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A333 Or B763 On Air Canada?

Mon Feb 28, 2011 1:11 pm

I might be travelling YYZ - FRA or YYZ - MUC on AC.
To FRA, they operate the 333, to MUC it's 763. Which one of these would you prefer? Not your personal preferences towards one or the other manufacturer, but just regarding the pax comfort on board?
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RE: A333 Or B763 On Air Canada?

Mon Feb 28, 2011 3:15 pm

If you are traveling in Economy, there is an additional inch of legroom in the forward Economy cabin of the A330, over the B767. In Executive First, the product is identical.

Myself, I always prefer to fly on a smaller aircraft ... less people around the baggage carousel, less through Customs/Immigration, etc. But with such a similar product, it really does come down to A vs. B. And with your name, I would have thought the choice would be easy!  
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RE: A333 Or B763 On Air Canada?

Mon Feb 28, 2011 3:44 pm

Quoting LongHauler (Reply 1):
And with your name, I would have thought the choice would be easy!

Would be easy, but via MUC, it saves me over 2 hrs total travel time (if flight to MUC is on time).
So wanted to know if the difference in comfort or experience merits these 2 hrs extra.
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RE: A333 Or B763 On Air Canada?

Mon Feb 28, 2011 4:01 pm

Except for small differences in seat pitch the Y product is basically identical aboard of both. The A330 is a bit quieter, so it has a slight advantage. However if you have no status with *A, I'd suggest to fly the 763, as it has only one middle seat per row. So my choice would be 763 via MUC.
If select the 763 and you're going after a window seat, beware of the windowless seats in the small Y cabin.
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RE: A333 Or B763 On Air Canada?

Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:21 pm

Quoting 330lover (Reply 2):
So wanted to know if the difference in comfort or experience merits these 2 hrs extra.


In my opinion, no. The product between the two ships is almost identical, I'd go with the more convenient flight. Besides ... I may even be your Captain!
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RE: A333 Or B763 On Air Canada?

Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:23 pm

Quoting LongHauler (Reply 4):



Talking of comfort, I find odd that the short/medium haul E-jets have larger seat pitch than the 763's...I just spent 5 hours aboard one last Friday (row 35, ouch...but at least I could see the flaps and ailerons working) and honestly, wouldn't want to spend the night in a seat like this...
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RE: A333 Or B763 On Air Canada?

Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:37 pm

One more strange thing.
In our gds (working for business travel agency), it is scheduled as 763, but when opening the seat map, it shows a config 2-4-2, which is the 333 config. Noticed as well thet from beginning of june, it changes to 333. Is this a sign that it might turn out to be 333? Or just an error in the gds?
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RE: A333 Or B763 On Air Canada?

Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:52 pm

Can't help you on your decision on the aircraft type, but I definitely would choose MUC (767) over FRA (A330) because it's IMO the nicer airport as a transit passenger!
 
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RE: A333 Or B763 On Air Canada?

Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:23 am

Quoting 330lover (Reply 6):
In our gds (working for business travel agency), it is scheduled as 763, but when opening the seat map, it shows a config 2-4-2, which is the 333 config. Noticed as well thet from beginning of june, it changes to 333. Is this a sign that it might turn out to be 333? Or just an error in the gds?

The aircraft gauge changes from 763 to 333 on 31MAY2011. It is always possible that they could upgauge the flight earlier, based on passenger demand.
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RE: A333 Or B763 On Air Canada?

Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:28 am

In Y class, apart from the slightly lower chance of a middle seat on the 763, the only difference I've noted between the 763 and the A330 is that the overhead bins on the A330 seem larger, especially those over the center seats. They're also easier to access.

AC's A330s also have a better passengers-per-lavatory ratio than their 763s. One lavatory for every 38 passengers (6 for 228 passengers) on the A330, compared to one for every 47 passengers on the 763 (4 for 187 passengers).
 
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RE: A333 Or B763 On Air Canada?

Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:55 am

Quoting LongHauler (Reply 1):
In Executive First, the product is identical.

I disagree.
Service is faster in the A330 Executive First mid cabin since there are less seats, and the mid cabin is also quieter, especially when the flight is not full as passengers who do not choose a specific seat are assigned seats from the front down.
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RE: A333 Or B763 On Air Canada?

Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:52 pm

Quoting blueflyer (Reply 10):
Service is faster in the A330 Executive First mid cabin since there are less seats

Like the OP, I was referring to the hard product. The actual seat in which one sits, and the catering offered is identical.

I have no idea how the Service Director arranges her Executive First service. If the rear J cabin is served first, then I would guess to achieve the same level of service on a B767, one would have to find in what part of the J cabin service starts.

Quoting blueflyer (Reply 10):
and the mid cabin is also quieter,

I assume you refer to airframe/engine noise. As I have heard complaints from passengers that the rear J cabin on the A330 tends to be noisy with "baby noise" as there could potentially be three baby bassinets immediately behind the aft bulkhead of the rear J cabin.

Quoting blueflyer (Reply 10):
seat are assigned seats from the front down.

Seats are assigned according to Weight and Balance if the passenger does not have a preference for a specific seat. But you are correct, in aircraft with a large J cabin at the front, (24 in the B767, 37 in the A330) then likely seats will be assigned from front to back for balance purposes.
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RE: A333 Or B763 On Air Canada?

Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:21 pm

Decision taken, ticket issued.

BRU-FRA-MEX on LH
CUN-YYZ-MUC-BRU on AC/LH

'longhauler', you know my dates, just let me know if you're the one that will be flying 'my' plane.

Other question:
On the FRA-MEX flight, I can select my seat. I chose 54A, window seat at the back, first row with 2 seats on the sides in stead of 3. Extra roomy seats, I suppose, or what are your thoughts?
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RE: A333 Or B763 On Air Canada?

Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:49 am

Quoting longhauler (Reply 11):
I assume you refer to airframe/engine noise.

No, just my experience overall. I'm aware that the rear of any J cabin is the closest to crying babies, I'm not a fan of them, especially when I try to sleep, but maybe I should count myself lucky because it hasn't been a problem for me on AC (yet).
The only downside to the mid cabin compared to the front cabin is that at gates with two jetways, coach boards at L2 so there is far more traffic in the mid cabin, but it is not an issue, just the only "drawback" of the mid cabin over the front cabin.
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