Sunday April 29th 2012
The morning started like any other: Waking up to the sound of the alarm clock at 7am, hop in for a quick shower followed by breakfast, before my mother kind enough as she was, offered to drive me to the bus station in Västerås where i caught the Swebus to Arlanda. Following a 90 minute busride, I finally arrived to Arlanda Terminal 5 at 10.15am roughly 6 hours prior to departure. I chose to arrive early for the obvious reason of maximising my time in the lounge... Not that I had anything better to do on a sunday.
View of the departures hall at Arlanda Terminal 5.
Before heading airside, I decided to swing over at the SkyCity pharmacy to pick up some toothpaste and shaving cream. Prices are the same as you’d find in any other pharmacy in the city, which is really a great customer focus as it provides some extra convenience at no additional cost. After picking up my items, I wandered over to the SAS Concourse to pick up my boarding pass at the Star Alliance Gold counter.
Check-In At Arlanda
Turning right is the way to go these days!
This morning one counter was dedicated for F/*G/Eurobonus Gold and two for C/Y+/Eurobonus Silver, all of them empty at the time being so I walked over to the one rightfully dedicated for me. Manning the counter today was the young trainee Cecilia, working under strict supervision from one of the senior employees watching her every move. By the looks of it, this must’ve been her first week on the job as she wasn’t wearing one of those stylish SAS uniforms, hence showing some slightly nervous behaviour as she tried to work out the computer.
Me: -”Hello there” [hands over passport]
C: -”Hi. Where are you flying today?”
Me: -”Munich via Copenhagen, SK1425 leaving at 16.15”
C: [typing on computer] -”Ah there it is! Here is your boarding pass, have a nice flight!” [hands the BP]
Me: -”Thank you, and good luck”
Despite being new to the job, Cecilia managed to handle the check-in process very smooth and efficient, smiles were however not provided but I suppose that will come later on as getting more accustomed to the job. With the BP
in hand, I headed over to the security which was passed in a jiffy. Feeling quite hungry, I decided to head straight for the lounge.
SAS Scandinavian Lounge Arlanda
At the reception, a friendly senior female agent welcomed me with a smile as my boarding pass was scanned. The expected green light and beep sounded, before I was directed to enter the SAS Scandinavian Lounge to my left. The Lounge was fairly empty at this hour, with only a handful of people scattered across the seating areas.
View of the secondary seating areas of this lounge.
I dumped my bag at one of the tables before heading over to the buffet. Food options today were much better than during previous visits. Wood-chip smoked fillet of salmon, with tuscan pasta salad, rucola leaves and cream cheese were the offerings today.
I settled with a generous portion of salmon, along with the usual diet coke.
Feeling rather full after the meal, I grabbed myself a cup of Espresso and some Bailey’s before crashing down on one of the sofas for an hour or so.
Must say that I really quite like this lounge. It’s a nice place to be!
After sipping a few glasses of Bailey’s and reading some school literature, I decided to head over to the lavatory to freshen up and change into a t-shirt as the weather was getting warmer.
The blue and white tiles give a stylish and almost IKEA’esque feel to the lavs.
Time really flies when you’re lounging! It was now two hours to go before boarding, so I decided to spend some of that time catching up on trip reports on one of the iMac workstations, and the last 30 minutes or so spent catching up of this week’s issue of Newsweek while sipping a glass of Cointreau.
Newsweek is always my choice, Cointreau however is not. Better stick to Bailey’s!
At 3.45pm boarding for my flight begun, so it was time for me to leave the lounge and make the short walk over to gate 6 where boarding was already in full swing. A quick look out the windows revealed that the MD
-82 operating this short hop to CPH
, the same plane that took me home from ZRH
in C a few months earlier.
My chariot for this afternoon’s departure to Copenhagen.
SK1425 Stockholm ARN – Copenhagen CPH
Flight: SK1425 ARN-CPH
Duration: 1h 10m
Date: April 29th 2012
Seat & Class: 25A Economy Class
Aircraft & Reg: McDonnell Douglas MD-82 LN-RMS
The gate area was fairly empty by the time I arrived, which must indicate that the load on this flight would be rather light. As usual no priority boarding call was made, which wasn’t a major problem since the lines were fairly short. My BP
was promptly scanned before being welcomed down the jetway.
