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To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:08 pm

This is a tripreport covering my recent trip to Tallinn and Pajala

In the summer of 2011, the Estonian regional airline Avies were awarded to operate some of the subsidized domestic routes in Sweden, one of these routes were the short Pajala-Luleå hop in northern Sweden.
Shortly after they begun operating this route in the fall of 2011, they announced that they would begin selling tickets for the TLL-PJA and PJA-TLL positioning flights. With me living in northern Sweden, not too far away from Pajala, this flight sounded interesting. I looked around to see if they could be booked but they had not announced the schedule yet, so my idea of flying this flight was soon forgotten.

Fast forward to the A.net meet at ARN and TLL in January 2012, a certain Finnish member mentioned these Avies positioning flights (Avies also sells tickets on their positioning flights to Sveg), and I was once again reminded of the existence of these flights. Thanks for the reminder!

A few days later I clicked my way into the Avies website, and now one could indeed search for tickets on these flights. To my surprise I found out that the PJA-TLL-PJA flights only cost 555SEK (about 60 EUR) per leg, I think it's a fairly decent price for a positioning flight in a Jetstream.

The PJA-TLL flights was operated on Fridays and in the other way on Sundays, the 555 SEK ticket was available on all the dates I checked.
I looked on the weekend 10-12 February, as I didn't have anything planned those days. I quickly decided that my aim was to fly on the TLL-PJA leg as I didn't have enough time to reach Pajala on the Friday, without missing any school.

When I was in Tallinn for the A.net meet I didn't have any time to leave the airport, so I thought I'd spend a night there If I were to go again, so I could at least see a little of the town.

Next I went looking for flights to get to TLL in time for the flight on the Sunday.

There was a SK morning flight on the 11th of February out of Kiruna to Stockholm, which still had youth tickets available for about 55 EUR. To connect the dots from ARN to TLL I basically decided on the cheapest option, which was BT via RIX for 51 EUR. The BT flights were scheduled to be operated by a Dash-8 and a 733. I was however hoping that the BT famous plane-lottery would play in my favor and give me a Fokker 50.

Once I had found all these prices I begun the booking. The BT website wouldn't allow me to book it though since I didn't manage to get past the “Are you sure you don't want insurance or any other thing that costs money but you have no use for?”-page, they must have had some IT-problems that evening as I couldn't even continue when I tried to add insurance too.

On to Expedia I went where the price was about 7 EUR more expensive, but at least the booking was easy and smooth.

I was now set and ready to go.

The booked flights:


When doing OLCI for my BT flights I found out that none of my flights had changed their equipment since the time of booking. Bugger!

February 11

Wake up call at 5.50 for catch my taxi who would bring me to KRN.
Taxi arrives at 6.10 and I'm at the airport at 6.30 for my 7.10 departure, a small queue to bagdrop, I have to endure the queue as I bring some stuff to my parents who I'd meet at ARN. I'd continue to TLL with only my backpack.

Soon my bag is dropped off and I continue to security, which also has a small queue, but I'm through in 5 minutes.

Boarding is called as soon as I reach the small airside holding pen right after security. I manage to be among the five first walks out to the apron.

SK1049
KRN-ARN
Boeing 737-600
LN-RRP “Vilborg Viking”

Waiting on the apron is the scheduled 737-600, looking rather nice in the light from the apron-lights, in the otherwise dark setting.
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I walk up the front stairs as I chose a seat on an exit row when doing OLCI the day before.

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I greet the FA in the front galley and she smiles and greets me back. The crew on this flight were two standard-SK oldish women and one younger male. All three were very nice and they seemed to enjoy their job.

I waltzed down the aisle and settle down I am greeted by another smiling FA once I reach the exit row. I throw my backpack into the overhead bin while having my camera around my neck, luckily the FA doesn't say anything about it when I settle down on my seat 10F.

This bird has the newer thin SK seats, which isn't the most comfortable seat around. But who could complain with this kind of legroom?

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06084.jpg

Soon “Boarding Completed” is called and I realize that I'm blessed with an empty middle seat. This sure seems to become quite a nice flight.
The load on this flight were decent at an estimated 70%.

The crew performs a manual safety demo and soon we start taxiing to the runway. 21 will be the runway of choice this morning.

During the takeoff roll I notice that there's some water dripping from the top end of the emergency door. It was dripping right on my pants! I tried to use my hand to cover my clothes, but quite a substantial amount of water actually reach my pants.

We take off and leave the lights of Kiruna behind, and we soon enter the land of clouds.
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At this time, the pace of the water-dripping started to calm down, and it soon ceased.

Cabin view:
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We soon emerge from the clouds and the seatbelt sign stayed on for longer than expected, don't know why as there were no turbulence whatsoever.

Moon:
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The seatbelt sign is eventually turned off, and the crew started preparing for the service round. A few minutes later, this turns up on my tray table:
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On domestic morning flights with a departure time before 9.00 every passenger get a free breakfast box. The box is fairly generous and contains spreads, a yogurt, juice, butter and marmalade. The warm bread and the coffee/tea is handed out separately.

Overall the box is really nice and I finished most of it.

After my trash is collected my tiredness starts to kick in, despite my coffee, so I decide to get some shuteye, this shuteye period lasted for the remainder of the flight.
I did open my eyes when the seatbelt sign was turned back on, so I could see the final descent and snap some pictures.
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We descended and soon we touched down on runway 26.
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During the taxi to our gate at terminal 4, I spotted this beast:
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We soon docked into a jetway gate at the end of the terminal 4 pier.

I deboarded through the rear exit and snapped an under-wing shot, and yes we were directed to walk under the wing.
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After entering the terminal I stayed a few minutes at the glass wall at the end of the pier to see the An-124 take off.

My plane docked to a jetway:
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Antonov bird taxiing:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06113.jpg

The takeoff was very heavy, but it was really nice to see this big bird fly.
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When this was done I headed towards arrivals and the luggage belt to pick up the bag.

Terminal 4 landside:
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At this time I had nothing planned besides waiting for my parents, but since I was at the largest airport in Sweden it weren't too much trouble to kill some time!
So what I did was to walk a little around the terminals and snap some pictures here and there.

SAS tail lineup at Terminal 4:
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UA/CO pushed back:
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SAS group tails at T5:
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After a while I settled down on the balcony above the trainstation at Sky City, as it offers great views of the apron and the balcony has some pretty comfortable seating (one of the most popular sleeping places for people spending the night at ARN without a hotel room, if I'm not mistaken).

As I sit there and watch planes and doing some other various stuff, A.Net member LH4116, also known as Jonas spots me and says Hi, he had booked a youth ticket on SK to TXL, and by coincidence we had run in to each other. We had a nice little chat, mainly about Aviation, and soon my parents called me to say they had reached ARN, and as Jonas had a flight to catch we split up. It was nice meeting you again, Jonas!

My parents and I grabbed some food on McD's, and not before long they had to get going (mainly due to the horribly expensive short-term parking at ARN!).

