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How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:19 am

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Hej, hej, dear readers,

I was in good contact with these now defunct airline from Hungaria late last year.
They offered me Duna Gold, what means also One World Sapphire status.
AB upgraded me immediatelly after they joined the One World Alliance also for the same level. But with a time limit later in the year.
You never know, isn´t it?.
And soon after I´ve received a nice offer from these Northern European Airline it seems it´s a good decision to do one or two flights there, to fullfill what they want from me. Mainly to catch a full year more of Sapphire Lounges!.
Really nice contact with the staff confirmed, that they want to upgrade me even before the first flight. Well done and warm welcomed.
Definitely a good impression by the airline here.

This is todays routing:

http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=STR-DUS-HEL-ARN&MS=wls&MR=120&MX=720x360&PM=*

Thanx to, as usual:

http://www.gcmap.com/

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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:21 am

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Some three weeks are gone after the succesfull return from Macedonia:

Fyrom Or Macedonia?. Anyway Skopje On The Go!. (by FLIEGER67 Jun 23 2012 in Trip Reports)

No question, at least till now, a new departure airport is necessary to catch here, no. 214:


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The first 200 places:


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And all the routes flown by me:


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Well, one of our real nice A.net colleagues decides to meet me on the way to my place to stay for the night. One more reason to look forward to this trip.
Ok, ok, enough preparations let´s go now.


Sunday, 06.05.2012

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Service airberlin AB 6833 operated by LGW
Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter
Scheduled: 08.00 // 09.00


A relaxed start for the travel day, sunday morning 05.00 am, my usual time, definitely!.
One of the advantages by AB gold is the free seat selection anytime after booking, the last row window no question!.
The Lastminute.de guys catched my money this time. Leg 1 and 2 booked together, the fare per leg 60.00 Euro´s this way, ok so far.
Well, OLCI is quick and easy to use by AB´s website, but no, no boarding passes printed, as usual.
No traffic that Sunday morning, how I like it this way.
Close to 07.00 am at the airport, a short visit for the desk to pick up the papers and to check the lounge offers.
Two here now, the Elli Beinhorn place operated by Stuttgart Airport and also the BA lounge want´s to see me for the first time.
No lines at security and shortly thereafter in the gate area.
But at first a quick view to the screen. Not that much action with my service top of the board
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201003.jpg
The BA lounge is closed, although I´am present around the usual Sunday morning opening time.
But we know how to handle it. The AF and the BA lounges are both staffed by the same company. And the AF guy who, so it seems, recognizes me, call´s his colleague and only seconds thereafter the door is opened for me, as the first and only customer till now today.
Ok this looks like BA old english style
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201001.jpg
The offers, teabags for me, not available at the AF lounge
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201004.jpg
More seaters this way
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201005.jpg
Not that long thereafter, the lounge lady called me and send me down to terminal 3 for a apron bus ride from gate 331. Nothing else expected here with the Dash 8 on schedule.
Always these lounge guy´s!. I´am late, but not to late!.
Ah, yes, this looks like an Dash 8
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201006.jpg
Confirmed, D-ABQI, leg no. 26 on type and yes, I´am sure, this is something new to me!.
As sure as I am, this is incredible, my fourth time with these bird after STR-MXP//STR-MXP//MXP-STR
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201007.jpg
Boarding now with an propeller close up
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201008.jpg
This plane is in service with LGW since 06.08.2009.
10 examples are in the fleet actually.
I prefer late boarding, not that I´ve talked about it before this way!.
And one of the reasons is the chance to change for a good seat. Sometimes also in the very first row, like 1A today
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201009.jpg
Granted by the nice FA after the captain´s ok.
Warm welcomed with a 80% load.
A totally mixed bag of passengers today, ok it´s Sunday morning!.
Two for me here and not to talk about the generous legroom.
Dark blue leather seats, the cabin is clean so far
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201010.jpg
Well, 8.00 am, that´s what I call perfectly ontime.
11 rainy and wet degrees here, I´am in immediate need for something else weatherwise.
45 minutes to go for me and "Walter". A short cut help´s us to enter runway "Zero-Seven" quickly.
There is really a safety card available, at least till now
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201011.jpg
Cockpit crew is from Germany.
The captain with a welcome in a nice style after boarding is completed.
Once more real detailed infos inflight.
Routing is FKB-FRA-DTM at a maximum of 24000 feet.
Forward cabin view
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201012.jpg
Two young female FA´s working the cabin. One blonde, really nice and also the other, black haired, nice.
Kings and longing, well, a suitable combination
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201013.jpg
Service is a croissant and free drinks.
An engine inflight, cloudy all the way
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201014.jpg
3000 meters "Zero-Five-Right" is for sure enough to welcome me at DUS. 09.05 am, short after schedule, 7 cloudy degrees here, shudder.
No terrace visit today.
Not that I especially like these under the wing or close to under the wing shots
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201015.jpg
The final engine view
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201017.jpg
By bus around the terminal.
A well timed connection and some quality lounge time, hopefully, till the next flight now.




