Hi everyone, I just arrived from Vancouver last night...., well, this morning because of the time change (+3 hrs)
and I sincerly didn't think it would have such an impact cause I slept all day!(Today the 1st of August)It's always weird to depart at 11:30 pm and see the sun risind up again 3 hours after!
Well, now the Trip Report;
Friday, July 27: AC 1139, YOW-YVR, 767-200ER
We were booked on the 17:15 (5:15 pm) flight to YVR (Vancouver) and arrived at the airport 2.5 hours prior to departure. Fortunately, their was no line-up for the Air Canada counters and the check-in was very efficient, and the agent was very, very friendly. We were assigned seats 31A, C and E (a/c 767-200ER) (No B and D seats on a 767) and I took the window seat of course! The aircraft wasn't arrived yet altough their was a 767, but it was departing for Toronto. So, I went to have a look at how the airport expansion was going and not much as been done at YOW since early May (the inauguration of the works). About an hour prior to scheduled departure time (5:15 pm) we passed the security checks and went to gate 14 where the 767-200ER had just arrived from Toronto (YYZ). They began
boarding at 4:45 pm and we pushed back on time. The aircraft was pretty full with only 15 or 16 seats empty. I liked the powerful sound of the 767's PW4000, compared with the noisy sound of the Airbus A320!
So, after take-off at 5:27 pm, the captain made an annoucement that we would be a bit late in YVR because of the strong winds... I was very disapointed by AC's service on this flight. The FA's weren't smiling at all, when I asked for chicken I didn't have it, so do the guy sitting in front of me (beef instead) and FA blamed each other in front of the pax... very disappointing. After about 3 hours of flight (this flight was supposed to last 4 hours and 12 minutes) I took a chance and asked the FAs who were busy doing crosswords or eating dinner I'f I could go in the cockpit.
It shouldn't be a problem answered the FA. Their is 2 persons who asked before you so I'll do my best. Ok I answered. So 10 minutes after he came down and I went to the cockpit. Captain Robert Lemieux greated me with enthusiasm. I stayed in the cockpit for a while and talked about many things, and I learned that the A/C we had today was a former Air New Zealand machine (that's why it was so in good shape!). I even told him about Airliners.Net! When I was going to go back to my seat, he asked me I'f I wanted to come for landing, of course YES!!!!! (That would be my first ride in a jumpseat!) So, about 45 minutes prior to landing I went back and the captain explained me all the details for our landing today. We landed very smoothly in a rainy Vancouver at 7:35 pm. The whole flight was so smooth that the captain didn't even turned on the seatbelt sigh on once during the flight (We were cruising at flight level 390). This was the most beautiful flight in my life!
Tuesday, July 31, AC 3908 YVR-YOW, A320
I will be brief with that one Cause I know you are getting tired of reading this TR. We arrived YVR 3 hours before, because the flight was overbooked. We were delayed of about 15 minutes due to a connecting flight not arrived yet. So we departed at 11:30 pm, late from our scheduled 11:00 pm. This A320 was a former Canadian a/c still with Canadian's blue interior but wearing full AC colors. I felt like I'f I was on Canadian. Smiling FA all very friendly made this night flight enjoyabe (I didn't sleep so that's why I slept all day today). But one thing: we had impressive Air pockets and severe Turbulences during the whole flight!
Hope it wasn't too boring. Any comments or questions are welcomed, I always appreciate questions!!!