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Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Mon May 07, 2012 1:51 pm



introduction

Sometimes people do quite impulsive things in life... While I’m certainly not the impulsive type - but not the most rational either - I sometimes have my moments though.
Some of you may remember one of my missions dating back to Nov 2011, where I succeeded in getting myself on a rather empty Kuwait Airways A300-600, flying from FRA to GVA: A Taste Of The Middle East On KU: BRU-FRA-GVA-BRU (by sultanils Nov 14 2011 in Trip Reports).
To accomplish that mission and to reduce the costs, I booked a BRU-FRA-BRU on LH back then, adding a € 99 to be debited from the cc. The BRU-FRA was used on that particular day in Nov as a starter to the Kuwait Airways main dish. The date for the return FRA-BRU was chosen in the evening on May 1st the next year, being a holiday I thought that would give me a nice closing flight on a yet to build itinerary for that day.

Some months later I started looking for a way to fill up that day which obviously had to include a late afternoon arrival in FRA. Browsing the Brussels Airlines website, I stumbled upon a reasonable one-way fare in their ‘b.light’ cabin to CPH, price = € 69. I booked this one without hesitation, as it was already some time ago since I last had a flight with the home carrier. Now I did not realize that I was stuck in a rather small timeframe to get myself from CPH to FRA on the same day. Being the stupid and impulsive me, I did not think of first checking the CPH-FRA possibilities and prices. And there you have it: the only afternoon and well timed departure was on SAS and priced at some > € 300. No good, no good, no good...

So now I had 2 flights on the same day booked without any decent or well priced possibility to connect them... Damn, now what? The options were in fact quite simple: either book an alternative to FRA and drop the SN to CPH or book a CPH-BRU and drop the LH flight from FRA. An alternative route to FRA in 1 day proved to be too costly but luckily there was SAS to the rescue offering me a well-timed CPH-BRU one-way for € 63. So in the end, my booking ordeal came out as follows:

BRU-CPH on Brussels Airlines’ A319
CPH-BRU on SAS’ A321
FRA-BRU on Lufthansa’s CRJ-700 (too bad I missed this one, it would’ve been a new subtype for the log...)

In fact, this would give me a nice chance to compare the offerings on the same route, so not all was lost.

And on a map (thanks to the excellent www.gcmap.com, copyright Karl L Schwartz):


on to CPH

On a nice and sunny morning - has spring finally managed to find it’s way here? - I find myself cruising on the highway again, direction airport. Not much traffic due to the fact that it’s Labour Day today and in no time I park the bike at my usual spot near the underground bus station at BRU. OLCI done the day before and boarding passes printed, I make my way down into the dreaded tunnel towards the Schengen terminal:


Just as I step off the first escalator and make a turn to take the second one, I spot some strange subjects on the apron:


3 KLM’s parked on a remote position and including a B737? That’s not SOP for BRU. Later in the day I learn from fellow user airbuseric that severe thunderstorms were hitting on AMS that very same morning, causing some diversions to alternates such as BRU. Well, that makes sense and in fact it’s very nice to see some light blue as opposed to the dark blue of Brussels Airlines  

It’s a lovely day outside, some light clouds and a spring breeze. That makes quite a difference when taking photos. Here’s the Finn and the Brit:


As usual I wonder around some and at gate A51, I spot this one. Well I’ll be damned! Those who followed my previous story - The Swiss Sisters... Or Nearly: BRU-ZRH-LYS And Vv (by Sultanils Apr 27 2012 in Trip Reports) - know for sure that I missed out on this beauty back then. Here it is in full splendour on it’s way to ZRH:


No gate assigned yet for the 11h00 service to the Copen-of-Hagen:


Here’s another one for fellow user MSS658 (the one on the left of course):


And this one’s for fellow user FlyingFinn76 (sorry for the bridge in the way, I was a bit too late getting my camera positioned):


Next destination for this T-tail is CPH as well, it is scheduled to depart 20 mins before the SN flight:


A quick glance at a FIDS again reveals gate A50 as today’s winner. OO-SSP is seen here being serviced after an arrival from the Czech Republic’s capital Prague, and is 1 of the (currently) 11 A319’s in the fleet:




Here’s the gate area. Seats are reasonably comfortable and they are plentiful. More importantly, the terminal is airy and spacious:


Boarding is called some 10 minutes late but that doesn’t really matter since the schedule claims a 1h50 flight. This as opposed to SAS where the schedule indicates a 1h30 flight. In such a timeframe, you’re practically always ‘on time’  


BRU to CPH
SN2257
A319 OO-SSP
STD-STA 11h00-12h50
Y class
seat 23F


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I greet the F/A at the door in Dutch and get a reply in Dutch (well, Flemish Dutch that is  ) back. It’s always nice to be greeted in your own language and thus I feel ‘at home’ instantly. I make my way to the back section, meanwhile passing some more friendly F/A’s. Unlike my previous flight on one of SN’s A319 last year - B-Light = Delight? A Trip On SN To GVA (by sultanils Jul 13 2011 in Trip Reports) - where the last row had no window, the last row on this machine does have windows. But it doesn’t have the ‘LH NEK’ seating installed. Instead there are these pretty good leather Recaro’s which as well feature a good legroom and I have 3 of them for me::


The cabin is clean but looks well used.


This is the contents, the magazine is not very interesting...


Outside, the handlers are still loading bags:


While inside, the last pax trickle in and take their seats. One particular male passenger in his 30’s (I guess) wearing a gigantesque bag pack comes to the F/A in the back and asks where row 17 is. ‘You can find the row numbers there sir’ (she points at the labels under the overhead bins). ‘You are too far back’. ‘Oh, I did not know, thank you’ says the man and retreats, his bag hitting some fellow seated passengers. ‘Sorry’ ‘Sorry’ ‘Sorry’.
I know, everybody once has their first flight  
I estimate the load about ⅔ full:


We push back 15 mins after STD. The plane starts rolling forward and the very same man - who has found row 17 in the end, gets up and wants to take something from his bag in the overhead locker but a stern voice from one of the F/A’s has him seated back in a jiffy. Who says that bog standard flights are boring 
I spot some Dutch neighbours also leaving for the active, probably the weather in AMS cleared up and they are allowed to go back to ‘home base’ (note OO-SNC, the latest A320 arrival and OO-VEK, one of the soon to be retired 737-400’s from the Virgin Express era):




Must have an SN A330 in a report:


Takeoff is from the 3638m long runway 25R and features some nice views at last. Some army C-130’s and a government A330 are parked on the apron:






A SIA cargo plane:


We make a right turn to the north and continue the climb towards cruising alt. If you follow this highway (E19), for some 30 km’s, you are at my place:


The city of Vilvoorde, close to Brussels:


Grimbergen airport, used for leisure flights as you can see:


And I always break my neck by looking backwards for a last view of BRU:


Next up is the city of Antwerpen and the Schelde river:


And it’s port:


The nuclear power plant of Doel:


Some 10 minutes after takeoff the clouds thicken and we overfly - what I believe - is AMS airspace. The shape of the clouds make me think that indeed the weather down there is or was not the best:


Next on the blower are the folks from up front who advise us of a 1h05 flight time in good flying conditions and promise us nice sunshine in the Copenhagen area. Sounds good to me!
Being in a ‘feelgood mood’ I decide to let myself go in some BOB. Waiter, the menu please   


A chocolate muffin and a 33cl can of cold Ice Tea do fine by me. And pretty good value for € 4. Sorry 717flyer, I was too lazy to conduct your trademarked muffin test. I can just say it was good, without being outstanding  


‘b.cool’... I am 


Having poured down quite some fluids for the last hour, my bladder starts acting up and forces me a way into the ‘small room’ (sorry Jonas, no pics). This is what the cabin looks like when I get back. Note the different colours of the seat covers.


