This was from a trip i took 3 years ago. I had written it up, but forgot to post it --
Over the summer we decided to go on an Alaska cruise. After looking at different options mainly from SEA and YVR, we eventually decided on YVR. Once we had that settled, we had to choose our flights. We decided on AC through YYZ on the way there, and UA through ORD on the way back. On the day of the flight we got to the airport around 9am, for our 10:45am departure. At SYR, Air Canada has their own check in counter. For many years they shared a counter with AA. Considering the flight was on a Beech 1900, only a few other people at the counter were checking in. We got checked in, and went through security. We got to the gate at 9:45am. Shortly after we got to the gate, an announcement was made that our flight was delayed since our plane had yet to depart YYZ, they also added they did not know why the plane had not taken off. Eventually the plane took off, and they updated our departure time to 12:05pm.
July 6, 2016
Air Canada opb Air Georgian
SYR - YYZ
Scheduled Departure 10:45am
Actual Departure 12:19pm
Scheduled Arrival 12:00pm
Actual Arrival 1:09pm
Flight Time- 50 minutes
As soon as our plane pulled up, they started making announcements for boarding. There was only about 10 people booked on the flight. I was looking forward to this flight, as I had never been on a flight with a plane this small. The smallest planes I had been up to this point were either the Dash 8-200, or the Saab 340. On this plane there was no door to the cockpit, so you could see out the front window through the entire flight. There was no FA on this flight. The FO stood outside as we boarded, and he closed the door. Lastly before he went into the cockpit, he pointed out the emergency exit and all of the emergency equipment on the plane.
Once the door was closed, the engines were started and we taxied to runway 28. We were #2 for takeoff, behind an E145 to ORD. Once we were in the air, we made a straight line towards YYZ, and climbed up to 16,000ft. Since there was no FA, there was no service that was done. Sitting next to the engine, made for a loud flight. We began our descent about 15 minutes before landing.
Taxing by N931DL, which was delayed 2 hours to ATL
Descending into YYZ
Taxing to the gate
Once we landed, we had about a 10 minute taxi to the gate. It was a decent flight. It was cool to be able to see into the cockpit, while we were in the air. After deplaning, we had a long walk to immigration. When we got there, the line was long and it took a while to get through. Eventually we were able to head to our gate, that our YVR flight was leaving from.
July 6, 2016
Air Canada 147
Scheduled Departure 3:10pm
Actual Departure 3:43pm
Scheduled Arrival 5:15pm
Actual Arrival 5:18pm
Flight Time- 4 hours 35 minutes
It was a full flight to YVR. The boarding process what somewhat chaotic. There were not many announcements made, everyone just boarded at the same time. Once everyone was onboard the door was closed. The CA made an announcement that a plane was blocking our push, and that we should be pushing within 5 minutes. We ended up waiting at the gate for over 20 minutes, before we finally pushed.
After takeoff the flight attendants came through the cabin with drinks that were free, and meals were for purchase. All of the flight attendants except for one were all very friendly. They came through the cabin multiple times with drinks, and to collect trash. The plane had PTV’s and wi-fi, which made the flight go by pretty quickly. About an hour before landing the flight attendants came through with one more service. Once this was completed, we began our descent into YVR. The CA made an announcement letting us know the arrival gate, and that it was a nice afternoon in Vancouver. There were clear skies and the temperature was 68 degrees. We landed on 26R at 5:18pm, and arrived at the gate a few minutes later.
Climbing out of YYZ
Descending into YVR
C-GJWN, preparing for the flight back to YYZ
We spent 1 day in Vancouver. The following day we left on the cruise, that would go up to Alaska. It made several stops on the way. All really cool places, and lots of really beautiful scenery. After the cruise we spent a few days in Alaska, before flying out of Fairbanks.
Getting ready to board our sea plane
The night before our flight, we stayed at a hotel near FAI airport.
