Saturday, September 14, 2013

TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN, part 5, Turkish Airlines

Hanna flew with a 9-month-old baby on Turkish Airlines - all the way to The Maldives. Some tips for other intrepid parents...

We flew from Stockholm with Turkish Airlines in economy class via Istanbul. For people not flying business class, Turkish is a good choice as their economy class is of high standard compared to many other airlines, service is overall good and meals are offered with a choice between two main courses.

If travelling with young children a bassinet is much recommended for the long haul flights. Located behind the middle wall in a 2-4-2 configuration A340/A330 there is the pro of more leg space, but the con of having a line of people for the toilets just beside. On the A340 the bassinet is much lower than on the A330. The higher position made it more difficult to see the baby whereas on the A340 you have the baby just above your knees.

Lily in kids' corner at
Attaturk Lounge

Flight times were convenient apart from the quite long stopover in Istanbul on the way over (4 hours from late evening). For a 35 USD/person fee you can access the Prime Lounge at Ataturk airport which we felt was well worth the money. Quite nice canap├ęs, a variety of beverages, 2 separate shower rooms and 4 secluded chairs with TV/Internet entertainment. There is also a kid’s room with a changing&nursing station, TV and DVD player with lots of kids’ movies, toys to borrow and more.

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