Canada 3000

Fri Mar 02, 2001 1:22 pm


I have a 22hr flight Sydney-Vancouver to look forward to next week on Canada 3000. Grateful if anyone can give me any info on what to expect, service/entertainment/food ect.


RE: Canada 3000

Fri Mar 02, 2001 2:22 pm

-Good, many attractive young F/A's
-Ask for a cockpit visit, you will most likely be invited up. If not, ask another F/A.

-Not Bad
-No PTV's
-some movies are boring
-must buy headphones($5), or you may bring your own, but only one side will work


Also be sure to arrive at the airport a few hours before the flight to reserve the best seat, I found that the seats before the wing are quieter.
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RE: Canada 3000

Fri Mar 02, 2001 2:22 pm

Canada 3000 is charter, meaning you can expect mediocre service, little leg room, and half-decent meals. They aren't as bad as TS(Air Transat), but 22 hours, you'll be happy when you've arrived..

Have a good flight,
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RE: Canada 3000

Fri Mar 02, 2001 2:48 pm

I disagree. The legroom on the Canada 3000 A330 is exactly the same as the Air Canada 767...either good on C3 or bad for Air Canada. The food was very good, and the staff very friendly. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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RE: Canada 3000

Fri Mar 02, 2001 2:51 pm

I'm looking forward to the same trip, but it's Vancouver to Sydney for me  Big grin I've flown C3 a NUMBER of times, and it has it's highs and lows... but I'll give you somewhat of a medium here...

You'll be flying their fairly new A330-200. The seating is 2-4-2, which is better than some airline's 3-3-3 seating. GET A WINDOW SEAT. You will enjoy your flight much more if you sit at a window or along one of the sides in the aisle. Show up early, reserve your seat.

You'll be flying Sydney to Auckland (2 to 3 hours, I believe). Auckland to Raratonga (4 hours). Raratonga to Honolulu (6 hours). Honolulu to Vancouver (6 hours). You'll have about an hour and a half at each stop. Bring a book. Actually, bring three books. When you're tired (which you WILL be after you reach Raratonga), time stands still.

Food? Depends which meals you get, and what you like  Smile I've had a few great meals (mind you, I'm one of those weird ones who love airplane food) with C3. Their food isn't horrible... but it's not the BEST. If you like fruit, you'll be happy. Perhaps you should pack a little bit of a snack... just to hold you over if needed.

Service is great. Most crews are really friendly and will gladly help you at the push of the call button. Don't expect to be pampered... but you'll be taken care of.

Some seem to think you're jammed into those seats. It isn't that bad! Unless you're over 6"2... then you might have some problems. I'm a little over 5"11 and haven't had a single problem with their seats. Make sure you get up and walk down the aisle a bit... you'll thank me when you get into YVR  Big grin

Definately ask one of the FA's if you can get up to the flight deck. I do on every flight and haven't had a single problem. The captain and f/o will be more than happy to have you up there for a chat. Since you're posting here, you obviously have an interest in aviation. Talk to them about it! Ask anything you've got on your mind. They'll be bored as hell sitting there for 22 hours, go up and entertain them!

You should have a good trip. Bring lots to do. The entertainment system is pretty good... you'll see a bunch of movies, without a doubt. If you bring headphones, you'll be able to hear from one side of them. I suggest buying the headphones that are passed out right after departure. ($5 CDN) Again, after about hour 17, you'll thank me  Big grin They have music/news/comedy channels on the audio system. The comedy one is great. Updated every season with about 2 hours of new stuff. Fun to listen to. Once. Twice. Over and over, if it suits your fancy.

That's about it. Hope you have a great trip. Let us know how it went!

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RE: Canada 3000

Fri Mar 02, 2001 3:05 pm

Well i tell ya i just did the hnl yvr route on there A330-200 very nice plane great ride they need a first class though its weird all coach for 6 1/2 hrs had an isle seat it was nice the service was outstanding as for the food i've flown alot and this was the worst by far so pack a lunch you'll enjoy your trip.


RE: Canada 3000

Fri Mar 02, 2001 7:02 pm


I flew Canada 3000 from SYD to YYZ a couple of years back when they first began their inarguable flights with Boeing 757-200s.

Considering the time lapse, some things may have changed since but I still consider the airline as one of the best (even on par with that of some scheduled carriers less some trimmings.)

At that time, service was great, meals were generous (after every transit at SYD, NAD, HNL and YVR, full meal service were provided... no fear of starving  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
I actually preferred the transits as it allowed me to stretch my legs and most importantly for me and others, go to the amenities.

Inflight movies were constantly run with a variety of genres to suit everyone and all were recent cinema releases. While headphones cost $5-, considering the price paid for the airfare, it isn't that horrendous - plus you get the headphone adaptor. You might like to bring your own set of headphones for better insulation and sound quality - just make sure they use the small 3.5mm stereo plug.