At this time it was about three hours left until my flights departure time, so I decided to head airside. I decided to go to the northern security checkpoint as it had close to no queue at all, while the other one, next to Sky City, had a small one.

Check in hall for SAS and partners, with the security checkpoint I used on the other end:
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I was quickly through and as usual at this checkpoint I got dumped right into the tax free.

As I nowadays have my own Diners Club card, and I still had a couple of hours before departure, I decided I'd pay the newly introduced fee of 125 SEK to go to the lounge. But before that I did a little walk around the terminal.

I noticed that there already was an AirBaltic Dash on the gate assigned for my flight.
I wonder if YL-BAI will be my ride?
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06154.jpg

I tried to take a photo of the plane that Jonas would depart to Berlin on, but the gate from which his flight departed offered no good views of the aircraft. This is all I could do:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06156.jpg

Have a safe trip!

After this I headed to the Menzies Business Lounge.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06158.jpg

The lounge is not the best, but considering that everything at ARN airside is rather overpriced, the 125 SEK (about 13 EUR) for some snacks, drinks and a calmer seating area was well worth it.
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The best thing about this lounge is the view.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06164.jpg

Jonas taking of for Berlin:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06161.jpg

I spent the time in the lounge by surfing the web and eating some snacks, and of course watching some planes.
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http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06182.jpg

SK903 taking off for EWR, some 4 hours delayed.
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Sooner or later it was time for me to head to my gate, 4B was the assigned gate this afternoon.
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YL-BAI will indeed be my ride today:
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Not long after it was called for boarding, I managed to be among the first ten or so in the queue.

BT106
ARN-RIX
Dash-8 Q400
YL-BAI

We walked downstairs down to the tarmac and walked to our plane, with me snapping some pictures on the way.
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I boarded and was greeted by the smiling youngish male FA, he was working in the front galley. A blonde girl was working in the back for this flight.

I walked down the aisle to seat 21D that I chose during OLCI the day before. It's a good seat, since it's in the last row, but do not lack a window, it offers full recline and there's not another seat couple on the other side of the aisle.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06215.jpg

The leather seat itself is fairly comfortable, with an acceptable amount of legroom.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06210.jpg

I like this:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06249.jpg

The crew preformed a manual safety demo and we pushed back. After pushing back, when starting our engines, I saw a Vueling aircraft taxiing and docking into a gate at the F-pier.
This was the first Vueling aircraft I ever saw at ARN, and I wanted to take a picture, but I didn't dare to, as the FA's were still running around preparing the cabin for takeoff, and I was seated right infront of the galley, where an FA could jump out and catch me and my camera at any moment.
Oh well.

We taxied towards runway 19R where we took off.
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Märsta:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06203.jpg

We lined up towards Riga and as we started banking we entered the clouds.
We escaped the clouds a minute later and we were exposed to the sun.
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http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06206.jpg

Cabin view:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06209.jpg

At this time, my tiredness made itself aware again, and I decided to get some rest. So after the captain had turned off the seatbelt sign I reclined my seat and shut my eyes.

When about half the flight time had passed I again opened my eyes and saw this beautiful sunset outside my window.
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I spent the rest of the cruise just looking out my window and reading BT's in flight magazine.
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In the magazine they had a BalticMiles card glued to one of the pages, apparently one could just grab it and sign up for the programme later.
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Sooner or later we begun descent, somewhere over Latvia.
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We flew over the Gulf of Riga and lined up for a landing from the north on runway 18.
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RIX:
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We touched down and taxied towards our gate in the middle of the main pier at RIX.

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Main pier at RIX:
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Parked next to a Fokker:
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RE: To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:09 pm

As I deboarded I thanked the FA's and headed in to the terminal, snapping some pictures on the way.

My seat after the flight:
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The first thing I did when I entered the terminal was to see what gate my flight to Tallinn would depart from.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06266.jpg

The assigned gate was B5, and I noticed that an aircraft were busy pulling up to that very gate. Since the FIDS didn't show any other flight leaving from that gate before my flight, I assumed that the plane that was parking would be the plane operating my flight later on.

Does indeed look like the scheduled 733.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06258.jpg

I went down to the bunker-building-thingy to see if I could see the reg.

YL-BBJ, I wonder if this maybe used to be a Boeing Business Jet?
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06261.jpg

Since dinnertime was approaching I decided to buy some prepacked sushi in a store to eat as a light dinner. It didn't taste very fresh at all and I noticed that the expiry date was the next day. Needless to say, I have eaten better sushi.
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I killed time by walking around the terminal and whatnot and soon it was time to board.
It was quite a long queue for boarding, so I guess the 733 for this short hop is justified.

Queuing:
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After a few minutes of queuing I reached the desk and scanned my boarding pass. I continued down the jetway and boarded YL-BBJ.

BT363
RIX-TLL
Boeing 737-300
YL-BBJ

I greeted the young male flight attendant in the front galley, he would be working in the Business Class cabin for this flight.
Two young female brunettes worked in the economy section.

I settle down on my seat 24A. Soon, a group of British people occupy a number of the seats around me, including the B and C seat on my row.

View from my seat:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06271.jpg

The gray leather seat was fairly comfortable with decent legroom. I believe it's the same kind of seats that DY use on their newer 738's.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06272.jpg

Cabin view:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06275.jpg

The crew preformed a manual safety demo and we pushed back.

This entire flight took place in the dark, so I don't have too many photos to show.

I believe we took off towards the north on runway 36, I didn't bother with the BOB for this flight either.

The load on this flight was indeed very good, I only spotted 3 or so empty seats, all on the last rows.

The short flight progressed smoothly and after only a few minutes of cruising we begun our descent.

It was clouds over Estonia this day so any views during the flight were very limited.

We descended and touched down on runway 26 from the east, which meant that I did not get any nice views over Tallinn on my side of the plane, as an approach from the west can give.

Final approach:
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We taxied and docked into a jetway gate in the middle of the pier, next to an OV CRJ900.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06299.jpg

I waltzed into the nice terminal and went through baggage reclaim to arrivals.

I wasn't sure on how I was gonna get in to the city center, I wanted to take the bus, but as far as I could understand the last bus departed at 18:30. I was considering taking a taxi but I found a girl selling 5 EUR tickets to a shared minibus stopping at a hotel of your choice, this sounded like a good deal to me. She told me to wait in the arrival hall and she'd tell me when the minibus arrived.
While waiting I saw the nr. 2 bus to the harbor via the city center pull up outside. I guess the 18:30 latest departure only applies to the nr. 90K bus then...

A short wait and the girl told me that the minibus had arrived, she told me where it was parked so I thanked her and walked out to the minibus.

Turns out I was the only one on this departure, a short 10 minute drive followed and I was dropped outside of my hotel, the Park Inn Tallinn Central.

The hotel was fairly nice for 50 EUR for my night with breakfast included. The room was rather roomy but kind of spartan.
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I spent the rest of the night using the provided wifi to watch the Swedish tv-show deciding who shall represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest.

