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by smallmj
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New rules of rights of Canadian airline passengers
Replies: 2
Views: 463

Re: New rules of rights of Canadian airline passengers

It all sounds good until you read the small print. The exceptions for delay compensation include weather and safety, which means no one will every receive a dime.

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by smallmj
Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Long delays on very short flights
Replies: 9
Views: 963

Re: Long delays on very short flights

I've heard of Air Canada sending people on Via Rail to London Ontario from Toronto in IRROPS situations.

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by smallmj
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A220 on Transatlantic Routes
Replies: 13
Views: 3444

Re: A220 on Transatlantic Routes

I bet there won't be a lot, if any, A220 flying across the Atlantic. Well, perhaps there are some delivery flights. The most likely will be Atlantic Canada-Europe. Much closer than JFK or BOS. However, things such as YOW-DUB or YQB-LHR/CDG are also within range for a 223 in a standard 2 class confi...

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by smallmj
Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is next for Icelandair?
Replies: 80
Views: 12135

Re: What is next for Icelandair?

I just hope that they come back to YHZ once the MAX mess is resolved.

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by smallmj
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What do you expect from Lounge staff?
Replies: 17
Views: 1019

Re: What do you expect from Lounge staff?

I expect them to keep the rabble like me out.

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by smallmj
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways named Skytrax airline of the year
Replies: 99
Views: 11386

Re: And the Skytrax airline of the year is ..

WOW was going to be #1 but they bankrupted themselves paying for the award :)

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by smallmj
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is Your Favorite Wide Body Aircraft and Why?
Replies: 44
Views: 2237

Re: What is Your Favorite Wide Body Aircraft and Why?

I've only been on a few widebodies in recent memory. I preferred the A330 to the B777 (10 across), mostly because of the wider seats.

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by smallmj
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your least favorite aircraft type ?
Replies: 82
Views: 4282

Re: Your least favorite aircraft type ?

I haven't been on many different types, but the worst for me was an Air Canada E190. The fixed headrest pushed against my shoulders and gave me back pain. I'm only 6'2", but I was too tall for that seat.

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by smallmj
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YTZ 44 Slot Increase by 2023 According to 2018 Master Plan Draft
Replies: 44
Views: 4174

Re: YTZ 44 Slot Increase by 2023 According to 2018 Master Plan Draft

YYZ-YHZ is the obvious add. No one has mentioned it I always assumed that YTZ-YHZ was just outside the range of a Q400 and that's why they tag it on to the YHZ-YOW flight. They fly YTZ-YQM, but not a non-stop direct YTZ-YHZ. However, the published specs show that YHZ is well withing range. I'm sure...

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by smallmj
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CANADA JETLINES getting ready to fly
Replies: 119
Views: 24146

Re: CANADA JETLINES getting ready to fly

Blueknows wrote:
https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/06/12/1867414/0/en/Jetlines-Announces-Granting-of-Slots-at-Vancouver-International-Airport.html


Interesting. I would have thought they would fly out of Abbotsford because if the lower costs.

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by smallmj
Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest A319 flight
Replies: 27
Views: 6201

Re: Longest A319 flight

compensateme wrote:
AC flew the 319 from YYZ-LHR, stopping at YYT. It’s like arriving at your high school prom in a pickup truck.


What's wrong with that? You've clearly never been to a prom in rural Canada.

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by smallmj
Sun May 26, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boarding pass checks on boarding.
Replies: 5
Views: 646

Re: Boarding pass checks on boarding.

Okay thanks. Must just be A.net urban legend then. There’s been plenty of stories on here of people boarding the wrong flight and it not getting caught until on the aircraft. Not an A.net urban legend. https://thepointsguy.com/news/ryanair-passenger-boards-wrong-flight-lands-in-wrong-city/ https://...

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by smallmj
Sat May 25, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your longest & shortest flights
Replies: 78
Views: 4056

Re: Your longest & shortest flights

I've flown at least five different routes under 250 km but the shortest is definitely POS-TAB at 83 km.

I've not done any ultra-long haul, so my longest would be a simple TATL YYZ-CDG which is 6037 km.

