I have to get to the gate pretty soon, so I’ll keep this update short.
I had an amazing flight on Air Canada. Ya wanna know something scary? I would take them anyday over Singapore, ANA, Thai, Asiana, Lufthansa, etc.
For one, their food is fantastic in my book. I’m a very simple eater and prefer to stick to chicken/beef/veggies, so AC was perfect. The appetizer was feta cheese and veggies, the main course was beef, and the dessert was ice cream. Before arrival was a great breakfast as well.
The one thing that really sets AC apart is the bed, which is similar to NZ, VS, etc. I slept like a baby for eight hours, and am now extremely well rested. The service was also excellent for the most part. The flight attendants were both nice to look at and friendly for the most part, yet still “real.”
The best part of the flight? Without a doubt the approach. As we were descending (I’d estimate through 20,000 feet), the first officer came to my seat. As he approached I started laughing since I had a clue of what was going on. He said “So, you have a friend that does ATC at Toronto?” We talked for a few minutes and he said “He told us some stories, hopefully they’re not too embarrassing.” He then invited me up to the cockpit after landing and said if he had known earlier he could have shown me the crew rest. So THANKS to Mr. YYZ ATC, and I’d like to know what you told the guys up front. 😉
Immigration was a breeze at YYZ, and I was shocked not to be questioned about having gone to Indonesia, since I’m usually asked questions when going to places as simple as Germany. Basically everyone in the immigration line around me was coming off a cruise, and I was getting ready to sock someone in the face. We were in line at 7PM (the line was five minutes), and their flights were all at around 8:30PM. I’ve never heard so much concentrated bitching or moaning within five minutes. Almost everyone thought they were going to miss the flight, and was angry that they had to clear US immigration in Canada. Maybe I’m in the minority, but I love not having to clear customs when arriving in the US.
That’s all for now, off to the gate! Thanks again to everyone that has followed along, and my trip report is coming right along…