I've been meaning to put a few TRs on here for a while, so here goes. I'll put this one up first ( six months after the fact )since AFAIK there aren't any reports into YKF
( Kitchener / Waterloo ) . It's been long enough that I forget most of the details, and this is my first report, so keep that in mind as you go through.
This is the return flight from my march break trip with my sister to visit family in Edmonton. I somehow convinced her to make a detour through YXE
on the way there (I'll put that in another TR
) and to return into YKF
The return was from YEG
, all on WS
737s. This being Canada, the ground still had a nice covering of snow and the air was quite cool both in Edmonton and Waterloo.
March 17 -- 2008
ETD - 10:10 MST
ETA - 10:54 MST
As usual, we checked-in online the day before to get some good seats for both the flights (this was before WS
started selling seat reservations).
Outside the terminal, looking south-ish
The a/c model display (I guess all of those airlines have flown to YEG
On arrival at the airport we tried to go for the traditional check-in line as it would have taken about half the time as the bag drop-off, but the line agent herded us over to the longer line. Oh well, it was only five minutes anyways.
The check-in area (after we went through)
After check-in we looked around and spent a few minutes in the observation lounge (not bad for resting pre-security, but the views aren't that great and it's horrible for photography) before saying goodbye to our family there and heading through the short security line. I don't think that I've ever had to spend more than five minutes to get through security in YEG
. Although they did do an extra check this time on my bad with the wipes [do any of you know what they are checking for?] that wasn't too intrusive.
The pre-security observation area -- better for waving to family than a/c spotting
Some a/c photos while I waited:
First Air/s 732 with nice tail art:
Air Malta??? In YEG
??? Nope. Skyservice leased it (confused me until I saw the Skyservice titles)
Canadian North 732 Passenger
I see dirty glass! Our gate before the a/c arrived.
The older North Terminal Gate area -- not as open as AC
's end, but I just as nice.
Who says LCCs don't have hubs?
has a fair number of shops and cafes, but as always everything but Tim Hortons is overpriced (and so the line for Timmy's is always a good ten minutes long). Our aircraft showed up at G16 at 9:33. Boarding started fifteen minutes later after the usual short WS
turnaround and we got on a few minutes later. Due to the light load (~75 people) general boarding was called all at once, and people just went up when the line was short enough. It was surprisingly organized for a 'free-for-all' boarding.
After claiming our seats in the second row I notice my bag going up into the fore baggage hold. From what I could see from the tags going in there all of the connecting bags were placed up front.
Inside, looking at row 1
Just before pushback the pilots made a short announcement with the basic flight info (40 minutes at FL270) and the F/As made their introductions. And as always, the french info. and safety briefings were pre-recorded. We pushed back at 10:09 am at the end of the WS
bank. We waited at Rwy. 20 for a snowy WS
take-off and then departed for YYC
During the climb
Anyone know where this is?
Inflight service was shortened as we only spent 7 minutes at cruising altitude (according the the moving map on the PTVs). The flight attendants made a quick pass with coffee and water only which took up the greater part of the flight. Then we were descending towards Calgary with the Rockies on our right.
The line-up for 28
We made a nice landing at 10:53 am on Rwy. 28 at YYC
and taxiied to gate D48, right at the end of another WS
Parked at D48
The end of D Pier
ETD: 12:15 MST
ETA: 17:51 EST
My sister and I took a walk around the D pier and settled for lunch at Sbarro (pizza) in the food court.
The view during lunch
Our aircraft arrived at gate D40 just after 11:30 am so we proceeded over to the (very full) gate area.
Boarding started at noon -- with three desks open it went fast in the terminal but we had a five minute wait in the jet bridge. It turns out that this was originally the dual-bridge, but the entrance to the OTW section was boarded up.
On board we took seats in row three. The pilot Larry Shaffer and co-pilot David Kniefer announced a planned flight time of 3hr 3min at FL390 and warned us of expected turbulence on departure -- useful info. The doors were closed right on time and the engines started a few minutes later (after pushback).
We took off Rwy. 28 after a ten minute taxi, and quickly passed the turbulence that we were warned of.
Service in the air was good, consisting of a drink and snack (more than on AC
mainline) once at altitude and another a couple of hours later. My sis. and I kept ourselves amused with the PTVs, although I ended up reading and looking out the window most of the time since there isn't much good daytime TV
(The advantage to AVOD). The moving map is also quite useful, although it doesn't always work...
Another mystery airport -- looks to be a CF base
Fun with my new polarizer
The (working) moving map
And the malfunctioning moments
As we neared YKF
the clouds came in and obscured the view -- this seems to always be the case in Ontario, especially YYZ
. Just before descent, the co-pilot made a brief announcement and warned of some more possible turbulence (although it never happened this time).
Coming into YKF
We touched down on Rwy. 07 at 17:36 local, and we were off the plane by 17:44, a few minutes ahead of schedule. They brought the stairs out for us, and I was surprised to see bare metal frames waiting at the stand -- unlike the nice covered stairs found all over Europe.
It's not that important, but it doesn't make the airport look any better. As we got off I could see many people standing over by a fence to the left of the terminal -- only at a small airport!
Terminal - exerior views
The only arrival area
After a short walk outside we came in through the unstaffed immigration desks [I wonder what happens if an international flight arrives at the same time?]. The domestic baggage claim was still under construction at the time. So, we were waiting by the carousel for a good fifteen minutes for our bags - it seemed to be a long wait, but really wasn't that bad.
Westjet is a good airline, although they don't seem so different from Air Canada anymore. The crew from YYC
wasn't as enthusiastic as the one out of YEG
, but they were still OK
. I have to say I was annoyed at being sent to the longer line in YEG
, since most of the time they don't care, but other than that everything went well. WS
even seems to have their own staff at YKF
-- not outsourcing at a 1-flight-per-day station is impressive. Both flights were on-time and the connection was quite easy.
As for YKF
, I think it will be a very nice small airport when finished. I enjoy deplaning onto the tarmac, although I wouldn't like it so much if it were raining. The wait for bags was a pain, especially since the a/c was so close, but apart from that it's a good airport. The check-in area is nice, although with the arrivals in there too it gets a bit squished.
Outside it's a good building, with a short walk to $1/hour parking, a flight school and cafe on the other side of the parking lot.
Good views of the runway by climbing on piles of snow in the parking lot too. Seems to have a mismatched nose.
Edited for Times
[Edited 2008-10-17 19:37:49]