrojet, I really wanna get on SK's retrobird. Too bad I don't have any SK A319 flights scheduled.

Always on the lookout for a retro-jet. They look great and always good to tick off the "flown on" list.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 14):
Egg mayo sandwiches isn't really my favourite either.

Quite a brave move to serve egg as it's a bit of a love-hate thing. No option for any other filling.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
Hi Lee,

I must admit, I too was curious as to what the lows were on the trip. You certainly surprised me!

Hiya H.
It was a bad day at the office.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
Good to see you fit in a MAN-LGW run, something I've been meaning to do for ages. In which chain store did you have your brekkie before setting off? Doesn't look bad at all.

Yes, I quite like these little domestic runs. I try and fit a few in every year.
The breakfast was from Debenhams. Really good value and good service from the staff.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
That seat looks a bit worse for wear.

I seem to be getting these dirty, worn out seats quite a bit now. Not on SWISS though.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
I honestly thought you were joking when I read this. Lee, I admire your composure and the way you and Palmjet went dealt with it. It's easy to think "That'll never happen to me", but it proves we are all humans and it could happen to any of us. It was one way of making the weekend memorable!

I always used to wonder how people check in, and then you are sitting, waiting on the aircraft for their bags to be offloaded because they didn't make it to the gate. NOW I know!! Something to laugh about now.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
Every cloud has a silver lining.......

I loved it in that place. Really quiet and relaxed with good food options.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 15):
Looks tasty!

Sure was. It didn't last too long.
 
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sat Jan 21, 2012 3:32 pm

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 16):
Thanks for posting!
I can't imagine how guys must have felt when you missed your flight. Glad to hear you still enjoyed the rest of the weekend though!

Cheers robert. It sucks but just we had to just get on with enjoying our original plans as best as possible.
 
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sat Jan 21, 2012 3:46 pm

Hi, Lee,

great story.
I love the nightly pictures from Stockholm, really good.
Such a shame to miss the E-Jet ex City but anyway good that you make the final way up to the meet.
Also interesting to follow you´re experience on SK biz.

Greetings,
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:11 pm

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Going down and slowing down.

That small town below the wing is actually my home town and where I live at the moment!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I was also surprised at the relatively low cost of a ticket, £12.50.

I had more or less the same itinerary as you for the trip. Park my car at LGW, get the train to LCY (which cost me £13.50, so you were luckier than me there!) and fly the E170 to ARN. Shame you didn't make it but LCY is a nice enough airport to socialise in!

Was nice to meet you (though all too brief!), shame you had to go just as myself and DunaA320 arrived. Next time you're down LGW way let me know!

Good report mate!
 
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sat Jan 21, 2012 6:50 pm

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
Hi Lee,

One thing that struck me of the title of your TR was “The Lows”. How come? An A.net meeting was supposed to be “Highs”.

It sure was Suryo. I had plenty of good memories to make up for this low point.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
Missing the flight! Palmjet and you make me realize the existence of this hidden danger when two people get too carried away sharing their passion. Nevertheless, this passion is worth every penny and you showed it to me.

I would never have imagined we would make this mistake in a lifetime of flying. However, this was to show that it can happen to anyone.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
You make me craving for full English breakfast.

Time to make some extra effort on that bike after that!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
The joy of A.net friendship.

Almost as good as the flying. Good to share stories over a beer and some food.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
Is there a gym as well?

Sure was and it looked quite well equipped. I didn't test it out though.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
What a nice finishing touch! Your own private cabin in J.

Very true. A good way to round off a very good weekend.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
Inspired by (Airbus)eric?

Ha, I know he enjoys the same tipple.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
Thank you for sharing this lovely Saturday morning read. I hope you can make it to BER next June. It would be great to meet you in person.

Not a problem Suryo and I really hope to make the BER meeting, it would be great to meet you in person.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 19):
Hi, Lee,

great story.
I love the nightly pictures from Stockholm, really good.
Such a shame to miss the E-Jet ex City but anyway good that you make the final way up to the meet.
Also interesting to follow you´re experience on SK biz.

