MKE C9 gate area:
View from the gate:
Photo © Galen Burrows
Dash 8-100 C-GJSX
905am (actual 9:55am)
1123am (actual 1223am)
Load Factor 18/37
Ground Boarding in MKE:
Fedex D10 behind us waiting for takeoff to MEM:
After the aircraft landed it deplaned and within 5 minutes we boarded the plane. Being from Milwaukee I would say this has to be the rarest flight to and from MKE, especially when it’s on the Dash 8. Since the plane was half filled people moved around to open seats but I stayed in my seat and had an empty seat next to me. We had a quick taxi out and take off on 25L. The flight was pretty uneventful although the FA did offer everyone free alcohol because of the delay. The flight was 1:20 long. The reason given for the delay was waiting to get their new flight plan out of YYZ. Looking at the flightaware history for this flight I notice that this flight gets swapped with a Dash 8 every few days. So I wonder if this is more because of the low load factors.
Legroom on the Dash 8:
Cabin of the Dash 8:
Inflight view out my window
After landing in YYZ I had almost 3 hours to kill before my flight to YUL. Having never been to YYZ before I decided to explore and also check out the Maple Leaf Lounges. Even though I was in economy class, as a Star Alliance Gold you can get into many Star Alliance lounges as long as you are on one of their flights. Once we landed we had about a 5 minute taxi to the far end of the terminal. I must have walked about a mile in order to get to customs. For some reason if you connect in YYZ from the States you must clear customs, which dumps you out in the baggage claim area. So I had to walk another 5 minutes and be prescreened back into the main terminal. After clearing security I roomed around before finding the main Maple Leaf Lounge. I killed about an hour there snacking and having a bite to eat.
My ride to YUL:
Before long it was time to head down to the main terminal level to catch my flight to YUL. By the time I got down to the gate my flight was already boarding. Boarding went quickly and we ended up pushing back a few minutes early.
Photo © Frank Robitaille
Load Factor 100%
After a few minute taxi out we took off to the west and we immediately went into the clouds. This flight had IFE which consisted of movies, TV shows and games. I had forgotten to bring along my headphones so I shelled out $3 for Air Canada ear buds. The flight was only 48 minutes long so it went by pretty quickly. By the time the Flight Attendants had finished the drink service we had already started our decent into YUL.
Legroom on the A320:
Arrival in YUL:
Upon deplaning I walked around the airport a little, I was surprised about how many European departures YUL had. There were 3 AF flights going to CDG, LH going to MUC, KLM going to AMS, Swiss going to ZRH, and AC going to FCO, LHR, FRA, and GVA. I eventually made my way up to the Maple Leaf Lounge which was quite busy and crowded. The view was very nice though, my seat over looked my aircraft that would take me to CDG. While in the lounge I helped myself to some snacks. While waiting in the lounge I watched a AF 773 leave and right after that a AF 747 pulled into its gate.
Maple Leaf Lounge in YUL:
My plane to CDG, view from the Maple Leaf Lounge:
My beer and coke in the lounge:
My plane to CDG
Photo © Markus Adank
Load Factor 90%
While in the lounge boarding was called for the flight so I made my way down to the gate area. I used my Star Alliance Gold card to skip the long queue of people waiting to get onboard and got right on right away. I was lucky enough to have an open seat next to me on this flight. The flying time tonight was around 7hrs. We pushed back on time and after leveling off at our cruising altitude a beverage service was started followed by the meal service. I had a ordered vegetarian meal with was some sort of Indian rice and curry thing, it was not too good. The IFE was okay although some features were not working, including TV news, games, and the moving map, which was disappointing. By the time diner was finished we were well into darkness and after watching a documentary movie the sun was already starting to rise in the east. Fortunately I was able to get a good four or five hours of sleep and by the time I woke up we were about an hour outside CDG. In addition I had a croissant waiting for me on the tray table next, which must have been handed out while I was sleeping. We landed a few minutes behind schedule to a cloudy and rainy Paris.
My seat for the next seven hours:
View out my window on the ground at YUL
View of YUL a few minutes after departure:
Landing in CDG:
After deplaning I cleared customs in about 15 minutes. I was meeting some folks in Terminal 1 who had arrived on CO from EWR about an hour before me. AC arrives in terminal 2E so I had a very long hike to Terminal 1, after a long walk and a tram ride I finally met up with them. We then had to take a tram back to terminal 2 in order to catch a train into the city. O
The massive departures board in CDG (sorry kinda burry):
Making my way to terminal 1:
Overall the trip was enjoyable and being able to get some sleep really helped me stay awake the rest of the day. In addition being able to access the lounges made for an enjoyable trip. The following Monday I traveled back to MKE, via BSL-DUS-YYZ-MKE, if there is some interest I will go ahead and post that as well.