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Airlines And Their Recoginition Of Children  
User currently offlineDJMEL From Australia, joined Oct 2008, 140 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 11 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4032 times:

Some Airlines offer a frequent flyer to the smallest guests, the following spring to mind:

Emirates offer Skysurfers Frequent Flyer Program with associated benefits inflight eg Dedicated Kids Channel on Board etc.
Gulf Air offer an Sky Nanny Service

What Other Airlines offer services unique to the child ages 2-12

I look forward to your responses.......

[Edited 2009-09-02 06:41:00]

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User currently offlineTK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4393 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3968 times:

On Pegasus (Turkey) flights, all in flight announcements start with "Ladies, Gentlemen and children..."
Trust me kids like that a lot.


User currently offlinePilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 20 hours ago) and read 3826 times:

On VS flights departing the UK, all kids get a small backpack with some goodies in it.

User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6346 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 20 hours ago) and read 3803 times:

Remember when the airlines used to give the kids little plastic wings , backed with a safety pin, with the airline logo in the center? I have a picture from when I was 6 years old, and our neighbor (who was a 727 skipper for CO ) was the captain for our flight. I have a picture sitting in the captain's seat with his hat on before departure  cloudnine  This was in the late 1970's...and he let me tune ATIS and Clearance Delivery on the COMM radio  Wink Wish the world was still like this...  crying 


Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4896 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 20 hours ago) and read 3797 times:

From my observations as a little crumb cruncher...

Korean Air and Asiana had/has toys they'd give out. Kinda like Happy Meal toys, only better; I got a Lego set on Asiana of an Asiana plane. When my little brother flew on Korean Air, they gave him some sort of vibrating 747 (infant).

Plastic wings were everywhere!

Northwest had a little activity booklet with games, trivia, a watered-down history of NW, and all sorts of stuff.

Some airlines (Northwest and United especially) had airliner trading cards the pilots would give out. (I wonder why NW didn't have one for the DC-9-10, -40, or -50. Or maybe they did and I never saw one.)

Coloring books were popular as well. Northwest had them with Pepsi logos all over the place throughout the booklet. (sponsor?)



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User currently offlineSANAV8R From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 20 hours ago) and read 3796 times:

I have a friend who traveled a lot trans-atlantic when he was young, and he told me on VS, the pilot would invite the kids to the flight deck during the flight. Alas it has since been stopped. I thought that was pretty cool. He got a QF backpack with goodies in it on a SYD flight.

I remember getting coloring books on WN (still have them sealed somewhere too).
And AS used to give plastic planes (they were really small and just from a mold) of their 727s (still have one as well) and later trading cards (NW had those too)

UA used to have (if you pre-ordered) McDonalds Happy Meals with a UA/Mickey D's themed toy.


User currently offlineLuv2cattlecall From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1650 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 19 hours ago) and read 3786 times:
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Quoting Pilotboi (Reply 2):
On VS flights departing the UK, all kids get a small backpack with some goodies in it.



Quoting KELPkid (Reply 3):
Remember when the airlines used to give the kids little plastic wings , backed with a safety pin, with the airline logo in the center?

IIRC, FL and WN still have these...except with a sticky strip on the back, for safety reasons.

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 3):
I have a picture from when I was 6 years old, and our neighbor (who was a 727 skipper for CO ) was the captain for our flight. I have a picture sitting in the captain's seat with his hat on before departure cloudnine This was in the late 1970's...and he let me tune ATIS and Clearance Delivery on the COMM radio Wink Wish the world was still like this... crying



Quoting SANAV8R (Reply 5):
I remember getting coloring books on WN (still have them sealed somewhere too).

If anyone from marketing is reading this thread...pay close attention to the above posts!

You have no idea how much brand loyalty you gain from imprinting yourself with these low cost/high significance gestures!

An example: I was accompanying my younger cousins (ages 5/8) from SFO-JFK. On the outbound, a flight attendant approached us prior to landing and proactively asked if they would like a pic in the cockpit after we landed. Spoiled by this gesture, the kiddos wanted their pic taken after we returned to SFO on VX. The flight attendant said she would ask the captain, and was very nice about it. However, as we deplaned - this was a terminating flight for the night, so it's not like they had to dump and reload the plane with pax - the captain somewhat rudely said "due to security regulations, I'm not allowed have any passengers cross this line (pointed to the floor between the flight deck and cabin)."