Hey Markus.
Thank you for looking here.
I think in the end we were just glad to make it to ARN
SK were a pleasure again after not using them for quite some time. Good to see the standard is kept high.

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 20):
That small town below the wing is actually my home town and where I live at the moment!

Hi Tu154.

I love it when that happens and you get an overview of your local town/village.

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 20):
I had more or less the same itinerary as you for the trip. Park my car at LGW, get the train to LCY (which cost me £13.50, so you were luckier than me there!) and fly the E170 to ARN. Shame you didn't make it but LCY is a nice enough airport to socialise in!

Ah well, at least one of the group got a flight from LCY with no problem.

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 20):
Was nice to meet you (though all too brief!), shame you had to go just as myself and DunaA320 arrived. Next time you're down LGW way let me know!

Yes I know it was a shame as you guys had just come to the bar/grill. I'm pretty sure we can fix it up at some point and I will let you know if I'm around LGW at any point. Good to know.
 
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:37 am

Hi Lee !

Thanks for an interesting report with nice pictures! Too bad you missed the flight from LCY but good that you were able to get there anyway.

Nice pictures from Stockholm very nice pic also of the CA 772 which is exactly the same one I flew about 10 1/2 years ago.

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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:05 am

Hola Lee!

Great TR with excellent pictures, very nice.

The lows of the trip were really low, I was totally surprised when I read you had missed your plane but hey! you seemed to manage it really well, although your pocket must not totally agree with that.

Take it the positive way, you must be having a great conversation with Palmjet, plus you had breakfast at the First lounge at LHR...

It seemed weather was on your side as well as you had a pretty nice day at ARN.

Like the glasses they use at SK and sure the way you filled them with champagne, well deserved after the lows in the trip, sure they helped to make some ups although it was on the way home.

Salut!

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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sun Jan 22, 2012 2:45 pm

Hi Lee,

Finally found the time to have a read and a write on your story. At 1st I thought you would be too embarrassed to post something about it but I'm very glad you did overcome that   Excellent pics as well and your story on how you got 'lost in translation' in LCY together with Palmjet still brings a huge smile on my face! It was a great weekend, was it not?

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I called in at a chain store for a cooked breakfast.

And a proper English one it seems, yummy!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Check the angle of attack.

You can't beat a ride in a classic. This 734 appears to be going strong still after all these years.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Perhaps I'm not as charming?

You should've ask the F/A!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
2 guys meet up in an airport, 2 regular flyers who have made hundreds of connections in airports all over the world without any trouble what so ever. 2 guys who are only here because they love flying and the buzz of an airport, and they MISS THE FLIGHT!!!

Hilarious but I can imagine happening this very same thing to me myself an I.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
We later found out that fellow trip reporter 'ba-319-131' was sitting in 10A but he was sleeping and didn't really catch any of our airlines talk to give away our identity.

Quite a coincidence! You did not recognize him there?

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Oh, and that breakfast was amazing.

Yes, I had the very same impression. How was the pool/sauna?

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Fish pie for dinner with some really tasty Salmon

That looks very tasty.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I walked off that plane a very happy chappy with a slight drunk feeling, memories of a enjoyable weekend and a lesson learned.

Same feeling here except about the 'slight drunk feeling'.

Cheers mate, may our paths cross again soon!

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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:29 pm

Hi Lee

Great report, thanks for sharing and the courage to put that up.
Even with the LCY situation I'm glad you and Palmjet payed the extra to make it to ARN, It was really worth meeting you guys in person. It was a fun night out in Stockholm with both of you guys!
I believe the takeoff was 19L, took of from the same place shortly after bound for BRU!

Greetings
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:22 pm

Hello Lee!

Thanks for the great story with some really good pictures! Nice to see some more views on the meeting last week. It was for sure a great meet and to see all you guys IRL! Looking forward to Berlin in June!

