Review: Air Canada Express Dash-8, Vancouver – Seattle
We had a short connection flight in order to access our international business class flight overseas to Japan. Our flight down from Vancouver to Seattle was on Air Canada Jazz, also branded as Air Canada Express on a dated De-Havilland Dash 8 under sunny morning skies.
This post is one chapter on our second Round the World trip via Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Poland. This trip was redeemed through Air Canada’s Aeroplan and through Starwood Preferred Guest (Marriott Bonvoy) loyalty programs. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.
Read More from This Trip
- Trip Introduction: The Khors of Oman, Cherry Blossoms in Japan, & Pirogies in Poland. Round the World #2 via Star Alliance Business Class on ANA, Thai, Etihad, Turkish & Lufthansa.
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Vancouver Trans-border
- Air Canada Express: Vancouver – Seattle
- United Club Lounge Sea-Tac, Seattle, Washington, USA
- The Club at SEA Lounge, “S” Concourse, Sea-Tac, Seattle, Washington, USA
- ANA Staggered Business Class: Seattle – Tokyo Narita
- ANA Arrivals Lounge – Tokyo Narita
- The Westin Tokyo
- Meiji Jingu Shine & Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo, Japan
- The Imperial Palace and Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan
- Tsukiji Fish Market and Ginza Shopping, Tokyo, Japan
- Cherry Blossoms and a Night out in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
- ANA Lounge, Narita Terminal One, Tokyo, Japan
- Asiana Airlines Business Class, Tokyo Narita – Seoul Incheon
- Hyatt Regency Incheon
- Asiana Business Lounge, Terminal One Concourse, Seoul Incheon
- Thai Airways Business Class: Seoul Incheon – Bangkok Survharnabhumi
- Thai Airways Royal Orchid Spa, Bangkok Survharnabhumi
- Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge, Bangkok Survharnabhumi
- Thai Airways Business Class: Bangkok Survharnabhumi – Dubai
- The Grosvenor House Apartments, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Afternoon Tea at the Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- At the Top, Visiting the Worlds’ Tallest Observation Deck, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Trading at Old Markets of Dubai, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Etihad Pearl Business Lounge, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- Etihad Pearl Business, Abu Dhabi – Muscat
- Shangri-La Barr al Jissah Resort and Spa, Muscat, Oman
- Shopping at Mutrah Souq & The Corniche at Muscat, Oman
- Spotting Underwater Turtles in Bandar Jissah, Yiti, Oman
- Plaza Premium Lounge, Muscat, Oman
- Etihad Airways Pearl Business Class, Muscat – Abu Dhabi
- The Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Lufthansa Senator Lounge, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Dubai International Business Lounge, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Turkish Airlines Business Class, Dubai – Istanbul
- Turkish Airlines Business Lounge, Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
- Swiss Airlines Business Class, Istanbul – Zurich
- Swiss Airlines Senator Lounge “A”, Zurich, Switzerland
- Swiss Airlines Business Class, Zurich – Warsaw
- The Hotel Bristol, Warsaw, Poland
- Strolling Old Town Warsaw, Poland
- Visiting the Remains of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Parks of Warsaw, Poland
- LOT Business Lounge, Warsaw, Poland
- Lufthansa Business Class, Warsaw – Munich
- Lufthansa Business Class, Munich – Vancouver
Review: Air Canada Jazz Express Dash-8, Vancouver – Seattle
We left the Air Canada Maple Leaf Vancouver Transborder lounge and headed to the short commuter flight area. It was off from the main terminal through a ground level walkway. We were set to depart from gate E95.
Economy Class (single class of service)
YVR-SEA (Vancouver International Airport – Sea Tac International, Seattle)
AC 8089 – Economy Class (V)
08:05 AM – 8:54 AM
April 13, 2014
Booked: Dash 8-300
Flown: Dash 8-300
We boarded through Gate E95 into the outside Vancouver air. There are a few gates that are without jet bridges at the E Gates at YVR Transborder, resulting in an outdoor walk to the aircraft. There was no rain today, making for a nice sky under morning sun.
The age of these aircraft that initially joined the Air Canada fleet in 1989 are starting to show. Air Canada Express Dash 8 aircraft operate a single class of service, much like many other operators of this configuration.
It was a non-eventful Dash 8 flight down to Seattle, departing from Gate E95 at the quiet end of the commuter prop concourse.
The wear and tear is off set by some beautiful scenery over the San Juan islands off the right side of the aircraft on the way down. It was a quick 35 minutes of flight time with a water or juice service offered. Alaska Airlines and Delta don’t typically offer a drink service on this Vancouver – Seattle – Vancouver route. As a result, Air Canada actually leads the competition in this regard.
We landed at the busy Seattle Tacoma International Airport without incident.
We had a 5 hour layover in Seattle and instead of hanging out aimlessly at the airport, we headed over to have Sunday Brunch at 13 Coins restaurant which is a short paved 5 minute walk immediately off the airport property at the south end. It’s closer than most off airport parking lots and it made for a hearty way to spend some time filling up with a generous breakfast portion. It’s open 24 hours for those that happen to be stuck at SEA TAC airport at odd hours
The Bottom Line on Air Canada Express:
The Air Canada Express Route between Vancouver – Seattle won’t ever be the most exciting route ever. It does serve a valuable link to and from Vancouver for those looking to connect westward to Asia or Eastward to Eastern Canada or Europe. As long as you can survive a dated propeller plane, you’ll get to your destination with a minimum of fuss.