British Airways has been known for being family friendly. The fact that they partnered with BRITAX to offer car seats on board is a step in the right direction.
I had heard that they also offered Bassinets for infants but thought they might be somewhat of a ‘family travel myth’. Finally, a picture of them…
One of the bloggers over at www.daddytypes.com used them for his twins on a recent flight overseas. Looks so comfortable!
Here is the official info from British Airways:
British Airways has a limited number of Britax infant seats which can be requested in advance.
- Ideal for ages from 6 months to 2 years, but can also be used from birth.
- Adjustable to a variety of positions from horizontal to vertical.
- Available for infants who weigh a maximum of 13kgs/29lbs.
- Available on all longhaul flights, except in First Class on Boeing 777/767 aircraft where only carrycots are available.
For aircraft take-off and landing and in times of turbulence, infants have to be seated on their parent’s lap using the infant seat belts we provide.
Virgin Atlantic Airline www.virgin-atlantic.comjust announced that they are now offering car seats for use on their flights. Parents who purchase a seat for their infant/toddler can now request one of these seats when booking their flight. This is no BRITAX though (thank you British Airways), see pictures below:
The seats look less than comfortable but I guess you have to sacrifice something. And besides, Virgin also offers a special menu for kids including a fish stick option, over 35 Nintendo games with their inflight entertainment system and a special V.Kid backpack filled with fun things to do. What more could a parent ask for?
(If you are a parent and are saying to yourself, “there has to be more” check out our previous post titled British Airways & BRITAX).
British Airways announced this summer that they will be flying into the Calgary airport on a regular schedule again. Yipee!
We seem to have more and more friends living here from the UK. One of my friends just came back from a trip to England with her 3 year old and 5 year old. Deciding whether or not to take her own car seats on board was a dilemma that stressed her out.
Well, leave it to a company like British Airways to offer families all the amenities of first class travel. The airline is now offering BRITAX car seats (known as the best in the biz) for use on board their flights. Their website says that, “We (BA) also have a limited number of on-board Britax seats which are attached to the bassinet positions. These seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and can be requested from cabin crew on-board the aircraft.”
How cool is that! Now all my British mommy friends can travel back home to see family and friends with one less stresser on the trip.