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AC 777-300ER Adventure (ATL-YYZ-YVR-YYZ-ATL)

Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:36 pm

I booked this trip about two months back, taking advantage of a decent deal on AirCanada.com. Ever since the 77W entered airline service I have been trying to get on one. Alas, it's a little tough to do if you're not planning on going on a long haul journey across the globe. I figured my best bet (ie, easiest and cheapest) would be AC. Initially I had looked at taking the 77W on the YYZ-YUL route, until I remembered that they were also doing YYZ-YVR, continuing to SYD, which would mean more time on the plane...and that makes me happy. I knew the flights would switch over to 77L equipment by February, so I made sure to book it before then. I'm sure the 77L is nice and all, but this trip was all about the 77W. Boy was it ever worth it. Of course, you have to take the good with the bad sometimes. And in this case, the bad meant flying on CRJ-100's between ATL and YYZ. Although as you will see, those even weren't that bad, much to my delight. Instead of my usual "out and back" same day trips, I actually spent the night in YVR, albeit at just a close-to-airport hotel. Anyway, sit back, relax, and enjoy Steve's 777-300ER adventure.

1/26/08
Air Canada Jazz #8627
ATL-YYZ
Canadair CRJ-100
Dep: 1605 (1620)
Arr: 1823 (1830)
Load: 50%

Boarding started a little late as the plane was a few minutes late inbound from YYZ. I only had one small backpack with me so I didn't have anything to gate check, which is always annoying. I made my way into the cabin of the CRJ and noticed that it was pretty nice looking. All leather seats, not bad. I had seat 6F, and the seat next to me was thankfully empty since the plane was only half full. Now I will say this...the seats were comfortable. They had a high back to them which I always appreciate, and they were padded well. It was easily the most comfortable CRJ I have ever been on. And since no one was next to me, I was not squished in like a sardine. The only bad thing was, as usual, the low windows...but the way I see it, it's only really bad on the ground. At least in the air you can see the world below quite easily. Most of the announcements were automated, and were played in both English and French. We were in the air at just about 4:30pm with an announced flying time of 1h35m. The lone F/A was very friendly and started a full beverage and buy on board "Cafe Jazz" service once we reached cruising altitude. I added the BOB service to my reservation at the time of booking for $12, and let me tell you, it was a pretty good deal. On this flight I got a bag of cashews (really good ones, too) and a cold Molson beer. All you do is show the F/A the code printed on your boarding pass and you can get up to $8 of food/alcohol purchases on each flight. Not bad for $12 total! Anyway, we started our descent around 5:50pm, after a very smooth flight. The weather wasn't all that great in YYZ when we touched down...snow and poor visibility...but we made it in one piece and parked at gate 164, thus concluding a very nice CRJ flight. Hey, it's about time someone has a good CRJ story to share, eh? Here are the pics from AC8627:

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Well, I was officially in Canada. BUT, I still had to get through customs and immigration. I thought it would be a breeze, but it wasn't. Customs actually wasn't bad...the agent just gave me a strange look when she saw on my form that I'd only be in Canada for a day...but she cleared me and sent me on to immigration. Here's where the fun began. The immigration guy simply could not grasp the fact that anyone not planning on undertaking in questionable activities wouldn't have any reason to spend just one day in Canada. Specifically, he thought of no good reason why I should be flying all the way to YVR and then coming back the next day. He grilled me. He asked me if I knew friends there, if I have family there, what I do for a living, what I used to do, have I ever had a DWI, have I ever been arrested for anything (he named about ten things)...and this cycle continued over and over again for over five minutes before he took my passport and apparently ran a check on it to see if I was lying about not being arrested. When he found out I'm a man of my word, he stamped the passport, and said "have a nice day!". Welcome to Canada, indeed. The things I do for airplanes. Besides my experience at immigration, I had an overall positive view of YYZ. Very nice airport...very spacious and modern.

Air Canada #33
Boeing 777-300ER
YYZ-YVR
Dep: 2015 (2030)
Arr: 2215 (2245)
Load: 85%

Finally, the moment had come.

