Air Canada jet gets narrower

Courtesy CBC

Courtesy CBC

I have no complaint flying Air Canada long haul when you get three hot meals. Not complaining this time either, but something seemed a little off the last trip from Vancouver to Shanghai.

My wife in the aisle seat had water spilled on her twice and the cart rammed into the seat. We switched seats, and this time I had quite a splash of water spilled right on to my lap as the attendant tried to open a bottle. The crew made a joke of it as one of them said she would note the seat number and not book her mother on that seat when she travels. No problem. The pants will dry by the time I arrived at my destination.

But the best (or should I say worst) was saved for the return trip when the passenger next to me spilled his glass of orange juice on to my pants all the way down to the shoes! One might think it was just my luck. However, talking to a fellow traveller about flying (not specifically related to the incidents), he said the seats on Air Canada have become narrower. And, of course, the tray table which cannot hold both a meal tray and a glass of orange juice. So too, I would add, the aisle. If you had to go the washroom, you might find it difficult to turn around after you had entered the tiny space.

Airlines – and not just Air Canada – are trying to squeeze in more seats. They should know that for the long haul, comfort still ranks as a key service aspect.

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About Dingzi
Writer by passion, with professional expertise in aviation, customer service and creative writing. Aviation veteran, author, editor and management consultant. Besides commentary on business issues and life-interest topics, travel stories and book reviews, genres include fiction, poetry and plays. Nature lover who abhors cruelty of any form to animals, and a tireless traveler. Above all, a dreamer.

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