View from LHR to Belfast

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Old Nov 14, 17, 8:17 am
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View from LHR to Belfast

I will be flying British Airways from LHR to Belfast and back. Also flying from LHR to Frankfurt.

Is there one side of the plane that you would recommend for a nice view?

I do not have any status on BA or Oneworld. Will I be able to select my seats in advance? How early can I check in online?

Thank you for your help!
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Old Nov 14, 17, 8:23 am
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I guess it depends whether the aircraft takes off to the east or the west where you sit. And this won't be known until near the time ! You can pick what's left of the seats for free at online check in (24 hours before) - with the new Theoretical Seating system you'll have pretty much no choice - you might consider paying for a seat 72hrs or more in advance
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Old Nov 14, 17, 8:37 am
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Sit on the right. Because:

Either you land eastbound at Heathrow and the view is nothing special, or you land westbound onto 09R and get a view of central London, or you land westbound onto 09L and get an excellent view of central London.

I can't say how it looks at Belfast, I have yet to go there.
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Old Nov 14, 17, 8:40 am
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Flying into LHR I always select a seat on the right hand side (F seat on short-haul) for the best views flying over London.
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Old Nov 14, 17, 8:47 am
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Originally Posted by flatlander View Post
Sit on the right. Because:

Either you land eastbound at Heathrow and the view is nothing special, or you land westbound onto 09R and get a view of central London, or you land westbound onto 09L and get an excellent view of central London.

I can't say how it looks at Belfast, I have yet to go there.
The numbers relate to the heading of the runway, therefore if you are approaching from over the center of London towards the west, you are landing on 27L/R.
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Flying to Belfast I would always sit on the left - you often get lovely views of the north Wales coast and the Great Orme at Llandudno, a bit of the Isle of Man and if the flight takes you up the east coast of Northern Ireland the half submerged islands in Strangford Lough and the Ards peninsula.

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It's a shame you dont have status because the lounge at BHD boards straight onto the plane which is a rarity but very handy.
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Old Nov 14, 17, 9:05 am
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I would say it really boils down to how you like viewing clouds.

If you like viewing clouds from the right, sit on the left and vice versa.
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Old Nov 14, 17, 9:26 am
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I would say flying into Belfast the best seats are aisle seats and hope the crew are lax enough to leave the window shades down

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Old Nov 14, 17, 9:26 am
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For Frankfurt, you stand more choice to have a view of the city and its skyline by sitting on the right (F on short-haul).
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Old Nov 14, 17, 10:16 am
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Originally Posted by CoweyB View Post
Flying to Belfast I would always sit on the left - you often get lovely views of the north Wales coast and the Great Orme at Llandudno, a bit of the Isle of Man and if the flight takes you up the east coast of Northern Ireland the half submerged islands in Strangford Lough and the Ards peninsula.

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It's a shame you dont have status because the lounge at BHD boards straight onto the plane which is a rarity but very handy.
Fully agree.

Sitting on right on the BHD-LHR flight generally gives you decent view over the Mournes also.
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Old Nov 14, 17, 10:29 am
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Either you land eastbound at Heathrow and the view is nothing special,
I don't know, Windsor Castle is quite spectacular from the air.
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Old Nov 14, 17, 11:34 am
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The runway use is planned and published...here is the 2017 info: http://www.heathrow.com/file_source/...ramme_2017.pdf

I expect it may be changed if there are strong winds.
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Old Nov 14, 17, 11:44 am
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Originally Posted by 11277m View Post
The runway use is planned and published...here is the 2017 info: http://www.heathrow.com/file_source/...ramme_2017.pdf

I expect it may be changed if there are strong winds.
I don't think that the winds have to be "strong" for operations to be changed to easterly. About 30% of the time (as quoted on that page) the 09s are used instead of the 27s.
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Old Nov 14, 17, 3:06 pm
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Ive been flying to Frankfurt on a weekly basis for the past 3 months

sit on the right hand side (F seat). Fantastic views of main-hattan as you're on finals.
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Old Nov 14, 17, 3:13 pm
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There are no good views into Belfast. It's Belfast.
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