The peasant’s must sit with the red ones, the upper class get the light blue ones. I don’t mind having the red and being a peasant  


The rubbish is cleared and not long thereafter the throttles are pushed forward and we descend towards Copenhagen’s Kastrup airport. The weather is quite good but a little hazy:


Pictured here is the seaport town of Køge, in the vicinity of CPH:


The last part of the descent is overseas, obviously over the Bay of Køge:


Landing is on the 3600m runway 4L with some good views to celebrate my arrival here:


We taxi on and on. The distinctive blue finger gates of CPH are a true feast for the eye... not! I just think they’re plain ugly.


Besides these ugly buggers, I really have nothing negative to say on CPH, I simply love this airport  


We dock into an A gate at the very end and I’m greeted by an alien-like reflection of our plane in the terminal window:


I bid the crew farewell - apparently there is a crew change here since they all get their rollerboards and coats out - and head my way into the terminal. But not before asking the captain for a quick pic of his office. He says he’s sorry for all the paperwork in the way but I say that I don’t mind, that’s sure no Labour Day for you. He agrees with that and wishes me a nice stay:


Bye for now! On a positive note I must say that the blue colour of the finger matches the blue sky very well as you can see:


After doing what all passengers do - besides visiting the loo upon arrival - and that is switching on the phone, I get a text message from user makeree, who decided as well to spend his Labour Day the same way as I do: not working but enjoying the good things in life. As he’s entitled to use the SAS lounge, he has kindly offered to come over to CPH and guest me in. And that’s warmly welcomed!

The text message reads: ‘I’m the SAS lounge opposite gate C10’. Welcome to CPH.’

Well, welcome to you too, but first things first. I make a leisurely way over there - it is quite a distance - and take my time to absorb the beauty inside and outside:

AF decided to dispatch the retrojet here today:


The terminal is quite busy:




FIDS. The return flight to BRU on SAS is listed but not ‘gated’ yet (if that’s a word...):


A place like home - as they say - for the next hours or so:


So inside I go where I meet up with makeree. We talk aviation and other stuff and do our inner selves good with all the offerings that are presented. For excellent pics and a more detailed descriptions of this lounge, I gladly refer to LH4116’s most recent report (he visited the lounge the same day as I did it seems but at a later time): SAS, Lounges & Lovely Bavaria: ARN-CPH-MUC (pics) (by LH4116 May 4 2012 in Trip Reports).

on to BRU

After some 2 hours it is time for our ways to part again. Thank you makeree for the excellent company and of course for the lounge invitation, I had great fun and will see you most likely in BER in a few weeks?

With about half an hour to spare, I quickly make my way to one of the B gates. It turns out that the flight to BRU has once again been assigned B5 today. Of all the times I have been to CPH - not that much actually   - this very flight to BRU has been assigned this very same gate every time:


CPH is really a T-tail haven. Seeing this one actually reminds me of that Roxette song ‘The Look’ (mind the registration):

’Heavenly bound
Cause heaven's got a number
When she's spinning me around
Kissing is a color
Her loving is a wild dog
She's got the look’


or if you will Prince’s ‘Sexy M F’:

’But I'm happy 2 change my state of mind for this behind
I bet that if you threw that ass into the air it would turn into sunshine’


I wonder if it’s still so windy over there?


A glance over at the A terminal reveals this Estonian Jungle Jet. I decide to have another look - I’m in a blue theme anyway today so this one fits in perfectly. Besides, the photo from this morning was taken last minute and not of the usual quality  


And another one from up close reveals a rather young cockpit crew:


Yes, CPH allright! Pictured this way it sort of has a look of a well fortified prison:


Next door - gate - to the Estonian plane sees this interesting visitor from the Czech Republic operating a charter to KEF:


After this small intermezzo, boarding time for my flight is imminent. I make my way over to the B gates area:


The boarding area features a sign that says ‘photography prohibited’ but I do manage to secretly take this one, OY-KBE today to BRU:


And this one:




CPH to BRU
SK1593
A321 OY-KBE
STD-STA 15h10-16h40
Y class
seat 36F


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The boarding pass is scanned and my fellow pax - quite a lot of them today - and me make our way to our seat. The captain has turned the wheel in order for me to fully appreciate the tail logo on our chariot:


And this is ‘really good to know’ to put it in Markus’s words  


I take my seat on what I believe is the best seat in Y in this plane: good legroom ans seating comfort and no row on the other side. No 3 for me on this flight, the aisle is in last instance taken by a Russki style man who keeps on messing with his cellphone during the whole flight even. I suspect him of having his phone on during the flight but I don’t know for sure...


The cabin during boarding: the flight is nearly sold out, there are just a few empty spots here and there:


A look out of the window reveals another company A321:


Suddenly there’s the familiar ‘boarding complete’ announcement. So here I sit in my seat and nothing happens for the next 10 mins. Then the captain comes on informing us of a problem with a ‘certain’ compartment which has to be checked prior to departure but they apparently don’t have a key to open it. A technician is called in to solve the problem and we should be on our way within the next 20 mins or so. End of message.

Some 20 mins later, the captain again, saying that the compartment has been opened and it was empty and we are good to go! Good! Some ‘phews’ are heard and not long thereafter we push back and make a way to the 3300m runway 4R.


And I once again get a salutation from the same folks as this morning! Thanks a many!


Yes, it is four-right-allright:


A look onto the ceiling sees the overhead screens deployed and yet better: the nose cam is turned on.


This leaves me with a difficult choice: looking outside or looking at the screen. Luckily I don’t have to wait too long to decide and turn my head direction window because the views on takeoff are great. I let the photos do the talking here:




You know this one, don’t you?






We make a right hand turn and this visualizes the airport very well:




One last shot of the Øresund disappearing in the water:


Over the Bay of Køge once again, but now on the other side:


And over the seaport city of Køge once again as well:


We steadily climb into cruise mode and when the seatbelt sign extinguishes, the crew gets up to do their duties.


Meanwhile, I pop in my headphones and listen to some mellow and less mellow tunes. Oh, here’s the contents of the seat pocket, which for many of you probably features nothing new or exciting:


A young female crew member passes by and asks me politely if I would like anything. Having eaten enough in the lounge I decide to have some of that ‘recently introduced free tea’, accompanied with some extra sugar and a slice of lemon. The sesame bar is from the BYO (Bring Your Own), I love that stuff!


Occasionally, I have a look at the screen to learn our whereabouts:


After some 1h10 of air time, the descent into BRU is initiated. We overfly my house, I wave but nobody waves back unfortunately  The arrival into BRU’s 3211m runway 25L involves some twists and turns and enables me to enjoy some views of the homeland’s countryside:


Unfortunately it’s somewhat cloudy and hazy...


But eventually, the debris clears up!








Concrete in sight!


