Top 5 Family-Friendly Airlines
Friday August 23 , 2019
Travelling and navigating your way around an airport can be a stressful task at the best of times, never mind when you're responsible for little ones too.
To help you out we’ve rounded up the top five airlines that make flying with children that little bit easier. From in-flight entertainment to priority boarding, we’ve covered it all with these popular global airlines.
Kick start your family vacation the right way with stress-free travel and enjoy making new memories together.
Emirates will give your child a set of headphones that are specially designed to fit their heads comfortably, so they can plug into their personal TV and relax throughout the flight. They can watch their favourite characters on board with over 50 Disney classics and over 90 kids' TV channels including CBeebies, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. If music is more their thing, they can listen to the latest chart hits or soundtracks from their favourite films or musicals while they colour in or read a magazine.
The airline claims that young flyers get special attention on their flights, with 'tasty meals, non-stop entertainment as well as toys and goodies that will inspire the greatest of imaginations'.
"Before you start packing, check out what's included in our family baggage allowance. You can order children's meals when you book your family holiday or do this up to 24 hours before your flight through Manage a booking. Remember to order a baby bassinet if you need one. Check in online up to 48 hours before your flight. And if you're flying from Dubai, you can drop your bags off 24 hours before you fly.”
2. British Airways
British Airways have invested £6.5 billion to improve its customer services, which includes unique parental benefits. The investment consists of new aircraft, updated cabins, new catering options, new routes and refurbishing a large number of its lounges.
Dedicated family areas at Gatwick and Heathrow airports have been created for parents to relax while their kids play on mini aeroplanes as well as lots of other toys. It's also the first UK airline to open a permanent family check-in area at Heathrow, with a designated security lane exclusively for families.
BA’s in-flight children’s entertainment offering includes: CBeebies, Cartoon Network and Disney channels, along with a variety of cartoons and popular children's shows.
You'll also find a selection of movies the whole family will enjoy, including all-time favourites from their Disney Library.
For those aged between 3 and 5 they can have a Skyflyer’s Activity Pack which includes: a 'Spread your Wings' colouring book featuring Cuthbert the Cat and comes in a reusable fun swimming bag. These are available on all long-haul flights departing from Heathrow and Gatwick.
3. Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines were rated one of the best airlines in the world for their on-board hospitality for both adults and children. The airline has up to four meal choices prepared with kids in mind, including a postweaning meal made for infants between 1 and 2 years. They also have bulkhead bassinets for babies; however, it's advised you reserve them in advance. There are nappies, disposable bibs, bottles and baby wipes available upon request.
There are also age-appropriate teddy bears and in-flight entertainment to keep them occupied throughout the flight.
4. Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways offer an in-flight nanny service on all long-haul flights, regardless of whether you are flying economy or business class. They will make sure kids are happy and entertained, which allows you to take a nap, read a book or watch the latest blockbuster. The flying nannies have a goodie bag packed with hand puppets, face paints and pilot hats, subject to availability.
Etihad offer Bassinets for little ones up to 11kg and these should be reserved when making your booking. Children’s healthy meal options should be reserved at least 24 hours before your flight.
Eithad state that:
"We do everything we can to make flying with children as comfortable as we can. Some of our airport lounges have dedicated family rooms, and when it's time to board, we'll invite families on to the plane first to give you a bit of extra time to get settled. You can check your pushchair in, or we'll collect your pushchair from you just before you board. Don't forget to reserve your seats together in your favourite spot on the plane."
5. Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways has the Oryx Kids Club which offers a vast range of children's amenities such as activity packs, crayons, stickers and puzzle books that are sure to keep the kids entertained while flying. They also have 'Sleepy-time Ella Fun' – a soft plush toy with an eye mask to encourage nap time. As well as that, parents can avail of priority boarding and the option to reserve a bassinet seat. Parents travelling with infants receive special kits that include diapers, baby food, a bottle and a soft toy.
Qatar’s children’s meals come in a specially designed meal box packed with fresh, tasty and nutritious meals, a fruit juice and fun treats. These are suitable for all age groups and the meal boxes also feature some of the most loved games and characters from Hasbro. The meal box is the children’s to keep and take home as a fun memento to remember your journey with Qatar Airways.
The children’s meal should be reserved when booking your ticket. There are also special family facilities and services at Hamad International Airport in Doha such as baby strollers, computers and play areas as well as parents rooms for infant care and family toilets.
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