Hello, I am new to TR’s, and this trip took place before I actually took an interest in TR’s, so there are no pictures. Part 2 will show the return flight, coming later on.
CYYC (Calgary International Airport) to CYYZ (Toronto Pearson International Airport)
12:00 Departure, and 19:30 Arrival
Date (s) of flight:
August 24 2011
4 hours, 30 minutes (roughly, without time change)
B767-333 C-FMYV (Star Alliance c/s)
First time on this Aircraft
First time on a 767
12th Time flying Air Canada
1st time on a widebody aircraft
I only found out about this trip after my parents phoned me asking me to select the seats for a flight to Toronto for me, my mum and brother. Naturally, I needed to know what aircraft type, and when she said that it was a 767, I nearly jumped for joy! This would be my first ever widebody flight, and my 3rd flight of that summer!
Being away from home, I had limited access to Air Canada’s website. I had an awesome experience previously booking another flight, so I assumed this would be the same. At the time, I only had my iPod touch to access the web from, so I used the Air Canada app I had installed. Looking at seat maps, I chose seat 37K for myself, and 38G and 38K for my Mom and Brother. I didn’t actually go farther in the booking, but called my father back with my selection.
My Parents have always (since I was 10) take care of the online check in, if avalible. Looking at our itinerary, I found most of the same old stuff that they always have, except for one thing; the seat next to mine was empty! Thank god for that, as then I would have IFE and Airplay at the same time! I printed our boarding passes, and anxiously waited for the next day’s flight to come.
We arrived at the airport via a friend’s vehicle, and made our way to the baggage check. After a quick process, we were through. A few seconds later, we hit the goliath… the queue for security was all the way back to the food court! We just joined the line, hoping for the best. As it turned out, the line moved pretty fast, and we were through security in no time at all.
Calgary International Airport has quite nice boarding area, with large windows, plentiful shops, and comfortable seats. However, I did not get the luxury (if any) of enjoying this area, as by the time we got to the gate, boarding had already started!
Once we got to the boarding area, and found that it had already started, I panicked for a second until I realised that we were in the line already (whew). Only then did I bother to look at our 767 through the window. It hit me as gently as an anvil that I would be flying on C-FMYV, Air Canada’s Star Alliance 767-300. Further excited, I was told that it was my turn to head down the jetbridge to the aircraft. Now BELIEVE ME, just because an aircraft is special on the outside, doesn’t mean that it is on the inside (now this isn’t always the case, ie. Eva air’s Hello Kitty jets) the purser had a (clearly) fake smile on her face as we boarded. I made my way through the first, business and economy+ sections until I found my seat, right behind the wing.
We pushed back right on time, and soon the safety video started. I didn’t really pay attention to is, as I had seen the video for this aircraft many times before on YouTube, and I really wasn’t concerned about finding the nearest exit, as it was right in front of me! We taxied to the end of runway 16, overtaking multiple aircraft (notably an American MD-83, Westjet 737-700 and a company E-190) and passing a Canjet 737-800, a rare visitor to YYC. The takeoff wasn’t exactly what I had expected. As I was used to the powerful “shoves you into you’re seat” type departures, this takeoff was clearly not at full power, as I experienced so such sensation…
The fasten seatbelt sign was turned off about 10m after our departure, and we leveled off about 20m later. I occasionally played “Guess the Airport”. But only came across successful once, when I spotted YQT. In Comparison to my recent flight with Jazz to YLW, this service was awful. The flight attendants seemed to be really cranky, and whe I asked about the Duty Free catalogue in the seat pocket (the aircraft had just arrived in YYC from NRT) and was given back a rather snappy ‘give me that. It is only for the international flights, sorry!’ there was only one drink service for the entire flight, and I had to press the f/a call button (only to wait for another 20m for service) to get a refill. The Sighature Air Canada pretzels were absent from the entire flight (even first). They didn’t even have a garbage collection! They just spent most of the flight lesuirely chatting in the mid-cabin galley, with the occasional trip up to executive first to carelessly check on the passengers.
We began our descent roughly 30m before were scheduled to touch down, and the fasten seatbelt sign was immediately illuminated. The pilots came on and notified us of hurricane warnings on lake Ontario and the Toronto area, to expect a bumpy approach. Needless to say, expect, and you (usually) will get what you expected. The approach itself opened at leat 3 overhead bins, with some bumps so violent, that I thought the aircraft was pulling G’s. we came below the cloud line, and YYZ came into view.
Landing/Taxi to gate
If there was ever a bigger gust of wind in Toronto, then please tell me, because our landing was one of the scariest that I have ever felt. Our 767 with a 80% load bounced not once, not twice, but yes, 3 times, and then preceded to continue rocking. My iPod, which was left on the empty seat next to me, flew above my head and hit the ground, luckily on its back (nothing happened, though, as the 2nd Gen ipods are generally tanks) after we finally came to stop next to the fedex hangar, we proceeded to taxi to the terminal. One thing I noticed, was that the speedbrakes were not lowered until we were on the main taxiway, anyone know why? We taxied past some really interesting traffic (compared to YYC, anyways) including OS, HU and ET. We then parked next to an EK 380, which truly dwarfed the 767.
Deplaning/Post Arrival/Baggage Claim
We had to wait for a little bit to deplane, as we were towards the rear of the aircraft, and there was only one door. After we finally got off the plane, we made our way through the well signed airport to the baggage claim, which showed our flight being from both YYC and NRT. we then found the taxis and then drove off to our friends house, where we were staying.
Air Canada is quite the bipolar airline. One flight, you are with an amazing crew, and the next, you are with the crabbiest flight attendants around. I found the lack of service, and the time to wait after pressing the f/a call button embarrassing, and their attitude made it no better. However, as flight, it was pleasant, and was definitely worth being my first widebody flight, even though the landing was not the best.
- Aircraft (Interior)- 8/10 New, with Effective IFE, but there was gum under the armrests and the Airplay didn’t work
- Service- 4/10- the flight attendants clearly didn’t enjoy their jobs, and frankly didn’t care.
- Meal- 2/10- Water was offered, but the BOB menu was not available, and there was nothing else. Acceptable for a 30m flight, not a 4h, 30m flight.
- Flight- 7/10 a bit turbulent towards the end, but other than that quite seamless
- Overall- 5/10- If given the choice and option, I would rather fly WS.
Thanks for reading, Part 2 is on the way; AC134 CYYZ-CYYC, Airbus style!