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by steveinbc
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 777 diversion into YVR?
Replies: 3
Views: 1456

UA 777 diversion into YVR?

Anyone know why a United Airlines 777 is showing departing YVR for IAD right now? There are no scheduled IAD flights from YVR and I've never seen a UA 777 in here before. It's UA804.

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by steveinbc
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat in Asia
Replies: 8
Views: 2047

Re: Air Transat in Asia

There's such competition on YVR and Western Canada airports to China, Taiwan and Japan that I could only really see them focusing in on vacation destinations like Bali. But I'm a fan of Air Transat especially their Club Transat on the A330.

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by steveinbc
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Is BA's Africa Network So Relatively Limited?
Replies: 52
Views: 10064

Re: Why Is BA's Africa Network So Relatively Limited?

Maybe I'm speaking out of turn here. But when I was planning a trip to Mali with my work I was surprised it was served daily from Paris CDG. I was informed that the French government heavily subsidizes these routes as part of their francophone aid budget. Maybe similar subsidies with Germany? BA wou...

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by steveinbc
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with most/ least holding patterns
Replies: 7
Views: 677

Re: Airports with most/ least holding patterns

DXB can be unbelievably long. JFK during thunderstorms can be an hour plus

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by steveinbc
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with most/ least holding patterns
Replies: 7
Views: 677

Re: Airports with most/ least holding patterns

DXB can be unbelievably long. JFK during thunderstorms can be an hour plus

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by steveinbc
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the ME3 become irrelevant?
Replies: 63
Views: 8395

Re: Will the ME3 become irrelevant?

In my view the ME3 has been successful because they have unflinching political and financial support from their governments, airports can operate 24 hours and expand without too many issues, fuel is heavily subsidized, new fleets and cutting edge interiors are attractive, they fly to many secondary ...

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by steveinbc
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best and worst coach class food experiences
Replies: 16
Views: 1505

Re: Best and worst coach class food experiences

Worst: had to be Air Canada economy rom SYD to YVR. It was truly inedible and I ended up eating almost all the Aussie snacks I had brought in my backpack as gifts for friends...uugghh
Best: it has to be Air India or Air France. Both serve truly excellent coach food

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by steveinbc
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most unique long-haul movement(s) at your local airport
Replies: 79
Views: 8555

Re: Most unique long-haul movement(s) at your local airport

There are lots of long hauls especially Pacific locations from Vancouver YVR. However although not scheduled we regularly see a French Air Force A340 stop here on its way to Papeete. That's quite cool. Aside from that we must have 8 or 9 different Chinese carriers heading to multiple cities across C...

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by steveinbc
Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: QF blunderously denied UK couple boarding flight to PEK for ignorance of China's 144-hour transit visa-free policy
Replies: 18
Views: 3140

Re: QF blunderously denied UK couple boarding flight to PEK for ignorance of China's 144-hour transit visa-free policy

It's an interesting read. My work means myself and quite a few members of our team head to and fro monthly to NZ and have been doing so for over 16 months. Many fly through Australia to get to NZ and vv. Not wishing to jump on the bash QANTAS bandwagon but from our team's experience we have multiple...

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by steveinbc
Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow T1 fittings for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 486

Re: Heathrow T1 fittings for sale

Oops this appears to be old news and I will try to delete.

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by steveinbc
Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow T1 fittings for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 486

Heathrow T1 fittings for sale

According to the Daily Telegraph in the UK. Heathrow is selling all its furnishings and fittings by auction as they renovate the terminal. They're selling everything from signage, 110 check in desks, customs desks, information boards, chairs, clocks and almost everything that can be unbolted! All to...

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by steveinbc
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Strange 5th Freedom Routes
Replies: 32
Views: 3485

Re: Strange 5th Freedom Routes

From Vancouver.
Phillipines YVR LAS and YVR JFK and YVR YYZ
Cathay YVR JFK
China Eastern YVR MEX
Korean YVR GDL (freight)

Of course Australia to NZ have a dozen or so:
Emirates, LATAM, Qatar , Etihad, China Eastern etc

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by steveinbc
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft runs over mans foot.
Replies: 12
Views: 2872

Re: Aircraft runs over mans foot.

Maybe it's the Russians trying to get back at the UK following the expulsion of their diplomats over the spy poisoning incident. Or it could have been an accident. Joking aside. I can't imagine how you could get your foot under an aircraft wheel unless you fell and the pilot taxied without permissio...