Touchdown is quite smooth, as is the ride to the terminal. We dock into the very first gate at the A-terminal, meaning the walk to bagage claim is shortened quite substantially. It obviously takes quite some time for everyone to deplane, but my neighbour Mr Russki doesn’t mind as he elbows his way to the front - hanging on the phone of course   - causing quite some passengers to give him the angry look.
As the last passenger off, I ask for yet another flight deck visit which is granted by the nice and accomodating folks at SAS.


conclusion

I must say that my booking ordeal resulted in yet another very joyful day out. Destination and equipment wise there was nothing special involved yet I was able to sample two different products on the same route. SN was able to seduce me with the smart looking ‘b.’ branding, the attractive price and the ability to speak my own language on board. The flight was on time, the cabin was clean and BOB prices were acceptable.
With SAS I knew what I was in for as it was not my 1st flight with them. After some flights on their B736’s, I feel this A321 is comfortwise the better choice. Seats are comfy, better than the ultrathin LH ones but not as good as the Recaro’s I found on the SN flight of today. Extra bonus points go for the re-introduced free coffee/tea. Overall, my personal favour goes to SAS but next time I will most probably choose the carrier who offers me the best price and timing for my needs, be that SAS or SN.

Thanks for reading and do leave a comment, they are very much appreciated  

Sultanils
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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Mon May 07, 2012 2:37 pm

Nice read. Interesting to see that the SN 319 that you went on was quite different to the one i went on (OO-SSC) a month or 2 back. I noticed my one had no windows in the last row - glad i didn't choose that seat as i normally would.
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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Mon May 07, 2012 5:34 pm

Hey Nils ,

Thanks for a lovely read. I never flew SN Brussels still on my to do list   Shame they don't fly to DUB or BFS! I'd like to try them on the JFK-BRU service sometime too.

I love the livery on OV E Jet too.

Nice sunny photos  

Look forward to the next adventure .

Regards

Philip  
 
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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Mon May 07, 2012 6:05 pm

Hi Nils

What a lovely report. Thanks for sharing!

The weather looks absolutely lovely, especially in Copenhagen with that bright blue sunshine. SN don't look bad either. I'll be flying them for the first time this summer from Stockholm via Brussels to Basel. Although for some strange reason the Brussels to Basel sector will be operated by an Austrian Airlines Dash-8. Not quite sure where that came from actually!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
3 KLM’s parked on a remote position and including a B737? That’s not SOP for BRU. Later in the day I learn from fellow user airbuseric that severe thunderstorms were hitting on AMS that very same morning, causing some diversions to alternates such as BRU. Well, that makes sense and in fact it’s very nice to see some light blue as opposed to the dark blue of Brussels Airlines

Oh really, thunderstorms in Amsterdam on Labour Day? Tell me about it!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
CPH is really a T-tail haven. Seeing this one actually reminds me of that Roxette song ‘The Look’ (mind the registration):

’Heavenly bound
Cause heaven's got a number
When she's spinning me around
Kissing is a color
Her loving is a wild dog
She's got the look’


or if you will Prince’s ‘Sexy M F’:

’But I'm happy 2 change my state of mind for this behind
I bet that if you threw that ass into the air it would turn into sunshine’

What excellent taste you have Nils!

Thanks for posting.

Cheers,
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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Mon May 07, 2012 6:26 pm

Hi Nils,

cool report, looks like you had another nice day of flying. Looks like you had some great weather as well, nice pictures. And even an a.net meet and a visit to the lounge, sounds like a perfect day for me.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Being the stupid and impulsive me, I did not think of first checking the CPH-FRA possibilities and prices. And there you have it: the only afternoon and well timed departure was on SAS and priced at some > € 300. No good, no good, no good...

Oh, too bad. That's why I usually check out the whole route before booking anything. But fortunately that didn't ruin your trip completely.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
his as opposed to SAS where the schedule indicates a 1h30 flight.

Interesting, almost 2 hours is definitely a long block time for that route. Maybe they want to beat FR as being the most on-time airline, just make the block times ridiculously long and be almost always on-time   ...

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Who says that bog standard flights are boring

I guess nobody says that here. Flights are never boring, they can be uneventful, but never boring   ...

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The nuclear power plant of Doel:

Nice picture. And it seems to be still operating, something which gets rare in Germany.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
the throttles are pushed forward and we descend towards Copenhagen’s Kastrup airport.

Well, actually pulled backwards, they wanted to descent not climb   ...

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
A glance over at the A terminal reveals this Estonian Jungle Jet.

Nice, that livery is definitely very beautiful, it suits the Embraer very well.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Then the captain comes on informing us of a problem with a ‘certain’ compartment which has to be checked prior to departure but they apparently don’t have a key to open it.

Hmm, quite embarrassing, wonder what sort of compartment that is. Well, at least the delay caused by it wasn't too long.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
You know this one, don’t you?

Oh yes, the famous bridge into nowhere   ...

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
It obviously takes quite some time for everyone to deplane, but my neighbour Mr Russki doesn’t mind as he elbows his way to the front - hanging on the phone of course - causing quite some passengers to give him the angry look.

Unbelievable, some people.

Thanks again for taking us with you on your trip

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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Mon May 07, 2012 9:14 pm

Nice report Nils! Thanks for posting

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Well I’ll be damned! Those who followed my previous story - The Swiss Sisters... Or Nearly: BRU-ZRH-LYS And Vv (by Sultanils Apr 27 2012 in Trip Reports) - know for sure that I missed out on this beauty back then. Here it is in full splendour on it’s way to ZRH:

Ha, she's taunting you!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Must have an SN A330 in a report:

*shudder*!
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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Tue May 08, 2012 7:08 am

Hi there, thanks for your replies. Here goes:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 1):
Nice read.

Thank you.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 1):
I noticed my one had no windows in the last row - glad i didn't choose that seat as i normally would.

Yes, noticed that too, they seem to have different cabin configs. Maybe that will change once they all get the ultrathin seats installed?

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Hey Nils

Hey Philip, thanks for stopping by again.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Thanks for a lovely read.

No problem  

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
I'd like to try them on the JFK-BRU service sometime too.

What keeps you from booking  

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Nice sunny photos

For once I was kinda lucky with the weather and I’m very grateful for that.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 3):
Hi Nils

What a lovely report. Thanks for sharing!

Thanks William, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 3):
I'll be flying them for the first time this summer from Stockholm via Brussels to Basel.

BMA-BRU-BSL? Excellent, I’ll be on the lookout for your story then!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 3):
Although for some strange reason the Brussels to Basel sector will be operated by an Austrian Airlines Dash-8. Not quite sure where that came from actually!

Some of the Avro-85’s are end of lease and are replaced by these birds. Some of them will wear the SN livery (those who come from FlyBE), but there are others that come from Austrian Arrows and I think they will not be repainted.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 3):
What excellent taste you have Nils!

Sometimes I really do  

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 4):
Hi Nils,

cool report, looks like you had another nice day of flying.

Thanks CaptainRed!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 4):
Oh, too bad. That's why I usually check out the whole route before booking anything. But fortunately that didn't ruin your trip completely.

I normally do too, but this time.. I don’t know what happened. Either I wait too long or am too impulsive 

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 4):
just make the block times ridiculously long and be almost always on-time

Exactly my point. I guess they want the title of ‘Most punctual airline of the yea’?

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 4):
And it seems to be still operating

Yes for the moment but the discussion on closing is in full swing.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 4):
Well, actually pulled backwards, they wanted to descent not climb

Ha ha ha, you’re right   

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 4):
Nice, that livery is definitely very beautiful, it suits the Embraer very well.

I think it is one of the best liveries in Europe.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 4):
Hmm, quite embarrassing, wonder what sort of compartment that is.

I really haven’t a clue. And the tone of the captain was indeed somewhat embarrased.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
Nice report Nils! Thanks for posting

No problem Gab, I’m glad you liked it although it’s not as exotic as your reports  

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
*shudder*!

Ha ha, for you indeed.

