Fact­file: The Nordics

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bmi: The air­line flies from Aberdeen to Es­b­jerg in Den­mark (daily, Mon-fri); to Gothen­burg from Birm­ing­ham (daily, Sun-fri) and from Bris­tol (Mon-thurs); from New­cas­tle to Sta­vanger (Sun-tue, Thurs-fri); and from Aberdeen to Oslo (Tues-fri).

bri­tish Air­ways: The air­line flies from Lon­don Heathrow to Copen­hagen (up to seven times a day) and Bil­lund in Den­mark (twice a day); to Stock­holm (up to five times a day) and Gothen­burg (three times a day) in Swe­den; and to Oslo (up to four times a day), Helsinki (twice a day) and Reyk­javik (daily). Bri­tish Air­ways also of­fers sev­eral ser­vices op­er­ated on its be­half by Sun-air of Scan­di­navia. These in­clude Manch­ester to Bil­lund (up to three times a day) and Gothen­burg (sea­sonal), and Lon­don City to Bil­lund.

easy­jet: Op­er­ates to Oster­sund, Swe­den, from Gatwick once per week, and to Stock­holm Ar­landa from Lu­ton (4) and Bris­tol (2). There are 20 flights a week from Gatwick to Copen­hagen, plus ser­vices from Ed­in­burgh (4), Bris­tol (2) and Manch­ester (11). It flies from Gatwick to Ke­flavik nine times a week, and also from Stansted (3), Ed­in­burgh (3), Belfast (2), Manch­ester (9) and Bris­tol (3).

Fin­nair: Op­er­ates from four air­ports in the UK: Heathrow, Gatwick, Manch­ester and Ed­in­burgh. There is a sev­en­times-daily ser­vice from Heathrow to Helsinki, a twice-daily ser­vice from Manch­ester, and flights from Ed­in­burgh are three a week, ris­ing to five weekly flights dur­ing the sum­mer. Dur­ing the win­ter sea­son, Fin­nair flies twice­weekly from Lon­don Gatwick to Ivalo and once weekly to Kit­tilä.

ice­landair: The air­line flies non-stop to Ke­flavik from Heathrow twice a day with on­ward con­nec­tions to other Nordic des­ti­na­tions.

not seen be­fore and seemed to con­fuse a few pas­sen­gers. The 15-inch high­def­i­ni­tion touch­screen was im­pres­sive, and I liked the gen­er­ous space on my right side and the stor­age space be­hind me. The seat turned into a lie-flat bed that ex­tended al­most two me­tres long and, with padded seat cov­ers, felt ul­tra­com­fort­able. The space had its own power por­tal and USB port. The rave in­flight en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem pow­ered by Zo­diac, fea­tures over 100 movies. There is no wifi on­board, but users can stream ex­tra con­tent to their per­sonal de­vices, via an app, be­fore their flight.

the ser­vice Be­fore take-off I was of­fered sparkling wine, or­ange juice or wa­ter and a scorch­ing-hot towel. I en­joyed the din­ner of salad, soup and a seafood trio of shrimp, scal­lops and cod – even­tu­ally! I was over­looked and the pas­sen­ger op­po­site me had fin­ished her din­ner and was asleep be­fore I had even been asked for my choices. But the head stew­ard apol­o­gised and we laughed it off.

the Ver­dict The a330-300 is an ex­tremely quiet air­craft. It looked and smelt spank­ing new and the busi­ness seat and space was ex­tremely spa­cious. More­over, there is com­fort to be had know­ing you are fly­ing on a state-of the art piece of kit. a few more smiles from the crew would have been wel­come.

the de­tails Busi­ness class flights start from £2,900 re­turn, in­clu­sive of taxes. fly­saa.com Steve Har­tridge

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