Flying as staff, I was given pretty much the last seat on the aircraft: 28B. What can you do. You're paying next to nothing. Pushback was early from Gate 30, and we were airborne off RWY 36 shortly thereafter with a typical 1hr 55min flight time. The flight was packed, and despite the fact that I was in a crap seat, it was very comfortable. The seats were "Tango" seats from when the aircraft operated for AC Tango. They weren't Air Canada green, nor Canadian Airlines blue, but I found them more comfortable than the regular A320 seats.
Service was typical buy-on-board. I didn't buy anything. The P/A system wasn't working properly. Everytime the F/As made announcements you could hear them fine, but there was an annoying/loud ringing noise in the background. As a result, when we deplaned in Toronto, a gate agent was handing out vouchers for 500 Aeroplan miles. The voucher/paper said if you were an Aeroplan member, you'd be automatically creditted with the 500 miles. It was the right thing to do.
I spent a few days in Toronto bumming around, not doing much. I went looking for a laptop computer and did about an hour of spotting at Pearson one morning. I wanted to get some shots of the A343 and A345s leaving for Asia early in the morning, but they didn't turn out well because of the early morning heat haze and the high sun. Photos attached:
I decided to take the long way home today. Most Toronto-Winnipeg flights were full that Friday afternoon... I didn't feel like potentially sitting at Pearson Terminal 1 for hours trying to get on flight after flight, so I decided to spend even more hours connecting via the west coast, on a flight I knew had availability. Thus, AC105, a 767-200 in new colours was waiting at Gate 139. I checked-in online the night before, and took a prime seat in Economy... seat 13K, the 2nd row in Economy in the forward Y-cabin. Row 12 is the first row with a lot more legroom, but there's no storage for carryons under the seat in front of you, because of the bulkhead.
We were ready to leave ontime, when a passenger with checked bags decided to no-show. It was announced over the P/A that it would take 10 mins to remove the bag... "B.S. 10 mins" I thought... but, we ended up pushing only 11 mins late. It was off to RWY 23 (where the taxi past the Air Canada maintenance hangars always seems to be rough), and we were airborne at 10:24 with a right turn out oncourse.
Again, typical buy-on-board service, which I opted out of cause I brought my own food. After eating, I fell asleep for a few hours, woke up again, looked out the window, and saw a nice contrail right next to us. Grabbed the videocam, shot a quick vid, then went back to sleep for 2 more hours.
The descent was uneventful. We flew right over downtown... the clouds were starting to break up, and I took a few pics of the scenery, then we turned all the way around for an approach to RWY 08L and landed ontime.
We pulled up to the C-Concourse where a company B762 was pushing to Calgary right next to us.
As I deplaned in Vancouver I looked over to the B-Terminal and said to myself "what in the hell is that?" (looking towards a Harmony CRJ pushing back). I quickly grabbed the camera, attached the telescope lens, and snapped photos quickly, as it pushed back and taxied out for Calgary. It was my first sighting of this plane. Clearly a United Express new colours aircraft in a previous lifetime.
I planned on taking the first flight out of Vancouver to head back to Winnipeg, and because all the Vancouver-Winnipeg flights were full, I decided to one-stop it through Calgary. After deplaning off the B762 at 12:00 noon, I tried to find the 12:30 flight to Calgary, just a few gates away... and asked the gate agent if she would have room for me, as I was originally on the 13:00 departure, an A321 downsized to an A320. She said "sure, are you dressed for Business?" "No, I am in jeans." "Oh too bad." "I have a better pair I can change into." "Quickly." Done.... and 10 minutes later, I was sitting in 3F in J-class. Normally the agents won't upgrade you if Economy is not full, but this agent was just being nice. Economy was 40 percent full.
NavCanada decided to switch the runway configuration around, so we taxied out for a westerly departure off RWY 26L. Flights ahead of us for departure included Dynasty to Taipei, an Air Canada B762 probably to Toronto, a Continental B73G to Houston, a Northwest A320 to Minneapolis/Grand Rapids, and an Alaska B73G to Seattle. I got a great overview shot of YVR that is in the queue right now. The flight was quick and uneventful. We landed in Calgary on RWY 34. I was surprised to see Asiana in Calgary, departing late to Incheon.
This flight ended up being the same plane that I had just deboarded 45 mins ago. Although this time the load factor was a lot higher. So I was in the last row of Economy on the right side, with a non-reclining seat. Who cares. So long as I have a window to shoot pics and videos. We were late because of a bag loading issue (I think we bulked out). Again, NavCan decided to switch runway configurations in Calgary. They switched from a northerly to a southerly operation. So we taxiied to RWY 10, and eventually took off late. The flight encountered a lot of turbulence throughout, probably just because of a lot of convective activity on the prairies that day.
I read the Calgary newspaper during the flight, and listened to my ipod. We landed on RWY 18 at Winnipeg, and parked on Gate 22. I was home... trouble-free, albeit a long time after I had left Toronto, but pleased in the end to knock off another 762 that I had not yet flown. Another awesome trip! Hawaii next week.
AGD From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 204 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 13149 times:
Nice to see your trip report online. The pictures you got are really nice. I've got to say my favorite one is the "wicked Vancouver scenery" shot. Complete with the wing and the engine, it's an amazing photo. Looks like the 17-40 is doing, again, a great job.
And now I'll try to play those videos...something's wrong in here...hehe.
767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1842 posts, RR: 25 Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 12451 times:
Quoting MEL (Thread starter): Everytime the F/As made announcements you could hear them fine, but there was an annoying/loud ringing noise in the background. As a result, when we deplaned in Toronto, a gate agent was handing out vouchers for 500 Aeroplan miles.
Wow, that is great that Air Canada gave out these miles for just having a loud noise in the background of their announcements. I haven't heard of airlines doing this sort of thing before. Good report, and nice pics! The new livery is quite nice on the A340 and 767.