SMALL FLY

Sarah Bryden-Brown looks at the fam­i­lyfriendly op­tions avail­able from lead­ing air­lines

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AIR TAHITI NUI

Ju­nior fares: In­fants who do not re­quire a seat, 10 per cent of full adult fare; from two to 11 years old, 75 per cent of the ac­com­pa­ny­ing adult’s fare, plus taxes and sur­charges. Pre­flight and board­ing: Fam­i­lies with ba­bies and young chil­dren board first. Ju­nior lug­gage al­lowance: One piece lug­gage (up to 10kg) and a fold­ing stroller for in­fants; chil­dren two and older, adult al­lowance of two pieces up to 23kg each. Ju­nior en­ter­tain­ment: Per­sonal video screens in ev­ery seat; a range of movies and interactive games. As with all air­lines fea­tured, movies are re­viewed and mod­i­fied, if re­quired, to suit a broad au­di­ence. Ju­nior meals: Ba­bies’ and chil­dren’s meals must be booked 72 hours be­fore de­par­ture. Ju­nior packs: Ba­sic in-flight packs. Ba­bies on board: Baby packs sup­plied, in­clud­ing nap­pies, wipes and mois­turiser. (Drinks and food car­ried on board are sub­ject to se­cu­rity re­stric­tions af­fect­ing liq­uids and gels, and only small quan­ti­ties are per­mit­ted. Milk and juices are freely avail­able.) Ju­niors fly­ing solo: Un­ac­com­pa­nied five to 11-year-olds only. Forms must be signed by the per­son des­ig­nated to meet at des­ti­na­tion.

www.air­tahit­inui.com.au

AIR NEW ZEALAND

Ju­nior fares: In­fants who do not re­quire a seat, 10 per cent of full adult fare; from two to 11 years old, 75 per cent of the ac­com­pa­ny­ing adult’s fare plus taxes and sur­charges. Pre­flight and board­ing: Seat re­quests avail­able (but not guar­an­teed) when book­ing. Like most air­lines, Air New Zealand will seat fam­i­lies to­gether if pos­si­ble and pays spe­cial at­ten­tion to fam­i­lies trav­el­ling with chil­dren. Ju­nior lug­gage al­lowance: Two pieces of lug­gage up to 23kg a piece for each child (same as adults). In­fants are en­ti­tled to the same, in­clud­ing car seats and strollers, but not to al­lowances linked to ac­com­pa­ny­ing pas­sen­gers’ fre­quent flyer tier sta­tus. Ju­nior en­ter­tain­ment: A ded­i­cated zone within the on-de­mand en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem of­fers G-rated block­buster movies, clas­sic favourites, television shows, games, mu­sic and au­dio. While chil­dren can ac­cess the gen­eral en­ter­tain­ment op­tions, there is a parental lock op­tion (stan­dard on most air­lines). Ju­nior meals: Ex­ten­sive menu in­cludes mini prime beef ham­burger and chunky chips, or grilled chicken breast with veg­eta­bles, and dessert. Re­quest ju­nior meals when book­ing. Ju­nior packs: The air­line has re­vamped its chil­dren’s packs, cre­at­ing three cute new char­ac­ters based on na­tive New Zealand species. Two ver­sions on of­fer, for ages three to six and seven to 12. Ba­bies on board: On long-haul US ser­vices, par­ents can bring their own food or re­quest a meal when book­ing; cabin crew can pre­pare, heat and wash bot­tles but there are no ster­il­is­ing fa­cil­i­ties on board; baby-care kits avail­able on long-haul flights: wipes, lo­tion, bib and teddy bear. Ju­niors fly­ing solo: Chil­dren un­der five must be ac­com­pa­nied by a per­son 15 years or older. Con­tact the air­line for de­tails of the cost of a com­pany es­cort. If chil­dren aged five to 11 fly as un­ac­com­pa­nied mi­nors, an ad­di­tional su­per­vi­sion fee ap­plies.

