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CPH In 22hrs! By Plane And High Speed Train (pics)  
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 14928 times:

Hello and welcome to my 10th report on the TR forum! This time I will cover my most recent daytrip to Copenhagen, with flights from Stockholm Arlanda on Norwegian in Economy Class, and the return leg will be on the Swedish high-speed train X2000 in First Class. As always, the report will be accompanied by some decent quality pictures, and I hope you enjoy them!

Background
After having survived the first hectic month of school after the Christmas holidays, I was dying to get a break from all the studying and exams. So I decided to treat myself with a daytrip to somewhere. I looked through the many options e.g Gothenburg, London, Copenhagen, Oslo, Berlin, etc. But frankly the fares were all pretty high, on the dates most suited for me. Luckily I found out that the Swedish Railway Company SJ were having a good offer on train tickets. 50% off on all First Class tickets, every Saturday, until February 6th. So I couldn't resist taking advantage of this great offer, giving me a chance to ride the high speed train X2000, for the first time in 6 months. The price for the ticket was €40.
I also discovered that Norwegian were also having a sale, so I managed to find a ticket ARN-CPH for €35, it wasn't really the cheapest fare, but it was definitely worth, in comparison to SAS, that would have cost the double.
The total cost for this trip, including all transfers, was €86. Not bad really.

Saturday, the 6th February 2010
It was 2.00am, time for me to wake up, after some three hours of sleep. I had to spend the night at my friend's house in Central Vasteras, so that I could make it to the Central Station to Catch my bus to Arlanda, at 3.55.
After having taken a shower, had some breakfast and 3 cups of coffee, I was ready to leave the house at 3.00. The Central Station was 25 minutes away by foot. The city was completely deserted at this time of day, and I was the only one out on the streets. But when I arrived at the Central Station, there was a small crowd waiting for the bus to Arlanda.
The bus ride was pretty uneventful, I spent most of it listening to songs on my MP3.

We arrived to Arlanda, at 5.25. My flight was departing from Terminal 2, but I decided to disembark at Terminal 5. All Norwegian flights, leave from T2, so I was pretty surprised to find DY's self service check-in machines in the departures hall in T5. So I decided to use one of them. The process went pretty smooth, and I managed to get a good seat in the front cabin, but as I was about to finish and print out the BP, the whole system shut down. When I tried to check in again, the same thing happened. So I tried a different machine, it said that I was already checked in. So I was left with no other choice than to take the 10 minute walk to Terminal 2, and seek up an open check-in desk there.

Flight: DY3887 ARN-CPH
Date: 6th February 2010
Departure: 08.00
Arrival: 09.15
Duration: 1hrs 15min
Aircraft and Reg: Boeing 737-33S, LN-KKY
Seat and Class Seat 2F, Economy Class

Exterior view of Terminal 2 at Arlanda.

When I arrived to Terminal 2, I found out that the check in desks for my flight hadn't opened yet. They would be opening in 30 minutes, so I decided to take a walk and explore the terminal. This was in fact my first time traveling from ARN T2.

Interior view of the Departures hall at T2.

The Lavatories in T2 aren't as nice and fresh as the ones in T5. But they worked well... Apart from that annoying music being played i the speakers. They even had individual speakers inside each booth.

Soon, the check in desks opened, and I was the first one in line. I handed over my travel documents to the agent, and told her about the issues with the self-service machines. I also asked her if my requested seat, 2F was still available. The agent didn't answer any of my questions, instead she asked me if I had any bags to check in, which I found pretty strange since I'd chosen not to, in the booking. I said no, and the agent quickly handed over my Boarding Pass, with seat 2F printed on it.

It was now two hours before my flight depart, and I didn't feel much for walking around at the departures hall in T2, it was pretty dull and boring. Though I could have gone back to T5 and SkyCity, but it was too far away, and I didn't want to take that 10 min walk. If they would have opened up that Starbucks Coffeshop, I would definetly have gone there.
So I decided to clear security, and spend the reamining 2 hours airside. The security check was a breeze this time, I was the only one there, and I wasn't carrying any metal objects so I didn't have to get frisked´, thankfully.

The various shops and café's at T2 airside...

The post-security area of Terminal 2 was a lot smaller than I would have thought, and there wasn't much to see here either. Only a few taxfree shops, cafe's and magazine shops, selling overpriced food and drinks. I spent around 30 minutes looking through the shops, but I got too bored, so I went back to gate to spend the last 60 minutes before boarding, there. After having been sitting at the gate for 20 minutes, a representative from LFV, came by to ask if I wanted to take part of a survey, which I gladly did.

Thank you, Philip (OA260)! 

My aircraft at gate...

Soon it was time for boarding, and from the looks of it, it was going to be a full flight this morning. I decided not to wait until everyone was one, but instead to stand in line. Frankly the STAR GOLD tag Philip gave me, did not give me priority boarding. Luckily the boarding went by pretty quick, the friendly gate agents did an excellent job that morning. By 7.37 I was onboard the aircraft.

Walking down the glass jetway...

Entering the Aircraft.

At the door I was greeted by a friendly male flight attendant. The crew today consisted of two female flight attendants, and one male.
As I entered the cabin, I was pleasantly surprised to see this 733 being fitted with the new'ish leather seats. The cabin was also looking nice and fresh, on some places they had even installed new interior linings. What I didn't like was all the advartising, with huge ad stickers on the overhead bins, seatbacks and traytables.

My seat for this flight. (pic taken upon arrival)

The legroom was fine...

Safety card, for this Norwegian 737-300.

The boarding was complete at 7.50, and we pushed back on time. After pushback the captain came over to introduce himself, he announced that our flight time today will be 1hrs 5min, and on our way to CPH we would pass the cities of Linköping, Jönköping, and Ängelholm. The weather in Copenhagen would be cloudy, with temperatures of Zero degrees Celcius.

Cabin, after the boarding was completed.

Pushback.

The pushback was followed by a rather long taxi down to Runway 1, more commonly known as 01L-19R. This was followed by a short and powerful takeoff, before breaking through a thick layer of clouds.

Takeoff.

Breaking through the thick layer of clouds. It was nice to see the sun again, for the first time in 5 days.

We reached cruising altitude after 20 minutes.

Always lovely with the sun shining in through the cabin, pity that I didn't chose to sit at the A side.

