jake3204
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Air Canada Or Westjet?

Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:00 am

I am trying to book a fight to Vancouver this may and I was wondering what airline would be better to fly with.
Thanks,
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FighterPilot
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:10 am

Where exactly are you flying from?

P.S. this should also me moved to Polls/Prefs

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WYG737LVR
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:26 am

It depends on where you are departing from. If you are departing from Eastern Canada, then I would suggest AC, simply because you have a 50/50 shot at a widebody (762 & 763) vs a narrow body (319,320 & 321) Also, AC has more direct flights between YYZ and YVR (14 per day, with 7 being widebodies), where as WS is like a Greyhound bus, with only 5 out of 26 flights direct from YYZ. The wide bodies make for a more comfortable flight IMHO.

However that being said, if you are departing from YWG west, I would rather go with WS. With AC you may be stuck on a CRJ, which is like a bus with wings, and on WS you know you are on a 73NG, which offers a heck of alot more room, and a more comfortable ride than AC's CRJ's.

My  twocents  worth.
 
lorgem1
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:00 pm

I have been an AC supporter since the early 80's. However I just flew on Westjet from YYZ to YYC return. First off the flight crews 'make' the flight! Second, the 73NG is an excellent aircraft, smooth and very comfortable. Beats the hell out of a 320 or 319. I would recommend Westjet!!  Smile  yes 
 
ACDC8
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:07 pm

Your profile says you're from Yellowknife, if that's the case, I believe WS is not an option for you. Or are you departing from somewhere else?

Other then that, from Yellowknife, AC flies the CRJ, and then you can either cnx through YEG or YYC and have various aircraft from Dash 8's, CRJ's, ERJ's and A32x to choose from to continue on YVR.
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:16 pm

If flying from YZF, you also have the option of flying 7F, (First Air) into YEG and then hooking up with either AC or WS to YVR. Once again, anything west of YWG and I would choose WS. Newer aircraft, inflight live TV, and better looking FA's.  

[Edited 2007-04-19 05:17:31]
 
canuckpaxguy
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:16 pm

Like mentioned above it depends where you're flying from.
For me, I prefer the widebodies so if there's a big AC jet going, I'll be on it.
From YYZ it's a 4+ hour flight, so the PTVs on WestJet are a nice touch.

The prices are comparable. I guess it depends on what's important to you.

G
 
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:50 pm

YZF-YVR I would be 50/50. Air Canada would take you straight through, and if you miss the connection because of a late flight etc they will help you. However, it's Air Canada service and you'll be on CRJs (which, in my opinion, just plain suck).

The other option would go First Air or Canadian North to YEG or YYC and then Westjet from there. This would mean two seperate airlines and tickets, so if one flight gets delayed and you miss the other, you'd more than likely be SOL. However, you will be on 737s and have (from what I've been told) far better service.

I would probably want to go the 737 route, but make sure you leave yourself lots of spare time in YEG or YYC, to reduce the chances of being affected by delays as much as possible.
For example, if you flew AC right through, the YZF-YEG flight was late, and you missed the YVR flight, they would help you because they agreed to get you as far as YVR. But if it was Canadian North and Westjet, the Canadian North flight was late and you missed the Westjet flight, you're on your own, as Canadian North only agreed to get you as far as YEG and Westjet agreed to you being at YEG when you said you would.

As long as you have a couple hours though, you should be fine on two airlines. I've done it without problems before. Better service, better airplanes, and more variety.



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Oroka
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:53 pm

A friend of mine who worked for AC a few years back just flew to Vancouver from YYZ (I think) and chose Westjet over AC. Maybe that says something
 
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Thu Apr 19, 2007 1:02 pm

Quoting Oroka (Reply 8):
A friend of mine who worked for AC a few years back just flew to Vancouver from YYZ (I think) and chose Westjet over AC. Maybe that says something

Yes, disgruntled employee .....  Silly

This is the way I see it. If you are flying from YZF, the flying time to YVR is not very long. Both carriers are great. Now, if you would like to try out different airlines, then go the First Air/Canadian North and Westjet route. If you would like to try out different aircraft types, go the AC way. If watching TV is important, go WS.

You won't see much difference in service, that I can guarantee.
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:16 pm

If you're leaving from YZF and want 37" of leg room (on some flights) compared to a cramped CRJ, go with 7F. If you want a great meal as well and still collect Aeroplan points, again choose First Air or Canadian North on the leg to YEG. If you book 7F or 5T via a travel agent or each airline's call centre, they can get you a through fare to YVR. Since 7F/5T + AC have an interline agreement, if 7F/5T are late to YEG and you misconnect, AC will still protect you.

Quoting WYG737LVR (Reply 2):
If you are departing from Eastern Canada, then I would suggest AC, simply because you have a 50/50 shot at a widebody (762 & 763) vs a narrow body (319,320 & 321) Also, AC has more direct flights between YYZ and YVR (14 per day, with 7 being widebodies), where as WS is like a Greyhound bus, with only 5 out of 26 flights direct from YYZ.

Apparently if you live in Eastern Canada, it means you live in Toronto.   I guess that means Toronto is filled with 5 million Sens fans....haha.

[Edited 2007-04-19 16:48:35]
 
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:22 pm

Having flown on WestJet and LOVED IT, my vote goes for them.
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:36 pm

Does everybody still think 34 inch seat pitch on CRJs is not enough? I thought 31inch is terrible.
 
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:38 pm

Does price not matter to anyone?

