Camohe From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 49 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 7812 times:
The new AC 773 service to YVR is still at SYD tonight apparently due to a faulty fuel pump and won't be departing until tomorrow. I know this because my 2 sisters and their families (13 pax) were booked on this flight.
A tech problem delayed them for 1 day last time they flew AC 12 months ago on the old 763 service that went via HNL. I don't know what AC's dispatch reliability is like but my sisters seem extremely unlucky to me to strike the exact same scenario on the only 2 AC trips they've done in their lives...
EWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5535 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7189 times:
Quoting Camohe (Thread starter): but my sisters seem extremely unlucky to me to strike the exact same scenario on the only 2 AC trips they've done in their lives...
Not unlucky, just the recipients of coincidence. It may have been the same scenario, but the once each on different aircraft.
Quoting Powercube (Reply 1): All this terrible news is not making me very confident for my pending voyage on AC033 in a very short period of time (Monday).
Not terrible news at all. AC shutting down, would be terrible news (well, to most ). Why would it make you not confident? Planes go tech for various reasons all over the world. This was a tech problem on AC to two different a/c types. in the span of a year. You should be looking forward to your trip, instead.
Ayqzbr From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5836 times:
There is a bit of double jeopardy for AC with delays in places like SYD where there are no spare crews. If fixing the mechanical problem pushes the scheduled and only available crew past a certain point, they cannot complete the long haul back to YVR without going illegal and timing out. So in the end, crew availability dictates the length of the delay. As I post this, AC 2034 has just left SYD after a further 50 min delay from its rescheduled time.
Threepoint From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 2309 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5771 times:
Quoting Ayqzbr (Reply 7): If fixing the mechanical problem pushes the scheduled and only available crew past a certain point, they cannot complete the long haul back to YVR without going illegal and timing out.
Oh, the fuel pump was fine the whole time. The crew simply read the miserable weather forecast for YVR and decided an extra December day in Sydney would be just fine thank you very much.
The nice thing about a mistake is the pleasure it gives others.
QantasHeavy From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 379 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4882 times:
My boss is/was scheduled on the scheduled service for today. WIll the regular Sunday service go out on time or will it be delayed or subbed with a 343 (do they still have the 345s)?
He is not an aviation lover but mentioned to me that he and his family was flying on AC's new airplane and they were looking forard to it. Couldnot resist so I explained that it was anew 777-300ER and was a great airplane and the AC interior was fantastic... you know the feeling when you get really passionate about aviation and quickly the other party gets bored quick. Anyway, was glad he and his family knew it was a new plane and were excited about it.
The scheduled Sunday service basically left SYD on time, as did the Sunday service from YYZ - both in 777s. So did AC have to sub for a 777 on another route - I can't imagine they have much spare capacity at this peak travel time. I did notice that a 763 operated the YVR/YYZ leg of the cancelled 777 flight today (Sat) but that the delayed 777 is scheduled to leave YVR at 5.15 Sun morning and is not shown on the AC online schedule (unless it is sold out).
Czbbflier From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 1023 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2410 times:
Quoting Threepoint (Reply 8): Oh, the fuel pump was fine the whole time. The crew simply read the miserable weather forecast for YVR and decided an extra December day in Sydney would be just fine thank you very much.
Actually, the weather was not an issue for the crew. In fact, the pilot whipped out his iPhone and checked the weather at YVR and found that it wasn't as bad as the flight dispatchers in YUL thought it was. So he called DX and let them know and because of the iPhone, the flight was able to go... with only a 50 minute delay!
PS- iPhones are not available in Canada, so the Canadian pilot had bootlegged one from his last flight in Australia and only uses it when he's abroad.....
RP TPA From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 852 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2390 times:
Quoting Ayqzbr (Reply 12): the delayed 777 is scheduled to leave YVR at 5.15 Sun morning and is not shown on the AC online schedule (unless it is sold out).
It appears that this flight (now AC2034/23DEC) didn't board any local traffic on the YVR-YYZ leg, which explains why it didnt show up in any availability displays.. After landing in YVR, the plane continued on to YYZ with the remainder of the SYD-YYZ pax. Not sure if everyone deplaned in YVR and then re-boarded, or if the YYZ psgrs remained onboard and will have to clear immigrations/custons upon arrival in YYZ.