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RTW Pt.4: Canada...again?! AC LIM-YYZ  
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 846 posts, RR: 1
Posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 11191 times:

RTW Pt 4: Canada again?! AC LIM-YYZ

Introduction

Welcome dear TR readers to this 4th part of my around-the-world trip. If you missed the earlier ones you can find them at the bottom of the page. This report features my trip from Lima up to North America again. It was originally supposed to be UA’s service 855 to San Francisco via Houston, but things change fast when you’re flying standby...

Background

After years of planning, me and my dad finally decided to go around the world on ID/Standby tickets.
We decided to go to Machu Picchu, Peru in South American and then some Asian Cities.
This was the proposed flight schedule (B means booked):

Icelandair 631 KEFJFK 30/3/2012 Boeing 757-300
United 1116 EWRIAH 31/3/2012 Boeing 737-500
United 854 IAHLIM 31/3/2012 Boeing 767-300ER
TACA Peru 7 LIMCUZ 1/4/2012 Airbus 320-200 (B)
TACA Peru 101 CUZLIM 2/4/2012 Airbus 319-100 (B)
United 855 LIMIAHSFO 2/4/2012 +1 Boeing 767-300ER
United 837 SFONRT 4/4/2012 +1 Boeing 747-400
Cathay Pacific 503 HNDHKG 8/4/2012 Boeing 747-400
Cathay Pacific 701 HKGSIN 10/4/2012 Airbus 330-300
Thai 873 SINBKK 12/4/2012 Boeing 777-300
Cathay Pacific 771 BKKDEL 14/4/2012 Airbus 330-300
Air India 102 DELBOM 16/4/2012 Boeing 777-300ER (B)
Oman Air 691 BOM – MCT 19/4/2012 Boeing 737-800
Oman Air 102 MCT – DXB 19/4/2012 Boeing 737-800
Emirates 3 DXBLHR 21/4/2012 Airbus 380-800
Icelandair 455 LHRKEF 21/4/2012 Boeing 757-200

But as many of you know, you never know on ID tickets and the actual route has been way different then the planned one so far. Luckily I always made plan B and even C. But that will come in later reports.

I was really looking forward and this was shaping up to be a trip of a lifetime!


The report

After having dinner at Hotel Costa de Sol Ramada Lima Airport, we walked back into the check in hall to fly back to North America. Our first choice was UA to SFO via Houston, and we were pretty confident we would get on. But again, you never know on standbys…

Check in hall
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We got to the United counter and asked about the status. We got the response straight in our face: The flight was overbooked and there were 70 standbys listed! Ok, time to use plan B and C! We walked to the AC counter, still calm. Their flight was delayed til 23:45, so we would get enough time. After waiting in line for a short while, we got to the counter. That flight was oversold too! Now we were starting to get worried, because we didn‘t by any means want to spend the night in Lima. We got to the AA counter and asked. 1 seat open and 5 standbys! Oh s**t, we were in a bad position. The AA agent told us to wait and see if we could get a seat. At 22:00, an hour later, we get a surprising call. The AC agent is calling for us. We walk to the counter and, thank god, there are 2 seats open on the flight! 16A for me and the 2nd last row, 38A for my dad! Great! Flying with Air Canada (not Jazz) has actually for long been a dream of mine – I just love their beautiful planes! Represent Canada so well, the combination of the maple leaf and cold light blue...   

We got through security and passport control in under 10 minutes (again, great work LIM!) and went straight to our gate.

As I said in another report, views aren‘t great from the boarding area in LIM. I spotted our aircrafts reg in YYZ, C-GEOU.
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Yup, that´s our flight
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This is better! Taken while walking to the jetway.
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Flight information
Date: 2. April 2012 (+1)
Airline: Air Canada (AC/ACA)
Aircraft: Boeing 767-300ER
Registration: C-GEOU
Flight number: AC 081
From: Lima – Callao Jorge Chavez International Airport, Peru (LIM/)
To: Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport, ON, Canada (YYZ/CYYZ)
Runway at origin: 15
Runway at destination: 6R
Sched/Act departure: 22:20/0:07
Sched/Act arrival: 7:20/8:59
Blocked time: 8 hours 0 minutes
Flight time gate to gate: 7 hours 52 minutes (0:07 – 8:59)
Flight time RWY to RWY: 7 hours 35 minutes (0:20 – 8:55)
Seat & Class: 16A, Economy Class (Y)

