4. Children's Entertainment
A restless, screaming child is everyone’s idea of an in-flight nightmare, particularly on a long-haul journey. But recently, airlines have begun introducing more ‘kids entertainment,’ to ensure a peaceful family environment. “In addition to toys and games, children flying with Etihad can enjoy a range of in-flight entertainment programmes and interactive games specially designed for kids,” explains Claire Claxton, Etihad’s vice president of product. “The airline also has a special menu for younger travellers including burgers, fish fingers, chicken nuggets, French fries, chocolates, vegetable patties and vegetable nuggets,” she adds.
Meanwhile Gulf Air offers a free sky nanny service, whereby trained, dedicated child carers travel onboard with children to assist parents. The service, which extends to the Bahrain lounges, provides adults with a professional babysitter ready to prepare meals, distribute toys, books, colouring books and games, and give attention while the parents rest.
Qatar Airways also extends a special service to its younger passengers. “Our in-flight entertainment programme embraces a selection of children’s games as well as children’s movies for even our youngest passengers,” explains Irena Sevcikova, Qatar’s marketing executive. “We also provide special backpacks for children on long-haul flights which contain crayons, colouring book and a children’s wallet.”