Flying to the US with a surf kayak, which carrier?

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Flying to the US with a surf kayak, which carrier?

Post by Just_Surf » Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:55 pm

Hi guys,

Anybody got a recommendation for the best carrier if you want to take a surf boat to the US? I notice that BA don't take kayaks.

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Re: Flying to the US with a surf kayak, which carrier?

Post by StoneWeasel » Wed Nov 09, 2016 2:34 pm

I have always used Virgin and they have always been excellent with the boats. I have a feeling they might not be taking boats any more.

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Post by DelMonte » Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:19 pm

ive used sas to fly from the uk to norway..no extra charge and i know Norwegian take them for a surchage..about 30 quid if i remeber rightly..i know both airlines fly to the states

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Re: Flying to the US with a surf kayak, which carrier?

Post by surfkayaks.com » Fri Nov 11, 2016 12:56 pm

Virgin and BA will take them but only as "Cargo"

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Post by Just_Surf » Sat Nov 19, 2016 12:03 pm

Thanks everyone, I got them onto a Virgin flight.

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Post by Just_Surf » Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:36 pm

Just a thought, do you just put your boat in a travel bag (padded), or do you add extra padding around the boat?
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Re: Flying to the US with a surf kayak, which carrier?

Post by StoneWeasel » Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:53 am

Just_Surf wrote:Just a thought, do you just put your boat in a travel bag (padded), or do you add extra padding around the boat?
Yes and yes. I use a padded boat bag made by RB Sails (also used a padded surfboard coffin bag before too) and I put a bit of extra foam around the rails and vulnerable points to give it a bit more protection.

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Re: Flying to the US with a surf kayak, which carrier?

Post by johnysmoke » Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:31 pm

Was it cargo or will they check it for the flight?

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Post by Just_Surf » Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:46 pm

Cheers Denzil. As for cargo or checked, pass, Help for Heroes took care of it so I have no idea I'm afraid.
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Post by conoroneill » Mon Jan 30, 2017 7:15 pm

surfkayaks.com wrote:Virgin and BA will take them but only as "Cargo"
If you want to take a boat as 'Cargo', what does this actually entail? As you and others have noted, both BA and Virgin currently state that they won't take kayaks as 'luggage'. We have a group heading to USA this summer, and we're having difficulty working out how to get our boats there.
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Re: Flying to the US with a surf kayak, which carrier?

Post by Just_Surf » Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:31 pm

I'm afraid I don't know, maybe someone else can help out..?
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