As always, I enjoyed some First Class noice reduction   

Very soon, the seatbelt sign was switched off, and the crew began the in-flight sales. Since I was seated in row 2, we were among the first to be served.
On offer today was a breakfast box consisting of a sandwich, orange juice, youghurt and coffee, for €6. The f/a came by my row asking if anyone wanted to order something. I ordered the breakfast box and handed her over the money in cash. She apologiced and said that they didn't take cash, so I gave her my credit card instead. Again it didn't work, because they didn't take electron cards. Since I had become very thirsty from the dry cabin air, I asked her if I could at least get a glass of water or something. But NO, they couldn't do that either. She apologized and said "You can have a Danish breakfast instead", smiled at me and left.

Now this is one of the reasons to why I hate flying no-frills airlines. I have accepted the fact of having to pay for the food, but now I couldn't even pay for my food! This has happened to me several times before and I was really frustrated. And a something as simple as a glass of water can't be provided for free. I mean, even on the regional trains in Sweden, you can get a free glass of mineral water if you ask the conductor, and they'll bring a small bottle for you from the driver's cab.

Breakfast this morning consisted of a nice bowl of dry cabin air, yummy!

After the dilemma with the breakfast, I decided to take a walk down the cabin, and make my customairy visit to the lavatory.

View of the cabin. Note the big ad stickers on the overhead bins.

Cabin, from a different perspective.

The lavatory wasn't any special this time either. Though I really like the soap DY use!

As I made my way back to my seat, we had already began our descend to Copenhagen Kastrup. The remainder of the flight was pretty uneventful.

Descending to CPH. Bye, bye sunny skies!

Coming in over Oresund.

Denmark also turned out so be snowy.

Soon we made a pretty rough touchdown at Copenhagen Kastrup, followed by a fime minute taxi to gate B8.

Landing at Copenhagen Kastrup.

As usual, deboarding was a huge mess, with everyone being so eager to get off the plane. I decided to wait for a few minutes, until everyone had left the plane. As I made my way out of the aircraft, I decided to stop by the exit, to ask the male f/a, who seemed pretty busy greeting the pax, if it was possible for me to make a visit to the cockpit. It turned out that it was ok for me to visit the cockpit. As I stepped inside, I was greeted by the Captain, Stefan. We had a good conversation, he told me that the 733's were leaving the fleet very soon. After a couple of minutes, it was time for me to leave, so I thanked him for the visit, and left.

Cockpit view of this old -300

This was in fact my first time flying to Kastrup, and I must say that I was really impressed with how clean and fresh the airport was. Finding my way out on the other hand was a bit of an issue. I took me nearly 30 minutes to find the exit, and on my way out I stopped to quence my thirst with a diet coke. Bad idea. My stomach instantly started to feel bad, which ment that I had to seek up the nearest lavatory. So all in all it took me 40 minutes, to get out to the arrivals hall.

Our arrival gate, B8.

As mentioned earlier, the terminal was nice and fresh, with lots of natural light. It really made Arlanda T5 look like an old dumpster. Sadly, I didn't have much time to explore the terminal, and maybe do a little bit of spotting. Oh, well maybe next time...

The Arrivals... or Departure hall of Kastrup. Didn't remember which terminal, any help please?

Soon I was out in the arrivals hall, and I was now looking for some place to buy traintickets to Copenhagen City. Luckily I found some ticket machines, also a bit surprising that the Swedish Railway company SJ had their ticket machines there too. The train ticket to Copenhagen costed €5, and the ride would take 15 minutes. After having bought the ticket, I walked down to the platform to find a train already being there, as the doors were closing, I rushed towards the coductor's door. Luckily the conductor saw me coming, and he kept the door open so that I could make it on the train. The train ride was pretty uneventful, and 12 minutes later, I had arrived to Københavns Hovedbanegård.

Steping off the train at Copenhagen Central Station.

The weather in Copenhagen was cold and cloudy today, and I was feeling a bit hungry, so I went to a nearby supermarket to get a "Danish breakfast". But the breakfast offerings didn't impress me that much, so I settled down for a turkeybacon and eggroll with some Juice. During my last visit to Copenhagen, I used to walk down to RÃ¥dhusplatsen, to enjoy my breakfast on a parkbench there. But when I got there, it turned out that the parkbenches were only out during the summer season. So I looked around for any other parkbenches, but they were nowhere to be seen. I ended up fainding a rather quiet alley, where I ate my breakfast. Not really the best way, but...

RÃ¥dhusplatsen. It's the big square in the city centre.

After my rather messy and untasty breakfast, I decided to take my usual walk down the main shopping Street Ströget. There wasn't much to see here either, apart from all the shops who were having big sales. I didn't feel like buying anything this time, so I walked on for a while.
I was now starting to feel a bit cold and tired, so I decided to pay a visit to one of the many café's in Ströget. I ended up going for a very overpriced Vanilla Latte, it costed me more around €7, still worth it though  Some pics from Ströget. Which also is the longest pedestriant shopping street in Europe.

My overpriced Café Latte...

Now I was feeling a bit warmer, so the walk continued down to Nyhavn, and then further down to The Royal Danish Theatre.
Here are some pics.

The many Café's and Restaurants in Nyhavn... Though I must say that the place is much nicer during the summers.[b]


[b]Most of the restaurants are offering traditional Danish cuisine on their menu.


The Concert Hall, in Copenhagen. I didn't have time to visit it, this time since it would have required a long walk for me. But it is also possible to reach it by boat.

The Royal Danish Theatre was a five minute walk from Nyhavn. I didn't have time to visit it during my last visit, so it was going to be interesting to see it this time.

Exterior views of the Theatre.

Interior views of the Theatre.

After my visit to Nyhavn and the Theatre, I took a long walk back to the Central Station. It was still more than three hours, until my train was scheduled to leave, and I was started to feel very tired. Despite that, I took another long walk to the southern parts of the city. I walked by Sydhavn, Fisketorvet, The meatpacking district, and the Gay neighbourhoods. With still one hour to go, I stopped by yet one more café, to get some hot chocolate. After that, I didn't feel like walking around much more in the cold, so I went down to the Central Station to do some trainspotting.

Train nr: SJ's X2000 nr 546, from København H to Stockholm Central.
Date: 6th February 2010
Departure: 16.19
Arrival: 21.39
Duration: 5hrs 20min
Seat and Class Car 1, seat 10. First Class

View of the Main hall at Copenhagen Central Station.

