First Class Interiors. Friday , May 18th , 2018 - 04:30:58 AM
At 0730 AM some 10 hours after departure we finally heard from the flight-deck when the First Officer informed us that we had commenced our decent the current temperature was 2 degrees C at Toronto and we would be landing in 35 minutes (at 605 AM local time) and parking at gate 155 at Toronto`s new Terminal 1. I grabbed my in-flight kit and dashed to the lav to quickly freshen up and the Flight Attendants were now collecting all service items preparing the cabin for landing. We touched down at 0610 AM and arrived at gate 155 at 0622 AM some 22 minutes after the flight`s 0600 AM scheduled arrival time. As we were the first passengers off the aircraft we were quickly processed through customs and immigration but to our dismay our baggage was not priority processed and we waited about 20 minutes for it to arrive on the belt.
But calculating the point at which ownership is less costly than other options isn`t simply a matter of toting up flight time and determining hourly costs. The kind of flying you do the places you go the number of travelers on the aircraft also play a role in the economics of ownership. For example ownership is much more cost effective if you primarily fly round trips avoiding deadheading costs or multi-day hangar and ground handling fees and airline tickets home and back for the flight crew. If you primarily fly one way a fractional ownership share or a jet card could be a better solution than full ownership because fractional and jet card costs are based on one-way flights.
This was the return journey home from our 12-day visit to Argentina which was booked several months in advance redeeming reward points from our Air Canada Aeroplan frequent flyer account. Given the great distance and long journey time from Canada down to Argentina comfort was a priority. So we decided to splurge treating ourselves to Business Class reward tickets. We actually boarded the flight at its origin at Ezeiza Airport in Buenos Aires Argentina for the short two-hour hop across the Andes to Santiago Chile.