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From New York With AC: LGA-YYZ-CPH - Pt. 2

Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:35 pm


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Hello a.netters, and welcome to Part 2 of my trip to New York in May 2012. I'm sorry that I've been so slow at posting this part, but I've been quite busy lately. Shortage of time is also the reason that there won't be as much commentary in this report as there was in my last one, since I want to get done with this report before my next one.You can find Part 1 here:

To New York With AC & SAS: CPH-LHR-YYZ-LGA - Pt. 1 (by Pelle Jun 14 2012 in Trip Reports)

Background




As you might have read in Part 1 of this trip report, my girlfriend and I landed in New York (LGA) on May 16th 2012. We had 10 amazing days in New York, where we visited a friend, saw all the sights, had great food. walked many miles and destroyed our credit cards shopping.


I will spare you for the non-aviation stuff since New York is fairly covered on this forum, but below are some pictures of a helicopter tour we took (highly recommendable, by the way):



One World Trade Center under construction (May 2012)




Downtown Manhattan - skyscrapers galore!




The BA Concorde from above




A nice view of Central Park



One of the days we went to see the USS Intrepid, an old aircraft carrier that is now docked at Manhattan and functions as a museum. The museum has a British Airways Concorde at display, and for a small extra fee you can get a guided tour inside it. Guess what I did, whilst my girlfriend was outside, waiting in the sun..?



..you guessed it!








The original wine menu




and the menu




The Concorde cockpit. Notice the space between the actual cockpit and the outside windows - this is to allow for the tilting of the nose.




Another cockpit-shot




The flight engineers dials. I apologize for the quality of the pics here, they were taken with my iPhone.


May 26th 2012




Our 10 days in New York passed all too fast. We spent the afternoon of the 26th in a park (Prospect park) in Brooklyn, before rushing to our hotel just checking out in time, and then heading straight to LGA via the NYC Airporter bus service.


We arrived at LGA at about 2 PM, where we checked in using the AC self-service machines. The machine printed our boarding passes, one for each segment. Comparing with SAS, SAS's solution is definately smarter, using the "proper" boarding-pass paper, and printing multiple legs on one boarding pass. I found that the thin paper ones from AC get scrunched up too easily..


After printing our BP's we got our bags checked in at the desk, and since there was no queue at all it was a very quick job.
We then cleared security, and headed to our gate where we watched an episode of How i met your mother on one of our newly purchased iPads.  
LaGuardia seemed a bit small, as we didn't see any big "airport-like" open spaces with dining/shopping etc. It was mostly narrow hallways.

Date: May 26th 2012
Flight # & Route: AC0717 LGA-YYZ
Departure: 15:30
Arrival: 17:05
Seat & Class: 25A, Y
Aircraft: C-FMZW, Embraer ERJ-190 from 2007



Boarding the regional jet






The Legroom Shot (TM)






Trump's jet at its home base




Rotating just as we passed the welome-sign




Long Island from above




An excellent view of Manhattan & Central Park




Landing at YYZ, AC turf




Inside the terminal at YYZ




The main "concourse" - was to be our home for the next 4 hours


Date: May 26th 2012
Flight # & Route: AC0882 YYZ-CPH
Departure: 20:55
Arrival: 10:35
Seat & Class: 38A, Y
Aircraft: C-FMWP, Boeing 767-333ER from 1993



Our bird for the night, a rather old but still good-looking 763




Seatback shot, still with USB + AC-outlet (pun intended, looks like it is AC widbody-standard?




No winglets to be found here!




I got my favourite seat, just behind the wing so you get to see all the sexy flap/spoiler-action. An advantage (for me at least) of flying on a "smaller" widebody is the 2-3-2 seat configuration, being ideal for couples.




Legroom shot, featuring a very interesting book on 9/11 called "102 minutes". Admittedly, it is probably unappropriate reading for when on a plane.. Still a good book though.




Meal time! The meal on LHR-YYZ flight was better IMHO.




After-dinner tea, reading the latest issue of The Economist on my iPad (whilst on a plane. Life is great, isn't it?)








A cool view of Skagen, the "top" of Denmark




Øresundsbroen, on short final to CPH




Our ride from CPH back to Aarhus




Train will never beat plane.



Conclusion: A decent flight back home with AC. The staff were friendly and service was good, although the atmosphere wasn't as relaxed as it was on the way to YYZ from LHR.
I would definately fly Air Canada again, I think they offer a very fair-priced product.
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RE: From New York With AC: LGA-YYZ-CPH - Pt. 2

Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:18 pm

There have been so many helicopter crashes in New York flying tourists that I would never recommend it.
 
