Pelle From Denmark, joined Apr 2012, 58 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 8135 times:
Hello a.netters, and welcome to Part 2 of my trip to New York in May 2012. I'm sorry that I've been so slow at posting this part, but I've been quite busy lately. Shortage of time is also the reason that there won't be as much commentary in this report as there was in my last one, since I want to get done with this report before my next one.You can find Part 1 here:
As you might have read in Part 1 of this trip report, my girlfriend and I landed in New York (LGA) on May 16th 2012. We had 10 amazing days in New York, where we visited a friend, saw all the sights, had great food. walked many miles and destroyed our credit cards shopping.
I will spare you for the non-aviation stuff since New York is fairly covered on this forum, but below are some pictures of a helicopter tour we took (highly recommendable, by the way):
One World Trade Center under construction (May 2012)
Downtown Manhattan - skyscrapers galore!
The BA Concorde from above
A nice view of Central Park
One of the days we went to see the USS Intrepid, an old aircraft carrier that is now docked at Manhattan and functions as a museum. The museum has a British Airways Concorde at display, and for a small extra fee you can get a guided tour inside it. Guess what I did, whilst my girlfriend was outside, waiting in the sun..?
..you guessed it!
The original wine menu
and the menu
The Concorde cockpit. Notice the space between the actual cockpit and the outside windows - this is to allow for the tilting of the nose.
The flight engineers dials. I apologize for the quality of the pics here, they were taken with my iPhone.
May 26th 2012
Our 10 days in New York passed all too fast. We spent the afternoon of the 26th in a park (Prospect park) in Brooklyn, before rushing to our hotel just checking out in time, and then heading straight to LGA via the NYC Airporter bus service.
We arrived at LGA at about 2 PM, where we checked in using the AC self-service machines. The machine printed our boarding passes, one for each segment. Comparing with SAS, SAS's solution is definately smarter, using the "proper" boarding-pass paper, and printing multiple legs on one boarding pass. I found that the thin paper ones from AC get scrunched up too easily..
After printing our BP's we got our bags checked in at the desk, and since there was no queue at all it was a very quick job.
We then cleared security, and headed to our gate where we watched an episode of How i met your mother on one of our newly purchased iPads.
LaGuardia seemed a bit small, as we didn't see any big "airport-like" open spaces with dining/shopping etc. It was mostly narrow hallways.
Date: May 26th 2012 Flight # & Route: AC0717 LGA-YYZ Departure: 15:30 Arrival: 17:05 Seat & Class: 25A, Y Aircraft: C-FMZW, Embraer ERJ-190 from 2007
Boarding the regional jet
The Legroom Shot (TM)
Trump's jet at its home base
Rotating just as we passed the welome-sign
Long Island from above
An excellent view of Manhattan & Central Park
Landing at YYZ, AC turf
Inside the terminal at YYZ
The main "concourse" - was to be our home for the next 4 hours
Date: May 26th 2012 Flight # & Route: AC0882 YYZ-CPH Departure: 20:55 Arrival: 10:35 Seat & Class: 38A, Y Aircraft: C-FMWP, Boeing 767-333ER from 1993
Our bird for the night, a rather old but still good-looking 763
Seatback shot, still with USB + AC-outlet (pun intended, looks like it is AC widbody-standard?
No winglets to be found here!
I got my favourite seat, just behind the wing so you get to see all the sexy flap/spoiler-action. An advantage (for me at least) of flying on a "smaller" widebody is the 2-3-2 seat configuration, being ideal for couples.
Legroom shot, featuring a very interesting book on 9/11 called "102 minutes". Admittedly, it is probably unappropriate reading for when on a plane.. Still a good book though.
Meal time! The meal on LHR-YYZ flight was better IMHO.
After-dinner tea, reading the latest issue of The Economist on my iPad (whilst on a plane. Life is great, isn't it?)
A cool view of Skagen, the "top" of Denmark
Øresundsbroen, on short final to CPH
Our ride from CPH back to Aarhus
Train will never beat plane.
Conclusion: A decent flight back home with AC. The staff were friendly and service was good, although the atmosphere wasn't as relaxed as it was on the way to YYZ from LHR.
I would definately fly Air Canada again, I think they offer a very fair-priced product.
767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1883 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7959 times:
I love your views of flying into CPH. We had such a great trip there one year ago next month ... Looks like you had a decent flight with AC, but I'd agree about the boarding passes; SAS uses proper card stock so you can either save the boarding pass, or use it for a bookmark, etc during traveling, as opposed to the receipt paper so many airlines use
MSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5123 times:
Great to see your return report online. It gives me quite a bit of memories to my AC trip back in Feb.
My expecience was very positive, report to follow soon
The 763 is my preferred type as well because the 2-3-2 as well.
Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
It was plain sailing going through YYZ coming from LGA. No re-clearing in security, no Canadian immigrations, and our bags were checked in all the way to CPH without us having to re-check them. On the way over, going from YYZ to LGA, it was a completely different story, however. Seems like it's just the states that doesn't trust any other countries airports to do security screening etc..
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 10):
I would imagine that would be true. Was there any service at all on the LGA to YYZ regional?
As longhauler has already mentioned, there were free drinks (non-alcoholic) and the standard AC pretzels. I don't know why I didn't take a picture of the service - maybe I just got bored with the AC pretzels after 4 flights with them in a week!