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by smallmj
Fri May 24, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: East Coast to UK - most interesting way?
Replies: 14
Views: 1461

Re: East Coast to UK - most interesting way?

If the 737 MAX's get back in the air you could fly to LHR via YHZ or YYT on AC. If you had a time machine to go back a year or two you could do YYT-LHR in an A319. If you were doing it in the summer you could go on WS from YHZ to LGW, GLA, or DUB on a 737-700. Either way you'd get that elusive narro...

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by smallmj
Fri May 24, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines on the edge
Replies: 32
Views: 3998

Re: Airlines on the edge

If you believe some posters here then Flair Air (Canada) can't possibly survive. We will see what we will see.

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by smallmj
Wed May 22, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air Transat A-310s
Replies: 6
Views: 1529

Re: Air Transat A-310s

Their domestic (Canadian) flights are generally positioning flights.

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by smallmj
Fri May 17, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat
Replies: 308
Views: 49771

Re: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat

alan3 wrote:
With all of this consolidation, what about Sunwing?

They still have a decent share of the winter sun market. Any chance Onex-WS or AC-AT would try to go after them?


Sunwing is 49% owned by TUI.

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by smallmj
Thu May 16, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport outdoor observation areas
Replies: 66
Views: 3815

Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

The old Terminal 1 at YYZ apparantly had great viewing from the rooftop parking lot. But that was a long time ago.

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by smallmj
Wed May 15, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines of Canada
Replies: 11
Views: 2441

Re: Airlines of Canada

I don't think there is any seasonal leasing for most airlines under normal circumstances. The MAX mess means that some airlines are doing some leasing for now. The fleets for Air Canada, Westjet, and Porter are usually fairly stable. They schedule their maintenance for the slower times of year. Sunw...

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by smallmj
Mon May 13, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you ever get nervous about flying solo to a communist country?
Replies: 36
Views: 2130

Re: Do you ever get nervous about flying solo to a communist country?

Depends on the country. As a Canadian, I would have no worries about going to Cuba. But I would think long and hard about going to China right now.

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by smallmj
Mon May 13, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What comes after the B797 ??
Replies: 74
Views: 8543

Re: What comes after the B797 ??

Bankruptcy ;)

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by smallmj
Sat May 04, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A gathering of ex UA Express Dash-8s
Replies: 12
Views: 4000

Re: A gathering of ex UA Express Dash-8s

I saw those parked back on Feb 18. No idea what their fate will be.

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by smallmj
Thu May 02, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Google photoshopping planes out of maps?
Replies: 42
Views: 7717

Re: Is Google photoshopping planes out of maps?

I noticed this too looking at the latest image of YYZ on Google Earth. The image from June 10 2018 (latest) has very few planes. The previous one from May 8 2018 has planes at almost every gate.

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by smallmj
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boston-Toronto: AC, WS, or PD?
Replies: 12
Views: 785

Re: Boston-Toronto: AC, WS, or PD?

I don't know if you'll find much difference between AC and WS for YYZ terminal experience. With AC on an E190 you probably won't end up in the G pier (the worst part of the terminal). On WS you won't have to take the forever trek to the A pier, that is only for domestic, though I've heard that parts...

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by smallmj
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 58
Views: 9119

Re: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

As others have pointed out, revenue from cargo and premium seats are a huge factor. To give you an example, last summer Air Canada ran a daily A330-300 on it's 500 mile YHZ-YUL route. That is a route normally served by the A320 series or E-jets. Why did they use such a big bird on such a small route...

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by smallmj
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Varadero Cuba (you’d think you’re in Canada!)
Replies: 61
Views: 14545

Re: Varadero Cuba (you’d think you’re in Canada!)

What does Varadero have that Cancun or Punta Cana don’t? No Americans? Cuban vacations have been the cheapest option most of the time, but the DR can be competitive nowadays. I picked a random date next week on a popular travel site and quickly found a 7 day 4 star all inclusive resort in Varadero ...

