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Old Posted Apr 8, 2012, 4:17 PM
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Thanks Bigtime, I thought it was cargo flight as I know that we don't have any regular 747 pax flights here, but how did you know that?
     
     
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Old Posted Apr 9, 2012, 2:57 PM
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Thanks Bigtime, I thought it was cargo flight as I know that we don't have any regular 747 pax flights here, but how did you know that?
Go to Flightaware.com punch up live tracking for YYC and see the recent arrivals or en-route to lists, just look for the 747's and you can click on it and find out what airline and where it was coming from.
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Old Posted Apr 9, 2012, 2:58 PM
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It appears as though the new ATC tower has reached the cab portion, probably a few more weeks and it will be a full height.
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Can I just say that UA to/from Chicago in the CRJ is a fucking nightmare? Seats are horrid, no galley so no hot food even in biz but not even a bag of pretzels in coach for an almost 4-hour flight, not even overhead entertainment- the 319 to ORD was actually not that bad in comparison, at least they had overhead screens and food to buy on board. All of which was compounded by the fact that this ticket was more expensive than the flight I took to LONDON two weeks ago. Short notice to visit mom who's been sick.

I despise US carriers so much. SOOOOO much.
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Old Posted Apr 9, 2012, 5:06 PM
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Today's AC 212/219 (YVR - YYC - YVR) operation with 777-300ER, big enough eh?
     
     
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Old Posted Apr 9, 2012, 5:14 PM
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It appears as though the new ATC tower has reached the cab portion, probably a few more weeks and it will be a full height.
Yes Bigtime..... I took this picture few days ago after unwrapping the tarp.

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Old Posted Apr 9, 2012, 5:53 PM
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Yes Bigtime..... I took this picture few days ago after unwrapping the tarp.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/3010077...in/photostream

Could be an interesting advertising opportunity for Pfizer.
     
     
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Today's AC 212/219 (YVR - YYC - YVR) operation with 777-300ER, big enough eh?
It appears the previous flight to 212 went mechanical and the 77W is a replacement aircraft to combine 210/212 and corresponding return flights.
     
     
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Old Posted Apr 10, 2012, 1:49 AM
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Can I just say that UA to/from Chicago in the CRJ is a fucking nightmare? Seats are horrid, no galley so no hot food even in biz but not even a bag of pretzels in coach for an almost 4-hour flight, not even overhead entertainment- the 319 to ORD was actually not that bad in comparison, at least they had overhead screens and food to buy on board. All of which was compounded by the fact that this ticket was more expensive than the flight I took to LONDON two weeks ago. Short notice to visit mom who's been sick.

I despise US carriers so much. SOOOOO much.
Been back and forth to Chicago a few times recently, and I got on one of those as well. Normally United has better planes for this run (at least in my experience) but I had a similar WTF moment on the way back. It felt like a puddle jumper up to Edmonton or something - except it went on for 3.5 hours.

Of course considering the in-flight entertainment is broken half the time anyway, I didn't exactly notice it. I've just become accustomed to bringing my own. Ditto for food.
     
     
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Of course considering the in-flight entertainment is broken half the time anyway, I didn't exactly notice it. I've just become accustomed to bringing my own. Ditto for food.
Broken more like 5% of the time. I've had broken systems maybe three times in my life. I can entertain myself and read my kindle for the entire flight, but I like the option.

I also like the option to buy food on board. When everybody brings food on you invariably get the families with bags from McD's making a huge mess, and then there's the smell of their snacks- these people across the aisle from me were sharing a bag of Chex Mix and it smelled like garlic farts. I just don't think that for a flight of nearly 4 hours (we had strong headwinds and it was indeed 3 hrs 50 mins) you should have to carry your damn food on. This isn't a bus trip, it's a flight that cost me $1100.
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Broken more like 5% of the time. I've had broken systems maybe three times in my life. I can entertain myself and read my kindle for the entire flight, but I like the option.

I also like the option to buy food on board. When everybody brings food on you invariably get the families with bags from McD's making a huge mess, and then there's the smell of their snacks- these people across the aisle from me were sharing a bag of Chex Mix and it smelled like garlic farts. I just don't think that for a flight of nearly 4 hours (we had strong headwinds and it was indeed 3 hrs 50 mins) you should have to carry your damn food on. This isn't a bus trip, it's a flight that cost me $1100.
On US carriers, the chances of the entertainment system not working is at least 50%. This is coming from someone who flies at least once per week. I've also never understood the need for food or drink on a domestic flight. Four hours is hardly hardship.
     
