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My Tango Experience

Wed Feb 13, 2002 6:54 am

Through a strange twist of fate, I ended up taking a train to Toronto yesterday to try and get on a plane home to Calgary. After much fanagling about change fees and such, I was placed on a Tango Flight at 8:15pm. I was quite excited for 2 reasons... first was that I knew I was finally going to get home and second was I would get to try Tango.

I was waaaaaaaaay early for this flight, so I bummed around Pearson for a while. I had a burger and fries at Weber's in T2... highly recommend it.

We boarded the flight on time at 7:45pm and I took my seat in 9F. The interior was that of the Proud Wings CP A320s, except in an all Y layout. Seat pitch was the same as a regular AC A320. There were 4 flight attendants aboard, 2 young women, an older lady and an older gentleman... all of them were very friendly and service-oriented. The load for this Monday night flight was about 85%. Fortunately, the seat next to me and the seat behind me were both empty, allowing me to stretch out and recline... a good thing seeing as I was very ill.

We pushed back a little late due to traffic taxing behind us and take off was about 20 minutes behind schedule. We took off and headed west to a cruising altitude of 31,000 feet. The flight was pretty good the whole way there... we hit a few patches of bumps, but nothing substantial enough for the pilots to switch on the seat belt sign. Service started with the sale of headsets for the movie and radio, followed by drink and snack service. One of the classy things I thought about this low-fare carrier was that they handed you a menu as soon as you boarded the plane listing all the food and drinks available and their subsequent prices. The dinner entree was a Chicken and Swiss sandwich on Foccacia. I was tired and full from the burger earlier, so I just had a bottle of water which was $1.00. I gathered that most people payed a pretty decent fare, so they didn't mind forking out a couple of bucks for the extras. I drifted in and out of sleep the whole way to Calgary. At the end of the movie/short feature program, the cart came through again and I had a pack of Oreos (again, $1.00). We left 31,000 feet and headed down into the chinook winds of SW Alberta. It got a little rough below 10,000 feet but no real stomach droppers. We arrived at the gate about 15 minutes late, but nothing too bad.

Now I was pretty pissed that Tango was designed to take Canada 3000 out of business... but now that they're gone, i'd recommend Tango to anyone looking for a cheap flight into Toronto. Of course I choose WestJet whenever possible, but if you need to be in Toronto... Hamilton is just a little too far away.

Cheers all!
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RE: My Tango Experience

Wed Feb 13, 2002 9:58 am

Ya, I flew Tango during Christmas and even though you receive absolutely nothing, the price sure is right. The only thing different from your experience is that at the time, they didn't have a sandwich and many people complained about a lack of food available for purchase. Also, my flight was 100% full, making overhead storage space a premium on the A320.


RE: My Tango Experience

Fri Feb 15, 2002 4:39 am

Friends of mine have done the Tango thang, and while they enjoyed the lesser fare, they do suggest pax fill up on food prior to flying. Also, they noticed that the cabin crews on Tango are AC seniors, who apparantley LOVE the idea of quasi non-service, which gives them the opportunity to sit on their jumpseats, fill out their bids for their blocks, and read novels! LOL.

Personally, I've never flown Tango, but, seeing as how the food in AC Hospitality is not fit for man or dog, I'd rather bring on-board Harvey's and Swiss Chalet and
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