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by steveinbc
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways - Seat selection
Replies: 3
Views: 422

Re: British Airways - Seat selection

Hi. I would suggest you look at seatguru and have a clear idea of your first second and third choice seat pairs and check in as soon as the 24 hour period lifts. Sadly I ended up completely cancelling my A380/B767 return this summer for YVR-LHR-FCO because of this. I booked Air Canada for the same p...

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by steveinbc
Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC A330 Fleet News and Updates Discussion Thread
Replies: 355
Views: 96402

Re: Air Canada will add 4 more A330-300s in 2019

Hi all. I believe that AC assigns all its A330 fleet to YUL. If that's the case with these then they will likely be expanding transatlantic routes from there. I'm wondering what J cabin they will incorporate for the new ones because currently they all have the 'classic pod" which I actually pre...

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by steveinbc
Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dep/Arr Airports you've flown with one letter difference
Replies: 54
Views: 2483

Dep/Arr Airports you've flown with one letter difference

Hi guys. Just returned yesterday from PVR (Puerto Vallarta) to YVR (Vancouver) my home town. When I looked at my boarding pass it started me thinking if is ever flown other routes with one letter difference and I couldn't readily think of one. Any of you guys flown a one letter difference route? By ...

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by steveinbc
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why no flights between major cities in Ireland?
Replies: 27
Views: 3445

Re: Why no flights between major cities in Ireland?

I remember when the rules meant all transatlantic flights had to go through Shannon when leaving Ireland (similar to Scotland had to leave via Prestwick). There used to be daily services from Belfast (BFS) to Shannon usually with a BAC1-11 and occasionally with a B747 or B707. Aahh..those were the d...

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by steveinbc
Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Current Airports with the greatest regular variety of scheduled Commercial Aircraft
Replies: 5
Views: 736

Re: Current Airports with the greatest regular variety of scheduled Commercial Aircraft

My guess would be that MIA must be right up there. It always amazes me the variety of aircraft there.

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by steveinbc
Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: fantasy BA...
Replies: 7
Views: 1375

Re: fantasy BA...

I think BA needs senior management that truly believes that pleasing the customer is the key to loyal passengers and success. Currently they have inconsistent policies which flip flop between full service and LCC type policies. You can get great fares on BA with a decent service and connections that...

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by steveinbc
Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's happened to pre-flight music on Lufthansa?
Replies: 5
Views: 938

Re: What's happened to pre-flight music on Lufthansa?

Air New Zealand always plays music when on boarding and off deplaning. They even play music in their washrooms on their triple sevens...which is always a surprise when you struggle half awake during the night and then you have pop music playing in your ears when you push open the bifold door.

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by steveinbc
Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Spotters group
Replies: 4
Views: 1676

Re: Spotters gropup

I think that is a great idea. Maybe give the best places at your local airport for view g and some good local tips for photography or best times. I'm at YVR Vancouver International. The best place to view is at the eastern end of the runways which has plenty of places for cars to park and see the la...

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by steveinbc
Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Norway announces 25% increase in whaling quota
Replies: 15
Views: 849

Norway announces 25% increase in whaling quota

BBC news reported that Norway announced a 25% increase in its whaling quota this year to approximately 1,300 whales. To me that's an astonishing number of whales to kill and I don't understand in this day and age the need for traditional whale products like oils and blubber. I wonder if there will b...

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by steveinbc
Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Graph: Top 30 Hub Airports Worldwide by Connecting Passengers 2015, YoY Growth & Connecting Passenger Share
Replies: 10
Views: 2492

Re: Graph: Top 30 Hub Airports Worldwide by Connecting Passengers 2015, YoY Growth & Connecting Passenger Share

Thanks for posting this. I love these sorts of stats. Instinctively some of the rankings don't appear to make sense to me. For example I can't see how Heathrow connecting passengers ranking and percentages and actual numbers is below Amsterdam, Frankfurt for exanple given LHR is the busiest airport ...

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by steveinbc
Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Graph: Top 30 Hub Airports Worldwide by Connecting Passengers 2015, YoY Growth & Connecting Passenger Share
Replies: 10
Views: 2492

Re: Graph: Top 30 Hub Airports Worldwide by Connecting Passengers 2015, YoY Growth & Connecting Passenger Share

Thanks for posting this. I love these sorts of stats. Instinctively some of the rankings don't appear to make sense to me. For example I can't see how Heathrow connecting passengers ranking and percentages and actual numbers is below Amsterdam, Frankfurt for exanple given LHR is the busiest airport ...