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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Tue May 08, 2012 7:36 am

Hi Nils

Great report! Wow, you were so lucky with the weather on your day out. Great pics of your flights. That Estonian EM170 is such a cutie! Seems like SN did the business - I've never travelled with them before. Glad to see you managed a pic of an SN 330 in your report. On my last transit through BRU, I managed to take quite a few pics of 3 of them but then lost my camera at the end of the trip, so goodbye all the pics. Actually, I left the camera onboard the aircraft but sadly, whomever must have found it on the seat was not honest enough to hand it in to Lost Property.

Nice to see you were able to sample the lounge in CPH - A.net does wonders for our world wide contacts for sure!

Thanks again. Palmjet
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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Tue May 08, 2012 8:53 am

Hi Nils!

Nice to see you up and about so soon! Looks like you had again a lovely day in your favorite place: up in the sky and I really liked your title photo! Its really eye-catching!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Some of you may remember one of my missions dating back to Nov 2011, where I succeeded in getting myself on a rather empty Kuwait Airways A300-600, flying from FRA to GVA: A Taste Of The Middle East On KU: BRU-FRA-GVA-BRU (by sultanils Nov 14 2011 in Trip Reports).

Wow, has it been so long? I remembered reading that one very fondly.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
It’s always nice to be greeted in your own language and thus I feel ‘at home’ instantly.

Very nice!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I know, everybody once has their first flight

haha! flying noob  
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Being in a ‘feelgood mood’ I decide to let myself go in some BOB. Waiter, the menu please

Now I see where you've got your inspiration for your title pic from.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
A chocolate muffin and a 33cl can of cold Ice Tea do fine by me. And pretty good value for € 4.

Good value indeed!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
AF decided to dispatch the retrojet here today:

Lovely livery I must say.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Besides, the photo from this morning was taken last minute and not of the usual quality

Estonian Air really has a nice livery.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):

Yes, CPH allright! Pictured this way it sort of has a look of a well fortified prison:

I see the uncanny resemblence now that you've mentioned!

You've got very lovely views of the Copenhagen scene during take-off!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Having eaten enough in the lounge I decide to have some of that ‘recently introduced free tea’, accompanied with some extra sugar and a slice of lemon.

Wow, this is a SAS which I've not been introduced to! Really? Free tea onboard SAS? Thats a nice touch and a nice way to go!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
As the last passenger off, I ask for yet another flight deck visit which is granted by the nice and accomodating folks at SAS.

Very nice indeed!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Extra bonus points go for the re-introduced free coffee/tea.

  

Again, really neat and well-writtened TR and thanks so much for enlightening about SAS's new free coffee/tea service. Its really good to know! Very nice to have a taste of two different carriers on the same route as well! Its great to make comparisons and I personally do like SAS too!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Overall, my personal favour goes to SAS but next time I will most probably choose the carrier who offers me the best price and timing for my needs, be that SAS or SN.

Very well-said  

Bests,
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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Tue May 08, 2012 12:56 pm

Hello guys, thanks for some more replies!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 7):
Hi Nils

Great report!

Hello pj, many thanks, glad you liked it.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 7):
On my last transit through BRU, I managed to take quite a few pics of 3 of them but then lost my camera

Oh no, that’s bad. But you bought yourself a better one now, right? Too bad there are not many honest people out there anymore...

Quoting palmjet (Reply 7):
A.net does wonders for our world wide contacts for sure!

It sure does, I owe my gratitude to makeree!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 8):

Hi Nils!

Hi Gavin, thanks for commenting once again!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 8):
Looks like you had again a lovely day in your favorite place: up in the sky and I really liked your title photo! Its really eye-catching!

Ha ha, I specifically took that pic with the title pic in mind. Beforehand I knew where I wanted to go with the report  

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 8):
Wow, has it been so long?

Nearly half a year so not THAT long  

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 8):
Now I see where you've got your inspiration for your title pic from.

You got it!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 8):
Good value indeed!

And tasty as well.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 8):
Lovely livery I must say.

Yes it looks good although I find the lettering of the reg a tad too large. It’s.. let’s say: too distractive. It’s like a beautiful long legged blonde wearing an ugly big hat   

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 8):
You've got very lovely views of the Copenhagen scene during take-off!

The views were breathtaking indeed and made me think of some sort of tropical destination.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 8):
Free tea onboard SAS? Thats a nice touch and a nice way to go!

SAS on the rise here and definitely a positive thing to see this increase in free service.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 8):
Its great to make comparisons and I personally do like SAS too!

I’m glad I made you another customer-to-be with this nice airline.

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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Tue May 08, 2012 7:19 pm

Hi Nils,

Nice to read on your little Mayday (yes, pun intended) up to Kastrup and back. That is a good way to put an unused flight segment to use without actually putting it to use  

Good to see something about SN Brussels again - two segments (well maybe just one after the announcement of the BER fiasco today...) with the carrier coming up in a month for me, my first time since 2004 with them so nice to know what lays ahead.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Some of you may remember one of my missions dating back to Nov 2011, where I succeeded in getting myself on a rather empty Kuwait Airways A300-600, flying from FRA to GVA:

Yes, as a matter of fact I do!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Browsing the Brussels Airlines website, I stumbled upon a reasonable one-way fare in their ‘b.light’ cabin to CPH, price = € 69.

Hey nice, I actually booked this very same flight for this very same price for June to bring me a bit closer to home after arriving on the JFK flight. Unfortunately the main reason why I booked it - to try the SN A320 which it was scheduled to be was fubarred as it got changed to an ARJ-100. Still hoping they will change it back, although not holding my breath.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Being the stupid and impulsive me, I did not think of first checking the CPH-FRA possibilities and prices.

Ahh, I've been here quite a few times myself, most recently just last week. But there are always options and ways to turn it into something interesting if you look hard enough and have the correct attitude!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
In fact, this would give me a nice chance to compare the offerings on the same route, so not all was lost.

There you go. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
It’s a lovely day outside, some light clouds and a spring breeze. That makes quite a difference when taking photos. Here’s the Finn and the Brit:

Like brothers, like sisters.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
know for sure that I missed out on this beauty back then. Here it is in full splendour on it’s way to ZRH:

Ahh, nothing like rubbing it in your face...

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
And this one’s for fellow user FlyingFinn76 (sorry for the bridge in the way, I was a bit too late getting my camera positioned):

Thanks. Still a beauty, she is.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Next destination for this T-tail is CPH as well, it is scheduled to depart 20 mins before the SN flight:

That is weird - considering they are both alliance partner airlines and apparently codeshare on each others flights they could coordinate the flight schedules a little better and spread the flights out a bit more evenly. You'd understand it if they were rivals, but not when they're both part of *A.

I had this very same thought a couple of years ago when I was flying TAP (operated by PGA) OPO-BRU and was watching an SN 737 that was departing around the same time as us - both flights carried both the SN and TP flight numbers so it seemed rather pointless to me...

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Must have an SN A330 in a report:

Where did you get that from?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Grimbergen airport, used for leisure flights as you can see:

And home to Grimbergen, the lovely brew sold onboard SN Brussels?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
And it’s port:

Ahh, this one is always very easy to recognize from the air - it is one of my cue navigation spots when flying over Belgium.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The nuclear power plant of Doel:

Thanks! Great shot.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Having poured down quite some fluids for the last hour, my bladder starts acting up and forces me a way into the ‘small room’ (sorry Jonas, no pics).

