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Opportunity To Fly On AC 763 / 343 / 333.

Tue Jan 10, 2006 5:00 am

I have an opportunity to fly on Air Canada to London. I have an option on flying on B767, A343, or A333 through Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, or Montreal. Could anyone please help me with any suggestions on which aircraft type should I fly and what’s the best airport in Canada to spend time out and for spotting? Any comments/suggestions are greatly appreciated. Also is the LHR route on A340 is it a 343 or 345?
Thank you,
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krisyyz
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RE: Opportunity To Fly On AC 763 / 343 / 333.

Tue Jan 10, 2006 5:05 am

I would personally go with the A333's, the A333/340 have basically the same cabin. But I still perfer the climb and ride on a A333
With the B767's your kind of taking a chance, some are in very nice shape, but some haven't been touched in 10 years, same interior and seats.

The A345 only flew to LHR as test flights when AC got them.

Have a great trip either way!

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RAFVC10
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RE: Opportunity To Fly On AC 763 / 343 / 333.

Tue Jan 10, 2006 5:11 am

A great doubt...

but I prefer to fly in an 343 before other aircraft. First, most confortable. Yes, I know that the differences are little but think... how many american airlines has the 343 to cross the Atlantic Ocean? let me see... LAN, Air Canada, Aerolineas Argentinas and NO OTHER!!!

Think about how many airlines flies the 763 and 330 crossing the Atlantic Ocean (US, AA, AM, RG, S3, AV,...)

Without any doubt. Yes, there are european carriers with the 343 but when have you another oportunity like that??

And see the web link of AC in this doubt.

http://www.aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/onboard/cabincomfort.html

Regards,

RAFVC10
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BlatantEcho
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RE: Opportunity To Fly On AC 763 / 343 / 333.

Tue Jan 10, 2006 5:26 am

plus the 330 and 340s will be gone in a few years, might as well ride 'em while you can.
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SNATH
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RE: Opportunity To Fly On AC 763 / 343 / 333.

Tue Jan 10, 2006 5:33 am

Out of the three, the A330s are the newest and I think they have the most confortable seats, even though the seats in the A340s are similar. As Kris correctly pointed out, the B767s can be good (with seats similar to those in the A340s) or not so great (I found the ex-CP B767s to be in pretty poor condition in economy; even though they are fine in Executive First). Out of the three, I find the A340s to be probably the quietest.

As for which hub to go through, I've connected during US-Europe trips through YYZ and YUL many times. I'd really recommend YUL over YYZ, since the transfers at YYZ can be a right pain in the backside as, most of the time, they involve two terminal changes (but I cannot comment on the other two).

To get an idea of the connections at YYZ, you can read my trip reports:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/55114
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/58691
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/58837

If you need more info, feel free to get in touch directly too.

Safe flying,

Tony
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RE: Opportunity To Fly On AC 763 / 343 / 333.

Tue Jan 10, 2006 5:39 am

Hi 744,
Since you live in California, I suggest the A-330 from YVR.
Avoid the 767. Some of them are showing their age, ex-Canadian.
Avoid YUL. A nightmare as construction continues.
YVR is a pleasant airport for a layover. The international wing has many Asian carriers, big windows for photos, expensive shops, coffee bars, etc.
Nine hours, 45 minutes, non-stop to LHR, Terminal 3.
Enjoy your trip!
BA84
 
Cessnapimp
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RE: Opportunity To Fly On AC 763 / 343 / 333.

Tue Jan 10, 2006 5:52 am

I agree with RAFVC10,

Prolong the pleasure I say. Fly on the 343.  Wink

I really like flying on that aircraft. Takeoff is fun. More flying time too!  Wink
 
FiveMileFinal
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RE: Opportunity To Fly On AC 763 / 343 / 333.

Tue Jan 10, 2006 6:08 am

I would suggest that you fly on the A333.

I got a chance to fly both the A333 and A343, and the A333 was so-o-o quiet. Didn't even realise the captain had spooled up the engines until we started moving under our own power.

The A343 was fine once it got to cruise. Never mind that it took us 90 minutes to get there (and 90 seconds just to get airborne).  duck   Wink

Also, yes, if you can get it out of YVR, do it. It's a great airport to lay over in, very chill, especially on a weekday afternoon.
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