It was time again to fly across the atlantic to my favorite city on the other side of the pond : YUL
. Usually, I try to fly via ORD
( Nothing better than having a lot of flights to enjoy) but this time I decided to fly the direct way. The AC staff in CDG
(they rock !!!) found a good deal for me and so I was on my way to YUL
. (Sorry for the poor quality of the Pics..Promise, next time I use a better camera)
12 OCT 05
scheduled 10:30 - 12:10
Real 10:50 - 12:11
Aircraft : A330-343X C-GHKW
Seat : 40A
The day started with a relatively quick ride to CDG2 with the RER train and I arrived in CDG2 at around 8:00 (enough time to have a nice chat and a coffee with the AC Colleagues).
CDG2 Railway Station
The Airport was relatively quit on this wednesday morning. Not the usual "summercrowd". I headed to CDG2A for the AC check-in. Instead of taking the shuttle, I preferred the 10 minutes walk. Nothing better to enjoy the airport "ambiance".
The plane was almost empty and I got seat 40A. A nice window seat far behind the wings, at least, its possible to see the landscape.
Air Canada Check-in in CDG2A
The Airport seemed to me empty, compared to the crazy summer months, especially terminal2A. Immigration and security took 5 minutes and I headed to the AC lounge situated in the "Babybell" terminal (the small building next to the old T2A) where the AC flights are usually boarded. My gate was A38.
The lounge is windowless and relatively small. Nice choice of Snacks, beverages and some newspapers/magazines. Nothing extraordinary and as the rest of the airport, the lounge was quiet empty. I was wondering what will happen with this lounge when AC moves to the "Star Alliance" Terminal 1 in 2007.
Air Canada Lounge in CDG2A
After enjoying some tomato juice (this is always the big question : why do so many travelers drink tomato juice !!!) it was time to board our plane. This time it was C-GHKW. We were greeted by the Crew and by the way, we really had a sort of "Captain Hook" Flight attendant. Tall, long black hairs, "pirate style" barb and circled earrings in each ear. (he really could play in some Caribbean pirate films). I often fly with AC, but this time the crew seemed to me quit bored to make this flight. No real smiles, they just weren't happy to make the flight.
Anyway, with 20 minutes delay, the plane pushed back and we made our way to RWY 09R for an eastbound departure.
Continental 777 arriving just before our push-back
CDG2A in the morning. Note the AC767 to YYZ
Threshold to RWR 09R
First time that I saw a KLM 767 in CDG
After take off, the plane made a left turn heading towards the UK and Ireland for a flight across the Atlantic at FL400, passing the southern tip of Greenland and entering Canadian Airspace near Indian harbor/Goose bay.
One of the highlights of the trip, was this LX
330 (I presume that it was the flight to NYC) flying above and then some feets under our plane.
I was really disappointed with the AC service on this flight. As I wrote before, the crew was really not in a good mood. Not even the usual pretzels and a drink before the meal. They went directly to the meal and I had no choice. They just gave me the usual Chicken. I think it was just tasty because I was really hungry. Just a small salad with it and a bread. No Can for the Drink and just a glass of Ginger Ale with lots and lots of ice cubes (this is, I presume, the north-American way...In Europe we prefer (I guess so) more Drink than Ice!).
The good old days of aviation are gone. Gone the times where Meals were a real joy. Log time ago that I had enough of this kind of meal !
As everybody knows, there are no Inflight Entertainment system in the AC planes (in the inflight magazine they say that they will have them in 2006), so no way to track our route. Instead of the boring film, I preferred to enjoy the best Entertainment that I know : Relax and look outside the window. Even the Atlantic can be nice.
Some Shots during the flight :
And finally, we entered canadian Airspace. First time in many years that I didn't saw a white snowcovered landscape whilst entering Canada :
Just south of goose bay, the mountains with a little bit snow and without frozen lakes :
Just beautiful those deserted areas !
Nice those red shores
Two hours, prior to landing, it was time for the snack ! What a snack ! I always used to say that the day, I get a Pizza on a plane, I fly with another airline !!! So what a "bad" surprise when I saw this :
Not appetizing, not tasty just a waste of time !
Shame that AC offers such a catering.
Anyway, there's not a lot to say about the service. It was like the choice of meals...very Average. I can't say it was bad, as I love AC, but I really was disappointed.
The real highlight of the trip was this person sitting in the same row and having a good sleep. As we discovered later, it was fellow a.netter Dario Crusafon from Iberian Spotters
. He was already thinking that I must have been an airliner enthusiast as I was reading the last AirlinerWorld and Airportwolrd issues. We had a nice chat and it was really fine to meet a colleague in this plane. This is by the way, one of the only reasons that took me to write this trip report. Anyway, big Hello to Dario, hope to meet you soon somewhere on a plane or elsewhere! Maybe you can complete this report with your pics or comments.
That's the good thing with the a.netters community. They are really are everywhere !
The flight went on :
Forestville on the St Laurent. Nice place for whalespotting.
and we started our final descent to YUL
for an ontime arrival.
Stade olympique de Montréal
Downtown with the Mont Royal at the top.
Landing was on rwy06R. Smooth as usual. and soon we were finally in my most preferred City : Montreal.
Our beauty !
Anyway, this was not a flight worth of a tripreport, as it was almost uneventful. Service was really average, catering bad, but at least, we arrived and AC had a good on-time performance. Once again, I was lucky to meat a.netter Dario.
What should I say to AC ? The good times are gone and traveling across the pond is today like taking a bus ! If teh AC staff in CDg were not so great, I think, I tried another Airline like UA
(just because of Channel 9) or maybe AF
Thanks for reading....and remember, our community is real BIG. For your next flight, maybe the person next to you, is an a.netter too !!