Time to write another trip report, don't you think? Due to personal reasons, I was and still am not able to book anything big or stay away for a long time. So a day trip would do just fine. A little while later I booked three flights:
- BRU-ARN with SAS B737-600
- ARN-OSL with NAX B737-800
- OSL-BRU with SN RJ100
the B737-600 was still on my 'to fly list' and Norwegian.no has my attention ever since they ... well.. they just have my attention. Unfortunately, there were no other way I could fly back home from OSL besides with Brussels Airlines.
To keep this limited, I could say I wasn't looking forward to this experience because they have disappointed me in the past.
The best way to go to BRU from my town is by train. Taking the car at that hour is suicide and stressy. I arrived on-time, joining the mass of people leaving BRU in the morning rush.
I bought an aviation magazine and cleared the automatic ticket screening. Again, people did not understand how to scan it. How I feel smart sometimes . After that, the long famous walk to the security check (Terminal A + T).
Alright, let's start with flight number one.
Airline: Scandinavian Air System
Aircraft: Boeing 737-683
Age: 13.2 years old
Load factor: 90-95%
Crew 2 female flight attendants, one male flight attendant. Female captain, Male First Officer
I still had some spare time so I took some pictures of planes, just to honor my nickname.
After 10 minutes of spotting and chatting on the tablet, I saw something blue, short and fat coming towards me.
Of course it was the SAS 736!
Another 10 or 15 minutes later, we were told to stand-by for boarding. Seems like the 736 doesn't need long to turn around. Boarding card got scanned and no ID had to be checked... (?)
So the boarding procedure was fast and convenient. Before I knew I was being greeted by two elder flight attendants who were very friendly. The cockpit door was open and due to passengers slowing down the boarding procedure, I was able to enjoy the views of the cockpit. Then I found out I would have my first female captain on this flight! One of the flight attendants found it a bit strange I couldn't stop staring into the cockpit After a minute I was able to reach my seat, 10F (extra legroom due to exit row).
Then the usual procedure: Closing doors, ground handling falling back, safety procedure and push back!
One of the two female attendant asked if I was familiar with the safety procedures regarding the overwing exit.
I told her it was not my first time I was seated near or at an emergency exit. She smiled and thanked me.
Then the captain welcomed us, giving a lot of information regarding flight path, traffic and possible some heavy turbulence when climbing after take off from BRU. I never felt a bump so I guess we were lucky .
Rolling to the active runway for departure.
I guess that was causing the turbulence the captain mentioned!
Before us for take off: Jet Airways A330-200, United B767-400.
After us: Brussels Airlines A320, Brussels Airlines DHC8-400 and Jetairfly B767-300.
10 minutes after take off, the cabin crew commenced service, one flight attendant for 'Economy Plus', one flight attendant taking care of the free coffee and one helping the first flight attendant with service for Economy class.
Efficient way to take care of the cabin!
I got a free coffee + twice a refill and Sprite accompanied with an Apple cake. Delicious by the way!
Decending after almost 2 hours of flying! I was curious to see Sweden from above for the first time.
Some Spanair birds. Awful what happened...
Very smooth landing.
Stalking me today.
Still on my 'to fly list'.
What a beautiful reflection, oh wait.. That's my plane.
We arrived safely and deboarding went smooth and fast! Before leaving, I asked one of the friendly flight attendants to visit the cockpit for a second. The captain approved and I had an interesting talk with both of them for over 5 minutes.
She asked if I wanted to take some pictures. Which I did!
Following the path to the terminal has never been so easy.
Last few of the nice bird.
I was curious to see the terminal building. One of the better I have seen so far. No hassle and easy to find your gate.
A little while later I saw the SAS 736 leaving for another flight with an interesting bird in the background.
Airline: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Aircraft: Boeing 737-8JP (WL)
Age: 2 years old
Load factor: 90%
Crew 4 female flight attendants, 2 male pilots +1 trainee
The aircraft was already at the gate when I arrived. I guess she arrived late the night before and had some spare time now. The crew of today was good looking and very young. One of the bigger differences between NAX and SAS already... The age of the crew. That's also a way to cut costs.
Thankfully these younger cabin crew members were very friendly and know what they were doing!
Another fast boarding procedure and a very warm welcome. I wowed when I found out the aircraft had the 'Sky Interior'!
He looks like there's a wasp in the cockpit!
Poor cleaning though.
Expecting snow I guess...
Again, following me! Must be a sign.
Take-off without any de-icing!
Enjoying the view and the free wi-fi. I wish I could live up here!
Flying time was a little less than one hour so the crew started with service asap. I didn't order anything because I only had SEK and EUR in my wallet and they only accepted Credit cards. Ah well, I decided to eat and drink something at OSL instead.
The wi-fi on my iPad worked fabulous! Only available above 10.000 feet, free and strong signal.
On the 'homepage' you could see the duration of the flight and a moving map. Great idea, Norwegian!
Cute flight attendants giggling behind the curtain. Made me curious somehow.
Anybody knows which airport this is? Looks like a Ryanair Alternative for Oslo or Stockholm.
Touch down with some snow blown on the runway. Felt like landing on the north pole.
Must be operating for TUIfly Nordic, flying to a warmer place.
Bye Bye LN-DYK. It has been a pleasure and honor.
Left neighbor which I thought it would leave any second.....
But it didn't !
Airline: Brussels Airlines
Aircraft: British Aerospace Avro RJ100
Age: 13.3 years old
Load factor: 95%
Crew 2 female flight attendants, 1 male attendant and two male pilots
So after some pizza and a giant Pepsi at Oslo Airport, I headed down to the gate since the connection time wasn't that long.
The plane arrived 10 minutes early... Well well, Brussels Airlines changed that much since my last short haul flight with them?
I decided to stay seated for a while. Unfortunately that was a bad decision. By the time I entered the plane, there was no room in the overhead compartments. Hand luggage is a pain the *ss for many airlines. So it is for SN apparently.
I saw my pre-selected seat was already taken by a girl but I saw an entire row empty at the back, row 19 right side. I saw two flight attendants at the back (one of them was a trainee). I asked if I could please change to that row.
Flight attendant: ''Sir, as of this moment I do not have the list of the passenger load. So I can not tell. Stay in the aisle and wait for further instructions'' She continued her conversation with the trainee and exchanging some experiences and laughs. I felt ignored and superfluous.
A minute later, I saw a girl struggling with her hand luggage since there was no room in the overhead compartments. Well then, that must have been the job of the stewardess in the back of the plane... Making sure everybody is comfortable and assisting when needed. But no, she was too busy gossiping and chatting with the trainee.
So I decided to help her a hand and said up loud: ''Too bad there are no flight attendants nearby who could assist with your luggage!'' She laughed and the flight attendant gave me an evil stare... Geez.
Boarding was completed, captain welcomed us and thanked us for choosing Brussels Airlines. Accidentally I replied with: ''Well, it is not that I have any choice, do I?'' The guy sitting next to me busted out laughing and admitted this was his only choice as well.
Captain added to his speech that we needed to be de-iced before take-off and explained why. This would 'only' take 10 minutes.
Believe it or not, it was my first de-icing .