Not only did that make B6 look way nicer/cooler in their eyes, but the 8 year old later complained that they lied to us about the rules, since jetBlue allowed them to spend a good 5 minutes up there!



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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 43
Reply 7, posted (4 years 11 months 19 hours ago) and read 3772 times:

Emirates certainly gave us the best stuff - backpacks, waist bags, books, toys, coloring books. Very nice stuff and my son loved it. Later they came around taking pics with their polaroid instant print camera (just 1 out of 10 flights though). Excellent children's meals too on EK.

TG and JL offer some decent stuff as well, and my son got (plastic) Disney backpacks on CX. B747-400 model on JL twice for him as well. As for service, TG has been hands down the most friendly, EK depends on the crew a lot.

Not much offered by the Euro carriers anymore it seems, but still got something on LH/AY/FC/IB. No goodies on the American carriers I guess...



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User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3148 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (4 years 11 months 19 hours ago) and read 3772 times:

We don't have any wings or anything cool like that to give out. However if your child (or you, for that matter) wants to take a look, I'll be more than happy to show you the front office after our flight. If we have a little while before the next flight I've been known to spent 10 or more minutes talking to people.

Just a small way for me to say thanks.



DMI
User currently offlineJasond From Australia, joined Jul 2009, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 11 months 19 hours ago) and read 3771 times:

Five years ago I took the family PER-BNE return (4 sectors through MEL in those days) with an 18 month old and 5 yo. Kids both well behaved but DJ staff were indifferent to our presence even to the point of ignoring the rare cabin calls we made. We vowed never to fly with them again and haven't since because of this experience. I spoke with an industry business analyst sometime later who explained to me that airlines with particular business models try to 'discourage' certain socio-economic groups opting instead for 18-35yo couples and singles. Reason simply being that this is the group that requires less attention therefore less 'management' and lower costs. At least that seemed to explain DJ staff behaviour.

User currently offlineSANAV8R From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 11 months 19 hours ago) and read 3767 times:



Quoting Luv2cattlecall (Reply 6):
However, as we deplaned - this was a terminating flight for the night, so it's not like they had to dump and reload the plane with pax - the captain somewhat rudely said "due to security regulations, I'm not allowed have any passengers cross this line (pointed to the floor between the flight deck and cabin)."

That's kind of weird. It could have just been that particular captain or that company's policy.

I was on a WN flight at PHX and they were turning around and they still let me take a photo in the cockpit. I remembered that.


User currently offlineGustyOrange From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 3669 times:

On most of our TX flights with CO our 3 year old gets the plastic wings. She is now Elite and has her own silver elite card. Mummy and daddy are grateful for the drinks vouchers CO send her through every year  Smile

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User currently offlineFabo From Slovakia, joined Aug 2005, 1219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (4 years 11 months 13 hours ago) and read 3651 times:

How about dedicated FF programe spin-offs? I know LH has JetFriends, which would grant you 2000 miles that would not vanish after two or three years as standart miles do. OK has so-called Jetsters Club, but I have no idea what that goes for.


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User currently offlinePWMRamper From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 611 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (4 years 11 months 13 hours ago) and read 3647 times:

Quoting Luv2cattlecall (Reply 6):
IIRC, FL and WN still have these...except with a sticky strip on the back, for safety reasons.

United still has them, and I'll give them out at the counter/gate.

The darn sticky strips hardly work though.


If I'm at the gate and it's not a quick turn I'll let the kids put their own boarding pass through the gate reader, always gets a smile from them.

Somewhat along the same lines, if I'm on the ramp I'll always wave to kids peering out the windows, which usually gets a big grin and them turning to tell their parents.

[Edited 2009-09-03 03:38:02]

User currently offlineBrilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4132 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (4 years 11 months 13 hours ago) and read 3619 times:



Quoting KELPkid (Reply 3):
This was in the late 1970's...and he let me tune ATIS and Clearance Delivery on the COMM radio Wish the world was still like this...

It was wonderful back in the day. I remeber when we flew to Majorica from LGW the pilots would let us kids up to the cockpit during the flight even turned the radio on. Although I had no idea wat was being said. Another flight we had was on a Wardair flight from LGW to YYZ and the pilot not only let up take a look in the cockpit but also explained what we were wlooking at and answered everybodies questions.

