A Short Hop on Air Canada Express from Vancouver to Seattle
On a recent trip to the USA and Canada I was looking for a good deal for a flight from Vancouver to Las Vegas. United.com happened to spit out a routing which appealed to the aviation geek in me! Vancouver-Seattle-San Francisco-Las Vegas. With rides on Dash 8-300, Bombardier CRJ700 and Airbus A320-200. I snapped it up in an instant! I would get to add both a new carrier and TWO new types to my log.
Airline: Air Canada
Flight: AC8099 Vancouver - Seattle
Aircraft: DeHavilland Dash 8 - 300 C-GETA (delivered in 1989, 22 years young)
Seat: 8A (Economy Class)
Scheduled Departure: 17.50
Actual Departure: 18.08
Scheduled Arrival: 18.39
Actual Arrival: 18.48 (9 mins late)
I took the hotel shuttle from the Hilton Vancouver Airport (Richmond) and arrived almost 2 hours before departure time. A quick check of the departures board reveals 2 direct flights to Las Vegas leaving within 10 minutes of my flight to Seattle. Well, why fly direct when you can connect.... right? So say the aviation geeks anyway.
|Departures Display at Vancouver
Once through immigration I made my way to the Air Canada maple leaf lounge. It was pretty basic with very limited food options but nice big windows with views over the ramp.
|Maple Leaf Lounge
|Snacks and drinks in the Maple Leaf lounge
|Views from Maple lounge - 2 x Westjet 737's
|A Delta connection ERJ-170 pushes back
|C-GETA, my Dash 8 ride to Seattle still in Jazz colours
|One of the pilots does his walkaround
|Looking forward you can see our sole male flight attendant
|leg room - sufficient for 40 minute flight
|Seat back contents
I do love the sound of those turboprop engines and from my seat I had a great view of the landing gear.
|The Dash 8 gets ready to head back to Vancouver