Stockholm-Oslo on SAS in SAS plus: very basic

Even in SAS plus, the airline’s intra-Scandinavian flights are nothing to get excited about, even if what is done is very well done.

Second leg of my journey to Oslo, from where I’ll then fly to Vietnam, which will be the most substantial part of this series of articles.

While SAS Plus (premium economy) flights between Scandinavia and the rest of Europe can be described as relatively decent, intra-Scandinavian flights, which are treated as domestic flights, offer a much more down-to-earth level of service.

For the record, here’s a reminder of the air routing for this trip.

You’ll find at the bottom of the page a summary of the articles about this vacation in Vietnam.

Ground experience

I’ll be spending most of my correspondence in the SAS Gold lounge: great for relaxing, a little less so for dining.

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I then head for my boarding gate. Oddly enough, one of the airport snack bars gives a foretaste of my final destination.

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Good news when I arrive at the gate: the aircraft is already there, so there’s a good chance we’ll leave on time.

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On the other hand, passengers don’t hurry…

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Boarding

Indeed, we’ll be boarding on time and with strict respect for boarding priorities. So I’ll be among the first to enter the cabin.

The cabin

Nothing but the classic: this is the usual SAS cabin on its medium-haul Airbus aircraft.

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The grey fabric seats are quite nice, but they’re really very thin. In SAS plus the middle seat is not neutralized.

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As for my morning flight from Paris to Stockholm, I’m in row 1, but it seems to me that the legroom is even greater, even though it’s the same type of aircraft.

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The flight and the service

I really like this SAS application, which gives real-time boarding progress.

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Boarding will be fast and we’ll leave on time.

Greenery, lakes, we’re definitely in Sweden.

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And here we are, above the clouds.

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The service can begin. If on medium-haul flights between Scandinavia and Europe we have a basic but not bad lunchbox in SAS Plus, on “domestic” flights it’s much more frugal.

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Don’t worry, we won’t be eating rats…

It’s ratatouille in a kind of bread crust.

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Let’s just say it has the merit of existing. It has a little taste and isn’t as dry as it looks.

Economy passengers (SAS Go) will have had one drink (water, tea, coffee) and will have to use the buy on board menu if they want more.

It’s already time to get ready for the descent of this barely 40-minute flight.

The service

Not much to say given the length of the flight. Friendly and professional.

Arrival and disembarkation

For the first time, I’m discovering the Norwegian landscape, a country I’d never set foot in before. It could be Sweden or Denmark, it would be the same…

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Oh, Ethiopian Airlines serves Oslo…

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After a short taxi we park next to a Norwegian, the other local airline power.

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On my way to the baggage carousel, I pass through the largest duty-free area dedicated exclusively to alcohol that I’ve ever seen.

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The reason is simple: the price of alcohol is truly prohibitive in Norway, and people take advantage of the airport to stock up on duty-free when they return from countries other than Norway. Why is this? Norway is not part of the EU, and while there is an agreement on the free movement of people, this is not the case for goods, so you benefit from duty free even when arriving from an EU country.

The wait for luggage will be long, very long, almost Roissy-like.

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Eventually I collect my suitcase and come face to face with a sign pointing me in the direction of the Radisson Blu opposite the terminal, where I’ll be staying for the night.

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Bottom line

An uneventful but fairly basic flight.

The articles about this vacation in Vietnam

#TypePost
1Travel diaryPreparing for vacations in Vietnam
2FlightParis-Stockholm – SAS – SAS Plus (A320Neo)
3LoungeSAS Gold lounge – Stockholm
4FlightStockholm-Oslo – SAS – SAS Plus (A320Neo)
5HotelRadisson Blu Airport Hotel – Oslo Gardermoen
6LoungeSAS Gold lounge international zone – Oslo
7FlightOslo-Istanbul – Turkish Airlines – Business Class (A321Neo)
8LoungeTurkish Airlines Miles&Smile Lounge international zone – Istanbul
9FlightIstanbul-Saigon – Turkish Airlines – Business Class (A350)
10HotelRenaissance Riverside Hotel – Saigon
11RestaurantAnan – Saigon
12RestaurantHoa Tuc – Saigon
13Travel diarySaigon city tour
14LoungeVietnam Airlines Lotus lounge (domestic) – Saigon
15LoungeLe Saigonnais lounge (domestic) – Saigon
16FlightSaigon-Hanoi- Vietnam Airlines – Business Class (A350)
17HotelJW Marriott Hotel – Hanoi
18RestaurantGia – Hanoi
19RestaurantTung Dining – Hanoi
20Travel diaryCity tour of Hanoi
21LoungeVietnam Airlines Lotus Lounge (domestic) – Hanoi
22LoungeSong Hong Lounge (domestic) – Hanoi
23FlightHanoi-Phu Quoc – Vietnam Airlines – Business Class (A320Neo)
24HotelSheraton Long Beach Resort – Phu Quoc
25Hotel JW Marriott Emerald Bay – Phu Quoc
26LoungeHoa Sim Business lounge – Phu Quoc
27FlightPhu Quoc-Saigon – Vietnam Airlines – Business Class (A320)
28LoungeLe Saigonnais lounge (international zone) – Saigon
28FlightSaigon-Istanbul – Turkish Airlines – Business Class (A350)
30LoungeIGA Lounge (zone internationale) – Istanbul
31LoungeTurkish Airlines business lounge – Istanbul
31FlightIstanbul-Oslo – Turkish Airlines – Business Class (A321Neo)
32HotelRadisson Blu Plaza Hotel – Oslo
33RestaurantKatla – Oslo
34Travel diaryCity tour of Oslo
35FlightOslo-Copenhagen – SAS – SAS Plus (A320)
36FlightCopenhagen-Paris – SAS – SAS Plus (A320Neo)
37Travel diaryDebriefing of my vacation in Vietnam

Bertrand Duperrin
Bertrand Duperrinhttp://www.duperrin.com
Compulsive traveler, present in the French #avgeek community since the late 2000s and passionate about (long) travel since his youth, Bertrand Duperrin co-founded Travel Guys with Olivier Delestre in March 2015.
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