Please, too Jonas to me already!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Besides these ugly buggers, I really have nothing negative to say on CPH, I simply love this airport  

Well you haven't been to the Low Cost pier. Or the toilets in the Servisair lounge, those are frankly horrible.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I get a text message from user makeree, who decided as well to spend his Labour Day the same way as I do: not working but enjoying the good things in life.

Very nice that you too could hook up for a little lounge meeting.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The text message reads: ‘I’m the SAS lounge opposite gate C10’. Welcome to CPH.’

So the *lounge* actually sent you a message?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
And another one from up close reveals a rather young cockpit crew:

Well that is Estonia for you - the whole population is rather young, especially people in prominent positions. A nice change from the grandmothers and -fathers with SAS.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The boarding area features a sign that says ‘photography prohibited’ but I do manage to secretly take this one, OY-KBE today to BRU:

Really? I've never had any problems with photos at Kastrup and never seen any signs forbidding to do so either!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Yes, it is four-right-allright:

Hah, the trademark Nils pun.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
You know this one, don’t you?

The Golden Gate?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The sesame bar is from the BYO (Bring Your Own), I love that stuff!

Nicked from the lounge, eh?
 
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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Tue May 08, 2012 10:26 pm

Hoi Nils, seems like you had a nice little adventure to CPH.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Next destination for this T-tail is CPH as well, it is scheduled to depart 20 mins before the SN flight:

Well a shame you didn't book SAS on both segments, and you'd have been able to catch the rare and lucrative MD-87. Oh well, maybe you should be less impulsive next time.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
More importantly, the terminal is airy and spacious:

I personally found the terminal to be very sterile and dull, but that's just my opinion.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The plane starts rolling forward and the very same man - who has found row 17 in the end, gets up and wants to take something from his bag in the overhead locker but a stern voice from one of the F/A’s has him seated back in a jiffy.

Jesus, the man seriously got up from his seat during the actual takeoff!? He must've been smoking something strong, that's for sure!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
my bladder starts acting up and forces me a way into the ‘small room’ (sorry Jonas, no pics).

Hehe, well we all know how the "business center" of an A319 looks, unless it's clad in grey marble then I'd have been more interested in seeing a pic  
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
that’s sure no Labour Day for you. He agrees with that and wishes me a nice stay:

Well in other words, it was a day full of labour for him! Huh Huh  
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
A place like home - as they say - for the next hours or so:

Yes it's indeed a place like home. Still surprised you didn't like the place, I find it great and could easily spend some 10+ hours there if necessary (or even if not).

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
(he visited the lounge the same day as I did it seems but at a later time):

Yes, never really thought about that until you mentioned it. But I stayed there for too short so would hardy call it a visit, at least not by my standards.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The sesame bar is from the BYO (Bring Your Own), I love that stuff

Hmm, might consider introducing that service concept on my future flights with SAS!

"Wheels Up!"
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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Wed May 09, 2012 7:59 am

Hi to my Nordic friends, thanks for reading and posting.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 10):
Hi Nils,

Hello Petteri, thanks for your comment and I’m glad you cleared your backlog of 467 other reports to read.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 10):
on your little Mayday (yes, pun intended)

Ha ha, good one! How come I did not come up with that  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 10):
to try the SN A320 which it was scheduled to be was fubarred as it got changed to an ARJ-100. Still hoping they will change it back, although not holding my breath.

Don’t count on it, SN is the king of type changes on some routes. The A320 is highly unlikely, it’s mostly deployed on routes like AGP, NCE, FAO,...the holiday ones. It’ll be either an A319 or the Avro 100 series. It would however b.cool to get one of the /-es but that’s even more unlikely...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 10):
But there are always options and ways to turn it into something interesting if you look hard enough and have the correct attitude!

I lack the latter, I’m too soft... 

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 10):
That is weird - considering they are both alliance partner airlines and apparently codeshare on each others flights they could coordinate the flight schedules a little better and spread the flights out a bit more evenly.

Yes, I find that a bit weird too. But I guess perhaps SN counts on it’s longhaul feed to get extra revenue maybe?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 10):
Where did you get that from?

Saw it somewhere in some report and thought it was a good quote  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 10):
Ahh, this one is always very easy to recognize from the air - it is one of my cue navigation spots when flying over Belgium.

If the skies are clear, yes. And usually AMS is visible as too which is a nice landmark to see as well.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 10):
Very nice that you too could hook up for a little lounge meeting.

I owe him a fine Belgian beer of his choice for that  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 10):
So the *lounge* actually sent you a message?

Booo!!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 10):
Really? I've never had any problems with photos at Kastrup and never seen any signs forbidding to do so either!

For sure you must’ve seen those signs, they are right above the desks at the gate. But indeed, no probs with taking pics there.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 10):
Nicked from the lounge, eh?

Nope, read carefully: I bring my own catering. Besides, the text on the pack is in Dutch so quite unlikely that it came from the lounge.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Hoi Nils, seems like you had a nice little adventure to CPH.

Hallo Jonas, thanks for writing some words on my story

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Well a shame you didn't book SAS on both segments

Not a shame at all, the main rule is: the more diversity the better!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Jesus, the man seriously got up from his seat during the actual takeoff!?

Not during takeoff, but during taxi. The F/A was polite but quite stern in having him to sit down again.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Hehe, well we all know how the "business center" of an A319 looks

How mundane it may look, it is still far more of an interesting place than the loo 

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Yes it's indeed a place like home. Still surprised you didn't like the place, I find it great and could easily spend some 10+ hours there if necessary (or even if not).

I did not say I did not like it. It’s just that so many people rave about this lounge that maybe my expectations were too high. I do liked the relaxed atmosphere and the offerings although the only ‘hot item’ available - besides tea and coffee - was instant noodles. I hoped there was something more than that. Still I found it very nice to being able to spend some time there thanks to makeree.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Hmm, might consider introducing that service concept on my future flights with SAS!

Please do, it saves you from being dissapointed about the so-called lack of service.

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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Thu May 10, 2012 7:51 pm

Hi Nils,
Another great report with some good pictures. Nice to see you got a picture of the flight deck both ways too!


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
A look onto the ceiling sees the overhead screens deployed and yet better: the nose cam is turned on

A nice feature

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
We make a right hand turn and this visualizes the airport very well

Nice overview, love those kind

cheers,
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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Thu May 10, 2012 8:26 pm

Hey, Nils,

that is a really good read together with superb pictures from CPH and around.
Definitely a great day to fly around and have some lounge company.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):

And this is ‘really good to know’ to put it in Markus’s words

Sure it is!.

Greetings,
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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Thu May 10, 2012 8:38 pm

Hello Sultanils

Nice report again!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
So now I had 2 flights on the same day booked without any decent or well priced possibility to connect them

Now that's a pity. Always hurts to let go of a booked and non-refundable segment...

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Well I'll be damned! Those who followed my previous story - The Swiss Sisters... Or Nearly: BRU-ZRH-LYS And Vv (by Sultanils Apr 27 2012 in Trip Reports) - know for sure that I missed out on this beauty back then.

Hey, now that's not nice. The missed catch dangling in front of your nose.... adding salt to the wound. I know how it feels.

Cheers,
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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Thu May 10, 2012 11:15 pm

Hi Nils,

good report on a nice day out! Does this one count as "Operation Diaper Escape 2"?  

A shame you didn't get to use the FRA-BRU leg, I know you said you forgot, and booked a BRU-CPH leg before checking for onward connections, but that's called "baby brain"   Still, the flights you did get looked ok, reasonable service, ontime, clean, safe. A good chance to meet another A.netter in CPH and visit a lounge, and finally a flight on a Swedish friend's favourite airline!