At the door I was greeted welcome by the friendly senior male purser for this flight. A total of 4 crew members working onboard this flight, all of them seniors and all of them ARN
based which of course lets you rest assure that they will take good care of you during the flight. Soon I made my way down to seat 25A. Flight was roughly 80% full in the M cabin, but luckily I managed to score an empty seat next to me. The cabin was worn, but the seat was comfy as usual.
Legroom as usual was great on these MD-80s, despite sitting in the back.
As boarding soon was completed, the slides were armed and the plane pushed back. The usual ”whoop-whoops” sounded through the PA as Pratt&Whitney bazookas were fired up. A safety demo followed as we taxied towards runway 08-26. I found it slightly surprising that we would actually take of from this runway, since it’s mostly used for landings, but nevertheless this would be my first time taking to the skies from it so I’d better enjoy.
View from our parking position at ARN.
Lining up towards the runway on this sunny sunday afternoon.
Very soon, the captain rammed the throttles to their frontmost detent, and the MadDog began rolling down the runway before gently lifting its nose and taking to the skies. For an MD
the takeoff felt unusually calm, and not as rocket-like as one would usually expect. But since this was a very calm and relaxed sunday afternoon, I couldn’t have cared less.
Turning left shortly after ”Wheels Up!”.
Climbing out over the green fields of mid-eastern Sweden.
The climbout offered some spectacular views over Arlanda Airport, as we made a U-turn towards south before continuing our climb to 38 000 feet. In the mean time, the crew rolled out the trollies to perform the in-flight sales for Economy Class. Of course, it would take quite some time before they reached my row so I decided to just kick back, relax and enjoy the views outside.
Clear blue skies at 38 000 feet. The moon is also visible.
Some 35 minutes into the flight, the trolley reached my row. Since I was feeling slightly full from the food in the lounge, I didn’t bother with buying anything but instead simply went for the free coffee along with a glass of water. Both delivered with a smile!
Coffee and water is sufficient enough for me on this 1hr flight.
The coffee along with the other liquids consumed on the ground began taking its toll on the bladder, so I figured I’d better make a visit to the loo. On my way back I snapped a shot of the cabin.
Cabin view of this 19 year old MD-82. Still fairly fresh.
Very soon the nose was tipped down, and the plane plunged into a thick layer of clouds as we began our descent towards Kastrup Airport. Following a few turns to the left and the right, we finally lined up towards the runway.
View of the cabin during descent.
Lining up towards the runway at Kastrup.
During our final approach we were hit by some hard turbulence making it a very bumpy ride. Seconds before touchdown a strong gust of wind hit the plane, forcing the pilot to ram up the throttles, nearly forcing is to make a go-around. This particular plane really seems to have a tendency to scare the shit out of me. Nevertheless we eventually touched down safely.
Despite the bumpy approach, touchdown was smooth.
Following touchdown the plane made a quick taxi to a gate at the B concourse of Kastrup’s Terminal 3. The plane was almost instantly docked to the jetway, and all passengers including myself quickly made our way out of the plane.
View from our arrival gate position.
On my way out of the plane, I bid the friendly male purser goodbye and thanking him for the great service before zigzagging my way through the herds of people in the terminal while making my way to the lounge.
SAS Scandinavian Lounge Copenhagen
At the reception, I was welcomed by a very friendly hence professional senior female agent. After scanning my boarding pass, and being given the green light. The agent wished me a pleasant stay, as I made my way up the glorious stairway to the golden territories.
Lounge overview. As of today, I haven’t been a any lounge better than this one!
View of the annex part of the lounge (facing the Kastrup Hilton), housing the TV corner, business centre and conference rooms.
Before grabbing some dinner from the buffet, I headed over to the lavatories for some freshening up. The lavatorial facilities decorated in grey marble and cherry wood are quite spectacular.
Bathrooms are indeed quite elegant, love the cherrywood!
On a sunday evening like this, the lounge was very empty. Not more than 10-15 people spread across the entire 500‘ish square metre lounge. The buffet section looked well stocked this evening also, and on offer tonight was gravlax with hovmästar sauce, salmon paté, egg salad, chorizo, new potato salad with parmesan, and some sort of capers and liver pate.
The food offerings for this weekend. Quite good I’d say.
