The777Man
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AC SYD-YVR 77L Y With Pics

Thu May 07, 2009 9:51 am

Date: 20Apr09
Route: Sydney-Vancouver
Distance: 7757mi
Flight: AC 034 Air Canada
Flight Time: 13:24h
Dep. Time: 10:28
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200/LR
Registration: C-FIVK
Dep. Gate: 60
Seat: 24C
Movies: Valkyrie, Babine, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Let The Right Come In

I wanted to try AC’s 777-200/LR and the easiest way for me to do that was to fly to SYD and then fly SYD-YVR on the AC -200/LR.

I apologize for the quality of my pictures since they were taken with my iPhone but my regular camera is broken and it looks like I may have to get a new one…..

I did some spotting at the airport and went to the check in counters at about 8am which was a bit more than 2h before departure. The line wasn’t long but it wasn’t moving very fast. It probably took 20 minutes or more before I got to the counter. The nice agent gave me a seat right away which was nice since I don’t have to deal with that at the gate. (I’m flying as a non-rev). I had some information from a friend at AC that I should have no problem getting on so I wasn’t very worried.

It took awhile to get thru passport control and security but finally I got thru after about 20 minutes wait. I went directly to the gate and there were some nice views from there but also very crowded as EK had their A380 ready to start boarding for Auckland. I was surprised when I looked at the boarding pass to see that boarding was supposed to start 1h before departure which seems like a lot. That time came and went and another 20 minutes later, an announcement was made saying that boarding was delayed to to late arriving crew.

Boarding eventually started at around 10am and I was one of the last to board. Boarding was very quick and the flight was only three minutes late in push back.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/ACSYD-YVR005.jpg

First impression was very good; nice legroom and nice big screens. Flight was probably 90 % full. I noticed an open aisle with an open center seat next to it and I switched to that when the door closed. All announcements were made both in English and in French since Air Canada is a bi-lingual airline. People were encouraged to use their own headsets for the sake of the environment. I have never heard of that before but I have a really good headset so I used mine.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/ACSYD-YVR007.jpg

Take off was powerful as usual on a -200/LR even on this long flight, just slight shorter (in distance) than my longest 777 so far, (JFK-BOM). Soon after take off, a snack was served which was nice. Great to get the whole can of soda as opposed to some other carriers. I was busy checking out the entertainment system and it was very good. It was easy to navigate and the screen was of good size. The airshow maps was the newer version and you could zoom in and out plus get information on the flight eg altitude etc. Moodlighting was on as well.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/ACSYD-YVR008.jpg

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/ACSYD-YVR009.jpg

I started to watch a movie and about 20 minutes after the drink service, a lunch was served. No menus were given out but the purser made an announcement what the options were. I had beef with pasta and it was okay. I usually try the local beer and I had a Molson which was pretty good. I had tea afterwards.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/ACSYD-YVR010.jpg


http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/ACSYD-YVR012.jpg

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/ACSYD-YVR013.jpg

Most of the crew were older (in their fifties) but there was one younger asian flight attendant and she looked VERY nice. The movie selection was good and I decided to try a movie from Quebec that’s probably less likely to be watched in Los Angeles. It was some period piece about the village idiot and it was okay. Later under World Cinema, I found a Swedish movie called something like, Let The Right Come In. It took place in Stockholm in the late 1970s and was some sort of a thriller but with kids at about 12 years old, the age that I had been at that time. Very neat to see clothes and things in a movie from when and where I was a kid! It ran with English subtitles. It was pretty good.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/ACSYD-YVR014.jpg

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/ACSYD-YVR015.jpg

The crew came around with water about every two hours or so which was nice. There was also a snack midflight which was a sandwich. It was packaged very nice. I was getting tired and managed to get a little bit of sleep for and hour or so towards the end of the flight.

About an hour before our arrival in Vancouver, breakfast was served. I had an omelet with sausage and it was tasty.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/ACSYD-YVR017.jpg

Initial altitude was 33 000 feet, later up to 37 000 and at the end 39 000 feet. Routing was basically over New Caledonia, western tip of Oahu to Vancouver where we landed straight in to the east.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j214/The777Man/ACSYD-YVR018.jpg

All in all a nice flight on Air Canada!

I’ll probably try Delta Air Lines in the fall, LAX-SYD on their 777-200/LR to compare.

Thanks for reading!

The777Man
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
 
OffshoreAir
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RE: AC SYD-YVR 77L Y With Pics

Thu May 07, 2009 11:21 am

Thanks for the TR, the YVR-SYD route looks extremely long in coach. Are you not allowed to fly in First when non-reving on AC?
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RE: AC SYD-YVR 77L Y With Pics

Thu May 07, 2009 4:11 pm

Thanks for the report.
The food looks nice! Hope they taste okay too.
Did you non-rev on this flight? Suppose J class is full and you were bumped off?
Let's just blame it on yields.
 
The777Man
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RE: AC SYD-YVR 77L Y With Pics

Thu May 07, 2009 6:04 pm

Thanks for your comments!