www.airnewzealand.com.au

BRI­TISH AIR­WAYS

Ju­nior fares: In­fants, 10 per cent of adult fare or free if trav­el­ling within Bri­tain. Child fares (ages two to 11), 75 per cent of adult fare. Pre­flight and board­ing: When book­ing, ad­vise BA if trav­el­ling with chil­dren so you can be seated as a fam­ily. Par­ents and chil­dren have pri­or­ity board­ing and dis­em­bark­ing. Ju­nior lug­gage al­lowance: For in­fants, one bag up to 23kg plus collapsible pram or stroller. A par­ent can also carry a stan­dard­sized bag for baby in ad­di­tion to their al­lowance. For chil­dren two and older, one 23kg bag. Ju­nior en­ter­tain­ment: BA of­fers Dis­ney and Car­toon Net­work chan­nels, plus fam­ily block­buster movies. Ju­nior meals: Must be booked in ad­vance; BA guar­an­tees at least five por­tions of fruit or veg­eta­bles in ev­ery ju­nior meal. Bring your own baby for­mula and food, which can be pre­pared and heated on board. The air­line has a feed fam­i­lies first pol­icy. Ju­nior packs: Chil­dren aged three to five re­ceive a back­pack; those six to 12 re­ceive a shoul­der pack. Th­ese con­tain age-ap­pro­pri­ate games and ac­tiv­i­ties. Ba­bies on board: Par­ents can re­quest spe­cially de­signed travel cot or a BA in­fant seat, the lat­ter de­signed by Bri­tax, the UK’s lead­ing man­u­fac­turer of chil­dren’s car seats. There is no charge, but book early. BA al­lows small prams to be pushed to the air­craft door. There are on-board bot­tle and baby-food warm­ing fa­cil­i­ties (only for un­opened food in a sealed jar) but BA doesn’t carry in­fant meals or baby milk, nor can it ster­ilise bot­tles or pro­vide ster­ilised wa­ter. Ju­niors fly­ing solo: Skyfly­ers Solo is avail­able for five to 17-year-olds on sin­gle-sec­tor flights, and for six to 17-year-olds on multi-sec­tors. Solo five to 12-year-olds are charged child’s fare plus su­per­vi­sion fee.

www.britishair­ways.com.au

CATHAY PA­CIFIC AIR­WAYS

Ju­nior fares: In­fants who do not re­quire a seat, 10 per cent of the full adult fare. From two to 11 years, 75 per cent of the ac­com­pa­ny­ing adult’s fare plus taxes and sur­charges. Pre­flight and board­ing: Par­ents with young chil­dren board first. Ju­nior lug­gage al­lowance: 10kg (max­i­mum two bags) for in­fants; dou­ble amount for ju­niors and adults. Par­ents can also board with a for­ward-fac­ing in­fant car safety seat or bassinet and collapsible pram (if cabin stowage is avail­able). Ju­nior en­ter­tain­ment: In-seat videos show Dis­ney movies and games. Ju­nior meals: Pre­book meals for in­fant (0-10 months), ju­nior (10 months and over) or a child. Baby food avail­able. Ju­nior packs: Baby and ju­nior packs in­clude games, ac­tiv­ity books and sta­tionery. Ba­bies on board: Fold-down ta­bles for nappy changes. Ju­niors fly­ing solo: A sur­charge ap­plies to the Young Per­son Trav­el­ling Alone scheme for six to 12-year-olds.

www.cathay­pa­cific.com Ju­nior fares: In­fants, 10 per cent of an adult fare; two to 12 years, 50 per cent. Pre­flight and board­ing: Seats with a bassinet can be pre­booked; fam­i­lies with young chil­dren board first. Com­pli­men­tary Pierre Cardin baby stroller ser­vice at Dubai in spe­cially marked cup­boards through­out the air­port. Ju­nior lug­gage al­lowance: For in­fants, one bag, 10kg. For chil­dren, two bags, 20kg a bag (same as adults). Ju­nior en­ter­tain­ment: Per­sonal TV screen with chil­dren’s com­edy, car­toons, movies, mu­sic and games, plus colour­ful ju­nior-sized head­sets. A mid-flight birth­day cake and cel­e­bra­tory photo can be booked, too. Ju­nior meals: Must be booked for chil­dren two to 12 years old. Veg­e­tar­ian op­tions avail­able; baby food on of­fer but it’s rec­om­mended to bring your own (milk and meals can be heated by cabin crew). Ju­nior packs: Two new packs of first-class qual­ity fea­tur­ing a su­per­soft toy with dres­sups, ac­tiv­ity mag­a­zine and gifts. Ba­bies on board: Baby and tod­dler kit with wet wipes, cream, bib, teething ring and tis­sue pack. Baby food, for­mula, feed­ing bot­tles and nap­pies avail­able. Ju­niors fly­ing solo: Adult fare cov­ers chil­dren five to 12 fly­ing solo un­der the care of staff and crew. Must book ahead.

www.emi­rates.com/au

HAWAI­IAN AIR­LINES

Ju­nior fares: In­fants who do not re­quire a seat, 10 per cent of full adult fare. Chil­dren two to 11 years, 75 per cent of the ac­com­pa­ny­ing adult’s fare, plus taxes and sur­charges. For flights be­tween Hawai­ian is­lands or Honolulu and the US main­land, chil­dren pay adult fares; in­fants free. Pre­flight and board­ing: chil­dren board first. Ju­nior lug­gage al­lowance: No sep­a­rate al­lowance. Collapsible strollers can be checked at board­ing gate; nappy bags are car­ried at no charge. Same al­lowance for chil­dren and adults: two bags of 32kg each for in­ter­na­tional flights or 23kg for US do­mes­tic. Ju­nior en­ter­tain­ment: Hire per­sonal dig-Eplay­ers for $US15 ($17.50) for on-de­mand movies and chil­dren’s pro­grams. Ju­nior meals: Spe­cial op­tions not pro­vided. Ju­nior packs: Bring your own en­ter­tain­ment. Ba­bies on board: Book a bassinet. Ju­niors fly­ing solo: Un­der-15s not per­mit­ted solo on in­ter­na­tional flights.

