Flying Home


Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 20-04-2009

My flight leaves in approximately four hours aboard WestJet which will take me through Calgary before landing in the final destination of Victoria at around 9:30 pm PST.

This flight will mark the 12th time I’ve flown to Victoria from Toronto, and 32nd flight ever – well depending on how well my memory is serving me.

Probably my most memorable experience flying occurred this past August after traveling to Rome for a summer trip to Italy. We flew on the low-cost airline Zoom. Upon arrival at YYZ for check-in we discovered our flight was delayed for 12 hours due to “technical problems”, and would leave the next morning at 6:30 am.

We did end up leaving at the re-scheduled time aboard a half empty 767, and arrived very late in Rome. After getting our rental car, and a three hour search for our hotel, we finally settled for the night.

The next day, just before dinner,  I discovered we weren’t flying Zoom home to Canada after our trip. My routine browsing of led to the discovery of Zoom ceasing operations stranding would-be fliers, including ourselves. Of course, we had time to plan a way back to Canada, and ended up taking three flights on three different airlines: Catania->Rome->London, UK->Toronto. 

Zoom really didn’t define “technical problems” when it delayed our flight. From reading several news reports across the internets, it seems Zoom had delayed all their flights leading up to their cessation due to “technical problems.” I’m assuming their definition of the term meant “we don’t have any money to buy fuel to get you to your destination, stand by while we siphon the tanks of other airlines.”

Anyway, not too much time left to go before I need to leave, so here are some images that I have taken over the years from airplane windows.

August 5, 2006 – Victoria -> Toronto.
One from the archives

September 6, 2008 – Catania -> Rome.

August 14, 2007 – Toronto -> Victoria. 

Over the Rockies and Far Away



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