February 12

I woke up the next morning not feeling exceptionally good, likely due to the not-very-good Sushi at RIX the day before.
It wasn't too bad though and I felt better already after completing the morning rituals.

I ate breakfast at the hotel (very good breakfast by the way) and after that it was time to explore the town of Tallinn.

Hotel exterior:
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I spent an hour or so walking around central Tallinn, here's some impressions:
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When I was done I checked out from my hotel, I asked the receptionist where the bus to the airport would depart.

The bus stop was right next to Tallink Hotel, I believe a lot of A-netters stayed there a month earlier.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06307.jpg

The busride was quick and I was at the airport around 10 minutes after stepping on to the bus. I went to check the FIDS, no check in desks for my flight to Pajala yet.
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I spent the next hour or so doing various stuff at TLL landside, snapping some pictures here and there.

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Terminal map:
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http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06324.jpg

Sooner or later I realized that a there should be a check-in desk for my flight by now, so I ask at an information desk when I can check in for my flight to Pajala.
The women at the desk says:
“You can probably check in now already at desk 8.”
I thank her and walk over to desk 8, it's marked as “Bagdrop” with the Tallinn Airport logo. Nonetheless, I am checked in quickly and get my boarding pass, the woman tells me that my flight will depart from gate 3.
The boarding pass is marked with free seating.

I head over to security, which had close to no queue (compared to when I arrived), and I am quickly through.

Once airside I realized that the FIDS says that my gate will be number 1, compared to my boarding pass saying 3, and I was told that it would depart from gate 3 only a few minutes earlier.
Seems like I can't depart TLL without some kind of gate issue!
Not that I really care this time though, the FIDS is likely right since gate 3 has a flight to KDL scheduled. And the gates are right next to each other anyway, so I'd be ready even if boarding would be called from somewhere unexpected.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06326.jpg

I was planning to go to the lounge here at TLL as well, using my Diners Card, but since I stayed landside longer than I planned I decided it wasn't worth it. So instead I spent the time by walking around the terminal.
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http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06330.jpg

Wasn't this the Airbus concept for air travel in the future?
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06331.jpg

I saw this beauty arrive, operating for OV to CPH:
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http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06341.jpg

Sooner or later, an agent arrived to gate 1 and the screens showed our flight to Pajala, there were a Swedish couple waiting at the gate area too. And soon a group of older Swedish males arrived too.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06343.jpg

Not long after boarding was called, when we scanned our boarding passes we were instructed to go downstairs and into the bus.

U32096
TLL-PJA
BAe Jetstream 31
ES-PJG ”Tooru”

I entered the waiting minibus and took a seat close to the door so I would be out of it quick once we reach the plane, so I could choose more freely where to sit.
I counted 8 passengers in the bus, it was me, the Couple and the Group of Swedes.

During the drive to our Aircraft once came up close to some nice aircraft:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06345.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06346.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06347.jpg

Seems like they are building a new hangar.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06348.jpg

That should be my plane:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06349.jpg

Yes, it is.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06351.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06352.jpg

We arrived at a stand outside what I believe was the Avies hangar. A middle aged male without any uniform greeted me at the door. I was the first to board the aircraft. I aimed to grab a seat at the front since I for some reason thought that the Jetstreams didn't have a proper door to the cockpit, only a curtain or similar, but as this bird did have a real cockpit door I guess I was wrong. Does anyone know if this differs on the Jetstreams or if I'm just plain wrong here?

I grabbed 3C as my seat, it was a window seat on the right hand side of the aircraft, where there are a set of two seats, compared to a single seat to the left of the aisle.

View from my seat:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06353.jpg

The blue cloth seat was not the most comfortable seat, nor was the legroom the best, but definitely sufficient for the short hops this plane normally do. For this 2+ hour flight I was glad I had 2 seats for myself though.

The couple got seated in the back and the group of Swedes sat down on various seats around me.

Once boarding was completed the male who had greeted me at the door introduced himself as “I'm like you, a passenger on this flight, but I represent the airline.”
He also went through a couple of safety announcements but there was no proper safety demo, one could define it as a faux safety demo.
He also mentioned that once we were at cruise altitude we would be offered Coffee and Tea, free of charge.

Cabin view:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06358.jpg

We soon started our engines and begun to taxi towards the runway.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06355.jpg

TLL terminal:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06363.jpg

A beautiful little bird landing:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06368.jpg

We took off from runway 26, and it did not take us long to get airborne.
The terminal is behind the engine:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06377.jpg

After takeoff we banked to the right, to line up towards Pajala, which gave me some great views over central Tallinn. Too bad it was so hazy though.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06382.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06383.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06384.jpg

Soon we entered the clouds and emerged above them in the land of sunshine.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06390.jpg

Not long after reaching cruise altitude the airline representative went through the cabin, offering coffee and tea. I turned it down however since I wasn't in the mood for coffee.

The flight was pretty uneventful, the group of Swedes were getting pretty drunk (and loud) from the alcohol they must have bought at the airport. I spent the flight by half-sleeping and looking out the window.

Safety card:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06392.jpg

OK, so if we do an emergency landing on the water, I can't smoke when we are escaping the aircraft?
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06400.jpg

Overhead panels:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06394.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06410.jpg

Towards the end of the flight I noticed that people on the left side of the aircraft got to see the coast of Sweden, while I, seated on the right side only got to see some clouds over Finland.

Finland covered in clouds:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06415.jpg

At one time I got up to see a little of Sweden, and I actually managed to spot the town of Luleå and LLA.
It's not easy, but it can be seen on this picture:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06423.jpg

Not long after, we flew in over Swedish soil, and not long after that we begun the descent.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06434.jpg

PJA:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06437.jpg

Nice colors in the sky:
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http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06440.jpg

We soon touched down on runway 11 and taxied to the small terminal.
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I deboarded and thanked the airline representative as I did so, after snapping a cabin picture:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06456.jpg

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06457.jpg

This is the smallest airport I have ever been to.
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http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06460.jpg

PJA is one of the youngest, or maybe even the youngest, airport in Sweden, being opened in 1999.
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06461.jpg

My driver for my prebooked taxi were waiting inside the terminal, and we were soon on our way.

The taxi driver was a chatty person, he did have some interesting information;
Apparently they are expecting these flights to TLL to become popular among the youths, to get a weekend away from home.
The travel agency in Pajala sells a package deal to TLL where flights, hotel and airport transfer is included for about 2500 SEK, which is about 280 EUR.
This was the third weekend these flights were operated as scheduled passenger flights. On the weekend before there were no tickets sold.
The bookings for the upcoming weeks has been over expectation.

We soon reached central Pajala and I got dropped off at the Bus station, where my bus to Kiruna would leave in 1 ½ hour.

I walked around Pajala for a while before settling down in a fast-food restaurant in the same building as the bus station, to wait for my bus.
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Here's a couple of Pictures from Pajala:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06464.jpg

City Hall:
http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/deltamartin/Tallinn%202012%202/DSC06466.jpg

The 3 hour busride was rather comfortable, driving through some beautiful scenery. One could not see it though since it was dark.

