For the fourth year in a row, our family took a week's vacation to somewhere hot to escape the bitter cold of Canadian winter. As always, we chose our favourite airline (good prices, nice vacation services), Air Canada. This year, we settled on the more affordable destination of Zihuatanejo, MX. Air Canada offers direct flights from Calgary to many southern destinations. These are interesting for me to do, as these planes are typically used on routes within Canada, not usually exceeding a few hours, but on these Southern destinations, flights can push 7 hours.
The evening prior, we printed our boarding passes and called our taxi which would be getting us at the airport a little less than 3 hours prior to boarding.
We checked in with ease. Priority tags were placed on our baggage, and it was done. After going to Tim's and breezishly passing security, we arrived into the Maple Leaf lounge where we would wait for the next couple of hours.
Here are some shots from the *A/Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge:
Very nice glasses
AC 763, getting ready to go somewhere
YYC's very pretty front façade
Smokey E90 startup...probably scared a few nervous flyers
DL Embraer leaving
Getting busy with Embraers here!
AC definitely is my favourite tail... a symbol of home, arranged in a really pretty way
Gettin' a push
About a half an hour prior to my flight, we decided it was time to head down to gate A14, where we found our faithful Airbus A319, reg. C-GARG sitting at the gate.
As you can tell, this part of the airport pretty much belongs to AC
Not too long after this, pre-boarding was called, and my family and I hopped aboard!
*Air Canada, a member of the Star Alliance*
Departing Calgary - YYC/CYYC
Arriving Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo - ZIH
Departs at 10:25 MST, 12 Feb 2011
Arrives at 16:45 CT
Aircraft Airbus Industrie A319-114
Delivered to Air Canada in 1996
My seat for this flight was number 2A - the second row window seat, one of only 14 seats in the A319's J cabin.
Menus were distributed prior to takeoff. Takeoff was typical of the A319. Powerful, loud, and calming to my soul.
Ah, Alberta. Flat, snowy, and calming to my soul.
AC's fantastic entertainment system
More than sufficient legroom
The friendly flight attendant put down our tablecloths and took our breakfast orders. A tray, with fresh fruit, cutlery, a glass, and yogourt was delivered.
The options were a parsley omelette and pancakes, chicken sausage and cran-apple sauce. I opted for the pancakes.
The pancakes were EXCELLENT. Really, hot and delicious, and a nice portion. Snack and drink service was offered near constantly throughout the flight. Very impressive meal service on this flight.
Stunning scenery heading south
OH MY GOD! DRY LAND!!
Cute little wingtip fence
Whilst enjoying the enRoute IFE system, looking out at spectacular views, and enjoying food and drink, the time absolutely flew by. Before I knew it, the captain came on in his "uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh" voice, and informed us that we would be, uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, landing shortly.
Sir, there's a crack in your ground.
Beautiful southwest Mexican scenery
A smooth, but rather quick-seeming landing brought us down into Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, approximately 15 minutes ahead of schedule.
Other tails, WS and AS
We got to deboard using airstairs. This is the best thing ever.
Customs was an absolute breeze, as was baggage collection.
I've got to give props to AC on this one - Fantastic meals, fantastic F/As, fantastic entertainment, fantastic everything. I'm going to give AC a 9/10 in total. Air Canada has once again provided my family and I with safe, comfortable, reliable, and overall excellent transportation. Thank you AC!