British Airways | Airbus A320 | LHR-ARN | Club Europe
Clarion, Stockholm Arlanda
Qatar Airways | Boeing 787 | ARN-DOH | Business
The Airport Hotel, Doha
Qatar Airways | Airbus A350 | DOH-SIN | Business
Crowne Plaza, Singapore Changi
Cathay Pacific | Boeing 777-200 | SIN-HKG | Business
Cathay Pacific | Boeing 747-400 | HKG-HND | First Class
Hilton, Tokyo Odaiba
ANA | Boeing 787 | HND-ITM | Premium Class
Courtyard by Marriott, Osaka
Asiana | Airbus A330 | KIX-ICN | Business
Four Points by Sheraton, Seoul
EVA Air | Airbus A330 | ICN-TPE | Business
Novotel, Taipei Taoyuan Airport
EVA Air | Boeing 777-300ER | TPE-SIN | Business
Conrad Centennial, Singapore
Qatar Airways | Airbus A330 | SIN-DOH | Business
Doubletree by Hilton, Doha Old Town
Qatar Airways | Boeing 787 | DOH-ARN | Business
Radisson Blu, SkyCity, Stockholm Arlanda
SAS | Boeing 737-600 | ARN-GOT | SAS Plus
Sun Air | Dornier 328 Jet | GOT-MAN | Euro Traveller
Hilton, Manchester Airport
British Airways | Airbus A319 | MAN-LHR | UK Domestic
Aircraft: Boeing 737-600
Route: Stockholm Arlanda – Gothenburg
Flight number: SK157
Seat number: 4A
Flight date: April 2016
Check In / Security
Check in was made in the basement area of Terminal 4 at Arlanda. it was more or less deserted, therefore I was able to dump my bag within seconds.
It was then up one level to the fast track security, where once again I was the only person there – so once more, through in a few seconds.
The lounge was up one level again, and was your standard SAS Domestic lounge – self entry with a basic range of snacks and coffee.
Boarding / Onboard
Boarding began a little behind the advertised time. When it did, there didn’t appear to be any priority call made – just the “all aboard”. I couldn’t be totally sure though as the announcement wasn’t made in English.
Once on board I took my seat of 4A, and luckily they middle seat stayed free. This is where SAS’s premium shorthaul product is a little different to other European airlines – they don’t block the middle seat.
Once again, where Scandinavian’s European premium product differs from most is the service. Rather than a full blown on board meal, its a case of the buy on board being complimentary. I ordered a wrap, a chocolate bar and some water.
Arrival was made more or less on schedule. There was a short wait whilst the bags came out, but when they did mine was one of the first – so priority baggage working well.
I’m glad I got to finally try SAS Plus. I’d always ben curious as to how the concept worked and I must admit, I think its a good enough idea. However I’d be hard pushed to call it a business class as such. More of an economy plus product. Would I fly in this cabin again? Well if the price was right – admittedly, my Star Alliance Gold status gets me a lot of the perks that are on offer anyway, such as priority check in, fast track security, lounge access, and priority baggage – so for me personally its all about the on board service. However if you don’t hold any Star Alliance status, then it may be of more value.
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