Personal information

My 218th overall flight, 10th in 2012
My 1st flight on AC, 1st on AC 767, 1st on AC 763, 1st on AC 76E
My 7th 767 flight, 6th on 763, 6th on 76E, 1st on C-GEOU
My 24th airline


Taken through the jetway window
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My window for the next 7.5 hours
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LA 76W
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A 763 it is
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC00958.jpg
The 2nd time I see that screen. Btw, nice mood lighting aboard.
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CC-CYJ, the oneworld LA 76W, arrived at the gate next to us
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Reg check…
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…and a closer look
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Push back
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UA 752 bound for EWR waiting for taxi clearance
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Takeoff video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIUhejdcEpw

Lima lights. As I said in part 3, this city is huge!
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Just getting started
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This seat was probably the most comfortable Y seat I‘ve ever been in. Enough legroom, great headrest, well padded, just perfect! Had no trouble at all sleeping! Long way from the worn, hard UA seat. I slept for 6 hours before waking up over Florida. Had a nice time talking to the Christian missionary who sat aside me. He had flown Yellowknife-Vancouver-San Francisco-Houston-Lima-Iquitos on the way to Peru where he headed into the Amazon forest. Now he had already flown Iquitos-Lima on LAN and had to connect to a flight to YVR before finally getting home again. Quite the trip! Most would hate flying like this, but I was actually kinda jealous.  
I told him about my plane hobby, and the trip me and my father were taking. He liked the idea and wished me good luck. Nice to have a good seatmate when the flight is so long!  

Taken over Sarasota, Florida where the rest of my family was chilling at the beach at the time
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC00971.jpg
Sun is rising
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1:45 left
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I love this shot!
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Cabin
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Breakfast – the omelette was quite tasty! The strawberry youghurt was also great.
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My comfortable seat
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Legroom was very generous, but as I am 189 cm/6 ft 2 in (and still growing), it rarely happens that I can stretch my legs in Y like on this flight!
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC00996.jpg
Crossing Lake Erie
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Starting our descent
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Turning on approach
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Speedbrake
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC01008.jpg

Landing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zT7n0VPGmEQ

Another AC 763, C-GHLQ, and C-FNND, an AC 77W
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC01011.jpg
C-FTJR, an AC 320
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC01012.jpg
OK-TVT, Travel Service 738 flying for Sunwing
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C-FTJR again
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C-FTJR pushing back
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Small AC Express B1900D
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC01019.jpg
A little bit bigger AC Jazz DHC 8-100
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC01020.jpg
And a much bigger AC 320
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC01021.jpg
But I was on the biggest plane of them all! Last look at C-GEOU  http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC01022.jpg
Air Canada Express DHC 8-Q400
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The same ticket office as I went to the evening 30. March trying to get to Peru – now checking on the status of the flight to NRT the following day. It’s wide open! That means I’m 99% safe to Japan tomorrow! http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC01024.jpg
T1
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC01025.jpg

When going through customs the custom officer looked very surprised. He: “WTH?! You got into here from Iceland March 30th, went out again the following day to Peru and are back again?!” We explained our situation and he asked what we were going to do in Canada. “Uhm, we don’t know actually” we answered. “Go to Niagara Falls!” he kinda commanded, than grinned but said that we should seriously consider it. We did so for 5 minutes, then went to Hertz, rented a car and suddenly we were on our way to see one of the world’s most famous falls!

Some pictures from Niagara Falls:

We decided to take 9 holes on our way – club house in countryside Canada
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Finally! McDonalds      (for those of you who missed my first reports, I have it as a destiny every trip outside of Iceland to get a McD. Since they got away from us Icelanders in 2009 this has been my rule. Not that I like their burgers so much, it just has grown as a habit to do this.   )
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC01027.jpg
The Falls
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Me and a Starbucks smoothie in front of them
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Power
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The falls along with the US – Canada bridge
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The Casino
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Healthy…  http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC01052.jpg
Our room at Double Tree
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I spotted 5 regs at YYZ, not good.  Afterthoughts

AC was great, rescued us from Peru, got us safely and very comfortably to North America.   
Their seats, service and catering were absolutely fantastic!

