abrelosojos
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AC 7395: 01/SEP/06: ALB-YYZ: Y Cabin (pics)

Wed Sep 13, 2006 3:41 pm

Feedback always appreciated.

Trip Report: 005
Flight Category: Y-ISR (See Report End)
Date: 01-Sep-06
Dep.Arr.Time: 0700/0835/01:35hrs
Flight: AIR CANADA, AC 7395, 301 miles
Routing: ALB-YYZ
Aircraft: BEH
Seat: Economy, 04A

I > Background:

Part of a Labour Day escapade. Routing was ALB-YYZ-YVR:: YYC-YVR-YYC-YYZ-ALB. This focuses on the AC segment from ALB to YYZ. Trip reports besides this on this trip will be YYZ-YVR and YYC-YVR.

II > Pre-Flight:

a) Before Airport:
Although Air Canada’s clean booking engine online at www.aircanada.com gave me several of the flight combinations I wanted, when I went to book the actual flights, I got an error each time. This ensured a call to the AC phone lines and a subsequent CAD 30.00 (I believe) charge – which was frustrating given that it was not my fault. Moreover, Star Gold status on 4 airlines meant jack in terms of waiving this fee OR getting a nice exit row seat pre-assigned. (Yes, I am *G with AC as well.) So the phone agent ended up giving me window seats as per request for all the flights.

b) At Airport:
AC has one counter (staffed by UAL staff) at Albany and there is no online or kiosk facility. The UAL agent quickly checked me in and issued me a boarding pass. Security was quick and soon I found myself at the gate area.

Boarding from gate A6, we walked down to the tarmac, before embarkation through the Beechcraft’s tiny stairs. There were only 6 of us on this flight … on the return flight, I was the only one!

Check-In:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/1-2.jpg

Airport:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/2-2.jpg

Scenes of the tarmac:

(Dawn falls on ALB)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/3-2.jpg
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/4-2.jpg
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/5-2.jpg

Lounge:

NONE

Boarding:

NONE

III> In-Flight:

a) Service Schedule + Impressions:
Soon after boarding, the co-captain came and made a security briefing and then returned to his seat. There are no flight attendants on this segment and no service … ensuring I can go to bed early and not spend more time writing a trip report …

b) Aircraft + Seats:
The leather seats on the Beechcraft were surprisingly comfortable. Legroom (as expected) was below average.

Aircraft:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/6-2.jpg

Views from Aircraft:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/7-2.jpg
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/8-2.jpg
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/9-2.jpg

NONE

Seat Leg-Room:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/10-2.jpg

Seat Recline + Angle View:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/11-2.jpg

Cabin:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/12-2.jpg
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/13-2.jpg

c) Meal:
NONE

d) Inflight Entertainment:
Does my iPod nano count?

e) Crew:
AC’s crew was missing. I think this was by design … hehe.

IV> Post-Flight:

Going through immigration @ Toronto-Pearson was a breeze and our bags appeared immediately. PRIORITY tags were not respected.

V> Impressions + Scores:

A short flight which I wrote a trip report more for the fun aspect. I don’t think there are many trip reports from BEH or on ALB-YYZ segment. The scores below are mostly the neutral score of 5.0

Reservation: 4.0
Check-In: 7.0
Lounge: N/A
Boarding: 7.0
Seat: 5.0
IFE: 5.0
Crew Service: 6.0
Food: N/A
Beverages: N/A
Amenity Kits + Others Freebies: 5.0 (standard default score)
Disembarkation: 5.0
On-Time Record: 9.0
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 5.88

(Scores are based on comparison with other airlines in THAT class of service – No comparison of Y vs. F for example)

VI> Other Trip Reports:

1/ Avianca: BOG-LIM: 07/06/06: 7.09pts: Y-IMR
2/ Air Tran: EWR-MDW: 08/02/06: 6.73pts: Y-DMR
3/ West Jet: YYC-YVR: 09/05/06: 7.14pts: Y-DLR
4/ Air Canada: YYZ-YVR: 09/02/06: 5.92pts: Y-DLR