Surely, the OP will take price into consideration, which also makes me wonder why he even bothered asking people for their opinions.
 
canuckpaxguy
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Fri Apr 20, 2007 7:56 am

In most cases, pricing is very comparable.
The only variation I sometimes see is when I'm particularly concerned about the time of day I fly. On high frquency routes, there can be fairly big variances in price for say, the 7:00am flight. For by and large, the costs are not that different.

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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Fri Apr 20, 2007 2:49 pm

It's a toss up as Mapleflot and Westjet are both over-priced but offer similar service. Every now and then you'll get an old battle-axe on AC that will make you wish you'd walked...and Westjet is often staffed with younger more fun flight attendants. Comfort levels are similar but AC does offer more point-to-point trans-border flights. Welcome in advance, we all hope the weather will be better by the time you get here!
 
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Fri Apr 20, 2007 3:09 pm

Do you like TV or movies?

WestJet's entertainment system is wonderful!
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Fri Apr 20, 2007 3:44 pm

Quoting WestJetYQQ (Reply 16):
Do you like TV or movies?

WestJet's entertainment system is wonderful!

Not to offend anyone, so don't take this the wrong way, but YZF to YYC is a 2 hour flight plus another hour to YVR. Is TV really that important for such a short flight? Like I said, not to offend anyone, just curious.
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Fri Apr 20, 2007 10:29 pm

I'd still sure like to know if Jake3204 is indeed flying out of Yellowknife, he hasn't said.
 
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Sat Apr 21, 2007 5:06 am

IMO AC is the way to go. The staff while not as much "fun" seem to always be 100% professional and they can be fun too, but they all take their job seriously as well. (You do hear stories though). Overall I probably have flown AC more then 100 times and I would say only once have I received somewhat poor service (this was the week when CP and AC crew merged). As far as the AVOD, you probably wont get it YZF-YEG unless you get a CRA. But you could watch a show YEG-YVR on the new AC AVOD, they have TV programs so its not like you can only watch a movie. As far as meals go, WS well we all know that story, AC does not offer meals in Y either except BOB, so if I were you I would book J (I enjoy it) or eat the BOB (beware its not as good as a regular meal) also in the back for alcoholic drinks its 5 bucks a shot, where up front its free, you get more leg room and better service. If you can get your self on a E175 or E190 save the money an go Y but take some food on the plane as they dont have ovens so you wont get a hot meal. If meals are not for you then Y would be good, and all the E a/c have AVOD where only some of the Airbus fleet has them but recently I have flown 3 flights in a row with AVOD so that was good. Anyways good luck either way and have a good trip.
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Sat Apr 21, 2007 1:33 pm

I would go with AC 100%.

From my experience, AC's employees are very friendly and make you feel at home,
while WS's seem to have a bit of a "whaddayawant" attitude. I know WS claims
to have very friendly employees, but you have to think, obviously EVERYONE that works
for a company aren't going to be a certain way. And AC has much better aircraft.
You'll probably get a 736, which is my least favourite commercial aircraft.
I have never had a bad experience on AC and I think that's the way you should go.


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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Sat Apr 21, 2007 1:51 pm

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 17):

Not to offend anyone, so don't take this the wrong way, but YZF to YYC is a 2 hour flight plus another hour to YVR. Is TV really that important for such a short flight? Like I said, not to offend anyone, just curious.

I don't think it's important on a 2 hour flight or on a 20 hour flight. It's simply a luxury that your average traveler enjoys.

Quoting HorizonGirl (Reply 20):
I would go with AC 100%.

From my experience, AC's employees are very friendly and make you feel at home,
while WS's seem to have a bit of a "whaddayawant" attitude. I know WS claims
to have very friendly employees, but you have to think, obviously EVERYONE that works
for a company aren't going to be a certain way. And AC has much better aircraft.
You'll probably get a 736, which is my least favorite commercial aircraft.
I have never had a bad experience on AC and I think that's the way you should go.

I don't mean to be contradictory, but from MY experience, WS's employees are very friendly and make you feel at home, while AC's seem to have a bit of a "whaddayawant" attitude. And WS has much better aircraft. On AC you'll probably get a A320 which is my least favorite commercial aircraft. I have never had a bad experience on WS and I think that's the way you should go.  Smile

Haha, sorry Devon.  Wink
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Sat Apr 21, 2007 2:01 pm

Quoting WestJetYQQ (Reply 21):
I don't mean to be contradictory, but from MY experience, WS's employees are very friendly and make you feel at home, while AC's seem to have a bit of a "whaddayawant" attitude. And WS has much better aircraft. On AC you'll probably get a A320 which is my least favorite commercial aircraft. I have never had a bad experience on WS and I think that's the way you should go.

Hey Carson, funny response only problem is you pulled out all the RIGHT answers and exchanged them with the WRONG answers, better luck next time.  Wink
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Tue Apr 24, 2007 4:36 am

Quoting RoyalAtlantis (Reply 15):
Mapleflot

Thanks man! I just shot Pepsi across the room through my nose. MapleFlot! Geez...

Still, I'd take "MapleFlot" for the same reasons mentioned above. Better service if you miss a connection.

Enjoy the trip.
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:08 am

Quoting ZBBYLW (Reply 22):
Hey Carson, funny response only problem is you pulled out all the RIGHT answers and exchanged them with the WRONG answers, better luck next time.

Exactly! Big grin

You beat me to it.
Another thing I would like to add is that AC is a lot nicer to aviation enthusiasts.
When I flew on one of their new Embreaer 190s, I asked them a few questions and they seemed
more than happy to respond. I even got to chat with the pilot for a bit.


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