N67171 taxing out for the redeye to MSP
AS to ANC
UA to ORD, this is the flight I was taking the following night
AS arriving from SEA at 11pm and it is still light out!
The next day our flight was not scheduled to leave until 8:30pm. The shuttle from the hotel left at 5:30pm. There were several people from our cruise who had been at the same hotel as us. A lot of people were flying out the same night. The airport was small, and only had flights to ANC, MSP, ORD and SEA. The flights all seemed to be full, as there were long lines at both the UA and DL counters. Check in took a long time. They were UA agents working at the counter, but they seemed to be confused by the computers.They all kept asking each other questions. They each spent several minutes with each person. Once we finally had dropped our bags, we went through security. The line for security also moved quite slowly. TSA had to repeatedly remind people to take out their laptops, liquids etc. One woman must not have flown any time recently, as she was confused as to why she had to take off her shoes. She was adamant that she would not take them off, and finally TSA made her get out of line. Once we were through security we checked out the limited options for dinner, before the 5 hour overnight flight to Chicago.
July 19, 2016
Scheduled Departure 8:28pm
Actual Departure 8:29pm
Scheduled Arrival 5:20am
Actual Arrival 4:35am
Flight Time- 5 hours 6 minutes
Our plane arriving from ORD
Boarding began at 7:45pm. Despite the full flight, boarding was pretty fast. Everyone was onboard and we were ready to go 15 minutes early. The CA welcomed us aboard and mentioned the route we would be flying, and the weather. He said it should be a smooth flight to Chicago. He also said that due to some favorable winds he was expecting a short flight, only 5 hours and 5 minutes. After this the door was closed, and we pushed back a few minutes later. Once the engines were started, we had a quick taxi to 20R. After the safety demo was done, they played a video about the united credit card. It was still playing when we taxied on to the runway, and started our takeoff roll. Once we were in the air, the pilots checked in with departure. ATC said, we could turn left or right. The pilots said “whatever way is more scenic”, and with that we started a left turn and climbed up to FL330.
Once we leveled off the flight attendants came through the cabin with drinks and snacks. This was different then any other redeye flight I had been on. We took off and it was still light outside. The further east we flew the darker it got. It did not get fully dark until 3 hours into the flight, and was still dark when we landed at O’Hare.
Later in the flight, we climbed up to FL350
About an hour before landing, flight attendants came through with drinks again. Shortly after this we started our descent into ORD. We had a firm touchdown on 9L at 4:35am, 45 minutes ahead of schedule. After a quick taxi, we arrived at gate B11 a few minutes later. After waiting for 10 minutes the CA made an announcement, that they were looking for someone to connect the jetway. He said it should only be a few more minutes. It took another 10 minutes until we finally started to deplane.
We had a little over 2 hours until our flight to SYR was scheduled to depart. After getting some breakfast, we headed to our gate to wait for boarding.
N76504 preparing for a 6:00am departure to CLE
July 20, 2016
United Express opb ExpressJet
ORD - SYR
Scheduled Departure 7:02am
Actual Departure 7:11am
Scheduled Arrival 10:00am
Actual Arrival 9:40am
Flight Time- 1 hour 29 minutes
N34110 arriving from CMH
The grasshopper stayed on my window until we started our takeoff roll
Once everyone was onboard, we waited for about 10 minutes for the door to be closed. The only flight attendant on the plane did a safety demo to a recording. Once we were up in the air, she came through with snacks and drinks.
Climbing out of ORD
We started our descent about 15 minutes before landing. Flying a left downwind, before landing to the west on runway 28 at 9:40am. We arrived at gate 21 a few minutes later.
N34110 preparing for the flight back to ORD
I especially enjoyed the flight from SYR-YYZ on the Beechcraft 1900. It was definitely a unique experience. The United flights were decent, typical domestic flights. It was also different flying on a redeye, that departed while it was light out, and landed while it was dark. Overall it was a good trip to Alaska!