From pencils and books to goody bags and video games, A380 airlines have stacks of fun to keep kids entertained on long-haul flights. Come with us on this step-by-step guide to the best entertainment for kids at 40,000 ft.
Animal Magic in the Sky
The world is a playground on Emirates flights, with the airline’s ‘Fly With Me Animals’ theme bringing life on Earth inside the cabin. Introduce your kids to Brett the Bear, Mia the manta ray and Savannah the elephant as they take to the skies with you.
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The stuffed animals are available on board as well as available on the airline’s website alongside a range of other gift ideas to bring your flight to life. There are also animal-themed magazines, games and pencils.
Older kids on selected Emirates flights also receive a kids’ packs designed in partnership with the travel experts at Lonely Planet. Treats include travel-themed bags and lunch coolers, books and travel journals.
A dedicated inflight entertainment system – complete with colourful headphones – has a huge collection of film and TV favourites, plus stacks of games. You can even use onboard cameras to capture magic flight moments to take home as framed souvenirs.
Freebies for Flying
Other A380 airlines like China Southern Airlines and Malaysia Airlines provide a range of freebies for kids, such as inflight entertainment packed with cartoons, movies, and video games. On Air France flights kids receive a coloring book plus access to their very own kids' radio station at the push of a button.
Thai Airways has games and toys in three age brackets: under 3, 3-6 years and 6-12 years. The airline also provides special training for staff to help ensure kids can make the most of their flight.
The range of activities on offer on British Airways flights, meanwhile, will also impress young travelers. UK favorites like CBeebies can be viewed on A380s, but there is also a range of programs from the Cartoon Network and Disney as well.
They can all be found easily in the ‘Skyflyers Kids' Zone’ on the inflight entertainment system. There are even soothing bedtime stories to help kids fall into a relaxing sleep on long-haul flights.
Five-Star Treatment for Kids
Kids taking to the skies on an Etihad Airways A380 can look forward to meeting new friends and trying new activities with the airline’s nanny service.
They’ll not only get their own goody bag, but they can also sign up for activities like crafts and origami, facepainting, drawing competitions, hand puppets and lots more. That’s hours of entertainment and fun at 40,000 ft.
Older kids and teenagers, meanwhile, can escape into their own world with music, films and video games on the airline’s high-tech inflight entertainment system.
If you’re flying from Munich or Frankfurt airports, you can also visit the airline’s family counter to find out how your kids can make the most of their time in the departures lounge.
Jump on Board the Joey Club
Travelers heading to or from Australia are offered access to their very own ‘Joey Club Zones’ at selected Qantas lounges. The club-style lounges are themed, and use furry friends and cartoon characters to get imaginations off and flying.
The kids’ zones also have computers for kids to use, alongside toys and books. That means smaller travelers can relax and explore while also giving Mom or Dad time out.
Kids flying Qantas also usually receive a special flight pack with goodies to help keep them amused throughout the flight. The kits – for kids aged 3 to 6 – differ across routes, but may include a special Joey Club bag, plus activity books, pencils, luggage tag and guessing games.
Qatar Airways also has a special kids’ club. The ‘Privilege Club’ is a loyalty program for ‘future flyers’, with kids earning Qmiles and Qpoints so they can start stacking up benefits every time they take off. The airline’s mini-flyers receive an onboard activity kit packed with crayons, stickers and a book with puzzles and colouring pages.
Feel Extra Special
There’s nothing like extra care and additional support especially when it comes to your kids and their well-being. Families with more than one child under seven and traveling with just one parent on Asiana Airlines flights are in for VIP treatment at the airport.
The airline’s family service will give you a special escort all the way to the gate. What better way to start your flight?
The airline’s Seoul hub at Seoul-Incheon International Airport – as with Qatar Airways base at Hamad International Airport in Doha – features a series of playgrounds and kids’ zones in the terminals to guarantee fun before flights. Features include climbing frames, ball pits, and soft play areas for kids of all ages. Perfect for burning off some energy on a stopover.
There are also dedicated play rooms at selected Malaysia Airlines airports, with TVs, DVD players and creative areas for comics and colouring in. And if your child travels alone and has a long wait before boarding, he or she will be invited by the Special Assistance Crew to the Malaysia Airlines Special Assistance Lounge to relax and enjoy some refreshments.
So no matter your destination, kids flying with A380 airlines will find lots to cheer about on your next family journey.