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YYZ-YXE; YQR-YYZ (long)

Tue Jul 30, 2002 10:35 am

Hi everyone. Just returned from my family reunion and thought I would share my flight experiences with you.

Friday, July 26, 2002

I had a fairly early departure time compared to what I have become accustomed too. I arrived at Toronto Pearson International airport at 6am for my 8am departure to Saskatoon. I tried to use one of Air Canada's handy e-Ticket kiosks, but wasn't able to, as I didn't have the credit card that bought the ticket, so I got in line at the check-in counter to do it the old-fashioned way. I asked for and was granted an exit row seat on my flight thanked the kind gentleman working the counter and headed for breakfast at Terminal 2's Second City bar and grille restaurant. Following breakfast I proceeded through security to gate 216 for departure to Saskatoon.

Air Canada Flight 103
Toronto (YYZ) to Saskatoon (YXE)

Departure and Arrival Times
DEP YYZ- 8:10 (on time); ARR YXE - 9:45 (about 8 minutes early)

Airbus A320
C-FMSX; FIN: 232

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I took my seat, 16C and took a quick look through the cabin to get a sense of the number of people on board. There couldn't have been more than 90 or so people on board and the middle seat next to me wasn't occupied. The plane pushed back from the gate exactly on time and we made our way to runway 23 for departure. The captain informed us that we were taking a more northerly route than normal to avoid weather in the Sault-Ste. Marie area, but we would arrive in Saskatoon earlier than scheduled. Breakfast service began shortly after the seatbelt sign was turned off. It wasn't all that good, just an couple of eggs and a slice of smoked turkey on an english muffin and some apple slices. I finished my meal and watched the Air Canada edition of the CBC national news before a falling asleep. The last hour or so of the flight was fairly bumpy, I guess they couldn't avoid all the weather on route. Other than a couple of rough spots, both from turbulence and an Air Canada breakfast, the flight was very good.

Monday, July 29, 2002

I enjoyed my short weekend in Saskatchewan, visiting my family and catching up those that I only ever see every 2 years. It was time to return home and we left my grandmother's house in rural Saskatchewan at 9am local time to it to the Regina Airport for my 11:50am departure back to Toronto. I tried to get my usual exit-row seat, but wasn't able to  Sad . Instead I was assigned seat 27D. Having a bit of time before departure, I proceeded to Regina terminal's only restaurant, Burger King, for a quick snack. After a 10 minute wait in the departure wait-area, the boarding was called and proceeded onboard the plane for my return flight.

Air Canada Flight 103
Regina (YQR) to Toronto (YYZ)

Departure and Arrival Times
DEP YQR - 11:59 (about 10 minutes late); ARR YYZ - 4:42 (about 3 minutes early)

Airbus A320
C-FKPO; FIN: 224

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This flight was much more full than my flight to Saskatoon, as every seat was sold. I took my seat at 27D and fell asleep for about 15 minutes, just as we were pushing back from the gate for departure on runway 13 for home. The captain came on the PA and announced that we were going to have a slightly bumpy ride in, but not to worry as most of the bad weather would pass to the South-West of us. As we were the only flight out or in at the time, our taxi went straight for the rwy and straight-on to take off. For a full load, it didn't feel like we had much of a take-off run.

Once at our cruising altitude of 35,000 feet, the IFE and cabin service began. To my horror, I was told that they didn't have my usual flying drink (spicy clamato) so I had to make do with a Sprite. To make matters worse, my stereo headset wasn't working, and the flight attendent informed me that there was nothing they could do as many of the passangers were also having problems with theirs. After taking a look throught the inflight magazine, I was relieved to discover that I wasn't going to miss anything. Following the drink cart was the lunch cart, which still bore the logo of Canadi>n airlines. This meal was even worse than the breakfast I had on my flight to Saskatoon, as it was only a piece of soggy flat bread covered in cheese and cucumber, peppers and olives. Needless to say, I pushed it off to the side and didn't eat it.

This flight was indeed bumpy, as the seatbelt sign wasn't off for more than a few minutes at a time, but the A320 handled the bumps fairly well. Before too long, the flight was over, and I was happy to be home. All in all, this was a good trip. I just wish I could have had my exit-row on the way home, I could really use that extra inch or two of space.

Cheers.
 
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RE: YYZ-YXE; YQR-YYZ (long)

Tue Jul 30, 2002 1:26 pm

Very nice report. Those exit rows really do make a difference, you give them an inch, they take you for a mile  Big grin. Was the plane ex Canadian or just the lunch cart?
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AC340
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RE: YYZ-YXE; YQR-YYZ (long)

Tue Jul 30, 2002 2:14 pm

Unfortunately the plane was an Air Canada bird. I wish it were an ex-CP plane, they're much more confortable though noticibly more worn, but it was just the cart.
 
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RE: YYZ-YXE; YQR-YYZ (long)

Tue Jul 30, 2002 2:48 pm

Remember, in the States, you'd probably pay a similar fare and get peanuts, a coke, and a slice of banana bread or something on a so-called 'full service' flight clear across the country. IMHO, we should all keep in mind that AC are still out-pacing many, many, many airlines in terms of domestic/regional cabin service.

Cool report, nonetheless. And AC *do* need to work on the reliability of their IFE systems. It seems like every second AC flight I'm on, the whole thing craps out, or every second row has no audio, or one or two screens aren't hooked up... heaven forbid they ever actually do get PTVs. I'd hate to see how badly those could get screwed up.

Cheers.

(BTW, are you going to the PC Convention here in YEG in August?)
 
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RE: YYZ-YXE; YQR-YYZ (long)

Wed Jul 31, 2002 3:00 am

Canada Mike,

I am planning on going to the PC convention in YEG in August. It should be a good time, as I am sure you know what Tories do at these conventions.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: YYZ-YXE; YQR-YYZ (long)

Wed Jul 31, 2002 6:37 am

Bryan... a great report indeed. I'm only sorry that I missed you as I was in Saskatchewan this weekend to for the campaign (www.keithmarlowe.com) for anyone who's curious...

FYI, i'll be posting a report soon as I will be boarding a WJ 73G bound for YVR!
 
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RE: YYZ-YXE; YQR-YYZ (long)

Wed Jul 31, 2002 3:17 pm

Blake,

Thanks for the kind words. I look forward to your Vancouver trip report. Send my love to Tian, Keith and everyone else.

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