SAS SAS Airbus A330-300 Plus, Stockholm to Chicago

After Arrival with airberlin at Terminal 2 of the international airport of Stockholm, I had to go to the Terminal 5 for flight with SAS to Chicago. Walk the trail in 15 minutes is easily possible.

Welcome to Stockholm

Welcome to Stockholm

Check-in

Check-in at Star Alliance Gold switch from SAS was done quickly. I could drop off my luggage, although until the departure of SK945 to Chicago nor was 5 hours time. After security, you stand at Terminal 5 in the Duty Free Zone, or "Absolut Vodka paradise". The price for a 1L bottle of vodka was equivalent to 20 EUR. For Scandinavian standards probably quite cheap.

Absolut Vodka paradise at Stockholm (Terminal 5)

Absolut Vodka paradise at Stockholm (Terminal 5)

Now the search went off to the lounge. Like the last time Copenhagen it is not so easy to find these at SAS. I have but one tiny signpost found no evidence. Only with the building View Map I could get my bearings. It's best to just find their way to Gate 1 in Terminal 5, at the fork in the road you will find a spiral staircase that leads to the 3rd floor to the lounge.

Way to SAS Gold Lounge (Stockholm)

Way to SAS Gold Lounge (Stockholm)

SAS Gold Lounge at Stockholm

The SAS Gold Lounge is similar in design to the lounge at Copenhagen Airport. is unique, but very important difference, the clear view of the runway.

View of the apron of the SAS Gold Lounge (Stockholm)

View of the apron of the SAS Gold Lounge (Stockholm)

The decor is very Scandinavian and simple. It was used a lot of wood and metal and so different created large groups of seats. Really exemplary, I found that everywhere sufficient outlets and even extra USB slots were available for loading own electronic devices. Here the interior designer has simply thought along!

In the rear of the SAS Gold Lounge, the buffet is. Today there was a pasta pesto salad, smoked salmon and various vegetables with dip to choose from. In addition, a daily soup and a variety of breads are offered. The drinks selection ranges from soft drinks (water, ginger ale, cola, tonic and an unknown for me Swedish drink) to a range of beers and wines and spirits. So no one needs to die of thirst here. After my current fellow passengers Robert (AIRFURT.net) finally arrived very late from Munich, we took a small lunch with us and drank one or the other Turborg it.

Flight SK945 SAS to Chicago

Around 14:30 pm we left the lounge and walked to today's departure gate F66. The brand new Airbus A330-300 Enhanced (registration LN-RKR, first flight on 26.8.2015) was ready at the gate. Until the boarding began, it took a few minutes. On booking class and status no attention was paid when boarding. We were still one of the first on the plane and were able to still quietly photograph the redesigned cabin.

After we had booked our flight to Chicago in June, we decide on the website Optiontown.com an upgrade to the next higher fare class now. Four days before departure, we eventually got the long-awaited confirmation of an upgrade to SAS Plus (premium economy).

SAS Plus (Premium Economy)

The premium economy cabin (2-3-2 configuration) is beautifully designed. The seats are covered with gray fabric and have a wide seat. The distance to the front row is lush with 97 cm (headrest to headrest). A footrest to the front seat there too. Each passenger can charge their electronic devices on an individual outlet and USB port.

SAS Plus Kabine (Premium Economy)

SAS Plus Kabine (Premium Economy)

inflight entertainment

Really great is the new in-flight entertainment. The screens have finally a good HD resolution (30 cm screen diagonal) and the touch screen works precisely and reliably. At our place in row 24 (24A & B) were earphones and an amenity kit ready. But you can also bring your own headphones, since the seat has a simple jack. The entertainment system offers a variety of films (new and classics like "Alien"), individual episodes of series, music, a detailed Flight Map and two outer cameras. Also the food and beverage offer can be viewed on the display.

free Wi-Fi on board

Pünktlich um 15:30 Uhr war das Boarding, der vielleicht zu 60% gefüllten Maschine, abgeschlossen und wir setzten zurück. Der Rollweg zur Startbahn war sehr kurz und schon startete der Kapitän durch. Nachdem die Anschnallzeichen erloschen waren, wurde auch das WLAN an Bord eingeschaltet. Dies ist für Passagiere der SAS Business und SAS Plus kostenlos. Somit konnte ich das erste Mal auf FL36 im Internet surfen und mit den Zuhausgebliebenen in Kontakt bleiben. Schon genial! Klar, die Geschwindigkeit ist nicht berauschend und es kommt immer mal zu Verbindungsabbrüchen, aber was will man in einer Höhe von 10 Kilometern und beim Überflug von Grönland auch erwarten.

Transmission speed on board

Transmission speed on board

Catering SAS Plus

Zuerst wurde eine Tüte gesalzene Nüsse und verschiedene Getränke (Longdrinks, Wein, Bier, Softdrinks und Wasser) gereicht. Bei der Hauptspeise konnten wir zwischen gegrilltem Hähnchenfilet an Grillgemüse mit Nudeln oder Kabeljau auf Reis wählen. Wir nahmen beide das Federvieh. Dazu gab es dann noch einen Salat, bestehend aus viel Mayonnaise mit Krabben und Fisch. Eine Stunde vor Ankunft in Chicago wurde noch ein kleiner Snack (grüner Salat mit drei Scheiben Schinken und Kartoffelsalat) gereicht. Generell war der Service an Bord echt Klasse.