Thanks for reading,
Sveinn Th.  

Earlier reports
RTW Pt.3: Wonders Of Peru! TA LIM-CUZ R/t (by SRQKEF May 6 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt. 2: I'll Get To Peru Somehow! QK/UA YYZ-LIM (by SRQKEF May 4 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt 1: To New York...or What? FI KEF-YYZ (by SRQKEF Apr 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
To The Mainland For Sports! Pt 2 BA+FI MUC-LHR-KEF (by SRQKEF Mar 14 2012 in Trip Reports)
Going To Mainland Europe For Sports! Pt. 1/2 (by SRQKEF Feb 24 2012 in Trip Reports)


Flights flown: 269 - Airlines flown: 39 - Airports used: 60 - Next flights: KEF-IAD-TPA-JFK-KEF
25 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1065 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 10640 times:

AC seating is OK in Y as they still seem to offer 32" legroom.

Lunch / dinner / snack catering to Europe is mediocre. Breakfast flights in general are good; even on American to Europe. The only decent meals they serve.

However when AC lost my suitcase and "never found it again" it was a nightmare dealing with them.


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 846 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 10559 times:

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 1):

AC seating is OK in Y as they still seem to offer 32" legroom.

I found it great!

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 1):
Lunch / dinner / snack catering to Europe is mediocre. Breakfast flights in general are good; even on American to Europe. The only decent meals they serve.

I didn't get lunch or dinner on this flight, so can't judge that. My food aboard AC 1 to NRT was fine though.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 1):
However when AC lost my suitcase and "never found it again" it was a nightmare dealing with them.

As I only had handluggage, I don't know about their baggage handling.

Rgds, Sveinn  



Flights flown: 269 - Airlines flown: 39 - Airports used: 60 - Next flights: KEF-IAD-TPA-JFK-KEF
User currently offlineeaa3 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 10227 times:

Vel gert. Þetta er rosalega spennandi ferðalag. Hlakka til að sjá meira!

kveðja,

Egill


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 846 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 10201 times:

Quoting eaa3 (Reply 3):
Vel gert. Þetta er rosalega spennandi ferðalag. Hlakka til að sjá meira!

Takk! Já, þetta var algjörlega frábært. Næsti partur kemur fljótlega!

Kveðja, Sveinn



Flights flown: 269 - Airlines flown: 39 - Airports used: 60 - Next flights: KEF-IAD-TPA-JFK-KEF
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3034 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 10115 times:

Good to hear that you have some seats for the next installment for Narita!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
We walk to the counter and, thank god, there are 2 seats open on the flight!

Lucky you!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
When going through customs the custom officer looked very surprised. He: “WTH?! You got into here from Iceland March 30th, went out again the following day to Peru and are back again?!” We explained our situation and he asked what we were going to do in Canada. “Uhm, we don’t know actually” we answered. “Go to Niagara Falls!” he kinda commanded, than grinned but said that we should seriously consider it. We did so for 5 minutes, then went to Hertz, rented a car and suddenly we were on our way to see one of the world’s most famous falls!

I'd love to be able to travel like this!



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User currently onlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4760 posts, RR: 43
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 9705 times:

As it turns out ... I was the Captain of your flight. Glad you liked it!  

While sometimes, I get advanced warning if another A-netter is on one of my flights, there is not much I can do for you, other than give you a tour of the cockpit after landing, but then ... just about any pilot would do that for an enthusiast!

Generally, AC treats its non-revs well, although at some contracted out-stations sometimes the treatment is lacking. I am very glad to hear you were treated well, to the point of looking for you when two seats became available! And, what a great opportunity for you to travel the world, and how wonderful your father joins you.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 1):
However when AC lost my suitcase and "never found it again" it was a nightmare dealing with them.

This is funny, as how many years ago was this? ... and still, with just about every comment or trip report about Air Canada, lychemsa adds this comment. Personally, I have had baggage lost by many many airlines, some never retrieved and Customer handling was anywhere from great to abysmal. Sometimes, one just as to get over it.



Never gonna grow up, never gonna slow down .... Barefoot Blue Jean Night
User currently offlinePrinair From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 744 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9570 times:

Great report, as usual.... Nice pictures too. I've always found Air Canada to be fairly comfortable and reliable.
Looking forward to the continuation of your reports...



