flyingnanook
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How Is Air Canada To Asia?

Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:15 pm

Hi all,
I'm trying to choose which airline to fly to China on in November and Air Canada has some pretty good fares out of SEA via YVR (and 2 AC pilots I recently met left a really good impression). The flights I'm looking at are a 767 to PEK and a 340 out of HKG (I don't have the flight numbers on hand right now). I know they don't have PTV's, but that doesn't bug me (no box impeding on my legroom). How is their economy service? In general, how full are the flights? Is it a hassle to transit through Canada between China and the US? Can you tell me anything else?

Thanks in advance for any and all advice.
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stormbringer
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RE: How Is Air Canada To Asia?

Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:51 pm

They are currently upgrading their interior so you may get a PTV. Only fly them out of SEA because originating at YVR will cost you $400 extra.
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RE: How Is Air Canada To Asia?

Mon Jul 24, 2006 5:37 pm

Quoting FlyingNanook (Thread starter):
How is their economy service?

I haven't flown to Asia yet, but I frequently use AC's econo service to Europe. Personally, I find AC a great product. The cabins are clean, the crew is attentive, professional and friendly. The food is quite tasty and the aircraft are all very comfortable. Plus, they have a great selection of beers.

AC's A340s are great, lots of leg room and the seats are very comfortable, not to mention the quietest cabin in the sky. Their B767s are also very comfortable on the International flights, the leg room seems a bit tighter, but not by much. As you already mentioned, you are aware that they do not have AVOD systems as of yet (not sure what the revamp schedule is), but if it doesn't bother you, then AC is a great airline to fly with.

Quoting FlyingNanook (Thread starter):
Is it a hassle to transit through Canada between China and the US?

This should give you all the information you need....
http://www.yvr.ca/guide/around/connecting.asp
hope it helps.
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flyingnanook
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RE: How Is Air Canada To Asia?

Tue Jul 25, 2006 11:06 am

Quoting Stormbringer (Reply 1):
Only fly them out of SEA because originating at YVR will cost you $400 extra.

That's silly, if I'm understanding what you're saying. So tacking on a 50 minute Dash-8 flight makes the ticket $400 cheaper? Some sort of strange Canadian tax or something?


Well, if their Asian flights are as nice as their European flights, then right now they're at the top of my list. Also, I've never flown on a 340, so that's a big plus.
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RE: How Is Air Canada To Asia?

Tue Aug 08, 2006 12:45 pm

I flew them from LAX-YVR-PEK in January of 2005, and I liked the flights. They were full both ways, but it was still pretty comfortable. The cabin crew was friendly and attentive, and YVR is a nice airport to change planes.

When you transit through YVR, there will be a separate queue at Canadian customs for connecting pax, and you should be through there in no time at all. Coming back, you won't need to go through Canadian customs, but you'll go through US pre-clearance at YVR instead. This means that you won't have to go through customs when you get to SEA.

I would say that YVR has a very good system for connecting pax. I also think that AC has good service on the Trans-Pac routes. I'd fly them again any time.
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