AIR CANADA’S “PRIVATE JET?” Flying an Empty A330 from Toronto to Montreal

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Good evening all, my name is Alex, and today’s
trip report will be.. An interesting one. I’m flying from Toronto, Ontario, to Montreal,
Quebec, on Air Canada’s Airbus A330-300, in Business Class! I originally booked this flight to try out
Air Canada’s newer Business Class product on the 777-300ER. Unfortunately, it was switched a few weeks
before the flight for an A330 with the older cabin. Before heading to the gate, let’s check
out Air Canada’s Maple Leaf lounge here in Toronto. My first impression of the lounge, well,
it’s huge. It’s bright and open with high ceilings,
and a ton of places to sit. The food selection for dinnertime was pretty
diverse, as well as a very wide array of beverages to choose from. Right as I sat down to eat, I got an email
notification from Air Canada that my flight had been delayed over two hours, from an original
6PM departure time to 8:20PM. A bit of an inconvenience, sure, but I can
think of far worse places to wait around! All in all, Air Canada’s Toronto Maple Leaf
Lounge was bright, clean, and a comfortable place to relax. Today’s aircraft is Charlie Golf Foxtrot
Alpha Foxtrot, a 20-year-old Airbus A330-300. At the time this was filmed, this was Air
Canada’s only A330 in their new livery, which was pretty lucky. From that window, it’s a short walk over
to our departure gate, D20, and this is where things start to get interesting. I got to the desk, and was told that I was
the last one to board. Cue the minor panic attack when I realized
I was taking photos of the airplane for the last 10 minutes… While walking down the bridge with a friendly
Air Canada customer service agent though, I was told that our original aircraft had
actually been swapped with another A330. Because of the delay, we were flying out tonight
with just 17 people on the aircraft. So here we are on board, with myself and a
single other person in the Business Class cabin. I picked seat 7A for this short hop to Montreal. Later on, the pilots told me that they had
seen me taking photos in the terminal, and invited me up to the flight deck, while they
finished fuelling the aircraft. From what I was told, this airplane was supposed
to fly from Toronto to Copenhagen, but they had a water pump issue that prevented it from
flying transatlantic. Montreal, however is a maintenance base for
Air Canada’s A330 fleet. So they swapped Copenhagen with the original
Montreal aircraft, and rebooked almost all of the passengers on earlier flights, except
for 8 of us. I never thought to ask about rebooking, since
I was perfectly happy in the lounge, and that’s how I ended up on a private Air Canada A330. Now here was the really surprising part. Right after I sat back down in my seat, a
crew member came by and asked myself and the other paying passenger in Business if they
could move the other passengers scattered throughout Economy up into Business with us. Obviously, I said yes, and my fellow passenger
agreed, and so a bunch of people on a late evening flight to Montreal got a complimentary
upgrade. Air Canada’s older Business seats, or the
“Classic Pod” as they call them, are a bit out of date, but they’re still quite
comfortable. The seat folds fully flat, has a little shelf
for drinks, and lots of space for a 6’8″ flight reviewer! The tray table folds out from the side of
the seat, which has the seat controls and a remote for the in-flight entertainment. My only complaint about these seats is that
it’s so tricky to look or even film out the windows, as you can clearly see. To Air Canada’s credit though, they completely
fixed this in their newer Business cabin. Without further ado, here is our very quick
takeoff roll from Toronto-Pearson’s runway 06L. Not long after takeoff, the crew came around
with a plate of food and a bowl of warm nuts. This was essentially an appetizer with some
fruits, vegetables, cheese, and some salmon on top of a cracker of some sort. For an hour long flight, this wasn’t bad
at all, and tasted pretty good! The crew also came around with drinks and
a basket of chocolates to choose from. Following that, I had quite a bit of fun just
walking around a totally empty cabin! It’s one thing to walk around an empty plane
on the ground, but another thing entirely to do that in flight! I also sat in a Premium Economy seat, and
legroom-wise, this gets the Alex seal of approval. Since the flight was so short, I won’t go
over the in-flight entertainment system, but with this cabin, it’s still the older version
from the mid-2000s which runs pretty slowly. I’ll link to one of my older videos in the
description if you did want to get a better look. Anyway, all too soon, we started our descent
into Montreal, for a runway 24R arrival. Overall, I’d say this was one of my most
enjoyable experiences with Air Canada ever! The crew on board were all very friendly and
talkative, and as you heard on the taxi out, made no secret just what a special flight
this was. I’m very lucky that I got to try out Air
Canada’s “private” A330 service between Toronto and Montreal just by pure chance. It was quite the experience. Air Canada’s A330 fleet will be reconfigured
to the newer cabin standard eventually, but in the meantime, their Classic Pod is comfortable
and their onboard service in Business still stands out. I also have to commend Air Canada for their
gesture in upgrading the rest of the passengers on board. Looking back on it, they (the cabin service director) likely wanted to give the rest of the crew a break. Still though, for nearly all of them, it was
their first time flying in Business Class, and I’m pretty sure this is a flight they
(or I, for that matter) won’t forget! That concludes this special trip report with
Air Canada. Let me know what you thought of Air Canada’s
private jet in the comments below. But otherwise, thank you very much for watching,
leave a like if you enjoyed the video, subscribe if you are new to the channel, and I will
see you in the next one.