(Note on Codes: Y – Economy, J – Business, F – First :: I/D – International/Domestic :: SR/MR/LR – Short/Medium/Long Haul :: I have designed these codes so people don’t believe my scores are comparing apples and oranges)

VII> Other Pictures:
(Washroom of a AC Beechcraft)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/14-2.jpg
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BWI757
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RE: AC 7395: 01/SEP/06: ALB-YYZ: Y Cabin (pics)

Thu Sep 14, 2006 2:48 am

4/ Air Canada: YYZ-YVR: 09/02/06: 5.92pts: Y-DLR

Links to the same Westjet report

Nice!
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ke086
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RE: AC 7395: 01/SEP/06: ALB-YYZ: Y Cabin (pics)

Thu Sep 14, 2006 3:17 am

Wow! It is really a tight fit huh? and in the bathroom pic is that the Door?! if so it looks like it would be hard to get in!!!!!
But great report!!!!!!
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767747
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RE: AC 7395: 01/SEP/06: ALB-YYZ: Y Cabin (pics)

Thu Sep 14, 2006 4:31 am

Another good report!

I really enjoyed my flight in the Midwest Beech 1900D I flew on between MKE-MKG-MKE in early August. The legroom wasn't great, but what an experience! There was no bathroom on my flights on the Beech. I guess each aircline can decide whether or not to have this installed on their aircraft?

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UAL747
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RE: AC 7395: 01/SEP/06: ALB-YYZ: Y Cabin (pics)

Thu Sep 14, 2006 7:29 am

I used to fly in and out of ALB to DFW and ORD when I was showing horses back in the 1990's and my trainer was in Rutland, VT. The new airport at ALB is such an improvement over the old airport. Very nice indeed! Wish you had more pictures to remind me of it.

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kiramakora
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RE: AC 7395: 01/SEP/06: ALB-YYZ: Y Cabin (pics)

Thu Sep 14, 2006 11:17 pm

I always appreciate how organized and consistent your trip reports are. Keep up the good work. By the way, some excellent pictures of the tarmac at Albany International Airport.
 
backfire103
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RE: AC 7395: 01/SEP/06: ALB-YYZ: Y Cabin (pics)

Fri Sep 15, 2006 5:58 am

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 4):
I used to fly in and out of ALB to DFW and ORD when I was showing horses back in the 1990's and my trainer was in Rutland, VT. The new airport at ALB is such an improvement over the old airport. Very nice indeed! Wish you had more pictures to remind me of it.

I have a few as it being my home airport an all....

Back before FlyI's shutdown
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d193/backfire103/IMG_0269.jpg The lovely parking garage blocking the view of the beautiful terminal

A WN 737

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RE: AC 7395: 01/SEP/06: ALB-YYZ: Y Cabin (pics)

Fri Sep 15, 2006 6:27 am

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
(Washroom of a AC Beechcraft)

Wow - i never saw a lav-equipped 1900 before. I've only flown on the Mesa/USE 1900s and they dont have one.

Very good report too (as are all of yours)!

But re: the B1900D - - that is SUCH a horrible plane. Ugly and uncomfortable, loud and looks like a school bus ( a SMALL one!) inside. Though I have to say that at least the 1900D had a taller cabin and you dont have to literally crawl down the aisle to your seat like in the previous model, the 1900C.

Ive flown in both many times and have hated every minute. Something equally awful had to pretty much take over for the Shorts! I just cant believe airlines are still flying these gross planes. And yes I know just how unpopular my opinion is on this matter!!
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abrelosojos
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RE: AC 7395: 01/SEP/06: ALB-YYZ: Y Cabin (pics)

Fri Sep 15, 2006 3:36 pm

Quoting DILF (Reply 7):
Very good report too (as are all of yours)!

= Too kind. Thanks for reading.

Cheers,
A.
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LY777
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RE: AC 7395: 01/SEP/06: ALB-YYZ: Y Cabin (pics)

Fri Sep 15, 2006 8:58 pm

I wish I will never fly in such a small a/c!!!
Flown:717,727,732,734,735,738,73W,742/744/748,752,762/2ER/763/3ER,772/77E/773/77W, 788, D8,D10,L1011, A3B2,A320,A321,A332,A343,A388

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