Review of Nordica flight Warsaw Vilnius in Economy

Airline Nordica
Flight LO 771
Class Economy
Seat --
Flight time 01:10
Take-off 20 Oct 17, 10:50
Arrival at 20 Oct 17, 13:00
EE 3 reviews
loukas
By 455
Published on 1st December 2017
Hi everyone,

Welcome to this FR covering the flight from Warsaw to Vilnius onboard Nordica/LOT hybrid.

BACKGROUND

To be honest I didn't plan this trip to take place this year as I've already been to Vilnius just a year ago. Somewhere in July my parents started talking they would like to go somewhere in October for their 37th wedding anniversary and as they usually take package tours and don't travel on their own, we decided with my partner to take them somewhere near that they haven't been to. Vilnius was a natural option because we both fell in love with the city last year and wanted to come back. My parents were also thrilled, so there is nothing better than to make everyone happy at once. There was of course one more thing: the fact that most of the LOT flights to Vilnius are now operated by the Estonian airline Nordica that partially belongs to LOT and flies daily from WAW to Tallinn, Vilnius, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Gothenburg. As I haven't flown Nordica yet and the view of its CRJs in very nice livery flying constantly over my head (I live next to the airport) kept reminding me about it, the trip to Vilnius was a double joy to me.

AT THE AIRPORT

Our flight was scheduled to depart at 10:50 a.m. and despite travelling with hand luggage only and being already checked-in online, we arrived to the airport around 09:00 a.m. expecting long queues to security. There was some time for some spotting too in a very nice and sunny autumn weather.

Austrian E95 to VIE

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Blue Air 737-800 operating flight for LOT and a helicopter in the background

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LH A321 arriving from FRA

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LOT E75 and SU Sukhoi Superjet departing to Moscow

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Finnair E90 to Helsinki

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The water drinking point

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And our gate

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THE FLIGHT

Boarding was quick, I would say even too quick as the gate staff was approaching the nearby seating passengers and saying them to go immidiately to the gate. It didn't change the fact that we needed to wait a little in the bus before we headed to the plane.

There are at least 3 different liveries of Nordica/LOT CRJs and as there were at least 3 different aicrafts waiting for baording we had no idea which one we will fly. The funniest thing was the bus stopped first near to one of the CRJs but then decided to go to another one and that made everyone onboard laugh.

Finally here we are, our CRJ900 has the white livery (the one that in my opinion looks worse than the blue one).

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Estonian and Polish flags together. We don't have much in common with Estonians but our airlines do :)

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A possibility to leave the hand luggage. I love it as it makes boarding much easier.

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BA A320 passing by

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We are greeted at the door by a female Nordica flight attendant. The crew is 100% Estonian.

Passing by the businnes class front section

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and getting to the economy with very nice headrest covers with airline logo

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This seat pocket seems full of various staff… I'm so excited. And the legroom is very good.

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The cabin looks nice, not very new but definitely well maintained

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View from my window. There is LOT symbol on the inside of the winglet.

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Some spotting during taxi. We pass a blue sister of our CRJ and a Privilege Style 757



Taking the runway 15

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And here we go. Take off is really powerfull as always on the CRJs



Time for the seat pocket. Let's see what we have here… There are both LOT and Nordica onboard magazines and BOB catalogues

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Nordica offers quite a wide range of regional products, something that should ashame LOT that some time ago started to serve Heineken instead of very known Polish beer Zywiec.



Rather poor LOT BOB to compare

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Nordica fleet and route map

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The safety card with Regional Jet name (a company Nordica's jets belong to)

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Complimentary service is a standard LOT one with a chocolate bar, water, tea or coffee. Both Estonian FAs are very nice and professional. Tea is awful, it tastes terrible but what did I expected on a 40 minutes flight? I think tea bags were removed from the pot after a minute or so. Good it had some colour, otherwise I would think I drink unfresh hot water.

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Time flies fast and after flying for 20 minutes or so over a thick cloud layer we begin to decent

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Flying over Galve lake with Trakai castle that is hardly visible on a small island on the top of the peninsula

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Passing Neris river

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and northern suburbs

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Looks like we are going to overfly the old town, I haven't landed in Vilnius yet from this direction.

