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First Air 7F 955: JUN/11: YEG/YZF-YRT/YFB: Y/73M  
User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5124 posts, RR: 55
Posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 17635 times:

Feedback always appreciated.




I > Background:
For those reading my last few reports know, a sudden opportunity had led me to spend around 2 weeks flying around Canada and visit some of her remote parts. Journey recap:

- Air North’s HS7 on YXY to YEV: Air North 4N 307: JUN/11: YXY/YDAYOC/YEV: Y /HS 7! (by abrelosojos Mar 4 2012 in Trip Reports)
- Canadian North’s 732 on YEV to YEG: CDN North 5T 445: JUN/11: YEV/YVQ-YZF/YEG: Y Cabin (by abrelosojos Mar 11 2012 in Trip Reports)

(Route Recap)


Using A.Net search, I could not find any reports on FIRST AIR – this I find hard to believe, so please post links to older report if you can. I believe this would be the first report to cover the Edmonton (YEG) to Iqaluit (YFB) flight which stops at Yellowknife (YZF) and Ranken Inlet (YRT) on an extremely rare classic aircraft – Boeing 737-200 Combi.

In fact, this would be my first 737-200 Quick Change Combi flight ever, and again, I think first time featured on A.Net

II > Pre-Flight:

a) Before Airport:
First Air (IATA: 7F), is an airline headquartered in Kanata, a suburb of Ottawa. It operates services to 34 communities in Nunavut, Nunavik, and the Northwest Territories, and also provides flights to Canadian “hub” cities at Edmonton, Ottawa, and Montreal. A motley crew of 732’s, 73M’s, ATR’s serve their passenger operations complemented by cargo operations that even see a leased 767 in service.

Of the other “Northern” carrier websites I had visited, I found First Air’s (http://www.firstair.ca/) to be the nicest and most functional. Within a few clicks I was able to book my ticket and receive e-tickets in the mail. I was even able to chose my seat, and view my itinerary at a later date. The airline did not have features such as flight modifications, but those really are advanced stuff and like the other Northern airlines, I was rather impressed by how this small airline had all the basics down. Moreover, the entire site was visually appealing and well presented, with several areas clearly promoting their indigenous roots.

b) At Airport:
I stayed in Edmonton for a day – not really my kind of city – the highlight of the visit is supposed to be a mall? Anyways, I was dying to go back “north”, and did not mind the 5am wakeup for the journey to the airport. Today’s trip would see me backtracking to Yellowknife and then cross Canada at the “top” to Iqaluit (YFB: in Canada’s newest Territory) via a stop at Ranken Inlet (YRT). Apparently, in Canadian aviation circles, this route is called “Over The Top”.

Edmonton Airport was interesting – again, it reminded me of a tad too 1970’s/1980’s architecture, though airside was significantly nicer. First Air counters were at the edge of the airport, and an agent quickly was able to check me in and issue a boarding pass. There was apparently something wrong with the computer and it would not issue me the YZF-YRT-YFB boarding passes – she profusely apologized and called the operations control to make sure someone would be there on hand in Yellowknife to hand me the boarding passes again. During the entire time, she would smile at me, and politely ask my seating preference, etc. When she found out the intent of the trip (random aircraft spotting), she asked me to wait a minute, headed to the office, and brought me a collection of old and new First Air ticket jackets. She even gave me an email address of someone in Kanata (their HQ) who can provide me with a logo jet! I was thoroughly impressed by her, thanked her, and headed to security.

Security was quick enough and boarding was 15 minutes prior to departure. It was very smoothly run, and I was impressed when the clearly Polish gate agent and I had the following interaction:

Agent: “Aah. Mr. AM. I see you are flying us to do some plane spotting.”
Me: “Yes.” (Surprised)
Agent: “Well, Amanda at the check-in desk had told me, and here is a printed information on the aircraft, some registration info as well. I would advice you to sit on the left hand side – the views are better”!!

Wow. I was clearly impressed and headed down the bridge to be greeted by a graceful lady who welcomed me with a smile, and said that she had been “warned” that I might be “causing trouble” ☺. WOW. I just knew it was going to be a great flight with 3 great attendants. Cargo was apparently packed, while Y-class load fluctuated between 10 and 40% depending on the leg.

Airport - External:

(Edmonton Airport)


Check-in:

(First Air Check-In)


Airport - Internal:


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(FIDS)

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(Post Security @ YEG)


Scenes of the tarmac:

(Canadian North 737’s with cargo being uploaded)


Lounge

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Boarding:


(Gate Area)

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(Boarding)
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III> In-Flight:

a) Service Schedule + Impressions:
There was service overload and I frankly thought we got more stuff on First Air than on most intercontinental Business Class! On the ground, hot towels (!) were distributed. These were again distributed at every stop, AND after every meal service. Clearly, classic service.

Breakfast was served on the YEG-YZF leg; a full meal service on YZF – YRT, and then ANOTHER full meal/lunch service on YRT-YFB!

Newspapers and magazines in a variety of languages were also distributed prior to each leg.

Again, the highlight of the flight … was the flight itself and the various stops it made along the way. Unlike the other flights, this was an entirely different experience. After Edmonton, where we had to go through security, we got new boarding passes issued at Yellowknife. However, @ YZF, there was no security for the onward connection as it was in the “Northern” world. The most unique stop was at Ranken Inlet (YRT). A town I had never heard of, came to greet the plane with lots of locals being curious about me. At Ranken (which apparently almost became capital of Nunavut), the skilled pilots of First Air were the only ones who could land. Wind speeds were over 80, and we were advised that we might do a missed approach if it was too dangerous. Thankfully, we landed … and were apparently the only airline that was able to. There was a Canadian North 732 which had the same routing YZF-YRT-YFB and were told unable to land and went directly on to YFB.

Ranken Inlet (YRT) was like no other. It felt like the world had ended, and we were the only survivors. This was the middle of summer and it was -10C and snow on the ground. I found myself developing a strong admiration for the people here, and wondering how my life would have been living here. Soon though, a friendly agent requested us to re-board the aircraft, and off we went.

b) Aircraft + Seats:
First Air had maintained their Boeing 737-200 QC in immaculate condition. On today’s flight, it was configured to 76 passengers. Unlike 5T’s 732, these even came with the original bathroom layout at the back (again, immaculate). The dark printed seats were very comfortable – unlike Canadian North, seat pitch was excellent and recline very generous.

