Review of Air Baltic flight Tallinn Riga in Economy

Airline Air Baltic
Flight BT 314
Class Economy
Seat 14A
Aircraft Boeing 737-300
Flight time 00:50
Take-off 17 Jan 16, 15:15
Arrival at 17 Jan 16, 16:05
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loukas
By SILVER 1606
Published on 24th January 2016
Hi again,

This report is a continuation of my trip to Riga and Tallinn with airBaltic.

You can find the previous legs descriptions here:

WAW-RIX: http://flight-report.com/en/report-12924.html
RIX-TLL: http://flight-report.com/en/report-12949.html

On the end of this report I will post some bonus pictures and information regarding Tallinn.

Our schedule for this day was flight from TLL to RIX at 15:15 and then from RIX to WAW at 18:40. Tallinn's airport is located very close to the city centre, there is a bus but as the taxi costs approximately 5 - 8 euro it is much better choice than waiting for a bus in the winter cold. The trip from the Old Town took not more than 10 minutes.

The terminal outside and inside

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We've checked in on-line as otherwise it cost 10 euro but with no boaring passes printed we headed to airBaltic check-in where the cards were printed by a very friendly lady. After a short walk thing I detest the most while flying - security control. Luckily in TLL it was a pleasure, the staff was very polite and helpful, they should send here WAW security staff for training! You can rate the security check and we were sure they deserved the highest mark.

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The airport is small and cosy, I could spend hours there as there is no rush, there are no crowds and it seems designed for the passengers to make them feel relaxed.

General view (not the best photo but the only one I have :( )

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Fameous people who visited the airport, among them Poland's former president Lech Walesa

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Every gate is designed in different way, I love it!

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Let's look outside

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BMI Regional ERJ 145 operating flight to Oslo for Adria that took almost all the flights of Estonian Air

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Finnair's ATR to Helsinki

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It looks like LOT has a dedicated gate with a poster promoting flights via WAW

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Our flight to Riga is co-shared with Air Berlin

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We reach our gate, I look outside and see a 737-300 parked at the gate while we were supposed to fly Q400 again. What a nice surprise! I've never been so happy to fly a classic 737 but this time it is a possibility to try more of BT fleet than just Q400.

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Boarding starts a little bit late and it looks like we are going to take back to Riga the crew of a Q400 that has just arrived.

Finally we are on board. My seat is 14A. There is no row 13 and the rows 11 and 12 are the ones with emergency window exit. There are only 2 seats in row 11.

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The aircraft is not the youngest I'm afraid yet it is well maintained, with new seats and it's very clean. The legroom could be better!

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Q400 that has just arrived from Riga.

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View of the terminal as we taxi for take off

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Frozen remains of Estonian Air fleet. So sad! :(

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Ready for take off!

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And here we go



It's a nice and smooth flight

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The LF is high, most places in economy are occupied and there is someone in businness class too. Many passengers continue their trip from Riga. Even though the flight lasts only 30 minutes there is a standard service.

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Descending to Riga

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Landing



Welcome back to Riga

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Our aircraft

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We arrived slightly later than scheduled but nevermind, our flight to WAW is in 2,5 hours so we have plenty of time.

Now, as promised, some bonus pics from Tallinn

The Old Town Market Square

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View from the upper town

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View from the city walls

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A trip to Pirita, Tallinn's beach district with ruins of a medieval monastery

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The Baltic sea almost frozen

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No, it's not sunset, not yet, it's 12:00 o'clock :) Never seen the sun so low midday!

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The Old Town at night




And now a small food guide ;) There are plenty of places to eat in Tallinn but the one and only is Olde Hansa restaurant, not too cheap but no doubt a must if you want to try a medieval cuisine in unforgettable atmosphere.

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Beer with herbs or honey beer - both simply delicious

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Duck in saffron sauce

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For a desert a place not to miss is Maiasmokk cafe, the oldest in town (1864)

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Draakon is a place in the medieval town hall where you can taste the elk soup and some hot wine. It has almost the same atmosphere as Olde Hansa but the prices are lower (the choice is much smaller) and the staff isn't too polite. Anyway the elk soup is something you don't eat everyday.

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And last but not least I recommend Kompressor with tasty huge pancakes for about 4-5 euro.

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Hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading.

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Verdict

Air Baltic

7.0/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Buy-on-board menu5.0

Tallinn - TLL

9.8/10
Efficiency10.0
Access9.5
Services9.5
Cleanliness10.0

Riga - RIX

8.1/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.0
Services5.5
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

Another nice flight with BT, perhaps the best one. The 737 was in very good condition despite its age. Tallinn airport is fantastic, small, cosy, a place to rest before your flight.

Information on the route Tallinn (TLL) Riga (RIX)

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6 Comments

  • Comment 155779 by
    marathon GOLD 9557 Comments

    Yes indeed, I enjoyed it ! (both the flight report itself and the bonus)
    Neat pictures and a relevant narrative. Thanks for sharing !

  • Comment 155784 by
    757Fan 587 Comments

    Nice report, and great to see a report about an airline I've not at all familiar with. Awesome photos of Riga as well too! Looks like a very nice place to visit.

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Comment 155830 by
    loukas SILVER AUTHOR 341 Comments

    Thanks!

  • Comment 156070 by
    NGO85 1622 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this FR!

    We've checked in on-line as otherwise it cost 10 euro
    - What costs 10 euros?

    Fameous people who visited the airport
    - Not the most flattering picture of Bush, lol. The airport looks like all the Scandic airports with nice hardwood floors. They always look very warm and inviting.

    The B737 looks well-maintained (even retrofitted with winglets) and doesn't look old from the cabin shots. Seat pitch is tight, but that is expected on a LCC.

    Beautiful bonus once again, even in the cold winter, it looks like a great place to visit.

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