In this review, we will fly with SAS Scandinavian Airlines in economy class from Oslo Gardermoen to Brussels on a Boeing 737-600.
After an amazing train ride from Bergen to Oslo on the Bergensbanen Railway, the long journey crisscrossing all over Eurasia was effectually over.
On arrival at the central railway station of the Norwegian capital, I just headed straight to my nearby hotel for what would be a short night of sleep, as this time I would not have any time for sightseeing in Oslo.
Getting to the airport
Due to my relatively early flight I had to wake up in the wee hours of the morning to head back to Oslo’s central station for the train ride to the airport.
I took the first available regular suburban train ride of the day, which is quite a bit slower but a lot cheaper than the Flytoget express train. Given that I planned to spend as little time at the airport as possible, my suburban train was kind of ideal leaving just a little over an hour at the airport to clear security and head to the gate.
At the station, I grabbed some much-needed coffee and a doughnut for a little picnic in the train. I was treated to a lovely sunrise view over the snowy Norwegian landscape while the train was making its way to Gardermoen Airport.
Oslo Gardermoen Airport
Oslo Gardermoen is Oslo’s main airport located 22 miles out of Oslo to the north-east. It being a Scandinavian airport, it is spacious, clean and modern and a breeze to fly out or to connect through.
I arrived at the airport with slightly more than an hour before departure. As I already managed to check-in online and didn’t have any luggage to check-in, I just used my mobile boarding pass to open the barriers to the security check, which barely had a queue this morning.
After security, you are forced to walk through a large duty free store before you arrive at the main concourse of Gardermoen Airport. At one side you will find the way towards domestic flight departures, while the other way leads to the gates for Schengen departures. At the end of the Schengen concourse is a passport control checkpoint which leads to the non-Schengen departures pier.
I easily made it to my gate with some time to spare. Although I could theoretically have visited the SAS business lounge courtesy of my Turkish Airlines gold status, I decided not to bother and just spent the 20 minutes until boarding at the gate area.
Boarding was an orderly affair, with priority boarding being neatly observed by the gate agents. I was one of the first to board the plane through the jet bridge.
Due to my tiredness I forgot to take any pictures of the aircraft cabin and went straight to my seat, so my apologies for the lack of good interior pictures of the Boeing 737-600.
Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) to Brussels (BRU)
Flight SK4743 – Boeing 737-600 – Economy class, seat 11A
Departure: 8.15am – Arrival: 10.15am
Flight time: 2h00m – Distance: 692 miles
Costs: 134 EUR for OSL-BRU-OTP one-way
SAS Boeing 737-600 seat
During online check-in I managed to snag a free emergency exit row seat (11A) which turned out to be a good choice, having tons of legroom.
With the Boeing 737-600 being an older bird, these seats are a bit more well-padded and comfortable than those on more modern planes.
That said, the seat did not have any USB or power sockets, and the plane was not WiFi equipped. It was an old-school, comfortable bird, which was showing its age a bit.
SAS has recently got rid of its last Boeing 737-600s in service, so you won’t be able to fly this plane anymore in the service of SAS. The airline also plans to replace its Boeing 737-700s and 737-800s by Airbus A320neo planes as it is in the process of moving to an all-Airbus fleet.
We took off from Oslo Gardermoen airport on time for what would be a two-hour-long flight to Brussels. There were some gorgeous views over the Norwegian countryside blanketed in snow.
Once we reached cruising altitude I dozed off and somehow slept for the entire remainder of the flight, only waking up when the cabin crew started to do their final checks before landing.
Given this is a short intra-European hop there wasn’t much that I missed in terms of service. SAS has a buy on board menu, so for any food you will need to pay.
That said, the cabin crew does always make a run with complimentary tea or coffee, which is a nice touch. Anything else – even a soft drink or a beer – will cost you extra though!
SAS Scandinavian Airlines has a decent economy class product although it does not stand out when compared to other European airlines.
The seat on this old Boeing 737-600 was quite comfortable as far as an economy seat goes, as these old seats are usually better padded than the more modern slimline seats on more modern planes. Given that I had an emergency exit row seat, I certainly could not complain about the legroom.
The age of the plane does show when it comes to the lack of USB, power sockets and WiFi, which makes a stark contrast with the more modern 737s used by SAS as those birds are WiFi equipped. It is therefore no surprise that the Boeing 737-600 has been taken out of service by SAS since my flight as the airline is working on fleet modernisation.
