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BA-YYC Dec 1st Inaugural Flight  
User currently offlineDavidYYC From Canada, joined Sep 2004, 238 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6557 times:

BA new YYC route starts tomorrow with the flight arriving at 16:55 MST.It will be really nice to see the 777 on a regular visit here.The weather looks questionable and the light will be fading at that time. I wonder what the spotter turn-out will be like here? There are still seats available and you can pick-up a seat on that flight returning a day later to LHR for GBP403 taxes included! That would be cool!

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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4638 posts, RR: 36
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6467 times:

Well the weather won't be great, but at least it won't be the -28 with -41 windchills we've had all week.

And GBP 403 roundtrip fare is nothing great. That's close to $900 CAD. Before I could non-rev I was paying less than that on AC.

Kris



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User currently offlineWolsingerjet From Canada, joined Apr 2006, 348 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6446 times:

Very cool.Nice to see the 777 as a regular to YYC now.


Guess what???I dont like you either...
User currently offlineDavidYYC From Canada, joined Sep 2004, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6408 times:

Quoting VonRichtofen (Reply 1):
And GBP 403 roundtrip fare is nothing great. That's close to $900 CAD. Before I could non-rev I was paying less than that on AC.

Kris

No it is not great but don't forget it is a 'reverse' fare and also it is on the first flight, that would make it a little higher. I was only looking and quoting the fare as I thought it would be neat to come out for the weekend on the inaugural flight. Having said that I think some of BA fares are competitive. I just had a quick look at them. At least there is another choice for a regular carrier to Europe from YYC apart from AC.(charters and low-cost aside) Also one cannot beat BA's offered connections from LHR. (and no, I dont work for BA)


User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4638 posts, RR: 36
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6381 times:

Quoting DavidYYC (Reply 3):
Also one cannot beat BA's offered connections from LHR.

That's true, but one could say the same for AC coming in the other direction (LHR-YYC).

Kris



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User currently offlineSeattleflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6329 times:

I'll be taking this flight next summer - already booked in CW. Does anyone know if there will be any kind of lounge access available in YYC by then? BA's list of lounge locations doesn't show Calgary yet but maybe there's something in the rumour mill? All of the upgrades from WT+ to CW were gone for SEA-LHR so having to fly out of YYC to upgrade and may have a lengthy layover - it would be nice to have access to a lounge (BA's own or shared).

User currently offlineDavidYYC From Canada, joined Sep 2004, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6215 times:

I am certain that something will be in place in Calgary by then, it really is quite early to find out this informtion now.

User currently offlineSpeedbirdEGJJ From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 432 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6045 times:

Interestingly enough the booked load is higher on the YYC-LHR sector, but altogether quite healthy both ways for an inaugral.

User currently offlineAceFreighter From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6024 times:

First flight aircraft is G-RAES

User currently offlineDavidYYC From Canada, joined Sep 2004, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5901 times:

Thanks AceF here is a picture of the beast:

[img]http://www.airliners.net/open.file/0815476/L/[img]

[Edited 2006-12-01 16:17:57]

User currently offlineAussiestu From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 780 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5879 times:

Delayed 35 minutes already. Will they get a water cannon arrival???

User currently offlineSebring From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 1666 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5856 times:

Quoting Aussiestu (Reply 10):
Delayed 35 minutes already. Will they get a water cannon arrival???

In the middle of winter? Let me put it this way. I'd love to switch places with you, mate.

If they water cannon that plane they better be using a 50% glycol mix or the plane will be immobolized until the next chinook.


User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5844 times:

You guys all seem pleased to have a 777 at Calgary. I lived in Quebec for a year and so only saw YUL, what kind of traffic do you normally get at Calgary?

Thanks

Kieron747


User currently offlineSuperdawg From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 347 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5844 times:

Quoting Seattleflyer (Reply 5):
Does anyone know if there will be any kind of lounge access available in YYC by then?

There is a serviceair lounge that was supposed to open yesterday at YYC in the D area of the terminal. I imagine BA's premium customers will get a pass but anyone can get in by paying $25+GST and showing a boarding pass.


User currently offlineA332 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5837 times:

I am hoping to get a shot of her arriving later this afternoon... let's hope there is a little light left!


Bad spellers of the world... UNTIE!
User currently offlineDavidYYC From Canada, joined Sep 2004, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5785 times:

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 12):
You guys all seem pleased to have a 777 at Calgary. I lived in Quebec for a year and so only saw YUL, what kind of traffic do you normally get at Calgary?