When I went to look at the departure boards, I found out that my X2000 high-speed train to Stockholm had been cancelled. So I rushed over to the ticket sales counter, to ask them what to do now. They told me that the X2000 would depart from Malmö C, instead and that I had to take the Öresund Train to Malmö. I didn't have to get any new tickets issued. So I walked down to the platform, where I the Öresund Train rolled in a few minutes later. I told the conductour that my X2000 had been canceled, and asked him if I could take this train. The couductor didn't know about this, so he walked out to look at the departure boards, then he welcomed me onboard. The train was packed with people, most of them Swedish commuters. Luckily, the 1st Class section was empty.

The seats in 1st Class were exactly the same as in 2nd Class. And they were very uncomfortable, they didn't have any recline, and the blue leater felt very slippery.

The ride was pretty uneventful, and we arrived to Malmö C in time, they also announced that the X2000 to Stockholm would depart from track 13.
When I stepped of the train, and walked out to the platform, only to find out that the train wasn't there yet. Pretty strange since it had arrived from Stockholm 2 hours earlier. Also the departure board was empty, so I went inside to ask the staff if there had been a delay or something. But when I looked out through the window, I could see the X2000 rolling in to the platform, so I rushed back.

The X2000 drive unit.

And the passenger cars.

Normally the X2000 operating between Stockholm and Malmö have two 1st Class cars, but this trainset only had one. I soon found out that my car was missing, which made me whorry whether I would be able ride this train or not. I asked a station manager if there would be enough seats for everyone, but he said that a seat would not be garanteed. I've heard stories of this scenario before, when people have had to take the bus all the way to Stockholm, and there was no chance that I would take a for 10 hours!
Soon, the doors were opened, and we were allowed to board. The train attendant was standing at the door informing those who were supposed to be seated in Car 1, to meet her in the galley, for new seat assignments. I asked her why one car was missing, and she told me that the trainset originally assigned for this ride had broken down, due to the cold.
I was assigned seat 14, which was an aisle seat in a 2-seater, so I asked her if the seat next to me would be empty, and she said no. So I asked her if there were any solo left, and luckily seat 28 was empty.

View of the 1st Class cabin, on the X2000.

Seat view. The seats are very comfortable, offering lots of personal space.

The legroom was great!

When I sat down in seat 28, I was left with an unpleasant surprise, a very annoying stereotype was seated in the seat infront of me. The stereotype I'm talking about are known as "Blondinbella's" here in Sweden. They are often Paris Hilton typo fashionblogger girls, in their teens/20's, whiny, demanding, always talking loud on their phone.
The girl in front of me was no exception. By the time, I was "trying" to make myself comfortable, she was already having a pointless and loud conversation on her phone, talking about all the Facebook guys she've slept with, using a vocabulary I've never even heard of. I couldn't bare sitting there for a minute, so I moved back to seat 15, despite it already being reserved by someone else.
The t/a noticed me moving back, and asked me why? I told her about the girl in the seat infront of me, and the t/a seemed to understand my situation. She then wispered to me "they can be a real pain in the a**", she then smiled at me and left. It was good to know that the crew were also familiar with those stereotypes, and that they knew how to deal with them.

As the train was now rolling out from the station in Malmö, I went by the self service bar to get something to drink. In the self service bar you'll find coffee, 10 different kinds of tea, mineral water, fruit and brownies. Since the mealservice was about to begin soon, I decided to wait with digging in on those delicious brownies.
After a long, rough and cold day in Copenhagen I took a visit to the lavatory to freshen up before the meal.

The lavatory in the X2000 is pretty cramped, but they are nice and fresh. There's not much difference between the lavatories in 1st and 2nd Class, in terms of size or amenities. However sometimes you may find a rose in the 1st Class lav.

For those of you who didn't know. Only breakfast is included in the ticket price for 1st Class on the X2000, but if you want a three course dinner or lunch served at your seat, you can take that as an option when booking the ticket. The meal cost around €8.70, which is pretty good value for the money compared with the overpriced tv-dinners they sell in the Bistro car. Alcoholic beverages are not included in this price, only soft drinks and low-alcoholic beer. It is possible though to order alcoholic beverages from the t/a, and they'll be served along with the meal.

Most people today had ordered the three course dinner, and on the menu tonight was:

DINNER MENU

Starter: Mediteranian tomato and red onion salad, with an olive oil vinegrette.
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Main Course: Raindeer Casserole, with chantarelle mushrooms, roasted root fruit vegetables, lingonberries, black peppers served with mashed potatoes.
***

Dessert: Peaches in a saffron compote, served with vanilla curd cheese.
***

Bread: Sourdough Crispbread, and organic butter
***

A selection of non-alcoholic beverages, including low-alcoholic beer.
***

Freshly brewed Alfred Nordqvist Classic Kaffe, or a selection or Dilmah teas. Along with Lindt Chocolates.
***


The meal.

The starter tasted pretty nice and fresh, and I liked the combination of tomatoes and red onions. The onions didn't have that strong taste, instead they were pretty mild. The vinegrette completed the salad, giving it a rather distinct taste, also the olive didn't make the salad too oily and greasy, as it sometimes does.
The main course was also good. I liked the tender bits of raindeer meat, it had a really rich and gamey flavour. The sauce had a rich creamy flavour, and the lingonberries and black pepper seeds fitted in very well. The root fruit vegetables on the other hand were a bit bland, some of them hard, but the good sauce compensated for that. The mashed potatoes seemed to fit in pretty well with the dish, it was made of real potatoes this time (instead of the more commonly used, instant mash). All in all it was a good dish, but I would have expected something better, to be honest.
The dessert on the other hand was a bit of a disapointment. The peaches were hard and soggy at the same time, also very sweet. I'm not much of a fan for saffron, and I found the compot to be very sweet, in fact adding up the sweetness of the peaches. The vanilla curd cheese on the other hand tasted good, and it helped taking off the sweetness from the rest of the dish, making it a bit more edible.

After I was finished, the t/a promptly cleared my tray, asking me if I had enjoyed the meal. I said yes. She then asked if I would like some coffee or tea, but I declined. I didn't feel like sitting around for much longer, so I took a walk down the train, to the other cars.

Neighbouring 1st Class seats.

View of the 2nd Class cabin.

View of the Bistro Car, note the wooden floor.

2nd Class looked like a bit of a mess, with people standing in the aisles drinking beer and talking loud, small childern crying, people standing on the seats or sitting with their feet up in the air. So I decided to go back to my seat, to do some schoolwork. It turned out to be almost impossible work, the train was tilting back and forth, and my books kept falling down on the floor.