Missing a flight must be a nightmare. I´ve never done that but I can imagine the panic when you realize that your flight have left without you! Thankfully things sort out so you and James could attend even if you lost some money 

Nice that you choose the Radison as well. It´s a great Hotel with good prices during low-season. If you go here in the summer, don´t be surprise if the prices are doubled!

Greetings
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:07 am

Hi Lee mate,

Good to see your account of the meet, sure there have been quite a few of these already but at least you had some suspense and twists in your story!

Some great photos there plus a nice writeup. Great stuff.

Good seeing you again, next time in Berlin at the latest!?

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):

I guess it's pretty safe to say that this flying hobby is quite uncommon amongst most of the worlds population

You might say that, yeah  
Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I had to join them.

No doubt about that!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I booked a return for the Sunday evening with Scandinavian Airlines direct to Manchester and used 9,000 miles to pay for Business Class.

That's tremendous value! Too bad I never really got into this Diamond Club thing and I guess it is too late now.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Sure looks like a nice day for flying.

Wow, North of England definitely seems flyover country to me.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
As I was quite early and had to switch trains in Manchester I called in at a chain store for a cooked breakfast.

Ahh, good old Wetherspoon's. Cheap and cheerful and spreading like the cancer.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Power station in the distance.

There's something very wrong about green fields in January. Yeah, I'm just being jealous here.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Time for service. Those pictures Gabe posts of his G+Ts make me follow his ways. No double for me though. Perhaps I'm not as charming?

Ask and thou shalt receive.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Very helpful staff. I was also surprised at the relatively low cost of a ticket, £12.50.

Yeah, the regular trains ex-Gatwick are quite decent value for money. Just don't take that overpriced Gatwick Express crap.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Well, what happens next will play out in my mind for years to come. WE MISSED OUR FLIGHT!!!! Now wait just a moment.

Amazing! I had a hard time believing this story when I heard it the first time from Nils, but I guess it can happen. Anyway glad that you made it there, despite it costing an arm and a leg and the soul of your firstborn son to rebook into a boring Airbus ex-Heathrow. Props for Palmjet for letting you crash at his place - I think he just wanted someone to share the beers with!  
Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Once through security, Palmjet takes us up to the BA First Class lounge for breakfast.

There's something different to the previous day's breakfast, although I can't quite put my finger on it...

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
After eating, we make sure we are at the gate in good time!!

The gabrielchew effect - once you miss your flight the first time it will never be the same.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Here is the snack. Not really to my taste with egg mayo filling on the bread. Personally, I found the meal service sub-par in comparison to SWISS or Lufthansa.

Looks quite small compared to the usual BA sandwiches.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Cabin view.

Kinda cool with that bloke in front of you munching on his sandwich.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Oh, and that breakfast was amazing.

Well, that's Radisson for you. Or Scandinavia actually.

In addition to burgers I think you are also a cooked breakfast person, aren't you? You must hate certain countries whose idea of a decent breakfast is a coffee and a croissant at best.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
It was time for me to say goodbye also. I wanted to check out the SAS Business Class Lounge.
It was something of a disappointment really. Pretty mundane feel to the place and very limited on the food front.

Yeah, the business class side is quite basic. Stylish sure, but not too many offerings. The Scandinavian side of course is a completely different story. Sometimes when it quiet like weekend evenings they close the business one and all guests are directed to the inner sanctum, too bad it didn't happen to you that evening!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
I'm not too sure on the departure runway, 08 I think? Here are a couple of photos.

Hard to tell from the blurry photos, but I 19R is the more logical choice. That's where we took of to HEL, and usually 08 is used only for east and northbound flights.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Champagne sir?

There you go, mate!
 
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:05 pm

Hey Lee, nice to catch up on the ARN part of the meet, even if it was a bit briefer than planned  
Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Time for service. Those pictures Gabe posts of his G+Ts make me follow his ways. No double for me though. Perhaps I'm not as charming?

I hope I'm not turning A.net into alcoholics....

