PeterJ From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 43 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 10 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6627 times:
Hello all. Last month I had to travel home to Western Massachusetts for a wedding. Given that I am was in the middle of my first term of Grad School, and had only a short window to be home, my options were pretty well limited to Air Canada.
My original plan was to fly out on Thursday the 13th of October on a red-eye, then leave Hartford the morning of the 17th. All was set until the Sunday before. While working on a project and watching the news, I saw that the cabin crew was set to go on strike the morning of the 13th. The next morning I got an email from AC offering me a complimentary rebooking. After chatting with my professor, she released me from my Thursday class.
I was surprised to see that I actually had several options to rebook on. I decided to pick a bit of an unusual itinerary (surprise surprise, right?) I noticed that one itinerary had a layover of 8 hours and 55 minutes in Montréal. Seeing as I have only visited Montréal once before, I decided to go for it and treat myself to a free day in Québec. The other plus was one way I would have the Beech 1900D and on the way back the Dash 8. I looked forward to comparing the 2. I have never flown a Dash 8 before.
The only drawback was the flight left Tuesday night. I have class Tuesday evenings, which meant I would have to take my suitcase to UBC with me and go to the airport straight from campus via the bus and the Canada Line.
Depart: Tue Oct-11, 2011 at 11:35 PM PDT
Arriving: Wed Oct-12, 2011 at 07:10 AM EDT
Airbus A321 Seat: 20F
I will spare a lengthy description of this flight. It was a typical AC domestic Y class flight. The flight was full, and was full of workers from the mining industry coming from the north. The man seated behind me was a bit much. He spent the first 2 hours hitting on the two young Swiss women seated next to him. He then ordered 4 drinks and proceeded to get absolutely blasted. (Which raises an observation: one usually will not be served 4 drinks for themselves at a bar. Why the cabin crew did is beyond me.)
I settled in and did some work while watching the airshow. The airshow was sort of funky on this flight. As you can see the distance to destination and time to destination didn’t work. Also for about 20 minutes after take off it told us we were on final approach. After finishing my work I ordered a club soda and a scotch and watched some of the IFE.
Since my bags were checked through, I exited the terminal and boarded the aptly numbered 747 express bus to downtown. The bus fare is a day pass for the Montréal transit system which is very convenient.
What was nice was that I had no real plan. My only priority was to get my father, a Canadiens fan a birthday gift. After grabbing breakfast, I strolled around a little.
There was some confusion on the ground as the boarding time came and went. From my limited French I could pick up that the plane wasn’t there, and the ground staff seemed confused by that. There were no windows looking out though so I can’t say for sure. I grabbed a cup of coffee that I sorely needed by that point and still nothing. Eventually almost 30 minutes late we were set to board.
We landed with some force. The braking was strong enough that the foldable seats that were empty folded down from the force. The flight was pretty smooth. I relaxed and read the reformatted enRoute magazine, which is far better than it was previously.
I enjoyed my extra time home, especially since it meant getting to actually see my sister outside of her wedding day. As the plans were previously I wasn’t going to have much time with her outside of the ceremony. But it was time to head home to Vancouver.
Unlike my previous departures I was able to leave at a more reasonable hour. The handling agent for Jazz waived my baggage fees too! I ate breakfast and settled in to see what was happening at BDL
I went to stretch my legs and actually bumped into my great uncle who had flown in from Alabama for the wedding. We chatted for a bit and went our separate ways, but it was a nice coincidence that our flights left at the same time.
Depart: Mon Oct-17, 2011 at 10:25 AM EDT
Arriving: Mon Oct-17, 2011 at 12:22 PM EDT
Dash 8-100 Seats: 7F
I am enjoying the prop flights I get to take between YUL/YYZ and BDL. I am not sure which I like better. The Beech is incredibly loud, but the seats I find more comfortable, especially with the single aisle. The Dash 8 was nice though too. It offered better views, and drink service, which is always nice. For now I will say I am partial to the Beech, but I wouldn’t turn down a chance to fly on either one again soon.
In a few weeks I will be headed home again for Christmas. On the way back I will fly CO one last time BDL-EWR-SEA-YVR. More than likely I will be posting about that trip as well, though hopefully with less of a delay.
I was up in the Adirondaks last month and the local tv was all Montreal channels, they were running QR commercials nonstop. They are quite different from the ones the run in then NYC market I usually see.