Thanks again

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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Fri May 11, 2012 6:32 am

Hello there, thanks for some additional commentary!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 13):
Hi Nils,
Another great report with some good pictures.

Hello Brendan, thanks very much.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 13):
Nice to see you got a picture of the flight deck both ways too!

I always try to do this and usually it works out without a problem. I still feel the cockpit is that little special place in an aircraft.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 13):
Nice overview, love those kind

  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):

Hey, Nils,

that is a really good read together with superb pictures from CPH and around.

Hey Markus, thanks for replying. I was very happy to get this kind of weather, resulating in the nice and sunny shots.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
Sure it is!

 

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 15):

Hello Sultanils

Nice report again!

Hello and thanks LXM83, I’m glad you liked the story.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 15):
Always hurts to let go of a booked and non-refundable segment...

It does, but these things happen sometimes. I seem to be no good planner compared to you  

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 15):
Hey, now that's not nice. The missed catch dangling in front of your nose...

It was not nice but it was certainly a nice sight. Love the livery!

Quoting signol (Reply 16):
Hi Nils,

good report on a nice day out!

Hi signol, thanks!

Quoting signol (Reply 16):
Does this one count as "Operation Diaper Escape 2"?

You could call it something like that yes   

Quoting signol (Reply 16):
but that's called "baby brain"

Hmm, I did not know I had one?

Quoting signol (Reply 16):
and finally a flight on a Swedish friend's favourite airline!

As opposed to what our Swedish friend thinks: I really think this airline is A-OK!

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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Sat May 12, 2012 5:07 am

Hi Nils !

Nice report with nice pictures from a day out flying.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
listed but not ‘gated’ yet (if that’s a word...):

Yes, we use that frequently but not in that sense. ("gated" for us gate agents means taking control of the flight meaning restricting the flight to check in)

Looking forward to hopefully see you soon in Berlin.

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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Sat May 12, 2012 7:46 am

Hi Nils,

very nice report with many great pictures! Very good to see you were allowed to take some flightdeck pictures.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The boarding area features a sign that says ‘photography prohibited’ but I do manage to secretly take this one, OY-KBE today to BRU:

Wow, is this Denmark or North Korea? Ridiculous!


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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Sat May 12, 2012 8:45 pm

Hi Nils

Great trip report, nice to see the SK-SN comparison. Looks very nice, surprised to see that NEK is not on all 320's yet.
I must disagree on the SK seating. I had the same seats on my ARN-BRU flight in january and found them actual very uncomfortable.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Here’s another one for fellow user MSS658 (the one on the left of course):

Thanks! However the plane on the right is one I've been on many times as well.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Next destination for this T-tail is CPH as well, it is scheduled to depart 20 mins before the SN flight:

Noticed the same on my BRU-CPH-BRU trip last month.


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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Sat May 12, 2012 11:29 pm

Hi Nils,

Great report from you, as usual, thanks for sharing.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I make my way down into the dreaded tunnel towards the Schengen terminal:

It is indeed a long tunnel, but I always enjoy entering it nonetheless...after all, it means I'm flying somewhere!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
3 KLM’s parked on a remote position and including a B737? That’s not SOP for BRU. Later in the day I learn from fellow user airbuseric that severe thunderstorms were hitting on AMS that very same morning, causing some diversions to alternates such as BRU.

Interesting. As I scrolled down and saw that picture, I was confused as well. But your explanation of the circumstances makes sense. Nice to get some diversion traffic once in awhile to make things interesting.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
A quick glance at a FIDS again reveals gate A50 as today’s winner. OO-SSP is seen here being serviced after an arrival from the Czech Republic’s capital Prague, and is 1 of the (currently) 11 A319’s in the fleet:

I had the pleasure of flying on OO-SSP in August of 2010 on the BRU-MAD route.  
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I greet the F/A at the door in Dutch and get a reply in Dutch (well, Flemish Dutch that is ) back. It’s always nice to be greeted in your own language and thus I feel ‘at home’ instantly

It is only right that you are able to communicate with the crew of your native airline in your native language. I am a guest in your country and do not speak Dutch (nor Flemish Dutch)...at least not yet. The language of default is my own native language of English, which makes it easy for me, but a shame for everyone else. I'm glad to hear the crew of SN are local hires, as they should be.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
One particular male passenger in his 30’s (I guess) wearing a gigantesque bag pack comes to the F/A in the back and asks where row 17 is. ‘You can find the row numbers there sir’ (she points at the labels under the overhead bins). ‘You are too far back’. ‘Oh, I did not know, thank you’ says the man and retreats, his bag hitting some fellow seated passengers. ‘Sorry’ ‘Sorry’ ‘Sorry’. I know, everybody once has their first flight

Hahaha...hopefully that guy will get the hang of it eventually.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Grimbergen airport, used for leisure flights as you can see:

Like many, I mostly know this place for the beer of the same name. Nice to see that there is a local airfield as well.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Destination and equipment wise there was nothing special involved yet I was able to sample two different products on the same route

Indeed, that is a worthwhile endeavor! Glad you had a successful trip. Great photos, too, by the way. The photos of the bridge-tunnel on your way out of CPH were really cool.

Thanks again for posting.

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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Sun May 13, 2012 12:13 am

Hello Nils

Thanks for another great story of yours. Nice to see a report with. You not see them that often here. It reminds me of my flights with them back in 2008 when I flew BMA-BRU-MAN with them. One of my best flights ever when it comes to service!
A full hot meal with drinks on the BRU flight and a hot snack on the short flight to MAN. Those were the days! I still wouldn´t hesitate to fly them again especially from BMA, really cool take off!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
More importantly, the terminal is airy and spacious:

I agree. BRU is a really nice airport

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
SAS where the schedule indicates a 1h30 flight

And SK is the most punctual airline in Europe 
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
of that Roxette song ‘The Look’ (mind the registration):

Nice that you have keep the song theme 
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
KBE today to BRU:

Oh, nice! I flew this bird from BRU to CPH last year 

Thanks again!

Greetings
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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Sun May 13, 2012 1:49 pm

Salut Nils,

A simple routing maybe this time, but nevertheless a great report and an interesting comparison between SN and SK. Seems like they both did well and as diplomatic as I am I would like to declare both of them winners.  
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
While I’m certainly not the impulsive type - but not the most rational either - I sometimes have my moments though.

Me too, I must say that last minute KF/SK youth tickets are addictive!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Some of you may remember one of my missions dating back to Nov 2011, where I succeeded in getting myself on a rather empty Kuwait Airways A300-600, flying from FRA to GVA:

Yes Nils, I remember!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I stumbled upon a reasonable one-way fare in their ‘b.light’ cabin to CPH, price = € 69

Really? I've never seen SN offering any reasonably priced oneways but apparently they have learnt something!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
And there you have it: the only afternoon and well timed departure was on SAS and priced at some > € 300. No good, no good, no good...

That's why you should have a booking department to blame for all possible mistakes.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
And this one’s for fellow user FlyingFinn76 (sorry for the bridge in the way, I was a bit too late getting my camera positioned):

You can dedicate it to me as well as it looks so gorgeous (but the CRJ still wins!). I'm supposed to log both the types on OV within the next two months but let's see what happens.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Next destination for this T-tail is CPH as well, it is scheduled to depart 20 mins before the SN flight:

Now you're starting to regret you chose the A319 flight, no?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
1h05 flight time

And 1h50 in schedules? Now that is schedule padding for you

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Sorry 717flyer, I was too lazy to conduct your trademarked muffin test. I can just say it was good, without being outstanding

Good choice to go with the muffin! And I need to log SN now as well (not only because of the muffin....)

