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User currently offlineTommy212 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 126 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 30256 times:

Hi this is my first ever post on the a.net forums and hopefully it will be the first of many.

I thought i would start of with a trip report so below is a flight that i took to Toronto in march, hope you like it

Date: March 08 2006
Departure Airport: LHR (London Heathrow)
Arrival Airport: YYZ (Toronto Pearson)
Aircraft: A340-300
Registration: C-GDVC (Fin #910)
Seat: 39A
Scheduled Departure time: 13:00
Actual Departure Time: 13:35
Scheduled Arrival Time: 15:10
Actual Arrival Time: 16:05


My flight left Heathrow at 13:00 scheduled time, and we had to get to college ready for our 2 hour coach trip round the M25 to Heathrow airport. We were aiming to reach Heathrow by 09:30 but due to the usual traffic jams we reached there late at 10:15.
We went straight to the Air Canada check-in and we all got our boarding cards and boarding times. I was sitting in seat 39a, a window seat (Perfect!)

We then proceeded through an immense queue for security checks, me and two friends went to check out terminal 3 facilities. I left the two friends in the pub having an early drink and breakfast I went in search of a good viewing area to sit and take some pictures.

I managed to take some pictures while taking a walk through the virgin gates and some of the Asian arrivals. While looking through the glass I catched my first every glimpse of Hibiscus 747-400 9V-MPD. Unfortunately my camera wasn't’t good enough to take a picture of it. I was using my phone and only have a 1.3 Mega Pixels with no zoom at that resolution.

Below are some of the shots I took while walking around the departure gates at terminal 3. (Images are re sized from 1300x1000 to 800x600)

Air New Zealand 747-441 ZK-SUI off to LAX

http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/6985/pict00038hq.jpg
http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/8922/pict00089rp.jpg

Singapore Airlines 747-412 9V-SPA off to SIN

http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/8065/pict00098uk.jpg

Virgin Atlantic 747-443 G-VROC arriving from SFO

http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/4552/pict00113ek.jpg
http://img387.imageshack.us/img387/346/photo00636lb.jpg
http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/9053/pict00169kb.jpg

Air Canada 767-300 (didnt get the reg)

http://img358.imageshack.us/img358/4518/pict00131of.jpg

Virgin Atlantic A340-600 G-VBLU off to LAX

http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/842/photo00658my.jpg

Turkish Airways A310 (didnt get the reg)

http://img358.imageshack.us/img358/7244/photo00672fb.jpg


I went back to the pub were my mates were and we went off to our gate. We had to go to gate 27 (I think) and waited in the departure area. We seemed to wait there for ages but we eventually got the call to start boarding. As I was in row 39 I would be one of the first to board.

We got on-board and first impressions of the cabin crew were that they were quite old but still very professional. I got myself seated, belted up and my MP3 player out for the 7 hour flight. I was very shocked with the leg room in the a340; a nice 36 inch pitch

Below is a picture of the cabin from were i was sitting (sorry for the blurriness)

http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/3395/pict00190el.jpg

As you can see, little IFE available and most of the films were not to my taste, outbound was Walk the Line and inbound was Pride and Prejudice.

After a short wait for push-back we were on our way for a 27L departure taking us past the parked Concorde. Below are some shots of the wing while on our way to the runway for departure. Sorry for the droplets on the windows it was raining quite hard.

Pushback from the gate onto the taxiway

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Setting flaps for departure

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While taxing for departure we were informed that the aircraft had to keep the landing ear extended for 5 minutes after take-off, I thought that was very odd. The reasons the captain told us was because we might of heard some strange noises after take-off.

Passing the parked Concorde

http://img358.imageshack.us/img358/7396/pict00247ro.jpg

While waiting for our departure slot a couple of aircraft went in front of us. They were:

United Airlines 777-222 N781UA off to JFK

http://img358.imageshack.us/img358/3853/pict00272bf.jpg

British Airways A320 (didnt get the reg)

http://img358.imageshack.us/img358/6803/pict00261dy.jpg

Finally it was our turn to line up and depart for Toronto, i didnt get any shots of the take-off as my camera decided to play up but i managed to get it going again just after lift off. Here's a pic of it:

http://img358.imageshack.us/img358/4594/pict00314od.jpg

Nothing much to report on with the flight in general, most of the flight was smooth with a few bumpy patches but we passed them quickly. The flight meal was very nice and I had the salmon with boiled potatoes. Was very nice indeed Big grin

So i sat back and relaxed with some music and watched a couple of movies on my personal DVD player. The flight seemed to drag on a long time but that was mainly because i hadn't flown that length of flight in years :lol:

I went off to sleep for an hour or so and when i woke up i saw a Delta 767 flying right under us on its way to the USA. Here's a picture:

http://img358.imageshack.us/img358/9351/pict00332oc.jpg

We were flying at FL400 so we saw a great contrast between the black and blue.
Below are three more shots of the cruise:

Over Canada heading towards Toronto

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http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/9888/pict00358jt.jpg
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/4864/pict00371al.jpg