Since I was feeling quite hungry at the time, I settled with a rather generous portion trying a little bit of everything. Everything tasted very nice and fresh, apart from that liver paté which had too much capers in it. Dessert consisted of a piece of brownie cake along with a cup of freshly ground coffee. All in all, a very good meal which left me quite full.
Gravlax, potatoe salad, salmon paté and liver pate. An interesting combo.
Coffee and dessert.
By the time I had finished my food, it was already time for me to head over to the gate to board my flight, those 90 minutes sure passed in a blur! So I went downstairs and bid the agent goodbye as I made the 10 minute walk to my gate at the far end of the A concourse.
SK659 Copenhagen CPH – Munich MUC
Flight: SK659 CPH-MUC
Duration: 1h 35m
Date: April 29th 2012
Seat & Class: 7A Economy Class
Aircraft & Reg: Canadair Regional Jet 900 OY-KFI
Once again, upon arriving to the gate boarding was already in full swing. I quickly joined the queue to have my boarding pass scanned before being allowed to walk down the stairs leading to the apron.
Boarding the CRJ-900 for the very first time!
As boarding was done via the airstairs, I decided to remain on the apron for a short while until everyone had boarded the plane. This mainly to take some pictures but also to get some fresh air. Soon as nearly all passengers had boarded, I climbed onboard the plane.
At the door I was greeted welcome by a young south-swedish purser. First impressions of the CR9 were very positive. The cabin was bright, fresh and spacious. Overhead bins sufficient enough to hold my backpack, and the massive windows were awesome! Aircraft was fitted with the standard blue SAS seats which offered some great legroom. Must say that the CR9 is by far the most comfortable plane in the SAS fleet.
Great legroom on this regional jet.
View from our parking position.
Very soon the door was shut, and the female Swedish purser came over the PA welcoming everyone onboard. This was followed by pushback and a manual safety demo, as the plane began its taxi towards the runway. The front rows of the cabin were incredibly quiet, far more than the MD
-80 as you could hardly hear the engines coming to life at all. Soon the plane reached the runway, and performed a quiet yet powerful takeoff.
Takeoff from CPH. ”Wheels Up!” at 19.44.
Re-entering Swedish airspace as we climb out from Kastrup.
Moments after the seatbelt sign had been switched off, the crew rolled out the trolleys to conduct the BOB service. Since I had already eaten in the lounge, I just settled for a coffee.
The freebie coffee! The buggers at SAS have made the cups smaller!
With the load factor being just shy of 50% in Economy, and 0% in Economy Extra I asked the purser whether it was okay to move to the Y+ row in front of me so that I would have an empty seat next to me... Like everyone else on the plane. The purser was more than fine with this, so I grabbed my junk and gave myself an ”upgrade”.
Reaching cruising altitude.
Once again, the liquids consumed on the ground took its toll on the bladder, so I headed down to the lavatorial facilities in the back of the plane. On my way back, I snapped a shot of the cabin.
The lavatories are unique in the way that they have wooden floors. Cool feature!
Cabin view of this small’ish CRJ-900.
The reminder of the flight was very uneventful. I spent most of it listening to music on my iPhone while admiring the sunset that was taking place outside the window, truly spectacular. Soon the nose of this CRJ tipped down, and the cabin was prepared for landing. A smooth touchdown soon followed, before making a long taxi to a remote stand in the vicinity of the construction site of the new satellite terminal. I bid the crew goodbye as I stepped down on the tarmac.
Disembarking the aircraft in MUC.
As passengers were making their way out of the aircraft, I decided to remain on the tarmac for a short while to enjoy the fresh summer breeze before everyone had gotten into the bus. The busride was quick, and soon we arrived to the baggage reclaim in the terminal. Since I was just traveling with hand luggage, I headed straight for the exit.
It was now 21.30, roughly 90 minutes to go before check-in for my hotel would close. So I quickly went down the escalators to the train station, from where I took the S Bahn into the city. Ticket was priced at €11 which was a complete ripoff! Train ride lasted for a little bit more than 45 minutes, and after a quick transfer at the central station, I was on the U Bahn to Sendlinger Tor. Instantly upon emerging from the underground, I spotted my hotel right across the street, and with 12 minutes to spare I was all checked in.
My home for the next 2 days.
