A346Dude
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Night Flight - YOW-YHM On Jazz

Sun Nov 13, 2005 6:18 am

Yesterday I had the pleasure of flying Ottawa to Hamilton on Air Canada Jazz. My short hop started at about 5pm, when I boarded the O-Train from Carleton station. For those familiar with the area (yes both of you  ), I caught the 97 towards the airport at Greenboro, and arrived at the airport an hour and a bit before my scheduled departure. Having lived in Ottawa for only a couple of months, I have to say the transit system is pretty darn good: from my school to the airport in less than 20 minutes, for a cost of about two bucks  .

I walked to the check-in kiosks, where, as expected, the system was unable to find my booking. For some reason I was not able to use the web check-in earlier either. I think it might have had something to do with my ticket being on a student fare, and it needs to be verified that I am indeed a student (even though they never checked for this).

Anyways, I waited in line like the technically uneducated, and was quickly checked in by an agent. She moved me up to seat 7F, which I didn't notice until later was on the opposite side of the aircraft I had originally wanted to be on. It worked out well though, which I'll get to soon. I got my boarding pass and made my way to security, which took a little longer than I am used to and was pretty thorough. The officer went through my entire camera bag and asked me lots of questions about the camera; I wonder if he was genuinely interested, or if it is a method to trip up a potential terrorist?

Once through security, I walked to just about the furthest gate: 13B. This gate shares the area with gate 13, which was a Canjet flight, so it was difficult to tell how many people would be on my flight. This I find about the most boring part of any flight: waiting a half hour or more for boarding to begin. At Ottawa airport, it isn't really worth walking around to check out the planes because the most interesting aircraft would probably be the Zoom 767 - a good-looking but hardly exotic airplane.

Eventually, boarding began for my flight. My pass was scanned and I walked down the jetway, placing my carry-on in the skycheck area. My airplane was a green CRJ, fin number 185.


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Upon entering the airplane, I was pleased to notice it was not packed to the rafters as has been every other flight I have ever been on - I would guess it was 50-70% full. I took my seat and soon realized I didn't have anyone sitting beside me! Talk about comfort, it was like sitting in First!   We pushed back right at scheduled departure time, 6:30, and started the long taxi to the active RWY25.

The take-off roll was a brisk 30 seconds. Upon liftoff, I was blown away by the incredible view of the city below. I had never flown at night before, and my seat on the right side of the plane (thank you AC agent!) allowed me a great view of the lights of Ottawa below. Soon the seatbelt sign went off and drink service began. When the F/A came to me, I asked if she would mind if I moved to the empty window seat at the very back of the plane, 13A (row 13 being empty). She said sure, probably wondering why I would want to do such a thing. I had my reasons though, as I knew Toronto would be passing to the left of the airplane  .

I was offered and accepted a coke, and enjoyed the view as we approached the area known as the Golden Horseshoe, in all the comfort that can be expected from 31" of pitch   (I kid, it was more than enough for someone the size of myself on such a short flight). I tried (rather unsuccessfully) to identify each city as they came into view. Soon, we were passing right over Toronto, and I was amazed by the view of downtown as it emerged from under the wing (the weird thing about CRJs is even the row furthest back is nearly over the wing). I would guess we passed over at about 10,000 feet, and I could easily make out all the major landmarks of the downtown core of Canada's largest city. I snapped off a couple photos, knowing full well they would be blurry and noisy, just for fun. If you look really closely, you can just make out the CN Tower, right beside the glow of blue light that is the SkyDome... errr Rogers Centre.

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Our descent into YHM had begun, and it wasn't long until we touched down. It was hard to judge for sure, but it seemed like we landed really early, almost right on top of the piano keys. Taxiing at Hamilton always seems to take forever, maybe because I am unfamiliar with the layout. We parked, and I was the last to exit the airplane. Upon disembarkation, I noticed we had parked right beside a CF-18 jet, which I assume was in town for Rememberance Day.

I thoroughly enjoyed this flight, and from now on I am going to try and fly at night whenever possible, simply for the great view. Thanks for reading, and comments are more than welcome!

A346Dude

[Edited 2005-11-12 22:43:24]
You know the gear is up and locked when it takes full throttle to taxi to the terminal.
 