Quite busy, 4th busiest, I think, behind YUL. Daily 333 flights, occasional charter 744 in the summer. But fairly active with domestic 320 319 321 and West-Jets NG 737. The excitement is that BA offers another choice for the Europe route (apart from AC), and of course we get to see another wide body in YYC.

Quoting A332 (Reply 14):
I am hoping to get a shot of her arriving later this afternoon... let's hope there is a little light left!

I was also hoping to get some shots of BA arriving but I think the light at her scheduled arrival time wont be good, if the flight is already late, then quite unlikely.

I wonder why my img above post does not show?


User currently offlineBA787 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 2596 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5724 times:

Nice to see some BA expansion instead of reduction. YYC will be a fantastic link in the winter

User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1446 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5599 times:

I wonder if it'll be a runway 34 arrival... or 16... I doubt they'l put her on 28, though I've seen 330s land there all the time. Depends if they're right with the TAF... It has changed before... it is Calgary Big grin


CALGARY/CALGARY INTL/AB
METAR CYYC 011700Z 36014KT 10SM -SN BKN100 M10/M14 A3019 RMK AC6 PCPN
VRY LGT SLP289=

SPECI CYYC 011720Z 36015KT 12SM BKN100 BKN220 M10/ RMK AC4CI0=

METAR CYYC 011800Z 35016KT 12SM FEW016 BKN100 BKN220 M10/M14 A3022
RMK CU1AC6CI0 CU TR SLP300=

METAR CYYC 011900Z 36015KT 12SM FEW020 FEW067 BKN090 BKN200 M10/M14
A3022 RMK CU1AC1AC6CI0 CU + LWR AC TR SLP301=



TAF CYYC 011738Z 011818 34014KT P6SM SCT030 BKN080 TEMPO 1821 P6SM
-SN BKN030 OVC080
FM0100Z 33010KT P6SM FEW080
FM1400Z 26010KT P6SM SKC
RMK NXT FCST BY 21Z=



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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4638 posts, RR: 36
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5474 times:

Quoting Superdawg (Reply 13):
There is a serviceair lounge that was supposed to open yesterday at YYC in the D area of the terminal. I imagine BA's premium customers will get a pass but anyone can get in by paying $25+GST and showing a boarding pass.

Yep, that's about it. Of course there's the Maple Leaf lounge in A wing but that's only for AC and STAR Alliance executive pax.

Both lounges are post security, so if you have a long layover (not likely on the AC side) then you have to stay passed security, unless you want to spend 8 hours in a mall style food court.

Kris



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User currently offlineA332 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5454 times:

Quoting Vio (Reply 17):
I wonder if it'll be a runway 34 arrival... or 16... I doubt they'l put her on 28, though I've seen 330s land there all the time. Depends if they're right with the TAF... It has changed before... it is Calgary

I can see the aircraft landing right out my office window on 27 Ave NE... our building is right under the flight path...

They are landing on 34... if this holds, it can be viewed off McKnight at the big spotting lot.



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User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1446 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5438 times:

Regardless, I'll be there with my friend looking for her. I'm so excited to see a 777 in YYC. I've personally never seen one. Some of the more memorable moments I have spotting at YYC.

Air Canada 747
ANA 747
Asian 747
Belair 767
Cargolux 747

I can't think of too many other times when I saw "rare" widebodies (@YYC)



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User currently offlineA332 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5400 times:

I've seen a China Airlines 744, Cathay A343, and Air China 763... all diverted here from Vancouver due to fog... was about a year and a half ago... that was cool stuff!  Smile


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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4638 posts, RR: 36
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5371 times:

Don't forget this isn't the first time we've had 777's in YYC. One summer a couple of years ago ANA operated their charters with 777's.

Also, I've had the pleasure of working a UA 777 that diverted about 8 months ago due to a medical emergency.

Kris



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User currently offlineJfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8492 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5318 times:
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Bloody long it took BA to serve the oil sands capitol of Canada. Calgary should be a hell of a lot more important then Montreal to British Airways. Good Luck to BA on its new Canadian venture.

User currently offlineTCXDegsy From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 518 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5306 times:

Don't forget this isn't the first time we've had 777's in YYC. One summer a couple of years ago ANA operated their charters with 777's.


