11 reasons why Singapore Airlines nails family travel

Want to travel the world with your family – but anxious about flying with little ones in tow? Put your journey in the hands of Singapore Airlines, the world’s most awarded airline. Here are 11 reasons why Singapore Airlines makes family flying stress-free and even (trust us) enjoyable…

1) MEAL CHOICES

Even the fussiest of little eaters will be wowed by Singapore Airlines’ meal choices; the inflight teams can rustle up baby meals, post-weaning meals, and child meals for infants and older ones. Parents can pick from three menu categories: Asian, Western and Vegetarian; just remember to order 24–48 hours before the flight takes off. If you and your family are travelling in Suites, First Class or Business Class, order from the aptly named ‘Yummy!’ meal service, whose tempting options include poached eggs on a toasted muffin, spaghetti and meatballs and more. There’s even a ‘Healthier Yummy!’ menu, too.

2) A HELPING HAND

As the world’s most awarded airline, Singapore Airlines is famous for its service. Naturally, the wonderful cabin crew will happily warm up baby bottles or baby food. There’s also a stash of baby kit such as nappies, disposable bibs, feeding bottles and cleaning wipes on board, so just let the team know if you need anything. (Be sure to bring your own sterilising equipment or cool bag, though.)

3) TOYS AND GAMES

Did you know that Singapore Airlines has its own range of special activities, toys and games? Catering to mini travellers of all ages, they’re guaranteed to keep cries of ‘I’m bored’ and ‘Are we there yet?’ at bay. The airline refreshes its toy cupboards each quarter, so as to keep little ones interested and engaged. Older children can even learn foreign phrases before arriving at their destination, with thanks to the nifty, inflight Berlitz ‘Learn a language’ app.

4) INFLIGHT SKILLS

Channel your very own inner Blue Peter presenter during your Singapore Airlines flight by learning some crafty new skills. Launched in October 2019, ‘Inflight Skills’ helps families gain a skill in the air – the ancient art of origami, to be precise. The specially designed, sustainably produced origami how-to kits contain five creations: a bird, a plane, a fortune teller, a box and even a box lid. To get you in the mood, Singapore Airlines has produced a tutorial video starring origami influencer, Red Ted Art. Inflight kits are available for passengers to collect before boarding at participating European airports (London, Manchester, Amsterdam, Milan, Rome and Moscow) while stocks last.

5) GREAT ENTERTAINMENT

Parents can sit back, relax and let Singapore Airlines’ inflight entertainment system, ‘Young Ones’ keep their little ones happy and distracted. Mini travellers can pick from popular, child-friendly TV programmes and cartoons, films, music and audio stories. New games are often added to the line-up and there are multiplayer games for competitive families. Game on.

6) SPECIAL FARES

Little ones aged under two who are travelling without their own seat pay just 10 per cent of the regular fare (Economy, Premium Economy, Business or First-Class Cabins); children aged between two and 12 (or under two, travelling with a seat) pay 75 per cent of the fare across Economy, Premium Economy, or Business Class Cabins (100 per cent in First Class).

7) KRISFLYER PROGRAMME

If your mini-mes are notching up plenty of stamps in their passport, you might want to enroll them in Singapore Airlines’ perks-packed KrisFlyer programme. They’re also eligible to qualify for PPS Club membership, designed for passengers who frequently fly in premium classes.

8) SPECIAL ASSISTANCE

Children aged between 12 and 17 who are travelling unaccompanied can take advantage of Singapore Airlines’ special assistance service. Throughout the journey, from check-in right through to arrival, Singapore Airlines will make sure that unaccompanied minors are always under someone’s care. (Parents can sign a waiver if they don’t want this optional, chargeable extra.)

9) SEATING OPTIONS

If you’re travelling with a child under 12 years old, you can select Standard Seats in advance for free, regardless of what ticket type you hold. There are also bassinets available on a first come, first served basis. In May 2012, Singapore Airlines also introduced the CAREs Child Harness: a suitable on-board alternative to the child car seat.

10) BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

Infants travelling without seats are still entitled to free baggage allowance of one bag (10kg). A fully-collapsible pushchair or stroller, plus either a carry-cot or car seat, can also be checked in at no extra cost.

11) SUSTAINABILITY CREDENTIALS

Singapore Airlines sets a great example for young travellers: the airline has been plastic straw-free since September 2019. Polybags from children’s toys have also been replaced with recyclable paper packaging, and the airline is planning on introducing new green initiatives such as printing children’s colouring books and activity kits using eco-friendly, soy-based ink.

So, what are you waiting for? Book you and your family onto your next Singapore Airlines flight now!

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