A very spartan bathroom.
The hotel could best be described as a spartan affair. While everything may have been in its simplest form, the room did have some amenities such as free toiletries, free high-speed wifi, a hairdryer and free bottled water. The room was sufficient enough for me, and given the fantastic location it provided some excellent value for the money.
As soon as the clock had ticket over midnight, I went onto the SAS website using my iPhone and booked the flights back home. Booking process was very simple, and after having typed in my CC
details €80 was drawn from my card. Not a bad price for two segments. Having the flight back home booked, I headed out for a walk down the streets of Sendlinger Tor – at the very heart of Munich. Unlike Brussels, Munich was a very safe and quiet city and I was able to leisurely stroll down the streets without the fear of a robbery. I returned to my hotel at 1am, where I passed out on the bed and slept like a child for some 7 hours or so.
Monday April 30th 2012
I woke up by the sound of a construction site buzzing along at 7am. Despite keeping the window shut, the noise was still loud enough to disturb me. Unable to fall back asleep, I got up from bed and hopped in for a quick shower. At 8am, I left the hotel and headed across the street to a charmy little café for breakfast. Offerings were quite extensive, and prices reasonable so I settled for a schnitzel brötchen, croissant and large coffee costing me just €6,50. Breakfast was very filling indeed, so was now ready for a full day of sightseeing.
Can anybody tell me the name of this place?
First stop on the agenda was a visit to the English Garden. Weather was fantastic!
After some thought, I think I’ll have to disagree with this sign.
After a few hours of wandering around the city centre, I was starting to feel a bit hungry. So I stopped by a typical german fastfood joint and grabbed myself some leberkäse brötchen, a bratwurst and a diet coke for lunch. After lunch, I went down the stairs to the U Bahn station to catch the train to Fröttmanning where the Allianz Arena is located.
The Allianz Arena is indeed one stunning piece of architecture.
By the time I got back to my hotel around 4pm in the afternoon I was feeling quite tired, mostly from all the walking. So I laid down on the bed and took a nap for one hour or so. By the time I woke up, I was feeling much more refreshed. After some freshening up on the bathroom, I was ready to hit the streets once again. This time I took the U Bahn to the Olympiazentrum to check out the TV
tower and the BMW Welt.
The Munich TV tower. These seem to be standard in all german cities.
Exterior view of the BMW Welt. Again an impressive piece of architecture, designed by world famous architect Frank Gehry. I’m quite a big fan of his work.
The new BMW 3-Series on display, fantastic cars!
Interior view of the BMW Welt. Sadly as I arrived quite late, most of the exhibitions were closed.
The BMW Headquarters located next door. This is where the magic happens.
After a great day of sightseeing, seeing pretty much all what this city has to offer while enjoying some lovely warm and sunny weather, I figured I’d end this with some dinner at a traditional German Beer Garden. So I hopped on the U Bahn back into the city centre where I arrived at 8pm.
After some searching around, I managed to find myself a nice restaurant located in a courtyard. Prices were very reasonable, but sadly the place was packed. After some searching around I managed to find myself a 4-seat table. As I sat down to wait for the hostess, I noticed a man and his 3 companions desperately looking for an empty table. I felt quite guilty occupying a table for four all by myself while other people go without. So I walked up to the man, and kindly offered him to take my table instead, while I found myself a seat for one, at one of the larger tables. The man was very happy with my kind gesture, and I wished him a pleasant evening while I went inside to look for a place to sit.
Moments later while inside the restaurant, the man’s wife came up to me and very kindly offered me to join them for dinner, as a token of their appreciation. I figured that some nice company for the evening could not hurt, so I accepted her offer and joined the rest at the very same table I left minutes earlier.
The group turned out to be two couples from Rome and Lugano on a short weekend trip to Munich. Peter from Switzerland, his wife Francesca, her brother Cristiano along with his fiancée Claudia. After introducing ourselves, I was positively surprised to hear that Francesca was working as a marketing professional in the travel retain industry. Turns out she had a senior position at the company Bally i.e the same company that makes amenity kits for SWISS First Class. I was quite amazed to hear her knowledge about the airline industry. Soon the food arrived, and I had opted for a traditional sausage platter with potato salad, and to go with that a proper Weissbier!
A nice german dinner, with some good beer and great company! Sorry about the quality.