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User currently offlinefshplns From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9510 times:

Quoting longhauler (Reply 6):
Generally, AC treats its non-revs well,

Personally, I think that AC treats its non-revs VERY well. On the way back after a cruise, me and my wife missed our connect in YYZ. The counter agent asked me to be patient and just relax while she took care of the regular pax. After about 25 minutes she called me back up and gave us both a hotel room including vouchers for food.   

fshplns


User currently offlineusflyer msp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2026 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 9355 times:

Did AC only serve one meal on an 8 hour flight? or did you sleep through the first one?

User currently onlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3460 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 9008 times:

Nice report! Interestingly enough I just flew on C-GEOU from YVR to YYZ on Sunday.


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User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1044 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8875 times:

What a nice non-rev review. Used to non-rev myself, I love planning my plan A B C!
Going out one airlines and coming back with another, it was so much fun.

If you really plan it well and check bookings directly (or indirectly via central resv. system), you have rough ideas how flights will turn out to be like.
The hard part maybe weight limitations as you don't know how much cargo and fuel on each day.
But working weight/balance myself, I tend to believe if it's a 767,330 or even 340-300 flying more than 5-6 hours,
then MAX TOW, MAX LAW due to fuel being carried extra due weather bla bla....maybe cases and that's another story!

So try to non-rev on a 747, 380, 777, 346! lol  

You guys were destined to fly Air Canada! Their long haul products are way better than UA imo.

189 cm and growing? Give me 10 cm, plsssss

I like the facts how, though not all, Scandinavians, Icelanders love Starbucks, McD, Burger King etc.
All my Scandinavians are just like that lol even they are so educated and sophisticated, just like you I'm sure of  

I can't wait till the Thailand part, but wait, did you just changed planes?  



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently onlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4760 posts, RR: 43
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 8803 times:

Quoting usflyer msp (Reply 9):
Did AC only serve one meal on an 8 hour flight? or did you sleep through the first one?

Normally with an overnight flight, one light meal is served and one hot meal.

This departure was after midnight, so in Economy a light meal was offered immediately after take-off, usually a hot snack, (wraps or pizza pockets), then a full hot breakfast is offered before landing. In Executive First two meals are offered, and as the F/A's offered us J meals after take-off, I am guess there were no passenger "takers".

The flight was about 90 minutes late, I think most of the passengers were pretty tired.



Never gonna grow up, never gonna slow down .... Barefoot Blue Jean Night
User currently offlineAirAfreak From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 665 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 8757 times:
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Very nice report with Air Canada!!!

Each and every time I have flown with Air Canada, the meals were absolutely delicious!!! I've always been happy with them and they are better at handling winter operations in Toronto. An example would be Atlanta-Los Angeles via Toronto instead of nonstop, via Detroit, via New York.

To this day, McDonald's has THE BEST FRENCH FRIES, EVER!!! YUM-O!!!!!


Cheers and bon voyage on the routes of Air Canada!!!!  



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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 846 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 8658 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):

Hi Gab, thanks for reading!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
Lucky you!

Absolutely! Wouldn't have wanted to spend an extra night in LIM...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
I'd love to be able to travel like this!

It was great!

Quoting longhauler (Reply 6):
As it turns out ... I was the Captain of your flight.

Wow, what a coincidence! By the way, smooth landing   But do you know the cause for the delay? That delay saved us!

Quoting longhauler (Reply 6):
Glad you liked it!

It was great!

Quoting longhauler (Reply 6):
While sometimes, I get advanced warning if another A-netter is on one of my flights, there is not much I can do for you, other than give you a tour of the cockpit after landing, but then ... just about any pilot would do that for an enthusiast!

Oh, would've liked it! Isn't the 767 cockpit very alike the 757 one? My uncle flies the 757 for FI. In 2005 FI chartered TF-FIB, a 767, to Santa Barbara (Venezuela). He got a call, flew to MAD as a pax and then flew in the left front seat over to CCS. It was his first 767 flight! Shows the similarity of these two...

Quoting longhauler (Reply 6):
Generally, AC treats its non-revs well, although at some contracted out-stations sometimes the treatment is lacking. I am very glad to hear you were treated well, to the point of looking for you when two seats became available!