Working on the X2000 is not recomended, unless you're seated by a table  

Around 2 hours in to the ride, the train made a stop in Alvesta, to pick up some more passengers. All of a sudden, a mongoloid man was standing by my seat looking at me, he then sat down in the aisle seat, moved his face closer to me. Just as I was about to open my mouth, the man started screaming "You're sitting at my seat!", i quickly realized that it was the man who had reserved seat 15. I asked the man if he could take seat 28 instead, but it was no use, the man was determined to sit at his assigned seat. I didn't feel like spending the remainder of my trip next to him, so I began gathering up my stuff to move back to seat 28. As I was trying to gather up my stuff, the man was pushing and shuffing me around, being overly eager to sit down in his assigned seat, making me very annoyed.

As I was making my way back to seat 28, to find that the annoying girl sitting infront of me, had stopped talking on her cellphone. Now she was blogging on her laptop, and listening to spotify. I'm sure she wrote some bad things about me on her blog, since she kept looking at me in an angry way throughout the trip (probably because my sighs, and "Oh dammit", from having to be seated behind her in the first place), but why should I care?
All of a sudden, the mongoloid man in seat 15 picked up his cellphone, began a loud and meaningless conversation, it was so loud that I could hear it from the other side of the car. Now it would have been really nice if the man could have taken seat 28, so that Blondinbella could get a taste of her own medicine   
When the man had ended his conversation on the phone, he kept making loud and random screams every 15 minutes, some of the people seated nearby him looked pretty angry...

Meanwhile, I was getting a bit bored, but also very tired from not having slept for two days. So I went to the self-service bar to get a newspaper, cup of coffee and a brownie.

There was a generous selection of Swedish and International newspapers, along with some news magazines.

Coffee, and brownie. I ended up drinking 10 cups of coffee, and I ate at just as many brownies.

The newspapers weren't very interesting, so I ended up reading a tabloid for 10 minutes, before being bored. All the coffee I drank to keep me awake didn't do me very good. I had a sevear headake, from all the coffee combined with the tilting of the train. And my stomach and blatter didn't feel to good from all the coffee either, so I ended up going to the lavatory every 5 minutes. The lavatory in 1st Class, was malfunctioning, with the toilet flooded over, and paper towels all over it. So I had to use the lavatories in 2nd Class. 1st Class was also getting a bit cold, so I decided to sit in 2nd Class for a while. I must say that the seats were pretty comfy there as well.
When one of the t/a's passed by me, I asked him whether it was possible to turn up the heat in the 1st Class car. He said that it was more than ok, since some of the other passengers had complained about it. On our way out of the 2nd Class car, a man shouted at me "Go back where you came from pr**k!". I had no idea of what this man was refering to, but I was offended by what he said, he'd probably had too many beers. Though I did not know whether I would dare entering the 2nd Class car again, despite being in a desperate use of their lavatory.

As the train arrived to the city of Norrköping, I noticed that the Blondinbella was getting off there. Pretty strange, since I thought they all lived in Stockholm, but at least the last hour and a half to Stockholm would be smooth. Well... not so smooth, because my stomach went bad again. Luckily, they had fixed the 1st Class lavatory, so I didn't have to go back to 2nd. I spent nearly half an hour inside the lav, but then the stomach was much better.
I spent the last hour sleeping, before finally arriving at Stockholm C.

I had a connecting train to Vasteras, that was leaving 20 minutes after my arrival on the X2000, as I stepped of the train, only to find that my connection had pulled in on the same platform. It was a regional train today, operated by a Double Decker which meant that the seats in 1st Class would be the exact same as in 2nd Class, but I didn't care. I was so tired at the time, that I just wanted to get home.

1st Class on the double decker is located on the upper floor of Car 1.

As I walked up the stairs to 1st, I bumped in to an old friend from school, that I hadn't met in years. She was apparently also on the same train as I arrived on. We had a good conversation, catching up on lots of stuff. I told her about my trip to Denmark and the bad experiences on the X2000, and we laughed about it. It was nice of the conductour to let her stay, despite having a 2nd Class ticket. At 23.00 we arrived in Vasteras. I said good bye to my friend, promising that we would meet soon again.
When I walked out from the station building, my mom was already waiting outside with the car. I slept for most of the 30 minute drive home, before dozing off on my bed when I got home...

The nice thing about daytrips, you've get to see another country and still be able to spend the night in your own bed.... The End.

Conclusion
Norwegian is an airline that I've never really liked. Their fares are often very high, pretty much the same as a major airline. The service on-board was also rubbish and their BoB offerings were overpriced and lacking quality. For example the wine, it costed €7 and was served in a soda can. The crew on the other hand were nice, much better than on most LCC's. I'm not sure though if I would ever fly them again, maybe when they resume their flights to Bergen, and lower their fares.

The X2000. Well this was my first bad experience on the X2000, but I still prefer it over flying. Mostly because of the good fares. Well normally the fares on the X2000 are pretty high, but a 1st Class ticket would then cost as much as an Economy Class ticket on SAS. The service is much better on the X2000, and the level of comfort in 1st is by far more superior than any other train or plane in Sweden. All SJ's trains are powered by electricity generated from renewable sources, which means that the train doesn't produce a single gram of CO2 into the atmosphere. Also the travel times i.e door to door are much shorter with the train, and you won't have to worry about extra expenses like transfers etc. It's a win-win situation in my opinion.

My next trip will be to Amsterdam, and Brussels on Ryanair and Thalys High-Speed train in 1st Class

Thank you all for reading, and comments will be much appericiated!

//Jonas


*The spell check didn't work, so I may apologize for any misspelled words*


SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
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User currently offlineLYChemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1237 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 14606 times:

Enjoyed reading about your neighbours and the train trip. I would like to visit CPH and Sweden. Did not realise that the train trip is only 5 hours. Not so bad.

User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 14602 times:

Hey Jonas!

I know you made a great effort to get this online. The layout is f*cked up by A.net. A real pity. I hope the webmasters get this problem fixed soon now...

