Review of Nordica flight Vilnius Warsaw in Economy

Airline Nordica
Flight LO 780
Class Economy
Seat 15A
Flight time 01:05
Take-off 22 Oct 17, 15:30
Arrival at 22 Oct 17, 15:35
EE 8 reviews
loukas
By SILVER 465
Published on 20th December 2017
Hi and welcome to this report on the flight back from Vilnius to Warsaw, again onboard LOT/Nordica hybrid.

You can find the first leg description here: https://flight-report.com/en/report/28716/Nordica-LO-771-Warsaw-WAW-Vilnius-VNO

Let me start with a little bonus from this two day long stay in Lithuanian capital. As I mentioned in the first part, this trip was an anniversary gift for my parents, so it consisted mostly of showing them the most interesting in my opinion places in the city that I had already discovered the previous year.

VILNIUS SIGHTSEEING



On the day of our arrival the weather was very good as for the end of October, so we even managed to catch some blue sky over Vilnius cathedral

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Later that day the sky became cloudy, and it was really cold when we reached the hill of three crosses that gives a panoramic view of the city

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and then the Gedimino hill and tower with view on the so called Vilnius Manhattan and some baloons that (as we learned later) are very popular here

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There was also some Vilnius by night (the gothic churches os St Anne and Bernardine are visible here)

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and an obligatory guide to Lithuanian cuisine…

with zeppelins

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herring and beetroot salad

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traditional dark bread

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and boiled pork ear that is a local specialty and my father wanted very much to try (I found it disgusting)

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we ended it with a choice of triditional liqueurs

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The next day the weather was much worse, cold and rainy, so it was necessary to visit the university, the castle museum and cathedral with its catacombs



The last thing to see was the old Rasu cemetery where a lot of fameous Poles and Lithuanians are buried (my mom loves old cemeteries, so it was something for her). I must admit it looked very picturesque in the middle of autumn, in a very cold and foggy weather.

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And for the end, a cake that looks strange but is very popular in Lithuania and Poland, called "sakotis" in Lithuanian and "sękacz" in Polish, made of some incerdible amounts of eggs, traditionally baked (roasted?) on the spit, delicious!

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THE FLIGHT



It is very easy and cheap to reach Vilnius airport: buses run frequently, it takes not more than 15 minutes and the price is 1 euro. The airport is very small, so you don't need much time before departure.

Here is the main departures hall

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and current departures dispalyed

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The safety control is very fast and nice, the staff is professional and polite. There isn't much to do on the airside part of the terminal. A few shops, 2-3 cafes and not to many opportunities for spotting as the windows are not spotting friendly at all.

LH A321 to FRA

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WIZZ A321 to Oslo

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and my equipment to WAW (the same aircraft as on the opposite direction) that has just arrived from Tallinn

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Boarding starts on time, we need to go down the stairs to reach the bus

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A good thing is that even if the flight isn't full, we can leave the hand luggage before boarding the plane and take it back while leaving in WAW (I hope the luggage guy won't stuck there)

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We are greeted by a friendly CC and proceed to the already known cabin with blue headrest covers.

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To my big surprise, already during on-line check-in, we are all given emergency exit seats but my parents decide to move to another free row. We stay and enjoy unlimited legroom.



It seems noone wants to seat in the exit rows so the CC needs some time to encourage passengers to move there. We continue to enjoy the legroom.

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The tray table in this rows doesn't open, it is specially blocked and the one to be used is hidden in the armrest.

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Before we depart, we are given some written and oral instructions on how to operate the exit if needed. The written instruction is in English and Estonian.

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View from my window

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Another Wizz aircraft in the distance

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The cabin as we taxi to the runway

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Another (this time a blue one) Nordica CRJ-900 arriving from Warsaw

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and now the runway is ours

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But not for long, as we rotate quickly and disappear in the clouds



to find some sun above them

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Traditional LOT service begins not long after we reach the cruising altitude. Tea is the same awful. Again there is no BOB service, even if there are both Nordica and LOT menus in the seat pocket.

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The flight is rather calm and descending to Warsaw seems endless as the clouds end shortly before touchdown



We stop next to a blue sister

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Cabin and aircraft view during disembarking



Thanks for reading!
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Verdict

Nordica

7.8/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew8.5
Entertainment7.0
Meal/catering7.5

Vilnius - VNO

7.1/10
Efficiency7.0
Access9.0
Services5.5
Cleanliness7.0

Warsaw - WAW

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

Conclusion

Nordica offers a very decent product combined with LOT service. The CRJ-900 is comfortable and provides a fast connection between the Baltics and Warsaw. VNO is a small, calm and cosy airport that will need some improvement shortly as it is no longer up to date.

Informations on the route Vilnius (VNO) Warsaw (WAW)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 3 reviews of 2 airlines on the route Vilnius (VNO) → Warsaw (WAW).


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The airline with the best average grade is with /10.

The average flight time is 1.0 hours and 6.0 minutes.

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5 Comments

  • Comment 424027 by
    Benoit75008 GOLD 5786 Comments

    Thank you so much Lukasz!

    VNO seem to be nice but old town is not so big, and maybe less interesting than in Riga for example?

    Legroom is perfect where you were seated, and Nordica is offering a service quite similar as LO.

    I wish you a great Christmas with relatives in this rainy Warszawa!

  • Comment 424067 by
    Rl 777 812 Comments

    Thank you for sharing this FR with us!

    Absolutely breathtaking bonus pictures :).

    “a cake that looks strange“
    - Hunger levels are increasing at unstable levels right now.

    “I hope the luggage guy won't stuck there“
    - Oh yes! Hope not.

    “unlimited legroom.“
    - Satisfying!

    “Tea is the same awful.“
    - Perhaps not as satisfying but thankfully it's a short flight, then some could argue it's better than no offering.

    Nice shots of the ride when embarking at VNO but also when disembarking at WAW.

    Have a good one, see you!

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