I arrived in Kiruna at 19.45, and my weekend trip to Tallinn was over.

To sum things up,

I love domestic morning flights with SAS, they are usually very calm and relaxing. The crews are usually great on SAS and the breakfast box is very tasty and filling.

AirBaltic did what they were supposed to do, they transported me safely and on time to my destination to a very cheap price through the decent airport RIX.

I can't say much about Avies, since this flight isn't really their usual kind of flight. Nice to get some coffee and tea for free, the price for such a long flight in a J31 wasn't bad. Don't know if I'll ever fly them again, but if they have a flight that suits my schedule I could very well do so.

RIX is a fairly nice airport, I like the newer pier. It's small and functional. Some of the announcements were very loud though, and at times rather annoying.

I like TLL, a great, modern airport. There are small things that annoys me though, such as the gate troubles I had last time, and this time the lack of displaying the check-in desk. It won't stop me from using TLL again though, as I think it's overall a good airport.

Thank you for reading my tripreport, feedback and comments are appreciated.

My next report should be in early March, covering some eastbound longhaul flying on Lufthansa.

Martin
 
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RE: To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:56 pm

Hi Martin,

Very nice report with beautiful pictures all over. A great lazy Sunday afternoon read.  


Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The BT website wouldn't allow me to book it though since I didn't manage to get past the “Are you sure you don't want insurance or any other thing that costs money but you have no use for?”-page

That’s annoying! Do you still encounter similar problem while booking with BT?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
It was dripping right on my pants! I tried to use my hand to cover my clothes, but quite a substantial amount of water actually reach my pants.

Ouch, could you dry your pants quickly? It would not be comfortable to wear something wet at subzero temperature

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
A few minutes later, this turns up on my tray table:

Substantial breakfast. I wish SK would reintroduce complimentary meal on intra-European flights one day.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I spotted this beast

Great catch!  


Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
As I sit there and watch planes and doing some other various stuff, A.Net member LH4116, also known as Jonas spots me and says Hi, he had booked a youth ticket on SK to TXL, and by coincidence we had run in to each other.

Unplanned A.net meeting is always exciting.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This is all I could do:

It’s not that bad.  


Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I was seated right infront of the galley, where an FA could jump out and catch me and my camera at any moment.

Were you still traumatized by your previous experience en route to TLL?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
I ate breakfast at the hotel (very good breakfast by the way)

Did you take any picture of the breakfast offering by chance?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
the group of Swedes were getting pretty drunk (and loud) from the alcohol they must have bought at the airport.

Apparently you were allowed to consume your own alcohol on board of Avies.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 1):
My next report should be in early March, covering some eastbound longhaul flying on Lufthansa.

My next trip will be in early March too. Oh well, I will catch up with this installment later on.  


Thank you for sharing and have an enjoyable Sunday.
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RE: To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:55 pm

Hej Martin!

Thanks for the nice story! Nice that was able to catch this position-flight. Something different for sure. Was there problems in Pajala when Avies took over the traffic too? Avies took over the flights from Torsby and Hagfors from Nextjet and they did not operate a single flight the first month. When things finally was sorted out and they begin flying JZ had terminated their partnership with them so no one could book any tickets, so for a couple of weeks Avies operated the route without any passengers! Two or three weeks later Avies set up a website were you can book tickets and since then I think everything have worked. At least I haven´t heard anything more about it. Avies for sure haven´t a good start and didn´t get the best reputation but hopefully the passenger will come back!

The Jetstream is a quit nice bird. Surprisingly comfortable for it´s size. How was the noise in the front? I´ve only sit in the back on my flights and the noise-level is quit OK there

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
PJA-TLL-PJA flights only cost 555SEK

That's a good price. It´s a quit long flight. How long did it take?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Antonov bird taxiing

Impressive aircraft! Nice with the Thai jumbo in the picture too. No ARN reports without that 
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
PJA is one of the youngest, or maybe even the youngest, airport in Sweden, being opened in 1999.

It probably is. But there were a airport in Pajala before the current one? The airport in KSD is build in 1997 but it replaced a old one from the early 40´s

Thanks again for the report Martin! Nice with some pictures from Tallinn as well. I recognize some from my visit in January!

Greetings
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RE: To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:40 pm

Hej Martin, nice report! Great job logging the J-31, what a fun little bird! How was the noise level inside?

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RE: To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:52 pm

Hej Martin!

Thanks for a great report with great pictures!

Very nice of SK to give such a big breakfast for free! Looks very good. Perhaps I should go to LLA again to visit relatives to try that out ?  

Very odd that you were allowed to go under the wing; when we have flights with no jet bridge (very very rare here at LAX) we are specifically told that passengers are NOT allowed to go under the wing under any circumstances.

Hotel looks a bit spartan but okay for that price.

Nice for you to try the J31 ! I'm also curious about the noise level on board.

PJA airport looks very quaint; are there only flights to LLA or are there flights elsewhere ie UME ?

Looking forward to your next report!

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Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:56 pm

Hi Martin

Great report, thanks for sharing! brings me back some memories of the meeting last month  
Great job logging the J31.

Greetings
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Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:41 pm

Hi Martin.

Nice report and some good locations visited. I am really starting to enjoy these reports from Northern Europe and am looking into making more visits to some of these places myself.

That J-31 looks brilliant. Nice to fly in such a way I bet.

I'm glad you had a successful and enjoyable trip, thanks for sharing it with us.

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RE: To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:47 pm

Hej Martin, nice to see your report up. Seems like you had some interesting flights.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
To my surprise I found out that the PJA-TLL-PJA flights only cost 555SEK (about 60 EUR) per leg, I think it's a fairly decent price for a positioning flight in a Jetstream.

That's quite a decent flight too IMHO. I'm guessing positioning here is in the literal meaning, rather then the term used for marketing  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The booked flights:

That's a nice U shaped itinerary!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
When doing OLCI for my BT flights I found out that none of my flights had changed their equipment since the time of booking. Bugger!

Trust me, those Fokkers are horrible. I would've much more preferred to fly on the Dash. It looks so much more bright and fresh.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
A few minutes later, this turns up on my tray table:

Now that's the SAS I love, those morning flights are wonderful. I really hope they'll keep this service to all pax even after they introduce Economy Extra on domestics.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I deboarded through the rear exit and snapped an under-wing shot, and yes we were directed to walk under the wing.

That's really strange since normally pax shouldn't be allowed to walk under the wing. There are vent drains for the fuel tanks, and if you're unlucky fuel can drip out.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
It was nice meeting you again, Jonas!

It was nice meeting you too, hopefully we'll catch up soon again!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I decided I'd pay the newly introduced fee of 125 SEK to go to the lounge.

Quite a shame really that they started charging for the lounge access, what's the point of the card now... You could however ask your mom to get the Handelsbanken Platinum Card, which gives free priority pass. And they do have extra cards as well  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I tried to take a photo of the plane that Jonas would depart to Berlin on, but the gate from which his flight departed offered no good views of the aircraft.

