After a short week end in that lovely city which Toronto is (should you look for a nice city in Canada to spend some time, go there!) it is already time to head back to the airport (hotel and city bonus at the end of the report)
I had to take a taxi as public transportation from my hotel was not really an option. Outbound it took us 45 minutes, inbound only 15 as it is Thanksgiving in Canada today.
I printed my documents at the automatic kiosk, as I was satisfied with the plus option on the way in, I decided to take it again.
Then a bit of spotting and apart from the PIA plane at the end of the terminal there was nothing else than WestJet to see:
Here a split winglet, I found the design to look very aggressive but thought that I should stop flying if I begin to call winglets or split winglets aggressive ^^
Shared computers for each gate:
Should the airport management decide to change the gate numbers, it's an easy task:
Some AC birds at the other terminal:
My boarding gate:
Mozilla did not want to connect to the free airport Wi-Fi, I had to use IE. Never happened before:
I then noticed that I forgot my I-phone charging cable at the hotel. Fortunately YUL and YYZ had Apple stores and I could buy a new one (again CAD 25. - not really cheap!)
Boarding is launched, this time, plus passengers can board together with the special assistance passengers. The cabin is the same as on the inbound flight:
Recline and pitch still very well:
As I already took the aircraft door in picture, here the FA panel:
Some more WS Boeings:
Take off from the same runway as I landed, but very low ceiling, not that much pictures:
Came the catering time: I asked for the beef salami, cheese and crackers. Answer: the flight is too short, no other choice than pretzels or cookies. Drinks are limited to water/wine/beer/coffee and tea. I did not understand why on one leg the snacks are available and not on the other. Anyway.
40 minutes later we arrived at YUL at the same door as I left three days ago:
Now, time for the bonus, and to start with, here the Renaissance Toronto Downtown that sits inside the Rogers Center, one of the biggest stadium in North America with a movable roof.
I had a very good price of CAD 135.-/night for a deluxe room. I was treated to an upgrade to a duplex suite with a stadium view thanks to my platinum status.
The living room downstairs can be sold as a private lounge when there are matches. Upstairs are the bedroom, bathroom and a whirlpool. This suite is sold CAN 1 600. - and can go up to CAN 5 000. - when there are big events. I found the price to be quite high. Unfortunately, due to Thanksgiving, the match that was scheduled on Saturday was moved to Friday, so no match for me to watch. In the same time, I don't think the upgrade would have worked in that case :)
Then a bit of Toronto, I really loved that town. Nice, clean and lots of things to see, unfortunately I only had a full day available for visiting so I packed the most in that day. I went to see the CN Tower (no climbing as there was a huge line), Railways museum and a cruise to visit Toronto Island.
As we cruised to Toronto Island we approached YTZ home of Porter. There were two retired Dash 7, one from Arkia in Israel and the other from the UN.
Our captain explained us that this zone is forbidden as when aircrafts are landing this side, with the blast, the water can be very rough.
Some views of Toronto Island and downtown:
Toronto - YYZ
Montreal - YUL
The cabin is pretty comfortable, the plus seat a real plus in term of comfort but not in term of catering on short flights like this. The crew was ok but nothing to write a book about. IFE and on time performance perfect.
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