Airline/flight no.: Air Canada AC856
Aircraft: Boeing 777-333/ER
Schedule: 18:40 – 06:25+1 (local)
ATD/ATA: 18:44 – 06:27+1 (local)
Photo © Royal S King
Arrival at YYZ’s Terminal 1
Check-in desk in section K for London flights
Overview of US and domestic section of T1 after passing though security
T1 International departure lounge and shops
Terminal 1 International departures
Lufthansa A340-600 D-AIHK LH471 to Frankfurt, I flew on this a/c a few months back MUC-PVG
Gate 173, my plane for London – B777-333ER C-FITW, still being prepared for the flight
Seating area at gate 173
Boarding AC856, boarding began with Executive First and pax with children, followed by economy pac from the rear of the aircraft. I had seat 24K meaning I was the last group to be called for boarding.
My seat for the next 7hrs …wishing it could be longer!
View from my seat, another AC 773ER, this one is going to Paris.
Push-back at 18:44, only 4 mins behind schedule
Taxiing to runway 23, passing by AC 767-300ER, this one is bound for Munich
and an AC A340-300 in Star Alliance colours at the domestic pier
YYZ terminal 3 is A310 heaven, 3 of them here, 2x Air Transat, 1x SATA
...passing by Terminal 3
…passing by an ELAL 767-200ER parked by the Air Canada hangers. This arrives as flight LY103 from TLV at 06:20 and doesn’t depart again until 21:40 as LY104 back to TLV.
…2 Air Canada ERJ-190s
…some nice classics here – DHL DC-8-73F N806DH, Flair 727-281(Adv)F C-FLHJ
Lineup for runway 23 departure
Looking back the way we came
DHL DC-8-73F N806DH
Lining up on runway 23
Video of the departure
Banking to fly North-Easterly shortly after take-off to head out for the trans-Atlantic flight
View of the YYZ
Downtown Toronto in the distance, just behind the wing
Climbing out over the outskirts of Toronto
The IFE has started! Nice system however a bit slow and quite a few things didn’t work yet. Most unfortunately the map was not working. The games also didn’t work and nor did the USB port next to the screen. They did have a good program about their XM (Xtreme Makeover) project, and showed how an A320 was gutted out and refitted with the new interior.
Dinner – choice of Beef lasagne and Lemon chicken, I chose the chicken.
View of the cabin from my seat (24K), this is the first cabin of economy class, the smallest one.
The sun is setting behind us as we make our way Eastwards
The lavatory, nothing special really, quite spacious though
Some cabin shots
Nice lighting on the 77W, it cycles green, blue, lilac, pink
An hour before landing breakfast arrives
My seat – 24K, seat J in the middle was empty creating a nice storage space.
Sunrise as we approach London, some views from my seat
Nice reflection on the engine
Descending into London
Nice view of the Thames, looking towards the Thames estury
Passing over central London and London Eye
On finals to LHR
Video of the landing
Passing LHRs new control tower
T3 at 06:26, this isn’t JFK or DFW is it?
Arriving at Terminal 3 gate 29. On-blocks at 06:27, only 2 minutes behind schedule.
Passing though the Executive First cabin getting off the plane. These seats actually look quite narrow and would really cause a neck-ache if you wanted to look out the window …maybe I’m just jealous I didn’t get to sit there.
Quick visit to the cockpit, complete with EFB, very nice
That’s AC856 complete, will be back on its way to Canada in a few hours.