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
We were both totally embarrassed, frustrated and generally pi**ed off

I know the feeling. So annoying to miss a flight.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):

Check in was something of a surprise. No window seats left

Didn't you chick in as soon as you had the new ticket?

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Once through security, Palmjet takes us up to the BA First Class lounge for breakfast.

Well that's something to comiserate you with. When I was BA SIlver I always avoided LCY as there were no lounges to abuse. Now I'm blue again, I'll be using LCY as a preference.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
We later found out that fellow trip reporter 'ba-319-131' was sitting in 10A but he was sleeping and didn't really catch any of our airlines talk to give away our identity.

Nice that you ended up on the same flight

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Cool, only me in Biz Class this evening and 2 other guys in Y+.

THat's the holy grail of flying, being the only pax in a premium cabin

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Our Eastern neighbour.

I can't believe they are still using those slave ships to Europe - have you seen the pitch in C?! About 40", and no IFE

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
made sure the champagne was flowing into my glass the whole way home (8 glasses)

Nicely done! Was that 4 little bottles? Same as me on my way back from MAD

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 4):
the smelly chap in 10B as possible!
10E could have done with a wash too

Lots of stinky people headed to ARN that Saturday
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:11 pm

Hi Lee,

Great TR, what more can I say except the same in Finnish.  
And the pics are very sharp and colorful, it seems you have done something like
this before or is it the magic of PhotoShop etc. ?  
Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
2 guys meet up in an airport, 2 regular flyers who have made hundreds of connections in airports all over the world without any trouble what so ever. 2 guys who are only here because they love flying and the buzz of an airport, and they MISS THE FLIGHT!!!

I wrote on Nils' TR that I had troubles to eat my nachos while talking about everything
related to aviation on Friday, so I can guess this could happen easily when you lose
track of time and place. But it was good you and Palmjet made it to ARN and had
some beer with us.  
Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Time to check out the hotel then.
Not a bad looking room.
Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Comfy bed.

Looks like the single person room, been to that hotel several times and
I just enjoy having a good sleep between flights and a good breakfast to start the day.



Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Time for some night shooting around downtown Stockholm? You bet.

Wow, very nice and colorful as well ! I think I need to practise my night shooting skills.....

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
Oh, and that breakfast was amazing.

It sure is and together with the Jumbo Hostel view.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
and importantly made sure the champagne was flowing into my glass the whole way home (8 glasses).

Sounds like a perfect flight back home together with the Baileys.  


Cheers,
Markku
 
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:21 pm

Really happy to see more replies and feedback.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 22):
Hi Lee !

Thanks for an interesting report with nice pictures! Too bad you missed the flight from LCY but good that you were able to get there anyway.

Hi Lars.
Thanks. Well the pain is starting to ease now, so it's all in the past.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 22):
Nice pictures from Stockholm very nice pic also of the CA 772 which is exactly the same one I flew about 10 1/2 years ago.

I had a blast taking the pictures around Stockholm. It was good to see that CA parked up, glad it brought back some memories for you.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 23):
Hola Lee!

Great TR with excellent pictures, very nice.

Hola Roger, good to hear from you.
Thanks for your kind words.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 23):
The lows of the trip were really low, I was totally surprised when I read you had missed your plane but hey! you seemed to manage it really well, although your pocket must not totally agree with that.

Yes, the plastic was melting, never mind the price of a pint over there adding to the burn.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 23):
Take it the positive way, you must be having a great conversation with Palmjet, plus you had breakfast at the First lounge at LHR...

This went a long way to make up for the miss-hap on Friday.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 23):
It seemed weather was on your side as well as you had a pretty nice day at ARN.

Yes, clear and cold (mild for these Northern guys though). We stayed inside for most part.


Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 23):
Like the glasses they use at SK and sure the way you filled them with champagne, well deserved after the lows in the trip, sure they helped to make some ups although it was on the way home.

