18 Aug 2011 8:57 AM
Just wanted to see if anyone has any good inside info on which airlines are good/bad to fly with, we're due to make our 1st ever flight to Oz this October (Manchester to Perth) to validate our visas and have 4 small children so its a flight we're not really looking forward to anyway (mission impossible surely entertaining the kids for that duration )but excited to finally make it Down under, lots of researching flights, airlines, accomodation etc but does anyone have a favourite agent with best deals to use or have any insight on which airlines are the best for entertainment and most child friendly, also taking into account a short travel time with preferably not too many stops along the way, so many to choose from i'm having information overload, grateful for any advice
Emma + Paul |
18 Aug 2011 10:16 AM
|In general the major flag carriers are good with plane quality and being kiddie friendly. (i.e. Singapore, Emirates, Thai, Malaysian). The cheapest ones generally less comfort / more stops / slower planes (saves fuel = cheaper flight) for example Royal Brunei has two stops on the route. The older first world carriers are generally not best on customer service i.e Qantas, Air France, BA. miserable old hosties!!
I have not used Air Asia at all so can't comment on them other than to say when you add on the extras they are not that cheap. although if i were travelling alone i would use that type of carrier.
if you shop around the likes of Singapore, Emirates etc they have cheap days. If it is when CHOGM (commonwealth heads of government meeting) is on which is one end of October (can't remember which end) then all flights are going to be expensive and Perth will be a nightmare to get around.
18 Aug 2011 12:12 PM
|CHOGM is 28th to 30th October, so avoid (by a week either side at least).
Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines are both very good. Cathay is via Hong Kong and Singapore via Singapore.
At Hong Kong (Cathay) you will have a fair bit of legwork to do during the stop (one to two hours). There will be a train ride and security check to contend with as the arrival and exit gates are at different terminals.
The last time I travelled via Singapore, the arrival and exit gates were close together so you got to spend the hour or so stretching your legs.
It is best (from experience) to get the flight over in one hit. If you decide to have a stop off on the way (night in an hotel), you will have to go through immigration (in and out) and check in again for your outward flight. You will also have the hassle of transfers to and from the airport/hotel.
Both Singapore and Cathay have entertainment consoles for all seats (movies/music and games).
Both airlines are very good with kids.
BTW. if you go for online check in, book the two seats closest to the windows for three rows (you may be tempted to book two rows of three seats). If the flight is not full (most aren't), you will end up with nine seats for six people. If the flight is full, get the three people in the aisle seats to switch places so that you end up with two rows together.
18 Aug 2011 6:05 PM
|i dont think you can beat emirates,5-6 hrs to dubai, then 10-11 hrs to perth with under 2hr stop over in dubai,we travelled with 4 kids, two of them 18 months old. cannnot fault malaysian airlines either , we just had the two kid then, but overall journey a bit longer.|
20 Aug 2011 7:04 PM
|Best airlines are Singapore and Emirates. We have also flown with Airasia and wont again unless we have too. The same goes for KLM and Lufthansa, budget flights, old planes and no entertainment and few refreshments. |
22 Aug 2011 10:26 AM
|No problems with Emirates from Manchester,don't think Singapore go from there now ?|
22 Aug 2011 10:55 AM
|No Problem with Emirates, Cathay Pacific or Singapore (they fly from Manchester, I'm using them to make a trip back to UK in November flying in to Manchester). They all bive good customer service, good in-flight entertainment, good leg room and if you get the right flights, the shortest transit times.
22 Aug 2011 2:09 PM
|yeah... Emirates would be a nice choice|
23 Aug 2011 12:48 AM
23 Aug 2011 12:50 AM
|thanks for your help, flights with Emirates from Manchester booked, exciting times :)|
23 Aug 2011 3:04 PM
|you are welcome:)|
25 Aug 2011 3:09 AM
|Hi we are a Northern Irish family just back from Perth opening our visas in July.
We flew dublin-heathrow-kuala lumpar-perth with 3 children 13, 10 and 5.(Malaysian Airlines) The times of our flight were good in that our flight from heathrow left at 10pm so flying through the night and the wee one slept. Didnt have any complaints very attentative, well fed, constantly round with water and juice. The seat had screen for films, tv, games etc. I personally found the flight from kuala lumpar to perth the longest although it was only 5 hours because I had a reasonable about of sleep on the previous flight.
We are hopefully moving next August and I will definately be doing a 2 night stop over just to break it up. It is doable but it all depends on budget and personal preference.
26 Sep 2011 8:08 PM
|I would advise you to consider the seat space. The seat width and pitch are two very important aspects of comfort inflight not widely discussed. If you are very tall the pitch becomes crucial for comfort and if you are wide then the seat width becomes important. Thus all cow-class seats are not the same and nobody checks. Air Malaysia and Singapore both have good comfort measurements Emirates does very poorly on these.
27 Sep 2011 8:14 AM
|the below is a good website for information on the best and worst seats, pitch, etc