Getting to India with a boat

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My travel agent tells me that Emirates, Air India and Etihad do not take kayaks. How could I get to India (preferably Kolkata) with a boat?

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Robin its a while since I went but Gulf Air and Virgin used to take boats to India. If you travelled Gulf Air and joined their frequent flyer program you got double weight too. Jet take them as well but they are in large financial trouble.

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Emirates take kayaks? They were great when I flew to Lusaka- let us pool our luggage allowance across the group too?

Emirates will accept wind surf boards, kite surfing equipment, kayaks, body boards, pole vault or other sporting equipment as checked baggage and part of your standard baggage allowance, provided...

https://www.emirates.com/english/help/f ... -equipment

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I think that Emirates have a maximum total dimension of 300cm. So that means playboats but not creek boats?

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Qatar. Take boats for free. You get a 30kg luggage allowance. This includes the boat so you dont get much extra. They where pretty strict on weight.

They also said 300cm on there website as total dimensions. But when related to kayaks they just had to be under 300cms in length so no worries at all.

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Dr Robin wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:34 pm
I think that Emirates have a maximum total dimension of 300cm. So that means playboats but not creek boats?
Yes we did fly with playboats- that may be it.

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Hi Robin,

We travel to India a lot for allindiaoverland.com. Here's a bit of a rundown:

Etihad - No hassle and usually free (I have heard of one person being charged £60 in Manchester). My preferred choice.
Emirates - Again, absolutely take boats but call ahead. Usually free. Not used them in 3 or so years because expensive
Air India - Used once, no problem. Charged as skis.
Gulf Air - Used once - made me wrap it up in that stupid plastic (!!!??) but took it free of charge
Jet - take boats, you can haggle away the charges easily enough. Taken 3 times, never a bit hassle.

Hope that helps,

James

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Just bought tickets with Singapore airlines! I'm going to India!

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Jet fly boats. Well they did in 2017 and I haven't heard otherwise.

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