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by smallmj
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Trip advisor report: Air France racism against Moroccan passengers
Replies: 36
Views: 3735

Re: Trip advisor report: Air France racism against Moroccan passengers

Racist actions by AF employees don't surprise me at all. I was on a CDG-DKR flight a few years back that was just terrible. The Air France flight attendants treated me and my family (white Canadians) with extreme courtesy, but treated the rest of the non-white people sitting near us as if the passen...

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by smallmj
Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canadian Airports 2018 statistics
Replies: 220
Views: 34569

Re: Canadian Airports 2018 statistics

YHZ 2018 Monthly Breakdown By Sector Here is YHZ's 2018 stats broken down by month and sector showing the airport's extreme seasonality: ... Wow, YHZ was about 100% busier in August than in January or February. Interesting that the transborder numbers are pretty flat other than the March/April rush...

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by smallmj
Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first...
Replies: 83
Views: 4975

Re: Your first...

... First flight: PNQ-BOM LOL. I have always wondered about catering and service for such a short 15 minute flight. Did they serve on the airplane or do they let you dine at the airport pre-boarding :lol: When I flew POS-TAB in 1992 the catering consisted of a mint. I don't remember if it was hande...

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by smallmj
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can airlines perform maintenance on 737 Max while grounded?
Replies: 6
Views: 2035

Re: Can airlines perform maintenance on 737 Max while grounded?

I've heard rumours that Air Canada is installing Wifi and Westjet is installing business class seats during the grounding.

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by smallmj
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airlines have most aircraft types in their fleet?
Replies: 10
Views: 1458

Re: Which airlines have most aircraft types in their fleet?

Air Canada (+regionals) has a pretty diverse fleet. B773, B772, A333, B789, B778, B763 (leaving mainline), A321, A320, A319, B7M8 (grounded), E190 (leaving soon), E175, CR9, CRJ, DH4, DH3, DH1, B1900. A223 coming soon.

The only glaring omissions among modern airliners are the A380 and A350.

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by smallmj
Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first...
Replies: 83
Views: 4975

Re: Your first...

...European airport: Paris - CDG ...N-American airport: Saint John - YSJ ...S-American airport: None, though POS is very close ...Asian airport: none ...African airport: Dakar - DKR ...aircraft: 737-200 ...widebody aircraft: L1011 (probably) ...turboprop aircraft: Dash-8 100 ...4-engine aircraft: Ma...

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by smallmj
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Non-US airports not serviced by US airlines?
Replies: 31
Views: 2610

Re: Non-US airports not serviced by US airlines?

YYG, YFC, YQX, YFB, YXU, YQM, YXS, YQR, YSJ, YYT, YQT, YXY, and YZF are all part of the National Airports System (Canada) -- so in a way they are major. None of them have service from the big US carriers (including regional helpers and Alaskan). Perhaps you should define major airport if you don't w...

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by smallmj
Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 30+ Year Old Aircraft in Scheduled Passenger Service
Replies: 43
Views: 3871

Re: 30+ Year Old Aircraft in Scheduled Passenger Service

Some of those northern Canada 737-200s are still in service because the newer versions aren't equipped for gravel runways.

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by smallmj
Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Air Cuts U.S. Routes
Replies: 25
Views: 7225

Re: Flair Air Cuts U.S. Routes

Why's it so hard for airlines to get Canada right? Because transborder taxes can be insanely high, relative to the distances traveled. Thus you have high total-fares (arguably) suppressing the market, but the airlines aren't deriving high yields from them.... which is a big reason why powerful LoCo...

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by smallmj
Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many...whatevers...have you been to?
Replies: 17
Views: 1235

Re: How many...whatevers...have you been to?

PlymSpotter wrote:
I keep a list of girls I've dated.

Guess that's pretty unique around here... :duck:


My list is pretty short, but I've been married to #4 for 20 years now, so I'm doing fine.

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by smallmj
Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why do most trip reports (websites/youtube) feature only J or F class?
Replies: 10
Views: 1116

Re: Why do most trip reports (websites/youtube) feature only J or F class?

Because there is no room to hold a camera in today's Y class? ;)

But seriously, I've seen lots of Y class trip reports on Youtube lately. Several really good reviews of Canada's new ULCC's for example.