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Service airberlin AB 8924 operated by Germania
Scheduled: 12.50 // 16.10


This place is huge, I´am impressed, definitely
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201012.jpg
It´s the BA Hugo Junkers lounge
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201020.jpg
Really well presented offers here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201021.jpg
Any meeting needs?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201022.jpg
And also some plane tails to view
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201023.jpg
Close to departure time, it seems I should do some apron views from the gate
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201025.jpg
Well, special country, special type
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201027.jpg
Nothing new for my flight from gate B78
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Bus boarding here again.
This is the typical Boeing new generation engine
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201030.jpg
Very close up
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201031.jpg
Under the wing, you know
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201032.jpg
Nothing to miss this way
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201033.jpg
These Germania sticker looks like somewhat outdated
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201034.jpg
D-AGEN, not that this sounds somewhat well know to me.
Ok, it´s the scheduled 737. Leg no. 35 on type.
The third time for me here after STR-ORY-STR years ago.
In the air since 23.03.1998 with Germania/Hapag Lloyd Express and TuiFly. There are 9 -700´s in the actual fleet and this is the oldest example.
The plane is noted with an medical emergeny close to Riga in 2011 and also later in the year with fumes in the cockpit enroute from MXP to DUS and an therefore incapacitated FO
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201035.jpg
1.10 pm, 20 minutes late, runway "Zero-Five-Right" again and two hours now for "Germania" heading to the north.
11 degrees, cloudy and light rain, I need something else, definitely!.
I´am addicted to these first rows, so it seems
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201036.jpg
Legroom is sure ok here at 1F. The cabin fitted with bright grey oldfashioned leather seats.
The aisle is taken, but the middle seat remains open, sure ok with a close to 100% load here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201037.jpg
There are lot´s of people with big plastic bags on the plane. It´s the DRUPA exhibition, the major german meeting for the print and packaging industry.
Also good biz for AB.
Cabin crew consists of three female FA´s.
One middle aged, german, ok.
One young and nice eastern european girl
and also one young, blonde and yes, cute german girl!.
The appropriate safety card
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201038.jpg
The captain today is from Germany the FO from the Netherlands.
A really detailed welcome after boarding is completed.
Heavy traffic around DUS results in a slot delay for us, but nothing serious at all.
He´s inflight on the speakers again, perfectly detailed and also with a very nice bye-bye from the "first row" later on during approach.
Routing is via Rostock, Gdansk and Tallin at maximum 37000 feet.
Not my usual engine view
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201039.jpg
Hey, the clouds are gone!
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201042.jpg
Service on AB these days together with free drinks
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201043.jpg
Forward cabin view
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201044.jpg
Approaching HEL, maybe something well known to a couple of guys here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201045.jpg
Touchdown at the 2901 meters "One-Five", 4.30 pm local, twenty minutes late, 10 degrees and also cloudy, but at least no rain.
White, blue and blue-white on the apon
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201046.jpg
Which one looks like better?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201047.jpg
Docked and service for my machine
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201048.jpg
At HEL with, once again today, a good time in between the next flight.
Quality lounge time twice, anyone?.



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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:23 am

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Sunday, 06.05.2012

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Service AY 649 operated by Finnair
Scheduled: 20.05 // 20.05


Check-in for this leg is done online and who knows really why the boarding pass is printed on my own engine this time?.
Maybe I want to see the Sapphire status on the paper even before the first flight!.
The fare booked by AY directly is sure ok here, 50.00 Euro´s, together with the return next month.
This is the Gateway tower lounge
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201058.jpg
With offers like this
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201049.jpg
Or like this
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201050.jpg
Apron views like this
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201051.jpg
Or like this
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201052.jpg
And seating like this
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201053.jpg
How to try OLCI, non succesfull in the end, for some more flights
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201055.jpg
AB on the run
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201056.jpg
Any news for my flight from gate 30?
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Not at all and there is one more lounge place to visit here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201060.jpg
The Finnair biz lounge with seaters like this
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201061.jpg
Ok, enough like this!. This place is also spacious
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201062.jpg
Modern style furniture
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201063.jpg
And nice offers, too
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201064.jpg
Something for me, maybe
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201065.jpg
No, better stay this way
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201066.jpg
Old colours here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201069.jpg
OH-LXB, the scheduled A320 has the honour to confirm AY Sapphire for me
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201071.jpg
Is 85 legs on type enough to built up a relationship?. Who knows!. And really, this is something new to me.
On the way with AY since 28.05.2001.
11 A320´s are in the fleet actually.
8.00 pm, short ahead to schedule. I should leave this rainy place now. 7 degrees only here.
45 minutes for "Finnair" ARN bound, departure from the 3440 meters "Two-Two-Left".
Rear cabin view
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201072.jpg
Legroom is good here at 21A. The aisle is taken, but the middle seat remains open once again. The load is 90%
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201073.jpg
It seems there are mostly swedish people here on the return from a weekend visit to the other side of the Gulf of Bothnia.
Cockpit crew is from Finland.
The pilot with a nice welcome after boarding is completed.
So slowly spoken, it seems we are in Stockholm before he fixed it.
No, he made it and he´s once more on the speakers with nice and detailed infos inflight, the same style.
Routing is south of Turku and Mariehamn at 36000 feet maximum.
The modern style safety card
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201074.jpg
Impressed by AY, definitely.
Cabin crew is all female today.
Three elder ladies all together ok
and one middle aged, large, slim, long, always smiling, really nice woman. Perfectly finnish?. Not at all with her black hair.
But you know, that´s no problem for me!.
Service is free drinks only.
China, who knows?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201075.jpg
Comfy oldfashioned fabric seats in a strange blue, green colour mix
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201076.jpg
Some blue ahead
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201078.jpg
Now that looks like an ARN approach
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201080.jpg
Ferry on the go
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201081.jpg
Coming in to touchdown at the 2500 meters runway "Two-Six".
7.50 pm, 15 minutes ahead to schedule and truly unbelievable after this short flight.
Sunny, no clouds to see at all and 10 degrees really warm welcomed here.
Docked and bye for now to AY
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201085.jpg
The Flygbussarna airport coach shuttle service is the way to go now for me. 99.00 SEK booked online.
Friendly colleague Tobbry decided to spend some of his precious Sunday evening time, to pick me up at the bus stop closest to my hotel.
As far as I remember this was Norra Stationsgatan.
It works and so we walked together for my place to stay tonight.
The Best Western Time hotel
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201095.jpg
Thanx again, Tobbry, for the cellar meeting.
Sure a quality time for me in Stockholm with good aviation related and else talking.
Here´s my room
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201086.jpg
The bathroom
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201087.jpg
Nicely furnitured
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201088.jpg
A short but nevertheless good nights sleep here.
Ready for breakfast
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201090.jpg
Airy and spacious, that´s what I like
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201091.jpg
The lobby around the corner
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201092.jpg
Well designed
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201093.jpg
Less customers this early morning time
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201094.jpg
Views from my room at the top floor
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201097.jpg
All in a really recommendable place with 750.00 SEK B&B only.
So, time to check out and hit the town before heading for the new departure airport.
The Tunnelbana shuttled me to the old town, 36 SEK.
I´am close to sure that this is Stockholm and not Riga
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201098.jpg
Nobel´s place
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201100.jpg
Impressive
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201101.jpg
Guarded
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201102.jpg
How I like this view
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201103.jpg
Oldfashioned houses, ok it´s the old town
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201104.jpg
No, I´am not a military fan
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201105.jpg
Tough job here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201106.jpg
The clocktower
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201107.jpg
Sure, we know, Stockholm is a waterless city!
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201108.jpg
Time to go now for me.
A new departure airport ahead and also a less travelled airline and airliner.
Soon to follow here!.

