London to Halifax UA aircraft (AC Metal)

Old Sep 18, 12, 2:38 am
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London to Halifax UA aircraft (AC Metal)

Noticed this on Flight aware

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/U...135Z/EGLL/CYHZ


London to Halifax daily for the past 2 weeks?

Any idea what this is for?
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Old Sep 18, 12, 2:43 am
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Originally Posted by boycruz View Post
... Any idea what this is for?
beleive it is an AC flight (UA codeshare), specific AC861 as noted on flightstats site
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Old Sep 18, 12, 8:21 am
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Yea took that flight last year was an AC 767
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Old Sep 18, 12, 8:42 am
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That route is a AC seasonal route. I stumbled upon it when reading up on some airports I'm transiting on an award next summer.
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Old Sep 18, 12, 9:13 am
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Did that route en route from LHR BOS. Halifax is a delightful little airport and the overall level of friendliness even permeated the US pre-clearance people who were only semi-obnoxious
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Old Sep 18, 12, 10:58 am
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Originally Posted by lhrsfo View Post
Did that route en route from LHR BOS. Halifax is a delightful little airport and the overall level of friendliness even permeated the US pre-clearance people who were only semi-obnoxious
I'll be there this weekend, in fact.
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Old Sep 18, 12, 11:37 am
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Originally Posted by crnk View Post
That route is a AC seasonal route. I stumbled upon it when reading up on some airports I'm transiting on an award next summer.
YHZ-LHR is not seasonal. YYT (St. John's NL)-LHR is seasonal operated by A319.
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Old Sep 18, 12, 12:25 pm
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Originally Posted by ChrisA330 View Post
YHZ-LHR is not seasonal. YYT (St. John's NL)-LHR is seasonal operated by A319.
YHZ/LHR experiences a minor seasonal reduction in service, but is scheduled and operates year-round.
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Old Sep 18, 12, 3:00 pm
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I find both the AC security staff in Halifax to be particularly pedantic.
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Old Sep 18, 12, 3:24 pm
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This route -- even during the peak summer travel period -- has been an excellent route for premium cabin award space across the Atlantic, somewhat more so for LHR-YHZ than the reverse.
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Old Sep 18, 12, 4:55 pm
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Originally Posted by MQS007 View Post
I find both the AC security staff in Halifax to be particularly pedantic.
You find both to be pedantic.

Both of what? What does being pedantic have to do with security?
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Old Sep 18, 12, 5:09 pm
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I find that both the AC counter staff and the security at YHZ to enforce rules beyond reason. For example even though I am entitled to three bags and was checking one and my wife was checking one and one of the bags was 2 kilos over weight we were told to reduce the weight.

Similarly, security was not prepared to accept my see through plastic toilet case, which is specifically designed to satisfy security rules (no other airport in the world has had problems with it). YHZ security insisted that my liquids and gels be placed in their zip-lock bag.

That is what I mean by pedantic.
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Old Sep 18, 12, 5:37 pm
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Typically it is run 6 days a week (not on Saturday I think). Flown it twice round trip (twice in Y, once upgraded in J and once rewards J), nice flight to get to LHR without having to go through YYZ, and shorter too boot.

I don't have any security/check in issues, and it's my home airport. I don't usually check much in the way of bags and I use the standard ziplock bags you get there (replacing it when it falls apart). Could be the difference.
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Old Sep 18, 12, 7:33 pm
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Too short for a good sleep outbound

Have taken this flight many times. When there's a good tailwind, the crossing takes just over 4 hours!!!

At the best of times, this flight is too short for a decent sleep.

The return flight is pleasant and gets one home to YHZ with no stopover.
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Old Sep 18, 12, 8:59 pm
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I live in YHZ.
The YHZ-LHR used to be good for me when BMI was in Star Alliance. I could fly YHZ-LHR-XXX. However now I have to fly YHZ-YYZ-FRA/MUC/ZRH, etc.

As someone mentioned, YHZ-LHR usually always has J award space.
Also, it's a quick hop accross the pond so not much chance to sleep. If memory serves me correctly the flight leaves at around midnight?
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