Arrival at YYZ’s Terminal 1
Check-in desk in section K for London flights
Overview of US and domestic section of T1 after passing though security
T1 International departure lounge and shops
Terminal 1 International departures
Lufthansa A340-600 D-AIHK LH471 to Frankfurt, I flew on this a/c a few months back MUC-PVG
Gate 173, my plane for London – B777-333ER C-FITW, still being prepared for the flight
Seating area at gate 173
Boarding AC856, boarding began with Executive First and pax with children, followed by economy pac from the rear of the aircraft. I had seat 24K meaning I was the last group to be called for boarding.
My seat for the next 7hrs …wishing it could be longer!
View from my seat, another AC 773ER, this one is going to Paris.
Push-back at 18:44, only 4 mins behind schedule
Taxiing to runway 23, passing by AC 767-300ER, this one is bound for Munich
and an AC A340-300 in Star Alliance colours at the domestic pier
YYZ terminal 3 is A310 heaven, 3 of them here, 2x Air Transat, 1x SATA
...passing by Terminal 3
…passing by an ELAL 767-200ER parked by the Air Canada hangers. This arrives as flight LY103 from TLV at 06:20 and doesn’t depart again until 21:40 as LY104 back to TLV.
…2 Air Canada ERJ-190s
…some nice classics here – DHL DC-8-73F N806DH, Flair 727-281(Adv)F C-FLHJ
Lineup for runway 23 departure
Looking back the way we came
DHL DC-8-73F N806DH
Lining up on runway 23
Video of the departure
Banking to fly North-Easterly shortly after take-off to head out for the trans-Atlantic flight
View of the YYZ
Downtown Toronto in the distance, just behind the wing
Climbing out over the outskirts of Toronto
The IFE has started! Nice system however a bit slow and quite a few things didn’t work yet. Most unfortunately the map was not working. The games also didn’t work and nor did the USB port next to the screen. They did have a good program about their XM (Xtreme Makeover) project, and showed how an A320 was gutted out and refitted with the new interior.
Dinner – choice of Beef lasagne and Lemon chicken, I chose the chicken.
View of the cabin from my seat (24K), this is the first cabin of economy class, the smallest one.
The sun is setting behind us as we make our way Eastwards
The lavatory, nothing special really, quite spacious though
Some cabin shots
Nice lighting on the 77W, it cycles green, blue, lilac, pink
An hour before landing breakfast arrives
My seat – 24K, seat J in the middle was empty creating a nice storage space.
Sunrise as we approach London, some views from my seat
Nice reflection on the engine
Descending into London
Nice view of the Thames, looking towards the Thames estury
Passing over central London and London Eye
On finals to LHR
Video of the landing
Passing LHRs new control tower
T3 at 06:26, this isn’t JFK or DFW is it?
Arriving at Terminal 3 gate 29. On-blocks at 06:27, only 2 minutes behind schedule.
Passing though the Executive First cabin getting off the plane. These seats actually look quite narrow and would really cause a neck-ache if you wanted to look out the window …maybe I’m just jealous I didn’t get to sit there.
Quick visit to the cockpit, complete with EFB, very nice
That’s AC856 complete, will be back on its way to Canada in a few hours.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 32767 times:
Very nice report on AC brand new 773ER. I feel that AC product is very nice on Economy! The plane looks awesome and the seats look very nice too. Regarding the IFE, did you have a command or was it touch-screen type? The meals also look tasty and with good quality.
I was very surprised to see how YYZ changed....last time I was there was in November 2003 and surely this airport looks really nice indeed.
I hope to return to Canada next year and if that happens I try to find a way to fly with AC.
Thanks for sharing your report.
Cytz_pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 546 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Fantastic pictures! Thank you for sharing.
The interior lighting that changes color seems like it would be a bit strange & distracting although interesting. I would love to fly in one of the new AC 777's, but I'll have to settle for just getting a good photo of one when I visit family in Toronto next month.
22886 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 390 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
The IFE was a touch screen AVOD system, it had around 28 movies, I think about 4 in each category: Hollywood, Classics, AvantGarde, World, French and Canadian plus many other programs and a good selection of music albums and radio channels to listen to.
Another good thing about ACs new IFE system is that there are no IFE boxes under the seats reducing legroom, its all hidden under the floor.
The IFE on the non XMed 767-300ER I flew LHR-YYZ with was still using the projector screen, showing 2 movies and no map, so this is a BIG improvement.
Boeing77W From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 156 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Great TR, some excellent photos. Hoping to fly with AC on the 777 next year, looking forward to it!
Quoting 22886 (Thread starter): Nice system however a bit slow and quite a few things didn’t work yet. Most unfortunately the map was not working. The games also didn’t work and nor did the USB port next to the screen.
It seems that this has been a problem with many of the 777 for AC since delivery. Are they just teething problems or a more serious problem with the system?
"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards..."
Cytz_pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 546 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Quoting Boeing77W (Reply 12): It seems that this has been a problem with many of the 777 for AC since delivery. Are they just teething problems or a more serious problem with the system?
I wonder if they do not work as opposed to just not being offered. I flew in 2 AC E175's last winter with the same AVOD system and those options did not work then either. I heard through an A.net forum that the map/games were planned for future expansion of the system.
As for the USB port, no idea - I didn't have anything to plug into it.
LaxAgent From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 54 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Whoa this is the best trip report every, just how I like them; more pictures and less words making you feel part of the experience. Hopefully we get these birds in LAX so it could go to SYD whenever that is approved. I could just imagine boarding this flight. I was sad when the company retired the 747 but the 777 look better.
AC888YOW From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 510 posts, RR: 1 Reply 19, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Quoting 22886 (Thread starter): Passing though the Executive First cabin getting off the plane. These seats actually look quite narrow and would really cause a neck-ache if you wanted to look out the window …maybe I’m just jealous I didn’t get to sit there.
You do not exaggerate the window viewing situation.
I was lucky enough to tour C-FITL when it was delivered to AC in YUL some months ago. I gave the new executive first seat a good test drive and my only complaint was the lack of window viewing. Not only is the seat angled away from the window, the seat assembly incorporates a 'wall' that serves to block the window almost entirely. When sitting fully upright, window viewing is very difficult, requires an unnatural posture, and is largely obstructed. In a reclined position the view is a bit less obstructed but not enough to really enjoy ... and it still requires an unnatural posture.
I fully realize most people who fly in this class couldn't care less, but I thought I'd mention it.
ACFA From Canada, joined Feb 2007, 261 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
If you want to look at the window in Executive First (XM), the best thing to do is to select a middle seat, and you can view multiple windows at once without turning your head. It feels very strange watching the takeoff go sideways.
Despite the mixed reviews I've heard, I found them to be very comfortable.