Perfect ending Roger. I really enjoyed the style and service with SK and no hesitation to use them again.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 24):
Hi Lee,

Finally found the time to have a read and a write on your story. At 1st I thought you would be too embarrassed to post something about it but I'm very glad you did overcome that   Excellent pics as well and your story on how you got 'lost in translation' in LCY together with Palmjet still brings a huge smile on my face! It was a great weekend, was it not?

Hello Nils
Well you know, sometimes these unexpected things make a better report, an extra twist if you like.
It sure was a great weekend mate. Really good bunch of people and the conversation was really enjoyable. Roll on next time.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 24):
And a proper English one it seems, yummy!

Indeed. Black Pudding is my favourite on the plate.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 24):
You can't beat a ride in a classic. This 734 appears to be going strong still after all these years.

I'm more into logging these than the new birds really. It sure does seem to be going strong and I hope this will continue for a while yet.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 24):
Hilarious but I can imagine happening this very same thing to me myself an I.

Not funny at the time, but it is now. One of those look back and laugh kind of situations.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 24):
Quite a coincidence! You did not recognize him there?

Never met up for real before so no idea who to look for.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 24):
How was the pool/sauna?

Really good, if a little small. A good start to the day.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 24):
Cheers mate, may our paths cross again soon!

I really hope so Nils. I'm sure they will.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 25):
Hi Lee

Great report, thanks for sharing and the courage to put that up.
Even with the LCY situation I'm glad you and Palmjet payed the extra to make it to ARN, It was really worth meeting you guys in person. It was a fun night out in Stockholm with both of you guys!
I believe the takeoff was 19L, took of from the same place shortly after bound for BRU!

Hi Marc.
Thank you mate.
Yes, the night in Stockholm was great. We struck gold with that Chinese, good food and even better company.
Ah, ok 19L. Thanks for the Info Marc.


Quoting parton87 (Reply 26):
Hello Lee!

Thanks for the great story with some really good pictures! Nice to see some more views on the meeting last week. It was for sure a great meet and to see all you guys IRL! Looking forward to Berlin in June!

Hi Robert.
No problemo, I'm enjoying reading all the different write up's.
I hope to make Berlin but not 100% sure yet?

Quoting parton87 (Reply 26):
Missing a flight must be a nightmare. I´ve never done that but I can imagine the panic when you realize that your flight have left without you! Thankfully things sort out so you and James could attend even if you lost some money 

It was bad. We just had to make it though. It's not too often to get a chance to meet everyone.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 26):
Nice that you choose the Radison as well. It´s a great Hotel with good prices during low-season. If you go here in the summer, don´t be surprise if the prices are doubled!

Really enjoyed my (shortened) stay here. Great breakfast. It would be a shame for it to go up so much as I would sure like to stay here again during an overnight stop.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 27):
Hi Lee mate,

Good to see your account of the meet, sure there have been quite a few of these already but at least you had some suspense and twists in your story!

Hey mate.

Well I thought it might add a different angle on the story. Always good to keep the suspense up.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 27):
Some great photos there plus a nice writeup. Great stuff.

Thanks P, appreciate your words.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 27):
Good seeing you again, next time in Berlin at the latest!?

And you too. I hope to make Berlin as I have a real taste for this kind of thing now.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 27):
That's tremendous value! Too bad I never really got into this Diamond Club thing and I guess it is too late now.

Well, it's a shame but I guess the party is almost over yes. It looks as though most of the club members never even flew BD and just joined to abuse the generous redemption rates. Can't blame them.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 27):
Wow, North of England definitely seems flyover country to me.

Yes it's great on a clear day. Plenty of heavy West bounds on an afternoon.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 27):
Ahh, good old Wetherspoon's. Cheap and cheerful and spreading like the cancer.

Well this was at a retail store called Debenhams. Same kind of value and quality which I quite enjoy really.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 27):
Ask and thou shalt receive.

I need to be more demanding.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 27):
Yeah, the regular trains ex-Gatwick are quite decent value for money. Just don't take that overpriced Gatwick Express crap.