This isn't the first time a BA 777 has been to Calgary either. G-YMMO took Tony Blair and gang to the G8 Summit in Calgary in June 2002



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25 Vio : I just got back from YYC and Speedbird 103 landed on Runway 34 at 17:28 local time. Welcome to Calgary BA! It was nice to see this 777.
26 ETStar : Left work, went down to Heritage area ... as I got out of car, heard the bird, and saw her on her final approach. Totally unexpected, but I guess I d
27 VonRichtofen : Off topic but anybody that was spotting notice if the IL-76 was still parked on the West pad? I've been off for a few days. Thanks Kris
28 Vio : It was supposed to arrive at 4:55 PM. It was late about half an hour, but that's okay, because traffic on McKnight was crazy! We need to do something
29 Post contains images ArcticBlast : And don't forget Tony Fokker's "Canadian North" F-100, which shuttles back and forth to YEG. Here's a so-so pic of it (C-GPNL). Gotta love its polar
30 CrossChecked : Hi all I was operating crew on the first flight in to Calgary and it's absolutely fantastic to be here. Starting a new route is always exciting, but t
31 Post contains links and images Feroze : It needs to be [ /img ] at the end. However, to show pics from a.net, just use < photoid: xxxxx> View Large View MediumPhoto © Nathan Zalcman -
32 Mk777 : Guys, post some pics, would love to see the BA 777 at a new destination-YYC.
33 Post contains images A332 : Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a shot of it because of the late arrival time and the fact it gets dark quite early... it might be awhile before w
34 Post contains images BO__einG : The first ever visit of any 777 to YYC was back in Winter of 2000 when UA had a diverted visit. Only a few years earlier they got their first of those
35 Post contains images BO__einG : Oh and there is also a Transavia 737-800 at YYC. It leaves Dec6, see if any of you guys can find it.
36 Threepoint : Jesus, I know all about density altitude, but are they expecting the space shuttle?
37 Post contains links and images Boeing764 : It's 16:18 YYC local time and a flight tracker shows British Airways 103 approaching Uranium City (CYBE) Saskatchewan.
38 Post contains images ETStar : A discussion of the city and the traffic go hand in hand these days... Used to work out in the SE, now moved somewhat closer to Centre St... thankful
39 CrossChecked : I believe the British Airways newspaper had someone taking photos of the plane's arrival. If so, I'll try and get a copy of the originals and post the
40 YYCowboy : Laff, gotta love our cousins in the South Pacific Awhile ago, sorry can't remember when, perhaps 2 summers ago, I was travelling southbound on the De
41 Post contains images VonRichtofen : I agree 100%!! I've been here since '82. The city used to be progressive and forward thinking, it used to be modern and other Canadian cities looked
42 Post contains images BO__einG : I missed its arrival yesterday as it came in at 1730pm again. Just like it did for its first flight. I dont think it arrives today but I will try and
43 TCXDegsy : If any BA crew need some ideas for places to go for drinks, etc in downtown Calgary, I'm gonna be in town 18th Dec to Jan 2nd! I love it there. BTW -
44 CrossChecked : I would hope that nobody would put that information on this public website. It's not difficult information to find, but you're unlikely to get it thro
45 TymnBalewne : Yes...it was a UCA Ukrainian Cargo Airlines machine. It was there the entire 5 days I was at YYC. C.
46 Vio : Most of Calgary's "top notch" hotels are downtown. I doubt they will stay anywhere near the airport.
47 Threepoint : Uh, what exactly does the 'etc' refer to? Joe's Sleep E-Z Motel on Deerfoot Trail. They'll be waiting for you in room 4B. No doubt.
48 TCXDegsy : Coffee, meal, chat! What are you implying? Only trying to be friendly
49 Threepoint : Understood, no problem. But there may be some concerns placing specific lodging info on the 'net. You'll agree there's no shortage of weirdos out the
50 TCXDegsy : Fair comment, but there is the message facility!
51 Vio : When I worked at CYQG (Windsor Airport), we invited the crew of one of the cargo planes (Eastern European crew) out for dinner. They were very nice a
52 Marco : You guys are making a big deal out of nothing. Someone could easily follow the crew to their hotel from the airport, so let's get over this topic.
53 Post contains images BO__einG : The BA crew of flight 103 will be staying the first night at the Cecil Hotel in Downtown East Village.
54 TymnBalewne : A few things about the inaugural service: YYC is the 100th station on the BA network that has the facility of online check-in and home printed boardin
55 Threepoint : Someone DID follow us to the hotel a couple of years ago and ended up working her way into my then-captain's room with a pair of scissors. She wasn't
56 Post contains images TCXDegsy : Thanks for all jumping on me for what was an innocent offer to be a friend in a strange city, as I've been to YYC many many times. I accept the way I
57 Marco : . It may be nothing to you Marco, but it was a fairly big deal to us at the time Do you not understand english? I'm not saying that being harrassed is
58 CrossChecked : Yes, they can, but let's not make the job any easier for them, eh. I hear stories all the time of colleagues being disturbed during their rest downrou
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