Stop, wait, conclusions!:
AB STR-DUS: Comfy and relaxed.
AB DUS-HEL: Comfy and nice staff.
AY HEL-ARN: Short, calm and supernice staff.

Tack och vi ses snart,
comments welcome,
FLIEGER67 or "Markus Klaus Felger" by Facebook!.
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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:47 am

Hey FLIEGER67!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Well, one of our real nice A.net colleagues decides to meet me on the way to my place to stay for the night.

Hm.. Maybe our FlyingFinn?  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Boarding now with an propeller close up

Always nice, should be something like a "Must have in a Report"

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
There is really a safety card available, at least till now

First I thought "What the ..." Ok it's just a tutorial how to open every Exit Door in this Plane.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The final engine view

Hey I want too on a Dash 8Q-400, I've never flown on one of them.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
One middle aged, german, ok.
One young and nice eastern european girl
and also one young, blonde and yes, cute german girl!.

Flieger67's FA check  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Which one looks like better?

Blue1 !

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
This is the Gateway tower lounge

So this Lounge is located in the Tower? 
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/S1201/S1201062.jpg
Modern style furniture

Modern and functional at least

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Three elder ladies all together ok
and one middle aged, large, slim, long, always smiling, really nice woman. Perfectly finnish?. Not at all with her black hair.

Flieger67's FA check nr.2

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
How I like this view

  

This was a rather nice TR, but the weather wasn't that nice, just in Stockholm. The Dash ride seems to be good, but maybe the Boeing not so, old poor flying lady. AY seems to be ok, but the service (I meant Food/drinks) is horrible.
All in all, I think it was ok.

Looking forward for more TR's!
 
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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:41 pm

Hello Flieger67

Nice report. Was a bit worried about the weather in STR and DUS, but finally you got to see the sun in Stockholm!

Flying the Dash 8 is always a pleasure.

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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Sun Jul 01, 2012 3:53 pm

Hey Markus,

Good report there - I've now read a couple of reports on Air Berlin and really want to try them. Stockholm looks good too. maybe next year though as I'm pretty much booked up for this year now!
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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:11 pm

Hejsan, Markus.

Good to find another report online, and congratulations on your status matches. Good for you to fly through HEL and give AY a little business.

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
They offered me Duna Gold, what means also One World Sapphire status.

I thought Duna was easyJet?  
Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
And soon after I´ve received a nice offer from these Northern European Airline it seems it´s a good decision to do one or two flights there, to fullfill what they want from me. Mainly to catch a full year more of Sapphire Lounges!.
Really nice contact with the staff confirmed, that they want to upgrade me even before the first flight. Well done and warm welcomed.

That's really, really odd! I never, ever thought Finnair would do it, after all they are so bloody clueless on pretty much every front, especially on the Plus program. Where did they advertise this.

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
Definitely a good impression by the airline here.

Wow, you must be the first person saying this about Finnair.

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
No question, at least till now, a new departure airport is necessary to catch here, no. 214:

This got me wondering as I didn't see anything new on that map...

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
A new departure airport ahead and also a less travelled airline and airliner.

...until I read this in the end, you tease!

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
But we know how to handle it. The AF and the BA lounges are both staffed by the same company. And the AF guy who, so it seems, recognizes me, call´s his colleague and only seconds thereafter the door is opened for me, as the first and only customer till now today.

That sounds like very good service, well done. I guess it pays to get friendly with the staff. Although he should've been a bit annoyed by you not flying with AFKL, no?

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
The offers, teabags for me, not available at the AF lounge

Well that figures - the French aren't exactly known as big tea drinkers.

