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by smallmj
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your List Of Discontinued Routes You Have Flown
Replies: 109
Views: 7879

Re: Your List Of Discontinued Routes You Have Flown

My wife flew AMS-YHZ on a couple of different carriers.

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by smallmj
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your List Of Discontinued Routes You Have Flown
Replies: 109
Views: 7879

Re: Your List Of Discontinued Routes You Have Flown

Only one for me:

YHZ-YQB (had a quick stop in YQM) back in the 90s. Having to change in YUL means that driving is a more attractive option.

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by smallmj
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Is Your Dream Job?
Replies: 18
Views: 925

Re: What Is Your Dream Job?

Back in High School I wrote a little essay saying that my dream job was to be in the Canadian Senate. Good pay, limited number of actual working days. lifetime appointment to retirement at age 75, get to feel important without doing any work that actually matters... it is the perfect job. My teacher...

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by smallmj
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What former airports have you flown into?
Replies: 45
Views: 2135

Re: What former airports have you flown into?

Only one for me: DKR

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by smallmj
Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 109
Views: 23044

Re: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread - 2020

That would imply that the future of the MAX is very uncertain at AC at this time. If by June 30, according to their interpretation, the MAX problems have not been resolved, there's a good possibility that the MAX will be dead at AC, and AC will be turning elsewhere. That elsewhere may be the A321 o...

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by smallmj
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SZN announce DSS-GVA,STN
Replies: 22
Views: 2089

Re: Air Senegal announces Europe expansion with A321s

behramjee wrote:
v. Effective 26JUN, new 3 weekly nonstop flights to STN (London Stansted) will be using an A321 on Days 2/5/7 arriving into STN at 0625utc and departing back at 0750utc



STN? I really wish they would do LGW. Makes for much better connections from Canada.

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by smallmj
Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Whose 747’s have you flown?
Replies: 77
Views: 2061

Re: Whose 747’s have you flown?

Air Canada maybe. There were two times long ago when I took an AC widebody, but I honestly don't remember the type. The first was in March 1983 flying YYZ-TPA and a return TPA-YYZ. I was pretty young at the time so I don't remember the type, just that it was a widebody. The second was in August 1992...

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by smallmj
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 108497

Re: The WestJet Thread

I wonder if it would be worthwhile for Westjet to try to grow YUL in a couple of years, once the Air Canada/Transat merger is done and many flights from YUL skyrocket in price. That might create an environment where Westjet can make some inroads.

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by smallmj
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cross country propeller flights
Replies: 39
Views: 2290

Re: Cross country propeller flights

longhauler wrote:
smallmj wrote:
I wonder if this is possible in Canada using mostly regional carriers. We have A LOT of Q400s up here.

Easy peasey.

PD YYT-YHZ-YOW-YTZ
PD YTZ-YQT
WS YQT-YWG
WS YWG-YXE
WS YXE-YEG
AC YEG-YYC
AC YYC-YYJ

As you guessed, all are Q400s!


Thanks, I figured it could be done without much trouble.

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by smallmj
Tue Feb 04, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cross country propeller flights
Replies: 39
Views: 2290

Re: Cross country propeller flights

I wonder if this is possible in Canada using mostly regional carriers. We have A LOT of Q400s up here.

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by smallmj
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What former carriers have you flown?
Replies: 102
Views: 3270

Re: What former carriers have you flown?

Forgot BWIA in my earlier post.

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by smallmj
Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?
Replies: 90
Views: 4263

Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

I'm not to fond of the 727. Three engines at the back just looks ungainly to me. The L1011 and DC-10 looked much better to me, though the way the L1011 tail engine joins in to the fuselage doesn't look wonderful. The Dassault Falcon doesn't look very good to me either, since I'm talking about the tr...

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by smallmj
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you could visit any country tomorrow, what country would it be?
Replies: 66
Views: 3769

Re: If you could visit any country tomorrow, what country would it be?

Senegal, because it is warm and I'm truly hating Canadian Winter at the moment. Also to see my sister. Shame that YHZ-DSS takes at 16-26 hours to cover 5500 km direct.

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by smallmj
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What former carriers have you flown?
Replies: 102
Views: 3270

Re: What former carriers have you flown?

Eastern Provincial Airways
Canadian Airlines
Air Nova + a few other regional subsidiaries of Air Canada or Canadian
Canjet

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by smallmj
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LY 777 Diversion Halifax
Replies: 16
Views: 4516

Re: LY 777 Diversion Halifax

I'm suddenly reminded of the Cape Breton Liberation Army.

Down With The Causeway!