The folks at the infodesk even advised me not to take that expensive route. I had tons of time so a stopping train was no problem.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 27):
Amazing! I had a hard time believing this story when I heard it the first time from Nils, but I guess it can happen. Anyway glad that you made it there, despite it costing an arm and a leg and the soul of your firstborn son to rebook into a boring Airbus ex-Heathrow. Props for Palmjet for letting you crash at his place - I think he just wanted someone to share the beers with!  

We were trying to imagine the look on you guy's faces. It was a bad day. But, Pj to the rescue and all worked out good for us. The food on Friday was great.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 27):
The gabrielchew effect - once you miss your flight the first time it will never be the same.

Once bitten, twice shy.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 27):
In addition to burgers I think you are also a cooked breakfast person, aren't you?

Yes indeed, but only when someone is cooking it for me. Too lazy to get all that together.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 27):
Sometimes when it quiet like weekend evenings they close the business one and all guests are directed to the inner sanctum, too bad it didn't happen to you that evening!

Interesting, shame that didn't happen in this case. It would have been nice to see the "posh" side.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 27):
Hard to tell from the blurry photos, but I 19R is the more logical choice. That's where we took of to HEL, and usually 08 is used only for east and northbound flights.

Yes it seems 19R is right. Marc seems to think along these lines also.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 28):
Hey Lee, nice to catch up on the ARN part of the meet, even if it was a bit briefer than planned

Hi Gabe. Ha, never long enough when time goes so fast anyway.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 28):
I hope I'm not turning A.net into alcoholics....

Nothing wrong with a little tipple at FL380 mate  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 28):
I know the feeling. So annoying to miss a flight.

Bad isn't it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 28):
Didn't you chick in as soon as you had the new ticket?

We should have done, but with all else going on like ringing the hotel and stuff we just never did it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 28):
Well that's something to comiserate you with. When I was BA SIlver I always avoided LCY as there were no lounges to abuse. Now I'm blue again, I'll be using LCY as a preference.

Sure was, breakfast on BA. It kinda sucks that there is no LCY lounge.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 28):
THat's the holy grail of flying, being the only pax in a premium cabin

Just need that to happen long haul now.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 28):
I can't believe they are still using those slave ships to Europe - have you seen the pitch in C?! About 40", and no IFE

I had no idea the config was so outdated. I will look in the photos section to take a view, sounds awful.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 28):
Nicely done! Was that 4 little bottles? Same as me on my way back from MAD

Yea, worked out as 4. I was sure they would stop at 2, but it keeps on flowing.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 28):
Lots of stinky people headed to ARN that Saturday

Full of them.

Quoting makeree (Reply 29):
Hi Lee,

Great TR, what more can I say except the same in Finnish.  
And the pics are very sharp and colorful, it seems you have done something like
this before or is it the magic of PhotoShop etc. ?

Hi mate, good to hear from you.
Thanks. I have been into photography on and off for years. Just a little adjustment here and there, noting too fancy.

Quoting makeree (Reply 29):
I wrote on Nils' TR that I had troubles to eat my nachos while talking about everything
related to aviation on Friday, so I can guess this could happen easily when you lose
track of time and place. But it was good you and Palmjet made it to ARN and had
some beer with us.

Well, it's easy done when the talking takes over.
It didn't take long to decide that we still had to join you guys, if only for a real Finnish beer.

Quoting makeree (Reply 29):
Looks like the single person room, been to that hotel several times and
I just enjoy having a good sleep between flights and a good breakfast to start the day.

Yes, a good way to go with a good price and good comfort.

Quoting makeree (Reply 29):
Wow, very nice and colorful as well ! I think I need to practise my night shooting skills.....

Thanks. It's all about keeping really steady. Hard when it's -4 outside.

Quoting makeree (Reply 29):
Sounds like a perfect flight back home together with the Baileys.

Glug, Glug, Glug.
 
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Fri Jan 27, 2012 4:12 am

Great food! Love the sausages & eggs that you had for so many meals. I would totally eat that, but I don't want my cholesterol to get too high. But I'd do exactly as you did!
 