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
As sure as I am, this is incredible, my fourth time with these bird after STR-MXP//STR-MXP//MXP-STR

At least there's no Malpensa there this time!

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
Two for me here and not to talk about the generous legroom.

Do you really find that bulkhead seat comfortable? It looks like that the curvature of the fuselage and no possibility for stretching your legs could be quite uncomfortable.

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
11 rainy and wet degrees here, I´am in immediate need for something else weatherwise.

Well you are heading to the wrong direction for that, mate!

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
Service airberlin AB 8924 operated by Germania

Ahh, nice catch. Those Germania operated flights are odd, but of course a nice chance to catch something (slightly) different.

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
This place is huge, I´am impressed, definitely

That galley doesn't look too big in the picture  .

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
Really well presented offers here

Looks okay. I should try this place some day, IIRC DIners gets you in.

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
These Germania sticker looks like somewhat outdated

It also looks like it's about to peel off!

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
There are lot´s of people with big plastic bags on the plane. It´s the DRUPA exhibition, the major german meeting for the print and packaging industry.

Are you sure? Sounds more like Finns stocking up on the cheap German booze at Travel Value to me!

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
He´s inflight on the speakers again, perfectly detailed and also with a very nice bye-bye from the "first row" later on during approach.

I thought *you* were sitting on the first row?

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
Service on AB these days together with free drinks

Sad to see this. No Wasabröd this time?

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
Approaching HEL, maybe something well known to a couple of guys here

Yes, I've landed there a couple of times. And will land once more in about two and half hours actually...  
Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
White, blue and blue-white on the apon

Albino!

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
Which one looks like better?

Sadly I have to admit, the Le Bleu1 does.

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
The fare booked by AY directly is sure ok here, 50.00 Euro´s, together with the return next month.

These el cheapo fares on this route are quite popular with certain people hunting for Platinum status...  . I know someone who did 40 or so roundtrips this spring  .

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
This is the Gateway tower lounge

Why on earth did you go there?! It is a very crappy lounge, bad offerings and not much going for it.

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
Apron views like this

Ok, I give you this, thanks to its location on the corner under the ATC Tower (hence the name) it has excellent apron views on two directions. But then again the AY lounge next door has almost the same.

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
How to try OLCI, non succesfull in the end, for some more flights

Bring a laptop. Makes things easier.

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
The Finnair biz lounge with seaters like this

Actually it is not a business lounge as only OW status passengers are admitted, a business class ticket won't get you in! And it is called the Silver Wings lounge. It is an okay lounge, my pet peeve is the crap alcohol selection and the fact that at least on old times it used to get very very packed at peak times (workday afternoons, especially on Fridays) - I've been there a few times when it's been standing room only.

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
Ok, enough like this!. This place is also spacious

Ahh, I haven't been there for a couple of years - good to see the extension open. Should help with the above mentioned problems.

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
Something for me, maybe

No, don't do it! Russia will eat your alive.

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
Comfy oldfashioned fabric seats in a strange blue, green colour mix

"Old fashioned" ? What are you talking about? These are the new AY seats. Sure, they aren't as thin as the latest Recaro ones found in the LH Group NEK cabins for example, but for old fashioned (and very, very comfortable) seats, catch an AY A319!

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
Sunny, no clouds to see at all and 10 degrees really warm welcomed here.

See, things are always better in Sweden! More boring, but better.

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
The Best Western Time hotel

Never heard of this one before. But looks very nice and stylish.

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
All in a really recommendable place with 750.00 SEK B&B only.

I was about to ask how much did you pay for it but luckily you mentioned it yourself. That's quite a nice deal for Sweden and especially STHLM, where hotels as a rule of thumb are always very expensive.

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
I´am close to sure that this is Stockholm and not Riga

You'd be surprised by the number of Latvians working in Sweden... part of BT's heavy presence on the RIX-ARN route and Ryan's NYO-RIX.

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
No, I´am not a military fan

Well I am.

Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
Tack och vi ses snart,

Hoppas så!
 
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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:21 pm

Hi Markus,

You're catching me up!!

Your photos of the lounge in HEL and the hotel in Stockholm just ooze that gorgeous Scandinavian design, I love it. They really put the BA lounge atr STR to shame, it looks so terribly dated. Thank goodness for teabags!

Stockholm looks beautiful too, especially with that lovely clear sky.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The offers, teabags for me, not available at the AF lounge

One point for Britain  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I´am addicted to these first rows, so it seems

Are you changing your preferences now?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Service on AB these days together with free drinks

Those biscuits look familiar to me. Austria, last autumn?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A short but nevertheless good nights sleep here.

That sounds nothing like your usual routine, does it?!

Oh, and thank you for the picture of the AB magazine with the Sydney Opera House on it. I still have to pinch myself to believe I'll really been there!

Happy flying
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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:03 pm

Hey, good to see some comments.


@Ideekay:

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 3):

Hm.. Maybe our FlyingFinn?

Not today.

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 3):

Always nice, should be something like a "Must have in a Report"

Definitely.

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 3):

First I thought "What the ..." Ok it's just a tutorial how to open every Exit Door in this Plane.

So it is.

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 3):

Hey I want too on a Dash 8Q-400, I've never flown on one of them.

Do it.

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 3):

Flieger67's FA check

A must, you know.

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 3):
Blue1 !

Good point here.

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 3):

So this Lounge is located in the Tower?

Close to!.

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 3):

Modern and functional at least

Definitely.

