What can I expect from LHR-LCA?

Old Jun 10, 11, 4:29 am
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What can I expect from LHR-LCA?

Flying ET to LCA tomorrow, there are 6 of us going. What can I expect from the flight, it seems to be somewhere between long LH & SH, is there any IFE, I assume we only get fed the once.

I am travelling with my Parents and a pregnant Wife (around 5 1/2 months) along with my Brother & Partner. Dad is diabetic so tries to keep his food intake regular, if there is only a single meal and no option for snacks then we need to plan for this.

He is also registered blind, although with limited vision, along with the pregnant wife do you think we would be able to board early? I read somewhere that LCA goes from A10 is this true and is early boarding possible with a bus? Spoke to BA CS and they said we might be kept back to board last if we requested special assistance, unless we wanted a wheel chair, which we don't.

Looking forward to the trip, bought some Bose QC15 yesterday, looking forward to trying them out.
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Old Jun 10, 11, 4:47 am
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Have a look at the Grrrrrrr Larnaca thread......
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Old Jun 10, 11, 4:57 am
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Which is the first thread to come up if you searched for "Larnaca"

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/briti...r-larnaca.html
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Old Jun 10, 11, 6:14 am
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I have read the Grrr Larnaca thread a while ago, but as it seems to contain mostly people moaning about stuff and some of the references to planes etc. were a little dated, i thought the best thing to do was ask. I don't think it would fit in the Grrr larnaca post, but thanks to you both for the link.
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A10 is not a given, you will love the QC15s (my better half won't let me touch hers!)
There is a catering thread with the details you need:
"In Flight Catering Guide 2010: Discussion and reports"
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Take some snacks as BA dont provide snacks and you need to account for delays and stuff anyway

You wont be able to predict which you will go from, but you should rest assured knowing that BA's operations for special assistance passengers are well tried and tested from whatever gate your flight operates. Cyprus is popular with elderly passengers, many of which are infirm, so I'd imagine there'll be a few lined up at the gate with you. (It always amazes me how fewer need assistance at the other end of the journey though)

Have a pleasant flight and a great trip
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Take some snacks as BA dont provide snacks and you need to account for delays and stuff anyway

You wont be able to predict which you will go from, but you should rest assured knowing that BA's operations for special assistance passengers are well tried and tested from whatever gate your flight operates. Cyprus is popular with elderly passengers, many of which are infirm, so I'd imagine there'll be a few lined up at the gate with you. (It always amazes me how fewer need assistance at the other end of the journey though)

Have a pleasant flight and a great trip
Thank you AP Yu and dnajockey, I will have a look at the other thread. And thanks for good feedback re QC15's.
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Old Jun 10, 11, 7:53 am
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What can I expect from LHR-LCA?
Oh my. Where even to begin.
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Oh my. Where even to begin.


The Grrrr Larnaca thread is up to date if you go to latest posts. I also posted there my experience on ET, it is only 4 days since I landed from LCA.
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Old Jun 10, 11, 8:08 am
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Flying ET to LCA tomorrow, there are 6 of us going. What can I expect from the flight, it seems to be somewhere between long LH & SH, is there any IFE, I assume we only get fed the once.

I am travelling with my Parents and a pregnant Wife (around 5 1/2 months) along with my Brother & Partner. Dad is diabetic so tries to keep his food intake regular, if there is only a single meal and no option for snacks then we need to plan for this.

He is also registered blind, although with limited vision, along with the pregnant wife do you think we would be able to board early? I read somewhere that LCA goes from A10 is this true and is early boarding possible with a bus? Spoke to BA CS and they said we might be kept back to board last if we requested special assistance, unless we wanted a wheel chair, which we don't.

Looking forward to the trip, bought some Bose QC15 yesterday, looking forward to trying them out.

Going through your points...

1. I assume you have OLCIed already. Seating in WT is 2-3-2, so you will be best with 3 sets of window pairs, or 2 sets of middle seats. Very occasionally they will substitute the plane for a lh 767, which will giev you a MUCH more comfortable journey. You will be able to tell if this case from the seat map.

2. It is certainly NOT "between" sh and lh. It is sh service on a very long flight. There is one meal, which will be a hot breakfast, serviced shortly after take-off. You will be on the plane for around 5 hours (0830-1330 UK time), with breakfast serviced around 0930 UK time, a drinks round later, and a duty free round. I definitely recommend taking some food for snacks later in the flight.

3. The 662 is most often coached from A10. It may also go from a B/C gate, or one of the 767 stands (A11, A13). There are usually multiple wheelchair users and special assistance cases (10 wheelchairs is not uncommon). I believe these are boarded first, so I suggest being at the departure gate at least 30 mins before departures, so 0820. On arrival, they are asked to stay on the plane till last.

4. There is supposed to be a movie - Just Go With It (on the 662), Rango (on the 663). But don't be surprised if the sound doesn't work, the overhead monitors don't work, or the whole system doesn't work. This is totally normal.

5. Don't be alarmed if the call bells start ringing by themselves (for anything for a few minutes to 5 hours) and/or the overhead lights start flashing. This is totally normal, as the airline doesn't fix this.

6. Crew are always fun. On the LCA run. (Note the rhyme).
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Old Jun 10, 11, 9:26 am
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Thanks Smirnoff!!

Have OLCI'd and bagged 3 rows of 2, pre-paid actually to make sure. Where can I see the seat map, I know you can at OLCI when you pick seats, but as I have I can't see the map anymore.

Spoke to BA CS earlier, they advised a snack, possible a sandwich for food, I figured it might be a breakfast, was planning on takign snacks.

If the call bells etc start to go mad then it might give the QC15's a good test run!

As for the crew, I hope there was no sarcasm meant there!

I will keep my fingers crossed.
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It's the SH** config.

I'm on the BA0662 to LCA tomorrow and unfortunately, (looking at the seat map), it's not a LH config 767. Although these have been appearing more and more on this route recently.

CE seat selection is back to Row 14.

Smirnoff is quite right in that on the LH planes if you can sit yourself somewhere between rows 1 to 4 the journey is actually quite pleasant !
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Old Jun 10, 11, 9:42 am
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I'm on the BA0662 to LCA tomorrow and unfortunately, (looking at the seat map), it's not a LH config 767. Although these have been appearing more and more on this route recently.

CE seat selection is back to Row 14.

Smirnoff is quite right in that on the LH planes if you can sit yourself somewhere between rows 1 to 4 the journey is actually quite pleasant !
Then I'll probably see you tomorrow! I'm in 22A.

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As for the crew, I hope there was no sarcasm meant there!
No, none intended.

The crews that bid for LCA are the boys and girls who like a good night out in Limassol, followed by a day by the pool. They are usually quite fun, and casual.
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