Just, what I hope will be, a quick report on my most recent trip to Montréal from 16 Feb to 22 Feb
Friday 16 February 2001
Aircraft:Canadair Regional Jet C-FRIB
Photo © Pierre Lacombe
I arrived at Boston Terminal E at the prescribed two hours prior to departure, or about 11.00. As there was no queue for check-in, I was checked in by a very friendly, casual agent.
As there was no queue, I was now left with a lot of time. As I hadn't eaten anything that morning, I went and got a muffin and a drink and sat down and watched some of the mid-morning traffic around BOS. What I saw was an Air Nova DHC-8 and an Air Canada DC-9. And a potpourri of various planes queued up off in the distance for runways 22R and L. After breakfast, I passed through security. With plenty of time left, I sat down watched the CNN they had playing, and listened to my Discman®. They eventually called my flight at 12.30, about 10 minutes behind schedule.
I proceeded through Gate 8A, down the stairs, and out onto the apron. I boarded the plane, and quickly took my seat, 11F, a window at the rear end of the wing, over the flaps. Boarding was quick, and the doors were closed, and push-back commenced a few minutes behind schedule. After engine start-up we taxied quickly out, and joined the queue at the end of runways 22R and L. We queued up behind a United 727-200 and a US Airways Shuttle A319. We lined up, and take-off was quick. We climbed out, and soon we were in the haze and upper cloud layers.
Soon after, the two FA's came around, served sandwiches, a small sandwich au jambon (ham) and a salmon pâté, with a side of pasta. Comparing this to a United flight on a 737, on a slightly longer flight, they only came around with pretzels and drinks. Both flights were around the same time of day. Soon, we began our descent from our cruising altitude of FL180 (18 000ft). We broke through the clouds at the northern end of the île de Montréal, and made a sharp left hand turn to intercept the 24L localizer at Montréal-Dorval (CYUL). We descended down the glide slope with the city centre off to our left. It was a nice approach. Soon we landed on 24L. Once we were on the ground I was able to see a Kendell CRJ taxiing. Also, I saw an Air Canada 747-400 and A330-300. A couple of Royal, and a few Canadian in transitional colours. We parked at gate 23. That was the end of my outbound trip.
22 February 2001
Aircraft:Canadair Regional Jet C-FRIL
Photo © John R. Cushma
Once again, I arrived at the airport just under two hours ahead of schedule. By the way, and travellers to/from Montréal should consider the coach bus offered by Aéroports de Montréal. It takes you to/from the terminal to Place Bonaventure at Rue de la Gauchtière. which is right in the city centre. Anyways, with no queue, I checked in again. After walking around they nice, relatively spacious terminal, I proceeded through to U.S Customs and Immigration. After passing through that, I passed through the security checkpoint, then had to pay a CDN$10 airport improvement fee (I had to break a $50 ). After all that, I was able to proceed down to the gate. Back again at gate 23, where my travels began, I sat and waited for my flight to be called. While I waited, I was able to see an Olympic A340, an Air Canada 747-400, and an Austrian A330 (who, according to a friend, was operating on behalf of Royal Air Maroc). On time, we boarded. I took my seat, once again it was 11F. As the flight was not full, it took it no time to get underway. We left the gate a little early. After push back, we taxied straight out to runway 24R.
With no hesitation power was applied, and we rocketed down the runway. We got up very quickly. We continued straight out, but soon began a turn to the south, and flew south of the city centre. After leaving Montréal, it clouded up, and I sat back and read "La Presse", a French language newspaper (apparantly, the largest in North America). The flight attendant came around offering drinks and pretzels. Standard snack, but nice on a 51 minute flight.
Long before I wanted we began our descent into Boston. We tracked north of the city, out over the ocean. We then came pack in from the north-east, paralleling the coastline. As we approaced the city, we then made a turn to south, and flew past the airport. We eventually descended and then made a 180° turn to intercept the runway 4R localizer. We made a bumpy approach, and were soon on the ground. Directly behind us was an Aer Lingus A330-300. At terminal E were Lufthansa and British Airways 747-200s, as well as a Northwest DC-10, and an Air Canada A319. As, I had already gone through pass control, and customs, I went to baggage claim, and went home.
Well, if you're still reading, I admire your perseverance, and thank you