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Is anyone actually flying AC domestic or international in these Covid-filled days?

Old Aug 21, 2021, 6:45 pm
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This thread originally contained any and all information relating to flying with AC in the times of COVID. As travel has picked up, much of the discussion has been moved to dedicated threads to make topics easier to follow. Threads that may be of particular interest to those travelling during COVID:

Meal threads:
Schedule changes/refunds - temporary COVID-related policies:
The above threads are in the process of winding down as AC moves away from temporary COVID-related policies. Most questions on schedule changes/refunds should be directed to the thread on AC's new permanent schedule change policies

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Pre-travel e-mails:

Information on immigration rules and procedures, and other government requirements, from the Canada forum:
Airport-related threads containing information that may be relevant to AC passengers, but that are not specific to AC (there are many others in the Canada forum; these are a few that have come up frequently):
(Other threads with immigration/government-related questions not specific to AC can be found on the Canada forum, and experiences and questions on those topics should be posted there)
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Is anyone actually flying AC domestic or international in these Covid-filled days?

Old Mar 30, 2020, 9:05 am
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Originally Posted by YEG USER
I must have missed something. Which provinces have mandatory quarantines for interprovincial travel? That could impact me in the near future as I may be making an interprovincial trip in the near future.
It's not just interprovincial travel now. Anyone coming to northwestern Ontario from elsewhere in the province is being told to self-isolate because of the sustained community spread in Toronto. That includes anyone flying through Toronto on our 2 remaining flights per day (down from 12-ish in the before time, the long long ago).
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Old Mar 30, 2020, 9:20 am
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Originally Posted by 24left
For a slightly different report.....

******

Posted: Mar 27, 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wn0bbmxkT9o
"I like the fact that all the service sucks".

Haha.

I'm glad I'm not missing out while currently grounded.
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Old May 11, 2020, 9:22 pm
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Here's an article from The Washington Post that shows a EWR-SFO flight - presumably from 09 May 2020 - that's pretty packed in the back of the bus.

Does anyone have any recent AC experiences? I find it hard to fathom that Americans are flying enough to pack a plane.
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Old May 11, 2020, 10:03 pm
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Originally Posted by RCyyz
Does anyone have any recent AC experiences? I find it hard to fathom that Americans are flying enough to pack a plane.
Schedules have been cut massively and equipment downgauged to match loads.
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Old May 11, 2020, 10:18 pm
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From the AC press release in the CleanCare+ thread:

To promote more personal space in Economy Class aboard its aircraft, Air Canada will automatically block the sale of adjacent seats and cap the total number of seats sold for each flight. As a result, no customer in Economy Class will be required to sit immediately adjacent to another, unless they are required to do so to assist another customer with whom they are travelling. This policy will remain in effect until at least June 30, 2020.

So while I don't have firsthand experience AC is seemingly intent on avoiding a full cabin as another airline you indicated had.
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Old May 12, 2020, 8:22 am
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I have the firsthand experience, and the fights are as you'd expect; very lightly loaded, more available rows than passengers on a 320, masks and temp checks required before boarding. There are lots of negatives which are actually positives, assuming you are not a needy/entitled passenger: no terminal noise, no gate lice, no zone boarding, no jetway queues, no jostling, no shortage of bin space, no shared arm rests, no lav lineups, no perceivable stress, no attitude and no need to purchase any fare beyond basic economy.
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Old May 12, 2020, 12:57 pm
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If Y is getting adjacent seats blocked, and meal service is pretty restricted, doesn't seem like much reason to buy a PY seat (at least domestically) over Y+.
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Old May 12, 2020, 1:03 pm
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I flew from YYZ to YVR on AC about 2 weeks ago. They were flying a dreamliner (both ways) which was about 30% full, so we had a ton of room to space out. The only service for the 4.5 hour flight was a granola bar and a few bottles of water.

A handful of restaurants were open in YYZ and YVR (more in YYZ).