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 3):

Flieger67's FA check nr.2

More than a must, you know.

Quoting Ideekay (Reply 3):

This was a rather nice TR,
Quoting Ideekay (Reply 3):

Looking forward for more TR's!

Thank you and more to come.


@J.:

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 4):

Nice report. Was a bit worried about the weather in STR and DUS, but finally you got to see the sun in Stockholm!

Flying the Dash 8 is always a pleasure.

Thank you.


@J.:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 5):

Good report there - I've now read a couple of reports on Air Berlin and really want to try them. Stockholm looks good too. maybe next year though as I'm pretty much booked up for this year now!

Thank you and give them a try.


@P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

Good to find another report online, and congratulations on your status matches. Good for you to fly through HEL and give AY a little business.

Thank you.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

I thought Duna was easyJet?

Not only!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

That's really, really odd! I never, ever thought Finnair would do it, after all they are so bloody clueless on pretty much every front, especially on the Plus program. Where did they advertise this.

I´am long time no activity member. Maybe the reason to contact me this way.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

Wow, you must be the first person saying this about Finnair.

Sure I was in a good mood this day.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

This got me wondering as I didn't see anything new on that map...

The reports are late, you know and the map is up to date.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

...until I read this in the end, you tease!

Coming up soon.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

That sounds like very good service, well done. I guess it pays to get friendly with the staff. Although he should've been a bit annoyed by you not flying with AFKL, no?

That might be true.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

Well that figures - the French aren't exactly known as big tea drinkers.

Big plus for the british.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

At least there's no Malpensa there this time!

Good point here.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

Do you really find that bulkhead seat comfortable? It looks like that the curvature of the fuselage and no possibility for stretching your legs could be quite uncomfortable.

Sure ok for me with the middle seat open.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

Well you are heading to the wrong direction for that, mate!

The weather forecast shows me something nice for Stockholm.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

Ahh, nice catch. Those Germania operated flights are odd, but of course a nice chance to catch something (slightly) different.

Count me in this way.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

That galley doesn't look too big in the picture

Exactly.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

It also looks like it's about to peel off!

So it feels.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Are you sure? Sounds more like Finns stocking up on the cheap German booze at Travel Value to me!

No true sound of booze bottles in plastic bags!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

I thought *you* were sitting on the first row?

He mentioned it this way, row -1 fits better!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

Sad to see this. No Wasabröd this time?

Not at all.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Yes, I've landed there a couple of times. And will land once more in about two and half hours actually...

Hah, good to know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Albino!

Ok!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

Sadly I have to admit, the Le Bleu1 does.

My point, too.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

These el cheapo fares on this route are quite popular with certain people hunting for Platinum status...  . I know someone who did 40 or so roundtrips this spring

Sounds really special.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

Why on earth did you go there?! It is a very crappy lounge, bad offerings and not much going for it.

I want to check both places.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Ok, I give you this, thanks to its location on the corner under the ATC Tower (hence the name) it has excellent apron views on two directions. But then again the AY lounge next door has almost the same.

Sure interesting for me.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

Bring a laptop. Makes things easier.

Will do so.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

Actually it is not a business lounge as only OW status passengers are admitted, a business class ticket won't get you in! And it is called the Silver Wings lounge. It is an okay lounge, my pet peeve is the crap alcohol selection and the fact that at least on old times it used to get very very packed at peak times (workday afternoons, especially on Fridays) - I've been there a few times when it's been standing room only.

Thanx for the update.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

Ahh, I haven't been there for a couple of years - good to see the extension open. Should help with the above mentioned problems.

Definitely.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

No, don't do it! Russia will eat your alive.

You never know!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

"Old fashioned" ? What are you talking about? These are the new AY seats. Sure, they aren't as thin as the latest Recaro ones found in the LH Group NEK cabins for example, but for old fashioned (and very, very comfortable) seats, catch an AY A319!

Will do so the next time.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

See, things are always better in Sweden! More boring, but better.

Ah, good to know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

Never heard of this one before. But looks very nice and stylish.

It was.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
I was about to ask how much did you pay for it but luckily you mentioned it yourself. That's quite a nice deal for Sweden and especially STHLM, where hotels as a rule of thumb are always very expensive.

Good value for money here.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

You'd be surprised by the number of Latvians working in Sweden... part of BT's heavy presence on the RIX-ARN route and Ryan's NYO-RIX.

Sure it is this way.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Well I am.

Good to know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):

Hoppas så!

You know my swedish skills are limited!.


@H.:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 7):

You're catching me up!!

PUF is not that far away!.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 7):

Your photos of the lounge in HEL and the hotel in Stockholm just ooze that gorgeous Scandinavian design, I love it. They really put the BA lounge atr STR to shame, it looks so terribly dated. Thank goodness for teabags!

Big point for the british, you know.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 7):

Stockholm looks beautiful too, especially with that lovely clear sky.

Exactly my way,

Quoting infodesk (Reply 7):

One point for Britain

One more point.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 7):

Are you changing your preferences now?

From time to time,

Quoting infodesk (Reply 7):

Those biscuits look familiar to me. Austria, last autumn?

Yeah, no chance to miss it.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 7):

That sounds nothing like your usual routine, does it?!

Ok, it is.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 7):

Oh, and thank you for the picture of the AB magazine with the Sydney Opera House on it. I still have to pinch myself to believe I'll really been there!

I should go there also some times.