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
As always, the report will be accompanied by some decent quality pictures

hmm.. can I judge myself about that statement?  
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The agent didn't answer any of my questions, instead she asked me if I had any bags to check in, which I found pretty strange since I'd chosen not to

Ah, typical stereotype and non-flexible check-in staff there. Doing the same job too often and not listening to individuals anymore. What a start of the day!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Frankly the STAR GOLD tag Philip gave me, did not give me priority boarding

hehe... Norwegian doesn't vocabulaire the word 'priority' so this is no surprise. Try and book LH next time and maybe you'll have a better luck.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Now this is one of the reasons to why I hate flying no-frills airlines. I have accepted the fact of having to pay for the food, but now I couldn't even pay for my food! This has happened to me several times before and I was really frustrated.

No, don't put things to general. I know e.g. HV does bring you a glass of water. I once got it when I really needed one to take a asperine. I had the same trouble on SN last year, and I solved it by using my secondairy creditcard. Anyway, it's not good of DY.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The Concert Hall, in Copenhagen.

Looks familiar to the Concert Hall of Amsterdam. Same architect? You know which building I mean!

About your trainride. It looks comfortable enough and they handled the situation maybe well by explaining that the train left from Malmo instead. I like the design of that train a lot, but that car problem is not very good of them. But also these things happen. Transporting by bus instead is no-way, also for me. I guess those trains are not running very frequent?
About your fellow passengers; I fully understand the annoyance. It can happen, everywhere, always. Also when the train was running in the normal way you could've been in such situation. Bad luck I suppose. I hope your next trainride would be more successful (but not guaranteed either)

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
My next trip will be to Amsterdam, and Brussels on Ryanair and Thalys High-Speed train in 1st Class

Really? Oh yes, in 2 weeks already... Will start to prepare your room  

Regards,
Eric

[Edited 2010-02-09 11:57:17]


"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 14060 times:

btw, I forgot to say that the pictures are indeed of the high quality I'm used to from you!   


"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27234 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 13924 times:

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Thank you, Philip (OA260)

     

Hi Jonas,
You made me laugh when I saw that pic of my tag. It does go well on your Samsonite bag though ! Great report as usual. I have said before and I will say it again your photography skills are second to none and the type of photos and angles you take are truly amazing. I love looking at them and always know you will come up with some great shots ! Well done again Mr .

Looked like a cool trip especially the train.

Thanks for another great report .

Regards

Philip

P.S.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
On our way out of the 2nd Class car, a man shouted at me "Go back where you came from pr**k!"

You should have put the Star Gold tag in his face and said '' I came from the Star Gold Lounge B@tch!! lol...


User currently offlineC8fromONT From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 13662 times:

You TR is awesome but your pants are even more awesome!!

User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6645 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 13649 times:

Nice report, Jonas!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Again it didn't work, because they didn't take electron cards

Why don't you get a debit card ??

Regarding Blondinbella, why don't you just ignore people like that rather than let them bother you ?

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 614 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 13589 times:

Hey Jonas!
Nice report from Denmark and some excellent pics as always. Thanks for sharing.

Your DY aircraft looks in a much better condition than the one I flew on to CPH.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
It was now two hours before my flight depart, and I didn't feel much for walking around at the departures hall in T2, it was pretty dull and boring.

How about getting stuck there for 4 hours! Not fun at all, espically when you don't have enough SEK to buy a drink.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I must say that I was really impressed with how clean and fresh the airport was

I was impressed too, one of the cleanest and nicest looking airports I have flown into.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Some pics from Ströget. Which also is the longest pedestriant shopping street in Europe.

Aaah I had a Beer there in the summer, nice place.

Matt


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6451 posts, RR: 38
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 13025 times:

Hi Jonas,

Very interesing report. And very good photos, not just decent like you said in the first paragraph!

Man, that much coffee must really take its toll on your body.. I enjoy sleep much more than drinking that much caffeine!

The seats on Norwegian look comfortable. Copenhagen looks quite nice! I'll get there one day..

Very interesting train trip.. So many dilemmas. Couldn't your QC3 cancel out Miss Blondinbella?   I'd just choose to ignore her and get on with something to take my mind away.

Thanks for sharing!

Regards,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 13016 times:

Hi Jonas,

I conclude with the earlier posters - those photographs are really really good, not just technically but artistically as well. Sounds like a nice day trip with planes and trains - just the perfect mix.

The food onboard the X2000 looks good and is definitely a good value for money. I should try one of these services at some point.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):

So I decided to clear security, and spend the reamining 2 hours airside. The security check was a breeze this time, I was the only one there, and I wasn't carrying any metal objects so I didn't have to get frisked, thankfully.

I'm usually happy to get the pat down treatment in Sweden. Why? Because in true Swedish equality there are no limitations on who can screen who, and I often end up being patted by some pretty young girls. I know, I'm a dirty soul but once you get old you tend to get dirty as well!  

In Finland whenever I have to wait for a male screener to become available I always tell them that I wouldn't mind the females doing the job but it never works. Bummer.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
a representative from LFV, came by to ask if I wanted to take part of a survey, which I gladly did.

Just like what happened with my the previous night!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Frankly the STAR GOLD tag Philip gave me, did not give me priority boarding.

Well, why would it work on Norwegian? And besides, even with *A your chances are quite slim, they should check your status either from your boarding pass or ask for your card.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
As always, I enjoyed some First Class noice reduction

Oh, the Bose QCs are definitely nice. I'm just too cheap to get a pair - they're rather expensive, so I stick to my trusty pair of Phillips - they do a decent job as well and represented very good value for money for around 70 EUR.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Now this is one of the reasons to why I hate flying no-frills airlines. I have accepted the fact of having to pay for the food, but now I couldn't even pay for my food! This has happened to me several times before and I was really frustrated.

Yeah, it's not so good that they don't accept cash, that's true. But expecting to use an Electron card onboard just isn't very feasible, technically is can be done but is expensive and complicated, so the airlines don't bother with it. Just get a debit card if you can't get a credit card - cash is so last season anyway.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Finding my way out on the other hand was a bit of an issue. I took me nearly 30 minutes to find the exit,

Considering that the stairs to the baggage hall are right at the base of the B pier that's pretty impressive. Ok, I agree that they can be a bit hard to spot with the large WHSmith's on the way, but IMHO CPH is pretty well signposted. Of course if you were there for the first time and busy snapping photos it can be a bit hard - especially as I think there are only two sets of stairs down there, the aforementioned ones and the other ones near the D pier.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
All of a sudden, a mongoloid man was standing by my seat looking at me,

You know, that's quite a demeaning (and old fashioned) expression to use.

Good stuff anyway, looking forward for the Low Countries report.


