This day I flew on an Air Canada's A319. Air Canada used to have lots of A319s and it was common to fly on any of them before the pandemic. Due to covid, AC phased out all their A319s in 2020 and 2021. However, for some reason (perhaps the high travel demand in summer 2022), AC brought back one A319 (C-FYKC) back from storage. This single A319 mainly operates on YVR<–>YYC route, which is usually operated by 737max. I somehow got a chance to fly with this special aircraft in June 2022, so here comes the report for this flight.
This cute little A319 was already here at gate C31 at 5AM. C31 is personally my favorite gate at YVR. I always get the full view of the aircraft I'm flying on.
I'm a fan of A320 family, and A319 in my eyes is so cute.
It was surprising to find out that there were 6 boarding zones on an A319 flight. I was in zone 3. By the way, I really wish that everyone can board their flight by their zone number. I don't know why there are so many zone 4 or 5 people trying to board the plane when it's time for zone 1.
The classic Airbus interior. I prefer the overhead bins on A320/A330 series than other aircraft types. It's easy to close it up.
I love that Air Canada always put a personal monitor on every seat, even for a small regional aircraft like this one.
Unfortunately my TV didn't work. But since this aircraft just came out from storage, I wouldn't mind this little technical issue.
The legroom was really good!
Always review the safety card before take-off!
My entertainment of the day…window!
What a beautiful day!
We were flying over the Rockies, and this was when the drink service began.
I thought Air Canada switched their in-flight snack from biscoff to pretzels long time ago…
And we finally landed in Calgary.
Vancouver - YVR
Calgary - YYC
Overall it was an averaged flight. It's always nice to fly on an almost-retired aircraft. The cabin was clean. The service was efficient and nice. The only tiny problem was that my personal TV doesn't work. However, the other TVs were working, so I think it was just a coincidence. Not sure how long Air Canada are going to keep this A319, but I wish they keep them as long as possible. I still a lot more prefer to fly on Airbus over 737max. It's not like 737max is bad, it's just my personal preference.
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These birds are definitely getting outdated on the inside. It's funny because AC had originally retired their A319 fleet in 2020, keeping only a few of the Jetz All-Business class-configured a/c, but then brought back the 2-cabin A319s this year with the sudden post-pandemic surge in demand.
Still a comfortable ride in both cabins, but not sure how much longer they will keep them around since they were already retired. I imagine AC need a few more deliveries of newer aircraft before retiring them again.
Thanks for sharing!
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