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Here it is :)



On short finals (the airport is really close to the city center)

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Hello again Vilnius!

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Our aircraft after deboarding is completed

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Going through a very small and cosy terminal

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The arrivals hall that looks like a railway station!

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Thanks for reading. I will post some bonus pictures from my stay in Vilnius in the report covering the flight back.
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Verdict

Nordica

7.4/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment5.0
Meal/catering6.5

Warsaw - WAW

9.0/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.0

Vilnius - VNO

7.5/10
Efficiency8.0
Access9.0
Services6.5
Cleanliness6.5

Conclusion

The Nordica/LOT hybrid seems a very nice and happy marriage. The CRJ aircraft are nice, well maintained and much faster that the Q400 normally used by LOT on this route. The Estonian cabin crew was nice and professional, there were also some announcement made by the captain. The only thing I didn't like was my tea, but maybe I should learn having water instead?

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10 Comments

  • Comment 421112 by
    KL651 3540 Comments

    Thanks for this FR.
    The number of different liveries of Nordica is surprising given the small size of their fleet.
    I guess LO is just trying to save money with the white one. A shame as the one with blue shades found on the CRJ900 is beautiful.
    I wonder what price is aksed for a same BoB item available both on LO and Nordica's menu...

    • Comment 421120 by
      loukas AUTHOR 151 Comments

      I think the liveries case is a LOT disease as there are so many in LO fleet now, the post Eurolot being the worst one. The blue Nordica livery is fantastic and I think all the aircraft should be painted this way. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Comment 421174 by
    Benoit75008 3106 Comments

    Thanks Lukasz for this report,

    " I would say even too quick as the gate staff was approaching the nearby seating passengers and saying them to go immidiately to the gate" => Maybe to avoid any delay as LOT is not well known to be on time!

    I share your opinion concerning beer, as LOT could offer some polish one like Tyskie or Zywiec.

    Dziekuje i do zobaczenia!

    • Comment 421227 by
      loukas AUTHOR 151 Comments

      Hi Benoit, Yes, the beer is a shame. Estonians serve two different types of Estonian beer and we only Heineken... You may be right about delays, that what happens when you don’t have any spare aircraft in case something happens. Have a nice weekend!

  • Comment 421179 by
    wop 63 Comments

    Thanks for this report on this hybrid route!

    "We don't have much in common with Estonians but our airlines do :)" => Tartu is Estonian second largest city, check its flag: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tartu ;)

  • Comment 421214 by
    KévinDC TEAM 3970 Comments

    Hi Loukas, thanks for sharing this interesting FR on the hybrid Nordica/LOT service. It seems you're right that the partnership is a good pairing as the service seems good overall. I didn't know they had painted the Nordica aircraft in LOT livery, interesting. One thing I am curious about, did they make any announcements in Polish? Could the FA's speak Polish, or was it just Estonian and English? Thanks for sharing this nice FR as always!

    • Comment 421225 by
      loukas AUTHOR 151 Comments

      Hi Kevin, thanks for your comment. The only language spoken by the crew was English. I think they may make some announcements in Estonian on flights to and from Tallinn. It is definitely cheaper for LOT not to involve their FAs in Nordica flights.

  • Comment 421426 by
    Rl 777 759 Comments

    Thank you for sharing another great and enjoyable FR with us!

    Excellent spotting pictures at WAW, especially the shot where an 0B 738 and a Mil heli are included.

    “I love it as it makes boarding much easier.“
    - I agree! A possibility to reduce certain levels of stress when trying to settle down onboard, which I believe most people would see as a positive thing (of course exceptions apply).

    Nice aerials!

    “There are both LOT and Nordica onboard magazines“
    - Cool.

    There were both Nordica and LOT menus onboard? Sorry, I am a bit slow at understanding from time to time ;).

    Great aerial shots of Vilnius and surroundings.

    “Our aircraft after deboarding is completed“
    - Nice shot!

    Glad to see you had better luck with the weather.

    Have a good one, see you!

    • Comment 421486 by
      loukas AUTHOR 151 Comments

      Thanks for your comment. Regarding seat pocket content: everything was double, both the onboard magazine and the BOB catalogue but nothing except for the complimentary snack and drink was offered. Have a nice day!

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