Boarding started at 7:45pm for this 4h35m flight to Vancouver. Since I had seat 22A, I was in the last group to be called. I made my way down the jetway and gave the airplane a friendly "pat" as I stepped into the huge cabin. I took a right, walking past the second Executive Class section, and quickly found seat 22A. 22B would be unoccupied on this trip. My first impression of the plane was a great one. Very comfortable seats and a slick looking IFE system called "EnRoute". I figured I would enjoy playing around with that later. The window in my row, while not aligned all that well (row 19 is missing a window, and you have to lean forward to look out the one in 22) offered a great view of the massive GE90 engine. We pushed back and made our way to the deicing pad where it was announced that it would take 20 minutes for us to be deiced. No bother to me...more time on the plane. While we were taxiing the safety demo was performed manually because it didn't work on the screens. I sort of knew then that nothing else would work on them, and I was at least partially right: the PTV's worked on some rows, and on others, including mine, they didn't. Bummer. All I could do was hope it would work on the flight back tomorrow (since it'd be a different ship number). Anyway, after being trounced in deicing fluid, we quickly made our way through the ice covered ramp area and found an open runway and took off in a hurry. It was a very powerful, and not overly loud, takeoff...the roll was only about thirty seconds. Once we leveled off at cruise altitude, the crew came around with a beverage and BOB service. I showed them my boarding pass and gladly accepted a Quizno's Prime Rib sandwich and a small can of Pringles to go along with my Ginger Ale. The sandwich really hit the spot...not huge, but not small...and it tasted fresh. After I downed that...since I didn't have the option of watching the PTV...I put on my earphones and listened to some Neil Young. Apparently I slept soundly for about two hours, because I woke up about 90 minutes out, just as the second beverage/BOB service was going around. Just water for me this time. My eyes were glued out the window for the last portion of the flight as we came into YVR under a mostly clear sky. It was a really smooth landing, and the plane came to a stop after only a few thousand feet. We parked at gate 51 next to a Westjet 737. Everyone, including SYD through passengers, had to deplane here. As for me...I was sorry to leave the plane. What a beast. I've heard a lot of good things about it but it pretty much exceeded all expectations. I snapped a couple of pictures of the mighty 77W and them made my way to the taxi stand. Excellent flight. Here are the pictures...not the best quality due to the snow, but I tried:

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Since I had woke up at 4:45am that morning for work, I was pretty happy once I checked into the hotel...the Ramada Limited Vancouver Airport. It was a decent place less than ten minutes form the terminal in the city of Richmond.My room was clean and the bed turned out to be very comfortable. I was confirmed on the 7:00am airport shuttle, which would give me time to spend in the Maple Leaf Lounge before heading back to YYZ at 10:30am. Here are a couple of hotel pics:

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The shuttle made one stop at a local LaQuinta before reaching the YVR terminal at about 7:15am. As soon as I walked in, I took it upon myself to find a Tim Horton's. I have heard so much about the place, but have yet to try it. To my delight they had one right on the baggage claim level as I walked in, with basically no one in line. I grabbed a medium Coffee and a Canadian Maple donut and killed a few minutes in the large seating area. Two thumbs up for the coffee and the donut. I'm glad I gave the place a try. By that time it was about 7:45, so I proceeded togo through security in an attempt to find a Maple Leaf lounge. Security was painless, and I was through in less than three minutes. My flight back to YYZ would board from gate C-51 at 9:55am, so I had about two hours to kill. A nice airport information booth worker directed me to the lounge, and let me tell you, it was an impressive looking entrance:

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That doesn't show the huge waterfall which was just to the left of the picture. It was very nice. Anyway, I walked in, showed the desk attendant my boarding pass indicating lounge access, and walked up the stairs. The club was clean, modern, and spacious. They had complimentary beverages and a spread of assorted breakfast items such as muffins, croissants, and fruit, along with a bunch of Canadian newspapers and other assorted reading materials to enjoy. It wasn't too full so I found a nice spot next to a window, with a can of OJ in hand. I spent about an hour and a half in there before making my way to gate C51 at 9:30am for the 9:55am boarding call. Here are some of the pictures I took from the lounge, and of the lounge itself:

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My plane touching down in the background from SYD
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What a monster, eh?
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1/27/08
Air Canada #34
Boeing 777-300ER
YVR-YYZ
Dep: 1030 (1040)
Arr.: 1745 (1740)
Load: 90%

