This was our fourth flight with my 2 kids without my husband, and only second one that was long haul. We flew Air Canada, flight AC8 to Vancouver. My mom flew with us on this leg which was great to have an extra adult but unfortunately, she had to sit in a different row. Luckily, my kids are a bit older now (5 and almost 4 at the time) so they were actually quite easy. I brought the stroller to help with transport tired kids and hand luggage. Our trip was in April of 2015.
Our flight boarded around 630pm and we boarded the flight with not much problems. Once we settled in, I got the kids their activity bags and set them up on their screens and headphones. Until take off, they could use their kids onanoff headphones but for takeoff and landing, they had to take them off for safety reasons (earbud style headphones are fine to use for takeoff and landing). You can find a review for these headphones in a previous post here. I chose the travel ones as they could fold up a bit smaller and came with a handy pouch. The kids are now pretty used to having their entertainment on the flight now so they were kept busy with that and their activity booklets. I also bought them each a kids magazine from the airport bookshop.
Our seats were pretty good for economy. There was enough space, you could plug in your usb to charge various things like your phone or tablet. And below in the seat leg, you could even plug in your laptop for power. The food wasn’t too bad either. The kids were served a pasta dish for dinner and pancakes for breakfast. You could help yourself to water and small snacks like pretzels in the back of the plane. The staff were also courteous and helpful.
Kids breakfast on the left and the power outlet on the right that was below in the seat leg.
We all managed a bit of shuteye which is always an added bonus and I got to catch up on some movies. All in all, our experience was pretty positive with Air Canada. When flying with only one parent, make sure you bring a letter from your spouse/partner showing that they authorize your child’s/children’s travel without them. They didn’t ask us on our last trip, but at immigration this time, they did ask me where the other parent was and then asked to see our letter. It was pretty easy to navigate the airport to immigration and then baggage.
Hopefully you find this post helpful and happy travels!