As far as the D goes, I would say nearly all of them. Outside the Canadian cities served nonstop (YYZ
), there is almost no human settlement, so there ain't nowhere else to go. There's maybe Peg City and that's it. And no-one flies AC
to the US from Europe, Delta et al can do it nonstop. When I worked in the travel industry, I don't think I ever sold a single seat to the US on Air Canada. As far as the O goes, admittedly a lot of pax transit LHR
heading for Canada, mostly from India and the ME. Fly in on RJ
, ME, PK
et al onto Air Canada - sure.
Interesting that Air Canada are beating the crap out of BA
. I've been to Canada three times, all in 2005, and flew BA
(Air Transat). Since I'm not fussed about legroom, I would put AC
on a par, Air Canada have the same lack of IFE and so-so service as Air Transat, I couldn't tell the difference. In fact I would say the cabin crew on TS
were friendlier. However BA
ranked head and shoulders above both Canadian carriers - better service, classier interiors, personal IFE, amenity kit etc. I'm going back in a couple of weeks and it's BA
fer shore. Doing some Air Canada shorthaul (LGA
) and it'll be good, but across the pond I fly the flag, they're more experienced, have nice planes (777, 747) and it's a better experience.
In fact (and sorry to go on so), Air Canada and Air Transat have put me off Airbus for long haul, our Air Transat A310 had to make a "quick return" emergency landing after takeoff from Gatwick, and on the way home we hit some really wacky Clear Air Turbulence. It wasn't particularly violent but in clear air we nosed over, quite smoothly but it kept going down
, it wasn't a jolt that stopped as quickly as it started, it was a smooth and continuous over-the-hump pitch change that really unnerved me. It sounds slightly dramatic but I was in the cockpit of a Cathay Pacific 747 going into Kai Tak that had a runaway autopilot (albeit the crew were half-expecting it cos of an out-of-service VOR so it wasn't too mental), and it happened when I was in the right seat of a Piper Aztec in Germany once, and that was what it felt like on the TS
A310. Air Canada's A330 from LHR
a few months later was frankly terrifying - we lifted off (after a loooooong
takeoff roll) and the airframe let out some creaks and groans the likes of which I've never heard on a plane before, thank god. It subsided and the flight was OK
, my expectations of the service on my first AC
flight were not high in the first place. But those noises left me wondering if I should make a phonecall. The A319 is the most solid and gorgeous short and medium hauler in the sky, but the Canadians have put me off the Airbus longhaulers for the time being (yet to fly on an A340-500, they look niiiice).
Also, let's face it, Canadian airlines and twin widebodies has not proved a happy combination, given the number of times they seem to star in Seconds From Disaster episodes on Discovery Wings. Eh?
(As a final note, may I say that I am a huge fan of Canada, it's one of my favourite places and I don't wish to be seen to be taking the piss, but I do wish their national airline was better. AC
isn't a disgrace, service is maybe a fraction nicer than US carriers and they're reasonably pro if you overlook the world's only two times twin widebodies have run out of fuel in midflight. But since Canada is such a nice place, why can't they have an airline like Cathay Pacific or Swissair?)