Quoting Pilotpip (Reply 8):
We don't have any wings or anything cool like that to give out. However if your child (or you, for that matter) wants to take a look, I'll be more than happy to show you the front office after our flight. If we have a little while before the next flight I've been known to spent 10 or more minutes talking to people.

Just a small way for me to say thanks.


DMI

I for one would klike to say thanks to you for allowing us to thank you as well.  biggrin 



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User currently offlineMutu From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 536 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 11 months 6 hours ago) and read 3494 times:

BA offers:
-dedicated AVOD channels for kids
-video games
-Skyflyers packs (Paddington Bear backpacks, pencils playing cards, activity book etc
- special meals


User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 11 months 4 hours ago) and read 3425 times:

I remember the kids meals on BA always used to be really good. Frosties instead of the gooey mush that was the cooked breakfast served to my parents!

User currently offlineForce13 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 3400 times:

B6 has the Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon that the kids can watch.


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User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24877 posts, RR: 22
Reply 18, posted (4 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 3386 times:



Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 7):
Not much offered by the Euro carriers anymore it seems

I have seen LX offering colouring books and other small toys to children on a few recent flights, and those were 1 hour flights within Europe, so they presumably also do it on longhaul flights.


User currently offlineJetBlue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1451 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (4 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 3368 times:

When I was on an MH flight about 5 years ago, they gave me some toys and goodies. 2 years ago, EY gave me some posters with their route map on it and the usual coloring book. Also, KE has a special frequent flyer for kids under 12, sadly I'm not qualified. Big grin


It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2758 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (4 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 3359 times:



Quoting Brilondon (Reply 14):
It was wonderful back in the day. I remeber when we flew to Majorica from LGW the pilots would let us kids up to the cockpit during the flight even turned the radio on. Although I had no idea wat was being said. Another flight we had was on a Wardair flight from LGW to YYZ and the pilot not only let up take a look in the cockpit but also explained what we were wlooking at and answered everybodies questions.

Yep those were the days. I often flew as a child on IB's weekly DUB-MAD or DUB-AGP services and would usually get sweets, coloring book and crayons. One time on IB the F/A's when made aware of my young interest in aviation and gave my a safety card as a souvenir (they must have been out of other kid's gifts!). On a particular IB flight they rounded up all the kids at one stage and brought us up to the cockpit during flight, I remember about 6 or 7 of us kids waiting in line to visit the cockpit! Also remember getting jigsaws. BA was also great, I remember numerous many times being approached by an F/A (being approached, not me or my parent's asking) during flight and saying the Captain had a special invitation for me to visit the cockpit. They also had a great club, with a nice book for recording all flights which the captain would sign and fill in with info regarding date/route/aircraft type and registration. And the highlight of my passenger life so far, was I was once fortunate enough to fly LHR-JFK on Concorde (1979 or 1980 I think) and I was brought to visit the cockpit in flight. I was there for what seemed ages as they explained all sorts of things to me, let dad take a photo of m, and then told me I was going to be allowed to "help them with something very important for our landing at JFK). I was told to flick a switch (probably lights or something of no importance) but wow did I feel important! It's a pity that age of innocence has gone from aviation.

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 18):
I have seen LX offering colouring books and other small toys to children on a few recent flights, and those were 1 hour flights within Europe,

Yes, I remember the original SR always had great little gifts for us kids. Glad to see LX still doing it.



Long live Aer Lingus!
User currently offlineUnited1P From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3256 times:

Long ago (for me  Smile ) I remember UA had some kind of agreement with McDonald's, and we used to get their Happy Meal toys and such. UA also has Disney Channel on Channel 8 on the international 763's and 777's with PTV's. The first time I flew as a UM it was on America West, on a CRJ from LAX-PHX, and they gave me this little pack with a coloring book and crayons, etc.

Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 4):
Some airlines (Northwest and United especially) had airliner trading cards the pilots would give out. (I wonder why NW didn't have one for the DC-9-10, -40, or -50. Or maybe they did and I never saw one.)

Haha I still have a lot of those in my room, I used to always go to the cockpit and ask for one



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User currently offlineIrishLPL From Ireland, joined Sep 2009, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3145 times:

SAS are so nice to kids, one particular screamer on a DUB-CPH flight I was on in April was given pre-takeoff milk, cookies, crayons and a cuddly toy. A lovely, older female flight attendant was very helpful and accomodating. Much to the relief of the mother and everyone else, kid soon quit screaming...

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