Review of WestJet Encore flight Montreal Toronto in Business

Airline WestJet Encore
Flight WS3529
Class Business
Seat 02A
Flight time 01:30
Take-off 14 May 18, 14:00
Arrival at 14 May 18, 15:30
WR 6 reviews
Esteban
By GOLD 645
Published on 21st December 2020

After a nice stay in Quebec, the vacation comes to an end.

I took a taxi back to the airport as there are only two options: either a coach or taxi. YUL has no access via train or subway, unfortunately.

The check in was done by a not that friendly agent that tells me that I have access to the Air France lounge since my ticket was in business and codeshare AF. I am almost sure that by that time the AF lounge will be closed as their first departure is not before 6 hours.

The security was performed in no time, here the FIDS:


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My gate is in the Canada zone but the AF lounge is at the strict opposite of it. Let's have a look anyway.


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Duty free:


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Quiet airport at that time:


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As expected:


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Back to the Canada zone then:


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Nice food court:


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AC A320:


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Dash 8-300 and CRJ 200:


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MAX-8 AC and WestJet 737-700 behind the 320:


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Two Dash to Toronto and Quebec City:


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Toronto leaves first:


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This one goes to Ottawa:


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Dash8-300:


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And the smallest exemple, a series -100:


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-300 again:


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737-700 Westjet:


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737MAX-8 AC:


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The flight FIDS:


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My Dash:


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Boarding starts with passengers needing assistance, then families with babies and then the passengers "plus". As I have an AF/KL ticket in business, I am also considered as "plus" passenger.

In the jetty:


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Fusalage … shoot but no :)


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Friendly welcome at the door in french and english and here is the cabin. The seats are the same as on board KLM CityHopper's E-175:


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The first 3 rows are "Plus":


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The seat pitch isn't great:


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Right view:


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A little recline:


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The safety card:


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The BOB but unavailable on this short flight:


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WestJet Magazine:


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The fleet:


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PSU:


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On time push back:


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A319 Rouge:


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Private jets:


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And take off:


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Good bye Quebec:


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Service starts quickly, all soft, beers and wine are complementary. Only liquors have to be paid for:


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A cereal bar is also given:


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The ingredients are just … amazing: ok there is cocoa but there are also, beets, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach and … shiitake mushrooms…. lol

Really strange.


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Not bad but I wouldn't say good. It is quite chewy and tastes like nothing I was used to.

The seat is rock hard, in fact I already hate it with KLM, so no exception here.

The windows:


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The lavatory:


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Back to my seat:


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The turboprop:


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Almost there but this isn't Pearson:


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A bit foggy today making the pictures hard to take:


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Toronto in distance:


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Almost there:


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MD11 UPS ans some WestJet birds:


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Love that plane!


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Landed:


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A twin taking off:


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CRJ landing:


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Hey baby :)


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737 MAX-8:


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787-9:


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And at our stand:


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Always great to have a walk on the tarmac:


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Well arrived :)


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Verdict

WestJet Encore

4.4/10
Cabin2.5
Cabin crew7.0
Entertainment/wifi4.0
Buy-on-board menu4.0

Montreal - YUL

7.0/10
Efficiency8.0
Access4.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.0

Toronto - YYZ

8.0/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

I hate that seat, that is one of the most uncomfortable that I have experienced.

The "plus" product has no difference vs the coach standard product on that kind of flight apart boarding first and being seated in the first three rows.

Sad to see that a major airport like YUL struggles to get a correct transportation via subway. The project is on the boxes since years and nothing moves

YYZ is a great and nice airport.

As usual, thanks for reading!

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1 Comments

  • Comment 569074 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5513 Comments

    Hey Esteban, thanks for sharing this rare report on WestJet Encore Q400 Plus experience. Looks like on a short route like this that Plus/Premium is really only worth it if you are connecting from a longer flight with a “real” Premium cabin and better service.

    Thanks for sharing!

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