The aircraft was clean, seats likewise. Although some might not like the seat pitch (I really don't mind it becuase I'm not all that tall), with the use of the Airbus A330-200, the pitch is now on par with that of all international airline economy class (and in a few cases, even better.) Plus the transit periods allow the aircraft to be cleaned again and again so its more or less always spot perfect.

One thing that has changed is that groundstaffing at SYD is no longer done exclusively by Canada 3000 itself and is instead contracted out to Qantas. And no matter how good communication is, there is always some inevitable breakdown which causes headaches...but normally it presents no hassles.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy your trip.

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RE: Canada 3000

Sun Mar 11, 2001 8:47 am

As a flight attendant for Canada 3000,

I'd like to thank all you that choose our airline and and take the time to consider the price of your ticket and what you get in return. I have flown on many other airlines all over the world whilst deadheading and for my own personal travels and have had the opportunity to take in some of the best and worst of airline service. Believe me we are not the worst in service or legroom by a long shot. As I have had to deadhead from YVR-SYD on our own aircraft and as a 6' tall guy I can honestly say I was comfortable and well fed during the rather long flight time with no "special treatment" from my fellow f/a's.

Whilst every company has their exceptions, I consider our staff very friendly, as we are a relatively young airline you are more likely to find young out-going flight attendants on-board. We love our jobs and many of us would never consider the idea of leaving for one of the Canadian majors (eek! at the thought of it!) The same can be said for our Flight Crew they are on the most part welcoming to visitors in the cock pit and open to questions from the first time flyer to the aviation enthusiast (this includes me!)

So again thanks to all those that do book and continue to do so while managing to keep the company's motto in mind "Reliable, Affordable, Air Travel" I hope to see you on board again and look forward to welcoming our new travellers.


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RE: Canada 3000

Sun Mar 11, 2001 9:25 am

Are they getting some A340 or more A330s because how are they going to have the Aircraft for all those places like SYD DEL Gatwick FRA well most of Europe anyways. I think they only have four A330-200s GGWA GGWB GGWC GGWD!
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RE: Canada 3000

Sun Mar 11, 2001 10:28 am

If I'm not mistaken, C3 has the highest aircraft utilization rate of any airline. That is a testament to their excellent maintenance.

They are currently sourcing 340-300s.
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RE: Canada 3000

Sun Mar 11, 2001 10:31 am

I have flown on Canada 3000's 757-200 and the A320. Yes the cabins are a bit cramped compared to Air Canada's cabin but I have not been on the A330 for C3 so I don't know how spacious it is. But when I flew on the A320 I was lucky enough to get a window in an emergency exit aisle which gave me MUCH more room than what the rest of the passengers had. Since C3 does not have advanced seat selection you may want to show up VERY early in order to get a decent seat. But I think the service and food is fine. Have a good trip!
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RE: Canada 3000

Sun Mar 11, 2001 11:45 am

Service good, new and great airplanes, just crowdy (340 folks), no choice of entrees.

RE: Canada 3000

Sun Mar 11, 2001 11:47 am

I've never flown on Canada 3000. I heard from other people that it sucks though...  Sad
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RE: B757FO

Sun Mar 11, 2001 12:46 pm

Canada 3000 isn't my favourite airline, but I hate it when people bash them without giving reasons. Would you care to elaborate why Canada 3000 "sucks", and what it is being compared to.

Thank you.

RE: Canada 3000

Sun Mar 11, 2001 10:37 pm

good luck, you will need it if your expecting air canada class.

yes i know my names go air canada but canada 3000 aren't the best airline ive flown with, if your expecting a lot, you won't get it, but if your looking for friendly service and good-looking air hostesses then you will be ok.

they arent as bad as air transat who act as if they are equal to air canada and not as bad as royal eithier whos food looks like dog has cooked it.

the foods a bit better, the movies arent great but if you looking for a cheapish flight and you dont mind not having your own personal TV screen then you will be ok.

good luck!

go air canada!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

P.S B757F0- you said they suck, what do you mean?
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RE: Canada 3000

Sun Mar 11, 2001 11:29 pm

I have flown Canada 3000 3 times already with all their aircraft. I have flown on the A330-200. The best aircraft I have ever flown on. Service is good, it is what you can expect from any charter airline. Everything is good especially the Women Flight attendants. There great, very young and good. so look forward to that.
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RE: Canada 3000

Sun Mar 11, 2001 11:59 pm

I fly the A320 for C3000. B757FO, considering your profile(if factual) you have stooped quite low here. I suggest you elaborate. BTW, I have flown AA numerous times and my professional respect and intimate understanding of the industry would give AA top marks even under very trying circumstances. I await your reply.


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