Welcome to another segment of my round-the-world trip. i promise that this segment will be more interesting. For once, I took a window seat and that gave me the opportunity to take more pics (spotting, aerials, etc.). So hopefully there is something here for every avgeek. ;) I usually don't take window seats and prefer an aisle one because I value the flexibility to get out and walk through the cabin without being a "pain in the butt". However, I've been known to make exceptions, especially on short flights and on segments that I feel that might be of interest. Of course, if I am flying in a premium cabin that provides all aisle access, i usually go for the window under those circumstances too.
So i arrived hungry into ARN and after my "feast" at McDonalds, I took the shuttle to the Connect hotel for my quick layover. For SEK 599 (EUR 62.50 or USD 65.83) this was quite a nice rate including breakfast. I have stayed here in the past and have found it very satisfactory. The room might be small, but you get a private WC and it is very clean.
They should include English magazines, but I guess most of the clientele are made up by Swedes.
It's 06:00 and the shuttle drops me back at the airport. I check-in at the SK J counter and a friendly agent issues me my boarding pass. It has my TK Gold Elite number and when I scan it on the Fast Track reader it beeps, so an agent takes it and asks me to go around. Apparently it doesn't recognize my *A Gold status and I must get on the regular line. I guess ARN does not participate in the *A Gold Track program. The lines don't look too bad so it is not a big deal.
SK checking counter with ad to MIA.
Once inside the secured area I pass by the huge Duty Free shop area and make a couple of souvenir purchases at the last minute.
Direction - SK lounge. I pass through more shops on my way there.
SK Business lounge.
I was looking forward to this visit because I've read that this lounge has been renovated since the last time that I was here. This time however I was able to proceed to the left side and enter the *A Gold area. First impressions were positive. The lounge felt spacious with lots of private areas and decorated with a stylish and minimalist approach that is so Scandinavian. "J'adore" as the Dior commercial says.
Elevators to the SK lounge.
Wine descriptions for the wine lovers.
Just close your eyes and think of foie gras with chutney. :P
A cup of coffee with lots of milk.
Shot of a TG plane taken from the SK lounge.
Time to head to the gate for my flight to PRG.
Plane at the gate.
Boarding started in an orderly way with passengers in wheelchairs boarding first. Then SK+ and elite members were called. There was a barrier inside the jetbridge right before the door and everyone had to wait for about 5 min. until the wheelchair personnel exited the plane.
A FA greeted passengers as they boarded the plane.
My seat & cabin shots.
My row was right behind SK+.
Coat hook and seat pitch.
Taxiing out with some spotting.
Take off. These few shots are dedicated to RI 777.
Thankfully nobody sat in the middle and I was even more comfortable that some passengers in SK+ who occupied a full row.
Since there was no partition between SK+ and the rest of the cabin, I saw that the service in the front consisted of a hot towel and then a boxed meal. For the rest of the cabin, there was B.O.B. and free tea or coffee. I was intrigued by the sandwich of the day and it was a Brie with tomato pesto that cost EUR 7.
Our efficient and professional FA.
Landing in PRG.
SAS Business Lounge
Stockholm - ARN
Prague - PRG
I really enjoyed my visit at the improved SK Business lounge in ARN. The *A Gold side was spacious and consisted of different sections that allowed some level of privacy. The lounge never felt really crowded and catering was adequate for breakfast. It would have been perfect if they offered hot dishes. There is also some nice airplane spotting.
This was a standard SK intra-European flight with B.O.B. in the back. The sandwich was tasty and portion was fine. Crew was professional and did the job efficiently. I was lucky to score an empty middle seat in my row and actually traveled more comfortably that some passengers in SK+.
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