Overall, the condition and comfort of the seats were far superior to the experience on Canadian North.

Aircraft:
(Our 737-200M @ YZF)

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(@ YRT)

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(Look at those engines)

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(After disembarkation @ YRT)

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Views from Aircraft:

(Arriving @ YZF)

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(Yellowknife Airport)

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(YZF Airport – Same boarding area I used to go to YEG – now, without security as “northern” departure)

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(YZF Airport – Boarding Gate)

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(YZF FIDS – Look at the diversity …)

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(Landing @ YRT)

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(The conditions were CRAZY – the pilots HEROES)

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(Ranken Inlet)

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(YRT Airport)

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(Innovative Bag Delivery System)

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(The Airport)

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(Company Movement)

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(Crazy weather continues)

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(Overflying the Arctic, and the beautiful landing in Iqaluit)

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(I want to fly the DC3 @ YFB)

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(With the 5T aircraft that missed approach at Ranken)

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(More @ tarmac)

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(Iqaluit Airport interiors)


General Seat Views + Seat Legroom

(Seat)

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(Front of seat)

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(Seat controls)

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(Around Seat)

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(Legroom)


Seat Recline + Angle View:

(Rather generous)

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(Beautiful view – very classic I think)


Cabin:


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(Around a gorgeous aircraft)

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(FA takes food … and gets my curiosity)

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(Voila)

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(Blanket ++)


(Bathroom)

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c) Meal + Beverage:
On the last installment, I reported how Canadian North is probably one of the last handful of airlines in North America that provided full meal service on domestic economy flights. Well, First Air truly would get my vote for one of the most extravagant meal services I have experienced ANYWHERE in the world in economy class in today’s world. Who would have thought that the quality and quantity of food and beverage offerings would be far superior to that of any airline in Asia?!

This little unknown airline had completely won me over with the choices served – and probably remains one of the best in the world.

On the first leg to Yellowknife (and on every subsequent legs), candies were distributed at take-off, and prior to landing. During the breakfast flight on YEG to YZF, we were served fresh fruits, orange juice, a beef/egg concotation that tasted really good, and a very nice raisin dessert. All this was washed down with extremely good café.
Then, between Yellowknife and Ranken Inlet, a lunch service commenced which included a warm bread roll, fresh salad (and I mean FRESH), a choice of chicken kiev or beef – I chose the chicken which came with potatoes and spinach and was pleasantly surprised, and a chocolate dessert. All this was accompanied by generous supply of wine and other beverages. The lead flight attendant came by several times and offered to top off our wines. I had actually never experienced such service in Economy and kept pinching myself. More importantly, I was not in Asia – but in North America – but in Canada! Finishing the whole affair, we were offered Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Squares – and lots of them – see the crew section for more on this.

Finally, between Ranken Inlet and Iqaluit (YFB), we were served another meal(!). This was a chicken sandwich in a croissant type bread, some nice peach, a chocolate cake, and more generous offering of wine. Now, some passengers who had embarked upon just in Ranken Inlet were also offered a generous alternate “fuller” meal – some potatoes, mushrooms, a sandwich, orange juice, wine, fruit salad, and a fruit cake. Since I was so amazed by this entire service protocol, I asked for the same and was given it! Needless to say, I could not eat it.

Without any doubt, this was the most amount of food I have ever been served anywhere in the world over a 7 hour total elapsed time period. Better still, the quality of the food was exemplary, and I wondered who in their right mind would fly Canadian North when they had First Air on the exact same routes!

(Between YEG and YZF – towels + candies on all sector)

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(Between YZF and YRT)

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(Between YRT and YFB)

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(Or, alternate option for those joining at YRT)

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d) Inflight Entertainment:
While there was no audio-visual entertainment on 7F, I was kept entertained by the in-flight magazine which was surprisingly good. 


(Newspapers)


(“In-flight magazines”, Boarding Passes, etc.: Not too shabby – loved the postcards in the magazine)


e) Crew:
Well, I had a good feeling about the crew ever since the fantastic ground operations at YEG. This amazing and welcoming attitude continued onboard as I was served by a fantastic group of 3 flight attendants – 2 women in their 50’s, and a younger guy. All of them showed incredible warmth and proved that the earlier disappointments of Air North and Canadian North were quickly forgotten. Simply speaking, this was probably the best crew I have encountered in ANY Economy Class on a North American carrier. Their hospitality started the moment we boarded with greetings to each passenger, help with baggage storage, and especially attentive details paid to the elder indigenous passengers. Throughout the flight, they would check in with the passengers, do generous water and beverage runs (especially liberal with the wine), and chat/joke with the passengers. It all felt like a exclusive business class than an economy class of a combi aircraft.

Some personal anecdotes that just bowled me over:

+ I am a big fan of Ghirardelli Squares – so I rang the button after meal service and asked if I could greedily have a few more. The lead FA said, “Honey – you are not greedy. You just have fine and exquisite taste”. She disappeared and moments later appeared with a First Air sickness bag filled with the chocolate squares! She also brought me some more red wine – in case I wanted to start eating the chocolates now!

+ During the flight between YRT and YFB, I asked the male FA how the Combi section looked during flight. He said, “Well – why don’t you see it for yourself?”. He called the Captain and got a confirmation to show it to me in-flight.

+ Sitting at the exit seat, I was clearly cold. The lead FA seeing this came to me and said, “Let me guess … you are from the South right?” Moments later, she appeared with a pillow and blanket.

+ At one point, I went to the galley to ask them if they had any recommendations on Iqaluit. The three crew members wrote me a detailed one page guide on the best places to eat, go out (apparently, the Canadian Legion is where it is happening on Saturday), gave me the phone number of a friend who can “vouch” for me to get entry into the Canadian Legion for Saturday night.

As I got off the plane, I thanked them profusely and told them that it was one of the best crew I have ever encountered. I had a little pack of Venezuelan souvenirs that I carry and gave each of them one of it. They were truly appreciative, and as I walked away from the Combi, a smile came all across me. These three had truly made me feel special and reminded me why I love flying, and why I love this industry so much.

IV> Post-Flight:
Arrival into Iqaluit was quick as we touched down before arrival time. I bade goodbye to the crew one last time, got a hug from both the crew members, and was landside in ten minutes.



