Review of SAS flight Copenhagen Paris in Economy

Airline SAS
Flight SK1563
Class Economy
Seat 18A
Aircraft Airbus A319
Flight time 02:00
Take-off 20 Nov 15, 19:40
Arrival at 20 Nov 15, 21:40
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marathon
By GOLD 573
Published on 2nd July 2016
This FR begins after deplaning coming from OSL:

CDG-OSL : SK834 14:05 – 16:20 here
OSL – CPH : SK361 18:00 – 19:10 cancelled, replaced by SK1465 17:15 - 18:25 there
CPH – CDG SK1563 19:40 – 21:40 you are here

And since SAS forced me to take the previous flight, I have all my time in CPH. Some plane spotting :
Icelandair 757
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A venerable Danish Air Transport ATR72, which began her career on 03 July, 1989.
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An SAS CRJ 900
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Another unknown model, parked on my side of the window operating me from the CRJ
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CPH is less plan spotter friendly than OSL because the lighting of the tarmac is less powerful and less white, but it is decent for that purpose.
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FIDS
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The flight to Paris was displayed
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But it was much too early for boarding : there was nearly nobody at the gate..
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The Scandinavian countries are not part of the Euro zone (unlike Finland which is Nordic, but not Scandinavian).
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Kastrup is a city whose shopping mall has its own airport, also used by the inhabitants of Copenhagen.
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A statue made out of Denmark’s most famous exports
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Lego (or rather Duplo) building blocks, of course!
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A shop that some Flight Reporters fantasize about, in the background (insider joke)
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On the other hand, salmon is not local and the prices there meant that completing my shopping was not an option. An information poster on what is forbidden in the airport on the way to my gate.
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… but also on the rights of the passengers in case of delay or cancellation of their flight.
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James Bond never used this vehicle, to the best of my knowledge
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The boarding room had filled meanwhile. Rather than being squeezed in the crowd, I settled at the empty gate on the other side of the corridor, but it had not been cleaned.
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Another demerit to CPH : there were nearly no power port for passengers. There was only one in that room, far from any seat and already used by a passenger. You should always travel with a multi-socket adapter, but the autonomy of my laptop allowed me to prove that there was free wifi coverage and to continue working in the plane.
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Boarding started. Was it the suspension of the Schengen free travel rules, or a standard procedure in CPH ? the staff checked the IDs of the passengers.
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Another notice on the rights and obligations of the passengers, at the counter
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A glimpse of the aircraft
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No welcoming smile when boarding… for the simple reason that the FA which should have been there had gone down the aisle to manage a minor problem (of hand luggage ?) in the first rows. She was coming back, and was smiling when I took this picture.
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The flight was not full: there would be nobody at the middle seat. The seats were just as uncomfortable as in the 738s.
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The seats in this Airbus have a magazine pocket in the lower part of the seat’s back
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… this reduces the available space : 26 cm, vs. 30 cm in the 738 of the preceding flight.
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Another handicap was that there was a seat support slightly shifter to the outside, which reduced the space for the window seat passenger. The result was that my laptop case did not fit like it did in the 738, and left no space for the feet. I could place it on the side since I had no neighbor, but had there been more passengers, it would have been a nuisance.
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The in-flight magazine could be leafed through pleasantly, but meets the rules of this kind of media.
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Mentioning the inclusion of its wines in the Unesco World Intangible Cultural Heritage List is very classy, but on the other hand, there was not a single word on the fact that the beaches of Lampedusa do not attract vacationers only.
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Safety demonstration on the IFE screens.
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Despite their industry name, there won’t be any entertainment : they all folded back after the end of the safety demonstration.
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Well, nearly all of them !
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Some aircraft seen after pushback. The pictures are not very sharp, due to the lack of light :
Austrian Fokker-100
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Austrian A320
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Finnair A320
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Imminent take-off from Runway 04R
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… there it was :
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My camera was not sensitive enough to obtain a decent picture of CPH
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The cloud ceiling was reached soon
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The safety card
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This was the entire dinner offered by SAS, on the table tray next to me.
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Descent towards CDG flying west (not usual, because the prevailing winds are westerlies). This gave me a view of the rotating projector of the Eiffel Tower (there are actually four synchronized projectors which are lit on and off successively, on each side of the last floor of the tower).
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Aéroports de Paris (the CDG operator) had changed the lighting of Terminal 1, further to the terrorist attacks in Paris a week before
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It was simple and efficient : some regularly spaced lights had been switched off, and blue and red filters had been added (because of that, the white light was more powerful in comparison)
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The French flag is a three color flag like many others in the world, which fails to give it an immediately recognizable identity like for instance those of the US, the UK or Japan. But this very ordinary design becomes an advantage there, and I liked this display.
[Note for this English version of this report: like the flashing lights on the Eiffel Tower which were supposed to be for Year 2000 only and remain to this day, it appears that they decided to keep this tricolor lighting of Terminal 1]
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You of course can’t see this display once you have left the satellite, and there are few easily accessible locations landside to see it. Sitting in front of the people mover coming from Terminal 2 and the train station is an option, but it is moving of course.
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This sculpture of abandoned pieces of luggage shows the direction of the luggage delivery room and of the exit where there was ID check.
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And arrival in the parking lot which had emptied a lot, no surprise on a Friday night. One level was partly off-limits (for repairs?) when I had arrived there, but the number of empty parking spaces did not take into account this reduction of capacity and indicated hundreds of empty parking space whereas it was actually full: I was probably not the only passenger who wasted some time because of that.
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Verdict