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RE: Night Flight - YOW-YHM On Jazz

Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:44 am

Yup, night flights rock! I flew up the coast of Africa and then Spain and France at night once, so much to look at with the towns all lit up.

Quoting A346Dude (Thread starter):
This I find about the most boring part of any flight: waiting a half hour or more for boarding to begin.

Try the wonderful sport of people-watching, it makes the time fly by.

Good report, keep it up.  Wink
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RE: Night Flight - YOW-YHM On Jazz

Mon Nov 14, 2005 2:44 am

Very cool! I grew up in Thunder Bay and went to school in Waterloo so the only way I could get home was to fly. Oftentimes this meant a night flight. I always loved how the lights reminded me of an opal...all the soft colours against the black background.

I still love flying over Ontario. Sometimes we fly right over Toronto on the EWR-SEA flight. I love looking for all the landmarks I recognize. I see the CN tower in your picture - and the condo on Bay Street where I lived on a work term is in there too!

I was not aware that AC Jazz flies into Hamilton. Interesting!

Oh yes, and I recognize the OCTranspo reference too...I did a work term in Ottawa and took the #86? bus daily. I remember the buses that went on the Transitway. Neat system, and like you, I was a student and had no money so a bus pass to go all over the city was a great thing!

Thanks for the great TR.
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A346Dude
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RE: Night Flight - YOW-YHM On Jazz

Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:38 am

Thanks for the comments  Smile.

ScarletHarlot, my dad also grew up in Thunder Bay, and he went to school in Waterloo!

Btw, Jazz's flight to Hamilton is a fairly new route that was introduced a month or two ago.

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RE: Night Flight - YOW-YHM On Jazz

Mon Nov 14, 2005 6:17 am

A346Dude,

Thanks for taking the time to write this up-

Quoting A346Dude (Thread starter):
I took my seat and soon realized I didn't have anyone sitting beside me!

- The best feeling in the world!!

Regards

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RE: Night Flight - YOW-YHM On Jazz

Tue Nov 15, 2005 12:22 am

Cool report! Couple of comments tho....

Quoting A346Dude (Thread starter):
I walked to the check-in kiosks, where, as expected, the system was unable to find my booking.

I hate when that happens... Do you insert a credit card or punsh in your reference number? It might be the fact that you use a student fare... but I doubt it. As a passenger agent, it's pretty annoying when I convince pax to use the kiosk, then it doesnt work... it's embarrassing lol.

Quoting A346Dude (Thread starter):
I think it might have had something to do with my ticket being on a student fare

Have you checked Tango fares online? If I'm not mistaken, they're actually cheaper than student fares sometimes... Travel cuts is a rip off in my opinion for domestic travel.

Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 2):
I was not aware that AC Jazz flies into Hamilton. Interesting!

YUL-YHM and YOW-YHM are 2 new routes which started in September. The loads and yields have so far been pretty good. Pax are also happy, a lot of them tell me they save a good 1 to 2 hours (in traffic) by avoiding YYZ.


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A346Dude
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RE: Night Flight - YOW-YHM On Jazz

Tue Nov 15, 2005 3:24 am

Hi YUL2010,

Quoting YUL2010 (Reply 5):
Do you insert a credit card or punsh in your reference number?

As I don't have a credit card, I used my booking reference number. The kiosks are usually very convenient, but it is a little disappointing when they don't work.

Quoting YUL2010 (Reply 5):
Have you checked Tango fares online? If I'm not mistaken, they're actually cheaper than student fares sometimes... Travel cuts is a rip off in my opinion for domestic travel.

I have, in fact usually I would book directly through AC. In this case I had a couple of coupons for the travel agent that made it substantially cheaper to go through them. Thanks for the tip though!
You know the gear is up and locked when it takes full throttle to taxi to the terminal.
 
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RE: Night Flight - YOW-YHM On Jazz

Sun Dec 04, 2005 2:54 am

I had the same problem using web check-in and kiosk check-in with my student fare (also bought from TravelCuts). You also can't look up your booking through the AC website.

Kinda annoying that a lot of useful features aren't open to you just because you bought a student fare.

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