Hehe, how come I never saw you there    
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Jonas taking of for Berlin:

Now that's one chubby looking bird. Shame I got a domestic 737 while you got an EU config one.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
It didn't taste very fresh at all and I noticed that the expiry date was the next day. Needless to say, I have eaten better sushi.

How come you didn't just try that faux sushi they sell on BT instead?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The bus stop was right next to Tallink Hotel, I believe a lot of A-netters stayed there a month earlier.

No they stayed at the Tallink Express Hotel which was located by the port.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
And soon a group of older Swedish males arrived too.

Hmm PetteriFinn was right, that route does indeed serve a purpose = For older men from north to seek female company. Now that's proper positioning done by the airline  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
OK, so if we do an emergency landing on the water, I can't smoke when we are escaping the aircraft?

Well quite obvious really since you don't want to ignite the fuel that's leaked out around the aircraft 

Thanks for sharing
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RE: To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:48 pm

Hi everyone and thanks for all the comments!

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 3):
How was the noise in the front? I´ve only sit in the back on my flights and the noise-level is quit OK there
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 4):
How was the noise level inside?
Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):

Nice for you to try the J31 ! I'm also curious about the noise level on board.

It wasn't quiet, but it was not really as loud as I had expected it to be. I didn't feel I would have needed earplugs.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Do you still encounter similar problem while booking with BT?

I haven't tried booking anything since that day, but since I have never heard of any similar problems at all I believe it was a temporary thing.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Ouch, could you dry your pants quickly?

It wasn't too bad, it dried during the flight.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):

Substantial breakfast. I wish SK would reintroduce complimentary meal on intra-European flights one day.

I share that wish.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Were you still traumatized by your previous experience en route to TLL?

Possibly!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Did you take any picture of the breakfast offering by chance?

I didn't really think about it to be honest, I'm not really a morning person! I'll try to remember it next time.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Apparently you were allowed to consume your own alcohol on board of Avies.

So it seems.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
My next trip will be in early March too. Oh well, I will catch up with this installment later on.

I'm looking forward to reading your story, Suryo!

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 3):
Was there problems in Pajala when Avies took over the traffic too?

I believe there weren't any flights for a week or so.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 3):
How long did it take?

About 2 hours 20 minutes.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 3):
But there were a airport in Pajala before the current one?

I'm fairly sure this is the first airport for Pajala.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Perhaps I should go to LLA again to visit relatives to try that out ?

You should! Maybe fly SK001 and get that breakfast box.  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Very odd that you were allowed to go under the wing; when we have flights with no jet bridge (very very rare here at LAX) we are specifically told that passengers are NOT allowed to go under the wing under any circumstances.

It has happened to me a number of times, only on ARN T4 iirc.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):

PJA airport looks very quaint; are there only flights to LLA or are there flights elsewhere ie UME ?

The only flights from PJA is LLA and now TLL.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
Great job logging the J31.

It's a neat little bird.  
Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 7):
I am really starting to enjoy these reports from Northern Europe and am looking into making more visits to some of these places myself.

You should!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
Trust me, those Fokkers are horrible. I would've much more preferred to fly on the Dash. It looks so much more bright and fresh.

Well, I wanna fly the F50 at least once, as I mentioned to you I have flown it once in the 90's but that's a long time ago!
Right now it looks like I'll try to fly a JZ example some time.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):

Now that's the SAS I love, those morning flights are wonderful. I really hope they'll keep this service to all pax even after they introduce Economy Extra on domestics.

I can only agree.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
You could however ask your mom to get the Handelsbanken Platinum Card, which gives free priority pass. And they do have extra cards as well

Maybe something I should pursue her to get.  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):

How come you didn't just try that faux sushi they sell on BT instead?

I was actually considering that but I couldn't find it in the BOB menu so I guess it was just a temporary campaign.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):
No they stayed at the Tallink Express Hotel which was located by the port.

Ah, I just remember hearing something about a Tallink Hotel.  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 8):

Well quite obvious really since you don't want to ignite the fuel that's leaked out around the aircraft

True, but still, in a situation like that my first thought would not be that I'd like to smoke, not even if I'd have been a smoker.  

Martin
 
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RE: To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:06 am

Hi Martin,

nice report! Good flights, especially the Jetstream! Good to see some nice views of Talinn, and the flight seems to be a good choice for the airline to pick up some extra passengers.

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RE: To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:47 am

Thanks for the unusual TR!
Great pictures, I was quite surprised there flights all the way to TLL from PJA, what a cute little airport. I've never been on Jetstream, Avies is the nearest option for me I think.

I noticed your report as Finnish-sounding name Pajala jumped out to me first. When I was a kid I used to have some family south of Pajala, they speak a special kind of Finnish there close to the Finnish border. Perhaps you know the Swedish novel and film "Populärmusik från Vittula" (sounds rather naughty in Finnish!), that tells about Pajala.

The Old Tallinn looked pretty as always, planning to take a helicopter ride there from Helsinki next summer, the prices look ok nowadays.
 
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Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:45 am

Hi Martin,

nice report about a rare type, a rare airline and a rare airport! I still need to get on a Jetstream.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
On to Expedia I went where the price was about 7 EUR more expensive, but at least the booking was easy and smooth.

That's why I have always liked Expedia - easy and smooth booking. It beats most other agencies.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Since dinnertime was approaching I decided to buy some prepacked sushi in a store to eat as a light dinner. It didn't taste very fresh at all and I noticed that the expiry date was the next day. Needless to say, I have eaten better sushi.

I'm not a fan of prepacked sushi for various reasons. I prefer to eat it freshly made.


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Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:18 am

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 9):
You should! Maybe fly SK001 and get that breakfast box.

I'd probably start early from ARN and go for a day to go back in the evening the same day.

Quoting HELyes (Reply 11):
Populärmusik från Vittula" (sounds rather naughty in Finnish!),

I only know a few Finnish words but I do know that one.....yes, sounds rather bad!

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RE: To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:02 pm

Hello Martin,

Nice wintery report on your Jetstream (and other) flight to PJA. Some nice lighting photos you have there! What a small aircraft that Jetstream really is, even smaller than the Saab 340, isn’t it? TLL and RIX are my favorite Baltic airports as well:modern and small, enabling short connections   

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The BT website wouldn't allow me to book it though since I didn't manage to get past the %u201CAre you sure you don't want insurance or any other thing that costs money but you have no use for?%u201D-page, they must have had some IT-problems that evening as I couldn't even continue when I tried to add insurance too.

If you had problems even with adding the insurance, it’ll most definitely have been a website glitch.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
During the takeoff roll I notice that there's some water dripping from the top end of the emergency door. It was dripping right on my pants! I tried to use my hand to cover my clothes, but quite a substantial amount of water actually reach my pants.