SAS

5.5/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi3.5
Meal/catering3.5

Copenhagen - CPH

8.3/10
Efficiency10.0
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness7.0

Paris - CDG

8.6/10
Efficiency9.5
Access7.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

SAS is not what dreams are made of on short haul flights : it is a barebones hard and soft product. Only the flights schedules justified this choice, and I did not even have the one I wanted on the way back. The comfort was not better in an A319 than in a 738 with SAS, and there was no entertainment, apart from the in-flight magazine.

Several boarding rooms had not been cleaned in CPH after the flights had departed. There are way too few power ports.

Parking space information was wrong in CDG ; this was the only noteworthy problem.

Information on the route Copenhagen (CPH) Paris (CDG)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 27 reviews of 3 airlines on the route Copenhagen (CPH) → Paris (CDG).


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8 Comments

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  • Comment 355962 by
    Pilpintu SILVER 809 Comments

    Hello, Marathon!

    A shopping center that has its own airport!?!?!? :O
    OMG! Then people are wrong when they say that once you've seen one shopping center you've seen the mall !! XD

    I guess you're right when you say that the French flag is not easily recognizable. When I first saw your cover picture I said "Hmm... Lines", and not "Oh, the French flag!". But we can't blame it on its designers. Many countries designed their flags based on it, because of the ideals of the French revolution, I suppose. My country's flag, for instance. They only added a star for ornament, and then made up some cheap excuses for the copied colors: white for the snow of the Andes, red for the blood of some soldiers, and blue for the "immaculate" Chilean sky. They were not thinking of Santiago, obviously. And the star? God knows why it's there.

    A fantastic flight report as usual! Reading you is always a pleasure.

    Best :)

    • Comment 355966 by
      marathon GOLD AUTHOR 9849 Comments

      Well, once you've seen one shopping center you've seen the mall, but you haven't seen them all ! XD

      The symbols in a national flag are often mysterious to foreigners (and sometimes to the nationals themselves). That a number of flags are similar to that of another country does not help. At least, they change much less often than airlines liveries :)

      Thanks for your comment !

  • Comment 356181 by
    loukas 343 Comments


    "Kastrup is a city whose shopping mall has its own airport, also used by the inhabitants of Copenhagen" - the best decription of CPH I have ever read! :)

  • Comment 356465 by
    jetsetpanda 2294 Comments

    Salut Marathon and thank you for sharing this interesting shopping mall FR.

    "The flight was not full: there would be nobody at the middle seat. "
    - So you had a J cabin in the end. :P

    "This was the entire dinner offered by SAS, on the table tray next to me. "
    - What a healthy way to fly.

  • Comment 356809 by
    NGO85 1642 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this conclusion, look on the bright side: your cancelled flight meant you got to write 3 reports instead of 2 ;) You should be more optimistic^^

    "CPH is less plan spotter friendly than OSL because the lighting of the tarmac is less powerful and less white"
    - I couldn't agree more and the heavy fog that often covers CPH further reduces visibility.

    I never knew SK had A319s, how rare are these? I thought they were a primarily B737 fleet (opposite the rest of Europe).

    "This was the entire dinner offered by SAS, on the table tray next to me."
    - You should be happy they don't charge you for the napkin :P

    • Comment 358078 by
      marathon GOLD AUTHOR 9849 Comments

      Thanks for sharing this conclusion, look on the bright side: your cancelled flight meant you got to write 3 reports instead of 2 ;) You should be more optimistic^^
      - Never disregard any chance of staying among the Top 10 contributors ;)

      "CPH is less plan spotter friendly than OSL because the lighting of the tarmac is less powerful and less white
      I couldn't agree more and the heavy fog that often covers CPH further reduces visibility. "
      - In these energy saving times, I cannot advocate flood lighting tarmacs. I take them the way they are.

      I never knew SK had A319s, how rare are these? I thought they were a primarily B737 fleet (opposite the rest of Europe).
      - Airfleet tells me they have 25 A319/320/321, vs. 82 737-600/700/800

      "This was the entire dinner offered by SAS, on the table tray next to me."
      You should be happy they don't charge you for the napkin :P
      - You could be banned from this website for suggesting this extra charge to low cost airlines : )

      Thanks for your comment !

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