Best business class when travelling with children?

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obanpointer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 08 Jun 2014

Total posts 308

best j class with kids?

I have recently flown J on qf, va and ek with 2 kids under 6. Chalk and cheese between them . On ek the kids were spoilt rotten, given their own child amenity kits and fed breakfast whilst I was still asleep. On VA the air hostess kept them entertained for most of the flight, found them child friendly food ( the luke mangan menu was a little beyond their palates!) and they were allowed in the cockpit once the plane had stopped at the gate.

On QF the kids were seen as undesirables. No kiddy friendly food suggestions, only offered amenity kits once the adults in the cabin had been provided theirs ( and my 5 year old daughter had to make do with a male kit, much to her and my disgust)and we were made to feel most unwelcome.

flying J to HKG on cathay 333 later this year, looking forward to seeing how we fare! Do other members have any suggestions as to their kiddy friendly airline?

msport2012

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

Member since 14 Apr 2013

Total posts 295

By far EK is the best when it comes to Kids in J. I fly with my family regulary to LHR and the service is perfect :-)

paa

Member since 21 Dec 2012

Total posts 43

Have travelled with my kids as babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and primary school age  in J on QF, CX, BA, AA, and AY.  Never had any bad experiences, and like all trips, have found it depends on the cabin crew of the day and their mood. CX have probably been the best for staff attitude, but their seats are not conducive for keeping an eye on your kids, and their kids meals can be a bit too targeted at their home ports needs. I now dont pre-order kids meals, as find it better to let them choose from the menu.

readosunnycoast

Member since 05 Oct 2011

Total posts 114

Any airline that is not the one I am on...................... ONLY KIDDING, couldn't resist the gag.

obanpointer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 08 Jun 2014

Total posts 308

the most annoying person on my last flight was the 80 ish "lady" who spent the whole night coughing up her spleen thanks to a lifetime of smoking. Made for a very restful overnight from SIN! Kids were a dream!

djcz

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 28 Feb 2014

Total posts 131

I was on an SQ flight back in 2012, in J to LHR, I personally thought SQ handed the children greatly and given the huge amount of space in J on SQ, I think it would give children a gteat amount of room to spread out IMO.

Hugo

Member since 12 Jun 2013

Total posts 216

Whichever airline will let you dump the kids in row 68 while you enjoy J class on your own.

074061

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

Member since 25 Apr 2013

Total posts 262

Cruelty.

airADL

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Mar 2014

Total posts 198

SAS were amazing , treated my two like kings.   

Absolutely spoilt rotten. 

I remember Ansett J class flying to HK and we had just got our baby girl off to sleep an in the cot and the Ansett Sky Chef came out and decided to stroke her face and wake her up, she cried the rest of the way!!

 

 

 

Hugo

Member since 12 Jun 2013

Total posts 216

I have no idea why anyone would want their children "treated like kings" or to be "spoilt rotten". That sounds like the opposite of what I want.

obanpointer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 08 Jun 2014

Total posts 308

yes, totally agree,  much better to have them out sweeping chimneys aged 6 7 days a week 365 days a year. After all holidays are for softies!

More seriously I fly my brood in J for my sanity not their amusement. At least they sleep, and therefore so do I.

airADL

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Mar 2014

Total posts 198

Obanpointer don't get sucked in by Hugo he just looking for a reaction 

Hugo

Member since 12 Jun 2013

Total posts 216

I'm just sayin', if you treat children like kings you wind up with... well, you wind up with little shits who expect to be treated like kings.

There's too many self-entitled little brats in the world already. They're in for a rude shock when they reach the real world.

RaptorNation158

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Aug 2014

Total posts 186

I personally think if Obanpointer spends that much for his children in J, I think he should be able to get his money's worth for that huge expense.

If not spoil ritten, then what on a world class airline? You want them to be treated as if they were in the back seat of an American airlne?

SaltyJ

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 06 Dec 2012

Total posts 155

I think there is a happy medium to all this. I understand children can have fickle attention spans sometimes and can get a bit "cabin feverish" on long flights, but I partly agree with Hugo. Don't get me wrong if someone wishes to spoil their little cherubs then good for them, I don't think airlines should treat children as 2nd class citizens, if they have a J class ticket, then they should expect the same service as any other J class passenger, but I don't think that parents should expect anymore attention or necessarily extra attention. Like paa said, i think it depends on the cabin crew and their moods...or for that matter their attitude towards kids. Not everyone fawns over them like they are a puppy, I think you should ecpect the same service afforded to you as a J passenger, no more..no less.

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