www.hawai­ianair­lines.com.au

Fam­i­lies

JA­PAN AIR­LINES

Ju­nior fares: No fixed-rate fare for two to 12-year-olds. Pre­flight and board­ing JAL Fam­ily Ser­vice of­fers a meet-and-greet ser­vice and there are JAL Fam­ily Ser­vice Lounges at Narita and Kan­sai (Osaka) air­ports. Fam­i­lies with chil­dren board first. Ju­nior lug­gage al­lowance: For in­fants, 10kg, plus a fully collapsible stroller or pram or bassinet or car seat. For chil­dren over two, adult al­lowance of 20kg ap­plies. Ju­nior en­ter­tain­ment: MAGIC op­er­ates on per­sonal video screens show­ing movies, Dis­ney Chan­nel and Spot the Dog and Bob the Builder video sto­ry­books. Ju­nior meals: Healthy chil­dren’s meals can be pre-booked. Ju­nior packs: En­ter­tain­ment de­pend­ing on the route. Ba­bies on board: Bassinets must be booked.

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vary JAL Baby Cruise kits in­clude baby food, aero­plane spoon, bib and straw. Lim­ited sup­plies of other es­sen­tials. Ju­niors fly­ing solo: Adult fare charged for five to 12-year-olds.

www.au.jal.com

JET­STAR

Ju­nior fares: In­fants free. Child fares not avail­able. Pre­flight and board­ing: Fam­i­lies can pre­s­e­lect their seats and orange-coloured fam­ily board­ing passes are is­sued for early board­ing. Ju­nior lug­gage al­lowance: 20kg for all pas­sen­gers. Prams at no ex­tra charge. Ju­nior en­ter­tain­ment: Hire on-de­mand por­ta­ble en­ter­tain­ment units for $10 pre­paid, or $12 on board. Ju­nior meals: Pre-pur­chase a Feed Me Pack­age, which in­cludes a main meal, snack and drink ($25). Or bring your own food and drink, pro­vid­ing it ad­heres to new re­quire­ments re­gard­ing liq­uids and gels. Ju­nior packs: Cost $7 and in­clude colour­ingin book, puzzle and soft toy. Ba­bies on board: Pre-booked bassinets on in­ter­na­tional flights to and from Aus­tralia (not trans-Tas­man). Baby gear such as prams and por­ta­ble cots checked in free of charge. Cabin crew can heat feed­ing bot­tles. Baby food and for­mula can be brought on board if it con­forms to new rules re­gard­ing the car­riage of liq­uids and gels. Baby change ta­bles avail­able. Ju­niors fly­ing solo: All chil­dren must travel with a per­son 15 years or older.

www.jet­star.com.au

QAN­TAS

Ju­nior fares: In­fants are 10 per cent of the ap­pli­ca­ble adult fare. Qan­tas of­fers spe­cial air fares for chil­dren on cer­tain less re­stric­tive fare types, but con­di­tions ap­ply. Pre­flight and board­ing: Seats can­not be pre­al­lo­cated. Fam­i­lies are seated to­gether if pos­si­ble. Ju­nior lug­gage al­lowance: Routes to and from the US, US ter­ri­to­ries, Tahiti, South Amer­ica and Canada, via the Pa­cific: two bags, each weigh­ing up to 32kg. All other in­ter­na­tional flights al­low 20kg per child. In­fants: 10kg of lug­gage for in­ter­na­tional flights. Adults can check in one collapsible stroller or a carry bas­ket or bassinet and in­fant food and nap­pies. Ju­nior en­ter­tain­ment: On de­mand, in-seat screens show six fam­ily movies, Dis­ney pro­grams, Wig­gles and Ba­nanas in Py­ja­mas . Ju­nior meals: Need to be booked ahead. Baby and in­fant for­mula not avail­able. Chil­dren served first. Ju­nior packs: Wig­gles-themed for three to six-year-olds and Pen­guin Puf­fin for seven to 11-year-olds. Ba­bies on board: Baby food, milk, bot­tles and brushes, ce­re­als and rusks avail­able for emer­gency use. Cabin crew will pre­pare, heat and wash bot­tles or dum­mies on re­quest. Book bassinet at time of reser­va­tion (age limit is eight months; weight, 11kg). Ju­niors fly­ing solo: Un­der-sixes must be ac­com­pa­nied by a per­son over 15 years who is an im­me­di­ate fam­ily mem­ber or who has writ­ten per­mis­sion from the solo flyer’s par­ent or guardian.

