2017 Trip – Day 1

Checked in OK for flight to Helsinki, but plane was late departing. Reason was unclear, but there seemed to be a very long queue just to get into the gate. Queue didn’t go away until boarding was already underway.

Plane was new A350, so 3-3-3 configuration, but long haul experience with screen in back of seat and video on demand (including two external views of aircraft). Not clear if this is a permanent change or just the aircraft that was available, but economy class was pretty full.  I was fortunate and there was no-one in the middle of my block of three seats.

Still 10 minutes late on arrival to Helsinki, that plus slow bus ride to terminal meant that I only just caught the Oulu flight and my bag didn’t.

Met at Oulu by Timo’s daughter Milla who helped me to fill in the missing bag form. Then long drive to kennels¬† with two other arriving guides. Evening meal was Pike – very tasty.