When it comes to food and beverage service on board flights within Europe, SAS again scores fairly average. Although it has a buy-on-board menu, it does serve complimentary coffee and tea.
Having flown SAS quite a few times more within Europe besides this flight, I can only conclude that SAS is a run-of-the-mill European airline. Although flights on SAS never excel, they also never disappoint, being usually on time and having agreeable, friendly crews.
I wouldn’t actively seek them out for intra-European flights, but I certainly wouldn’t avoid them. If the price and schedule are right, I would gladly hop on another SAS flight again.
Trip report index
1. Review: Wizz Air Bucharest to Oslo Sandefjord Torp (Airbus A321)
2. A Day in the Norwegian Capital of Oslo
3. Review: Norwegian Railways Night Train Oslo-Stavanger in a Private Sleeper
4. Review: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Stavanger
5. Stavanger – A Great Norwegian City Trip Surprise
6. Review: North Sea Lounge Stavanger Airport
7. Review: KLM Cityhopper Business Class Stavanger to Amsterdam (Embraer RJ-175)
8. Guide to the Carnival Celebrations in the Netherlands
9. Review: KLM Crown Lounge (Schengen) Amsterdam Airport
10. Review: Air France Business Class Amsterdam to Paris (Airbus A319)
11. Review: ‘Salon Paris’ Business Class Lounge Paris CDG Terminal 2C
12. Review: Aeroflot Business Class Paris to Moscow (Airbus A320)
13. Review: Aeroflot Domestic Business Class Lounge Moscow Sheremetyevo
14. Review: Aeroflot Domestic Business Class Moscow to Irkutsk (Boeing 737-800)
15. Review: Matreshka Hotel, Irkutsk
16. Irkutsk Trip Report: Exploring the ‘Paris of Siberia’ in Winter
17. Review: Mayak Hotel, Listvyanka (Lake Baikal)
18. A Winter Trip to the Frozen Wonderland of Lake Baikal
19. Review: Ibis Irkutsk Center Hotel, Irkutsk
20. Review: Domestic Business Class Lounge Irkutsk Airport
21. Review: Aeroflot Domestic Business Class Irkutsk to Moscow (Boeing 737-800)
22. Review: Pushkin Hotel, Moscow
23. A 24 Hour Stopover in the Russian Capital of Moscow
24. Review: ‘Moscow’ and ‘Jazz’ Business Lounges Moscow Sheremetyevo Terminal D
25. Review: Aeroflot Business Class Moscow to Paris (Airbus A320)
26. Review: TAROM Business Class Paris to Bucharest (Airbus A318)
27. Review: TAROM Business Lounge Bucharest Otopeni Airport
28. Review: Air France Business Class Bucharest to Paris (Airbus A320)
29. A Short Overnight Stopover in Paris
30. Review: Sheltair Business Lounge Paris CDG Terminal 2D
31. Review: Azerbaijan Airlines Business Class Paris to Baku (Airbus A320)
32. Review: Old City Hotel and Apartments, Baku, Azerbaijan
33. Destination Baku: An Intriguing Mix Between Old and New
34. Guide: Train Travel in Azerbaijan
35. Sheki: Azerbaijan’s Most Lovely Town and Springboard to the Caucasus
36. Must Be the Ganja! A Visit to the City of Ganja in Azerbaijan
37. Review: Shah Palace Hotel, Baku, Azerbaijan
38. Review: Azerbaijan Airlines Business Lounge Baku Airport
39. Review: Azerbaijan Airlines Business Class Baku to Paris (Airbus A320)
40. Review: Air France Business Lounge Paris CDG Terminal 2F
41. Review: KLM Business Class Paris to Amsterdam (Boeing 737)
42. Review: KLM Business Class Amsterdam to Bergen (Boeing 737)
43. Blissful Bergen – Is It Really Norway’s Most Beautiful City?
44. Review: Bergen to Oslo on a Norwegian Intercity Train (Bergensbanen Railway)
45. The Flamsbana Railway – From the Myrdal Mountains to the Fjord at Flam
46. Review: SAS Economy Class (Boeing 737-600) Oslo to Brussels (current chapter)
47. Review: Diamond Lounge Brussels Airport Pier B Non-Schengen
48. Review: TAROM Economy Class Brussels to Bucharest (Boeing 737-800)