So after a long 7.5hrs flight it was time for us to start our descent. At first it was gentle but then the captain decided to put the nose down pull the throttles back and put the speed brakes up. We fell like a stone for about 10mins and suddenly we were though the clouds and overflying the airport ready for our arrival on rwy 23. Here are some pics of the decent and of the approach;

Speed brakes on and nose down decent

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Last turn around to line up with rwy 23 at Toronto

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Now that we have lined up for the landing we encountered more turbulence and the flaps become to come down fast along with the landing gears.
Below are two pics of the approach and landing:

http://img358.imageshack.us/img358/1291/pict00412jb.jpg
http://img358.imageshack.us/img358/5034/pict00426po.jpg

The landing was very smooth and we did the famous a340 tip-toe as i felt the gear touch down and then fall forward again Big grin

We had quite a long taxi to complete to our gate at Toronto and we went past a cargo plane that i have never seen before in the UK:

DHL DC-8

http://img358.imageshack.us/img358/4945/pict00431ra.jpg


We finally arrived at the gate and after a quick de-boarding we made our way to the bus stands for a bus ride to terminal 1 to go through security and passport control and to collect our luggage.

here is a picture of the aircraft that just flew me across the Atlantic:

http://img358.imageshack.us/img358/6723/pict00440tl.jpg


The bus ride was a very nice un-expected surprise as it was like a mini tour around Toronto airport. Here are some pictures I got from the bus:

Air Canada 767-333/ER C-FMWY

http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/2387/pict00459ki.jpg

Air France A340-313X F-GLZO

http://img358.imageshack.us/img358/1890/photo00693eu.jpg

Air Canada A330-343X C-GFAH

http://img358.imageshack.us/img358/8113/photo00725qx.jpg


And that's it folks, my exciting trip from London to Toronto is over

Hope you liked my report, expect the return trip as soon as i can get it done

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User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1694 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 30122 times:

Hi,

Welcome to A.net! Nice tripreport with nice pics, a pity that you had such bad english weather upon departure!
Thanks for sharing!

Brgds,
DALCE



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User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 30017 times:

Great report.. Thanks a lot for sharing...

Quoting Tommy212 (Thread starter):
While taxing for departure we were informed that the aircraft had to keep the landing ear extended for 5 minutes after take-off, I thought that was very odd.

Very odd indeed... Any professional opinions as to why they had to keep the landing gear down for 5 minutes?



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User currently offlineJetset763 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 29961 times:

Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 2):
Very odd indeed... Any professional opinions as to why they had to keep the landing gear down for 5 minutes?

Probably hot brakes.

Good report!


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8552 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 29822 times:
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Nice first report, thanks.

Quoting Tommy212 (Thread starter):
Below is a picture of the cabin from were i was sitting

- I wish AC would upgrade the cabin the their Airbus fleet (possibly unlikely now), the fablic shade is awful & the seat in front of you looks just terrible with the TPV cut out filled, what were AC thinking when they kitted these birds out??!!

Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 2):
Any professional opinions as to why they had to keep the landing gear down for 5 minutes?

- Yes, very off, I'd like to know too.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27035 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 29377 times:

Nice TR thanks very much.

User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 28893 times:

Quoting Tommy212 (Thread starter):
United Airlines 777-222 N781UA off to JFK

UA doesn't fly JFK-LHR any longer. The 777 is going to either IAD, SFO, LAX or ORD.


User currently offlineDavidkunzVIE From Austria, joined Mar 2007, 431 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 28803 times:

Very nice!
With all that fuss about the 777s, I'm starting to forget that AC still has a massive Airbus fleet.



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User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1986 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 28730 times:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
wish AC would upgrade the cabin the their Airbus fleet (possibly unlikely now), the fablic shade is awful & the seat in front of you looks just terrible with the TPV cut out filled, what were AC thinking when they kitted these birds out??!!

AC plans to do the 333s with the project XM. The PTVs cut out are there because IIRC AC planned on putting them in but they could not afford it while they where in bankruptcy protection.



Keep the shinny side up!
User currently offlineYYZYHZ From Canada, joined May 2006, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 28283 times:

Quoting ZBBYLW (Reply 8):

If I recall, AC got the A333's in 1999, before the CP merger, and way before their 18 month bankruptcy protection process. (which was from 2003-2004). I'm going to go out on a limb, and assume AC simply didn't order PTV's a la LH does in their economy cabin. But yes, it will be nice when the 333's get XM'ed, which should be this year?



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User currently offlineTommy212 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 28123 times:

Quoting Bicoastal (Reply 6):

i should have said that this flight was taken back in 2006. sorry, in 2006 the route was still operational


User currently offlineRonBurgundy From Ireland, joined May 2007, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 27819 times:

Good report Tommy212. I love reading these trip reports.

The reason for the landing gear remaining down after lift-off could be the mechanism that slows the wheels before being stowed in the wheel-well wasn't working properly. Therefore the pilot let them slow/stop naturally, before retracting them. This aircraft would typically have a turnround time of around two hours, minimum, so any hot brakes on landing should have cooled by departure time (particularly on the weather conditions of that day). Hot brakes are more of a problem with the LoCo's with 25 minute turnrounds.


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