Westjet Comox commercial
Marine Life to decorate the gates
Largest Marine Reptile
Skeleton of the largest marine reptile
Ancient Sea Floor
C-FPCO arriving from Campbell River and Vancouver again – short turnaround too
Lv1600 Arr1825 Boeing 737-700 Winglet C-GWBJ/ “215”
Gate 2 getting ready for the arrival of Westjet 737
C-GWBJ arriving from Edmonton
Complimentary newspapers from Westjet
Boarding began at 3:26pm, and pre-board included passengers that needed special assistance and those seated in the exit rows. Priority boarding was strictly reinforced and there was a couple behind me, who questioned the agent on why I was allow to pre-board, and she smiled and said that he was in the exit row. I guess paying for exit row will give you priority boarding, and extra time for the F/A to brief you, since the Canadian government required a more thorough explanation on how to open the door. The flight was very full and exit row was 100% full this afternoon. Door was closed early at 3:52pm.
View of the YQQ
Central Mountain Air again C-FCMV B-1900D Third aircraft at the tarmac this afternoon
Three friendly F/As welcomed everyone on board and the different between flying Air Canada and Westjet is that the employees are definitely happy about their jobs and proud of their companies. They will go the extra mile to help you and the greeting is more sincere.
Few more cabin shots
We had the traditional Westjet seat with the adjustable headrest and personal television. There is a newer version of slimmer seat with sliding headrest on the Boeing 737-800, but no more personal television.
There was no push back here at YQQ
, and the engines were started at the gate and then the plane followed the curve line and did an one eighty and taxied towards the runway.
We took off from R/W12 at 4:01pm and flight time was an hour and fifteen minutes with a cruising attitude of 39,000feet.
Beautiful scenery after takeoff
Too bad the weather was cloudy all the way Edmonton and only a few shots prior to our descent into Edmonton
Service began with the F/As selling headsets including a fancier noise-reduction version. Please note that Westjet doesn’t provide free headset but you can use your own headset. Buy On Board was not offered on this short flight, but alcoholic beverages were available. Beverage includes the usual complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and a cash bar. You can choose between a pack of Ranch flavored Crispers or brown sugar blueberry cookie, as snack.
Here is my choice today:
A Live TV
powered by Bell was turned on after the safety demonstration, and you are sort of force to watch some commercials after takeoff. I guess it is reasonable to watch a 3 minutes ad considered the TV
is free. The reception is much better on this flight than the Whitehorse to Vancouver flight too. I have no issues watching various shows. However I am saddened to learn that the new Boeing 737-800s will not have personal television and for US bound flights, Live TV
will no longer work. Westjet will instead rent out tablets. My personal point of view is that Live TV
is something special and the ability to watch live news and sports is a good selling point. Wifi will perhaps be a permanent feature in the future, but the current technology is still limited and reliable high speed wifi may still be decades away from possible. It won’t be a while till everyone can turn on their individual wifi devices and able to stream audio and video all at once. Live TV
should remain a good selling point. I don’t even mind paying $5 to $15 depending on the length of flight. The weight is of course a concern for the airline, as well as the maintenance, but with the relatively high cost of traveling in Canada, these personal televisions are good to keep. I hope that Westjet will really think this though.
We landed on R/W02 at 8:16pm local time (Edmonton is an hour ahead of Vancouver) and parked at gate 54 seven minutes later.
Air Canada Boeing 767 C-GHOZ just arrived from Heathrow
Air Canada E190 heading to Vancouver
Canjet Boeing 737-800 parking at the tarmac
In conclusion, it has been an interesting journey to fly all these interesting Canadian carriers and I hope I can fly First Air and Canadian North in the near future, and of course I am not going to give up flying the Shorts 360. Maybe Canadian aviation enthusiasts or any Pacific Coastal insiders can give me a few tips on many chances in securing the Shorts 360. I may fly up there in August. Anyway, it is nothing fancy, but I hope you enjoy these short reports.
Also, this trip has provided the opportunities to visit various large and small Canadian airports, with the exception of Whitehorse, they are all renovated nicely with clean and modern facilities all around. Free wifi are available in most airports, and the toilets are all clean and properly maintained. Most airports use lots of natural light and high ceiling to illuminate the spaciousness and the décor has lots of local cultural themes, as well as aviation related. Food outlets and shops are readily available, along with plenty of seating room for waiting passengers. Even baggage claims are decorated with local cultural motifs and animals that promote the particular city or state.
Anyway I hope you enjoy this two part report and the next report won’t happen for a while, as I don’t really have special flights to report back till possibly in August, when I am going to fly Virgin America’s inaugural flight from San Francisco to Washington DC National airport, and a more exciting trip to Asia on CX