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by smallmj
Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pickering Airport Maybe A Reality After 2020 Decision/Report
Replies: 3
Views: 1383

Re: Pickering Airport Maybe A Reality After 2020 Decision/Report

So many questions... How is transit to the site? Is it possible to build a high speed rail link between the two airports? What would the target market be; cargo, low cost carriers, or luring Westjet and all of its partners? Would airline fees and Airport improvement fees be substantially less than P...

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by smallmj
Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 108497

Re: The WestJet Thread

I'm hoping that once the MAX flies again they'll announce YHZ-AMS, along with full codesharing with AF/KLM for flights in Europe. They don't seem to be interested in fully joining Skyteam, but closer ties with the certain Skyteam members would be nice.

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by smallmj
Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What do you think is the worst recently built airport terminal?
Replies: 38
Views: 2241

Re: What do you think is the worst recently built airport terminal?

Any airport that forces exposure to a perfume/cosmetics counter (usually in the forced duty free). Getting my eyes watering and my nose running just before a flight is not appreciated.

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by smallmj
Tue Dec 17, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most price-gouged air routes
Replies: 25
Views: 1796

Re: Most price-gouged air routes

Any short hop to a small town in Canada where Air Canada flies and Westjet does not will be somewhere in gouging territory. YHZ-YQY used to be crazy.

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by smallmj
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 296
Views: 81069

Re: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List

Just two flights for me this year last July:

Westjet: YHZ-YYZ
Swoop: YHM-YHZ

Maybe next year...

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by smallmj
Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with the worst weather
Replies: 14
Views: 1227

Re: Airports with the worst weather

YYZ doesn't have anywhere near the worst weather, but some might argue that they are the worst at handling it. Maybe because they are operating at capacity most of the time so there is no wiggle room.

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by smallmj
Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What routes would you like to see?
Replies: 49
Views: 2856

Re: What routes would you like to see?

YHZ-AMS - Westjet. This might happen with a MAX, if they ever fly again. It is the next logical MAX destination if WS decides to expand TATL from YHZ. YHZ-DSS - Anyone? This is the craziest of pipe dreams, but it would be convenient for my family (and probably no one else.) BOS-DSS or YUL-DSS would ...

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by smallmj
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines selling extremely tight airport connections
Replies: 45
Views: 10422

Re: Airlines selling extremely tight airport connections

For me it is all about the consequences and recovery options. If I am connecting on to a once a day long haul flight I will make sure that there is a good long connection time. If I am connecting on to a short hop with flights every hour or two then I don't mind a short connection since I know that ...

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by smallmj
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do airlines benefit from the StopOver offers?
Replies: 7
Views: 4503

Re: How do airlines benefit from the StopOver offers?

Some airlines offer it because it gives them a competitive advantage over the airlines that don't. All other things being equal, the option to have a stopover in an interesting place may bring extra ticket sales. edit: They also may have deals with nearby hotels to get a cut of the hotel bill, espec...

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by smallmj
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are TATL breakfast in Y so minimal?
Replies: 70
Views: 13595

Re: Why are TATL breakfast in Y so minimal?

The most pathetic breakfast TATL has to be on Air Canada YYZ-CDG. You get a slice of banana bread. That's one of the reasons I detest AC economy class and avoid it on TATL. I'm amazed that it took this long for the nuclear banana bread to come up. Foul. Last time I flew AC TATL the kids meal was a ...

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by smallmj
Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Senegal to launch flights from Dakar to Washington-Dulles
Replies: 39
Views: 7342

Re: Air Senegal to launch flights from Dakar to Washington-Dulles

bravotango75 wrote:
Just another 'vanity' route, frankly they should be serving BOS.


Is there a sizeable Senegalese community in BOS?

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by smallmj
Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most Underserved US TATL Markets
Replies: 35
Views: 7471

Re: Most Underserved US TATL Markets

How about BGR? I could drive to BGR to catch well priced TATL flights. :D

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by smallmj
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Senegal to launch flights from Dakar to Washington-Dulles
Replies: 39
Views: 7342

Re: Air Senegal to launch flights from Dakar to Washington-Dulles

alexdelzotto1 wrote:
I would have guessed YUL


I would love to see this, especially if they can partner with a Canadian airline to feed some connections. Though AC might counter with a Rouge flight on the same route.

If wishes were fishes....

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by smallmj
Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: West African Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 31686

Re: West African Aviation Thread - 2019

mapletux wrote:
Top destinations from selected airports in West Africa according to flightradar24.com

....


It would be interesting to see the number of seats per destination.

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by smallmj
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canadian lobster to China
Replies: 15
Views: 5112

Re: Canadian lobster to China

AC was running an A333 on YUL-YHZ-YUL not long ago. Lobster perhaps? Yes, they started that after downsizing the YHZ-LHR to a 737 MAX from a 767. They needed a way to get the Lobster in to the cargo system. It was timed to be an quick turn between A333 YUL TATL crossings. AC will often use their wi...