The agents were very helpful!

Quoting longhauler (Reply 6):
Sometimes, one just as to get over it.

Exactly. I once lost my bag with BA. Arrived in FRA, it wasn't there. 3 days later I fly back home direct on FI and the bag gets to FRA after I depart for Iceland again. Then, last year, I tried them again and they were great! Airlines sometimes are like people, you have good days and you have bad days...  
Quoting Prinair (Reply 7):

Great report, as usual....

Hi Prinair, thanks!

Quoting Prinair (Reply 7):
I've always found Air Canada to be fairly comfortable and reliable.

They were great.

Quoting usflyer msp (Reply 9):
or did you sleep through the first one?

I got a light snack as longhauler described.

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 10):
Interestingly enough I just flew on C-GEOU from YVR to YYZ on Sunday.

Nice!

Quoting nethkt (Reply 11):
What a nice non-rev review.

Hi nethkt, thanks!

Quoting nethkt (Reply 11):
So try to non-rev on a 747, 380, 777, 346! lol

Hehe, don't mind it...the bigger the better!   Unfortunately, only Euro airlines fly 777/340 equipment into LIM (KL, IB)

Quoting nethkt (Reply 11):
You guys were destined to fly Air Canada! Their long haul products are way better than UA imo.

Yeah, I found it like that too.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 11):
I like the facts how, though not all, Scandinavians, Icelanders love Starbucks, McD, Burger King etc.
All my Scandinavians are just like that lol even they are so educated and sophisticated, just like you I'm sure of

Hehe, it's like that for most of us here! If Starbucks would come to Iceland, the line would probably stretch some kilometers the first day...  
Quoting nethkt (Reply 11):
I can't wait till the Thailand part, but wait, did you just changed planes?

I went to BKK later on, it will come in a later report.  
Quoting longhauler (Reply 12):
This departure was after midnight, so in Economy a light meal was offered immediately after take-off, usually a hot snack, (wraps or pizza pockets), then a full hot breakfast is offered before landing. In Executive First two meals are offered, and as the F/A's offered us J meals after take-off, I am guess there were no passenger "takers".

Yeah, it was like that.

Quoting longhauler (Reply 12):
The flight was about 90 minutes late, I think most of the passengers were pretty tired.

At least I was! Not because of the delay though, but because of 3 rough traveling days in a row.  
Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 13):

Very nice report with Air Canada!!!

Hi AirAfreak, thanks!

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 13):
To this day, McDonald's has THE BEST FRENCH FRIES, EVER!!! YUM-O!!!!!

Yep, they're great! If you start eating them you can't stop  

rgds, Sveinn



Flights flown: 269 - Airlines flown: 39 - Airports used: 60 - Next flights: KEF-IAD-TPA-JFK-KEF
User currently offlineaeroperu89 From Peru, joined Mar 2012, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 8340 times:

Nice report with great pics!
Air Canada looks pretty good   and the food seems better than average.


User currently onlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4760 posts, RR: 43
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8065 times:

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 14):
Wow, what a coincidence! By the way, smooth landing

I had to check my log book, but ... it was the F/Os landing in YYZ!  
Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 14):
But do you know the cause for the delay? That delay saved us!

The aircraft arrived late from YYZ, due to weather in YYZ. We had already been advised of the delay, so arrived at the airport 90 minutes later, thus duty day restrictions were not an issue.

Quoting fshplns (Reply 8):
Personally, I think that AC treats its non-revs VERY well. On the way back after a cruise, me and my wife missed our connect in YYZ. The counter agent asked me to be patient and just relax while she took care of the regular pax. After about 25 minutes she called me back up and gave us both a hotel room including vouchers for food.

It is policy at AC, that after the doors close, the non-revs hold the same "rights" as full revenue passengers. So if the aircraft diverts or is delayed, then the non-rev passengers are treated the same way. The only restriction is what you saw ... full revenue passengers will the dealt with first, then non-revs.

I have always liked this non-rev policy at AC, and I am not sure if it is the same at other airlines.



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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 846 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 8002 times:

Quoting aeroperu89 (Reply 15):

Nice report with great pics!

Hi Diego, thanks!

Quoting aeroperu89 (Reply 15):
Air Canada looks pretty good

Yeah, they were good.