The food tasted all fantastic, and after sampling some of the wiener schnitzel and sauerkraut along with some pretzels and a liter of beer, I was feeling very stuffed. All in all it was a fantastic dinner, and a great way to end my short visit to the land of Bavaria. After the dinner, we moved on to a nearby bar where Peter and Cristiano insisted in watching the last 15 minutes of the Premier League game between Manchester United and Manchester City. With both of them being fans of the latter team, the victory was celebrated with even more beer.
Towards midnight we left the bar and headed back to our respective hotels. It turned out that their hotel was also located near Sendlinger Tor, so with that in mind I decided to tag along for the 15 minute walk. On our way, I let Cristiano know about my upcoming visit to Rome in September to which he was very happy to show me around the city. Soon as we reached Sendlinger Tor it was time to say goodbye for this time, and hopefully we will meet soon again!
Minutes later I was back at my hotel room, and while feeling very sleepy hence a bit drunk’ish from all the beer, I passed out on the bed and slept for a solid 8 hours.
Tuesday May 1st 2012
Once again the construction site woke me up at 7am, but this time I was able to snooze along until 9am. I’m starting to suspect that the nearby construction site is the reason why this hotel was so cheap. Nevertheless, I quickly hopped in for an icy cold shower before ”collecting my junk”, as The Finn always say, before dropping off the key at the reception. It was now 10 am, and since I had already seen most of the city during the previous day, I decided just to hop on the S Bahn to the airport right away.
Since it was off rush hour, I decided not to bother with the overpriced ticket which luckily turned out to be fine this time. After a slow 1hr ride on the S Bahn I finally arrived at MUC
Terminal 2, shortly after 11am.
View of the big square at MUC T2, with Airbraü visible in the lower left corner.
While the Airbraü looked very interesting, hence with some very reasonable prices, I still thought it was a bit too early in the morning for beer so I decided to head straight for the check-in areas dedicated for Star Gold.
View of the departures hall at MUC Terminal 2.
Check-In at Münich Airport
Turns out that Star Alliance Gold are directed to use the First Class check-in area. Nice!
At the First Class check-in counter I was greeted by the senior customer service agent Heidi.
H: -”Good day Sir, may I ask to see your frequent flyer card?”
Me: -”My card haven’t been delivered yet, but here’s an account statement” [hands over printout]
H: [inspecting very closely] -”Yes, that looks good. Where are you flying today Sir? Also may I see your travel documents.”
Me: [hands over passport] -”I’m flying to Stockholm via Copenhagen. I had some troubles with Online Check-In last night, wasn’t able to select seats for my 2nd segment, and also I would like to collect my boarding pass”
H: [typing on the computer] -”I’m sorry, but I can’t find your booking in my systems. Do you have your booking reference?”
Me: -”Yes sure, here you go! [hands over my iPhone with e-ticket PDF]
H: [typing on the computer... Makes a long phone call to a colleague] -”Ah now I found it. I hope seat 21A is fine for both segments?”
Me: -”Yes that will be good enough for me, thanks”
H: [hands over BP’s] -”Here are your boarding passes, and have a nice flight. You may use the security lines to your left”
Me: -”Thank you very much, and have a nice day!”
I was quite positively surprised that they let *G pax use the fast track security lanes. Nevertheless, security check was very quick and civilised and was able to pass within less than a minute.
The various shops located at airside MUC. Luckily I didn’t spend much time around them.
As I was feeling quite hungry from skipping breakfast earlier in the morning, I made way to the nearest Lufthansa Senator Lounge to grab something to eat. Being un-familiar with MUC
, I ended up at the old G28 Senator Lounge. A BP
check-point had been set up even before the entrance to the lounge, nevertheless my BP
was scanned and I was welcomed inside with a smile. Plastic card was not asked for!
Lufthansa Senator Lounge G28 Munich Airport
The lounge was fairly small and dark, but it had been refurbished to the new lounge design theme. The grey leather seats along with the grey walls, dark wood, and brushed aluminium along with the leather smell gave the sensation of stepping inside a brand new BMW. The place was very Bauhaus indeed! I quickly dumped my bag at one of the tables, and went off to grab some food.
My ”brunch” consisting of leberkäse, frikadell, egg sandwich, green salad, and diet coke.