Greetings,
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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:02 am

Thanks for TR! It sounds you had a successful sapphire hunting trip. AirBerlin is on my to do list, after they joined OW I have no excuses left. As you said, AB looks comfy and relaxed.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Ah, yes, this looks like an Dash 8

AB colors look so good on Dash8.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The Finnair biz lounge with seaters like this

Hmmm could be a perfect tv chair...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Quoting Flieger67 (Thread starter):
Definitely a good impression by the airline here.
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Wow, you must be the first person saying this about Finnair.

I know Finnair is not in fashion in Finland right now, but their product isn't that bad really  
The company is flying through turbulent times right now, curious to see how their future will look like.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
supernice staff.

I think staff is their strongest point, often nice crews on AY.
 
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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:56 am

Hey Markus,

I was quite happy to follow your latest trip in this good story. No specials involved in this one, but the status approval is definitely a nice achievement, congrats!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
And the AF guy who, so it seems, recognizes me, call´s his colleague and only seconds thereafter the door is opened for me, as the first and only customer till now today.

Well, it’s not that you are a regular customer here, are you  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Boarding now with an propeller close up

Hey, what happened to the ‘under the wing’ shot   

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
45 minutes to go for me and "Walter"

I’ve said it once and I say it again: the name ‘Walter’ is a big    for an airline!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
These Germania sticker looks like somewhat outdated

Only a sticker? Why didn’t they schedule you a proper Germania plane, that would’ve been exotic.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The plane is noted with an medical emergeny close to Riga in 2011 and also later in the year with fumes in the cockpit enroute from MXP to DUS and an therefore incapacitated FO

Ouch, that’s a serious emergency.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Any news for my flight from gate 30?

Only the fact that it’s a 2 min walk to the gate which is btw very convenient 

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
OH-LXB, the scheduled A320 has the honour to confirm AY Sapphire for me

Congrats. This pic is now above your bed  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Sunny, no clouds to see at all and 10 degrees really warm welcomed here.

I wouldn’t call 10 degrees warm, would you  

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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:30 am

Hi Markus !

Very nice report with nice pictures !

Nice to see another short outing from you; Great to see some more pictures from my old hometown. Stockholm is very nice in late May and June ! Best time of the year to visit.

Flights look nice and good with statues match.

Looking forward to part 2!

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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:12 pm

Hey, nice to see more comments.


@HELyes:

Quoting HELyes (Reply 9):


Thanks for TR! It sounds you had a successful sapphire hunting trip. AirBerlin is on my to do list, after they joined OW I have no excuses left. As you said, AB looks comfy and relaxed.

Thank you.

Quoting HELyes (Reply 9):

AB colors look so good on Dash8.

So true.

Quoting HELyes (Reply 9):

Hmmm could be a perfect tv chair...

Good point here.

Quoting HELyes (Reply 9):
know Finnair is not in fashion in Finland right now, but their product isn't that bad really  
The company is flying through turbulent times right now, curious to see how their future will look like.

Hopefully not the same way like MA.

Quoting HELyes (Reply 9):

I think staff is their strongest point, often nice crews on AY.

Also my opinion here.


@Nils:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):

I was quite happy to follow your latest trip in this good story. No specials involved in this one, but the status approval is definitely a nice achievement, congrats!

Thank you.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):

Well, it’s not that you are a regular customer here, are you

From time to time, you know.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):

Hey, what happened to the ‘under the wing’ shot

Not for this example!.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):

I’ve said it once and I say it again: the name ‘Walter’ is a big    for an airline!

Also my opinion.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):

Only a sticker? Why didn’t they schedule you a proper Germania plane, that would’ve been exotic.

Sure that might be better this way.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):

Ouch, that’s a serious emergency.

Definitely.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):

Only the fact that it’s a 2 min walk to the gate which is btw very convenient 

Hah, good point.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):

Congrats. This pic is now above your bed

So it is!.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):

I wouldn’t call 10 degrees warm, would you

The sun to see after a long day!.


@Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):


Very nice report with nice pictures !

Thank you.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):

Nice to see another short outing from you; Great to see some more pictures from my old hometown. Stockholm is very nice in late May and June ! Best time of the year to visit.

Flights look nice and good with statues match.

Sure the perfect time of the year to visit Stockholm, definitely.

Greetings,
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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:24 pm

Hej Markus,

good to read another story of your travels and congrats of course for that Sapphire status. And an interesting routing you choose to get from STR to ARN, well done.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The plane is noted with an medical emergeny close to Riga in 2011 and also later in the year with fumes in the cockpit enroute from MXP to DUS and an therefore incapacitated FO

Hmm, obviously this bird had quite an interesting history. Would have been nice though to fly on a 'real' Germania plane with the green colors.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I´am addicted to these first rows, so it seems

Hey, do you give up your old habits?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
OH-LXB, the scheduled A320 has the honour to confirm AY Sapphire for me

Nice to get a plane with the old livery.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Sure, we know, Stockholm is a waterless city!

At least you didn't get water from the skies as I did on my visit   Anyway nice pictures from Stockholm,quite a few familiar things for me. Indeed a great city.

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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:28 pm

Hej, Hej, Captain

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 13):

good to read another story of your travels and congrats of course for that Sapphire status. And an interesting routing you choose to get from STR to ARN, well done.

Thank you.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 13):

Hmm, obviously this bird had quite an interesting history. Would have been nice though to fly on a 'real' Germania plane with the green colors.

Count me in this way, much more interesting.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 13):

Hey, do you give up your old habits?

No way, just for today.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 13):

Nice to get a plane with the old livery.