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
We taxi on and on. The distinctive blue finger gates of CPH are a true feast for the eye... not! I just think they’re plain ugly.

Did you see any 717s during your stay at CPH?  
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I had great fun and will see you most likely in BER in a few weeks?

More like TXL?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
And this is ‘really good to know’ to put it in Markus’s words

But where is blue1.fi?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Meanwhile, I pop in my headphones and listen to some mellow and less mellow tunes. Oh, here’s the contents of the seat pocket, which for many of you probably features nothing new or exciting:

Now that if something is a severe understatement! If you ask me, Scanorama is the best inflight magazine on the continent. Did you enjoy reading it? And did you liberate it (to use the words of another A.netter)?

Many beautiful shots from the return flight as well, always nice with some eye candy!  

Best wishes & Keep flying high
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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Sun May 13, 2012 3:23 pm

Nice report, Nils! Always nice to compare two carriers on the same route.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Not much traffic due to the fact that it’s Labour Day today and in no time I park the bike at my usual spot near the underground bus station at BRU

So Labour Day is a public holiday in Belgium?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
That’s not SOP for BRU. Later in the day I learn from fellow user airbuseric that severe thunderstorms were hitting on AMS that very same morning, causing some diversions to alternates such as BRU

Indeed. The sky was almost black that morning.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
This as opposed to SAS where the schedule indicates a 1h30 flight. In such a timeframe, you’re practically always ‘on time’

Europe's most punctual airline  
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Luckily I don’t have to wait too long to decide and turn my head direction window because the views on takeoff are great.

They certainly are! Those views are why I love flying  
 
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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Mon May 14, 2012 9:21 pm

Hello Nils!

Great report, just as usual!
What a nice daytrip to Copenhagen. Always good to fly one carrier to get there and then another one to get home!  
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Here’s the gate area. Seats are reasonably comfortable and they are plentiful. More importantly, the terminal is airy and spacious:

I've been to BRU once, in 2010, and those words you wrote pretty much sums up how I experienced the terminal as well.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
AF decided to dispatch the retrojet here today:

I just love how they wrote the registration!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
And I once again get a salutation from the same folks as this morning! Thanks a many!

The A340 in the standard SAS livery is in my opinion one of the most beautiful aircraft's flying today.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I feel this A321 is comfortwise the better choice

You are indeed right about that one. But the MD80 is even better!  

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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Tue May 15, 2012 8:11 am

Hello a.netters, thank you for taking the time to post some comments, I like it!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 18):
Hi Nils !

Nice report with nice pictures from a day out flying.

Hello Lars! Thank you, I appreciate your comments.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 18):
"gated" for us gate agents means taking control of the flight meaning restricting the flight to check in

Thanks for enlightening me on this. Now I know I didn’t make the word up, it does exist apparently.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 18):
Looking forward to hopefully see you soon in Berlin.

Same here!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):

Hi Nils,

very nice report with many great pictures!

Hello PH, thank you very much!


Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
Wow, is this Denmark or North Korea? Ridiculous!

Denmark for sure! But sure I had no problems in taking pics. Perhaps the sign was there because there’s this bag scanning machine at each gate?

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 20):
Hi Nils

Great trip report, nice to see the SK-SN comparison.

Hello Marc, thanks and I’m glad you liked it. Will you be writing a TR on your CPH flight?

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 20):
I must disagree on the SK seating.

No problem, we all have a different butt and back  

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 20):
Thanks! However the plane on the right is one I've been on many times as well.

Well, then the whole pic is dedicated to you then.

Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 21):
Hi Nils,

Great report from you, as usual, thanks for sharing.

Helli BZNPilot, thanks for reading and commenting.

Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 21):
after all, it means I'm flying somewhere!

You’re so right, all the rest in fact does not matter.

Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 21):
I had the pleasure of flying on OO-SSP in August of 2010 on the BRU-MAD route.

I remember reading that story!

Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 21):
The language of default is my own native language of English, which makes it easy for me, but a shame for everyone else.

Not a shame at all. I’m sure you will get to speak French and Dutch along the way. Btw us Belgians we are polyglots, so you speaking English should pose no problem  

Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 21):
Like many, I mostly know this place for the beer of the same name.

Have you tasted the Grimbergen brew already? I prefer the brown one.

Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 21):
Indeed, that is a worthwhile endeavor! Glad you had a successful trip. Great photos, too, by the way. The photos of the bridge-tunnel on your way out of CPH were really cool.

Thanks, photos always look 100x better when the weather is cooperating.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 22):
Hello Nils

Thanks for another great story of yours.

Hello once again Robert, many thanks.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 22):
One of my best flights ever when it comes to service!

I’m glad to hear that SN did not let you down. But no more free meals these days sadly, but still some smiles from the crew!

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 22):
And SK is the most punctual airline in Europe

Today it wasn’t with the delay...

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 22):
Nice that you have keep the song theme

Ha ha, you noticed! You’re an attentive reader.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 23):
Salut Nils,

A simple routing maybe this time, but nevertheless a great report and an interesting comparison between SN and SK.

Bonjour mon ami, je suis heureux de lire ton commentaire!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 23):
Me too, I must say that last minute KF/SK youth tickets are addictive!

No more youth tickets for me unfortunately but I’m glad you are still able to make good use of them!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 23):
Really? I've never seen SN offering any reasonably priced oneways but apparently they have learnt something!

Some routes tend to have decent oneway prices: CPH, GVA, NCE,... Usually high density routes with competition.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 23):
You can dedicate it to me as well as it looks so gorgeous (but the CRJ still wins!). I'm supposed to log both the types on OV within the next two months but let's see what happens.

Well, it’s dedicated to you as well then. I hope you will be able to fly the OV types you want, that is: including the most sexy T-tail around, their CRJ900 (I know... except for the B717 of course )

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 23):
Now you're starting to regret you chose the A319 flight, no?

Not at all, it’s not only the type that matters you know  

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 23):
Did you see any 717s during your stay at CPH?

Not a single one. It’s not like they are in abundance like an A320 or so.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 23):
More like TXL?

You’re most right.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 23):
Now that if something is a severe understatement! If you ask me, Scanorama is the best inflight magazine on the continent. Did you enjoy reading it? And did you liberate it (to use the words of another A.netter)?

To be honest, I did find any interesting arcticle nor nice photos in that month’s edition. And no, I did not liberate it! I’m not the collector’s type. Besides, they usually say: ‘your copy’.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 24):
Nice report, Nils! Always nice to compare two carriers on the same route.

Thanks Robert!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 24):
So Labour Day is a public holiday in Belgium?

It is, same as in Holland, no?

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 24):
Indeed. The sky was almost black that morning.

That explains it all then.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 24):
Those views are why I love flying

   Same opinion here!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 25):

Hello Nils!

Great report, just as usual!

Hej Martin, thanks for stopping by.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 25):
Always good to fly one carrier to get there and then another one to get home!

Yes, I tried to make the most out of my bookig ordeal. I’m glad it worked out like this.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 25):
I just love how they wrote the registration!

I feel the lettering is a bit too big.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 25):
But the MD80 is even better!

Can’t really compare, I’ve logged only 1 MD until now. Need to change that asap  

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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Tue May 15, 2012 6:07 pm

Dag Nils,

Another successful day trip with great product comparison of SN and SK. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
While I’m certainly not the impulsive type - but not the most rational either - I sometimes have my moments though.

