Go Back   FlyerTalk Forums > Destinations > Europe including Turkey > Europe
Sign in using an external account

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Jun 14, 10, 3:36 pm   #1
Moderator: American AAdvantage and New York City
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Programs: AA PLT, HGP Diam, PC Gold, HH Gold
Posts: 10,144
GVA / Geneva - Any good views from either side of the plane?

I'll be traveling LHR-GVA for the first time next week and am wondering if there is any preference for one side of the plane or the other vis-a-vis views of the lake or mountains? I know the runway runs NE/SW (05/23), but can't seem to figure out if there are prevailing winds blowing one way or the other.

Thanks!
__________________
AA FAQ, Wiki, Award Desk, Help Desk NYC Sticky!
dstan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 15, 10, 6:00 pm   #2
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: GVA
Posts: 3,431
For landing, the left side (A seats) will have a good view (Alps, fountain) approaching from the North. The right side will have a middling view even in the best case.
For takeoffs, right side with northerly wind, not much to see either way taking off to the South.

For a LHR-GVA-LHR routing, the best view would definitely be prior to landing from the North, as the approach path is over the lake, whereas outbound flights quickly veer away from the Alps.

Prevailing winds are:
- cold dry wind from the North -> clear skies
- moist wind from the West -> low cloud cover unable to get past the Alps. As those clouds usually top out around 1500m, the aerial view of the Alps is unobstructed even in bad weather.
- warm wind from the South -> pink skies at sunset, usually rain the next day

I get my weather forecasts here
monahos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 15, 10, 6:13 pm   #3
Moderator: American AAdvantage and New York City
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Programs: AA PLT, HGP Diam, PC Gold, HH Gold
Posts: 10,144
Thanks for the great info, monahos! I'm booked on the left side both ways, so I'll change GVA-LHR to the right and hope for a departure to the North.
__________________
AA FAQ, Wiki, Award Desk, Help Desk NYC Sticky!
dstan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21, 10, 6:24 am   #4
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: GVA
Programs: BA Gold, LH FTL, KL/AF Ivory
Posts: 1,336
Currently very strong NE winds (bise), so landing from the SW. Probably best views are starboard (right), though LHR flights tend to bank pretty late and you'll be quite low down. For take-off same applies.
If the winds change direction (the ratio between West/East winds is about 60/40), swap sides. This is the most favourable configuration as the previous poster has indicated as you come in over the lake with view of the Mont Blanc (if it isn't in the clouds).
catandmouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21, 10, 8:34 am   #5
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 1,302
Is your LHR-GVA flight operated by a narrow-bodied aircraft? If so, just get an aisle seat and turn your head both ways - no need to worry about wind conditions and which runway etc...
sfvoyage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21, 10, 4:45 pm   #6
Moderator: American AAdvantage and New York City
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Programs: AA PLT, HGP Diam, PC Gold, HH Gold
Posts: 10,144
Yes, we came in on runway 5 on Sunday, but I still got a nice view of the valley off the left side (then good views of the lake from the train . Hoping to takeoff in the same direction later this week, when I'm seated on the right.

sfvoyage, good idea, but it's tough to take good photos from the aisle
__________________
AA FAQ, Wiki, Award Desk, Help Desk NYC Sticky!
dstan is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Bookmarks


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 4:11 am.