Quoting aeroperu89 (Reply 15):
and the food seems better than average.

It was!

Quoting longhauler (Reply 16):
I had to check my log book, but ... it was the F/Os landing in YYZ!

hehe ok  
Quoting longhauler (Reply 16):
The aircraft arrived late from YYZ, due to weather in YYZ.

Ah, I see. The weather was nice the next day though.  
Quoting longhauler (Reply 16):
We had already been advised of the delay, so arrived at the airport 90 minutes later, thus duty day restrictions were not an issue.

I see. The delay was already on the screens in LIM when I arrived on my TACA flight earlier in the day, just didn't know I would be flying it then.  
Quoting longhauler (Reply 16):
It is policy at AC, that after the doors close, the non-revs hold the same "rights" as full revenue passengers. So if the aircraft diverts or is delayed, then the non-rev passengers are treated the same way.

That's great! More airlines should do that...

Quoting longhauler (Reply 16):
The only restriction is what you saw ... full revenue passengers will the dealt with first, then non-revs.

That's understandable in this case, as the flight was full but there was (thank god) some no shows.

Quoting longhauler (Reply 16):
I have always liked this non-rev policy at AC, and I am not sure if it is the same at other airlines.

We get it on FI, but maybe that's just because of dad's former executive position there...

Rgds Sveinn  



Flights flown: 269 - Airlines flown: 39 - Airports used: 60 - Next flights: KEF-IAD-TPA-JFK-KEF
User currently offlinefshplns From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7872 times:

Quoting longhauler (Reply 16):
It is policy at AC, that after the doors close, the non-revs hold the same "rights" as full revenue passengers. So if the aircraft diverts or is delayed, then the non-rev passengers are treated the same way

Our flight to YYZ had to divert to YWG due to security issues in YVR(all pax had to re-clear security on the flight we were on.) The one thing that shocked me was the hotel room given. The airline I work for would rarely if ever do that for the non-revs flying

Chris


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2984 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7475 times:

Hi Sveinn,

I'm enjoying this series, and this is a nice continuation again. Lucky that you should end up on AC yet again, and even more so to be flown by another A.netter!

AC looks to be very good, though I've never flown them, nor had cause to. A friend flew London - St Louis via Toronto on them and wsa impressed.

Nice idea of the customs guy to recomment Niagra, I'm sure you had a good time there! And north America is the home of McDo, despite how bad the quality is, you really have to have one when visiting!

Looking forward to the next part.

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6639 posts, RR: 78
Reply 20, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7473 times:

Hi Sveinn,

another nice report, just discovered that one. Congratulations on getting on your desired AC. I have mixed feelings about the airline after my trip to California in 2009. If you want to have a look:

Seat Dilemma & Canyon Glamour: FRA To LAX, AC 763 (by PlaneHunter Oct 11 2009 in Trip Reports)
SFO-YUL-FRA: Map- & Sleepless On Air Canada's 77W (by PlaneHunter Nov 10 2009 in Trip Reports)

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
The AC agent is calling for us. We walk to the counter and, thank god, there are 2 seats open on the flight! 16A for me and the 2nd last row, 38A for my dad! Great! Flying with Air Canada (not Jazz) has actually for long been a dream of mine

Wow, nice surprise after hearing all these bad news!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Breakfast – the omelette was quite tasty! The strawberry youghurt was also great.

That looks quite good indeed. Catering was rather weak on my AC flights.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6403 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7393 times:

Hi Sveinn!

Great that you got on AC! Flight seem okay and exactly what to expect on such an overnight flight from South America to North America.

I still can't believe that you try to non-rev in the week of Easter and Spring break in the US. Probably one of the worst weeks of the year to travel standby.

Looking forward to the next part.

The777Man



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7217 times:

Hi Sveinn

Nice continuation, good to see Air Canada in the log as well. My personal favorite, I must say that I was very pleased by them on my recent Canada run.
I flew them in 2010 as well between Montreal and Ft Lauderdale. Here is the report
Air Canada, North America's Hidden Jewel? (by MSS658 Nov 6 2010 in Trip Reports)

I've been out to Niagara falls as well in february  .

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 846 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7207 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 19):
I'm enjoying this series, and this is a nice continuation again. Lucky that you should end up on AC yet again, and even more so to be flown by another A.netter!