There was a huge crowd in the gate area. I could tell this one would be more full than the last one. Since the plane came in about ten minutes late from SYD, boarding was delayed slightly, but once it started around 10:05, it was completed fairly quickly for a plane of this size. I had seat 57K, 6th row from the back. As I walked down the aisle I just
was just overwhelmed by the sheer size of the 77W. It takes forever to reach row 57! I love it! Again, the middle seat in my row was empty, and boy did I ever have a great view this time around...no need to stretch my neck forward the look out. My eyes fluctuated between watching the ground crew load the cans and looking at that huge, sweeping wing. We pushed ten minutes late but we were still supposed to arrive YYZ on time if not a few minutes early. Flying time was scheduled for 3h35m. The PTV's worked fine this time around, which was good since I was determined to watch the movie "Into the Wild". After about a ten minute taxi, we were off after a 40 second takeoff roll. Unfortunately, the conditions were not optimal for me to take a takeoff video as the sun was directly in my eyes. Oh well. I just enjoyed the view...but the view didn't last long as we slammed through the clouds about twenty seconds after takeoff. Once we reached cruising altitude the IFE system was turned on, and the crew started the in flight service...again, just like the last flight, two rounds of beverages and BOB service, as well as a water service. My lunch today would be a Chicken Caesar sandwich from Quizno's and some more of those good cashews. I really enjoyed the movie "Into the Wild"...brilliant acting, excellent soundtrack, and a story which is at the same time sad and uplifting, if that's even possible. Once the movie ended, we only had about forty minutes of flight time remaining, and the crew came around picking up trash and headsets. It was a very smooth approach into YYZ, where the snow had stopped for the time being. The landing was perfect, and we eventually parked at a gate in the domestic terminal, number 100 and something, I forget now. It was an excellent flight. If you ever get a chance to fly on a 77W for those who haven't...just do it! It's one amazing piece of human engineering genius. Here are pics and a video:

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Boeing 777-300ER landing in Toronto

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There wasn't any problem clearing U.S customs for me. All I was asked was what was the purpose of my visit and was I the only person traveling. After that, a friendly "welcome home!" from the agent. Nice and easy. The security checkpoint which followed was equally as easy...I was through in about two minutes. In a nice coincedence I spotted the Air Canada "airline lounge" sign right after I put my shoes back on, and proceeded to head up the elevators to check out YYZ's version of the Maple Leaf lounge. In a word...impressive. It was huge. They had two full bar setups with a nice assortment of liquors, a few beers on tap, wide variety of soft drinks and juices, snacks, and even two choices of soup and a nice looking salad. I tried the potato and leek soup and it was tasty. Also, I couldn't resist having a tall, cold glass of Guiness. Ah, it hit the spot. The club also featured a SONY theater room with a large TV and a wrap around couch in it as well as a large business work station. Here are a few pictures. It was a great place to kill a good hour:

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Air Canada Jazz #8628
Canadair CRJ-100
YYZ-ATL
Dep: 2035 (2035)
Arr: 2250 (2245)
Load: 50%

Boarding started at about 8:15pm for this one. It was going to be another light flight, which meant two seats to myself again. I had seat 9F. We pushed on time, made a brief stop to get deiced, and were airborne by 8:55PM. Flying time was 1h35m, and it was smooth pretty much the whole way. I had one final Molson beer and some Pringles while listening to some old school Pearl Jam. Before I knew it we were starting our descent. I spotted the sprawling Mall of Georgia so I knew we were getting close. The plane floated a little bit on landing but once the wheels hit we came to a stop quickly and parked at gate D-11. Once again, it was a comfortable CRJ ride. It would have been decidedly less comfortable if someone would have sat next to me, but I'll take good luck when I can get it. Here's my one and only shot from the flight:

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So that's all for now...hope you guys enjoyed reading this. My next flight will be at the end of next month....ATL-MSY on AirTran.
 
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Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:53 pm

Excellent TR and it is also refreshing to see that you had a different experience than most of us on AC and their 77W/Ls. I must know now, did your IFE crash?
 
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Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:56 pm

Thanks for all the pictures, really nice to see you enjoyed your self on AC!
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RE: AC 777-300ER Adventure (ATL-YYZ-YVR-YYZ-ATL)

Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:57 pm



Quoting Powercube (Reply 1):
I must know now, did your IFE crash?

On the way back to YYZ it worked fine...no problems. On the way out to YVR it initially worked but quickly stopped working....but it worked for some people, though.

Oh yeah..forgot to add one more thing...

On YYZ-YVR, the plane had 767-300 safety cards.
 
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Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:04 pm



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 3):
Oh yeah..forgot to add one more thing...

On YYZ-YVR, the plane had 767-300 safety cards

On the whole a/c or row or just your seat.???


The pics are really good.


Thank you for sharing

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Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:06 pm



Quoting B747forever (Reply 4):
On the whole a/c or row or just your seat.???

Well, at least my row and I saw the row in front of me...all 763. Very strange.
 
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Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:11 pm

Great TR, MSYtristar! The video and photos are very nice.

The 77W looks like a fantastic aircraft and everything about it seems impressive.