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 12313 times:

Good evening Dear Readers, thanks for the replies. I'm glad you enjoyed it!  
Quoting LYChemsa (Reply 1):
Enjoyed reading about your neighbours and the train trip. I would like to visit CPH and Sweden. Did not realise that the train trip is only 5 hours. Not so bad.


Yeah, you should definitely come to Scandinavia, you'll like it here  
Five hours is a pretty long ride actually, at least in comparison with the other EU countries with faster high-speed trains, running at 200 mph, instead of 130, like the X2000.

Hello Eric!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 2):
I know you made a great effort to get this online. The layout is f*cked up by A.net. A real pity. I hope the webmasters get this problem fixed soon now...


Yes, it was a real pain in the ass, but now I can focus on more important stuff At the moment Word doesn't work at my computer for some reason but soon it will. Still a bit of a pity with the pic text being messed up.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 2):
hmm.. can I judge myself about that statement?


No your shots are excellent, now when you have that special lens, I envy you for  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 2):
hehe... Norwegian doesn't vocabulary the word 'priority' so this is no surprise. Try and book LH next time and maybe you'll have a better luck.


DY should at least give their Full-Flex costumers, paying EUR 300 for theit tickets, some priority. What a ripoff! I'll try *A next time!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 2):
Looks familiar to the Concert Hall of Amsterdam. Same architect? You know which building I mean!


No, it was a french Architect who designed the Copenhagen Concert hall, pretty strange since Denmark is well known for having some of the best architects in the world, and Copenhagen being their "back yard". If I was a Dane, I would be insulted, hehe 
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 2):
About your train ride. It looks comfortable enough and they handled the situation maybe well by explaining that the train left from Malmo instead. I like the design of that train a lot, but that car problem is not very good of them. But also these things happen. Transporting by bus instead is no-way, also for me. I guess those trains are not running very frequent?


Yes, taking the X2000 from Malmo was not much of a problem, I pretty much knew this was going to happen since all X2000's to Denmark are canceled now due to electrical problems. The current in Denmark is different from Sweden, the current conversion didn't work too well due to the cold. The X2000's are 20 years old, and the age is taking a bite on them, but they'll stick for another 15 years. Typically Swedish  

The newly refurbished X2000 is really nice, the interior is typical Scandinavian design, with all the wood and grey fabrics. The trains run frequently between the main cities in Sweden, one every hour. Though this was the last departure of the day.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 2):
About your fellow passengers; I fully understand the annoyance. It can happen, everywhere, always. Also when the train was running in the normal way you could've been in such situation. Bad luck I suppose. I hope your next train ride would be more successful (but not guaranteed either)


Yes this could have happened, but the chance would have been much smaller, I always choose to sit in car 1 since it has a quiet section, and all those fashion blogger Paris Hilton stereotypes never sit there, it's usually pretty empty.

Hi there Philip!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
You made me laugh when I saw that pic of my tag. It does go well on your Samsonite bag though ! Great report as usual. I have said before and I will say it again your photography skills are second to none and the type of photos and angles you take are truly amazing. I love looking at them and always know you will come up with some great shots ! Well done again Mr .


Haha, yes it's a great looking tag. Did you get a replacement yet?  
Nice that you enjoyed the pics, really appreciated that! The pics look much better when they're cropped, though I had some trouble with the vitebalance on some of them.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
You should have put the Star Gold tag in his face and said '' I came from the Star Gold Lounge B@tch!! lol...


Yeah, I should definitely have done that, pity though the bag was in the over head compartment in 1st. But next time, hmm...  
Quoting C8fromONT (Reply 5):
You TR is awesome but your pants are even more awesome!!


Haha, thanks! Those pants are indeed pretty eccentric looking, IIRC I wore them in my previous report too 
Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
Why don't you get a debit card ??


I will get a debit card very soon, this summer hopefully. In Sweden you have to be 18, to have one  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
Regarding Blondinbella, why don't you just ignore people like that rather than let them bother you ?


Well, I was pretty cold and exhausted from my day in Copenhagen, and the lack of sleep, so I was looking forward to some peace and quiet, maybe a little rest, for the next five hours. So I was pretty upset. Neither did my phone work, so I couldn't listen to some mp3's. Normally, they're not much of a problem...

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 7):
Nice report from Denmark and some excellent pics as always. Thanks for sharing.


Hi there Matt, I'm glad you enjoyed reading!

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 7):
How about getting stuck there for 4 hours! Not fun at all, especially when you don't have enough SEK to buy a drink.


Oh, that must have been really tough. Drinks in Sweden are pretty overpriced, and T2 is a boring place, no wonder why BA (and all the other OW carriers?) moved to Terminal 5.

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 7):
I was impressed too, one of the cleanest and nicest looking airports I have flown into


Yes indeed. Though I think many Swedes are a bit jealous, and call CPH a s**thole 

@ Nicholas. Thank you for reading, glad you enjoyed!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 8):
Very interesting report. And very good photos, not just decent like you said in the first paragraph!


Hehe, thanks. They did look a bit better when I cropped them. Though I'm dying to get a wide-angle soon  
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 8):
Man, that much coffee must really take its toll on your body.. I enjoy sleep much more than drinking that much caffeine!


Yes, it was a pretty foolish decision of me, to drink all that coffee. I'll never do it again for sure. I've still got a headache from it...

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 8):
Very interesting train trip.. So many dilemmas. Couldn't your QC3 cancel out Miss Blondinbella? I'd just choose to ignore her and get on with something to take my mind away.


The QC3's are very good at canceling all sorts of low frequent noise, frankly Miss Blondinbella's voice was squeaky and very high frequent, so they to failed do their job this time.  

Hello FlyingFinn76! I'm glad you enjoyed the report(s) and pics!  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
The food on board the X2000 looks good and is definitely a good value for money. I should try one of these services at some point.


Yes, the X2000 is really something to recommend, and remember 1st Class cost the same as 2nd!   Though the Finnish Pendolino trains look pretty interesting, IIRC they have a pretty similar service concept for 1st?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
I'm usually happy to get the pat down treatment in Sweden. Why? Because in true Swedish equality there are no limitations on who can screen who, and I often end up being patted by some pretty young girls. I know, I'm a dirty soul but once you get old you tend to get dirty as well!


Haha, yeah... I know there are some pretty looking blonds working at the security in T5, but still I don't like being frisked, regardless of who! 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Well, why would it work on Norwegian? And besides, even with *A your chances are quite slim, they should check your status either from your boarding pass or ask for your card.


