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Old Jan 17th, 2012, 09:28 AM   1
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Anyone used British Airways for a long haul flight??


I'm going to be using British airways for the 1st time with LO. Ive used them before but never with a baby. I know they have chairs/cots for infants but thats about it.

Anyone got a review on them or advice?

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Old Jan 17th, 2012, 09:46 AM   2
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I'm using them too in a few weeks so will be stalking!



 
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Old Jan 17th, 2012, 09:50 AM   3
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Where are you off to hun if you dont mind me asking? Their supposed to be a really good family airline.

I remember when i was about 10 we flew with them and the only thing i remember is we got Looney tunes magazines lol. I'm sure its changed alot since then though

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Old Jan 17th, 2012, 09:53 AM   4
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Dubai but we are only flying back with them. I think it's about 7 hours. I've flown with them several times over the past few years but never paid any attention to young children and their facilities!



 
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Old Jan 17th, 2012, 09:56 AM   5
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I went with them on a long haul flight and have mixed reviews. I have no other airline to compare them to though! On the outbound flight I was alone, and LO was 6 months. Unfortunately I found the flight attendants completely useless on that flight. They weren't very friendly and didn't help me in any way. They almost forgot to give me the baby seatbelt so I had to rush to do it up when we were taxiing. They didn't offer to bring me a bassinet, so I had to ring the call button to ask. They took a full 40 minutes to come and then when I asked for a bassinet they took AGES to get it for me. They forgot to give me my dinner because I was struggling with LO at the time and they said they'd come back for me but never did. To be honest it might have just been that particular flight that was awful, but it put me right off anyway.

The return flight was much better and I wasn't alone with LO that time. The flight attendants were much more friendly and helpful on this flight, so maybe it's just the luck of the draw.

Their bassinets were TINY though - there was no way my 6 month old could fit (he's a normal size) so we had to use the bouncy chair type thing, which was okay but LO couldn't sleep in it that well because it's not flat like a bed.

From my experience the flight attendants don't help with baggage, even when you're alone and struggling with a baby, so if you're lucky you'll be sat near people who are kind enough to offer help.

We did get priority boarding on both flights but it wasn't that helpful because by the time I had struggled down to the plane with baby & all luggage, I ended up kind of in the middle of the crowd.

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Old Jan 17th, 2012, 09:57 AM   6
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Im the same. Its funny how you dont notice anything untill you have your own LO. Do you know if you can request the seat/cot before you board?



 
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I went with them on a long haul flight and have mixed reviews. I have no other airline to compare them to though! On the outbound flight I was alone, and LO was 6 months. Unfortunately I found the flight attendants completely useless on that flight. They weren't very friendly and didn't help me in any way. They almost forgot to give me the baby seatbelt so I had to rush to do it up when we were taxiing. They didn't offer to bring me a bassinet, so I had to ring the call button to ask. They took a full 40 minutes to come and then when I asked for a bassinet they took AGES to get it for me. They forgot to give me my dinner because I was struggling with LO at the time and they said they'd come back for me but never did. To be honest it might have just been that particular flight that was awful, but it put me right off anyway.

The return flight was much better and I wasn't alone with LO that time. The flight attendants were much more friendly and helpful on this flight, so maybe it's just the luck of the draw.

Their bassinets were TINY though - there was no way my 6 month old could fit (he's a normal size) so we had to use the bouncy chair type thing, which was okay but LO couldn't sleep in it that well because it's not flat like a bed.

From my experience the flight attendants don't help with baggage, even when you're alone and struggling with a baby, so if you're lucky you'll be sat near people who are kind enough to offer help.

We did get priority boarding on both flights but it wasn't that helpful because by the time I had struggled down to the plane with baby & all luggage, I ended up kind of in the middle of the crowd.

Hope that helps a bit
Thats great help hun. Thank you . Good to know we get priority boarding Im a bit worried they might not have any baby chairs left. Or do they have a few? Im such a worrier. Ive checked and my Lo is the only infant on the flight so far



 
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Have a look here too, might be helpful for you; http://www.britishairways.com/travel/child/public/en_gb



 
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Thats great help hun. Thank you . Good to know we get priority boarding Im a bit worried they might not have any baby chairs left. Or do they have a few? Im such a worrier. Ive checked and my Lo is the only infant on the flight so far
I think they have a few on board. Have you booked a bulkhead seat? It says on their website that those chairs are first-come first-serve, but I'm sure they have several. Just ask for one as soon as the flight's taken off and the seatbelt signs go off. Oh and by the way, you can't use those when the seatbelt signs are on, including take-off and landing. So on our return flight we had several bouts of turbulence and I had to take my sleeping LO out, which was a real pain!



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Old Jan 17th, 2012, 10:33 AM   10
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Yeah ive booked a bulkhead seat. I'm really relying on getting one as im travelling alone. I was planning on asking for one at the door as we board. I know, im a pain lol



 
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