One Last Flight on Air Canada's 767! Business Class Toronto to OrlandoJun 14, 2021
class="paragraph">Good evening from Toronto Pearson International Airport! My name is Alex and welcome to another trip report. Today a
flightI filmed at the end of 2019, aboard the Air Canada Boeing 767 in Signature Class, returns to the archives! I'm heading south across the border to Orlando, Florida, when leaving the country was not considered an act of treason. Also, at the time of uploading this, it will have been around a year since Air Canada officially retired the 767s from the mainline fleet, after a 38-year history with the airline. That being said, the 767 era is not over yet for Air Canada, as there are some in the process of being converted to cargo, to fly as Air Canada Cargo-only freighters.
class="paragraph">Even so, its time of carrying passengers has certainly come to an end, and though I didn't know it at the time, this would be my
flighton the 767 mainline. Unfortunately, it's an overnight flight, but looking back on this footage A year and a half later, and me having a bit of a personal connection to AC's 767s, this flight was still pretty special. After going through US Customs and the always fun experience of being randomly selected at security, I headed to the Air Canada Cross Border Maple Leaf Lounge for a bit. Unsurprisingly, Air Canada's largest downtown cross-border lounge is huge and has more than enough tables and seats.
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The food selection that day was not bad either, and I had a very good dinner with soup, vegetables and pasta. Earlier in the day, I flew to Toronto from Calgary on another 767 and made this rather long connection, thanks to wanting two widebody planes on this trip. Really though, with lounge access from the Business Class fare, this was far from the worst Toronto connection I've ever had! As you can see, it was quite a busy night at the cross-border portion of Pearson Terminal 1, with many like-minded Canadians heading south for a break from the cold. My flight to Orlando was leaving from gate F65, which unfortunately didn't have the best view of the plane.
Charlie Foxtrot Tango Charlie Alpha was, at the time, a 30-year-old Boeing 767-300ER that was originally delivered to Canadian Airlines in 1989. Today, this 767 hasn't flown in over a year, and its
lastflight was on 5 June 2020, from Toronto to Marana, Arizona. Unless Cargojet is keen to take on another 30-year-old ex-Air Canada 767, I'm not so sure this one will fly again. Aaaay, of course, now that I've said that, he actually left for a flight exactly one year later, under an Air Canada callsign, so who knows what the plan is! I also wasn't expecting much in the way of wing views on this one, but then again, it's a 767, it's Business Class, I knew it would be a pretty nice flight either way.
Let's fly Air Canada's 767 mainline one last time. On 767s, Air Canada has, or had, 24
businessclass seats, which it calls the Classic Pod. However, my seat for today is in the back of the booth, 8K. As part of Air Canada's Signature Class product, which is basically their way of differentiating Business Class on their wide-body vs. narrow-body aircraft, there's a pillow, blanket and mattress topper waiting for every seat. While we're on the ground and the cabin is nice and bright, let's take a look. Each seat has a coat hook,... security card pocket,... tray,... in-flight entertainment screen,... remote control,... seat controls,... a reading light,...an outlet, usb port and headphone jack,...this shelf and cup holder on the left side...and a packet of literature under the armrest.
In terms of legroom, these seats are fantastic, although I'm a little too tall for the footrest. These seats are quite unique on 767s in that there is extra space next to you. When boarding was complete, a cabin crew member appeared with a tray of cold water bottles, as well as a menu moments later. Just prior to pushback, the same cabin crew member returned to take orders for service on board. Now, having a mainline widebody on a solar flight like this wasn't exactly a normal thing to do. However, at the time, Air Canada still had to make do without the 737 MAX during one of its busiest winters yet.
This flight was part of a week-long vacation I took in late December 2019, after finding a surprisingly good round-trip
businessclass fare from Calgary to Orlando via Toronto. With Business Class on all four flights and three of them on 767s, I definitely don't regret the splurge! It was one of those classic busy afternoons at Pearson, and FlightRadar confirmed that we had the entire lineup ahead of us. Here's our departure from Toronto, off runway 06L. Shortly after checkout the lights came back on and I honestly had no idea how intense this older mood lighting could be. As we left Pearson and headed south, a cabin crew member appeared with hot towels and later a bowl of hot nuts and a drink.
That was followed shortly by the food tray. I went for the chicken, which came with a salad appetizer, a warm bread roll, and a blonde for dessert. One interesting thing to note here: if this meal sounds familiar to some of my regular viewers, it's because it's the exact same dish I had on the Rouge 767 on the way home. I wasn't a fan of the salad, but both the chicken and the blondie were genuinely delicious. However, the bun, while nice and warm, was largely just air. I finished my meal just as we were passing through Charlotte, North Carolina, and took a brief look at the Charlotte-Douglas airport.
That was pretty much the only notable sight out the window, but it got me thinking: I've never flown over this part of the United States until now! Weirdly, even just putting these videos together after over a year really makes me want to go see things. I must also say that the cabin crew was absolutely fantastic on this flight. They kept coming all over the cabin with lots of drinks, and even gave out some chocolates! I've mentioned the less than stellar performance of Air Canada's older inflight entertainment many times already, so I'll spare you the usual. If you're patient enough, it actually has a pretty good selection and does the job well enough once it loads.
Just…make sure you decide what you want to watch before committing. Air Canada 767s had two lavatories at the front, both to the left and to either side of the front door. The one further forward had a bit more space, although the toilet is at a bit of an odd angle. In the literature packet, Air Canada had plenty of reading material, including its inflight magazine, as well as the safety card for the 767. After meal service ended, the cabin crew dimmed the lights for the rest of the flight, and I ended up relaxing in the completely flat position with the mattress topper on.
I won't show you the movement of the seat as it was too dark to do so without being an absolute nuisance to everyone around me. At least more than usual. However, this is where it becomes clear why this seat is, or was, probably my favorite in the entire cabin. There is a lot of additional personal space compared to a normal seat. Although there isn't as much headroom as a standard seat, for people who are taller than the bed is as long as yours, it worked surprisingly well if you propped your pillow in the corner. Despite the drawbacks, I have to say that this was super relaxing.
In fact, I dozed off for a bit until we started our descent to Orlando. Soon enough, it was time to say goodbye to this 767 as we hit runway 35R. Overall, it was a very nice flight with Air Canada! All things considered, business class lying on a 2 1/2 hour cross-border flight is really hard to beat. The food service was excellent, the crew on board was very friendly and the seat held up quite well. These 767s really were workhorses for AC: while the cockpits may have had their drawbacks, they really got the job done. Their last few months of operations were a bit closer to home, with them operating primarily within North America.
Yet even through the summer of 2019, they were still flying across the Pacific from Calgary to Tokyo! I miss seeing these 767s - just 6 months after this flight, Air Canada withdrew them from passenger service. Similarly, Air Canada Rouge's 25,767s were withdrawn from passenger service after the events of last year, and WestJet's 4 aircraft left Canada to become freighters. So, with all of that in mind, I'm so glad that a year and a half ago I chose the flights I did! As usual, thank you very much for viewing this retrospective trip report featuring the Air Canada 767! Let me know what you think in the comments, take care and I'll see you next time.
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