I had the same issue some time ago on a Air Europa flight. Some green fluid (aircon fluid most likely) was leaking from the overhead panel onto my seat (luckily not onto my clothing). The F/A handed me some tissues to clean it, that was all.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
On domestic morning flights with a departure time before 9.00 every passenger get a free breakfast box. The box is fairly generous and contains spreads, a yogurt, juice, butter and marmalade. The warm bread and the coffee/tea is handed out separately.

Looks pretty nice!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The 3 hour busride was rather comfortable, driving through some beautiful scenery. One could not see it though since it was dark.

Isn’t that a contradiction?  

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RE: To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:03 pm

Hey, Martin,

that was definitely a good idea to cacth the J31 this way. Well done planning.
It is still missing from my log. Not that much chances to fly it here in middle Europe.
Sounds strange to operate such a 2 hour flight on these type of plane, not the thinng for the standard passenger.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I deboarded through the rear exit and snapped an under-wing shot, and yes we were directed to walk under the wing.

Thats how I like it, you know.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
walked down the aisle to seat 21D that I chose during OLCI the day before. It's a good seat, since it's in the last row, but do not lack a window, it offers full recline and there's not another seat couple on the other side of the aisle.

Always my place on the Dash.

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Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:50 pm

Nice report Martin - great for you to catch a flight on the J31 - it's still missing from my log

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
On domestic morning flights with a departure time before 9.00 every passenger get a free breakfast box. The box is fairly generous and contains spreads, a yogurt, juice, butter and marmalade. The warm bread and the coffee/tea is handed out separately.

Very nice - such a difference from normal SK service

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The lounge is not the best, but considering that everything at ARN airside is rather overpriced, the 125 SEK (about 13 EUR) for some snacks, drinks and a calmer seating area was well worth it.

Well, 13 EUR is pretty cheap for a European lounge

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I waltzed into the nice terminal and went through baggage reclaim to arrivals.

Lots of waltzing today!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Turns out I was the only one on this departure, a short 10 minute drive followed and I was dropped outside of my hotel, the Park Inn Tallinn Central.

Nice to get a cheap taxi
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RE: To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:43 am

Nice report and pictures.... love the town pictues especially...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
For this 2+ hour flight

I love the J31, but 2+ hours would try my patience on that plane.... especially if I was given coffee

 
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RE: To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:07 am

Thanks for sharing, interesting report!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
A few days later I clicked my way into the Avies website, and now one could indeed search for tickets on these flights. To my surprise I found out that the PJA-TLL-PJA flights only cost 555SEK (about 60 EUR) per leg, I think it's a fairly decent price for a positioning flight in a Jetstream.

Decent indeed!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
On domestic morning flights with a departure time before 9.00 every passenger get a free breakfast box. The box is fairly generous and contains spreads, a yogurt, juice, butter and marmalade. The warm bread and the coffee/tea is handed out separately.

If only they served meals on all flights...

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Sooner or later we begun descent, somewhere over Latvia.

Great descent and approach with the sunset!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The blue cloth seat was not the most comfortable seat, nor was the legroom the best, but definitely sufficient for the short hops this plane normally do. For this 2+ hour flight I was glad I had 2 seats for myself though.

Ouch, 2 hours in such a tiny plane. How was the load factor?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
 
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RE: To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:32 am

Hi Martin

Thank you for sharing your great and interesting TR on a special flight with destinations!! Your photos are really great and like them very much.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Moon:

- wonderful!!!!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
During the taxi to our gate at terminal 4, I spotted this beast:

- the "beast" has a bigger brother....  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I walked down the aisle to seat 21D

- I have been on one of those also and row 20 was always the last on MA!!! A rather special configuration I guess with a smaller seat pitch!!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
In the magazine they had a BalticMiles card glued to one of the pages, apparently one could just grab it and sign up for the programme later.

- You applied for the miles? Maybe will be another trip on Baltic!!!

Hope to read your next report and look forward to the pic's and your thoughts about it...

Well done!!

Cheers!  
 
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RE: To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:22 pm

Hi Everyone and thanks for another bunch of comments!

Quoting signol (Reply 10):
Good to see some nice views of Talinn, and the flight seems to be a good choice for the airline to pick up some extra passengers.

Indeed, they likely sells these tickets since the plane is so small they don't need an on-duty FA.

Quoting HELyes (Reply 11):
Perhaps you know the Swedish novel and film "Populärmusik från Vittula" (sounds rather naughty in Finnish!), that tells about Pajala.

Ah yes, I was thinking about that movie when writing this report, but I didn't remember the name of it! Haven't seen it in quite some time now.

Quoting HELyes (Reply 11):
The Old Tallinn looked pretty as always, planning to take a helicopter ride there from Helsinki next summer, the prices look ok nowadays.

Sounds exiting!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 12):
That's why I have always liked Expedia - easy and smooth booking. It beats most other agencies.

Indeed, Expedia was a very pleasant experience. This was actually the first time I made a flight booking through Expedia.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
What a small aircraft that Jetstream really is, even smaller than the Saab 340, isn’t it?

Indeed, the J31 only seats 19 passengers.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
I had the same issue some time ago on a Air Europa flight. Some green fluid (aircon fluid most likely) was leaking from the overhead panel onto my seat (luckily not onto my clothing). The F/A handed me some tissues to clean it, that was all.

I'm glad my liquid was only water!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 14):
Isn’t that a contradiction?

Maybe!  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 15):
It is still missing from my log. Not that much chances to fly it here in middle Europe.

Maybe you should go to Northern Sweden again?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
Very nice - such a difference from normal SK service

Indeed.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
Well, 13 EUR is pretty cheap for a European lounge

That is true, but it feels "expensive" compared to what it used to cost to enter with a Diners Club card - none.

Quoting nkops (Reply 17):
I love the J31, but 2+ hours would try my patience on that plane...

Indeed, it's quite a long flight for such a small plane.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
If only they served meals on all flights...

If only...

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
Ouch, 2 hours in such a tiny plane. How was the load factor?

It was 8 passengers (plus the airline representative) on 19 seats.

Quoting B738FlyUIA (Reply 19):
- the "beast" has a bigger brother....

I know, I was lucky enough to see it at ARN earlier this year. The An-225 is one big bird!

Quoting B738FlyUIA (Reply 19):

- You applied for the miles? Maybe will be another trip on Baltic!!!

I applied before my flights and got the card in the mail a week before departure.

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RE: To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:21 pm

Hej Martin,

Good to read on your "long haul" flight with Avies. They are an interesting niche carrier, I just hope this recent expansion with PSO routes in Sweden doesn't overstretch their finances. These positioning flights can sometimes offer some very nice and interesting routes that otherwise would have no chance being financially viable.

Good that you finally managed a proper visit to Tallinn as well, despite its reputation it's a great city if you don't behave like the average tourist there does.

The Jetstream is a cute tiny plane, although 2+ hours in one sounds pushing it a bit too far to me!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Fast forward to the A.net meet at ARN and TLL in January 2012, a certain Finnish member mentioned these Avies positioning flights (Avies also sells tickets on their positioning flights to Sveg), and I was once again reminded of the existence of these flights. Thanks for the reminder!