Definitely.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 13):

At least you didn't get water from the skies as I did on my visit   Anyway nice pictures from Stockholm,quite a few familiar things for me. Indeed a great city.

Lucky me this time.

Greetings,
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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:55 am

Hej, my friend Markus,

Thank you for sharing this enjoyable morning read. I especially like your covering of the old town.  


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
They offered me Duna Gold, what means also One World Sapphire status.

What a nice souvenir from a lost friend!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
And the AF guy who, so it seems, recognizes me, call´s his colleague and only seconds thereafter the door is opened for me, as the first and only customer till now today.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Not that long thereafter, the lounge lady called me

Truly personalized service, just like flying First Class!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Ah, yes, this looks like an Dash 8

Gorgeous! I do hope GA will choose Dash 8s! It would be great to see them flying with GA livery.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
There is really a safety card available,

Very well pictured how to act in case of emergency.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Kings and longing, well, a suitable combination

Not fancying Down Under experience?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Any meeting needs?

A.net meeting? 


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Service airberlin AB 8924 operated by Germania

Too bad, this service will be cancelled from next October 16, 2012.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
The plane is noted with an medical emergeny close to Riga in 2011 and also later in the year with fumes in the cockpit enroute from MXP to DUS and an therefore incapacitated FO

Luckily, no incident on your flight.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
the Gateway tower lounge

This lounge somehow more appeals to me.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
All in a really recommendable place with 750.00 SEK B&B only.

Well appointed room, nice breakfast and good price. What else could you ask for a stay in Stockholm?


Best wishes,
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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:36 am

Hi Markus ,

Another nice report from you . Nice AB are matching your Duna card. You were so unfortunate with MA going to the wall. That must have been annoying . Good news is you are back on track again .  

Nice to see AB reports , as you know I recently got AB Gold and am looking forward to taking a flight with them sometime soon .

AY also on my list as I have never flown them .

Looking forward to the next report.

Regards

Philip  
 
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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:34 pm

Hi and nice to follow more comments.


@Suryo:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):

Thank you for sharing this enjoyable morning read. I especially like your covering of the old town.  

Thank you.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):

What a nice souvenir from a lost friend!

Definitely.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):

Truly personalized service, just like flying First Class!

So it feels like.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):

Gorgeous! I do hope GA will choose Dash 8s! It would be great to see them flying with GA livery.

I want to see it!.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):

Very well pictured how to act in case of emergency.

Exactly my opinion, you know.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):

Not fancying Down Under experience?

For sure!.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):

A.net meeting?

Good point here.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):

Too bad, this service will be cancelled from next October 16, 2012.

I´ve read about it.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):

Luckily, no incident on your flight.

Lucky me.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):

This lounge somehow more appeals to me.

Not a bad place.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
Well appointed room, nice breakfast and good price. What else could you ask for a stay in Stockholm?

Exactly my way, you know.


@Phil:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):

Another nice report from you . Nice AB are matching your Duna card. You were so unfortunate with MA going to the wall. That must have been annoying . Good news is you are back on track again .

Thank you.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):
Nice to see AB reports , as you know I recently got AB Gold and am looking forward to taking a flight with them sometime soon .

AY also on my list as I have never flown them .

Looking forward to the next report.

Good to know, more AB an AY to come hopefully and the next storie is close to fix.

Greetings,
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Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:46 pm

Nice report as usual. Decent flights with AB so it seems. And Stockholm is a great city, I love it there!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
They offered me Duna Gold, what means also One World Sapphire status.
AB upgraded me immediatelly after they joined the One World Alliance also for the same level. But with a time limit later in the year.

So AB offered you that status after Malev went bankrupt? Or already before?
 
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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:54 pm

Hey, Robert,

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
Nice report as usual. Decent flights with AB so it seems. And Stockholm is a great city, I love it there!

Thank you.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):

So AB offered you that status after Malev went bankrupt? Or already before?

Both AB and AY offered it after Malev was out of biz. AB was faster with the offer, followed by AY.

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Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:42 pm

Hi Markus

great report, thanks for sharing!
Nice too see D-AGEN in the log, I flew her between STR and TXL. A good flight on it indeed, it left a very good impression of AB.

Nice to have some Stockholm pics as well, I've only been there after sunset

Greetings
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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:51 pm

Hi, Marc,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 20):

great report, thanks for sharing!
Nice too see D-AGEN in the log, I flew her between STR and TXL. A good flight on it indeed, it left a very good impression of AB.

Thank you and good to see you also on D-AGEN.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 20):

Nice to have some Stockholm pics as well, I've only been there after sunset

Sure a nice place.

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Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:50 pm

Hi Markus!

Great report as usual and really nice to read about your northbound adventure to my hometown!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Well, OLCI is quick and easy to use by AB´s website, but no, no boarding passes printed, as usual.

Hehe, I usually do that too. Even though I'm not really a saver of my boarding passes I prefer to have a proper boarding pass over a printed A4 one.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Which one looks like better?

The Blue1 717, of course!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Old colours here

Good to see you got to do a flight on the old livery. They will probably not be around for too long.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I´am close to sure that this is Stockholm and not Riga

Haha yes, the Riga and Stockholm old towns are indeed very similar!