www.qan­tas.com.au

SIN­GA­PORE AIR­LINES

Ju­nior fares: In­fants who do not re­quire a seat are charged 10 per cent of the full adult fare. Chil­dren two to 11 years old: 75 per cent of ac­com­pa­ny­ing adult’s fare, plus taxes. Pre­flight and board­ing: Fam­i­lies board first. Ju­nior lug­gage al­lowance: In­fants, 10kg; plus collapsible stroller or carry cot. Chil­dren, 20kg (same as adults for all flights ex­cept to and from US and Canada: two bags, each up to 32kg). Ju­nior en­ter­tain­ment: Just For Kids chan­nel with movies and car­toons. Nin­tendo, GameBoy and video games can be played against other pas­sen­gers. An au­dio chan­nel has chil­dren’s CDs and sound tracks. Ju­nior meals: Four types of in­fant and child meals: baby meals, post-wean­ing and chil­dren’s. Book ahead. Chil­dren’s meals usu­ally served first. Ju­nior packs: An exclusive Dora the Ex­plorer pack for 12-year-olds and younger, in­clud­ing a watch and mon­key slip­pers (ex­cept on Sin­ga­pore-Kuala Lumpur route). Ba­bies on board: Baby meals; bassinets for up to 14kg. Book ahead. Ju­niors fly­ing solo: Re­quires forms for five to 17-year-olds to be cared for by ground staff and cabin crew from check-in to ar­rival.

www.sin­ga­pore­air.com

UNITED AIR­LINES

Ju­nior fares: In­fants who do not re­quire a seat, 10 per cent of the full adult fare. Chil­dren two to 11 years, 75 per cent of the ac­com­pa­ny­ing adult’s fare, plus taxes and sur­charges. Pre­flight and board­ing: Fam­i­lies with un­der­fives board first. Ju­nior lug­gage al­lowance: Baby bag or carry bas­ket at no charge. Chil­dren the same as adults: two bags, 23kg each. In­fants, one 23kg bag, plus collapsible stroller or pram. Ju­nior en­ter­tain­ment: XMKIDS chan­nel shows fam­ily movies, Dis­ney, the Wig­gles and Sponge Bob Squarepants . Ju­nior meals: Book baby and chil­dren’s meals; milk and juice avail­able on board. Ju­nior packs: Not of­fered. Ba­bies on board: Book bassinets for ba­bies up to six months. Ju­niors fly­ing solo: Five to 11-year-olds charged a fee, un­der-fives not ac­cepted. Only eight to 11-year-olds al­lowed solo for flights re­quir­ing a con­nec­tion.

www.unitedair­lines.com.au

VIR­GIN AT­LANTIC

Ju­nior fares: In­fants, 10 per cent of adult fare; two to 12-year-olds, 75 per cent of adult fare. Pre­flight and board­ing: Seats al­lo­cated at time of book­ing. Or check in on­line, up to 24 hours be­fore de­par­ture, go straight to bag­drop counter at air­port and by­pass check-in lines. Ju­nior lug­gage al­lowance: In­fants, one 10kg bag plus stroller, bassinet or car seat. Chil­dren, two bags, 23kg each (the same as adults). Ju­nior en­ter­tain­ment: V.Tots for preschool­ers, V.KiD for five to 11-year-olds and V.T for teens. V:Port has games to play against other pas­sen­gers. Ju­nior meals: Book ahead. Ju­nior packs: Ki-D pack in­cludes fiction by award-win­ning Bri­tish chil­dren’s au­thor Gil­lian Cross. Ba­bies on board: Book bassinets; nap­pies, baby food and milk avail­able. Ju­niors fly­ing solo: A so-called Aun­tie — a reg­is­tered child min­der, nurse or carer — avail­able to travel with five to 15-year-olds at cost of ap­pli­ca­ble adult fare.

www.vir­gin-at­lantic.com.au In­for­ma­tion is based on in­ter­na­tional econ­omy-class travel, un­less oth­er­wise stated. All air­lines con­sider in­fants to be up to two years old and chil­dren from two to 11 years old. Thai Air­ways and Malaysia Air­lines de­clined to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion.

All this and the Wig­gles, too: Clock­wise from bot­tom left; fun in the air on Cathay Pa­cific; Qan­tas’s child ac­tiv­ity pack; at play on Sin­ga­pore Air­lines; a young trav­eller re­ceives an Emi­rates’ ac­tiv­ity pack; en­ter­tain­ment on Qan­tas, cen­tre

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