Does anyone know of any airlines that let you pre book seats in advance.
My wife and I are due to fly to Sydney in November to visit our son who recently emmigrated there.
Me wife travelled to Sydney in March with BA and Qantas. I tried to book her a seat with extra leg room as she suffers from osteo athritis in her thighs but the best BA could offer her was an isle seat. for both journeys. They said he condition was not on a recognised list of ailments that would allow them to give her a specified seat i.e one near an emergency exit with no seats in front of them. She had a terrrible time and could hardly walk when she got off the plane as she didnt have enough room in front of her seat to keep he legs fully stretched.
emirates let you choose your seat long before you fly on their website, obviously only if there are available seats! i've done this for my flights, but was only able to once i'd made full payment (i think, booked them about 4 months ago).
best thing to do would probably be phone emirates or through your travel agent, sure they should be able to check on available emergency aisle seats before you hand over any cash.
they fly from gatwick to sydney, with a stop over in dubai.
[ Edit: Edited on May 27, 2008, at 12:46 PM by alex.a. ]
I was able to reserve seats well in advance when I flew with Virgin Atlantic London (Heathrow)-Sydney. That flight goes via Hong Kong.
Any travel agent can book seats for you, especially if a fair way in advance.
I agree with the comment about Emirates. They have a much better seat pitch than QF or BA. An Emirates flight to Sydney also has 3 legs - you have a break in Dubai and a further stop in Bangkok. For somebody with osteoarthritis that allows you to take a quick walk around the airport during the stops which keeps the old joints working - I know !!
Have a talk to your GP and ask if it would be wise to take a Naprosyn SR tablet with your first meal on the flight - dont take one without food. Naproxyn has an anticoagulant effect as well as an antiinflamatory one; thus it can help to prevent DVT on a long flight.
A further tip - ask for an aisle seat for your wife. That will allow her to get up easily and take a couple of laps around the cabin every hour or so.
Has anyone here done the Emirates route from/to Birmingham via Dubai to/from Sydney or Melbourne? On the Emirates website Dubai is listed as 'Connection' (rather than just a fuel stop), so I am assuming that the flight is not straight through. Either way, it'd still be preferable (for me) than having to go from/to Heathrow.