The777Man
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AC 77W YYZ-LHR 11May07 With Pics

Sat Jun 09, 2007 1:56 am

Date: 11 May 2007
Route: Toronto YYZ %u2013 London LHR
Distance:
Flight: AC 856
Flight Time: 6:27h
Dep. Time: 18:20
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300/ER
Registration: C-FITU
Dep. Gate: 177
Seat: 33A

This is the first of three trip reports of 777 flights that I recently took. The other reports will be posted shortly.

I arrived early from IAD at around 1330 or so and went directly to the check in counter for Air Canada and there was just a short line. I had checked the load beforehand thru a fellow A.net friend and knew that it should be okay. This was important since I was flying on an ID95 ticket. Still, it was nice to hear the counter agent saying that the flight looked good.

I went thru the security checkpoint and did some spotting at first. Nice to see all different kinds of Air Canada (AC) aircraft but also a Sunwing 738 going to Varadero (VRA), Cuba.
I was a bit hungry and had a bison burger at a restaurant; very tasty and something that I have never tried before. Great Canadian dish along with great Canadian beer (Molson)!

I did see the first AC 77W land but I was in the wrong place to get a good picture. About an hour later or so it left for YUL and shortly thereafter, the aircraft for my flight arrived.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/TriptoSwedenandReunion002.jpg

Boarding started and there were four AC agents working the flight with one concentrating on seat changes and who also called standbys. When it was about 15 minutes left before departure, my name was called and I boarded quickly. Boarding was thru two jet bridges.

The aircraft was very new, only delivered about a week earlier so everything was very nice and fresh on board. My seat was very comfortable and I noticed the laptop power outlet. The PTV was average size nowadays but twice the size of the PTV on UA.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/TriptoSwedenandReunion003.jpg

Soon the door closed and we pushed back. All signs were in English and French and safety demo was done manually (not on a screen) and in the two languages as well. There was no duty free catalogue at my seat which I always enjoy looking thru.

Taxing out to the runway was VERY slow. Can't ever recall that slow taxing; it seems to me that pilots were very careful with this new and long aircraft. Interesting to hear that the day after my flight, one of the AC 777s had been damaged.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/TriptoSwedenandReunion005.jpg

Take off was powerful and quick and it climbed fast to cruising altitude. There were no Airshow map, news service or videogames working (feature to be added later). That's too bad; I really like the Airshow map which makes it easier to figure the route you are flying. Dinner was served 45 mins after take off and was very good; carrot slaw, Beef Bourgionne with pasta. Drink was served in a cup; the whole can was not offered. Portion size was okay and it was very good. I had some great tea afer and later, ice cream was later served for desert.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/TriptoSwedenandReunion007.jpg

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/TriptoSwedenandReunion010.jpg

Nice with the AVOD entertainement system but it didn't seem to be fully functional yet. I watched Letter From Iwo Jima and it was very, very good.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/TriptoSwedenandReunion013.jpg

We followed the St Lawrence river to its mouth and the continued across the Atlantic. Water was offered a few times during the night.

The mood lighting was on and was very soothing.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/TriptoSwedenandReunion016.jpg

A light breakfeast was served as well and it was also nice. We had to circle a few times before landing at Heathrow early in the morning.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/TriptoSwedenandReunion019.jpg

I took some more pictures of the cabin when everyone had deplaned and a flight attendant offered to take a picture of me, which was nice.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/TriptoSwedenandReunion021.jpg

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/TriptoSwedenandReunion023.jpg

To sum it up, a very nice and pleasant experience on Air Canadas 777 and I'm sure it will be even better with the entertainment system fully operational. I hope to try their 777-200/LR later this year on YYZ-HKG.

Take Care

The777Man
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RE: AC 77W YYZ-LHR 11May07 With Pics

Sat Jun 09, 2007 3:17 am

Hi Lars,

very nice report! I knew you would board AC's new bird soon.  Wink Quite disappointing that the AVOD system wasn't fully operational. If an airline gets a new flagship it should make sure everything works.


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RE: AC 77W YYZ-LHR 11May07 With Pics

Sat Jun 09, 2007 3:19 am

Nice, I'm looking forward to flying the AC 77W very soon Big grin

Thanks for the report  Smile



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RE: AC 77W YYZ-LHR 11May07 With Pics

Sat Jun 09, 2007 10:05 am

Nice report as always. It's always a treat to see your latest 777 flight adventures.

