Ramprat From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 188 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4500 times:
It was either for 844(FRA) or 850(LHR) out of YYC. Once or twice per week they switch aircraft in Calgary, flying one from YVR-YYC to do a few legs to Europe, and one of the aircraft that was doing the European legs from Calgary goes back to Vancouver. It normally turns into an A check in Vancouver after returning.
RP TPA From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 851 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4238 times:
The early afternoon YVR-YYC flt (I forgot the exact time and flt nmbr) is very often a widebody for 2 reasons. First, it arrives from either Europe or the far east, and is rotated to YYC for a YYC-Europe flight. Secondly, the added capacity is useful as there are usually a large number of tour groups from Asia that connect to this flight for their Canadian Rockies tours.
BO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3803 times:
I heard that pilot of the flight reported engine troubles. Oil leak or something like that.
Oh and the flight number was #216 and was supposed to park at A12.
PLane was due to arrive at 4:20 but came in with replacement at 7:26pm Local.
Normally all european Air Canada flights that come into YYC go out of YYC back to european cities. Swappings of the widebodies for the 844/5 and 850/1 are actually done at the two airport LHR and FRA instead of calgary.
About a few times a week (2x as what Ramprat said), YVR would send out a widebody to Calgary. Normally its flight #216 arriving and #225 departing at 1730local.
This case, what he said in his post is true. The whole swapoping does take place and one of the flights from europe (I think the Frankfurt one) switches to another gate so the YVR flight could park in its place.
With the added pax load, it may also be possible that the flight to YVR may be a continuing flight to asia in the late evening? I ain't 100% sure about that but according to Air Canada ads in the paper, it shows destinations like YYC-HKG or something therefore it does appear to make sense..
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