744 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 446 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2169 times:
I have an opportunity to fly on Air Canada to London. I have an option on flying on B767, A343, or A333 through Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, or Montreal. Could anyone please help me with any suggestions on which aircraft type should I fly and what’s the best airport in Canada to spend time out and for spotting? Any comments/suggestions are greatly appreciated. Also is the LHR route on A340 is it a 343 or 345?
KrisYYZ From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1588 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2160 times:
I would personally go with the A333's, the A333/340 have basically the same cabin. But I still perfer the climb and ride on a A333
With the B767's your kind of taking a chance, some are in very nice shape, but some haven't been touched in 10 years, same interior and seats.
The A345 only flew to LHR as test flights when AC got them.
RAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 7 Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2150 times:
A great doubt...
but I prefer to fly in an 343 before other aircraft. First, most confortable. Yes, I know that the differences are little but think... how many american airlines has the 343 to cross the Atlantic Ocean? let me see... LAN, Air Canada, Aerolineas Argentinas and NO OTHER!!!
Think about how many airlines flies the 763 and 330 crossing the Atlantic Ocean (US, AA, AM, RG, S3, AV,...)
Without any doubt. Yes, there are european carriers with the 343 but when have you another oportunity like that??
SNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3238 posts, RR: 24 Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2095 times:
Out of the three, the A330s are the newest and I think they have the most confortable seats, even though the seats in the A340s are similar. As Kris correctly pointed out, the B767s can be good (with seats similar to those in the A340s) or not so great (I found the ex-CP B767s to be in pretty poor condition in economy; even though they are fine in Executive First). Out of the three, I find the A340s to be probably the quietest.
As for which hub to go through, I've connected during US-Europe trips through YYZ and YUL many times. I'd really recommend YUL over YYZ, since the transfers at YYZ can be a right pain in the backside as, most of the time, they involve two terminal changes (but I cannot comment on the other two).
To get an idea of the connections at YYZ, you can read my trip reports:
BA84 From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 393 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2078 times:
Since you live in California, I suggest the A-330 from YVR.
Avoid the 767. Some of them are showing their age, ex-Canadian.
Avoid YUL. A nightmare as construction continues.
YVR is a pleasant airport for a layover. The international wing has many Asian carriers, big windows for photos, expensive shops, coffee bars, etc.
Nine hours, 45 minutes, non-stop to LHR, Terminal 3.
Enjoy your trip!