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by smallmj
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canadian lobster to China
Replies: 15
Views: 5112

Re: Canadian lobster to China

belly fully of Lobster! That plane is living my dream Not that big of a deal around here (Nova Scotia). Some years you can get lobster at McDonalds. It is available from countless food trucks. Back in the old days the poor kids would have lobster sandwiches at school. The rich kids had bologna.

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by smallmj
Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Change planes in YYZ: US - Europe
Replies: 7
Views: 2031

Re: Change planes in YYZ: US - Europe

I would normally never risk such a short connection on a short flight followed by a long flight. The consequences of a misconnect are too high. And given that AC has industry lagging OTP, the chances of a misconnect are higher than you'd think. I am more likely to risk it on long flight followed by ...

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by smallmj
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport concessions being moved airside
Replies: 24
Views: 3708

Re: Airport concessions being moved airside

Landside concessions are nice when dropping off teens or nervous flyers. Then one can spend some extra time with them before sending them through security. We did this last May with our daughter at YHZ.

Though I'll admit that situations like that are likely a small and decreasing minority.

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by smallmj
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most Painful Red Eye Flight of 2019?
Replies: 39
Views: 4727

Re: Most Painful Red Eye Flight of 2019?

The YHZ-KEF flights on Icelandair were timed for a pretty miserable red-eye. 21:30-04:45 with 4h15 flight time.

Of course the MAX issues killed the route.

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by smallmj
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The WestJet Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 108497

Re: The WestJet Thread

There are four main hubs where AC and WJ are battling in Canada. In three of them (YYZ, YUL, YVR), AC is the top dog. YYC is the closest fight between the two. Do you really think WestJet is battling for YUL? I think they're perfectly content with YEG being their #4. Westjet has mostly given up on ...

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by smallmj
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Potential TATL routes with the A220
Replies: 10
Views: 3118

Re: Potential TATL routes with the A220

I'm hoping for new TATL routes out of YHZ. There were new routes launched with the MAX, but the A220 might make more routes economical.

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by smallmj
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 395
Views: 53036

Re: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?

They seem well positioned for a long while in the 100+ seat market. Is it worth their while to try to dip down in to the regional jet/turboprop market?

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by smallmj
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Round the world using small airports
Replies: 11
Views: 1610

Re: Round the world using small airports

You could fly YEG-YHZ-GLA to get from Western North American to Europe. Don't know about the other legs though.

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by smallmj
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TATL route predictions
Replies: 21
Views: 2300

Re: TATL route predictions

upperdeckfan wrote:
TP will definitely open new TATL markets upon arrival of A319LR's


If they try Icelandair's model and do a scissor hub for Southern Europe and Africa then that could be very interesting.

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by smallmj
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TATL route predictions
Replies: 21
Views: 2300

Re: TATL route predictions

If the MAX ever get back in the air then I predict Westjet will start YHZ-AMS.

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by smallmj
Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus plans to open new A321neo assembly line in Toulouse
Replies: 73
Views: 4070

Re: Airbus studying an A321neo line in Toulouse

Are engines still a bottleneck with A320 NEO production?

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by smallmj
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines Flying Out of the "Wrong" Terminal
Replies: 9
Views: 1210

Re: Airlines Flying Out of the "Wrong" Terminal

Things might get interesting in YYZ if the Air Canada takeover of Air Transat is approved. There isn't much room at T1 for Transat's operations to join AC there.

AC says that they will run Transat separately so it shouldn't matter, but does anybody believe that will happen long term?

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by smallmj
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Multi-Airport-Cities: Which have you landed/departed at more than one airport?
Replies: 93
Views: 5768

Re: Multi-Airport-Cities: Which have you landed/departed at more than one airport?

This week I flew in to YYZ on Monday and out of YHM on Wednesday. Toronto and Hamilton aren't the same city, but they are both in the Golden Horseshoe area of Ontario.

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by smallmj
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United - connect in IAH, DEN, or ORD?
Replies: 10
Views: 1211

Re: United - connect in IAH, DEN, or ORD?

Depends on the time of year. A short connection in a snow-prone city might turn into a misconnect in December, but wouldn't be an issue in October.

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by smallmj
Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why is the Air France flight to Cape Town only 2x weekly!?
Replies: 16
Views: 2440

Re: Why is the Air France flight to Cape Town only 2x weekly!?

South Africa was a Dutch then an English colony. That's where the linguistic and tranditional ties are.

Why doesn't KLM fly to Dakar?

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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: 774

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: 1303

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: 3891

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: 13364

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: 1381

Re: What do you expect from Lounge staff?

I expect them to keep the rabble like me out.

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