Review of WestJet flight Edmonton Abbotsford in Economy

Airline WestJet
Flight WS111
Class Economy
Seat 15F
Aircraft Boeing 737-600
Flight time 01:27
Take-off 29 Aug 17, 19:10
Arrival at 29 Aug 17, 19:37
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K200YVR
By 788
Published on 23rd July 2018

Intro - First Trip Report


Hello fellow aviation enthusiasts, reviewers, and spotters, thanks for reading my first flight review!

I am an avid planespotter (regular at YVR or Vancouver International Airport), avgeek, and an overall transportation enthusiast.
I was not able to post a review of my flight from YXX to YEG because I had to rush from the airport to the car rental shuttle.

Hope you enjoy the review!

Pre-Boarding


After getting off the car rental shuttle, I had around three hours to spend at the airport. I spent my first hour checking in and touring the pre-security area. The one thing I found really neat was a display of model aircraft, realistic and fictional. It was located beside the entrance to the Air Traffic Control tower. I spent a few minutes outside, taking a last look at Alberta's landscape.

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A model of a Virgin Atlantic A380. Virgin Atlantic later cancelled the order in March 2018 in favour of A330s and A350s.

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An RCMP pickup facing the Albertan landscape.

During my check-in, I noticed that the lines for security were only five minutes or less. However, after I dropped off my luggage and headed to the line-up, the line had extended past the Harvey's fast food restaurant.

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A crude shot of the security lineup. It had looped past the elevator. Also, note the old Air Transat logo.

The CATSA employees were very polite (probably one of the best security checks I have ever been through). I was very pleased with them despite the longer wait. (turned out there was a computer glitch and they limited the number of screening lines)
After security, I headed to Chili's for a light dinner before heading to the gate.

Boarding


The gate that my flight departed from was coincidentally beside another flight to the south coast, WS107 to CYVR. I was actually surprised that my flight to Abbotsford had significantly more people than the flight to Vancouver, even with a smaller aircraft. Sitting near the rear of the aircraft, I was put into the second boarding group.

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WS107 on the left and WS111 on the right

WestJet's 737-600s still had the old cabin, meaning that the only source of electronic entertainment were the personal TVs. I settled into my seat and and I saw an Icelandair 757 behind WS107. However, it was no ordinary 757, but Aurora Hekla.

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Aurora Hekla's tail peeking behind WS107.

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A crude photo of Aurora Hekla pushing back from its gate.

The Flight


The contents of my seat pocket included the older, hard paper safety card, an inflight magazine, a sick bag, and an inflight menu
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We pushed back from the gate and the cabin crew gave an entertaining safety briefing. Everyone on the plane laughed and applauded the flight attendants for their demonstrations.
Our takeoff was smooth and we were in the air quickly. As we ascended, the sun became brighter and whiter.

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The sun.

We arrived at cruising altitude when the cabin crew started serving snacks and drinks. I opted for the Biscoff and a cup of Coca-Cola.

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My snack, drink, napkin, and sunglasses.

As noted earlier, the cabin was WestJet's older cabins. Unlike the new cabins, there was no streaming or Wi-Fi available on the flight. The only options were to read the in-flight magazine, or plug in headphones and watch the personal television. Controls were embedded into the right armrest of my seat. The resolution was not high quality, but it was decent enough for the flight.

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I opted to watch some news.

As our flight began its descent down to Abbotsford, the sun started to set. The sun's light shone through the wildfire smoke, turning the sky orange.

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A nice sunset.

The landing into Abbotsford was smooth and taxiing to the terminal did not take too long. Ground crew were very gentle about the luggage, gently stacking it onto the carts.

Arrival


Being a small airport, it only took a minute to walk from the plane to the baggage claim. 10 minutes after we landed, our luggage emerged onto the baggage conveyors.

Since I drove a car to the airport, I decided not to eat at the airport's only restaurant and bar.

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Abbotsford Airport's parking token/ticket.

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Verdict

WestJet

8.0/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew9.5
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Buy-on-board menu8.0

Edmonton - YEG

8.1/10
Efficiency7.5
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness9.0

Abbotsford - YXX

7.8/10
Efficiency8.5
Access7.0
Services6.5
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

The flight from departure to arrival was wonderful. Cabin crew and airport staff were very polite and helpful. Despite an outdated aircraft cabin, entertainment was not too terrible. The complimentary snack and drink was enough for me, thus, I opted out of purchasing any additional food.

Abbotsford Airport is a great domestic alternative to Vancouver International, as long as you don't need to do any shopping.

All in all, the trip was enjoyable and I hope to fly with WestJet again.

I hope you enjoyed this trip report and thank you for reading it!

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10 Comments

  • Comment 455540 by
    Benoit75008 GOLD 7318 Comments

    Welcome on board!

    It's always great to enjoy a positive and professional cabin crew!

    Would be perfect if Westjet could give some more to eat!

    Wish you a nice day!

  • Comment 455573 by
    Flying-Kolia GOLD 903 Comments

    Thank you for this nice FR ;)

  • Comment 455709 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5318 Comments

    Hi K200YVR, thanks for sharing your first report with us! It’s always fun to see these kinds of Canadian routes of which we generally don’t see too many. Despite the older cabin it’s nice that WS has PTVs. That’s one thing about Canadian carriers vs US carriers, it seems Canadian carriers still care about IFE whereas in the US carriers like UA and AA have been actively removing PTVs from the domestic fleet and taking new deliveries without them. Streaming is all fine and good, but I much prefer a PTV to using my own tablet.

    Welcome to Flight-Report !

    • Comment 455730 by
      K200YVR AUTHOR 5 Comments

      Hey Kevin, thanks! As part of their new livery announcement, PTVs will be installed in all three classes onboard their future 787-9. There is a possibility that the new cabin design may be brought over to the undelivered MAXs and maybe even the rest of their fleet. In contrast, Air Canada will continue to have PTVs as part of their IFE, in addition to WiFi. I do agree that PTVs are nicer to have, but the small size and definition on this flight wasn't right for me. The best PTV system I've had was with Cathay Pacific's YVR to JFK flight, also in Economy. Huge display and it was touchscreen. Not to mention free headphones!

  • Comment 455945 by
    Pilpintu SILVER 707 Comments

    Hi, K !!

    Great report! I love these off-the-beaten-path routes.

    What a beautiful livery that of Icelandair! I checked their website and they say that their mood lighting matches the Hekla Aurora livery. Must be amazing!

    Thanks a lot for sharing!

    • Comment 455948 by
      K200YVR AUTHOR 5 Comments

      Hey, thanks for your comment! The great thing about flying from YXX instead of YVR was that it was half the price. YXX to YEG round trip was $170 at the time whereas YVR to YEG was around $346. It really was nice that I was able to see Hekla Aurora, and at a place where I didn't really expect it. But yeah, it was a great way to end my trip!

  • Comment 457364 by
    bgboiflyer 38 Comments

    Lucky you getting the 600 bird. Seems nice to find a better place than YVR which is busy.

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