Air Canada Review

For the holiday weekend I went to Toronto for a ‘crossing more states off my list’ roadtrip. It was a whirlwind and there’ll be more info on it next week. For now though is another plane review ha za. I purposely flew with two different companies to compare them and try out airlines I’ve never flown with before. First up is Air Canada!

Air Canada are considered the flag airline of Canada. We flew with them from LaGuardia to Toronto in Economy. Now LGA is a pretty small and basic airport so there weren’t many amenities there but they did have this nifty wall memorial hah. We flew on an Embraer 190, aka a small plane with a two seat, aisle, two seat layout. I think it had like thirty rows and a twin engine. It was pretty tight and you definitely get to know your neighbour (luckily for me I was flying with someone I knew).

This is a bit of a rant but I hate when an airline doesn’t let you pick your seats from the get-go. Instead you either have to pay a fee or wait until check-in. It was pretty frustrating as I ended up sitting away from my friend (fortunately a nice woman swapped with us) but it’s still ridiculous that airlines do this. I just really dislike additional fees like picking your seat, carry-on bag, pre-boarding etc. I’m scared that it’s now becoming the norm and soon other airlines will start charging. Luckily it worked out for us but there were many other people trying to sit together and not getting to.

As it was such a short flight there wasn’t really a food/drink service. Instead just some complimentary drinks and then some pretzels. I have to say though, they were possibly the best pretzels I think I’ve ever had on a plane or in life. It wasn’t the usual hard pretzel but more a soft experience. I later learned they’re called Krispy Kernels and damn they were good. Is it sad that the highlight of the flight for me was the pretzels?

Entertainment wise they did have seat-back systems with shows, movies, songs and games. The selection was a mix of modern and classics which was great and if the flight was longer I’m sure I would’ve been busy busy busy watching away. 

Leg room was pretty tight compared to other small planes I’ve been on. I kept trying to push my bag under the seat until I realised that it was under as far as it would go. When I had my tray table down there was no ‘wiggle’ room so you’re pretty much stuck in there but I guess what do you expect for a quick flight.

I was kind of bummed out that there was no Canadian spirit considering they’re the main airline of the country. The decor was blue (not red) and everything else was grey and pretty standard. Maybe on long-haul flights they go all out but it was pretty disappointing as I wanted to get psyched up. Other than the Krispy Kernels I could’ve been on any random airline. I got to my destination fast and safely so I can’t complain, it just would’ve been nice to get there feeling more amped up. I’ll contemplate flying with them again on a long-haul flight but for shorter trips I’m not so sure.


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