News & Odds from Arlanda 2009
 
March, Vilnius
Nice place with lousy weather but the SAAB 2000 found its way down the fog. Good thing it was an all business trip. Lithuanian Airlines were about to lease one 735 to swedish LCC FlyMe. Our mission was to cover up the Lithuanian colors and titles with white film and apply FlyMe logos. Didn't take us long to find out we couldn't do anything the first day as they painted out the taillogo without masking the fuselage. White colordust covered the complete aircraft and someone had a nice work ahead, cleaning up... We took off downtown and had some great food instead. Then back to the airport again. The weather stayed dull during our complete visit but when finished with the job we found time to discover the nightlife of Vilnius. Good food, good beer - what else to ask for?
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April, London
Daytrip to Stansted with Ryanair. Morning in nice sunshine and a quick walk to runway 23 approach getting one of MaxAirs 767's. Then they chanced runway in use and a 4,5km walk were ahead of us. Before arriving at 05 we made an "emergency" stop to get an Arrow DC-10 arriving. Weather got dull lateron and it was sure no fun to get Air Berlin and Ryanair in quantity on approach with grey clouds covering the sky. After a couple of hours at the perimeter road we got harassed by the police. Surprised all of us but propably he just wanted to be cool infront of his female collegue. They told us we were not wanted here but could not specify who or why. We simply had to leave. We quckly found ourselves another place as good as the other where we stayed remaining time before we left for the terminal and our Ryanair flight back.
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May, London / Lisbon / Madrid


Day 1:
Transiting through Luton on the way to our first stop at this trip, Lisbon. As always a large number of bizzjets and the usual Easyjets. P4-MES were home but didn't move. During the late afternoon weather became extremly wet and we ended up in a terminal bar, preparing for a good nights sleep on a bench.
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Day 2:
Morning flight with Easyjet 737 to Lisbon. Walking from terminal to the TWR area finding out we were not wanted there. We continued to the far side of the airport and it was approx 5,5km to the runway intersection. Great place to stay and quite busy airport. We got the Zaire Gvmt 707 fading away (scrapped some months later). Loads of TAP, Air Acores, Hifly, Portugalia and a Jet4you 737 with a fuel leak made an emergency landing. Star Air 767F was nice to finally get but Angola 747 were not new to me. Higlight has to be the Etihad Crystal Cargo A310F making some engineruns on Fedex callsign. Predelivery maintenance propably. Lack of Tristars and no signs of the company white was a dissapointment. Walking is good for you and when traffic slowed down in the afternoon we walked to our "nearby" hotel, chacked in and strolled around for a while to find some place to eat. Not as easy as we thought.
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Day 3:
Checking out early morning and walking to the airport. With an early afternoon Vueling flight to catch and morning light we decided to stay next to the highway at the approach for runway 03. Nice pictures, loud environment and a chat with the local police and at noon heading back to the terminal. We had to find the CV880 stripclub before leaving for the next stop!
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Arriving in Madrid early afternoon finding out my cousin were not able to pick us up. No problem to find her appartment as it was next to the famous bullfighting arena downtown. We enjoyed a VERY nice traditional spanish dinner and lots of good wine. Her neighboor were away for some days and that appartment became our headquarter. Perfect!
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Day 4:
Early morning wakeup call. My cousin were by the time working with Spanair and had an early checkin. We joined her to the airport cargo area and continued by foot to the far side of the approach for runway 33L. Back in 1998 I walked from the terminal to this area but I didn't remember it being so far... Traffic at this airport is of course mainly Iberia as most of the regional companies are painted up as the big dragon. Morning sun and nice blue sky gave us a good start. When sun became to high we decided to walk to the nearest village and get a taxi to the terminal. Was not easy to find one! I think we spent maybe an hour keeping our eyes open without success.


Afternoon were spent in the intersection of the old and new airport on some hills next to the taxiway. We found out a great deal of traffic (most IB widebodies) used 33R and the new terminal 4 satellite in the middle of the field. That was a bit dissapointing but the ones passing nearby were captured. The ex Swefly 767 flying at present for Bravo Air Congo, Air Comet M80's, 310's and 747's, Air Europa 738's, 767's and A330's, LAN Chile, Lagunair, MyAir, Vueling, Varig and windjet to mention some of the traffic. Also was great to get most of the Air Madrid fleet as they went bankrupt lateron. This included an A330 in LTU colors departing for the paintshop. Also some M87's were flying for Spanair still in SAS colors but with spanish registration. Great mix and lots of aircraft but definately not enough water. Two extremly tired guys heading home that evening.
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Day 5:
It was really nice to have decent living on this trip. Starting to get too old for "sleeping terminals". We said byebye to our hosts and catered up in a nearby shop. Subway to the airport andthere is actually a station nearby the hills we tried yesterday. Spending the complete day in the sun before walking back to the terminal. A Polet An124 made a 33L landing but exited early and headed for the remote area next to the Pullmantur 747's which didn't move at all during our visit. After checking in for our Spanair flight home,  we got another highlight. The Spicejet 737 flying for Transavia! Was a nice final to this trip.
 
 
July, London
Going lowcost isn't necessary the cheapest way to travel. Flying Ryanair (as usual) to and from Stansted on a very low basis is always an attractive way. Our big mistake was choosing bus transfer between the airports this time instead of renting a car. It turned out to be very costly and the comfort were far from the best on those busses. Add to that the time it took to travel and you will never do this again! Next time in London and multiple airports, either rentalcar or fly directly to the airport you are going to visit!

Day 1:
LHR
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Day 2:
LGW


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November, Vilnius
Back in Vilnius for more aircraft exterior jobs, both times on Air Baltic 737's currently on maintenance and repaint into new colors at Lithuanian facilities. First visit in beginning of November we flew Air Baltic F50 and second time in the end of the month we were rebooked on the Air Baltic 737 to Riga due to bad weather in Vilnius. Bus transfer after two hours of waiting in Riga meant an early arrival next morning at the hotel in Vilnius. Was nice to get back to our favourite local restaurants and bars we found in March.
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