I am flying to Auckland in August for Bledisloe Cup game. I booked my flights online few months ago by using Webjet website because I can pick the times that I wanted to leave and it suited me fine. So the flight over to Auckland will be with Lan Chile (A340) and the flight back to Sydney will be with Emirates (A380). I don’t know what to expect from these airlines as I haven’t flown with them. I would like to fly with Qantas return to/from Auckland but my electric chair wouldn’t fit in cargo in B737-800 in all Qantas Sydney to Auckland flights in August '11. The only aircraft that takes my electric chair are A320, B747-400 and B767 so far but I never flew with A340 & A380. So I am looking forward of flying with them so if any of you, your friends or family members flew with Lan Chile and Emirates while in the wheelchair – please share with me.
Seeing that I am in wheelchair, Qantas is the best airline for me because they look after me very well and also, while flying domestic sector – Sydney to Melbourne, one of my booked flight was B737-400 told by check in lady then the man approached me at the gate where my flight was leaving and he saw my electric chair got a tag on and he told me that sorry that your electric chair wouldn’t fit in cargo in B737-400 so he organised with other staff at Qantas to be moved to next flight would be on B767 for free of charge. That’s why I love Qantas. Also, Virgin Blue is worst airline as they don’t look after me very well because they nearly refused me on their flight from Melbourne to Sydney as they asked me that can I put a life jacket on by my own and I said no and I got upset with them and my carer from Melbourne has a yarn with them then they finally agreed to put me on that flight seeing it was at night time and I wanted to get back to Sydney for work. Also, they can store my electric chair in their B737-700 and B737-800 cargo hold as my chair to be folded down and I don't like it. Both Qantas & Virgin Blue have a different policies of handling wheelchairs in cargo hold.
Please share it with me about you, your family members or friends who had problems with their wheelchairs fit in cargo hold.
PS I love flying so much and my favourite aircraft are B747-400 then B767 then A320.