This flight review will focus not on what took place inside the airplane, but on what I observed outside.
As a rule, I prefer window seats, but I don’t generally spend time gazing out of them. Instead, I choose window seats only to ensure proper lighting levels for my in-cabin meal shots.
But the views from an afternoon hub-to-hub SAS flight from Stockholm to Oslo proved captivating. In fact, I’d rate it as the most scenic flight I’ve ever flown.
Stockholm (ARN) – Oslo (OSL)
Thursday, August 10, 2016
Depart: 01:40 PM
Arrive: 02:35 PM
Duration: 0hr, 55min
Seat: 1A (“Business” Class)
Before we get to the scenery, let’s get the flight details out of the way.
First, this sign before boarding:
Only in Scandinavia! Boarding began 20 minutes prior to departure and the flight was full, yet I’d say boarding took only 15 minutes.
When booking an award ticket, you can book into “business class” on SAS flights within Europe, but that is really a misnomer. Not even middle seats are blocked and the only difference in service between business (called “SAS Plus”) and economy class is complimentary buy-on-board food.
I will give SAS credit for nice BOB options–I enjoyed a cheese sandwich and cashews with smoothie and sparkling water. What else do you need for a flight of less than an hour?
Legroom is terrible in row one. Avoid it.
But the views made up for all of it. The 240-mile flight never seemed to climb above 15,000 feet. Here are some views during the flight:
The perfect weather helped, but I’ve never been on a flight with such great views.