     
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On US carriers, the chances of the entertainment system not working is at least 50%. This is coming from someone who flies at least once per week. I've also never understood the need for food or drink on a domestic flight. Four hours is hardly hardship.
I've never understood the need to post in forums for cities you've abandoned, so I guess we're both confused.

It's also not a "domestic flight." ORD-YYC.

I never said it was a "hardship." But I do expect that I'm not going to be FORCED to bring my own food on a flight that takes 4 hours (and that's a long flight- it's not LA-Dubai but we're not talking ORD-MKE here), and if I am, I expect to be informed of it. We didn't even get a tiny bag of pretzels. 4 hours on tomato juice- and again, it was an $1100 return fare.
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Relief on the ORD/YYC route begins on May 14 when Westjet will start flying daily directs. I have booked 5 round trips between August and early November of this year, all in the $475/$500 range.
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Relief on the ORD/YYC route begins on May 14 when Westjet will start flying daily directs. I have booked 5 round trips between August and early November of this year, all in the $475/$500 range.
Interesting. Who do they code share with again? I'd love to be able to use them for getting in to the midwest hubs.

Although as much as I like Westjet for everything else, it's with them that I see a roughly 50% failure rate on the in-flight entertainment (sorry Rusty, but my experience with their sat TV has been terrible over the past couple of years).

I also find it interesting how age-specific food expectations on airlines seem to be. Having only very rarely flown back when airlines always provided a hot meal, I just never expect it. Hell, it feels like at least a decade since I got more than a tiny bag of crackers or what have you. Although as a compulsive grazer, I'm always over-paying for those damn snack boxes that everyone carries (except UA on their smaller jets). And annoying my seatmates mightily with the smell of hummus and salsa.
     
     
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WestJet is doing codeshares with American, not sure if they will have it on the YYC-ORD route. If they don't initially I'm sure it is only a matter of time until they do.
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AA is putting their code on the new WS ORD-YYC and ORD-YVR services.
     
     
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AA is putting their code on the new WS ORD-YYC and ORD-YVR services.
Effective right away? There was no mention of it in the press release about the route from WS. They did mention how they will serve ORD from places like YYZ/YUL/YOW with their code on AA flights.
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I also find it interesting how age-specific food expectations on airlines seem to be. Having only very rarely flown back when airlines always provided a hot meal, I just never expect it. Hell, it feels like at least a decade since I got more than a tiny bag of crackers or what have you. Although as a compulsive grazer, I'm always over-paying for those damn snack boxes that everyone carries (except UA on their smaller jets). And annoying my seatmates mightily with the smell of hummus and salsa.
On flights over 2 hours I expect some sort of food services to be available, and if its buy on board then there should be several substantial food offerings (e.g. snack boxes).

The need for food on board is born out of necessity when flying for business or personal reasons. I often have short connections with no time to stop at the post security food court. Arrival at the airport is usually under 1 hour prior to departure (I rarely check bags) due to previous meetings and conference end time of 4pm Friday.

The snack boxes are great for Y pax. Also on AC, Y pax can order the main course J meal (e.g. the chicken, pasta, or steak) once the J cabin has made their selections. Its the best value for money, a hot meal in economy for $8.
     
     
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The snack boxes are great for Y pax. Also on AC, Y pax can order the main course J meal (e.g. the chicken, pasta, or steak) once the J cabin has made their selections. Its the best value for money, a hot meal in economy for $8.
I've had their hot meal a couple of time on the Calgary Toronto run (last year). I think I paid 11 dollars - it included wine and I believe a snack as well. I'm not a fan of the too cold sandwiches/wraps.
     
     
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I have been spoiled since I mainly fly First Air or Canadian North and as the unofficial motto goes "welcome aboard sit down and start eating". On a flight from YEG to YFB you pretty much waddle off the plane from over eating.

That said when I do venture on a southern flight, about 6 times a year. Or fly over seas. I make a point of stopping at a Sobeys on the way to the airport or the night before and picking up a fruit or vegetable platter and some snack food, like Vitamin J or Cheese. Last trip to London my wife and I had a pretty good picnic even had a flight attendant stop by.

I would love if YEG and YYC could interest a small deli to open up instead of the fly and go kiosks.Get some variety.
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