For January, I had the right to have few holidays days. I decide some month ago to visit Lithunia, because one of my colleague was from this country and because I was looking for to start to discover the Baltic Countries. So I started by Lithuania… As well I hear that Lithuania had a new national airline called airLITUANICA. I thought interested to test this new carrier which offer daily flight between main european cities and Lithuania. I went to Lithuania during January, there is a lot of snow, I love that… And it's really cold. Maybe during my trip I will be able to see some snow falling from the sky, it would be nice.
07/01 -> PARIS (CDG) - VILNIUS (VNO) ; airLITUANICA :: E175
To access to the airport I took a taxi from the city center, it cost me only 5€. Then after check-in my bag at the counter and went thought the security aera I went to Gate A12. All passagers are ready for boarding. This gate is a bit separate to the other gates because this is from here where we take the bus to access to the plane. This is a SK flight but it will be operated by the little swedish airline BRAATHENS REGIONAL which operates at this time some ATR and SAAB. Today's weather is good, so I may have the possibility to take some nice pictures during the flight. As well today will be my first time onboard BRAATHENS REGIONAL. Vilnius airport looks good, there is free wi-fi which is useful.
When everyone was on the bus, it went to bring passager next to the plane's stairs. Today's plane will be the SE-LTV (SAAB 2000 - 15 years old & start to fly with Braathens Regional in 2013). This will be for me the first time I'm taking a SAAB 2000. The propolers looks so hudge !!! It's quiete impressive. Some passagers drop their bags on a trolley, I've done the same. As well you can see that today's SAAB is all white. I'm a bit sad because I was looking for to fly with one with the Braathens Regional colors… Doesn't matter, today is my first flight on a SAAB 2000 so let's have a look of inside.
We were welcome by one young stewardess. I went to my seat (15F). My neighbourg was already here because I was the last person boarding into the plane. The inside looks a bit old. I can see that this plane made a certain number of flights… But the pitch was comfortable and the view from the porthole was not too bad. Before taxi, we had the right to have some deicing. Next to us was a B737-400 from Grand Cru Airlines (LY-CGC). Now we taxi to the take off runway.
Ready to take off… Two little bip-sounds were made to flag that we were shorlty taking off. Then pilot released the brakes and the plane speed up and start to fly. We had a nice view from the air… The snow give some nice colors to the nature, environment arround the airport. During the take off it was a bit cloudy, but it was okay. I felt this plane really comfortable. I was felling myself really light into this plane, it was a nice sensation.
Here we are to our cruise alltitude (arround 22000 feets). During most our flight we had a nice view about the landscape. During the flight we had tea and coffee complementary and the rest was for purchase.
Few minutes after drinking my tea I stand up to see how look the cabin from the back. I looks really small. Even if you are a tall person, you may feel quiete uncomfortable… Hopefully that this flight will be one hour and thirty minutes long. Because I saw my neghbourg who was really tall… Even it was diffult for him to be well seated. I understand why he took the aisle.
Now weather completly change… Oh yes, 30 minutes before landing some clounds appears and had quiete low level. What we saw during a long time before the touch down was forest, forest and again forest. As you understand a lot of nature. And we were welcomed to Sweden by the snow…
Welcome at Stockholm Arlanda airport. As you can see there was quiete a lot of snow. As well on the runway. It was my second landing in a snow storm… At this time it was okay, but later the weather was worst, and a lot of flights were delayed. When we landed temperature was -7°C.
I was the last passager to enter into this plane, I was the last to leave it as well. It was snowing a lot. Before getting out of the plane the stewardess told us to be careful outside cause it was slippery. The area where we parked was a lot of snow… I can say that it was funny cause it was like somewhere else… I went to visit the cockpit of this SAAB 2000. It looks great with nice screen. This cockpit didn't looks as old as the plane.
A last look on SE-LTV from the bus which drive us to the main terminal. As you can see snow was everywhere. Just behind was the SAS maintenance area and garage hangars. On our way to the terminal, I saw two extra SAAB 2000 from Braathens Regional. Another white aircraft and the one wearing the SAS colors.
Thank you for reading and I wish you an happy new year 2015 !!!
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