I don't work for AC so I had a ZED-ticket which was only for Y. It's rare for me to get upgraded as a non-rev on other airlines. I did have a nice flight to SYD on UA in the new C-class seats  Smile

The777Man
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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RE: AC SYD-YVR 77L Y With Pics

Fri May 08, 2009 6:08 am

Hi Lars,

great report, AC's product looks nice. I read with special interest due to my upcoming AC flights. I'm looking forward to discuss with you about AC next week at LAX!

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
First impression was very good; nice legroom and nice big screens.

Indeed, legroom seems to be generous. Do they still use large IFE boxes or smaller ones?

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
The airshow maps was the newer version and you could zoom in and out plus get information on the flight eg altitude etc.

Good to see it worked. I have read many reports about the airshow not being available.

Quoting The777Man (Thread starter):
I’ll probably try Delta Air Lines in the fall, LAX-SYD on their 777-200/LR to compare.

Sounds great. I really need to get the 77L as soon as possible, too. I still hope for an aircraft change from 77W to 77L on my upcoming YUL-FRA flight...  Wink


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RE: AC SYD-YVR 77L Y With Pics

Fri May 08, 2009 6:37 am



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Indeed, legroom seems to be generous. Do they still use large IFE boxes or smaller ones?

Small IFE box.... Smile

Yes, it will be great to finally meet again.

Hope you have a great flight on the AC 77W!

The777Man
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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RE: AC SYD-YVR 77L Y With Pics

Fri May 08, 2009 6:43 am



Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Small IFE box....

Good to hear!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Yes, it will be great to finally meet again.

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Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Hope you have a great flight on the AC 77W!

I'll get that one on the return trip - 763 is scheduled on the FRA-YYC sector tomorrow.


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RE: AC SYD-YVR 77L Y With Pics

Fri May 08, 2009 7:05 am



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
I'll get that one on the return trip - 763 is scheduled on the FRA-YYC sector tomorrow

Oops! I'm tired ! I just came back from a short trip to DEN.

Have a great trip on the AC 763! See you soon!

The777Man
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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RE: AC SYD-YVR 77L Y With Pics

Fri May 08, 2009 11:15 am

Very to nice to once again see an excellent TR from you, The777Man. AC actually looks very nice. Unfortunately, I doubt I will ever try their longhaul product as I live in TPA. Thanks for sharing!
 
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RE: AC SYD-YVR 77L Y With Pics

Sat May 09, 2009 5:49 pm

Good read as always, thanks for posting.

Quite fancy getting on the AC 77L myself, though liely to be a domestic in Canada, hopefully later in the year.

Cheers

Mark
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The777Man
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RE: AC SYD-YVR 77L Y With Pics

Sat May 09, 2009 6:01 pm

Hi Mark !

Thanks for your comments!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 9):
Quite fancy getting on the AC 77L myself, though liely to be a domestic in Canada

The flight continues to YYZ so there wouldn't be a problem getting the AC 77L on a domestic flight. For me, it just worked better to fly SYD-YVR timewise. If I was going to fly the AC 77L domestic, I would need to spend the night somwehere, which for me would increase cost and take too much time.

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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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RE: AC SYD-YVR 77L Y With Pics

Sat May 09, 2009 7:37 pm

Great Post.

I'd love a chance to fly the AC 77L out of my home airport of YEG, but there is no regular service using these. The biggest we get is AC 763's.
 
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RE: AC SYD-YVR 77L Y With Pics

Sat May 09, 2009 7:47 pm

Hi, Lars,

good to read about another 777 service, nice story and pix.
It seems AC operates reliable and with a decent service niveau these days.
Especially that route map, good to know that it is available on AC!.

Greetings,
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RE: AC SYD-YVR 77L Y With Pics

Sun May 10, 2009 12:42 am

Good TR! I have to work on getting on a 777!
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The777Man
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RE: AC SYD-YVR 77L Y With Pics

Sun May 10, 2009 8:52 am



Quoting Danielb (Reply 11):
I'd love a chance to fly the AC 77L out of my home airport of YEG,
but there is no regular service using these. The biggest we get is AC 763's

I think AC flies them from YYC seasonally....try to connect thru there or try to go to YYZ via YVR....a bit out of the way.....

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 12):
Especially that route map, good to know that it is available on AC!.

Thanks for your comments Markus! Yes, a very nice Airshow system on AC!

Quoting Jetblueguy22 (Reply 13):
Good TR! I have to work on getting on a 777!

You have some options if you go back to Australia ; V Australia and soon DL. Not forgetting AC via YVR. You can also fly domestic 777s on UA, AA and DL. You should try a 777; I think you will really like it!

The777Man
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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RE: AC SYD-YVR 77L Y With Pics

Sun May 10, 2009 3:47 pm



Quoting The777Man (Reply 14):
You have some options if you go back to Australia ; V Australia and soon DL

Yeah I'm trying to plan a trip with the A380 out to SYD and then back on V Australia 777. That would be the ultimate trip Big grin.
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