V> Impressions + Scores:
Who would have ever thought that one of my best trips would be on an obscure airline in North America. First Air was simply flawless. Every step of the way, they made me feel special. It started from an amazing on-ground crew and went all the way to one of the best crew I have encountered in the air. I rarely get emotional, but I even had a tear as the lead FA hugged me when I was disembarking. In today’s travel, which has become a commodity, and which I take for granted, moments like this are there to remind us that air travel will always be special. It is a form of transport which can magically move us from one part of the world to another completelt different. Adding to the wonderful crew was the most elaborate meal service I have encountered on an Economy class flight anywhere recently. All of it made me forget that there was no IFE. I didn’t even miss it.

Overall, one of the best experiences I have had in Economy class travel. Their overall score of 9.04 will place them 2nd in the Y-Class (Long+Medium Haul) – and the only reason is because Air India’s IFE was infinitely superior. I will continue to seek to fly First Air as they are miles ahead of Canadian North. Overall, two thumps way way up!



VI> Other Trip Reports:

PREMIUM:
9.27: JET AIRWAYS **FIRST** (110): LHR-BOM: 10/2010
9.27: THAI AIRWAYS **FIRST** (108): BKK-LHR: 07/2010
8.66: Brussels Airlines (93): FIH-BRU: 01/2010
8.64: Turkish Airlines (59): JFK-IST: 11/2008
8.63: Jet Airways (88): JFK-BRU: 10/2009
8.61: Air Canada (49): YYZ-SCL: 06/2008
8.54: Turkish Airlines (77): GRU-DKR-IST: 04/2009
8.36: Kingfisher (98): BOM-HKG: 01/2010
8.30: Jet Airways (74): KWI-BOM: 04/2009
8.23: United Airlines (72): SFO-SYD: 03/2009
8.11: Aeroflot (33): MOW-DEL: 09/2007
8.05: Air India (80): CCU-JFK: 06/2009
8.04: Korean Air (40): NRT-ICN: 10/2007
8.02: Delta Airlines (24): JFK-CDG: 08/2007
7.82: UNITED AIRLINES **FIRST** (110): SFO-ICN: 10/2010
7.82: Singapore Airlines (06): EWR-SIN: 09/2006
7.66: Sri Lankan (104): DEL-CMB: 07/2010
7.64: Royal Jordanian (91): AMM-YUL: 12/2009
7.61: China Southern (103): LOS-DXB: 04/2010
7.57: Pakistan Airlines (102): ORD-BCN: 06/2010
7.46: LAN (55): YYZ-JFK: 09/2008
7.38: AMERICAN AIRLINES **FIRST** (112): LHR-JFK: 10/2010
7.38: CATHAY PACIFIC **FIRST** (109): HKG-LHR: 10/2010
7.25: Iran Air (88): BOM-IKA: 12/2009
7.23: Air Pacific (120): NAN-APW-HNL: 01/2011
7.23: Virgin Atlantic (81): BOS-LHR: 07/2009
7.14: Swiss (52): SCL-GRU: 06/2008
7.11: Aer Lingus (105): MAD-IAD: 05/2010
7.11: Austrian (79): VIE-JFK: 06/2009
7.07: Privatair (84): BOM-FRA: 08/2009
7.02: Qatar (68): DOH-JFK: 01/2009
6.96: Etihad (61): JFK-AUH: 12/2008
6.93: Delta Airlines (18): SEA-JFK: 11/2006
6.88: Egypt Air (123): LHR-CAI: 03/2011
6.84: ConViasa (65): CCS-DAM: 01/2009
6.82: Air Burkina (106): BKO-OUA: 06/2010
6.81: Air Canada (17): ICN-YYZ: 10/2006
6.75: Afriqiyah + Libyan (113): CAI-TIP: 11/2010
6.70: KLM (32): EBB-AMS: 08/2007
6.52: Emirates (99): LHR-DXB: 02/2010
6.39: South African (97): EZE-JNB: 01/2010
6.36: Privatair (60): MUC-BOS: 12/2008
6.29: TAM Brasil (96): POA-EZE: 02/2010
6.25: Korean Air (45): NAN-ICN: 10/2007
6.21: Iberia (87): BOS-MAD: 10/2009
6.11: A SKY (107): OUA-COO: 06/2010
6.11: TAP Portugal (53): GRU-OPO: 06/2008
6.00: Gulf Air (75): BOM-BAH: 04/2009
5.88: African Express (89): DXB-NBO: 11/2009
5.75: Singapore Airlines (16): CCU-SIN: 10/2006
5.64: SATA Azores (101): BOS-PDL: 04/2010
5.64: NorthWest (46): ICN-NRT-SEA: 10/2007
5.54: Ethiopian Airlines (95): ADD-BOM: 01/2010
5.46: Icelandair (83): KEF-BOS: 08/2009
5.39: LOT (54): WAW-JFK: 06/2008
5.21: Egypt Air (73): CAI-IST: 02/2009
5.11: Tunisair (115): TUN-ORY: 12/2010
5.07: TACA (66): JFK-SAP: 01/2009
4.89: TAAG Angola (117): TMS-LAD: 12/2010
4.42: Air France: CDG-JNB (25): 08/2007

ECONOMY: Long + Medium:
9.26: Air India (48): JFK-DEL: 02/2008
9.04: First Air (129): 06/2011
7.38: Avianca (01): BOG-LIM: 07/2006
7.07: Sri Lankan (62): KWI-CMB: 12/2008
7.00: LAN (94): IPC-SCL: 01/2010
6.81: STP Airways/Euro Atlantic (116): LIS-TMS: 12/2010
6.67: Air Malta (124): MLA-FRA: 04/2011
6.63: Vladavia (126): KHV-PEK: 06/2011
6.41: Air North (127): YEV-YEG: 06/2011
6.41: Avianca (78): JFK-BOG: 05/2009
6.41: American Airlines (58): LHR-BOS: 11/2008
6.39: Condor (85): SEZ-FRA: 09/2009
6.26: Jet Blue (21): CUN-JFK: 02/2007
6.11: Caribbean Airlines (119): POS-FLL: 01/2011
6.06: Air Canada (04): YYZ-YVR: 09/2006
5.89: USA 3000 (19): PUJ-BDL: 01/2007
5.85: Spanair (69): MAD-LPA: 02/2009
5.80: Canadian North (128): YEV-YVQ-YZF-YEG: 06/2011
5.79: Air New Zealand (42): RAR-NAN: 10/2007
5.52: Aerolineas (86): USH-AEP: 10/2009
5.46: TAP Air Portugal (23): OSL-LIS: 05/2007
5.19: Air Europa (70): LPA-MAD: 02/2009
5.16: Iberia (71): MAD-BOS: 02/2009
5.11: Air China (82): FRA-PEK: 08/2009
4.59: IR Aero (125): IKT-VVO: 06/2011

