Do you love to travel and need a little time away, but you’re worried about keeping your child entertained and well-behaved during a long flight? Have a look at the airlines that are pros at taking care of this for you so you can sit back, relax and even enjoy your flying experience.


As one of the best airlines in the world, it’s not surprising that Emirates also has some of the best kids’ options for flying before and during their flight. They have dedicated family check in desks to make sure families board first and in their airport lounges, children can even enjoy video games. Once on board, kids get colourful headsets to enjoy their kid-specific entertainment. They can challenge fellow passengers to fun interactive games or read the exclusive children’s magazines featuring stories, jokes, puzzles and fun facts.

For the younger explorers, they can spend time with fun animal puppets or colour in an animal-themed colouring book that they can take home with them. For the little ones, you get an infant care kit with the essentials like diapers, bibs and wipes. And, if that’s not enough, they’ve teamed up with Lonely Planet Kids to create packs including a travel journal that inspire the older children to explore more of the world. Don’t forget to sign your child up for Skywards Skysurfer program so they can become a frequent flyer too!

Etihad Airways:

Did you know Etihad has a Flying Nanny on their long-haul flights? As you might expect from an airline with such great service, they’ve really gone that extra mile to make sure you have the best experience possible. From helping to get your children ready for bed, entertaining them with arts, crafts, puppets, magic tricks and more to just offering support when you need it, the Flying Nanny is the bound to make your flight more relaxing. They also have entertainment geared to your kids or teenagers along with a parental lock feature that gives you ultimate control of what’s being seen.

Air New Zealand:

When you book an international flight on Air New Zealand, make sure to order your child a children’s meal and they will receive a Kids Pack along with it. The Kids Pack comes with a range of activities and entertainment featuring the ‘Jet Cadets’ Abi, Jack and Squib that are bound to keep them entertained. If you’re travelling with an infant, you can select a seat in a row that allows bassinets so your little one can have a comfortable sleep and so can you.

Contributor: Daina Gasner

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