Review of SAS flight Stockholm Oslo in Premium Eco

Airline SAS
Flight SK 499
Class Premium Eco
Seat 1A
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 00:42
Take-off 12 Aug 19, 17:15
Arrival at 12 Aug 19, 17:57
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TerryYong
By GOLD 476
Published on 8th September 2019
After a short 2 nights in Stockholm, hopped onto the Arlanda Express again back to Arlanda airport. First up was to file some tax refunds from this trip. I learnt that Sweden is part of EU, but Norway is not, so my purchases in UK and Stockholm had to be filed here before departure from EU. Also, I learnt that Arlanda airport (not sure about other airports) is the worse airport I had been to file tax refunds, not because of the long queues (this award should go to London Heathrow), but you would need to go to 3 different places to file tax refunds, depending on 1. Global Blue purchases in Sweden at Global Blue counter at Departure Check-in, 2. Non-Global Blue purchases in Sweden at an agent counter at another area within Departure Check-in (which I skipped cuz the refund amount is not worth the energy to trek there), 3. All other EU purchases at Customs counter at Arrival Hall. Truly tourist unfriendly….

After filing my tax refunds, we checked in at the SAS counters. There was no wait at the SAS Plus counter. SAS Plus is the Premium Economy equivalent for intra-Europe flights, since there are no Business Class offered by SAS for intra-Europe. With SAS Plus within Europe, you would be offered more baggage allowance, seating at front of aircraft, lounge access, fast-track and priority boarding and free snacks onboard. Seats are just the normal economy seating with no empty middle seats.

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Through fast track security

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It would be quite a walk through the shops to the lounge.

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Entrance into the lounge.

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There were 2 separate lounges, SAS Gold / Star Gold and Business Class/SAS Plus. Of course we headed into the Business lounge. Upon entry, there was he buffet and dining area.

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Warm curry soup and breads

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Salads and cold cuts

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Bar area

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FIDS

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More seating in the lounge

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My late lunch. The warm curry soup was the only hot food option in the lounge. Disappointing as I had expected more for a hub lounge. Other than the poor food selection, the décor was nice and modern, and generally a pleasant place to await the flight, though I guess it could get pretty crowded during peak periods as the lounge is not too big.

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Left the lounge and headed to the gate, with some plane-spotting along the way. Mainly SASes and Norwegians on the tarmac.

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Plenty of shopping in Arlanda.

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12 August 2019
SAS Scandinavian Airlines
SK 499
Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) - Oslo (OSL)
A320
OY-KAP
SAS Plus
Flight Time: 0H43M



Crowded at our boarding gate. SAS operates multiple flights between the 2 Scandic cities.

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I was impressed by the efficiency of SAS's ground operations. This single lady handled the entire pre-boarding paperwork, boarding process and operating the airbridge!

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Aircraft operating the flight.

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Boarding commenced with priorities observed.

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As a SAS Plus perk, we got to select seating for free towards the front of the aircraft, and was able to score Row 1. The 'divider' between SAS Plus and economy was just a signage at the headrest of the last SAS Plus row. Seat wise, SAS Plus seats were exactly the same slimline seats as economy seats.

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View out the window.

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Decent legroom at 1A.

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A wide range of literature in the seat pocket.

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SAS's fleet

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There was a slight delay due to problems with the aircraft's APU system. After further checks and being cleared by the technician, engines were started by the ground power unit and we were ready for pushback. Safety demo was conducted manually.

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Lengthy taxi to the departure runway.

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Taxied to Rwy19L and straight for takeoff with no hold. Lovely views during the climb out from Arlanda.



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Stockholm is well surrounded by water.

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Crew immediately started service once seatbelt signs were turned off. The 4 crew members were all friendly and efficient. Could not expect more for such a short flight.

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SAS Plus passengers were entitled to select any food and drinks from the snack menu for free. For economy class, only coffee/tea were offered free. Inflight wifi seemed to be not working on this flight.

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My snacks for the flight, which included potato chips, chocolate ball, a sourdough roll and an apple juice.

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Quick visit to the very basic lavatory.

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Another shot of my seat.

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Soon, we were descending into Oslo. Trash were cleared as we prepped for landing.

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Landing in Oslo Rwy19R.



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Parked at the gate beside a LH A320neo.

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Disembarked.

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The gate area of Oslo Gardemoen was bright and airy with modern Scandic design.

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Planespotting along the way to baggage claim.

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Waiting for baggage. Noticed that baggage delivery in both Stockholm and Oslo seemed not too efficient as there was still quite a wait even though we had took some time walking to the belt.

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From the airport, we took the local train to Oslo Sentral (the local train was half the price but only 2 minutes slower than the Flytoget Airport Express train). Stayed at Radisson Blu which was just opposite the train station. Huge and comfortable room with nice view.

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Verdict

SAS

7.5/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Meal/catering8.0

SAS Business Lounge

7.3/10
Comfort8.0
Meal/catering6.0
Entertainment/wifi8.0
Services7.0

Stockholm - ARN

7.9/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness8.0

Oslo - OSL

7.8/10
Efficiency7.0
Access8.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness8.5

Conclusion

It was a short and pleasant hop on SAS, with reasonably comfortable seating, nice snacks and efficient service on this very short sector.

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