I’m grateful that my flight out of Toronto and beyond went relatively well. The journey up to Toronto was a little out there. Toronto is the largest city in Ontario (and Canada) and is the provincial capital. The Toronto Pearson (YYZ) airport is a lot larger than the Ottawa airport (YOW). I spent an hour or so in the Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge and enjoyed a couple of glasses of diet coke. My flight from Toronto to Los Angeles was really good. I sat next to a friendly passenger and the entertainment system in the Air Canada aircraft is very good. They have a USB port for recharging and connecting your smartphone and all the programs are on-demand. During my five hour flight I watched quite a few situation comedies that are not yet screened in Australia. I really enjoyed a compilation from the latest Winnipeg comedy festival.
I got into Los Angeles with a reasonable amount of time to spare (two hours) and managed to get into the United Lounge in terminal seven. It looked like United Airlines was continuing to have problems with its flights from that day. There were large lines of unhappy passengers asking to be put onto other flights, some of them were being sent to other airlines while others were being told to spend a night in LA.
When I got on board flight UA839 I thought we were going to have a trouble free flight except we didn’t move for more than an hour. At first we were waiting for domestic connections, then we were waiting for passengers from the last evening’s cancelled flight to turn up and collect their duty free, and then there was an on-board computer failure and the engineers were called. None of this really mattered given the prevailing tail winds and after an hour or so of delays we ended up being in Sydney about 15 minutes late. For me the flight was great. I was really tired and after watching Star Trek XI (2009) and eating dinner I fell asleep and didn’t wake until about 0300 AEST. The last 90 minutes of the flight was a little bumpy but not really bad.
I’m glad I’m back in Canberra. I’m tired and will sleep well tonight I hope.
- Start my 7 week trip from YOW AC lounge – Ottawa, Canada (travelpod.com)
- Air Canada jet flies from Toronto to Mexico City using 50 percent cooking oil-derived biofuel (gizmag.com)
- Post Cards from North America: On to Toronto (wilkincr.typepad.com)
- Big changes for travelers using Los Angeles Airport (orbitz.com)
- Air Canada Flew Plane Using 50% Cooking Oil Biofuel for First Time (treehugger.com)
- I’m close to leaving Ottawa (garydavidlum.com)
- Air Canada embarks on its first biofuel-powered flight from Toronto to Mexico City (engadget.com)
- Free wi-fi at LAX? Forget about it (laobserved.com)