 

100 Responses

  1. Marino

    August 6, 2019 7:40 pm

    J'ai voyagé avec Air Canada et j'en suis fort content car tout a été parfait, aller et aussi le retour ! Personnel très très aimables. Bref, bon voyage !!! 👍

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  2. jonoon27

    August 6, 2019 11:41 pm

    The problem I have with this type of videos is their length….just little too long. I lost interest at about 7.5 minutes and moved on.

    Reply
  3. Spaß Trompete

    August 7, 2019 1:20 am

    I was on one of this ghost plane from British Airways 5 people it was just strange feeling

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  4. STAR ALLIANCE FLYER

    August 7, 2019 3:41 am

    The food offering at YYZ MLL is extremely……. underwhelming…..Poor food display.

    Reply
  5. Dan E

    August 7, 2019 4:30 am

    I had this happen to me on a flight from LAX-PVG on Chinese New Year. Was a 787-9 that had a TOTAL of 22 passengers on board and I was alone in business. Alone. Not one other passenger. I had the entire front of the aircraft to myself for 14 hours, with 6 FA's serving me. Was a very interesting and weird trip.

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  6. Mark Sketch

    August 7, 2019 1:29 pm

    Great video…….. The scenery you shot after take off was breathtaking. It was a nice gesture to upgrade all PAX to business class but I think this also made it easier for the crew to have all 17 in one small part of the plane. Even so I must
    of been a great experience for them. Keep up the great vids n I’ve just fully subscribed to your channel.

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  7. Bigtruckseriesreview Motorsports

    August 7, 2019 9:05 pm

    When the airport security and flight staff sees you taking video and you actually identify yourself as a YOUTUBBER, one of two things will happen:

    #1 they'll get apprehensive

    #2 They'll treat you like King shit because they want that good review.

    I always ask to speak to Hotel managers now. I tell them how much I love their hotel. I tell them what I like. I tell them 2 points of criticism.

    SUDDENLY I get offered upgrades and all types of stuff.

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  8. leonelp51

    August 8, 2019 12:02 am

    Km midway tru this vídeo and had to stop come here into the comments and say that you surelly made this vídeo a pleasure to watch. Keep up the good work

    Reply
  9. Christopher Coish

    August 8, 2019 9:21 am

    Try flying on Porter Airlines Q400 to Montreal from Billy Bishop Toronto City Island Airport

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  10. Max Wank

    August 8, 2019 1:59 pm

    American Airlines would have moved everyone into economy and taken business class for themselves. Heck, maybe the 7 people with you on the flight just would have had to get a refund! Probably wouldn’t even rebook u. At least that’s what happens in the USA lmao

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  11. fiveer 11

    August 8, 2019 4:38 pm

    That’s what I love about Air Canada they are always so nice and kind and will always do something like this!

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  12. Ahren S

    August 9, 2019 3:44 am

    “I realised I had been taken pictures of the aircraft instead of boarding”

    Not as bad as me – I was in YYZ waiting for a domestic flight when I saw the AC A319 retro “Trans Canada airlines” livery, C-FZUH land on flight radar. Found and waited at its gate to get the rare picture; just when it pulls up my name is called over the airport intercom saying I need to board my flight NOW 😂

    Had to sprint to my gate and didn’t get the picture 🙁

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  13. Donald Knowles

    August 9, 2019 6:38 am

    Thank you for the great review you did however forget to mention that this skymobile is powered by Rolls Royce Trent 700 motors

    Reply
  14. qmam

    August 10, 2019 7:50 am

    Moving people to the business class makes sense from safety standpoint as well. In case of emergency it is easier to evacuate one section of the plane than 17 people scattered around a big plane. Nice gesture and smart decision.

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  15. TekGameR45

    August 12, 2019 12:38 am

    This is y in my opinion air Canada is one of the best airlines cause if there’s very little people on the aircraft they’ll more than likely upgrade u for free

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  16. Random Gamer

    August 14, 2019 2:39 am

    Why was a 777-300 originally booked for an hour and a bit flight? Seems like a large plane for such a short flight

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  17. MX rider YT

    August 16, 2019 6:29 am

    Would love to fly on a A380 or 777 but the A330 is the largest plane i flew on with an 8 Hour fligth

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  18. blackbikerboots123

    August 16, 2019 7:28 pm

    WOW what a unique experience Alex, the flights I take often from Winnipeg to Toronto are usually busting at the seams, amazed they don't have to strap a few people out on the wing lol

    Reply
  19. Can Can

    August 16, 2019 11:11 pm

    Empty plain but when booking, only 3 seats left at this price or 500 people looking at this flight to book Eh

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  20. Real Canadian Railfan

    August 17, 2019 10:23 pm

    An interesting experience. Other's were offered an upgrade, and "of course I agreed". I must say, you do seem either picky or petty as far as the camera angles go. I do enjoy watching your videos, but neither the manufacturer or airline care what angles for videos or pictures you might get. I often wonder to myself, if you didn't get monetized by youtube, would you even bother to post videos?