ECONOMY: Short
8.56: Paramount Airways (38): BLR-MAA: 09/2007
8.56: Kingfisher (64): HYD-CCU: 12/2008
8.24: Kingfisher (14): IXA-GAU: 10/2006
7.87: Indian (34): BOM-MAA: 09/2007
7.72: Alliance Air (13): CCU-IXA: 10/2006
7.57: Indian Airlines (10): DEL-CCU: 09/2006
7.23: West Jet (03): YYC-YVR: 09/2006
7.15: JetLite (37): BOM-GOI: 09/2007
6.98: Air Koryo (100): PEK-FNJ: 04/2010
6.70: Spice Jet (09): CCU-DEL: 09/2006
6.63: Air Fiji (44): NAN-SUV: 10/2007
6.63: Jazeera (67): DAM-KWI: 01/2009
6.58: Air Tran (02): EWR-MDW: 08/2006
6.48: Air India Express (63): CMB-MAA: 12/2008
6.44: CO Micronesia (39): ROR-YAP: 10/2007
6.41: Pacific Sun (43): NAN-SUV: 10/2007
6.37: Skybus (47): SWF-CMH: 02/2008
6.33: Kenya Airways (29): NBO-BJM: 08/2007
6.33: Sky Europe (56): LTN-BTS: 10/2008
6.31: Indigo (15): GAU-CCU: 10/2006
6.31: easyJet (57): BUD-LTN: 11/2008
6.22: Air Link Swazi (28): MTS-JNB: 08/2007
6.22: Air India (36): HYD-BOM: 09/2007
6.13: Adam Air (07): SIN-CGK: 09/2006
6.13: Air Rarotonga (41): RAR-AIT: 10/2007
6.04: Suriname Airways (118): PBM-POS: 01/2011
6.00: Transairways (27): INH-MPM: 08/2007
5.95: Air Canada (05): ALB-YYZ: 09/2006
5.85: SAS Norge (22): OSL-AES: 05/2007
5.81: LAM Mozambique (26): JNB-MPM: 08/2007
5.69: Air Deccan (12): IXZ-CCU: 10/2006
5.67: Rwanda Air Exp (30): KGL-NBO: 08/2007
5.52: Sevenair (114): TOE-TUN: 11/2010
5.37: Felix Airways (92): SCT-SAH: 12/2009
5.11: Aero Republica (76): BOG-CCS: 04/2009
5.07: Go Air (35): MAA-HYD: 09/2007
5.04: Biman (121): DAC-CGP: 01/2011
5.00: Sky Airline (51): IQQ-SCL: 06/2008
4.96: United Bangla (122): CGP-DAC: 01/2011
4.96: Valuair (08): CGK-SIN: 09/2006
4.78: Air Comet Chile (50): SCL-IQQ: 06/2008
4.74: Fly 540 (31): MYD-LAU: 08/2007
4.33: Viva Aerobus (20): ELP-MTY: 02/2007
4.11: Air Sahara (11): CCU-BOM: 09/2006

(Note on Codes: Y – Economy, J – Business, F – First :: I/D – International/Domestic :: SR/MR/LR – Short/Medium/Long Haul)
(Note on Date: Dates are modified to be +/- 3 days from actual flight date to not reveal actual flight pattern)

VII> Other Pictures:

(Some images of beautiful Nunavut – Iqaluit)

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(Outbound flight was on a 737-200 QC again to YOW – hope this picture can start doing justice about the powerful take-off)



Live, and let live.
34 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinedreamlinerAL From Canada, joined Feb 2012, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 17578 times:

Spendid as usual!

I was sure than your tour in northern Canada wasn't finish in YEG.

I'm sorry to say but you have the chance to fly the DC 3 in Yellowknife to Hay River(the only pax route for Buffalo Airways)

I'm looking forward to see the next leg on Air Inuit to Ottawa........maybe

Thank's again Alex for amazing TR


P.S We're doing the same routing , pretty much.


User currently offlineswedenflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 17508 times:

My mom really wants to go to northern Canada sometime, and so do I. First Air looks like a surprisingly decent option. Would you recommend Iqaluit or Rankin Inlet as a place to visit?


FlyingFinn76, abrelosojos
User currently offlineReadyJetGo From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 17436 times:

Alex...wow! What an incredible customer-oriented experience provided by First Air! I'm very happy to hear that you had great onboard food, comfortable seating, and most importantly, friendly and engaging cabin crew. I am glad to hear this, especially after your previous disappointing flights through the North on competing airlines. A warm crew like you had shows that First Air hires the right mix of people, and I would suspect treats them very well. I'm guessing they have a tight-knit atmosphere within their company. I keep thinking about their recent accident and reading your report makes it even more poignant. Thanks for sharing!

User currently offlinebaje427 From Barbados, joined Jul 2011, 405 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 17293 times:

Great trip report you always visit some interesting areas and rare airlines.

User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5124 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 17197 times:

Quoting dreamlinerAL (Reply 1):
I was sure than your tour in northern Canada wasn't finish in YEG.

= Haha ... well, the way I see it ... if I am up there, might as well.

Quoting dreamlinerAL (Reply 1):
I'm sorry to say but you have the chance to fly the DC 3 in Yellowknife to Hay River(the only pax route for Buffalo Airways)

= You know. I tried super hard to coordinate this DC3 trip, but the aircraft was out of operation that week. A good friend of mine is working in the airline industry in Canada, and I might be back with him to do more of this ...

Quoting dreamlinerAL (Reply 1):
I'm looking forward to see the next leg on Air Inuit to Ottawa........maybe

= Nah. As mentioned, I took First Air to YOW ... but, my reporting of Canadian carriers, is just not quite over yet ... though, the next airline is "different" than the ones covered before ...

Quoting dreamlinerAL (Reply 1):
P.S We're doing the same routing , pretty much.

= You do this for work?

Quoting swedenflyer (Reply 2):
My mom really wants to go to northern Canada sometime, and so do I. First Air looks like a surprisingly decent option. Would you recommend Iqaluit or Rankin Inlet as a place to visit?

