Last week I took my second ever flight on Sweden-based BRA. I know, the name is ridiculous. Bra means “good” in Swedish, so get your minds out of the gutter. Last week I was in Stockholm several times surrounding my TV-debut and decided to take the trip up to Bromma, which is far more convenient than Stockholm’s major airport, Arlanda.
BRA operates a series of domestic routes in Sweden, and select seasonal international services. It’s no secret that I find SAS sub-par, so the options I’m left with are BRA and Norwegian.
All the airlines listed above offer youth fares. On SAS, the price rarely changes, while Norwegian has variable youth pricing. With BRA, I bought this one way ticket for 590 SEK ($67), which included a checked bag. On SAS flying to Arlanda, the price was 455 SEK ($52). Given the greater distance to the city center from ARN, I went with BRA.
Gothenburg (GOT) – Stockholm (BMA)
Friday, June 16
Aircraft: BAE Aerospace Avro RJ100
Seat: 4A (Economy Class)
I arrived at the airport 45 minutes before my flight. Security was longer than usual, and I arrived at the gate approximately 15 minutes later. I expected boarding to start almost immediately, but we weren’t called until 14 minutes prior to departure.
Is it just me or does the Avro 100 kind of look like a rat from the front?
BRA is one of the last airlines I know of that still don’t offer seat selection. Instead, they go with a retro-Ryanair style “fight for the best seat” model. Luckily, there were only around 30 passengers on my flight, so seating wasn’t an issue.
Do you notice anything different about this Avro cabin? It’s in a 3-3 configuration! That’s a dramatic and notable difference from the standard 2-3 configuration on this plane.
The seatback was quite standard, though I’m surprised they still use such bulky seats.
The pitch was 30 inches.
The pilot came on the PA and announced our flight time would be 40 minutes. Interestingly, all announcements, including the safety demo, where only in Swedish.
Our takeoff was uneventful and we were off in no time. The literature pocket contained a safety card and inflight magazine, which was also only in Swedish.
Only five minutes after takeoff the in-flight service commenced. The drink options were coffee, tea, or water. You also get a free snack onboard. This time they served apple slices, but I remember being impressed that they served a nice dessert on my previous flight.
This was followed by a high-quality hot towel! Talk about rare for a 40-minute domestic flight in economy.
The bathrooms were very old-fashioned, which was fun…
Unfortunately BRA doesn’t offer Wi-Fi onboard, but I’m hoping they’ll install it on their upcoming C-Series aircraft.
Before I knew it, we were descending toward Stockholm. On final, our angle of approach was probably the steepest I’ve ever experienced!
We touched down 10 minutes ahead of schedule and taxied to our gate. Bromma Airport is incredibly strange, with long outdoor walkways from some aircraft to the terminal.
I bid farewell to the crew, expecting to be landside within five minutes.
The walk was so long it took at least 10, and I ended up having to take a later bus into Stockholm city center (which takes 30 minutes).
I wondered if I could jump on this flight since no one was checking boarding passes after this point?
And the walk continued…
Overall, BRA is probably the best option for flying domestically in Sweden. They offer a slightly more premium service than SAS and Norwegian, together with short boarding times. The cabin is definitely on the dense side and these Avros have seen better days, but I’d fly them again given the chance.