The same thing happened to me in 2010 when I booked a LH flight to join Herman on his Embraer jet flight. I ended up with a booking for his leg in opposite direction with a return flight a couple of days later.   
Luckily, I could cancel it without penalty.   


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Here it is in full splendour on it’s way to ZRH:

As it somehow said to you, “Catch me if you can…”

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
and is 1 of the (currently) 11 A319’s in the fleet:

Congratulation! It reminds me of my own experience with Cathay’s first 773.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
In such a timeframe, you’re practically always ‘on time’ 

How to successfully manage expectations!  


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
his bag hitting some fellow seated passengers. ‘Sorry’ ‘Sorry’ ‘Sorry’.
I know, everybody once has their first flight   
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Who says that bog standard flights are boring 

An unforgettable first flight of his through the eyes of fellow passengers. 


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Grimbergen airport, used for leisure flights as you can see:

Leisure beer flight? 


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Waiter, the menu please   

Waiter? Where? Where’s the yummy waiter?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
He says he’s sorry for all the paperwork in the way

Better than if he would say, “I am sorry you cannot take a picture of the cockpit due to Nine Eleven,”

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The boarding area features a sign that says ‘photography prohibited’

Why do some airports have to be that cruel?   


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
You know this one, don’t you?

The road to Atlantis?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
listen to some mellow and less mellow tunes

Tell me more! Kate Ryan? Belle Perez? K3?  


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
We overfly my house, I wave but nobody waves back unfortunately  

Well, I did on my way back from the office on the bike! Did you see me?   


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
but my neighbour Mr Russki doesn’t mind as he elbows his way to the front - hanging on the phone of course  

Was there anyone to elbow him backwards? What a pathetic guy!


Thanks again. Your musical twist is so inspiring for my next report.


Have a great week ahead.
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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Wed May 16, 2012 8:32 am

Quoting akhmad (Reply 27):

Dag Nils

Dag Suryo mijn vriend  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 27):
Luckily, I could cancel it without penalty.

Quite lucky indeed, but perhaps you booked a higher fare class that allows cancellations?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 27):
An unforgettable first flight of his through the eyes of fellow passengers.

It was more an embarrassing show to be honest...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 27):
Waiter? Where? Where’s the yummy waiter?

Sorry, the crew was all female (except for the cpt and F/O that is) 

Quoting akhmad (Reply 27):
Better than if he would say, “I am sorry you cannot take a picture of the cockpit due to Nine Eleven,”

The excuse that isn’t one: lame and pathetic...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 27):
Why do some airports have to be that cruel?

9/11 of course   

Quoting akhmad (Reply 27):
Tell me more! Kate Ryan? Belle Perez? K3?

No not my style at all   Faith No More, Seasick Steve,... ring a bell?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 27):
Did you see me?

Sorry, you were covered in clouds restricting the visibility...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 27):
Your musical twist is so inspiring for my next report.

I’m proud that for once I inspire YOU iso vice versa  

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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Sat May 19, 2012 8:56 pm

Hey Nils,

My apologies for the late response but it's hard to catch up with everything that's going on these days. But as they say, better late than never...

I must say that the booking ordeal that you went though would have stressed the hell out of me. I hate missing out on flights I have booked. Glad to hear that you were happy with the end result of your arrangements though.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Sometimes people do quite impulsive things in life... While I’m certainly not the impulsive type - but not the most rational either - I sometimes have my moments though.

Hm, sounds like someone I know. 
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Here it is in full splendour on it’s way to ZRH:

How annoying is that. It's like being taunted...

Regarding the Russian guy on your flight: What's up with Russians and wireless telecommunications at airports? I don't wanna stereotype but it seems like they are everywhere.

In any case, it was a joy to read about SN and SK, two airlines that I have still to register.

Thanks for sharing!

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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Mon May 21, 2012 2:07 pm

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 29):
Hey Nils

здравей Stojan!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 29):
My apologies for the late response

No worries, you don't have to feel obliged to post a reply  

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 29):
Hm, sounds like someone I know.

Could that possibly be you?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 29):
It's like being taunted...

It is, but I’m over it now lol!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 29):
What's up with Russians and wireless telecommunications at airports?

I don’t know. Could’ve been anybody I guess as I wasn’t sure he was Russian.

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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Sat May 26, 2012 8:17 am

Quoting sultanils (Reply 26):
Thanks Robert!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 24):
So Labour Day is a public holiday in Belgium?

It is, same as in Holland, no?

No, May 1st is not a public holiday. But April 30th is, as we celebrate our famous Queensday then. Everybody wears something orange and goes crazy  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koninginnedag
 
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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Mon May 28, 2012 8:37 am

Hi Nils,

Thanks for an insight of Brussel Airlines, one that I am not very familiar with. The BOB looks pretty decent and the price is reasonable too.

I'm totally in love with that bridge upon takeoff from CPH. Looks sleek and sexy!

Thanks for sharing!

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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Tue May 29, 2012 6:47 am

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 31):
No, May 1st is not a public holiday

I’m a bit surprised, I thought Labour Day was an official European holiday?

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 31):
Everybody wears something orange and goes crazy

As if you Dutch need a reason to go crazy  

Quoting Initious (Reply 32):
Hi Nils,

Hello Daniel, thanks for reading my report.

Quoting Initious (Reply 32):
The BOB looks pretty decent and the price is reasonable too.

That’s 2 times ‘yes’  

Quoting Initious (Reply 32):
Looks sleek and sexy!

Indeed, when looked at from a bird’s eye view, it has something sexy about it!

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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Tue May 29, 2012 7:02 pm

Nice read Nils, perfect with the G&T i've just finished  
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
A chocolate muffin and a 33cl can of cold Ice Tea do fine by me. And pretty good value for € 4

- I'm not up on these BOB fee's but that seems reasonable to me.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
A glance over at the A terminal reveals this Estonian Jungle Jet. I decide to have another look

- Nice looking machine.

I've not flown SK since 1992, mix of DC-9-41 and MD-81, need to get on one of their 736 machines, still missing from the log.

Cheers

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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Wed May 30, 2012 2:15 pm

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 34):
Nice read Nils, perfect with the G&T i've just finished

Hi Mark, how are you? There's no better way to savour some TR's than with a cool G&T  

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 34):
but that seems reasonable to me

Believe me, it is reasonable  

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 34):
I've not flown SK since 1992, mix of DC-9-41 and MD-81, need to get on one of their 736 machines, still missing from the log.

Wow, that's a long time ago, I was still on the school benches back then, not even thinking about flying... If you want the Mad Dog again, better hurrt but for the 736 there's still plenty of time I think.

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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:31 pm

Hey Nils !

Sorry about my mega delayed reply !
It was great to meet you in CPH and have a chat about....aviation stuff  
It was just my pleasure to invite you to the lounge and have a taste of that side of traveling.  

I really enjoyed your clear air-to-ground pics and that is a good enough reason for flying around.  


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RE: Brussels And Scandinavian: BRU-CPH-BRU

Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:59 pm

Quoting makeree (Reply 36):
Hey Nils !

Sorry about my mega delayed reply !
It was great to meet you in CPH and have a chat about....aviation stuff
It was just my pleasure to invite you to the lounge and have a taste of that side of traveling.

I really enjoyed your clear air-to-ground pics and that is a good enough reason for flying around.


Markku

Hi Markku, many thanks for your reply and don't worry about it being late   It was a real pleasure meeting you again, it definitely added value to my first lounge visit ever!

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