Today's flight report covers Air Canada Rouge's flight from Toronto down to my home country Barbados. Operating with an A321, the aircraft was on its last day of flying the route before the B763 started for the winter season. The flight report you're about to see offers some great views of some of the islands in the North east corner of the Caribbean island chain. I hope you enjoy.
My day started at 5AM as i caught the UP Express train to Pearson. Check-in was open by the time I arrived and took about 15 minutes .
As I had purchased the Maple Leaf Lounge access during the booking process, I headed there after passing security.
The entrance to the International Maple lounge. I was surprised that it had not been updated with the new AC branding.
At 6 in the morning, the lounge was pretty empty, which was great.
There were limited options for breakfast. However, it was quite tasty. I wished the alcohol bar was open though, 5pm somewhere right?
I chilled in the couches until boarding.
As I left the lounge, I did some spotting as the sun began rise.
A Rouge 763 bound for Mexico City at T1.
Our aircraft at gate 74.
Aircraft: Airbus A321-211
Age: 3.4 years
Layout: W16 Y184
AC A320 about to taxi to Bermuda as we were parked beside a Kelowna bound Rouge A319.
Lining up for RWY06L put us behind another Barbados bound plane, WJ2512.
and we're off!
Right over Bluffer's beach as we head over Lake Ontario.
I preorder a meal as there was a special while booking. I browsed through the menu and decided to have a freshii wrap. Its was okay .
The mountainous regions of Upstate NY gave a good view. The flight also took us over NYC.
Usually when flying down to the Caribbean much of the flight is done over the ocean, so there are vast views of the Atlantic Ocean.
A quick washroom break and a shot of the cabin and legroom.
This segment shows some great overhead shots of the islands.
Barbados can be seen under the sharklet, in the distance.
The aircraft flew south east from the Caribbean island chain and made a parallel approach down the South coast of Barbados
The historic fishing town of Oistins on final.
After 5 hours, we crossed the threshold of RWY 09.
BGI airport doesn't have jet bridges as of yet, so all passengers embark and disembark using stairs.
The YYZ-BGI route sourced from flight-radar24.com
The Rouge experience was pretty average and as expected. The crew was nice, but that's about it. I found it great that AirCanada offered lounge access and a snack onboard for purchase before the flight, that was a good.