Feeling quite full from Brunch, I grabbed myself a nice Amaretto Macchiato while logging on to the free wifi and search for directions to the other Senator Lounges. After having obtained the correct directions using the Lufthansa App, I bid the staff goodbye as I made my way over to Gate 24.
Lufthansa Senator Lounge G24 Munich Airport
View of the lounge entrance to the brand new G24 Senator Lounge.
Once again, a BP
checkpoint had been set up outside the lounge, and after my BP
promptly had been scanned, the agent welcomed me inside with a smile wishing me a pleasant time inside the lounge.
Main overview of the lounge.
One of the many comfy seating areas. The new armchairs not only look better than the old ones, but they’re also worlds ahead in terms of comfort.
The lavatorial facilities looked very fresh and stylish.
The staffed bar where alcoholic drinks as well as cocktails can be ordered.
Food offerings were exactly the same as in the G28 Lounge, i.e some hot options consisting of Leberkäse, Frikadellen, a casserole of pork sirloin and hot potatoes, along with some salads, open-faced sandwiches, and desserts. Feeling quite stuffed, I decided just to order some Bailey’s on the rocks from the bar.
Since the lounges were very dark, and I still wanted to catch some sunlight, I decided to exit the airport to have a walk outside to catch some sunlight and fresh air. Originally I wanted to visit the spotting pyramid, but as I was unable to locate it by foot I decided just to visit the spotting terrace.
View of the spotting terrace. Quite unspectacular I’d say as the views weren’t good.
After spending roughly 45 minutes at the spotting terrace, I headed back inside the terminal. With some three hours before my flight would depart, I figured I’d pay a visit to the non-Schengen Senator Lounge as it seemed much brighter than the G24 one. After passing the priority line passport control, I was through in less than 2 minutes. The agents were very friendly, albeit a bit surprised when I told them that the Senator Lounge was my destination, LOL. Nevertheless I was to leave Schengen with no problem.
Lufthansa Senator Lounge Non-Schengen Munich Airport
The lounge was located just one stone throw from the passport control, and after having my BP
scanned I was welcomed inside. The lounge looked and felt much more brighter than the Schengen ones. The place was however quite a bit crowded as I arrived in the middle of the long haul rush hour, nevertheless finding a place to sit was no problem.
View of the main seating area. This lounge has a more bright and airy feel.
The armchair area however had the old chairs.
View of the food section. Offerings were the same as the other lounges.
After snapping a few pictures, I put the camera inside the backpack and stowed it in one of the storage lockers. I must say that they were a really nice feature that came to be very useful. By now I began feeling a bit hungry again, so I decided to try some of that sirloin casserole which tasted very good, some dessert followed as well. After the meal, I sat down at the bar for a while, sipping on a few glasses of champagne while chatting with the nice bartender. At 4.15pm, I bid the barman goodbye as I left the lounge and headed back to the Schengen area since my flight was soon about to board.
SK2658 Munich MUC – Copenhagen CPH
Flight: SK2658 MUC-CPH
Duration: 1h 35m
Date: May 1st 2012
Seat & Class: 21A Economy Class
Aircraft & Reg: Airbus A319-131 OY-KB*?
View of the gate area. The one for my flight was the opposite one, hence it being more crowded.
As I arrived to the gate area, boarding had just been announced and people began lining up at the gate. Luckily a self-boarding line was also available, that was less crowded so I decided to use that one instead. After scanning my BP
, the gate was opened and I was allowed to board at my leisure.
At the door of the A319, a senior female danish purser was busy fiddling with stuff in the galley as she didn’t bother with greeting the passengers. Not a good impression. Swedish, Danish and international newspapers were available. I didn’t bother picking one up, but instead went down the aisle to my seat at row 21.
The cabin during boarding.
The cabin was fitted with slimline Recaro seats, not comfortable at all I’d say since the seats were very hard and the lumbar support felt quite unergonomic. The LH
NEK are worlds ahead in terms of comfort, but nevertheless the legroom was sufficient.
Legroom was estimated to be some 32”, good enough for me.
