Arriving at the airport was pretty easy. In case I didn't say, Doug works for Air Canada so has parking privileges at YVR.
Linda left her car at work, close to the airport and Sky Train anyway. We went through the various long lines, picked expensive food and managed to board with little drama. Not bad considering it was 4 of us travelling on Doug's buddy passes. Alas, no first class seats.
Se left the ramp on time, just about. An hour later we arrived...back at the ramp. After sitting on the taxiway for a long time it was announced that we had to return to get more fuel as our flightplan was changed. The different route sas longer and we needed more fuel. We left over an hour late on a longer route. Oh well, at least our arrival time is early in the day still.
These Air Canada Rouge flights are pretty budget in their services. No monitors overhead or on the seatbacks for example. You have to get an app (using your data) and then once in flight you can access media with wifi to watch on your own screen. No internet though. And a pretty poor selection of films. I didn't even look at the music menu. I have my Fiio with 64 gigs of my own music and a pair of Sony noise cancelling headphones. The combo is great. I love the noise cancelling.
After watching a pretty forgetful "gang gun deal turns into 2 hour gun battle" movie called Free Fire or something, I got up to stretch, and met Vincent.
Vincent is from Waterford Ireland and is returning home after a summer of fishing and bartending on Malcom Island, or Sointula, where we went just a couple of months ago. We chatted about many of the places and people there. Small world!
He also gave us some great tips for travel ideas around the south of Ireland near where he lives, and also over on the Ring Of Kerry. In fact we now know where to get lobster over there, from a friend of his! We will be staying very close when in Tralee. I bought him a drink and he drew us maps, a fair exchange I reckon.
I would have shared the giant bag of pretzels I found under my seat with him too but he had already gone back to his.