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
After 3 hours break at Stockholm airport I decide to go to the boarding gate. At this time the flight is on time. But few minutes after the airport staff told us that the plane will be 10 minutes late because SAS made a last minute plane changement. This time it was good because they keep us informed why it was late. As well they told us that the crew had to check if all the safety equipement was onboard. Few minutes after the boarding was called. This time there was no priority boarding. All of us made a queue and wait our turn before to ento the jetbridge.
Here I'm arrived into the plane. It was quiete strange… Silence was in the plane. The APU of the plane was off it was just connected to the ground unit for the electricity. This was only later that the pilot swich it on. As well it was quiete surprising when I saw the porthole… They was a little snow layer. When I enter, I think was of the most surprising thing for me, it was very cold into the plane, which mean that the plane was grounded for quiete a long time at Arlanda.
A little view on my seat which was today the 18F. The plane's registration today was SE-RJU (Boeing 737-700 - 12 years old & start to fly with SAS in october 2013). The pitch at this seat was comfortable but to be honest, I hate these new recaro seats. First they look cheap, and they are really uncomfortable. I already test them in the past on different airlines… And to be honest, I prefer those of Lufthansa. But for today's price, it's stay better than RYANAIR !!!
After few minutes waiting, which added late minutes to arrive to London, we start de-icing the plane. It was nice to see the action from the porthole, but from the de-icing cabin truc it should ten times better !!!. There was a lot of snow on the wings and on the top of the planes… These last days, and today, sweden received a lot of snow. After de-icing we pushed back and were ready to go.
What a good news… We are on the take off runway when the pilot annouced to us that we had to wait few more minutes… Outside it was still snowing a lot. Today was a busy day at Arlanda. Finally after 15 minutes we take off. Quickly we enter into the clounds. What a strange sensation, because few minutes after take off the plane turn right, and we didn't get a point of view. The clounds were low in altitude today. We stay into the clounds for a long time… I would say maybe arround 10 minutes. Then the pilot turn off the seat belt sign. It was a great take off !!!
Now we arrived to our cruise alititue at 40 000 feet. From this altitude we had a nice view. At this time the sun was going down which allow us to see nice colors on the sky. During the flight there was one service of tea and coffee the rest was for purshase. I took a tea, and I had my biscuits for my tea time on the air. It was good. Then during few minutes I made a nap… I was a bit tired.
Then after an hour nap, I walked a bit into the plane. Here is the whole cabin. It was quiete flight. We just had few turbulences but nothing important. The plane was not full today on the way to London. But they were more busy on the way back and this is why they change the Boeing 737-600 against a Boeing 737-700 with winglet. I was a bit sad, because I didn't fly on 600' for a long time now. The last time I flew on was 4 years ago in Norway between Oslo and Bergen. Even 4 years ago between OSL-BGO they planned a Boeing 737-500 and they changed it against a 600'… But I took the 500' on a flight betwen Paris CDG and Gardenmoen OSL.
Time to land now. After few turning we were on final for London Heathrow Airport. I star to know the arriving way now. Because it's busy airport planes have to make some turns before to land. But I really like the arriving at LHR because you can have a really nice view about London when the weather is good… Today's weather is just bad… Low clounds and rain. We left snow to meet rain… What a disappointed !!!
e touch down at London Heathow (LHR). Behind us a lot of other planes were ready to land… It was a rush time. The our plane parked next a TAP Air Portugal A321 (I took one in 2012 from Zurick to Lisbon). The doors were opened with 45 minutes delays… To be honest it's one of my biggest delays with SAS. What a shame !!! Due of the low occupency of the cabin, all passagers leave the plane quickly. And me as usual I was the last one for disembark.
The last view will be on the cockpit. Still nice this 737 cockpit. After this short visit, I went to take my lugage and went to take the tube to go back home. I start to have the habbit to travel between my home and Heathrow… And as well I start to have the habbit to take the plane at Heathrow. Very useful the tube, and quiete cheap !!!
Thank you for reading and I wish you an happy new year 2015 !!!
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