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    Looking to fly out w/c 2/6.......... any advice re child friendly airlines/ best on-board entertainmant to keep them occupied etc. Previously flown with Emirates so aware of what they have to offer, just wondered what others experiences were?

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    Hey.

    We have a 4 and 2 year old. We flew with Air NZ- htey were great. indidual screens on all seets with special kids section with music films and games.
    The food was pretty good for them too.

    The crew were very helpful with helping with baggage and car seats etc. I would recomend them. we were dreading the flight but the kids were really happy and was quite an enjoyable flight in the end.
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    Some Air New Zealand planes have the "toys" and some don't. However the staff is kid friendly. AIr NZ I think is the only airline who feeds kids first before anyone else. That is a strong point on how kids are treated here.
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    Singapore Airlines is also another really child friendly one, all their aircraft have the in-flight entertainment and the kids are also fed before the adults - which is ok but means the kids are bored while you're trying to eat
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    We've flown Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines and were equally happy with both - SA also feed the kids first, though I don't know about any other airlines Oh, and we've used Emirates once, who were also good - they gave loads of free gifts!

    Think they're probably all much of a muchness when it comes to kids - after all, it's in everyone's interests to have happy children on the flight

    You tend to get special treatment too, travelling with kids under about 6 or 7 - taken to the front of queues, boarding the plane first, etc

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    We flew with Air New Zealand when our kids were babies and toddlers, and they were really good - staff were very helpul and attentive. Would definitely recommend them.

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    Thanks for all the replies folks...................
    It seems from what people are saying that those mentioned are all really on a par with each other.
    Only ones I haven't heard about are BA & Qantas.......... any comments anyone??
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    I've only ever heard bad things about BA, miserable staff, poor service etc. Never experienced them personally so don't know if it's true or not. Qantas are supposedly good though, although again I've not experienced them.
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    I have had very good and very bad experiences with British Airways. When I flew them from Sydney to Bangkok the trip was wonderful and the staff very helpful, but the plane was seriously overheated. Everybody kept begging for the heating to be turned down, but nobody seemed to do anything about it.

    The good thing about flying BA with children is the familiarity.

    What I mean is that the 'culture' of the plane is familiar. On some airlines - Korean Air in particular, but also others like JAL - the food and entertainment is not as well geared towards children from countries like England. On my last trip with Korean Air the meals being served were big bowls of warm water with a few plain noodles and tubes of flavouring to squeeze onto it all. Depending on your flight JAL will have a good range of food, or will otherwise only serve sushi. I have been on a couple of JAL flights where none of the staff spoke English, but this may have been because of the routes I was flying.

    The biggest problem with Qantas is the fact they always see to be delayed in Hong Kong. On the last three or four trips there has been a problem with the plane that had to be fixed, meaning we took off hours late. On my last trip the back doors were not opening, and so they took most people off the flight and only put people in the front of the plane. The good thing about that was that we had four seats for each person! But we did leave very late. However Qantas food, entertainment and service generally is superior to most other airlines.




    All that said, it really is a bit hard to know about an airline based on only one or two flights.

    Malaysia Airlines, for example, has excellent long haul flights, but their shorter and domestic routes have the most appalling service I have ever come across. For example, on a few domestic flights I have seen male flight attendants spend the entire trip chatting up young women, not helping other passengers, and then allowing these women to have the chairs back AND to hold all their hand luggage on their laps during take off and landing. I have flown Malaysia Airlines around thirty times, and I would recommend them, so long as you stick to the long haul flights!!

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    I haven't flown much with BA but, when I did, I found the cabin crew to be unsmiling and, as Taffy says, miserable. I was looking forward to flying with an airline from my home country with the familiarity of the crew being natural English speakers, the food etc. being recognisable, but it was let down by the staff. I can't remember the quality of the food or much else other than the staff - perhaps I've blotted it from my memory. All I remember saying to hubster is 'I'm not impressed'.

    Malaysia Airlines is pretty good on long hauls, but the short haul flights we've had weren't so good, old plane and facilities.

    I can't really comment on child-friendly airlines as mine are way old enough to make flights on their own, but you can check out this aspect on here . If you click on an airline there is a section called General Ratings in grey and the last item in there is Assisting Families and Children which might give you some idea. Of course, as with everything staffed by human beings, there's always the risk of a rogue element being introduced so we just have to hope for the best. If you scroll on down to the class you would be travelling in, it also tells you how the in-flight entertainment rates.

    An example here for Air NZ .
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