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RE: From New York With AC: LGA-YYZ-CPH - Pt. 2

Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:44 pm

Good report!

I love your views of flying into CPH. We had such a great trip there one year ago next month ... Looks like you had a decent flight with AC, but I'd agree about the boarding passes; SAS uses proper card stock so you can either save the boarding pass, or use it for a bookmark, etc during traveling, as opposed to the receipt paper so many airlines use  

Thanks for sharing!

Best,

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RE: From New York With AC: LGA-YYZ-CPH - Pt. 2

Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:15 am

28 crashes over the last thirty years, I am not sure that is "so many"

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RE: From New York With AC: LGA-YYZ-CPH - Pt. 2

Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:50 am

Thank you for part II  
Air Canada is a decent North America carrier.
Decent IFE, food and complimentary Alcoholic beverages.

I'll be flying from Europe to NYC again this autumn. Still figure out the best routes.
I'll be on 2 separated tickets though. Thailand to Europe then Europe to NYC.

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RE: From New York With AC: LGA-YYZ-CPH - Pt. 2

Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:31 am

I read that book, and I agree it may be a tense choice for in-flight reading. Great report.
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RE: From New York With AC: LGA-YYZ-CPH - Pt. 2

Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:32 pm

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 1):

There have been so many helicopter crashes in New York flying tourists that I would never recommend it.

Yeah, well, that means you don't travel by car because of all the deaths by automobile.
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RE: From New York With AC: LGA-YYZ-CPH - Pt. 2

Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:04 pm

Thanks for the well-laid-out and interesting report.

The Ejet looked great and I think it was a bonus to fly from LGA.

Many thanks.

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RE: From New York With AC: LGA-YYZ-CPH - Pt. 2

Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:46 am

Hey

Great to see your return report online. It gives me quite a bit of memories to my AC trip back in Feb.
My expecience was very positive, report to follow soon
The 763 is my preferred type as well because the 2-3-2 as well.


Greetings
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RE: From New York With AC: LGA-YYZ-CPH - Pt. 2

Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:54 pm

Thanks for sharing.
How was your transit experience in YYZ? Did you had to pass Canadian immigration and was your bag checked through? How about reclearing security?
 
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RE: From New York With AC: LGA-YYZ-CPH - Pt. 2

Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:45 pm

Hi,

Nice continuation/conclusion of your report.

Quoting Pelle (Thread starter):
Guess what I did, whilst my girlfriend was outside, waiting in the sun..?


I would be doing the same thing.  
 
Quoting Pelle (Thread starter):
Meal time! The meal on LHR-YYZ flight was better IMHO.


I would imagine that would be true. Was there any service at all on the LGA to YYZ regional?

Quoting Pelle (Thread starter):
A cool view of Skagen, the "top" of Denmark
 

greetings,

David
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RE: From New York With AC: LGA-YYZ-CPH - Pt. 2

Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:30 pm

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 10):
Was there any service at all on the LGA to YYZ regional?

It is standard AC "short haul" service. Economy passengers are served drinks, (a charge for alcohol) and peanuts, etc. Executive Class passengers are served hot snacks/sandwiches.
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Pelle
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RE: From New York With AC: LGA-YYZ-CPH - Pt. 2

Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:07 pm

Thank you for all the replies, I'm glad you liked the report!

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 1):
There have been so many helicopter crashes in New York flying tourists that I would never recommend it.

I don't think that there have been "many" crashes when you think about the number of flights in total.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):

The Ejet looked great and I think it was a bonus to fly from LGA.

Actually, I just flew the Lufthansa Regional Ejet, and I have to say I prefer the LH version. It seemed more spacious, and the interior was nicer aswell - although that is a matter of taste..

Quoting reifel (Reply 9):

It was plain sailing going through YYZ coming from LGA. No re-clearing in security, no Canadian immigrations, and our bags were checked in all the way to CPH without us having to re-check them. On the way over, going from YYZ to LGA, it was a completely different story, however. Seems like it's just the states that doesn't trust any other countries airports to do security screening etc..

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 10):

I would imagine that would be true. Was there any service at all on the LGA to YYZ regional?

As longhauler has already mentioned, there were free drinks (non-alcoholic) and the standard AC pretzels. I don't know why I didn't take a picture of the service - maybe I just got bored with the AC pretzels after 4 flights with them in a week!  
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