    Reply
  21. Logan Donnelly

    August 18, 2019 6:17 pm

    Thing about YUL flights getting delayed is you miss a major North Africa bank, inconveniencing many connectors. I live in St. Louis, and would far rather be delayed on ATL-STL than STL-ATL. Similar story here (disregarding YYZ's size, of course).

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  22. Maple Leaf

    August 23, 2019 5:39 am

    I was one of 2 passengers in 1974 or 75 on an Air Canada dc-9 around flying the leg from Halifax to Moncton en route to Montreal. The flight left a 6 am, so maybe the departure time had a bit to do with it. At the time, Air Canada was government owned and subsidized.

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  23. Mr Swamzi

    August 23, 2019 11:16 pm

    Not surprised you got delayed, I just got home and for departure I never got such bad customer service, on any airline, or any company. Extremely disappointed. We got pretty much insulted by the staff at Montreal airport.

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  24. Wizard Gaming

    August 25, 2019 4:00 pm

    Air Canada is consistent with their bad service. I only use them for YVG to YYC flights because they are so awful. Will never ever use them for anything out of country. In fact I actually go out of my way to book around using them.

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  25. Jason Heise

    September 2, 2019 5:30 am

    Awesome to hear that Air Canada asked the economy passengers to join the business class passengers in business class. Even more impressed that you and the other passenger were asked before hand and that you both said yes. There are so many people that would have tried to bargain or been upset that they paid for business class and the others didn’t… great on you and the other passenger, I bet that “yes” made a lot of peoples day/week/year.

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  26. T Ko

    September 3, 2019 12:52 pm

    I had a similar experience five years ago from SEA to Haneda by Delta. It almost empty in economy which I get to choose any four seats to make it as a bed for 10 hrs flight.

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  27. The Cat.

    September 3, 2019 1:57 pm

    In a way Air Canada did save money by moving economy up. The food that was going to be thrown out was at least saved by giving it to the ex-economy passengers.

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  28. Stepan Zatloukal

    September 6, 2019 7:37 pm

    Once my family was also uploaded to bussines from economy because dad worked a that company we were flying with and one flight attendant just said: oh hi, would you like to go to the bussines class?

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  29. Jose Huertas-Silva

    September 20, 2019 12:56 pm

    I live in New England but last year my wife and I drove to Toronto and did some plane spotting, it was an amazing experience seeing the AC's taking off and landing, this video totally brought back memories of my trip to Pearson Intl'. Great review as well. It's definitely amazing you guys got an A330 to less than 20 passengers.

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  30. Matthias Endler

    September 30, 2019 12:22 am

    Something similar happened to me on a Swiss Air flight from Geneva to Zürich back in the late 1980s, which was the shortest leg on the way from Toulouse to Hamburg. It was operated with an Airbus A310 with only three more people on board and a flight time of roughly 30 minutes….

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  31. Aaron Kammeyer

    October 3, 2019 8:47 pm

    My dad tells the story of flying from PDX to I believe EWR on a United 752 on September 13, 2001. Early morning flight, one of the first back up on the sky after the closures of September 11. He was one of three passengers on the entire flight.

    One of these days I need to try the AC business product. Usually I try for (and get) LH 1st on my transatlantic travel.

    Thanks for sharing your experience!

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  32. MetalTeamster

    October 6, 2019 3:41 pm

    Canadians are such nice people… ehhhh …. They see you filming and invite you to film more, rather than automatically thinking you are a terrorist. Then, they offer nicer seats simply because they are available rather than withholding because they are unhappy….. How cool…

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  33. jsm666

    October 8, 2019 2:27 pm

    I had a flight this empty from Vancouver to Sydney once. We got called back to the terminal for technical issues before takeoff, but I do wonder if it wasn't an excuse not to send an almost-empty airplane to Australia.

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  34. Mark S

    October 30, 2019 4:01 am

    hard to believe that the largest city in Canada did not have the ability to fix Air Canada's water pump. Flying it to Montreal empty was a huge financial loss. I wonder if it was another example of the infamous crony Quebec corruption.

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  35. Ramy Fares

    December 18, 2019 11:04 am

    Fun Fact: C-GFAF was the first A330-343 ever built made its first flight on 7 June 1999. A330-343 is the best selling A330 variant to customers until 2019 with the introduction of the A330neo

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