= I would vote for Iqaluit. When is she wanting to go?

Quoting ReadyJetGo (Reply 3):
I keep thinking about their recent accident and reading your report makes it even more poignant. Thanks for sharing!

= Absolutely - especially because the plane that I was on from YFB to YOW was the one that crashed ... and I am trying to figure out if all the crew members I had are OK. Is there any First Air people out there?

Quoting baje427 (Reply 4):
Great trip report you always visit some interesting areas and rare airlines.

= Thanks a lot.

Great to see people stopping by as usual - thank you.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlinedreamlinerAL From Canada, joined Feb 2012, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 17137 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 5):
You do this for work?

Absolutely not!

Just my passion. No TRs , or better I'll do them in that other side I explain you in the private message .

Keep writing this beautiful escapes. We really appreciate.

Thank you!


User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 16945 times:

Hi Alex

What an amazing further instalment to your Canadian travels. This report has made me even more committed to booking my flights in September although sadly First Air is not currently on the list of my planned travels.

I really enjoyed this - you can tell from reading how much you enjoyed these flights, and how much more enjoyable it was because of the the friendly staff and crews. That makes such a difference. Also nothing like being on a classic jet - and a very rare one at that. Superb pics of the Arctic - thanks so much for bringing this one to us as well!

Cheers Palmjet



Eastern - Number One To The Sun
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 16853 times:

Hi Alex,

another excellent report about a rare carrier and rare airports! I'm very impressed by First Air - how can they afford to offer such a service level? Any info about the fares?

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Agent: “Aah. Mr. AM. I see you are flying us to do some plane spotting.”
Me: “Yes.” (Surprised)
Agent: “Well, Amanda at the check-in desk had told me, and here is a printed information on the aircraft, some registration info as well. I would advice you to sit on the left hand side – the views are better”!!
Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
There was service overload and I frankly thought we got more stuff on First Air than on most intercontinental Business Class! On the ground, hot towels (!) were distributed. These were again distributed at every stop, AND after every meal service. Clearly, classic service.

Very impressive! And the food looks really good on all these flights.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Overall, the condition and comfort of the seats were far superior to the experience on Canadian North.

Very interesting - but Canadian North has the better livery!

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Look at those engines

Yeah, I really enjoyed these views on my Sriwijaya Air trip. Did you read the report, btw? Have you ever tried SJ?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 16635 times:

Hi Alex !
and when I say that this is a unique and exotic company ...you don't believe me and asks me why? ...    ... ok ok forgive you this time just because your job here is in my interest hhehehehh

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
(After disembarkation @ YRT)

integrated stairs are so fascinante to me ... especially on this model ... did you have a photo of doors from the inside ?

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
I had a little pack of Venezuelan souvenirs that I carry and gave each of them one of it. They were truly appreciative, and as I walked away from the Combi, a smile came all across me. These three had truly made me feel special and reminded me why I love flying, and why I love this industry so much.

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa what is that ... the smile says a lot when coming from such analysts

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Outbound flight was on a 737-200 QC again to YOW

did 7F justified expectations on that route

this is a really unique trilogy and I secretly hoped that it will end up like this ... I am aware that "something must connect this space" ... but now I know ... sincerely thank you ... stipica  



Open your eyes and think
User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 934 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 16614 times:

Hi Alex. Well this was one of the best TR's out there. Very unique. I have not tried 7F before but hear it is really a family! I love how they take care of their customers. This is really what flying was like over 20 years ago! The pictures were amazing. I love the tails of 7F aircraft. So unique. Thanks again for sharing! Cheers, Will


Landing on every Continent almost on an annual basis!
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6596 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 16425 times:

Hi Alex !

Fantastic report with amazing pictures from the North!

Very impressive service on 7F with a full meal on each leg and extra impressive that they cater extra to enthusiasts!

Surely a trip to remember. It looks similar to Greenland at YFB from what it looks like in the pictures when comparing it to trip reports that covered Greenland recently.

Thanks again for another amazing and unique report!

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (2 years 7 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 16094 times:

Wow Alex, I didn't foresee you taking this flight. I knew it operated, checked once my possibilities to fly to these Canadian airports when I was still in aviation business, but these days, it's difficult to plan for me.
Truly fascinating story, beautiful pics from rare airports and scenery, well written and supremium service on First Air.

One of my a.net pictures was features on the company calendar a few years ago. They came in with a 727-200 to AMS on a charter and I pictured it. I was contact by some company manager if I was willing to provide the picture, and in exchange they sended me a few calenders. Really nice.

This image made it on the calender:


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Photo © Eric Meijer



Would love to do these flights myself some day, quite an adventure!

Waiting for your PM   And of course, hardly can't wait to read your next report which would be, most possible, highly interesting once again.

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1295 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (2 years 7 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 16028 times:
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Alex, you have got to be the James Bond of the A.net world!!! All these exotic trip reports in such obscure places of the world.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
When she found out the intent of the trip (random aircraft spotting), she asked me to wait a minute, headed to the office, and brought me a collection of old and new First Air ticket jackets. She even gave me an email address of someone in Kanata (their HQ) who can provide me with a logo jet! I was thoroughly impressed by her, thanked her, and headed to security.

That was indeed a very nice touch by the ground agent!! But then how many on that route do it for random aircraft spotting lol

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Today’s trip would see me backtracking to Yellowknife and then cross Canada at the “top” to Iqaluit (YFB: in Canada’s newest Territory) via a stop at Ranken Inlet (YRT). Apparently, in Canadian aviation circles, this route is called “Over The Top”.

Most of your trips are "Over the Top"...you didn't have to do this to prove it lol....But what a great treat it was to read!!

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
(YZF Airport – Same boarding area I used to go to YEG – now, without security as “northern” departure)
Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
(YZF Airport – Boarding Gate)
Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
(YZF Airport – Same boarding area I used to go to YEG – now, without security as “northern” departure)

The look on that security guards face almost reads like "We need to start introducing security soon" lol

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Without any doubt, this was the most amount of food I have ever been served anywhere in the world over a 7 hour total elapsed time period. Better still, the quality of the food was exemplary,

That is a lot of food for a total of 7 hours, something I think that might equal an offering on a 14 hour flight on Etihad of twice the duration!!