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:52 pm

Hi Lee

I've finally got over the shock and horror of experiencing my first (and hopefully last) missed flight experience. To anyone else out there planning on seeing what it would be like to miss a flight - it was awful, and expensive! I dont recommend it.

Great report of the weekend - I loved how your night pics of Stockholm turned out. A great camera you have there. We did pretty well despite the chilly winds blowing that evening.

Good to see how your return journey went on SK. Looks like a nice journey home and a lot less stressful than the outbound trip! Interesting comments about the lounge in ARN too.

I am due to fly out of LCY to MAD next Tues evening for work, and am crossing my fingers that a) I don't miss the flight and b) that it's not the dreaded Gate 21!!!

Thanks again for a great report! Hopefully we will get a chance to fly again together under more relaxed circumstances!

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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:32 am

Hi Lee,

First of all, sorry for my late reply, and secondly, thanks for a nice and entertaining trip report! I love your description of the little "incident" you and Palmjet went through, I can understand it wasn't very nice for you guys - but exciting reading material for sure.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):

I guess it's pretty safe to say that this flying hobby is quite uncommon amongst most of the worlds population. Who in their right minds would put themselves through the rigours of airport security, the discomfort of sitting in a tight economy seat, possibly for many hours, the un predictable nature of airline scheduling and weather delays, only to get off one plane and onto another, all with the aim of ticking off new airlines, airports or routes? Well, there are a few of these crazy people going around and they were planing to meet up at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport for a weekend in January. I had to join them.

Nice description! It just makes me sorry I did not make it to Arlanda, but, oh well.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Thread starter):
A well photographed airline here on this ARN meeting.

I have a feeling the Thai Airways B747 has a spot in every single trip report involving a stop at Arlanda!

Do you have any plans for Berlin & June?

Again thanks for the read.  

Regards,
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RE: ARN Meeting: The Highs And Lows.

Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:48 pm

Thanks for the replies flyers.

Quoting sfflyer123 (Reply 31):
Great food! Love the sausages & eggs that you had for so many meals. I would totally eat that, but I don't want my cholesterol to get too high. But I'd do exactly as you did!

Hi sfflyer.
Well, you need to keep the energy levels up.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 32):
I've finally got over the shock and horror of experiencing my first (and hopefully last) missed flight experience. To anyone else out there planning on seeing what it would be like to miss a flight - it was awful, and expensive! I dont recommend it.

Hiya mate, what an adventure eh?
I think i'm just about over it now.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 32):
Great report of the weekend - I loved how your night pics of Stockholm turned out. A great camera you have there. We did pretty well despite the chilly winds blowing that evening.

Yea not too bad really when you take into account the shivering that was going on. Would have been good to have a tripod.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 32):
Good to see how your return journey went on SK. Looks like a nice journey home and a lot less stressful than the outbound trip

You could say that.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 32):
I am due to fly out of LCY to MAD next Tues evening for work, and am crossing my fingers that a) I don't miss the flight and b) that it's not the dreaded Gate 21!!!

I bet you will smile if it is gate 21  
Hope that flight works out well. Nice little route that.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 32):
Hopefully we will get a chance to fly again together under more relaxed circumstances!

I sure do hope so Pj. I'm sure it can be fixed up.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 33):
First of all, sorry for my late reply, and secondly, thanks for a nice and entertaining trip report! I love your description of the little "incident" you and Palmjet went through, I can understand it wasn't very nice for you guys - but exciting reading material for sure.

No worries 717, I'm just glad you enjoyed the report, including the twist.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 33):
It just makes me sorry I did not make it to Arlanda, but, oh well.

Always a next time.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 33):
I have a feeling the Thai Airways B747 has a spot in every single trip report involving a stop at Arlanda!

I imagine that will be the case. Nice to see it amongst the more mundane traffic.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 33):
Do you have any plans for Berlin & June?

Nothing concrete yet. I hope to make it, but is't 50/50 for now.

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