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Best way in Star Alliance F from Halifax to Shanghai
My parents need to fly from Halifax, Canada (YHZ) to Shanghai, China. They need to fly Star Alliance, and I need to put them in F for this trip (C is ok only on two-class aircraft, and on short connecting flights). Would appreciate your routing suggestions please! Either transpacific or transatlantic is fine.
given the YHZ origin, probably best just to put them on Air Canada in C via YYZ.
Only one stop, full flat beds on the YYZ-PVG leg and no back tracking. Service not nearly as good as on Asian carriers but very comfortable and much much more convenient than any of the true F options which would all involve 2+ stops, immigration etc.
Any of the LX/LH F options from YYZ/YUL would take much longer, involve an additional stop and cost far more...
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Originally Posted by Gerbs
I concur with the AC direct option, although another possibility is YHZ-LHR-FRA-PVG using AC C then LH C then LH F. I think it's a bit quicker than going through BOS.
Could be a nice option, though LHR and especially FRA are not the most user-friendly airports to transit through if the parents aren't in great shape or are inexperienced flyers.
Beyond that, great advice for the OP re AC, but one question that might or might not matter to him and his folks: Is it possible to lower the high dividers between the C seats? They're great for solo passengers but if the dividers can't be lowered then not as good for couples.
One other though if SQ is not stopping the NYC-SIN non-stops by the time the parents fly and if the arriving and departing NYC airports are the same is YHZ-NYC-SIN-PVG in C. But I get back to the point that AC seems best.
BOS-ZRH-PVG with a very good connection in ZRH in both directions
But connecting in BOS is terrible, one would have to exit security, take a shuttle bus from terminal B to E. It looks like going via BOS, ZRH would take 27 hours versus 19 hours via YYZ, and they would be stuck in Y for YHZ-BOS. I don't see how flying F over C is worth it given the extra 8 hours of traveling time and an extra connection.