Hi signol, thanks for reading! Yep, AC were great.

Quoting signol (Reply 19):
Nice idea of the customs guy to recomment Niagra, I'm sure you had a good time there! And north America is the home of McDo, despite how bad the quality is, you really have to have one when visiting!

It was fine! Yes, you have to eat a Mc in America! Think the combined weight of the 6 other people in there was over 1000 kg...sad how fat America has become.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Congratulations on getting on your desired AC.

Hi PH, thanks for reading! Yep, always loved that icecold blue.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
I have mixed feelings about the airline after my trip to California in 2009.

Nice TR! I did read it when I went through all of your reports last February, all of them are great! This one no exception.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Wow, nice surprise after hearing all these bad news!

We were so relieved when we got those news! Light in the dark...  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 21):
Great that you got on AC! Flight seem okay and exactly what to expect on such an overnight flight from South America to North America.

Mhm, it was good. Really needed that sleep...  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 21):
I still can't believe that you try to non-rev in the week of Easter and Spring break in the US. Probably one of the worst weeks of the year to travel standby.

I am a man of courage!  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 22):
Nice continuation, good to see Air Canada in the log as well.

Hi Marc, thanks for reading! Always nice to get a new airline.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 22):
My personal favorite, I must say that I was very pleased by them on my recent Canada run

Yes, they're great! Btw, nice report.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 22):
I've been out to Niagara falls as well in february

Nice! The falls are beautiful. Not so the town though, sadly they've turned it into a concrete jungle.  

Rgds, Sveinn  



Flights flown: 269 - Airlines flown: 39 - Airports used: 60 - Next flights: KEF-IAD-TPA-JFK-KEF
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2429 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4915 times:

Dear Sveinn,

First of all Happy New Year 2013! Wow, it must have been an exciting journey to travel around the world on standby tickets.  


Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Luckily I always made plan B and even C

One should be inventive and anticipating.   


Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
The AC agent is calling for us. We walk to the counter and, thank god, there are 2 seats open on the flight! 16A for me and the 2nd last row, 38A for my dad! Great!

How lucky of both of you to still get a window seat each!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
I slept for 6 hours before waking up over Florida.
Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
My comfortable seat
Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Legroom was very generous, but as I am 189 cm/6 ft 2 in (and still growing), it rarely happens that I can stretch my legs in Y like on this flight!

I believe you about the seat comfort! 16A must be one of the rows with the greatest legroom measuring 33 inches, while others may only have 31 inch pitch.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Nice to have a good seatmate when the flight is so long!  

True!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Taken over Sarasota, Florida where the rest of my family was chilling at the beach at the time

Did you wave at them down there? 


Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Breakfast – the omelette was quite tasty! The strawberry youghurt was also great.

Yummy! Just from curiosity, was there any other choice?

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
what we were going to do in Canada. “Uhm, we don’t know actually” we answered. “Go to Niagara Falls!” he kinda commanded, than grinned but said that we should seriously consider it.

Best advice you can get!


Thank you for sharing! Air Canada, Macchu Picchu… why oh why do they become so attractive for me?


Best wishes,
Suryo  



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User currently offlineCaptCufflinks From UK - England, joined Dec 2012, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4764 times:

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 1):
Breakfast flights in general are good

AC have the best airline breakfasts in my opinion, I actually have looked forward to having one on my flight back!

Quoting longhauler (Reply 6):
. just about any pilot would do that for an enthusiast!

I love the AC flight crews.

A few years back I flew LHR-YYZ on a B763, and asked if I could go and see the flight deck after we had landed in YYZ and everyone had disembarked. The F/A asked the captain and I was invited forward.

The captain was a great guy, I can even remember his name, he started talking to me like any other passenger until I asked two questions "which NAT did we use today, when I checked they were all very northerly today?" and then "do the AC guys fly the SIMCO2 arrival or just file direct YYZ VOR, like BA do?". He subsequently looked at his F/O quite shocked and then really indulged me in some geeky ops chat - far above and beyond what I would have expected having just flown across the pond and probably wanted to get home!

It's guys like him that make my pursuit in aviation worth it - in the hope that one day I can do something very similar!

Anyway, I digress, a brilliant trip report, and how lucky you are to be going on a trip like this!


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