Shortly after getting settled into my seat, the captain came over the PA announcing a short delay as 3 passengers failed to show up at the gate, and their luggage had to be offloaded. This would soon result in a 25 minute delay, which left me quite upset as it would hardly leave with any time to visit the lounge in CPH
Due to the short flight time most of the delay would however be reduced. In the mean time the safety video was played on the screens. At 25 minutes after STD the plane pushed back from the gate, IAE engines fired up, and taxi commenced. This was followed by a quick and powerful takeoff.
Taxiing to the runway.
”Wheels Up!” at 17.30! Clear blue skies!
Shortly after takeoff, the plane made a 90 degree turn towards north before continuing the climb out. As the sun was glaring the windows, making pictures turned out to be quite difficult. As the seatbelt was turned off, the crew announced the service offerings over the PA, shortly followed by the carts being rolled out. I opted for the usual coffee which was delivered without smile from the danish purser, like you would expect from such crews...
The coffee served in a full-sized cup this time.
After finishing my coffee, I got up from my seat to have a walk down the cabin. As I was making a picture of the cabin, the very same senior purser who refused to greet pax at the door came tapping me back telling me to step aside in a very rude manner.
Rude Danish Purser: ”Would you please stop doing whatever you’re doing, I’ve been waiting behind you for years to get by, so can you just step aside please!”
The way that she addressed me was in my opinion very rude, and quite frankly she could’ve told me in a nicer manner instead of making a fool out me in front of the other passengers. Also for the record, I stood in the cabin for less than 10 seconds to make the picture. I will end the complaints right there since some political correct schmooze with his/hers ”Pro-SAS” opinions will just try and prove otherwise without knowing a rat’s ass about the actual situation.
Cabin view of this A319.
After the little mishap with the rude crew member, I returned to my seat and spent the reminder of the flight looking out the window while listening to some music on my iPhone. Descent soon followed, before the plane made a smooth touchdown. We arrived at the gate only 8 minutes late, and luckily a last minute gate change resulted in us docking to the C concourse located right next to the lounge complex allowing me to spend some good 15 minutes in the lounge in spite of the delay. After bidding the crew goodbye, I made beeline for the lounge.
SAS Scandinavian Lounge Copenhagen – Take Two!
At the lounge reception, I was greeted by a friendly young agent. My request for being moved to a later departure was sadly denied as it turned out that all flights to Stockholm during the evening were fully booked. With some 10 minutes to go before boarding, I quickly ran up the stairs and grabbed some gravlax and a few glasses of diet coke before running off to the gate at the far end of the B Concourse.
SK412 Copenhagen CPH – Stockholm ARN
Flight: SK659 CPH-ARN
Duration: 1h 10m
Date: May 1st 2012
Seat & Class: 21A Economy Class
Aircraft & Reg: Airbus A321-231 OY-KB*?
As I arrived to the gate, most passengers had already boarded the plane. After asking the gate agent one final time whether there were any open seats left on the later flights, it was sadly confirmed that there were no open seats at all on any flight during the evening, so I thanked the agent and boarded the plane as the last person.
Upon entering the aircraft I was greeted welcome by our friendly swedish female senior purser. The flight was absolutely packed to the brim with mostly leisure swedes. But since everyone was already seated, I quickly managed to make my way down the aisle to seat 21A and was also lucky enough to find space for my backpack in the overhead bin. Seats were the same as on the A319.
Legroom at row 21 on the A321 was the same as on the A319.
View from our parking position at the B Concourse.
Shortly after getting settled into my seat, the swedish captain came over the PA welcoming all the passengers onboard this flight. Flying conditions would be excellent all the way up to Stockholm, with some nice summery weather along the way. Flight time was estimated at 55 minutes. Shortly afterwards the aircraft pushed back, and began taxiing to the runway. This was followed by a heavy takeoff.
Taxiing by a company heavy. They’re really rare!
”Wheels Up!” at 19.41!
Climbing out over the sea of Öresund, while heading north towards the swedish mainland.
The flight was very uneventful, hence being the usual SAS affair. Must say by now these flights are getting dead boring, and I should really consider flying some more interesting carriers like Lufthansa or SWISS again. Nevertheless, the carts reached my row some 20 minutes into the flight, and I opted for the usual coffee.
The standard SAS coffee, that you’ve all seen enough of by now!
The crew were all young CPH
based, and the male steward serving my section appeared to be the same age as me. Never thought I’d see that on SAS!
