Our flight from Taipei arrived at 11:10am, and we were one of the first few people off the plane. We headed to Canada Customs, and with our Nexus pass we were through customs and immigration within minutes. We continued to our domestic flight – having to go through security again. I’m not sure why this has to be the case at the Vancouver airportg, as we are in a sterile corridor after leaving customs.
I had noticed that there was a 12:40pm flight to Edmonton, so when we got to the domestic Maple Leaf Lounge, we checked to see if we could get on the earlier flight (as we didn’t have any checked luggage). However, there was only 1 seat available in business class, and as we had paid for business class tickets, we didn’t want to have one of us stuck in economy. So, we just hung out in the lounge until our 2:00pm flight.
We headed to the gate at 1:20pm. Our gate (Gate 30) was literally just across from the lounge, so we didn’t have far to go. The inbound flight had come in late, and passengers were still deplaning when we got here. However, they did a quick turn around, and started boarding at 1:30pm.
The business class cabin has a total of 14 seats in a 2-2 configuration – which is the same as the A320-200 plane we flew from Edmonton to Vancouver. The seats are your standard domestic business class seats with a 38 inch pitch. The difference between the A320-200 and the A319-100 is that the A319 has 106 standard economy seats (with no preferred seating section).
The plane was completely full. In fact, it was oversold and they were asking for volunteers to take a later flight. As it had been a long day of travel, we were not interested in giving up our seats. We did make sure to be one of the first people on so that we could fit our roller bags in the bin.
Due to the short turnaround, the flight attendants did not have the bottled water already at the seats when we boarded. Instead, once most of the passengers had boarded, they came around with the bottled water, earbud headphones and newspapers.
We pushed back from the gate just before 2:00pm, and were in the air 10 minutes later. Like the flight from Edmonton to Vancouver, wifi was available on this flight as well. But again, since it was such a short flight (and as I was quite tired), I didn’t bother trying to connect.
We were in the air about 20 minutes when the flight attendants came around with hot towels. There was no menu on this flight. Instead, the food and beverage cart was rolled out 5 minutes later, and we were given a cold plate of smoked salmon, blinis and packaged almonds. As the flight was in the middle of the afternoon, I understand why they just provided a snack, instead of a hot meal.
I like smoked salmon, but I wasn’t that hungry, so I gave my plate to my husband. It seemed to be good, as he ate all my smoked salmon along with his. I ate the almonds though.
With the 1.5 hour flight, I looked for a movie that was short enough to watch. I picked “Coco”, which is a cute movie, but I was about 10 minutes from the end of the movie when we landed in Edmonton at 4:18pm. I guess I’ll never know the ending (although, I could probably guess).
The flight was quick and uneventful, which is pretty much all I ask for out of most of my flights. As we only had carry-on, we were off the plane and on our way home in no time.