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Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:09 pm

Hi Markus, finally playing catch-up on reports!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
I was in good contact with these now defunct airline from Hungaria late last year.
They offered me Duna Gold, what means also One World Sapphire status.
AB upgraded me immediatelly after they joined the One World Alliance also for the same level. But with a time limit later in the year.
You never know, isn´t it?.
And soon after I´ve received a nice offer from these Northern European Airline it seems it´s a good decision to do one or two flights there, to fullfill what they want from me. Mainly to catch a full year more of Sapphire Lounges!.
Really nice contact with the staff confirmed, that they want to upgrade me even before the first flight. Well done and warm welcomed.
Definitely a good impression by the airline here.

- Good move by AY.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Sometimes also in the very first row, like 1A today

- Now that's my usual row, unusual for you to take a liking for this row.....

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
One young and nice eastern european girl
and also one young, blonde and yes, cute german girl!.

- Pictures next time please  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
At HEL with, once again today, a good time in between the next flight.
Quality lounge time twice, anyone?.

- Lounge time is important ,especially when they have views  

Cheers

Mark
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Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:49 pm

Hey and good to follow more comments.


@Martin:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 22):

Great report as usual and really nice to read about your northbound adventure to my hometown!

Thank you.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 22):

Hehe, I usually do that too. Even though I'm not really a saver of my boarding passes I prefer to have a proper boarding pass over a printed A4 one.

Count me in this way.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 22):

The Blue1 717, of course!

No question.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 22):

Good to see you got to do a flight on the old livery. They will probably not be around for too long.

Lucky me this time.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 22):

Haha yes, the Riga and Stockholm old towns are indeed very similar!

Sure my impression, you know.


@Mark:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 23):
Hi Markus, finally playing catch-up on reports!

Ah, good to know.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 23):

- Good move by AY.

Definitely.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 23):

- Now that's my usual row, unusual for you to take a liking for this row.....

Some changes here!.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 23):

- Lounge time is important ,especially when they have views

Exactly my way, you know.

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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:15 pm

Nice routing Markus!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
AB upgraded me immediatelly after they joined the One World Alliance also for the same level. But with a time limit later in the year.

Nice of them after all the problems with MA

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
It´s the BA Hugo Junkers lounge

The lounge looks empty. When I was there in April it was packed
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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:54 pm

Hey, Gabriel,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 25):
00:15:15 your local time (22 hours 35 minutes 27 secs ago) and read 184 times:

Nice routing Markus!

Good to see you´re feedback, warm welcomed.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 25):

Nice of them after all the problems with MA

Definitely.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 25):

The lounge looks empty. When I was there in April it was packed

Lucky me, this time.

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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:43 pm

Hi Markus,

interesting report with nice pictures from Stockholm.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
As sure as I am, this is incredible, my fourth time with these bird after STR-MXP//STR-MXP//MXP-STR
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The third time for me here after STR-ORY-STR years ago.

Horrible! But it's likely to get the same regs again when flying on a certain airline frequently.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Service on AB these days together with free drinks

Interesting, I had never seen these biscuits.


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Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:08 pm

Hi, PH

and good to follow you´re reply.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):

Horrible! But it's likely to get the same regs again when flying on a certain airline frequently.

Definitely it is.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):

Interesting, I had never seen these biscuits.

You never know these days.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):

interesting report with nice pictures from Stockholm.

Thank you and Greetings,
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Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:21 pm

Hi Markus,

Another great report as usual and congrats on the OW Sapphire status! Looks like you had some good flights with AB and AY. Lounges look great and love your pictures of Stockholm too!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Under the wing, you know

Just perfect!

cheers,
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Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:58 pm

Hi, Breandan

and good to follow you re comment.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 29):
Another great report as usual and congrats on the OW Sapphire status! Looks like you had some good flights with AB and AY. Lounges look great and love your pictures of Stockholm too!

Thank you.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 29):
Just perfect!

More to come this way!.

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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:32 am

Hi Markus,

nicely done, thanks! Good to see the status offerings come in  

Some nice flights with AB, AY seem ok. To confirm the status you definitely had to fly on their own metal and not a Oneworld partner?   Nothing available from Germany to HEL? Still, a multi stop is more interesting, even if it does risk losing the next bookings in case of delay.

Always nice to meet another A.netter, and the Stockholm hotel looks like a bargain price for Scandinavia!

Thanks

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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:01 pm

Hi, R.,

Quoting signol (Reply 31):

nicely done, thanks! Good to see the status offerings come in

Thank you.

Quoting signol (Reply 31):

Some nice flights with AB, AY seem ok. To confirm the status you definitely had to fly on their own metal and not a Oneworld partner?   Nothing available from Germany to HEL? Still, a multi stop is more interesting, even if it does risk losing the next bookings in case of delay.

Depending on booking classes, this was the safest way to go.

Quoting signol (Reply 31):
Always nice to meet another A.netter, and the Stockholm hotel looks like a bargain price for Scandinavia!

Exactly my way, you know and sure the hotel was worth it for Stockholm.

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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:08 pm

Hej Markus!

Thanks for the great report. Nice to see AB´s Q400. Love those planes  How about Germania? Never get this, are they owned by AB or just fly some routes for them in AB colors?

Nice hotel in Stockholm. Looks really good and for that price even better 

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RE: How To Catch One World Sapphire Twice!

Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:11 pm

Hej, Robert,

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 33):

Thanks for the great report. Nice to see AB´s Q400. Love those planes

Thank you and count me in with the Q400, you know.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 33):
How about Germania? Never get this, are they owned by AB or just fly some routes for them in AB colors?

Independent flying on several routes for AB.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 33):

Nice hotel in Stockholm. Looks really good and for that price even better 

Definitely.

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