Overall the experience was pleasant.
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Old May 13, 2020, 9:29 am
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Originally Posted by tcook052
From the AC press release in the CleanCare+ thread:

To promote more personal space in Economy Class aboard its aircraft, Air Canada will automatically block the sale of adjacent seats and cap the total number of seats sold for each flight. As a result, no customer in Economy Class will be required to sit immediately adjacent to another, unless they are required to do so to assist another customer with whom they are travelling. This policy will remain in effect until at least June 30, 2020.

So while I don't have firsthand experience AC is seemingly intent on avoiding a full cabin as another airline you indicated had.
So I can confirm this, family and I had booked travel back in early March form YEG to YYZ to visit family. Our June 27th flight has been changed from Rouge 767 to AC A220 which happened on the weekend. Then, on Monday received a bunch of credits for our pre-assigned seating for the four of us in Y and then yesterday, new seats have us all in a different row of the A side of the aircraft with an empty seat beside us. When I look at the seat map, they have blocked out all C and E seats on the A220 which would confirm what they said in their communication email I received. Still not sure if we will be able to go depending on things in Alberta and Ontario at the time but it would certainly seem like they are following through with their commitment to not have any Y passengers sitting next to each other. I am still holding out a slim hope we will be able to use the tickets since I was able to get them for $700 each way for four people taxes in. Not often you can book a return from YEG-YYZ for 3 adults and 1 youth for $1400.00 all in, especially within the new reality of distancing.
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Old May 13, 2020, 8:36 pm
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Underutilized pilots are heading to sims for currency training.

The load YCD-YVR this afternoon, if I counted correctly, 15+1 infant.
Possibly at least one non-rev in that total.
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Old May 15, 2020, 9:11 pm
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Wednesday evening there were just over 50 people around the baggage carousel for AC123.(789).
I think the only domestic connection that night was to YYJ.
Add a few people with no luggage. Probably a few international connections.

Yesterday...
my numbers could be off by a bit....
8417 YLW-YVR had 20 pax
8071 YVR-YYJ had 31 pax+3 crew in uniform not operating the flight.
A passengers appeared to be travelling YLW-YVR-YYJ

In the YVR terminal building there was a handful of people with baggage from YWG-YVR.
Looks like they were waiting for the MF flight back to Xiamen.
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Old May 15, 2020, 9:31 pm
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Originally Posted by tracon
Yesterday...
my numbers could be off by a bit....
8417 YLW-YVR had 20 pax
8071 YVR-YYJ had 31 pax+3 crew in uniform not operating the flight.
My numbers are +/- 1 on both flights, so if they're off, it's not by much.
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Old May 16, 2020, 7:49 am
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Is there a requirement to self-isolate for domestic travel in Canada?
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Old May 16, 2020, 8:31 am
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Originally Posted by CZAMFlyer
I have the firsthand experience, and the fights are as you'd expect; very lightly loaded, more available rows than passengers on a 320, masks and temp checks required before boarding. There are lots of negatives which are actually positives, assuming you are not a needy/entitled passenger: no terminal noise, no gate lice, no zone boarding, no jetway queues, no jostling, no shortage of bin space, no shared arm rests, no lav lineups, no perceivable stress, no attitude and no need to purchase any fare beyond basic economy.
Maybe the business class people are tired of the fact that they are no longer entitled to their entitlements and that's what is leading to the fights because otherwise it sounds so peaceful and serene?
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Old May 16, 2020, 11:00 am
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May 15 YYC-YYZ-YOW AC134 & AC7720 - ~60 passengers & ~30 passengers
Temperature check & health questions out of YYC
When boarding one small bottled water provided, zip lock bag with two pairs of gloves, small bottled sanitizer, two moist wipes, one mask & another small bottle of water and one granola bar provided at the beginning of the flight

After flight booked, AC made many changes to seat assignments. Passengers were placed at the windows apart from each other. The first flight was A220 Fin 101 so A,D & F seats used!

Like flying PY or J, lots of room

First officer on AC134 promoted and given his fourth bar became a full Captain on this flight

MLL in YYC & YYZ are closed - All MLL are closed. Many parts of the airports are also closed

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