it's been a while since I wrote a trip report so please forgive me for the lack of style!
My main goal for this trip was to score ''The McDonnell Douglas MD-87''. After a while,
I noticed that SK offered a cheap ticket for BRU-OSL-CPH.
From the moment I booked this trip, I knew new things would approach me and I was totally right!
You'll find out what I'm talking about later in this TR
So yeah, I booked a ticket for the first of November 2011 (just a daytrip, that's how I like to travel, as much as
flights possible on one day! )
Date: Nov. 1 2011
Age: 9.9 years
Photo © Markus Bakke
Photo © Tommy Desmet Photography
Photo © Charles Polidano - Touch The Skies
Photo © Paulo carvalho
As usual, I took the train from my town to Brussels Airport which is around 2 hours with the train.
The train station of Brussels Airport is improving and they promised it'll be done in a few months.
I noticed the customs at the airport have a new system where you can scan your ticket and electric
arms will let you continue your journey. Although I saw some passengers struggling with the new
idea, but I passed the ticket control within a blink of an eye .
Since it was quite early, I decided to go upstairs and have something to eat.
I bought myself a slice of apple pie and apple juice!
The B pier was filled with (charter)flights to Morocco by RAM.
I counted 5 airplanes! Of course, at the far end of the B pier, the daily Jet Airways A330s were
preparing for their next flight.
After having ''breakfast'', I headed towards my gate.
A rather quiet A pier if you ask me...
Yes, some gorgeous cars in the A Pier as usual!
Now that's what I call good news! I wish them a warm welcome.
Oh hello there, I spy a SAS tail!
I arrived at my gate and I noticed that only 30 people were waiting to board!
And between them, I saw a pilot waiting for my plane as well.
I had a little chat with him and I found out he's working for CC
and heading towards home after landing at BRU. Also, he told me he had a
career with SK for almost 20 years. He was very talkative and admired my
plans to do a day trip with SK. Later that day he disappeared in the
Business class of the 737-700!
Boarding went very fluently and fast. My original seat appeared to have no window
So I friendly asked the stewardess standing in the back of the plane to change my seat.
She briefly said: ''First you wait here, plane may get full!'' I looked around me and a minute
later she gave me a better seat with some nice wingview!
Still connected with the A pier!
10 minutes after boarding, we were ready for push back.
So lovely, lots of space and no annoying stinky neighbors!
A healthy legroom! Later that flight I decided to use the seats next to me as ''legroom''.
What a gorgeous winglet.
After a while, some tired looking flight attendants passed my seat and I ordered a muffin and a coffee.
The muffin was alright and the coffee was quite good although a bit pricey.
The coast of The Netherlands,.
My type of IFE
''Oh stewardess, somebody took a bite of my muffin!''
After 1h35min we started our descent into OSL. If I remember correctly,
the weather in BRU was way better to say the least!
We Landed safely on Norwegian soil for the first time in my life, and it was the
best landing I've ever had as well. Like we landed in butter.
Because I was taking loads of pictures during deboarding, I was one of the last
passengers and I noticed one of the pilots got off as well, I decided to slow down even
more to have a conversation with him.
I told him it was a good flight with the best landing in my life so far. It made him smile and
he asked about my plans. When I explained him, he was smiling even more and was very
helpful with getting outside the arrival zone. SK has some nice crew to say the least .
I decided to stay around the airport since I'd depart from OSL to CPH a few hours later.
I really enjoyed the airport and explored every corner of the terminal.
I did some spotting when I left the beautiful terminal and saw this old Mytravel bird!
OSL has a very nice Terminal building!
Date: Nov. 1 2011
Aircraft: B737-700 scheduled, turned out to be a B737-400!!
Age: 21.4 years
Photo © Stefan Sjogren - Stockholm Arlanda Photography
Photo © Stefan Sonnenberg
Photo © Stian Svensen
Photo © Eduard Brantjes
I cleared the customs pretty early so I decided to have a late lunch, almost dinner.
Since I'm a huge Salmon lover, and Norway is the land of the salmon, I thought it would
be a good idea to have one!
Yum, doesn't it look tasty?
Served with the salmon, and you can't see it on my plate, was some interesting tarmac views of OSL
So after enjoying my dinner and laughing secretly with an older couple from the NL, discussing how
EXPENSIVE Norway is, I headed towards my gate and it appeared that this flight was rather full and
on top of that, I got an aircraft change from a B737-700 to a B737-400. I've been on several B734s
before but this was quite special since SK only has 4 of them in their fleet. Go me!
we left OSL quite quickly and before I knew it, they were asking me if I'd like something to drink/eat.
Lots of legroom on this bird... from my experience, how older the bird how larger the legroom.
It started to get dark and we approached CPH from the East, above water.
The pilot had a light struggle with the plane and we came in pretty fast.
I really like this on top of the terminal.
So I deboarded and the cabin crew already announced a slight delay for the connecting flight to BRU.
this was my second time at CPH and the first time I used a totally different pier/terminal.
Then I found out my flight would leave just 2 gates away.
Date: Nov. 1 2011
Age: 20.2 years
Photo © Lukas Bogie
Photo © Rüdiger
Photo © Lee Archer
Photo © Alastair T. Gardiner - WorldAirImages
For the CPH lovers, I have to disappoint you, I really dislike this part of the terminal....
It's very tiny, almost no place to sit down. I've seen way better parts of CPH.
My aircraft arrived on time.
Boarding was quite smoothly and no hassle at all. I really like the configuration of this plane, 2-3.
Also, the interior of the MD87 seemed new, instead of being 20 years old already.
Oh... by the way, I selected a seat exactly next to the engine and when I deboarded the plane at BRU,
I was almost deaf .
Almost ready for pushback.
Sorry for the blurry picture :S.
When the cabin lights were turned off, I felt like I was in a submarine! The ''Fasten seatbelts'' sign were turned
on and the lights were illuminated the whole cabin with a stern red light .
So we were ready to push back and at the end of the pushback, an alarm sounded from the back of the plane.
All passengers were looking at the back alley and I was getting a bit worried as well.
After a while, it disappeared and we started our taxi to the runway.
Take off was rather jerky and another battle to keep the aircraft centered on the runway.
This was one of the first moments in my life I felt scared in an airplane!
It was very dark on the flight back to BRU and I decided to close my eyes a bit.
When I woke up, we were flying above DUS and that means BRU is pretty close.
20 minutes later, we touched down and taxied to our gate. It has been a great pleasure to fly with SAS!
Plus I got a positive aircraft change. Also, I achieved flying on the MD87 before SK would phase them out of their fleet.
Brussels Airport: 8.5/10
Scandinavian Air System: 9/10
Oslo Airport: 9.5/10
Copenhagen Airport: 7/10
Thanks for reading!