Very soon the nose tipped down, and the plane began its descent to Stockholm Arlanda Airport. After a series of turns to the left, the plane had lined up towards the runway and gently kissed the ground a few minutes later.
The sun setting over the horizon as we begin our approach.
One final turn before lining up towards the runway.
Touchdown was very smooth.
Following touchdown was a quick taxi to gate. Disembarking was done from both the front using the jetway, and the back using the airstairs. For obvious reasons I opted to disembark the plane from the back. I bid the young steward goodbye as I made my way out down the stairs and onto the apron.
Cabin after all the passengers had left.
Tail shot of this A321. Sadly no underwing for Markus as that one turned out to be too dark.
After making my way inside the terminal, I proceeded straight to the exit before making way to SkyCity where I purchased my ticket home to Västerås. After some 20 minutes of waiting, I headed off to Terminal 4 where I took the local bus to Bålsta, followed by a quick train ride to Västerås. Once again mum was kind enough to drive me home from the train station.
SAS as usual provided some cheap fares and good schedules. All flights except for one were in time, and I was lucky enough to score 4 different types, including one new one. The lounges were as good as always, and are perhaps the thing I like most about SAS since they still manage to maintain them at high standards. The danish crews however were as awful as always. Perhaps the biggest descries of the entire company. Basically they’re overpaid and they still refuse to do their job properly. These people with their bloody unions, constantly threatening with strikes have crippled SAS for years, and will sadly at one day in the near future be the main cause for the airline’s soon to be bankruptcy.
Given the poor financial results the airline published earlier this month, the airline has to take some drastic measurements regarding this crippling disease before it’s too late. Sadly though given the airline’s un-dynamic company culture, measurements will likely not be taken, and the consequences will eventually go out on us customers at an even bigger extent than today. I.e in the form of more strikes or potentially a bankruptcy. Nevertheless, I wish SAS all the best in recovering from this though situation.
Feel free to have a look at my previous reports. The reports are categorised chronologically based on their year/date of publication.
Mother Fokker! And The A.net Meet (pics) (by LH4116 Apr 4 2012 in Trip Reports)
SAS, Lounges, MD-87 & The Brussels Disaster (pics) (by LH4116 Mar 15 2012 in Trip Reports)
Ich Bin Ein Berliner & SAS: B736/MD-82, Y (pics) (by LH4116 Feb 24 2012 in Trip Reports)
Proper Short Haul – Lufthansa CPH-FRA-CPH Y (pics) (by LH4116 Feb 13 2012 in Trip Reports)
SAS At Their Very Finest! ZRH-ARN, Business (pics) (by lh4116 Feb 2 2012 in Trip Reports)
Swiss Flatbed Business Class: PVG-ZRH +More (pics) (by LH4116 Jan 23 2012 in Trip Reports)
Proper Long Haul – Swiss Made: ARN-PVG Y (pics) (by LH4116 Jan 10 2012 in Trip Reports)
LH Italia, You Won’t Be Missed! ARN-MXP C (pics) (by LH4116 Oct 31 2011 in Trip Reports)
Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt (by LH4116 Aug 27 2011 in Trip Reports)
Long, Sleek And Still Blue. Finnair B757! (pics) (by LH4116 Aug 5 2011 in Trip Reports)
Off To Norway, On A Classic. ARN-BGO SAS Y (pics) (by LH4116 Jul 30 2011 in Trip Reports)
”Flying It Fake” On SAS, ARN-DLM Rt In ”C” (pics) (by LH4116 Jul 5 2011 in Trip Reports)
Norwegian ARN-GOT Inaugural Flights, Feb 17 (pics) (by LH4116 Feb 25 2011 in Trip Reports)
TAP Portugal, And The Moroccan Travesty (pics) (by LH4116 Jul 15 2010 in Trip Reports)
Off To The Northern Skies, On SAS And X2000 (pics) (by LH4116 May 9 2010 in Trip Reports)
KLM Y, ARN-AMS R/t + Wonderful Holland (pics) (by LH4116 Oct 30 2009 in Trip Reports)
Trip Report: Train to Gothenburg, 1st Class (pics) (by LH4116 Jul 10 2009 in Non Aviation)
I Give You, SAS At Its Very Best! (pics) (by LH4116 Apr 17 2009 in Trip Reports)
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