Checking in at London-Heathrow (LHR)

Our steed for the flight to Chicago.

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As we board British Airways Boeing 777-200.

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Takeoff from London-Heathrow (LHR)

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Departing London-Heathrow (LHR) runway 27R our crew performed CPT3F SID procedure towards Compton (CPT) VOR.

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The flight took us over Wales and towards Ireland.

Climbing over Wales.

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As we reach our cruising altitude we are welcomed by some drinks and the latest “Die Hard” movie.

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A cruise over Northern Atlantic and Canada

Somewhere over Northern Atlantic we chased Virgin Atlantic A340 (watch the video below).

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The dinner is served.

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In the middle of the ocean.

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After crossing the Atlantic Ocean the route takes us over Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Quebec — overflying cities of Montreal and Ottawa.

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Over Newfoundland. A glimpse of Red Indian Lake.

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Leaving Newfoundland as we overfly Stephenville Airport (YJT). Soon afterwards we are over New Brunswick.

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The flight path continues very close to Montréal. St Lawrence River flows all the way to the ocean.

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Montréal-Mirabel (YMX) airport.

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Overflying Ottawa. In the distance an overview of Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier (YOW) airport.

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Landing at Chicago-O’Hare (ORD)

Soon to enter US airspace.

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Descending through clouds. In the distance only Sears (Willis) Tower pops out.

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Expediting PAITN2 arrival procedure over Lake Michigan.

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Final vectors after crossing ORD VOR. WX map and METAR shows very low cloud ceiling and an interesting approach (watch the video below).

A short clip of an Atlantic crossing while tracking Virgin Atlantic A340, descend through cloudy Chicago skies and landing at Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) on runway 10L.

Taxiway EE separating Terminal 3 and Terminal 5 area. A fun fact: O’Hare doesn’t have Terminal 4. As the airport decided to expand Terminal 4 was built to temporarily carry out international flights. But the operating area was too small. So a new international terminal was planned. When Terminal 4 closed, O’Hare decided to call the new, improved international area Terminal 5 to avoid confusion (in 1993).

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An overview of Terminal 3. It houses all American Airlines flights, as well as departures for select Oneworld carriers.

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Terminal 5. A home of O’Hare international arrivals.

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Turning and parking next to Alitalia A330 and Royal Jordanian A340.

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