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Simply speaking, this was probably the best crew I have encountered in ANY Economy Class on a North American carrier. Their hospitality started the moment we boarded with greetings to each passenger, help with baggage storage, and especially attentive details paid to the elder indigenous passengers. Throughout the flight, they would check in with the passengers, do generous water and beverage runs (especially liberal with the wine), and chat/joke with the passengers. It all felt like a exclusive business class than an economy class of a combi aircraft.

The "Canadian" Crews are the true fun loving kind, I guess !!!!

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Who would have ever thought that one of my best trips would be on an obscure airline in North America. First Air was simply flawless. Every step of the way, they made me feel special. It started from an amazing on-ground crew and went all the way to one of the best crew I have encountered in the air. I rarely get emotional, but I even had a tear as the lead FA hugged me when I was disembarking. In today’s travel, which has become a commodity, and which I take for granted, moments like this are there to remind us that air travel will always be special. It is a form of transport which can magically move us from one part of the world to another completelt different. Adding to the wonderful crew was the most elaborate meal service I have encountered on an Economy class flight anywhere recently. All of it made me forget that there was no IFE. I didn’t even miss it.

With Canadian North's more interesting livery I might have been tempted to fly them, but now you have confirmed First Air is the only way to go!! Someday to the great White North...someday!!

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
As I got off the plane, I thanked them profusely and told them that it was one of the best crew I have ever encountered. I had a little pack of Venezuelan souvenirs that I carry and gave each of them one of it. They were truly appreciative, and as I walked away from the Combi, a smile came all across me. These three had truly made me feel special and reminded me why I love flying, and why I love this industry so much.

I am so glad you were able to return the kindness extended to you on the flight!!


User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5124 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 15993 times:

Quoting dreamlinerAL (Reply 6):
Absolutely not!

Just my passion. No TRs , or better I'll do them in that other side I explain you in the private message .

Keep writing this beautiful escapes. We really appreciate.

Thank you!

= Now you have got me all intrigued on what you do ...

Quoting palmjet (Reply 7):
What an amazing further instalment to your Canadian travels. This report has made me even more committed to booking my flights in September although sadly First Air is not currently on the list of my planned travels.

= Sorry I have not responded - I have been part of the most drama-filled consulting gig of my life. If you're reading the news and can connect where I have been, I think you'll know the airline   ... will respond soon though.

Please do make First Air part of the experience - pretty sure you can complement with your choice of Air Inuit?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
another excellent report about a rare carrier and rare airports! I'm very impressed by First Air - how can they afford to offer such a service level? Any info about the fares?

= On routes where they face competition (like this one), fares are reasonable - on the ATR routes going to say Arctic Bay or Resolute, fares can be around $6,000 o/w from Iqaluit!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Very impressive! And the food looks really good on all these flights.

= And the food tasted very good!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Yeah, I really enjoyed these views on my Sriwijaya Air trip. Did you read the report, btw? Have you ever tried SJ?


PH

= PH, where is this report? I have been trying to find putting your name and SJ on the search function and not been successful. Also, when is the final installment on 9W coming out?

Quoting stipica (Reply 9):

Hi Alex !
and when I say that this is a unique and exotic company ...you don't believe me and asks me why? ...    ... ok ok forgive you this time just because your job here is in my interest hhehehehh

= Thanks   ...

Quoting stipica (Reply 9):
integrated stairs are so fascinante to me ... especially on this model ... did you have a photo of doors from the inside ?

= No picture sorry.

Quoting stipica (Reply 9):
did 7F justified expectations on that route

= Yes. 7F on YFB to YOW was equally awesome!

Quoting stipica (Reply 9):
this is a really unique trilogy and I secretly hoped that it will end up like this ... I am aware that "something must connect this space" ... but now I know ... sincerely thank you ... stipica  

= Let's say that you are going to be right and that the next few will benchmark the trilogy against reality   ...

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 10):
Hi Alex. Well this was one of the best TR's out there. Very unique. I have not tried 7F before but hear it is really a family! I love how they take care of their customers. This is really what flying was like over 20 years ago! The pictures were amazing. I love the tails of 7F aircraft. So unique. Thanks again for sharing! Cheers, Will

= Will, thanks for the kind words. It really is a great family airline it seems.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
Hi Alex !

Fantastic report with amazing pictures from the North!

= Thanks Lars.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
Very impressive service on 7F with a full meal on each leg and extra impressive that they cater extra to enthusiasts!

= Ya - I was pretty impressed.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 12):
Wow Alex, I didn't foresee you taking this flight. I knew it operated, checked once my possibilities to fly to these Canadian airports when I was still in aviation business, but these days, it's difficult to plan for me.
Truly fascinating story, beautiful pics from rare airports and scenery, well written and supremium service on First Air.

= Eric, you never know though ...

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 12):
One of my a.net pictures was features on the company calendar a few years ago. They came in with a 727-200 to AMS on a charter and I pictured it. I was contact by some company manager if I was willing to provide the picture, and in exchange they sended me a few calenders. Really nice.

= Wow! Isn't this amazing? It is why I thought 7F really went above and beyond to cater to their passengers.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 13):

Alex, you have got to be the James Bond of the A.net world!!! All these exotic trip reports in such obscure places of the world.

= Jaja ... James Bond  .

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 13):
That was indeed a very nice touch by the ground agent!! But then how many on that route do it for random aircraft spotting lol

= Fair enough.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 13):
Most of your trips are "Over the Top"...you didn't have to do this to prove it lol....But what a great treat it was to read!!

= Jaja.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 13):
The look on that security guards face almost reads like "We need to start introducing security soon" lol

= He was the RMCP? officer to Ranken Inlet.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 13):
That is a lot of food for a total of 7 hours, something I think that might equal an offering on a 14 hour flight on Etihad of twice the duration!!

= And trust me, quality was better than Etihad!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 13):
The "Canadian" Crews are the true fun loving kind, I guess !!!!

= I disagree on this. The "Canadian" crew on the first 2 flights - Air North and Canadian North ranged from mediocre to VERY poor. You will have to wait and read on the next few Canadian crews   ...

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 13):
With Canadian North's more interesting livery I might have been tempted to fly them, but now you have confirmed First Air is the only way to go!! Someday to the great White North...someday!!

= Just do it!

Thanks a lot for reading.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 15, posted (2 years 7 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 15922 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 14):
On routes where they face competition (like this one), fares are reasonable - on the ATR routes going to say Arctic Bay or Resolute, fares can be around $6,000 o/w from Iqaluit!

