Transatlantic flight, overnight, very nice

Review of Kirua about the flight Air Canada AC880 between Toronto Lester B. Pearson Intl and Paris Charles De Gaulle on 26/10/2013 in Economy
Kirua AC / ACA YYZ / CDG
Note: This review is about an experience that happened more than 3 years ago.

Airplane: B767-300ER.

Excellent flight. Equally good in terms of both service and comfort.

Being in connection from Vancouver, I can’t really say much about the check-in, but boarding was on the scheduled time, with people being called by the rows of their seats (first and business classes, then economy, starting with the back rows and finishing with the front ones). Stampede avoided with this very simple system.

It was my first time on one of Air Canada’s 767 and I must say that I was really not disappointed. The comfort level in economy class was very good. Legroom, sit width, reclination, and comfort (despite sitting for the six hours and 40 minutes of flight, I could not complain about either my legs, back, or buttock hurting). And I must well say that the arrangement of two seats by the window and three in the middle make a big difference from the usual cattle trucks of the 3*4*3 and 3*5*3 layout of the 777, 747, 330, and 340 airplanes.

I also don’t know if this is common (I know that Air Transat does it on their A330-200 with renovated cabins), but I found the principle of on-board ambient light as a function of the time really very nice. The colors alternated among blue, green, orange, and pink, which lets you see what you’re doing without disturbing other people who may want to sleep (a normal thing in overnight flights).

As for entertainment, each passenger had right to a touchscreen with a selection of movies, TV shows, documentaries, radios, games, etc.. They were very well supplied, with recent shows and some classics.

Meals and drinks: dinner was served short after the beginning of the flight, with a choice between chicken with rice and a cream sauce, and beef bourguignon with pasta. The quantity was not very large, but it was very good.
Breakfast was served one hour and a half before landing.
Drinks were available throughout the flight.

Flight information was given in turns by the pilots and the cabin crew. The crew members were very nice, attentive, bilingual, and always smiling.

I was a little cold in the end of the flight, but perhaps that’s because I was tired.

Departure was on time and arrival at Roissy was 45 minutes in advance.

We have been forewarned that the weather in Paris was bad, but landing was still very rough. I have already traveled by plane about 15 times and this was the first time that I have been this shaken. But, once in Roissy, when I saw the state of the weather (rain and violent winds), I told myself that the pilots did an excellent job.

With the exception of the landing (whose roughness was not due to Air Canada and its pilots), I honestly think that this was the most pleasant flight I have ever taken.

I recommend this airline with no hesitation.

General
Overall rating
5 / 5
Value (price + quality)
5 / 5
On the ground
Check-in and boarding
5 / 5
Management of luggage
5 / 5
On board
Comfort
5 / 5
Costumer service
5 / 5
Your opinion of security
5 / 5
Food
4 / 5
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By Kirua, about Air Canada, , close to Orléans, Centre, France
Posted online by HappyFlight, on 28 October 2013
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