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JetsGo to Montreal for $1 with pictures!!!
Toronto – Montreal (YYZ
Scheduled Departure Time: 7:00
Scheduled Arrival Time: 8:10
Actual Departure Time: 6:57
Actual Arrival Time: 7:03
My friend and I arrived at the airport after a 35 minute trip from Waterloo, a trip that usually takes over an hour. At this time, the highways were all empty, which allowed for a faster driving speed than usual.
At 5:35 we arrived at the gate to the parking garage. After a couple minutes of searching, we were able to find a very good spot, which was close to the elevators and big enough for me to back my boat of a car into. Level 4, section C. As our trip was going to be less than a full day, we had no luggage, just a camera bag and a small backpack. We made sure we had our ID
, and then made our way over to the elevator.
Inside, the terminal was empty. There were a few queues that were pretty full, but nowhere near the amount of people that there is in the afternoon or late evening.
We then passed through security very easily, as we didn’t have much to be checked.
We went straight to our gate where there were a few other people sitting in the chairs, waiting to board the aircraft. At 6:25, the gate agent, who was very friendly, announced that they would be pre-boarding passengers traveling with small children or anyone needing a little extra time getting to the gate. He also noted that Comfort Plus passengers could board at their discretion. Five minutes later he announced that they would like to begin general boarding, starting with passengers seated in rows 15-34. A few people got up and walked over, including my friend and myself. He took our boarding passes, looked at our IDs and wished us a pleasant flight. I found that he boarded everyone quite quickly and efficiently, all by himself.
We boarded the aircraft where two quite pretty flight attendants stood with big happy faces to greet us. Walking down the aisle, one was in the middle helping people find seats and one was in the rear galley preparing for the flight. We found our way to our seats, 32 A + B, right next to the engine and just behind the rear galley. It was a bulkhead seat, so there was plenty of leg room. The seats back there were free, except for when the flight attendants came back to have their crew meals, in the seats that were designated “for FA
At 6:40, the flight attendant who I assumed was the Purser, made an announcement welcoming us onboard the MD
-83 aircraft, first in French then in English. She stated that today’s flight was operated by Captain David Bouchet and his First Officer George Baptiste, and that we would be flying for 50 minutes at an altitude of 33 thousand ft. After a few minutes, Captain Bouchet came over the PA and restated what the flight attendant told us and added that he was expecting a smooth ride all the way to Montreal and that the temperature was 12 degrees centigrade with clear skies.
After a few moments the flight attendants walked through the cabin to ensure that everyone’s seatbelts were fastened and that everything was secure.
6:57 rolled around and the aircraft began to push back from gate C40 just as the flight attendants began “demonstrating the safety features of the aircraft”, AKA the safety demo. After a minute of sitting on the apron, the engines were started up and the aircraft began taxing towards the runway.
At 7:09, our MD
-83 pulled up to the queue of aircraft already there waiting. In front of us were an Air Canada A319 taking off, an Air Canada A320 in the queue and a US Air A320 behind it. Just two minutes later we were in position and two minutes after this we began our take off role. After less than a minute, our MD
-83 began to climb straight out from runway 23 and then made a turn to the left. Just before turning left, out the window you could see the fire fighters training area, with the old aircraft fire simulator in the middle of a sort of pit.
Five minutes of climb went by and the aircraft reached 10,000 ft, which is when the pilots turned the seatbelt sign off. The flight attendants then announced that the drinks service would begin shortly, where drinks and snacks could be purchased at reasonable prices.
I set my notepad down and got up to go to the washroom, one of two at the rear of the aircraft. I noticed that the flush on the aircraft was extremely quiet, unlike many of the other planes that I have flown on. It either didn’t work on the same vacuum system that most others did, or it was broken. When I came back a couple minutes later, I looked at my pad and saw:
“7:19am – Mark heads to the shitter. (Comes back with a “smile” on his face)
This was written as the next bullet. My friend had written it while I was gone.
The rest of the flight was quite uneventful, nothing interesting happened. We began our decent around 7:44 and just ten minutes later the pilots turned the seatbelt sign on and we made a turn towards runway 24L, which we would shortly be landing on. They then turned the switch on and off two times, where it made 2 “ding” like noises and an announcement was made to return seats to the upright positions, lock tray tables and fasten seatbelts. At 7:59 the landing gear was lowered and 4 minutes later the aircraft touched down extremely smoothly. During this time I knew that the engines would become very loud so I warned my friend who had never flown commercially before. We turned off on taxiway B and a welcome announcement was made a after a few minutes. While we taxied, I noticed an aircraft on one of the runways which was surrounded by emergency vehicles. I think there was either an emergency landing, or they were just having a training session or something of the sort. All their lights were flashing, and there were quite a few of them. I’m not sure what type of aircraft it was, as I’m not familiar with smaller airplanes. Does anyone know what happened?
Contrary to other airlines I’ve flown, the cabin crew remained seated and buckled in until the aircraft pulled up safely at the gate. I knew that it would take a while to get off the aircraft so I waited in my seat. One of the flight attendants came back and I asked her to see the exit at the rear. She told me to look through the little eyehole after she turned the light on for me. She also explained that in the event of an emergency, the tail cone detached from the aircraft and the slide would inflate.
We had a short conversation with her and found out that she has previously worked as an accountant, but was bored because there was no one to talk to in the office. She said she loved her job at Jetsgo, because there were always people to talk to, and she enjoyed doing it. She also said that she would be doing the same flights from Toronto to Montreal four times that day. At this point the aircraft had cleared out so we said goodbye and left.
Check In: 10
Seat: 10 (considering the price I paid)
This is my first trip report, sorry about the length. I’ll have another one about the return flight soon.