FLYACYYZ From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1914 posts, RR: 12 Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2359 times:
There has never been planned service into STN. Perhaps because of an operational or weather diversion, this may have been the case. There were YYZ/LGW charters way back on the 747-200 during the 80's for one season.
YOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4781 posts, RR: 17 Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2274 times:
I flew YOW-STN once. This however was due to a diversion as AC pilots went on strike at midnight while my plane was airborne. The shuttle bus AC provided us with from STN to LHR arrived late and so I missed my onward flight to DXB. Special conditions aside I am unaware of any regular flights from Canada to STN by AC.
8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1105 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1932 times:
I remember now that he said that once they had taken off from London, they had to return because the plane was too small. Perhaps they couldnt return to Heathrow because of slots, so returned to Stansted and picked up a larger plane (even though it might not have been an Air Canada one)
NorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2804 posts, RR: 41 Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1899 times:
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Quoting 8herveg (Reply 7): I remember now that he said that once they had taken off from London, they had to return because the plane was too small. Perhaps they couldnt return to Heathrow because of slots, so returned to Stansted and picked up a larger plane (even though it might not have been an Air Canada one)
That still does not make much sense... AC would of gone to Glasgow or Manchester (where they have operations) before Stansted (where they do not). Also, plane was too small? How did it get to Heathrow then in the first place? If there was a fuel issue post departure, again they probably would of diverted to MAN, GLA, SNN, PIK, KEF or most likely YQX, YYT or YHZ before STN.
Only thing i can think of is a terror alert/ hijacking attempt, as STN is the diversion point set up for such eventualities, or at least used to be? (Ariana 727 back in what, 2000? went to STN as i recall). That would explain the replacement aircraft as well.
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