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by smallmj
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many...whatevers...have you been to?
Replies: 17
Views: 1235

Re: How many...whatevers...have you been to?

Okay, if you insist.

Canadian Provinces:
Newfoundland
Nova Scotia (Home)
Prince Edward Island
New Brunswick
Quebec
Ontario

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by smallmj
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many countries have you visited?
Replies: 36
Views: 1465

Re: How many countries have you visited?

My list is pretty short: Canada (Home) US Trinidad and Tobago Barbados??? (Stop on POS-YYZ flight in 1992, I think it was Barbados, anyone remember BWIA routes from 27 years ago? This one barely counts since I didn't get off the airplane) France Belgium Netherlands Senegal Hope to visit many more on...

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by smallmj
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many US states have you visited?
Replies: 91
Views: 6089

Re: How many US states have you visited?

When I was three we drove from Moncton, New Brunswick to Florida, so everything on the I-95 but I don't remember it very well. In my memory I've got Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, Florida, Virginia, and DC (though it isn't a state).

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by smallmj
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Cleanest Airlines in the world.
Replies: 8
Views: 937

Re: The Cleanest Airlines in the world.

Glad to see that Air Canada didn't buy their way on to this poll. That would have been a joke.

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by smallmj
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toronto Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 245
Views: 35014

Re: Toronto Aviation Thread - 2019

https://twitter.com/TomPodolec/status/1 ... 2604648454
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Tom Podolec just tweeted a picture of the new Jet Bridges in the transborder area.

https://twitter.com/TomPodolec/status/1 ... 2604648454

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by smallmj
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC and WS Lack of Flights Between Largest Canadian Areas
Replies: 40
Views: 6349

Re: AC and WS Lack of Flights Between Largest Canadian Areas

The sad fact is that there are only three large Canadian metropolitan areas. Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa are large-ish. All six of these places have year round non stop access on Air Canada, and at least seasonal non-stop on Westjet. The rest of these cities are ju...

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by smallmj
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any way to know what aircraft I was in for 1983 AC flights?
Replies: 7
Views: 564

Re: Any way to know what aircraft I was in for 1983 AC flights?

So if I asked for an Air Canada YYZ-POS flight in August of 1992 (probably a Saturday) then you could find that too? That was Air Canada's all Y, 229 seat 767-233ER used for low yield routes. AC 964 operated Mon/Tues/Thurs/Sat. On Saturdays it was a red-eye. Thanks. It was definitely a Saturday, I ...

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by smallmj
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any way to know what aircraft I was in for 1983 AC flights?
Replies: 7
Views: 564

Re: Any way to know what aircraft I was in for 1983 AC flights?

An odd hobby I acknowledge, but I have collected airline timetables all of my life. I have a copy of every single timetable published by Trans-Canada Air Lines / Air Canada from 1937 until they stopped printing them at the end of 2000. Seriously cool. So if I asked for an Air Canada YYZ-POS flight ...

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by smallmj
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any way to know what aircraft I was in for 1983 AC flights?
Replies: 7
Views: 564

Any way to know what aircraft I was in for 1983 AC flights?

Hi all, Is there any way to find out what sort of aircraft I took for some flights back in 1983? My first big plane trip was to Florida in March of 1983. I know we took Air Canada YHZ-YYZ-TPA on a Thursday. I'm pretty sure that the YHZ-YYZ leg was a narrowbody and the YYZ-TPA was a widebody. Is ther...

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by smallmj
Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many prop planes in your logbook??
Replies: 54
Views: 2547

Re: How many prop planes in your logbook??

Only two for me:

Air Nova Dash 8 100
Air Alliance Beechcraft/Raytheon 1900D

Might take a Q400 this summer.

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by smallmj
Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ERJ 175 Pilots bored out of their minds even on regional flights
Replies: 94
Views: 20988

Re: ERJ 175 Pilots bored out of their minds even on regional flights

Well a TPAC in a E175 would get pretty exciting after about five hours...

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by smallmj
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toronto Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 245
Views: 35014

Re: Toronto Aviation Thread - 2019

Four of the gates are already swing gates, meaning that they can be opened to either the international area or the transborder area.

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