It wasn't me was it?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
To my surprise I found out that the PJA-TLL-PJA flights only cost 555SEK (about 60 EUR) per leg, I think it's a fairly decent price for a positioning flight in a Jetstream.

That's a very nice price. They also used to do TLL-TMP as they operate(d) TMP-OUL for "Airlink", a Finnish virtual airline, but the prices for that flight were around 100 EUR one way when I took a look, too high for that.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This bird has the newer thin SK seats, which isn't the most comfortable seat around. But who could complain with this kind of legroom?

Hey, 10A and F are my favorite seats on these SAS 736s, followed by 22F  .

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
On domestic morning flights with a departure time before 9.00 every passenger get a free breakfast box

Ahh, the classic SAS breakfast box. It has stayed pretty much the same for many, many years. Of course back in the days you got this in economy for free.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
After a while I settled down on the balcony above the trainstation at Sky City, as it offers great views of the apron and the balcony has some pretty comfortable seating (one of the most popular sleeping places for people spending the night at ARN without a hotel room, if I'm not mistaken).

...as was witnessed by the many people sleeping there during our ARN meet  .

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
As I sit there and watch planes and doing some other various stuff, A.Net member LH4116, also known as Jonas spots me and says Hi,

Hey, that's a nice coincidence! Very nice. Did he try to get you to guest him into the Menzies lounge?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I like this:

Oh, I haven't paid any attention to the Dash seatbelts before. Quite nice.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This was the first Vueling aircraft I ever saw at ARN, and I wanted to take a picture, but I didn't dare to, as the FA's were still running around preparing the cabin for takeoff, and I was seated right infront of the galley, where an FA could jump out and catch me and my camera at any moment.

I don't think I've ever had a BT FA telling me not to take pictures, regardless of whether the seat belt sign was on or off.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Parked next to a Fokker:

Hey, a nice catch! Did you manage to see which flight it was operating? OS stopped flying to RIX a long time ago so this is either a charter or some aircraft substitution arrangement.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
It was quite a long queue for boarding, so I guess the 733 for this short hop is justified.

Yes, BT carries a LOT of traffic to and from TLL, most of it connecting.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I guess the 18:30 latest departure only applies to the nr. 90K bus then...

What's this bus, never heard of it? I've always used the number two and yes, it runs later.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The hotel was fairly nice for 50 EUR for my night with breakfast included. The room was rather roomy but kind of spartan.

Hey, your room is a carbon copy of my room in that very same hotel. Yes, it's an okay hotel, not really up to the normal Park Inn standards (as it used to be a Reval hotel instead - when Rezidor bought the Reval hotel group they turned the nicer properties into Radisson Blus and these lower end ones into Park Inns) but can usually be had for a good price and is very well located for everything you need in Tallinn: the old city, the new city, the port and the bus to the airport. Plus the Russian bar opposite it is great (and lethal  ).

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I spent an hour or so walking around central Tallinn, here's some impressions:

Heh, I can tell you really was way early since all the streets were empty! Sunday mornings are dead in Tallinn.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The bus stop was right next to Tallink Hotel, I believe a lot of A-netters stayed there a month earlier.

Nope, this is not our hotel. Part of the same group (biggest company in Estonia BTW), but we stayed at the el cheapo Ekspress hotel in the port, around a kilometer away from your Park Inn.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I was planning to go to the lounge here at TLL as well, using my Diners Card, but since I stayed landside longer than I planned I decided it wasn't worth it. So instead I spent the time by walking around the terminal.

That lounge is nothing to write home about and since the prices at the airport are very reasonable anyway and there's free wifi everywhere I wouldn't pay anything for access. It is okay if you get it for free, but in your case 120 SEK would get you far in the normal cafres as well.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I saw this beauty arrive, operating for OV to CPH:

Nice catch! A shame I couldn't catch any of these nice "operated by" arrangements.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
ES-PJG ”Tooru”

I've flown with that bird as well!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
but as this bird did have a real cockpit door I guess I was wrong. Does anyone know if this differs on the Jetstreams or if I'm just plain wrong here?

It depends on the operator and plane. Those Avies birds have always had the doors, at least every time I've flown with them. On the other hand for example the two Direktflyg Jetstreams I've flown with and one Highland Airways (RIP) didn't.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
A beautiful little bird landing:

Look who's talking - you are sitting in a tiny Jetstream after all!  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
OK, so if we do an emergency landing on the water, I can't smoke when we are escaping the aircraft?

Hah, nice!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This is the smallest airport I have ever been to.

Cute. Very cute. Although I think Hagfors was still a bit cuter as that looked like a regular house instead of an airport.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I walked around Pajala for a while before settling down in a fast-food restaurant in the same building as the bus station, to wait for my bus.

Sibylla?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Here's a couple of Pictures from Pajala:

Looks just like Gällivare to me!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
RIX is a fairly nice airport, I like the newer pier. It's small and functional. Some of the announcements were very loud though, and at times rather annoying.

RIX is lovely. I love the compactness and short distances and the usually easy-to-achieve MCT of 25 minutes.


Now go on and do that OSL-AAR Metroliner flight, you won't regret it!
 
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RE: To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:37 am

Hi deltamartin

Cool to see a report about the exotic TLL-PJA route!
I'm actually surprised to read you were not the only pax.

Now who's gonna fly the TLL-EVG flight?

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RE: To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:08 pm

Hi Martin,

As I mentioned earlier I have been standing outside the Pajala airport building, but never been inside nor flown from there. Therefore it was really interesting to read this report (and well, a flight on the Jetstream is always nice!).

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Fast forward to the A.net meet at ARN and TLL in January 2012, a certain Finnish member mentioned these Avies positioning flights (Avies also sells tickets on their positioning flights to Sveg), and I was once again reminded of the existence of these flights. Thanks for the reminder!

When these small (and often virtual) carriers start offering these positioning flights with one weekly frequency in each direction my first impression always is to be a bit worried. Jet Air (of Poland) used to operate a bunch of domestic routes in Finland on behalf of virtual airline Wingo (well, there's been so many of them I'm not completely sure anymore). First they had TKU-TMP-OUL, then they started LPP-HEL-BMA and I think they were aiming to fly HEL-JYV-SJY at some stage at well. This company was completely clueless and so was Jet Air that was operating for them - selling tickets on TKU-GDN wasn't exactly a success.
Not surprising that neither Wingo or Jet Air exist anymore.

But perhaps their chances of survival are a bit higher if they mostly operate subsidized routes, actually I've been very tempted to book myself on Avies' TLL-KDL route for 19 EUR ever since seeing Petteri's report about the flight.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
When doing OLCI for my BT flights I found out that none of my flights had changed their equipment since the time of booking.

That sounds almost too good to be true. I have experienced a last minute aircraft swap on every Air Baltic flight I have taken: 737 became F50, F50 became DH4 and DH4 became F50.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Bugger!