Ankunft Chicago O'Hare

On approach to Chicago O'Hare, we had a great view of the lights of Downtown. The anticipation of the holiday season in the "Windy City" rose!

Downtown Chicago approaching ORD (by airfurt.net)

Downtown Chicago approaching ORD (by airfurt.net)

After our arrival at Terminal 5, we were due to row 24 quickly get out of the plane and hurried to get us to enter. we had done in Chicago has often bad experience with long waits and the various Desert Carrier, at the gates next to us, promised nothing good.

Automated Passport Control (APC) for ESTA travelers

Die automatische Einreise (APC) war früher nur für US-Bürger und Global Entry Reisende möglich. Seit 2014 können auch ESTA-Reisende die Formalitäten an einem Automaten erledigen. Die Benutzeroberfläche lässt sich auf Deutsch umschalten und erspart so die evtl. Verständigungsprobleme mit dem Beamten. Die Formalitäten sind dabei recht schnell erledigt: man scannt seinen Reisepass, beantwortet Fragen zur Einreise bzw. Zollformalitäten, lässt Fingerabdrücke der rechten Hand nehmen und macht mit der eingebauten Kamera ein Passfoto. Zum Abschluss bekommt man einen kleinen Zettel auf Thermopapier ausgedruckt. Mit diesem musste ich dann doch noch zu einem Beamten, welcher nur kurz ein paar Fragen zum Grund meiner Reise stellte. Das Ausfüllen der weißblauen Zolldeklaration “CBP Form 6059B” im Flugzeug ist damit nicht mehr notwendig.

After we had taken our bags from the baggage carousel, we went through customs addition to the waiting point for the hotel shuttles. It passed many buses, just never one of our hotel. After 30 minutes of waiting a stewardess for United with their iPhone helped us out so that we at our hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn Chicago O’Harecould report. On the phone, I learned that the terminal 5 is approached only on demand. we would have liked in the forward that information. After another 20 minutes the shuttle was finally there and we were taken to the hotel.

Examined her still for a flight to Chicago?

The International Airport of Chicago is open all year from many German cities. Cheap flights can be found on the online travel agencies such as Flugladen.de, Bravofly, ebookers.de, Expedia, lastminute.de or skyscanner.

Our rating for the flight with SAS in Premium Economy from Stockholm to Chicago

  • Seat
  • Entertainment
  • Cleanliness
  • Service
  • Drinks
  • Food
  • Price/Performance
4.1

abstract

The new cabin and the introduction of premium economy on long-haul SAS has a very good product. On the seat, it can bear very good and the service is outstanding. If you decide to upgrade over Optiontown or directly at check-in, hand the price / performance ratio.

Christian

My name is Christian and I was born in the green heart of Germany and studied computer engineering in Ilmenau, Thuringia. Since 2012 I live with my wife Christin in Halle (Saale). When travelling I love flying, discovering good food and drink and spending the night in great hotels. I am a travel enthusiast and always looking for the next adventure. I have been reporting about my experiences on the road since 2007.

6 Responses

  1. Philipp Schiele says:

    Something like: Oh, you're from Ilmenau I read just crazy how small the world really is: D I'm also a native ago ^^ Bin in the search for nem Milage Run to your blog getsoßen and have to say I finds really great :) Vllt you present yourself so times would be happy So from Ilmenau to Ilmenau :)

    • Christian says:

      Many Thanks! :)
      Yes, the world is small! I was born in Suhl, but have studied in Ilmenau. So I'm only a part-Ilmenau. ;) Nice you can find good our blog. I am very pleased! Concerning. which Alliance are you interested in that?

  2. Phil says:

    Hi,
    strictly speaking, ok I was born in Suhl but raised in Ilm) In itself, I want to make one for * Alli since I still have 15,000 award LH A.G. miles New Year but more naturally no status miles on M & M. But since I do this year anyway min 2x to the States fly if it were nice if you as hinkriegt what. Although I'm not sure about the 2nd flight exactly how the will look like. In April, you go first to NYC or PHL Ex DE and the whole time Y + I hope submit the information)

    • Christian says:

      In the Star Alliance I have my status. However, not in LH and M & M but in the Greek airline Aegean. Here was needed at that time only 24,000 miles in 2 years to the gold to gain status. After a few changes, it is now the 72,000th
      When you fly 2x this year in the USA and both times in the Y + brings you the 15,000 to 23,000 miles (depending on the booking class). There still lacks a lot of wood. :) On most accessible to the FTL would at M & M (30,000 miles).
      To reduce the cents per mile ratio, perhaps a detour through Scandinavia is advisable. SAS has often good prices and mostly 100% miles.

  3. Cortez Fresh says:

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this article plus the rest of the site is really good.

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