readytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3946 posts, RR: 2 Posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3543 times:
A friend of mine is planning a trip to the USA and then onwards to NZ. Being wheelchair bound and very independant was wondering which airlines offered a disabled toilet facility. He tried looking for a web site that listed user friendly airlines but got nowhere. He is travelling with friends but does not want to be a burden to them to use the toilet, also he is flying J Class.
I seem to recall that the "old" CO had a disabled toilet on their 777s, true?
Questions, is there a web site listing disabled user friendly airlines?
Any reconmendations from previous users?
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tonystan From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1530 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3252 times:
BAs 777-300s have a huge wheelchair friendly toilet but they only operate on specific routes and there are only 6 of them regrettably. Also EI have them on their A330s too.
HOWEVER......What I do know is that all aircraft toilets are designed to be wheel chair accessable. Now the problem is few airlines will allow their staff to assist wheelchair bound customers to the lavatories and they are expected to be travelling with someone who acts as an assistant. But airlines like BA do provide onboard wheelchairs which fit down the aisles and can be used to get someone to the nearest lav. Sometimes these lavs have curtains around the outside providing extra privicy. Its not ideal but it works.
The crew are trained to move the wheelchair onboard but would not be allowed to lift or assist a customer in any other function regarding use of the toilets.
So basically, if your friend is able to hop from the onboard chair to the toilet alone then I cannot imagine there being a problem but if they need more "personal" assistance I would suggest you tell them to bring a friend.