Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Sydney, Australia
Bikes: Giant CRX 4.0
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Transporting tourer from Sydney to London.
I am sure this topic has been beaten to death on some corners of this forum, but each situation is unique right?
I am contemplating buying a bike here in Sydney, Australia, before I undertake a 6 month bike tour starting in London in April this year.
I have a bike I want and for which I have been quoted a reasonable price.
My only reservations are taking the bike on an airline to the UK.
I am seeking advice relating to any experiences on a similar long haul flights with a touring bike. At present I will either be flying Qantas, Etihad, Emirate or Malaysia airlines. Weight will not be an issue, but oversize dimensions for the bike packed most likely will. Qantas appears to be fairly generous, offering dimensions of Length: 140cm (55in)
Width: 30cm (12in) Height: 80cm (32in). Other airlines, not so much, appearing to offer no more than 45cm x 72cm x 90cm, for which my bike will definitely exceed.
Have tried to query the airlines about associated costs with dimensions exceeding these sizes, but I have effectively been ignored.
Anyone have experiences with these airlines? Anyone have an understanding on general ball park figures for oversize fees on similar long haul flights? Recommendations for packing the bike? Any advice is helpful.