Hi again! Wow, what a fare! Thanks for the info.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 14):
PH, where is this report? I have been trying to find putting your name and SJ on the search function and not been successful. Also, when is the final installment on 9W coming out?

The search function hasn't worked for a long time, unfortunately. Here's the direct link:
Blast From The Past: Sriwijaya 732 & Lion Air 739 (by PlaneHunter Mar 7 2012 in Trip Reports)

Jet Airways will show up in part V. It will be posted after the (almost finished) report about Garuda, Thai AirAsia and Bangkok Airways.



PH

[Edited 2012-03-26 22:43:17]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2214 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (2 years 7 months 13 hours ago) and read 15657 times:

I loved this TR. Thank you, Sir for an enjoyable read.

A few points:

+ When you have the photo of the 'voila' and then the cabin looks gutted, what was that? Unless I skimmed over this way too quickly and missed something.

+ A pillow and blanket sounds amazing right now as I freeze in this office. That food also looks way more appetizing than my egg salad lunch.

+ How can First Air and Canadian North afford to provide meals in times like these?

+ What is the local language?

Keep moving through the backlog of TRs! Can't wait to read more

Un abrazo,

-Irish



next flights: jfk-icn, icn-hkg-bkk-cdg, cdg-phl-msp
User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (2 years 7 months 3 hours ago) and read 15417 times:

Wow this trip report is really amazing.

This series of trip reports gives me an idea on what to do in the summer!

The meals look amazing, even for an Asian airline.

I believe these routes are subsidized by the government for obvious reason and they are necessary as road travels are not always available at these remote part of the country. I am not 100% sure but am sure someone can explain it to you better than me. Of course the tickets are not cheap, as most Canadian domestic flights are, but local residents get discounts.

Thanks again,
Carfield


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 15283 times:

Hi Alex

another great trip report. Separate from the usual comments on your reports (which are applicable for this review as well)
I'm very surprised with the 73M, great to see another classic in your log.
Great F/A's, great A/C, great scenery.. What more can we want  

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 15094 times:

Alex,

Yes, another nice routing. This is more what I was expecting from the Northern Canadian airlines. I guess First Air should be one's first choice in that region.  
Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
When she found out the intent of the trip (random aircraft spotting), she asked me to wait a minute, headed to the office, and brought me a collection of old and new First Air ticket jackets. She even gave me an email address of someone in Kanata (their HQ) who can provide me with a logo jet! I was thoroughly impressed by her, thanked her, and headed to security.

That's quite nice! Outstanding service!

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Agent: “Well, Amanda at the check-in desk had told me, and here is a printed information on the aircraft, some registration info as well. I would advice you to sit on the left hand side – the views are better”!!

Wow. I was clearly impressed and headed down the bridge to be greeted by a graceful lady who welcomed me with a smile, and said that she had been “warned” that I might be “causing trouble” ☺. WOW.

Hehe, I'm very impressed. Maybe impressed enough to try and see whether I can reach Edmonton soon and go from there, provided I have the time to do so.

And, yes, we're big trouble makers, airplane nerds, aren't we?

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
There was service overload and I frankly thought we got more stuff on First Air than on most intercontinental Business Class! On the ground, hot towels (!) were distributed. These were again distributed at every stop, AND after every meal service. Clearly, classic service.

Breakfast was served on the YEG-YZF leg; a full meal service on YZF – YRT, and then ANOTHER full meal/lunch service on YRT-YFB!

Whaaaat? I can't believe it. An airline that still treats all their customers right. This hearkens back to olden days, of which I have no personal experience, just anecdotes... I just can't believe such service still exists in this industry. I neglect intercontinental/Asian first/biz class, of course.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Ranken Inlet (YRT) was like no other. It felt like the world had ended, and we were the only survivors. This was the middle of summer and it was -10C and snow on the ground. I found myself developing a strong admiration for the people here, and wondering how my life would have been living here. Soon though, a friendly agent requested us to re-board the aircraft, and off we went.

Yeah, the Arctic landscape is as depressing as it is wondrous to behold--speaking of which, is YRT/YFB north enough for 24-hr sunlight? I'll go look it up soon.

Have you ever been to Svalbard by any chance?

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Some personal anecdotes that just bowled me over:

+ I am a big fan of Ghirardelli Squares – so I rang the button after meal service and asked if I could greedily have a few more. The lead FA said, “Honey – you are not greedy. You just have fine and exquisite taste”. She disappeared and moments later appeared with a First Air sickness bag filled with the chocolate squares! She also brought me some more red wine – in case I wanted to start eating the chocolates now!

+ During the flight between YRT and YFB, I asked the male FA how the Combi section looked during flight. He said, “Well – why don’t you see it for yourself?”. He called the Captain and got a confirmation to show it to me in-flight.

+ Sitting at the exit seat, I was clearly cold. The lead FA seeing this came to me and said, “Let me guess … you are from the South right?” Moments later, she appeared with a pillow and blanket.

+ At one point, I went to the galley to ask them if they had any recommendations on Iqaluit. The three crew members wrote me a detailed one page guide on the best places to eat, go out (apparently, the Canadian Legion is where it is happening on Saturday), gave me the phone number of a friend who can “vouch” for me to get entry into the Canadian Legion for Saturday night.

As I got off the plane, I thanked them profusely and told them that it was one of the best crew I have ever encountered. I had a little pack of Venezuelan souvenirs that I carry and gave each of them one of it. They were truly appreciative, and as I walked away from the Combi, a smile came all across me. These three had truly made me feel special and reminded me why I love flying, and why I love this industry so much.

Excellent service. I'm glad you were able to reciprocate with a token of appreciation  
Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Adding to the wonderful crew was the most elaborate meal service I have encountered on an Economy class flight anywhere recently. All of it made me forget that there was no IFE. I didn’t even miss it.

You know, I find that the IFE can't make for a memorable flight. You can watch a show or movie at home. It helps to pass the time, no doubt about it, but if everything else is as it should be, IFE is superfluous. Most people can use a laptop, iPad, or read a book if bored.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Using A.Net search, I could not find any reports on FIRST AIR – this I find hard to believe, so please post links to older report if you can.

Here's a 727 report by YFBFlyer that showed up as a similar topic:
First Air YFB - YOW (by Yfbflyer Apr 8 2007 in Trip Reports)

Thanks for dragging us along to the Canadian Arctic!