Regards,
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Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:19 pm



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 5):
Well, at least my row and I saw the row in front of me...all 763. Very strange.

That's just creepy, wonder how something like that happens. One more strange question for you: was the safety briefing manual?
 
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Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:21 pm



Quoting Powercube (Reply 7):
One more strange question for you: was the safety briefing manual?

It was on YYZ-YVR...on the way back, it worked on the screens.
 
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Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:30 pm



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 5):
Well, at least my row and I saw the row in front of me...all 763. Very strange.

That is really really strange. Didnt you ask the f/a???
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Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:33 pm



Quoting B747forever (Reply 9):
Didnt you ask the f/a???

No, I just figured the aircraft servicing crew screwed up...albeit a pretty big screw up.
 
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Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:34 pm



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 10):

Okey, I see. But it is a really huge screw up!!! Things like this shall not happen!!!
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Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:47 pm

Great report my man!

The 777 is just a beauty, in any size, whether 772 or 773. Love them!

I have been fascinated by the interior of AC, really looks homey.

Good pictures!

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Mon Jan 28, 2008 7:18 pm

I have to say, this report was fantastic! Great pictures, great writing. AC and their 77Ws looks like an incredible product. Decent BOB items and IFE (when it works), it seems. I'm not planning an overseas trip anytime soon, but when I do, I'll seriously be considering AC! Thanks a lot, Steve!  Wink
 
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Mon Jan 28, 2008 7:51 pm

Hey!

Nice TR- the 777 again is a beast, and it shows by the engine views, Imagine painting that! However I would love to know if you at least got the tail#s with the 777s?
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Mon Jan 28, 2008 9:00 pm



Quoting SXDFC (Reply 14):
Nice TR- the 777 again is a beast, and it shows by the engine views, Imagine painting that! However I would love to know if you at least got the tail#s with the 777s?

C-FIUL and C-FITL have been operating AC033/034 for a while now, or so it would seem, when I was on 033/034 it was IUL both ways so that'd be Fin #734, hope that helps.
 
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Mon Jan 28, 2008 9:17 pm

Nice report & photo's, many thanks for putting it together.

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
I added the BOB service to my reservation at the time of booking for $12, and let me tell you, it was a pretty good deal. On this flight I got a bag of cashews (really good ones, too) and a cold Molson beer. All you do is show the F/A the code printed on your boarding pass and you can get up to $8 of food/alcohol purchases on each flight. Not bad for $12 total!

- Am I missing something? You pay $12 but only get $8 worth?

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Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:05 pm



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 16):
You pay $12 but only get $8 worth?

The $12 covered all four flights. So I paid $12 but really got $32 worth of stuff for the entire trip.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 14):
However I would love to know if you at least got the tail#s with the 777s?

You know, I didn't. And when I landed in ATL I knew there was something I forgot to do. I'm usually not good on keeping up with the regs for some reason.

Quoting PanAm330 (Reply 13):
Thanks a lot, Steve!

Hey, no problem! Thanks for reading!
 
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Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:53 pm

Thanks for the TR. I was very interested in it as I am travelling with my family on AC LHR-YYZ-SFO and LGA-YYZ-LHR in July/August this year. Not only did AC have a great sale on for these flights but i also get to fly the 777W on both transatlantic legs and also the 170 on the LGA-YYZ leg. A 1st for me on these aircraft. I was really looking forward to it and reading this TR i now can't wait. I along with wife & 3 kids all hope the IFE works well or Dad will be severely punished for not having booked non stop flights. I not only took this route based on the price & planes but managed to 'sell' it to the family because of the IFE, so my life is in the hands of the fully functioning IFE.

Thanks again. Regards,

Jayhawk.
 
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Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:02 am



Quoting Powercube (Reply 15):
C-FIUL and C-FITL have been operating AC033/034 for a while now, or so it would seem, when I was on 033/034 it was IUL both ways so that'd be Fin #734, hope that helps.



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 17):
You know, I didn't. And when I landed in ATL I knew there was something I forgot to do. I'm usually not good on keeping up with the regs for some reason.

I have been known to have some good eyes so I enlarged a picture of her at the gate, and I noticed that I saw what looks to be a "1" beacuse of the bit of a slant, I don't think a 4 would do that, so I am guessing with 731?

If she is indeed 731, well heres a model of the EXACT a/c you have been on, this TR cost me 28 bucks to order the thing!!!

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j310/N475WN/731.jpg
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Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:09 am



Quoting SXDFC (Reply 19):
If she is indeed 731

I zoomed in real close on one of the pictures on my camera and it was definately ship 733 operating AC34 YVR-YYZ.