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by steveinbc
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is the route map dead?
Replies: 37
Views: 6276

Re: Is the route map dead?

What a great thread. I love maps and thanks for the posters who provided the two website links....ive now spent over an hour playing with them! As an aside I remember as a teenager heading through Piccadilly in London and seeing all the airline travel offices each of which had a huge route map on th...

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by steveinbc
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat's plans with their A333 fleet?
Replies: 24
Views: 6728

Re: Air Transat's plans with their A333 fleet?

It will be interesting to see how significant competition (for Canada anyhow) in the long range market will affect prices and new routes. Air Canada is adding 787s and even 737 Max (east coast Europe capable) focusing on international long hauls for expansion. Westjet is adding 787s with its first r...

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by steveinbc
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Visiting the cockpit
Replies: 24
Views: 2641

Re: Visiting the cockpit

Im sure that no American airline is permitted to let anyone into the cockpit when in flight. It will need to be prior or after flight. Most likely after since prior is usually hectic. From my experience a polite word to the purser during a quieter period of the flight will get you in when you land. ...

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by steveinbc
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Naked passenger ANC to SEA causes cancellation
Replies: 6
Views: 1803

Re: Naked passenger ANC to SEA causes cancellation

Case proven I think

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by steveinbc
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Naked passenger ANC to SEA causes cancellation
Replies: 6
Views: 1803

Re: Naked passenger ANC to SEA causes cancellation

Ha. I love A-netters and the consistent desire to nitpick. Certainly encourages people to post.

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by steveinbc
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Naked passenger ANC to SEA causes cancellation
Replies: 6
Views: 1803

Naked passenger ANC to SEA causes cancellation

https://www.google.ca/amp/www.dailymail ... round.html
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Appears some lady decided to get naked and lock herself in the bathroom and refuse to come out on am Anchorage to Seattle flight last night.

https://www.google.ca/amp/www.dailymail ... round.html

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by steveinbc
Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Rouge 767 stuck in HNL
Replies: 4
Views: 2184

Re: Air Canada Rouge 767 stuck in HNL

They flew in a B772 from Hawaii this morning as AC 2134. AC34 is the SYD to YVR and I'm wondering if they scheduled a stop on the Australian flight or this was a dedicated flight.

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by steveinbc
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is motion sickness common on planes like a Boeing 777?
Replies: 17
Views: 2407

Re: Is motion sickness common on planes like a Boeing 777?

I hope you continue your journey to Canada. Im assuming its the AC 33/34 SYD to YVR. What you might want is to select a more central seat near the wing area and be at an aisle so you can go to the washroom if needed without delays. I would recommend telling the purser when you board of your anxiety ...

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by steveinbc
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: ATH to AMS airline question
Replies: 27
Views: 2209

Re: ATH to AMS airline question

Theres no doubt that Aegean hs the better service. Its also a Star Alliance member so you can earn points and if you have the atatus use the lounges and select preferred seats. KLM is solid but nothing special in my view.

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by steveinbc
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Off to Tel Aviv tomorrow 12/10: UA90 aboard 77W
Replies: 10
Views: 882

Re: Off to Tel Aviv tomorrow 12/10: UA90 aboard 77W

I've been a regular visitor (4-5 times per year) for the past 7 or 8 years and I honestly don't think you want 4 days in Jerusalem. I would suggest two days maximum avoiding a Friday if possible since the city is packed with worshippers on that day. In Jerusalem I would see the wailing wall, take an...

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by steveinbc
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SEA fog diversions into YVR today?
Replies: 2
Views: 1054

Re: SEA fog diversions into YVR today?

Thanks costc....interesting list heading to PDX

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by steveinbc
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SEA fog diversions into YVR today?
Replies: 2
Views: 1054

SEA fog diversions into YVR today?

Just saw Emirates flight 229 land at YVR a few minutes ago. We have no EK service - I see it's a diversion from SEA. I assume it's the heavy fog in Seattle causing this. Anyhow, a pleasant surprise On further FR24 investigation. It seemed to have done a three loop circuit of the southern tip of Vanc...

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by steveinbc
Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 'Dove' A319s finally getting repainted
Replies: 30
Views: 8272

Re: BA 'Dove' A319s finally getting repainted

Talking of retro jets it would be awesome to see the four main airlines' liveries that were amalgamated in 1974. BOAC, BEA, Northeast and Cambrian. For good measure they could throw in the two airlines they swallowed up on the way....British Caledonian and British Midland. How cool would that be? I ...

