Eskzoo From Canada, joined Jan 2008, 61 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 9 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6881 times:
Even though that I have already posted on the same flight (YYZ to LGA), another day another flight, why not post again?
Trip Report: 5
Date: May 8, 08
Flight: AC 704 YYZ - LGA
Seat: 12 F
Aircraft: Embraer 175 or 190
Load: 75% C / 60% Y
I checked in online again using the 7 and 8th of my 10 Flight Pass credits. Initially I was worried that when I bought my Flight Pass that there would be problems getting seats on flights that I needed but so far success was 100% and I can't remember a flight not being available. I would consider getting the pass again for the North East once my current pass expires.
Flight left out of Terminal 1. Drove from downtown and parked at the Long Term parking with the shuttle taking me to T1.
US customs was insane, 45 minute wait. Can't wait to get my NEXUS card which allows you to bypass the line on US / Canada borders.
Because of the delay at customs, I only had time to go to the lounge and grab a banana and coffee. Sorry no time for photos. The lounge was busy per usual with the AM flights to all the US destinations.
Got to the gate right after boarding was called and went right in.
What do you think ran into that gate / jetway? I'm going with catering vehicle.
US Airways waiting at the busted gate... more and more flight / airlines are moving to Terminal 1 as they finish all the gates.
We waited at the gate for about 1 hour waiting for LGA to clear up because of weather in NYC. I think it ended up being longer than 1 hour. At least they turned on the IFE.
Legroom at bulkhead.
The new Embraer are some of the only aircraft that feature a video safety demo.
Air Canada children's charity livery...
34 (?) R not in use this day... off to L
Take off with a view of the "De-Ice" facility.
Cruise level. Flight time came in at just over one hour gate to gate...
Service was just beverage. Got a coffee and a water... cookies were also offered!
Smooth landing, relatively quiet LGA and the late arrival made me miss traffic into lower Manhattan. Again at the mercy of LGA.
A couple photos from my return flight which was the last YYZ bound flight on a Saturday.
The place was dead, light pax load and no other flights. I think the load must have been 30 to 40%.
The Air Canada gates at LGA include a Doppler radar loop. I guess they feel that they take too much heat for delays and cancellations so this can let them say: "See the purple on the there... that's why you're not going anywhere".
One bad thing about the return flight the United lounge closes at 6pm on Saturdays, so no time to download emails or do anything else lounge like, such as having a coffee and grabbing some magazines. Very disappointing.
Sorry for the sort of re-post but at least it is something...
Cytz_pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 569 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6815 times:
Very nice, thank you for writing.
I remember that little AC waiting area at LGA, man, doesn't get any more boring than that place. I love the windows - if you're not 9 feet tall, you've got nothing but bare wall to look at.
Quoting Eskzoo (Thread starter): What do you think ran into that gate / jetway? I'm going with catering vehicle.
My father worked as a caterer at YYZ for years, and he said that trucks running into the terminal & aircraft happens pretty often. He had a co-worker that ran into a 747 & a 767 within less than a year of each other.
Eskzoo From Canada, joined Jan 2008, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6800 times:
Quoting Cytz_pilot (Reply 1): I remember that little AC waiting area at LGA, man, doesn't get any more boring than that place. I love the windows - if you're not 9 feet tall, you've got nothing but bare wall to look at.
Also at the Au Bon Pain before the security, they have now frosted the windows as well. I'm sure that someone thought it was a good security idea... it looks ugly. Rumors are that AC, Jet Blue and CO are in talks to try to clean up their gates a bit... but who knows if that will ever happen!