The outbound flight looks like 731.

BTW...nice model!
 
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Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:27 am



Quoting SXDFC (Reply 19):
If she is indeed 731, well heres a model of the EXACT a/c you have been on, this TR cost me 28 bucks to order the thing!!

Great model, is that Gemini? I've got the Dragon model of 734 (I feel a bond with her after spending 36 hours on board her).
I'd love to do 033 or 034 when they put the 77L on it- is that still Feb. 4?
 
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RE: AC 777-300ER Adventure (ATL-YYZ-YVR-YYZ-ATL)

Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:50 am

Nice Trip Report, thx for sharing
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RE: AC 777-300ER Adventure (ATL-YYZ-YVR-YYZ-ATL)

Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:48 pm

A very well written and complete report!
Also great to hear finally some positive comments on the CR1.
Thanks for sharing your story.

Cheers,
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Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:30 pm

Very nice report and photos.

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RE: AC 777-300ER Adventure (ATL-YYZ-YVR-YYZ-ATL)

Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:32 pm



Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
Well, I was officially in Canada. BUT, I still had to get through customs and immigration. I thought it would be a breeze, but it wasn't. Customs actually wasn't bad...the agent just gave me a strange look when she saw on my form that I'd only be in Canada for a day...but she cleared me and sent me on to immigration. Here's where the fun began. The immigration guy simply could not grasp the fact that anyone not planning on undertaking in questionable activities wouldn't have any reason to spend just one day in Canada. Specifically, he thought of no good reason why I should be flying all the way to YVR and then coming back the next day. He grilled me. He asked me if I knew friends there, if I have family there, what I do for a living, what I used to do, have I ever had a DWI, have I ever been arrested for anything (he named about ten things)...and this cycle continued over and over again for over five minutes before he took my passport and apparently ran a check on it to see if I was lying about not being arrested. When he found out I'm a man of my word, he stamped the passport, and said "have a nice day!". Welcome to Canada, indeed.

I'm surprised to hear you had a hard time going through Canadian customs. Six years ago, I flew MSP-YYZ on NW, connecting to Air Ontario YYZ-BDL. I took the trip specifically to log Air Ontario; I was flying on their last day of operation before they were merged into AC Jazz.

I wondered how to handle Canadian immigration, but I finally decided "when in doubt, tell the truth". When I got to the immigration booth, I told the agent "I'm sure this is the most bizarre reason you've ever heard for entering Canada, but I'm only here to fly on Air Ontario".

The agent just smiled at me, said "Honey, you wouldn't believe some of the reasons I hear for coming into this country", then stamped my passport without another word to say.
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RE: AC 777-300ER Adventure (ATL-YYZ-YVR-YYZ-ATL)

Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:55 pm

Hey I myself were contiplating to fly the 773ER, but how should I book it or let alone get a price on it with aircanada? Since the nearest airport(s) AC flies to are JFK and maybe even LGA?
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RE: AC 777-300ER Adventure (ATL-YYZ-YVR-YYZ-ATL)

Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:44 am

Thanks for the great report and pics! Sorry about Canadian stupidity. It gets on my nerves too. I am a man of my word, but they will not accept mileage runs. They even "cross the border" of asking me very personal questions like what is my income, and what is my parents' income. I'm like. Oh Hell! Going through Canada customs is worse than going to the dentist. They EVEN WANTED TO TAX ME COMING BACK HOME ON A PERSONAL PRINTER I BOUGHT IN TORONTO BEFORE I LEFT FOR COSTA RICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh and you know what? I love your country a LOT which is why I go through the USA. They are more compassionate than Canada Customs!!!

Story goes like this: About two years ago, I flew home to Toronto from Hong Kong via NRT and MSP after my grandmother's funeral in HK. Due to Chinese New Year, many want to delay burial or cremation for at least two weeks. I arrive in MSP,

and the officer asks me: "What were you doing in Hong Kong?"
Me: "I was attending my grandmother's funeral and paying my respects".
Officer: "I'm sorry to hear that. I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip".

I arrive in Terminal 3 at YYZ later that evening. This is what Canada Customs asked me:
"What were you in Hong Kong for?"
Me: See above statement.
Officer: If she died on January 16, what took you so long to bury her?

At that time, I didn't want to waste time explaining Chinese New Year customs. I just said. Personal decision on family part.

ARRRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STUPID CANADIANS! I'm a Canadian, but I have more compassion and dignity towards humans than that officer!

I commend CBP in the US for their increased sensibility and sensitivity towards people. PDX, DFW, and IAH have the best officers by far.
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