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I flew from manchester to Toronto a few years back with Canada 3000 and found it to be just ok.The departure was delayed in manchester by 8 hours which was a bit dissapointing.They did orgainise to give us lunch vouchers but even with that 8 hours was quite a long time to kill.The seats were pretty basic but at 5 7 I had plenty of room.The tv was one of those drop down things from the ceilings and I had to strain my neck to watch the movie.The staff were relatively polite and courteous although i didnt really have any need to contact them.I was able to arrange with them at booking that I could return home to a different airport which i found useful.There was no delays on the return flight and my baggage was not lost or damaged.The flight I got was very resonably priced and I was satisfied with the level of service that I got based on the price I paid.
The flight was very last minute and I think ex manchester to Toronto return to Belfast cost £200 or thereabouts.The seats at manchester airport are typical of any aiport.The seats on the plane were relatively small any taller or wider and they would have been uncomfortable.
Having worked between Canada and the UK, (and even marrying a Canadian), I’ve travelled back and forth on many occasions over the past few years. I can say that Canada 3000 are a good quality airline, easily outpacing Air Transat who seem to be their main competition among Canadian charters. Canada 3k flights go from London Gatwick to various points across Canada, from Newfoundland to British Columbia, usually with one stop along the way. These stops are more of a bounce than anything, as you are not required to change onto another flight, but instead remain seated as passengers depart and others join for the hop to the final destination. Flights into Toronto usually stop in Montreal, those to Vancouver go most often via Calgary. 3k’s fleet consists of mostly new aircraft, usually the European Airbus rather than the various Boeings favoured by transatlantic competitors. The interiors are clean, and the seating arrangements in economy tend to be in the 2-3-2 or 2-4-2 formats, as opposed to the more usual 3-4-3. Even though the seats are quite small these seating patterns mean you are rarely cramped. The food and drink on board is what you’d expect, neither better or worse than food on other chartered airlines, and there is no choice of meal, outside of the vegetarian option. The food is hot though, and even enjoyable on some flights! Along with the food comes service that is friendly, approachable and multi-lingual throughout. The entertainment can be quit thin, as the radio station programmes seem to loop often, especially the comedy channel, and so you can find yourself searching for new listening before you’re halfway through your flight. Often the films are not from the most popular or recent, and the screens can be quite difficult to see, depending on where you end up sitting. If you find yourself directly under a screen, then the next one down the cabin can be quite a distan
ce and make for awkward viewing. The sound quality is quite high though, with the Airbus’ relatively quiet engines meaning that you don’t have to deafen yourself to keep up with the dialogue. Headphones are available from the cabin crew, and they can be used on the flight and elsewhere as they come with an adapter. They are quite low quality though, and when combined with their garish colours I can’t see much use for them in every day life. There is a nominal fee for the headphones of $5 Canadian or £3, and I would suggest having Canadian funds available as this skewed exchange rate, (£3 is almost $7), continues on into the duty-free items available too. The important part though is the flight and the timings… 3k usually leave Gatwick on time, without having to park on the runway awaiting a take-off slot for too long. However, whenever a flight touches down somewhere before its final destination you can expect delays, and so journey’s end usually seems to come around 20-40 minutes late. When flying out of Vancouver I would strongly suggest you call the 3k desk at Vancouver airport around 5 hours before take off is due. The aeroplane earmarked to fly you to London is usually en route from Toronto or Calgary at this point, and can be subject to long delays, especially if Ontario is suffering severe weather. On one occasion I had to wait six hours for a flight delayed for this reason, and even though Vancouver is one of North America’s nicer airports, entertainment is hard to find for this length of time! These problems should not be seen as a major impediment to flying Canada 3000 though. Provided your expectations are set to a level suitable for charter airlines, you’ll find a pleasant comfortable flight, with friendly staff that’s excellent value for money.
I flew with Canada 3000 for the second time from London Gatwick to Vancouver this summer. They offered the cheapest fare and also flew direct with a one hour stop in Calgary. On my flight in both directions they arrived ten minutes late due to taking too long in Calgary, but I felt this was more because of the passengers ignoring the cabin crew's requests that they retake their seats so they could be counted. You didn't have an option in terms of food (unless you ordered vegetarian or children's) but it was fine if basic, but adequatly filling. They offered a hot meal and a cold snack (a sandwitch and fruit) in both directions. You had to pay for headsets ($5 Canadian/£3) which you could then keep and use in stereos (they had a removable adapter) but they were white and orange! I had no problem with this as they showed three recent films in both directions, as well as some short TV programmes between Calgary and Gatwick. You also had to pay for alcohol (£2 a glass) but you got a complimentary glass of wine (red or white) with your meal. Otherwise drinks were served regularly and they were pretty decent. Overall I would definitely fly Canada 3000 again, and I'm sure the new business class (Club C3) will be popular (wider seats, more leg room etc). They just offer you the basics and save you money by not dishing out excessive, trivial freebies. The modern aircraft (Airbus A330-200 for me) and friendly staff are not comprimised, so Canada 3000 can offer Reliable Affordable Air Travel! Also, about 50% of the people I saw on the plane had used Canadian Affair (www.canadian-affair.com) to book because they are specialists for Canada and Canada 3000 therefore cheap and able to organise good Canadian packages.
Canada3000 are an excellent airline for cheap flights to Canada. They fly to smaller airports and they are extremely cheap for off-peak travel months. I've flown with them several times to several destinations I would recommend them to anyone wanting a cheap flight. You can generally get flights just a couple of days before flying and can often get a return flight from under £170, although I've flown with them for under £100 to Toronto. The only thing I have to say is, that I often have to take something extra to eat and drink - they are sometimes a little tight with the rations!