User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1313 posts, RR: 13
Reply 20, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 15048 times:

Hey Alex,

Thank you for another northern report. Flying a B732C is ridiculously rare!

Thx for shearing,
Jonathan



"In Israel, on order to be a realist, one's must believe in miracles" - David Ben Gurion.
User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 15033 times:

O.K. wow....what an excellent experience!

I've read so many cool trip report and thought....what a shame...I'm never going to get a chance to try that airline...it is so far away... But First Air is definitely an airline I could try.... I just poked around their website.

We'll see!


User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5124 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 14867 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15):
The search function hasn't worked for a long time, unfortunately. Here's the direct link:
Blast From The Past: Sriwijaya 732 & Lion Air 739 (by PlaneHunter Mar 7 2012 in Trip Reports)

Jet Airways will show up in part V. It will be posted after the (almost finished) report about Garuda, Thai AirAsia and Bangkok Airways.

= Thanks for the link. You know, I feel stupid because no matter what I do, I don't quite get the logic behind A.Net's search function. I am on a long flight from Australia to Japan today and many windows are being opened to catch up in-flight.

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 16):
I loved this TR. Thank you, Sir for an enjoyable read.

= Anytime. I am glad you had time to visit with all the "activities" you have been busy with   ...

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 16):
When you have the photo of the 'voila' and then the cabin looks gutted, what was that? Unless I skimmed over this way too quickly and missed something.

= "VOILA" because I was curious what lay behind the closed "cargo" door ...

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 16):
+ A pillow and blanket sounds amazing right now as I freeze in this office. That food also looks way more appetizing than my egg salad lunch.

= I can think of one service that could warm you up ...

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 16):
+ What is the local language?

= There are apparently quite a few and a lot of them are very nuanced.

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 16):
Keep moving through the backlog of TRs! Can't wait to read more

= LOL. Tying mate - way too much work, and way too much drama.

Quoting Carfield (Reply 17):

Wow this trip report is really amazing.

This series of trip reports gives me an idea on what to do in the summer!

= Thanks - let me know if I can help.

Quoting Carfield (Reply 17):
The meals look amazing, even for an Asian airline.

= It was amazing - I had never expected a North American carrier to have better food than an Asian on in Y-class.

Quoting Carfield (Reply 17):
I believe these routes are subsidized by the government for obvious reason and they are necessary as road travels are not always available at these remote part of the country. I am not 100% sure but am sure someone can explain it to you better than me. Of course the tickets are not cheap, as most Canadian domestic flights are, but local residents get discounts.

= Actually, I just asked a buddy in Canada and he did not think they were. I am curious on this though ...

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 18):
I'm very surprised with the 73M, great to see another classic in your log.
Great F/A's, great A/C, great scenery.. What more can we want  

Greetings
Marc

= Thanks Marc. Agreed. It was also my first flight on the 737-200 QC.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 19):
Yes, another nice routing. This is more what I was expecting from the Northern Canadian airlines. I guess First Air should be one's first choice in that region.  

= Haha. You should go into marketing   ...

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 19):
Hehe, I'm very impressed. Maybe impressed enough to try and see whether I can reach Edmonton soon and go from there, provided I have the time to do so.

And, yes, we're big trouble makers, airplane nerds, aren't we?

= I think you should totally do this. Have you looked at the prices for ORD-YEG?

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 19):
Whaaaat? I can't believe it. An airline that still treats all their customers right. This hearkens back to olden days, of which I have no personal experience, just anecdotes... I just can't believe such service still exists in this industry. I neglect intercontinental/Asian first/biz class, of course.

= Yup. First Air was special for sure.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 19):
is YRT/YFB north enough for 24-hr sunlight? I'll go look it up soon.

= Yes. 24 hour sunlight.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 19):
Have you ever been to Svalbard by any chance?

= No. Why?

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 19):
Here's a 727 report by YFBFlyer that showed up as a similar topic:
First Air YFB - YOW (by Yfbflyer Apr 8 2007 in Trip Reports)

= Wow. Cool. I took this flight out of YFB.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 20):
Thank you for another northern report. Flying a B732C is ridiculously rare!

Thx for shearing,
Jonathan

= Thanks Jonathan, and for reading. Have you been in that area?

Quoting burj (Reply 21):
I've read so many cool trip report and thought....what a shame...I'm never going to get a chance to try that airline...it is so far away... But First Air is definitely an airline I could try.... I just poked around their website.

= Thanks. So what did you think of the website?

Great to see people stop by.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1313 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 14771 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 22):
= Thanks Jonathan, and for reading. Have you been in that area?

Nope



"In Israel, on order to be a realist, one's must believe in miracles" - David Ben Gurion.
User currently offlinenipoel123 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2011, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 14660 times:

Wow, true airlines do still exist!
Of all the places, northern Canada is the last place I'd expect them.

First Air looks great, and very enthusiast-friendly. You would have made it into the cockpit if you asked I guess.

Lovely report, I like your very structured way of documenting your flights, with the scores and all.

Nick



one mile of road leads to nowhere, one mile of runway leads to anywhere
25 Post contains links EmpressOfCanada : I'm guessing they have a tight-knit atmosphere within their company. I keep thinking about their recent accident and reading your report makes it eve
26 burj : The website didn't work so well for me...tried to do a booking to get an idea of pricing and it crashed.... It could have been my internet connection
27 Post contains images dc9northwest : I have. It's about what I would expect from a Chicago-Canada flight of that distance. The main problem is time... The reason I asked about Svalbard i
28 PlaneHunter : Well, the search function simply hasn't worked properly for a long time. PH
29 The777Man : I've tried it recently and it works but you have to do a site wide search and close to exact title of the thread that you are looking for. The777Man
30 Post contains images abrelosojos : = Isn't it random Nick? And, the crew were a total delight! Sometimes I guess it is these unexpected things that make life great . = Canadian law pro
31 Post contains images dc9northwest : Yes, but I have no idea when my exams are--no one said anything! And I've already taken a chance and will fly 2 weekends in a row in May with Mondays
32 Post contains images AirAfreak : First, I would like to say, I very much appreciate your valued contributions to this forum. You are one of the few that contribute to my purchase deci
33 Post contains images castroprauxel : Hey Alex! long time. although I am less active on the site recently, I still make sure I catch up all of your TR and can always count on you to delive
34 amsspot : Incredible nice flights and very well reported! I guess a lot of us are checking fares at the moment. Me included. Wow, I really want to experience Fi
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