Yes, I know, of course it doesn't work. And If I was flying STAR, it's the same as you say.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Oh, the Bose QCs are definitely nice. I'm just too cheap to get a pair - they're rather expensive, so I stick to my trusty pair of Phillips - they do a decent job as well and represented very good value for money for around 70 EUR.


Yes, the QC3 (and all other kinds of BOSE products) are very overpriced here in Sweden. I got my pair imported from the US, by a friend of mine. And he sold them to me for a very reasonable price too. I would otherwise never spend EUR 450 on a pair of headphones :O

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Yeah, it's not so good that they don't accept cash, that's true. But expecting to use an Electron card on board just isn't very feasible, technically is can be done but is expensive and complicated, so the airlines don't bother with it. Just get a debit card if you can't get a credit card - cash is so last season anyway.


Indeed, I mean, What's the chance of someone trying to rob the f/a on all the cash?? I guess credit cards make it easier for the crew, to handle rather than cash. Well, some aircraft have Internet connection, so then it would have been possible to take Electron Cards? But I'm getting a debit card soon, so this will no longer be much of a problem.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
You know, that's quite a demeaning (and old fashioned) expression to use.


Yes, frankly in Swedish it's not as much of an offensive word as it is in English. So I apologize for using that word  

//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5177 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 12287 times:

Hey, Jonas,

what a really detailed and informative story.
Lots of good pix also.

You know, some of the places, the airline and also the X2000 is also covered in my log, so a good read to
follow you´re impressions.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27234 posts, RR: 60
Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11703 times:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Haha, yes it's a great looking tag. Did you get a replacement yet?

Yeah I have a few around the house so it was fine.


User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 614 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 11584 times:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Oh, that must have been really tough. Drinks in Sweden are pretty overpriced, and T2 is a boring place, no wonder why BA (and all the other OW carriers?) moved to Terminal 5.

Yes, wasn't nice! Was a combination of the opening of LHR T5 and Snow in the UK that caused the delay  

Good they are in T5 now, I was lucky enough to depart from the newer part when I flew SK. Alot more facilities than T2.


User currently onlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1845 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 11566 times:

The train segments of your trip report were quite fascinating. Much nicer than Acela here in the USA. I'd love to spend a few weeks traveling around Scandinavia by rail. Do the rail routes go far into the wilderness areas at all?

Great TR!

TUNisia



Someday the sun will shine down on me in some faraway place - Mahalia Jackson
User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 10815 times:

Hi Markus

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 11):
what a really detailed and informative story.
Lots of good pix also.

You know, some of the places, the airline and also the X2000 is also covered in my log, so a good read to
follow you´re impressions

Thank your for reading the report, nice that you enjoyed the pics! I've also read your X2000 report, it was pretty interesting, just as your other plane-train reports. Would like to see more of them, and nice with some more pics of the train segments 
Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
Yeah I have a few around the house so it was fine.

Okay, so no worries for me  
Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 13):
Good they are in T5 now, I was lucky enough to depart from the newer part when I flew SK. Alot more facilities than T2.

Yes The F-pier of ARN T5 is really nice. I haven't flown from there yet, but I've been there quite many times. Would love to see the BA 767 parked there.

Hello Matt! Nice that you enjoyed the report  
Quoting TUNisia (Reply 14):
The train segments of your trip report were quite fascinating. Much nicer than Acela here in the USA. I'd love to spend a few weeks traveling around Scandinavia by rail. Do the rail routes go far into the wilderness areas at all?

The Acela is actually based on the X2000, but yes the X2000 is much nicer. Scandinavia is really nice by rail, especially Norway. But Sweden is nice too. The trains do go quite far into the wilderness. In an earlier TR I took the train to the arctics. I believe it's much nicer to take the Arctic train in the summer, when there's mid-night sun. If you want to see the wilderness  



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6902 posts, RR: 77
Reply 16, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 10621 times:

Hi Jonas,

very enjoyable report with many nice pictures.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The total cost for this trip, including all transfers, was €86. Not bad really.

Very good deal.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Aircraft and Reg: Boeing 737-33S, LN-KKY

Slight correction: it's a 737-3S3 - the plane was once ordered by Air Europe (UK) which had the Boeing customer code S3.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The legroom was fine...

Much better than on LN-KKJ which I had last year.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Now this is one of the reasons to why I hate flying no-frills airlines. I have accepted the fact of having to pay for the food, but now I couldn't even pay for my food! This has happened to me several times before and I was really frustrated.

That would annoy me, too.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
We had a good conversation, he told me that the 733's were leaving the fleet very soon.

I'm not sure what he means with "very soon". But DY still has 27 733s - the whole fleet won't be retired anytime soon.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The meal cost around €8.70, which is pretty good value for the money compared with the overpriced tv-dinners they sell in the Bistro car.

Very good offer - the meal looks really tasty.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
For example the wine, it costed €7 and was served in a soda can.

Wine in a can? Awful!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinecallumm92 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 10591 times:

Hi Jonas - Thanks very much for your report, it was most enjoyable. I can relate a lot to your travels. I've been to Copenhagen - the city and airport were both very nice. My flight was an EZY to STN, and what impressed me was how quiet the terminal was even with lots of people around - I think they've done a good job of soundproofing the place.

I've been on a train ride from Copenhagen to Gothenburg - a little long and boring, but otherwise clean trains (not X2000s though)

And, I've travelled Norwegian from OSL-STN. I thought the product was good for the price, and very similar to the kind of thing easyJet offer. I'd definitely fly them again without hesitation.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The Arrivals... or Departure hall of Kastrup. Didn't remember which terminal, any help please?

I think that is Terminal 3, if my eyesight looking at the pillars in the picture is not letting me down!

Best regards,
Callum

[Edited 2010-02-20 04:16:17]

User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 614 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 10450 times:

Quoting callumm92 (Reply 17):
I think that is Terminal 3, if my eyesight looking at the pillars in the picture is not letting me down!

Yes, it is Terminal 3.


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 19, posted (4 years 9 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 9969 times:

Good evening PH!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Slight correction: it's a 737-3S3 - the plane was once ordered by Air Europe (UK) which had the Boeing customer code S3.

Thank you for correcting me, those costumer codes are sometimes a bit confusing... At least for me  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Much better than on LN-KKJ which I had last year.