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by steveinbc
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Busiest Country Pairs
Replies: 8
Views: 1631

Re: Busiest Country Pairs

http://www.anna.aero/2016/11/16/biggest ... -revealed/
The surprise I guess is U.K /Spain being so large
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According to the link most guesses are pretty accurate
http://www.anna.aero/2016/11/16/biggest ... -revealed/
The surprise I guess is U.K /Spain being so large

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by steveinbc
Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face
Replies: 71
Views: 11662

Re: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face

Seems par for the course for French hospitality. :rotfl:

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by steveinbc
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: A Tale Of Two Presidents
Replies: 21
Views: 1037

Re: A Tale Of Two Presidents

If anything, this reflects very badly on the hosts. Who allows a visiting head of state to wander in the wrong direction? Shows the lack of courtesy and respect for the visitor in my view

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by steveinbc
Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada and the A340-500?
Replies: 36
Views: 11085

Re: Air Canada and the A340-500?

Noise wrote:
Did the A340-500 ever fly YVR-SYD?

No. The YYZ-YVR-SYD service has always been operated by a B772
I flew multiple times the YVR-LHR service on the A340 and it was such a quiet and spacious aircraft 'up front'. I was always happy to be on one.

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by steveinbc
Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: ANZ best Airpoints for $ spent
Replies: 0
Views: 211

ANZ best Airpoints for $ spent

Hi. I'm just 170 Airpoints away from becoming Elite with ANZ. Anyone know a site or have suggestions about how to gain a couple of hundred points at a relatively inexpensive routing? Leaving ex NZ.
Thanks
Steve

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by steveinbc
Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Severely impaired" Captain arrested in Calgary
Replies: 49
Views: 9047

Re: "Severely impaired" Captain arrested in Calgary

I think that the poor man had to be in Calgary, Regina and Winnipeg in the same day that drove him to it! Before all the complaints - this was a light hearted comment Thanks

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by steveinbc
Sun Dec 25, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air Canada's new bidding system for upgrades
Replies: 11
Views: 5040

Re: Air Canada's new bidding system for upgrades

Just as an aside. I will let you know if I get an upgrade purchase offer when I check in - it will be interesting to see what they will be asking for a guaranteed seat 24 hours in advance. Hi. I checked in for my Boxing Day flight this morning and an upgrade purchase was being offered for $120. Tha...

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by steveinbc
Fri Dec 23, 2016 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which domestic route around the world sees most wide body aircraft?
Replies: 27
Views: 5832

Re: Which domestic route around the world sees most wide body aircraft?

Air Canada has 17 dailies each way between Vancouver and Toronto in the summer and eight of them are widebodies (763, 788 789 772, 773)

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by steveinbc
Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air Canada's new bidding system for upgrades
Replies: 11
Views: 5040

Re: Air Canada's new bidding system for upgrades

Just as an aside. I will let you know if I get an upgrade purchase offer when I check in - it will be interesting to see what they will be asking for a guaranteed seat 24 hours in advance.

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by steveinbc
Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: ANZ Airpoints Vs AC Aeroplan
Replies: 0
Views: 223

ANZ Airpoints Vs AC Aeroplan

I am Super Elite AC Aeroplan but will drop down to 50k Gold next year because of a change in travel this year. However, I a a million miler and have gold for life (hence lounge access and free checks bags and some other minor privileges). Next year I will be travelling to NZ from YVR approximately m...

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by steveinbc
Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Help, please: Air Canada DH8C bin size question
Replies: 4
Views: 596

Re: Help, please: Air Canada DH8C bin size question

Personally I would ask the check. In desk and then the flight attendant for it to be put in the crew locker. They should do that for you.

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by steveinbc
Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air Canada's new bidding system for upgrades
Replies: 11
Views: 5040

Re: Air Canada's new bidding system for upgrades

I just received an bid email from AC for YVR-YYC - a flight of about one hour The minimum bid was $95 and was considered a "poor" offer by the bid indicator Given you are only at cruising altitude for 40 minutes - forget it! I have successfully bid ElAl on a B747/B777 LHR/TLV/LHR several t...

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by steveinbc
Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Wintering hummingbirds
Replies: 3
Views: 280

Re: Wintering hummingbirds

I didn't know they would stay year round where there is snow. I live in the San Francisco bay area and I've been keeping a steady stream of customers all winter for about four years; this year is ridiculous, I have about 30 regulars, maybe more, there's always three or four at the feeders. I never ...

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