Just how many 777 flights have you had now?

Can we expect a TAAG 777 report soon?- Don't ever recall a TAAG TR actually!!

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RE: AC 77W YYZ-LHR 11May07 With Pics

Sat Jun 09, 2007 8:05 pm

Nice report!
Im also love the 777 and when I was in LHR back in April I saw AC's 77W for the first time. What a beauty! I cant wait to fly it one day

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RE: AC 77W YYZ-LHR 11May07 With Pics

Sun Jun 10, 2007 1:28 am

Hi !

Thanks for the nice comments!

I have currently flown on 37 different 777 carriers' 777s but hope to add four more later this year.

TAAG 777 report will be posted in a few days.....  biggrin 

The777Man
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RE: AC 77W YYZ-LHR 11May07 With Pics

Sun Jun 10, 2007 3:15 am

By "not fully operational", I assume you mean that the map, news and games feature were unavailable? Apparently that will be coming this summer with a software upgrade. The same upgrade will also add the safety demo to the system which means a manual one will not be necessary.
 
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RE: AC 77W YYZ-LHR 11May07 With Pics

Sun Jun 10, 2007 3:10 pm

Just curious how you found the width of the seats and seat pitch? According to the website, the seat is 18.5in wide, which is 1 in. wider than the 767. Doesn't sound like a lot, but can make a difference on a full flight. Looking forward to trying the 777 early next year, from YVR-YYZ, when AC starts their 777 service YYZ-YVR-SYD. Bet that plane fills up YVR-YYZ, that will be a nice way to go.
Thanks for the great posing and pics. I have been curious about how the plane looks and the comfort.
Cheers,
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RE: AC 77W YYZ-LHR 11May07 With Pics

Tue Jun 12, 2007 6:05 am

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
TAAG 777 report will be posted in a few days.....

- Excellent, look forward to it, don't recall a TAAG TR yet.

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RE: AC 77W YYZ-LHR 11May07 With Pics

Tue Jun 12, 2007 6:01 pm

Very nice photos, the new AC looks lovely. Cant wait to try it.

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RE: AC 77W YYZ-LHR 11May07 With Pics

Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:44 pm

Thanks for the report - I've just returned from Canada and flew the 77W outbound from LHR-YYZ so it was interesting to see your photos.

Quoting AY104 (Reply 7):
Just curious how you found the width of the seats and seat pitch? According to the website, the seat is 18.5in wide, which is 1 in. wider than the 767.

I flew the 77W outbound and 763 (XM) on the return from YUL over the weekend and the 77W seat is noticably wider than the 767 seat. The pitch on the 77W also seemed a little more than the 767 (I guess 32" compared with 31"?)

Quoting ACFA (Reply 6):
By "not fully operational", I assume you mean that the map, news and games feature were unavailable? Apparently that will be coming this summer with a software upgrade. The same upgrade will also add the safety demo to the system which means a manual one will not be necessary.

I was disapointed that the map function wasn't working on all 3 flights I took with AC. It has been a while since I'd taken a long flight without a map display - hopefuly they get this fixed soon. As for the general performance of the PTV it was fine on the 767 and A320 I flew but kept stopping on the 77W and the whole system had to be rebooted a few times. I also found the movie and TV selection pretty poor (and the menu navigation). I thought it would be more like VS and EK have with hundreds of channels.
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RE: AC 77W YYZ-LHR 11May07 With Pics

Wed Jun 13, 2007 1:24 am

Thanks again for your comments.

Quoting ACFA (Reply 6):
Apparently that will be coming this summer with a software upgrade. The same upgrade will also add the safety demo to the system which means a manual one will not be necessary.

I'm just a bit surprised that AC doesn't have does fearture "available" now since the aircraft already entered service. Why not do the software upgrade now? What are they waiting for and why ?

I also found the seat to wide enough but can't really compare like ManchesterMan. Interesting to hear about your experience. Perhaps you should post a trip report as well ?

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Boeing 777s flown: UA, TG, KE, BA, CX, NH, JD, JL, CZ, SQ, EK, NG, CO, AF, SV, KU, DL, AA, MH, OZ, CA, MS, SU, LY, RG, PE, AZ, KL, VN, PK, EY, NZ, AM, BR, AC, DT, UU, OS, AI, 9W, KQ, QR, VA, JJ, ET, TK, PR, BG, T5, CI, MU and LX.. Further to fly.. LH 777

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