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    Plane packing options for Dahon MU Uno? (economy)

    I'm looking to avoid any additional fees as much as possible. That probably means getting the bike to an acceptable "package" size that can be checked in and safe from standard rough treatment as expected in these situations. If it helps, I'm flying Emirates economy.

    Obviously I'm not averse to dissembling the bike but the less pieces the better

    Any ideas? I'm wondering if just getting the smallest box that will fit the bike - while folded - and stuffing it with newspapers/bubblewrap is sufficient.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

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    Check with the air carrier , get the answer in writing , print it and you have a chance
    of the people that you will go through not making that agreement Void.

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    This is what I used
    http://www.gaerlan.com/dahon/pack.htm

    I used foam pipe insulation and foam sports tape to protect the frame.
    Giant TCRC2 2007, GT Avalance 2011,Dahon MU P8 2012

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    Emirates bicycle info here http://www.emirates.com/au/english/h...x?faqId=214958
    Mrs tourer and I have travelled with both full sized boxed bikes and bike fridays in Suitcases on Emirates, and as long as you don't exceed your 30 kilo allowance you will be ok. Exceed 30 kilos and be prepared to pay dearly!! If still in doubt contact the airline directly. Hope this helps.

    UPDATE - emirates flights out of the US appear to allow 2 bags of 23 kilos each on their flights. Here in Australia we get 30 kilos total on Emirates. Probably best to check with airlines, but it looks like you should be ok regardless of how you package the bike as long as you dont exceed 23 kilos per bag.
    Last edited by tourer78; 11-10-13 at 02:23 AM. Reason: More information

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    Quote Originally Posted by tourer78 View Post
    Emirates bicycle info here http://www.emirates.com/au/english/h...x?faqId=214958
    Mrs tourer and I have travelled with both full sized boxed bikes and bike fridays in Suitcases on Emirates, and as long as you don't exceed your 30 kilo allowance you will be ok. Exceed 30 kilos and be prepared to pay dearly!! If still in doubt contact the airline directly. Hope this helps.

    UPDATE - emirates flights out of the US appear to allow 2 bags of 23 kilos each on their flights. Here in Australia we get 30 kilos total on Emirates. Probably best to check with airlines, but it looks like you should be ok regardless of how you package the bike as long as you dont exceed 23 kilos per bag.
    It is indeed 30 kilos from Australia but I'm more worried of the luggage dimensions. Thanks for the advice guys.

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    I've never flown Emirates, but I've gone on a few other airlines with a bike box and was never charged extra. Amazingly, the bike was never damagged either.

    I've also flown a lot with a Bike Friday in the regular BF Samsonite suitcase and had no problems whatsoever, except the occaisional delayed luggage.

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    If the box that Dahons come in is within the airline's dimensions; just ask any
    Dahon dealer to give it to you instead of throwing it out. I have flown a few times
    with my Brompton in the factory cardboard box, no problems. But the B'ton in the
    box is within most airline's limit of 62 linear inches. If Dahon's box is too big; I
    would suggest to just use any luggage you already have. The bike would need some
    disassembly. I have used a standard sized Samsonite hard sided luggage a few times
    to fly my folding bike(s).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUQNU2DKiWw



    Brompton folding bike; ready for check-in by 1nterceptor, on Flickr

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
    If the box that Dahons come in is within the airline's dimensions; just ask any
    Dahon dealer to give it to you instead of throwing it out. I have flown a few times
    with my Brompton in the factory cardboard box, no problems. But the B'ton in the
    box is within most airline's limit of 62 linear inches. If Dahon's box is too big; I
    would suggest to just use any luggage you already have. The bike would need some
    disassembly. I have used a standard sized Samsonite hard sided luggage a few times
    to fly my folding bike(s).
    That's cool. Almost everyone seems to use Samsonite hardshells. I'm going to have to look for one.

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