Scalebuilder From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6624 times:
I am fairly new to this forum. However, I know that airlines vary when it comes to long overseas flights when you have a child (or more) of your own seated next to you. I would need, and would be equally grateful of your opinion on this matter. I have three fairly young ones, and we travel to Europe about twice every year.
I have chosen to fly with BA most of the time. Not because of my own needs (even though they're simply just great), but because of how they take care of their young travelers in particular. This airline is simply amazing when it comes to kids.
My kids are excited about their next trip over coming up soon. Me too!!
Any parents out there with similar experiences flying with other airlines that you could recommend? We're just looking for some variation, or flying through another hub (my kids can proclaim to have been to another country that way).
DL4EVR From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 641 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6492 times:
Quite a few years back I flew DL alone as a kid several times. The FAs were extremely helpful, and always attended to my needs, and of course checked up on me far more often than they did on the adult passengers. In addition, many times they engaged me in quite interesting conversation! I don't know how their service has changed over the last 10 years though.
Timology From Netherlands, joined Jan 2006, 216 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6451 times:
AF and KL are both good as well, from my experience as 5 till 10 year old. They gave me these puzzles, special meals, drawings etc. GA's good as well, but you're not going near CGK though
I'm not sure wheter they're still doing this though (AF,KL)
Chulalongkorn From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 58 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6427 times:
We have a 2 year old daughter, who we've taken on 5 long haul trips to Asia. The last 3 were with ANA simply because they are so great with our daughter. The number one reason I recommend a Japanese carrier is because the majority of the passengers are of course Japanese, and they treat all kids with the upmost respect, they never complain about a crying kid. We've never been made to feel uncomfortable for anything. On our last flight,during the after dinner sleeptime, the flight attendants even put down a blanket on the floor of the back galley and sat and played with our daughter for a good half an hour... they're the best in my opinion. However not sure of the routes and availability to Europe. But it's worth checking into, I assure you. Good luck, as it's never easy when traveling with young ones.
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GSPITNL From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 374 posts, RR: 4 Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6409 times:
I flew DL many times alone while I was a child and the FA's were always very nice, usually bumped me to First Class and got anything I wanted. After the flight my parents/grandparents always had to sign for me and show picture ID to have me released into their custody.
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Scalebuilder From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6344 times:
Thanks for everybody's input. I just booked a trip with BA again. Last time we flew with them, they even managed to arrange a "birthday" party for my youngest daughter because it was her real birthday that day. Never will I forget how well the BA crew took care of us. Even the Captain congratulated her over the PA system as we were parking at the gate at LHR. One unspeakable honor! She has a teddy bear and a card signed by all of the crew members in her possession today. These are some of her most treasured memories in life.
I'm simply too happy with BA, and I think they simply deserve my repeat business.
I am sure there are so many good ones out there, but BA simply has impressed the heck out of us!
9VSRH From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 132 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6262 times:
From my experience as a teenager, having grown up travelling out of HKG by myself or with my younger siblings SQ and CX have been the best on long haul and intra-asia flights.
I have had one memorable experience with QF. This was in 2001 when I was the only UM on the plane. I was travelling from BNE to HKG and they let me see the cockpit (post 9/11). Since QF had no PTVs I asked if I could do anything. I then got to help them hand out drinks and I also just talked in the galley, this was all quite good to pass time .
Londonlady71 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 152 posts, RR: 2 Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6258 times:
I would always avoid AA with kids they were awful.
we did fly with BA recently, didnt get any colouring in books etc going (I didnt think to ask and we had our own etc) but coming back we had activity packs and top trump cards for the boys and a little electronic game for my little one.
I would say that the meals for kids were awful, just a veggie pasta...my kids dont eat junk but I do have to say it would have been a favourable option to have some chicken nuggets etc purely as I know they would have grabbed her interest and she would have eaten something. What they served looked like a pile of cat sick to be honest.
I wish all airlines would create a larger WC, trying to change a kid on the small tables in there is a nightmare but trying to put a kid on a potty in the loo on a plane is an even bigger nightmare. I really wonder how disable people really cope in these so maybe one bigger one per plane would be a start....although am I right in thinking the airbusa340 maybe has a larger one?
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CXtra From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 263 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6150 times:
Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 9): Quoting Scalebuilder (Thread starter):The Most Child Friendly Airline Out There...
...is the one I want to be sure to avoid
i see what you're saying but if an airline is child-friendly, the crew will do a good job in keeping the kids quiet and entertained (games, ice cream etc...) so all pax are satisfied. basically every post here has named a different airline as being child-friendly, suggesting that, ultimately, it comes down to the attitude of the crew. from what i've read, airlines such as nh and cx are pretty good at this.
Moparman From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 411 posts, RR: 2 Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 6098 times:
I think the most child friendly airline is CO. I have noticed the FAs go out of their way on many occasions bringing in between snacks and toys to the children. The same with DL. On the old Swiss Air, I saw a FA take a crying infant in her arms and rock him back to sleep while the mother was in the restroom.
The most unfriendly airlines: LH and Aeroflot. Aeroflot takes the cake though.
I have to agree with the person that spoke about ANA. They are awesome!!
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SDLSimme From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 436 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5918 times:
When I was a kid, I flew a lot domestic on SK without my parents. They treated me very well. When not serving the other passengers, the FAs used to sit down next to me and make sure that I was alright and stuff. At ARN, they have (I'm guessing it's still there) an area for kids travelling without parents where they showed movies and had a bunch of toys. I rarely spent time in that area though, I used to walk around and look at all the planes
Back to the original question, I have had good experiences on domestic SK, but haven't tried them internationally.
Cedars747 From Norway, joined Dec 2005, 2718 posts, RR: 20 Reply 24, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5859 times:
When i was kid ,i use to travel alone from BEY to EZE onboard ME and AF.I have very good memories from both airlines regarding catering ,toys and the genuine smile of the crew.Now as an adult and father for 3 kids , living in Norway,i find SK to be a wonderful airline to deal with kids,they provide toys and goodies with a friendly smile
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25 Phuebner: Isn't that the truth....imagine a thread of the flights with the most obnoxious adults stories...that would be a very long thread. I would definitely
26 Luxair: We should mention Martinair here! Flew several times with my son to Miami with them and the crew was always very helpfull and friendly to the kids!