You are certainly picking up influences from other members here!  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I waltzed down the aisle and settle down I am greeted by another smiling FA once I reach the exit row. I throw my backpack into the overhead bin while having my camera around my neck, luckily the FA doesn't say anything about it when I settle down on my seat 10F.

Yeah, I've heard a lot of comments about taking photos onboard and on the ground and not on a single occasion has it occured to me on Blue1 or SAS. What is your experience?

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
The seatbelt sign is eventually turned off, and the crew started preparing for the service round. A few minutes later, this turns up on my tray table:

Looks very nice, and it is definitely not something a faux airline would do! Now let's only hope Blue1 will start doing the same on those early morning domestic flights as well, as I don't feel like paying 29 EUR for a Premium upgrade (and thus a meal tray) every time I fly.  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
Antonov bird taxiing:

And in the background you can see the Thai Airways 747 visible in EVERY trip report featuring Arlanda.  
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
SAS group tails at T5:

Mmh, one of them really stands out of the crowd!

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
It was nice meeting you again, Jonas!

What a nice coincidence! What really made my day was Jonas' choice of airline though. 
Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
This was the first Vueling aircraft I ever saw at ARN, and I wanted to take a picture, but I didn't dare to, as the FA's were still running around preparing the cabin for takeoff, and I was seated right infront of the galley, where an FA could jump out and catch me and my camera at any moment.

Air Baltic is one of those airlines I have never had any problems taking any photos on. I'd say you should take all the photos you wanted (and even more) and if you ran into trouble then you would explain your hobby, your interests and ask what is so dangerous in taking photos. That's a maneuver I've done many times and it has always worked.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I spent the rest of the night using the provided wifi to watch the Swedish tv-show deciding who shall represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest.

There is one thing that I envy you Swedes for more than anything else - and that is Melodifestivalen. I think you could send some guys over to Finland and teach us something about how to make a good show and do well in the ESC.

Quoting deltamartin (Thread starter):
I saw this beauty arrive, operating for OV to CPH:

She is looking gorgeous as always.
Yes, Martin, you really should catch a ride on the type.  

Looking forward to your next story.

Regards,
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RE: To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Sat Feb 25, 2012 12:31 pm

Hi Everyone and thanks for another round of feedback and comments!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):

The Jetstream is a cute tiny plane, although 2+ hours in one sounds pushing it a bit too far to me!

Wasn't too bad with a 2-seater for myself.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):

It wasn't me was it?

I seem to recall it was you, we didn't go into much depth on the matter tho.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):

Hey, that's a nice coincidence! Very nice. Did he try to get you to guest him into the Menzies lounge?

Nah, his flight left so much earlier. I went through security about the same time he boarded.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):

I don't think I've ever had a BT FA telling me not to take pictures, regardless of whether the seat belt sign was on or off.

Good to know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
Hey, a nice catch! Did you manage to see which flight it was operating? OS stopped flying to RIX a long time ago so this is either a charter or some aircraft substitution arrangement.

I didn't really think much about so I didn't check it. Is that a non-Schengen or a Schengen gate?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):

What's this bus, never heard of it? I've always used the number two and yes, it runs later.

It's my understanding that the 90K is a dedicated Airport-City center bus for the same price as nr. 2.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):

Heh, I can tell you really was way early since all the streets were empty! Sunday mornings are dead in Tallinn.

Hehe, luckily I just wanted to look around and not do any touristy stuff.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
Nope, this is not our hotel. Part of the same group (biggest company in Estonia BTW), but we stayed at the el cheapo Ekspress hotel in the port, around a kilometer away from your Park Inn.

Ah, I just remember hearing something about a Tallink hotel.  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
That lounge is nothing to write home about and since the prices at the airport are very reasonable anyway and there's free wifi everywhere I wouldn't pay anything for access. It is okay if you get it for free, but in your case 120 SEK would get you far in the normal cafres as well.

Ah, good to know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
It depends on the operator and plane. Those Avies birds have always had the doors, at least every time I've flown with them. On the other hand for example the two Direktflyg Jetstreams I've flown with and one Highland Airways (RIP) didn't.

So I wasn't all wrong then!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):

Cute. Very cute. Although I think Hagfors was still a bit cuter as that looked like a regular house instead of an airport.

I want to fly there some day too.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):
Sibylla?

Indeed.  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):

Looks just like Gällivare to me!

Pajala is like Gällivare but smaller.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 21):

Now go on and do that OSL-AAR Metroliner flight, you won't regret it!

I really should do that...

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 22):
I'm actually surprised to read you were not the only pax.

I'm surprised the load was that good too!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 22):
Now who's gonna fly the TLL-EVG flight?

Not me! That one was more expensive, and my 2+ hour flight to PJA is good enough.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 23):
But perhaps their chances of survival are a bit higher if they mostly operate subsidized routes, actually I've been very tempted to book myself on Avies' TLL-KDL route for 19 EUR ever since seeing Petteri's report about the flight.

That's a more suitable flight for a plane in that size!  
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 23):
That sounds almost too good to be true. I have experienced a last minute aircraft swap on every Air Baltic flight I have taken: 737 became F50, F50 became DH4 and DH4 became F50.

I have logged 4 flights with BT now, all of them had the same equipment from the day I booked them til the day of the flight.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 23):
Yeah, I've heard a lot of comments about taking photos onboard and on the ground and not on a single occasion has it occured to me on Blue1 or SAS. What is your experience?

SAS: Never had any problems.
Blue1: I should really get on one of those KF 717's...

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 23):
Air Baltic is one of those airlines I have never had any problems taking any photos on. I'd say you should take all the photos you wanted (and even more) and if you ran into trouble then you would explain your hobby, your interests and ask what is so dangerous in taking photos. That's a maneuver I've done many times and it has always worked.

Good to know, I guess I was still scarred from my OV experience, as Suryo said.  
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 23):
There is one thing that I envy you Swedes for more than anything else - and that is Melodifestivalen. I think you could send some guys over to Finland and teach us something about how to make a good show and do well in the ESC.

Every Swede has a love-hate relationship with Melodifestivalen.  
And at least you've won in this millenium!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 23):
Yes, Martin, you really should catch a ride on the type.

I should, shouln't I...?

Martin
 
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RE: To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:12 pm

Hey Martin,
great report and lovely snowy pics   Nice to see SK are offering a breakfast box , a nice upgrade compared to alot of things they once did to the product.

If you ever get to a Marks and Spencers try the Sushi boxes there . They are fresh,affordable and tasty  

Thanks for the nice read.

Regards

Philip  
 
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RE: To Pajala On A Jetstream: KRN-ARN-RIX-TLL-PJA

Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:01 pm

Hi Philip!

Thanks for commenting!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 25):
Nice to see SK are offering a breakfast box , a nice upgrade compared to alot of things they once did to the product.

Indeed, it's a pleasure to fly SK domestic on morning flights!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 25):
If you ever get to a Marks and Spencers try the Sushi boxes there . They are fresh,affordable and tasty

Thanks for the tip! I might try it next week when I'm in London.

Martin

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