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.

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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. 

Vancouver International Transborder E Gates
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.

Air Canada Jazz (Express) Dash 8

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.

Air Canada Jazz Express Seats
Air Canada Express Dash 8 Cabin

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.  

Views of the San Juan Islands between propeller blades

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.

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