I’m sure I’m not the only one that watches Airshow (the moving map on the in-flight entertainment system) obsessively when flying. What I always find funny is the obscure cities they sometimes display. Instead of displaying New York or Boston as points of reference, they’ll instead show towns with a population of 5,000 (as I find out after doing some research after landing).
While I sleep well on flights from the west coast to Europe, I usually just stay up on flights from the east coast, since the flights are too short to get any real sleep. I’ll typically always have Airshow playing, and one of the places that always mystifies me is St. John’s, Canada. You’ll already be half way to your destination in Europe, but still over North America. St John’s is the easternmost city in North America, and for whatever reason, I’m desperate to visit.
I was thinking of booking a trip there using miles (since revenue tickets are really expensive), though have revised my plan since. Air Canada has a daily flight from St. John’s to London Heathrow operated by an Airbus 319, with near perfect award availability. So if you’re ever wondering why you’re seeing an Air Canada Airbus 319 at Heathrow, that’s why. I also think it wins the award for the most uncomfortable premium cabin transatlantic product for a “full service” airline, given that the flight features standard domestic first class seats.
Anyway, back on topic. Instead of just booking an award as far as St. John’s, I’ll have St. John’s be my stopover point enroute to Europe the next time I cross the pond. While I wouldn’t look forward to flying domestic first class all the way to London, it should be an experience, and being able to visit St. John’s at no extra cost seems worthwhile.
So anyway, who has been to St. John’s? Is it worth a visit? For how long? Has anyone else been tempted to go based on Airshow?