I've flown that plane too, back in 2006. IIRC it was fitted with the old-style seats.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
I'm not sure what he means with "very soon". But DY still has 27 733s - the whole fleet won't be retired anytime soon.

"Very soon" might be the wrong definition. He claimed they'll leave the fleet in the first 2-3 years of this decade.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Very good offer - the meal looks really tasty.

Yes, those meals are indeed great, I always order it on the X2000. Though only breakfast is offered complimentary in F on the X2000. It'll be interesting to see if Thalys can keep up with the X2's service concept.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Wine in a can? Awful!

Not only was it served in a can, but it was also that type of very, very low quality wines. Pretty strange that the old woman in front of me chose to have wine at 8 in the morning.

Hi there Callum!

Quoting callumm92 (Reply 17):
Thanks very much for your report, it was most enjoyable. I can relate a lot to your travels.

Thank your for reading and I'm glad you enjoyed. Very nice that you've followed my reports, really apperciate that  
Quoting callumm92 (Reply 17):
My flight was an EZY to STN, and what impressed me was how quiet the terminal was even with lots of people around - I think they've done a good job of soundproofing the place.

That's interesting to hear. Sadly I didn't spend much time in the terminal, I was too stressed, but next time I'll take that in mind  
Quoting callumm92 (Reply 17):
I've been on a train ride from Copenhagen to Gothenburg - a little long and boring, but otherwise clean trains (not X2000s though)

GOT-CPH is also served by the X2000, but only 2 connections per day, though they often cancel those trains due to shortage of equipment. I think the Oresundtrains operate this route, i.e the train I took to Malmo. They are pretty ok, but the seats are awful. They'll refurbish these trains soon.

@ Matt: Thank you!  

//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineGroup51 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 9 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 9899 times:

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
All of a sudden, a mongoloid man was standing by my seat looking at me, he then sat down in the aisle seat, moved his face closer to me. Just as I was about to open my mouth, the man started screaming "You're sitting at my seat!"

Is that something all Mongoloids do? There must be some relevance to focusing on his race, but I can't see it.

I enjoyed the rest of the report through.


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 21, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 9261 times:

Quoting Group51 (Reply 20):
Is that something all Mongoloids do? There must be some relevance to focusing on his race, but I can't see it.

I don't know if they all do it, but on the other hand I wouldn't be too happy either. As said in the previoud comment, I didn't mean anything bad about this man's race...

Quoting Group51 (Reply 20):
I enjoyed the rest of the report through.

Thank you for reading.



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 8821 times:

Hello(!),

Just to say many thanks for the report/pics etc. Sounds like a pretty awesome trip (although long). I really like train rides too and this plane/train trip report was awesome in that respect. I also take quite a lot of day trips because like you, I really like seeing somewhere new but still being able to sleep in your own bed at the end of the day. But I went to Kristiansand in Southern Norway a couple of months ago for 10 days and I also flew Norwegian who I thought were pretty good. I flew them from Kristiansand to Oslo for a day trip there and back. The fare was good and for such a short flight I don't think they even had time to offer anything to eat or drink. I also took a train trip from Kristiansand to a city called Stavanger on the West of Norway and that was pretty sweet too, although you're train ride in first class definitely looked better. Have also been to Stockholm Skavsta airport with Ryanair on a day trip (I actually flew all the way to Stockholm to have dinner and fly back!) and I must say their main airport is much nicer. You also had great pics of Copenhagen city and the train station too. It's a city I've yet to visit as I've only been to Aarhus where Ryanair fly but maybe one day with Norwegian again. Anyway was a cool report and was nice to go along for the ride at least in writing with you.

Many thanks,

Pierre


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 23, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8720 times:

Hi Pierre, thanks for your reply. I'm glad you enjoyed reading  
Quoting ps76 (Reply 22):
I really like train rides too and this plane/train trip report was awesome in that respect.

Yeah, those trips are pretty sweet indeed, this is my second one. I have one more coming up in April. This time to Gothenburg with City Airline, and the return will be on the X2000 in 1st, as usual.

Quoting ps76 (Reply 22):
But I went to Kristiansand in Southern Norway a couple of months ago for 10 days and I also flew Norwegian who I thought were pretty good. I flew them from Kristiansand to Oslo for a day trip there and back. The fare was good and for such a short flight I don't think they even had time to offer anything to eat or drink.

Yes I've been to Norway many times too. Though mostly in Bergen, I have some friends living there. It's a nice place for longer stays e.g 10 days or 2 weeks, etc. I've flown between BGO and OSL on both SAS and Norwegian. On DY they didn't offer anything for BOB, mainly because it takes more time than serving free food and drinks. But on SAS they managed to serve a free cup of coffee, and on morning flights they even serve a breakfast tray with breads coffee etc, on a short 50 min flight.

Quoting ps76 (Reply 22):
I also took a train trip from Kristiansand to a city called Stavanger on the West of Norway and that was pretty sweet too, although you're train ride in first class definitely looked better.

If I remember correctly, NSB have a different fare structure than SJ. They sell their tickets at fixed prices, and it's also possible to travel in 1st Class, for an additional cost of NOK 90. It's not as good as 1st on the X2000, with a meal and all, but they still give free coffee and tea. I've only traveled on the night train, from Oslo to Bergen in a standard seat, 2nd class i.e and I must say it was pretty bad. Both in terms of the poor comfort (those seats aren't good for sleeping in. Still they provided free amenity kits), and missing out on the beautiful scenery. Perhaps I should take the train by day next time.

Quoting ps76 (Reply 22):
Have also been to Stockholm Skavsta airport with Ryanair on a day trip (I actually flew all the way to Stockholm to have dinner and fly back!) and I must say their main airport is much nicer.

Skavsta is a hell IMHO. I've only traveled from there once, and my flight was canceled. It was a hige chaos, even before the flights got canceled. I will most likely never fly from that airport again.

Quoting ps76 (Reply 22):
It's a city I've yet to visit as I've only been to Aarhus where Ryanair fly but maybe one day with Norwegian again.

Notwegian do have some nice fares from LGW to CPH I think  

Thank you again for reading!

//Jonas



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User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 614 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 8610 times:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 23):
Notwegian do have some nice fares from LGW to CPH I think

They do. I think mine were £29 each way, roughly about 30 odd euros I think?


User currently offlinesasd209 From British Indian Ocean Territory, joined Oct 2007, 642 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8505 times:

Great report, you have a gift of making it personal and very interesting!!!

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