A Complete Guide to Booking and Using an Airplane Bassinet

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Everything You Need to Know About Booking and Using an Airplane Bassinet

An airplane bassinet sounds ideal for long flights, but we know you have questions…

  • Are airplane bassinets safe?
  • Do airplane bassinets cost extra?
  • How do you book an airplane bassinet?
  • Which airlines have bassinets for infants?

We answer these questions (and more!) below. Then, scroll down for a complete list of which airlines offer bassinets for infants on their planes and their policies.

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What Is an Airplane Bassinet?

An airplane bassinet is a detachable cot that is sometimes available for those flying with a lap infant. The airplane bassinets are set up on the bulkhead seats, and must be reserved in advance. Different airlines have different policies regarding booking and/or using bassinets (see below). However, most will suggest they are for infants that are six-months-old or younger, have a weight limit of under 20lbs, and can only be used for babies who are not yet able to sit upright unassisted.

Is it Safe to Use an Airplane Bassinet?

Without question, the safest place for a baby to sit on an airplane is in their own seat, in a FAA-approved car seat. But, this is not a legal requirement. On most airlines, children under 24-months are allowed to fly for free or for a small service fee if they fly as a lap infant.

Having a baby on your lap for a long flight can definitely become tiresome. Flying with a newborn or young infant is stressful enough as it is, so having a space where baby (and your arms!) can have a rest may definitely be welcomed.

Safety restraints in airplane bassinets…

Most bassinets do not have any safety restraints beyond a velcro strap. That’s the main reason they are not advised for older babies who can sit up or pull up. During take-off, taxi, landing, and during bouts of turbulence when the seat belt sign is turned on, you will be required to take your baby out of the bassinet and hold them in your arms. Most recommend that baby’s feet are towards the aisle, probably so flight attendants can see baby’s face when walking past and to prevent baby’s head from being knocked if someone stumbles in the aisle.

Having said that, most pictures on the internet show smiling babies sitting up in the bassinets or various arms and legs hanging out. It’s clear that not all airlines enforce what appear to be universal guidelines.

Should you just buy baby a seat?

Not everyone can afford or wants to purchase a seat for a baby on a plane if they don’t have to. And flying with car seats can definitely be a pain. An airplane bassinet is not any safer than your lap or arms but is not unsafe under most flying conditions.

Sometimes the bassinets will already be set up for when you board. And sometimes the flight attendants distribute them after take off. Clarify with the gate agent prior to boarding for peace of mind.

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Do I Need to Use an Airplane Bassinet Cover?

Obviously you would want to give the bassinet a wipe down before putting your baby in it. But knowing the messes babies can make, I’d feel more confident with a barrier of some sort. A playpen sheet or large-ish receiving blanket would likely be sufficient.

The bulkheads are pretty busy places on a plane. Keeping stimulation to a minimum is key to help babies and toddlers sleep on planes.  The CoziGo travel cover was created for that very purpose. British Airways even suggests using it on their website!


How to Book an Airplane Bassinet:

On any given flight, there is only a limited number of bassinets available. Often they are free, but sometimes you need to pay extra to secure the bulkhead. Prior to booking, familiarize yourself with the airlines’ policies that you will most likely be flying on. The earlier you book your flights, the better.

Travel Agents…

If you’re booking using a travel agent, ensure said agent is familiar with the process of securing an airplane bassinet and remind them of the importance of having one. You are putting the responsibility of this in someone else’s hands, but at least you’ll have someone to blame if things don’t work out.

Direct with the Airline…

If you’re booking directly on the airline’s website, you will need to call them immediately after making your reservations to reserve your seats and the bassinet. Since many airlines don’t charge extra for pre-booking seats if you are flying with children (in order to keep everyone together) you would have to do this anyway. Plan to remain on hold for a very long time, and make sure you have all your documentation handy, your reservation and confirmation numbers, as well as paper and a pen to jot down important details.

Using Online Travel Agents…

Booking flights using Expedia or similar means you will have to follow the above and call the airlines directly. Keep in mind your flights may not all be on the same airlines. Pay special attention to connections and if the flights you’ve chosen are being operating as a code share, meaning partner airlines are booking seats on other airlines’ aircraft. All will add to the time you spend on the phone, but that is worth it for having your ducks in a row pre-flight.

Following Up…

If you’re booking and reserving several months out, follow up with your airline in the weeks and days leading up to your trip. Yes, this means more time on hold and on the phone. Again, it’s worth it for peace of mind.

Which Airlines Offer Bassinets for Infants?

Not all airlines offer bassinets, and not all airlines’ policies on booking and using an airplane bassinet are the same. Below is a complete list of which airlines offer bassinets for infants, and what their policies are.

Select from the table of contents below or scroll down to peruse the different options.

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This is a stock photo. Flying with a baby is never so tidy 🙂

Table of Contents

Alphabetical List of Airlines’ Bassinet Policies:

Aer Lingus Airplane Bassinets

From the Aer Lingus website:

Bassinet seats are offered for transatlantic flights, however they’re subject to availability and require pre-booking. You could also consider opting for increased comfort by purchasing a dedicated seat for your infant at a child rate. Bassinet seats are unfortunately not available for infants with confirmed seating. For more information, please contact your local reservations office. Keep your booking reference handy for speed of assistance!

* Bassinet seats are not available on Boeing 757 aircraft.

Aeroflot Airplane Bassinets

From the Aeroflot website:

Cots are designed for infants under the age of one year and weighing no more than 11 kg.

Cots are available on aircraft fitted with baby cot positions. The availability and number of positions depend on the type of aircraft.

If you wish to use a baby cot on board, please let us know at least 36 hours before the scheduled departure time by contacting the Sales Office or calling the Contact Centre . At check-in, seats next to cot positions are first allocated to passengers who have made an advance booking.

Before mounting a cot, our staff will check your infant’s weight and inform you about the rules for using the cot during the flight.

Aeromexico Airplane Bassinets

From the Aeromexico website:

On board, our priority is that you and your family travel with greater safety and comfort. We offer this service so that you can travel with ease and confidence, and so that you may relax during your flight.

  • A limited number of cribs are available upon request and subject to availability.
  • We provide cribs for infants weighing no more than 24 lbs.
  • Cribs are complimentary, but availability is not guaranteed.
  • During the check-in process, crib availability will be confirmed.
  • Priority boarding will be required.
  • Infants must be lap-held during takeoff and landing.
  • An AM Plus seat must be purchased to qualify

Air Canada Bassinets

From Air Canada’s website:

If you’re travelling with a young (or small) infant in Economy Class, you may request a bassinet in advance of travel by contacting Air Canada Reservations. However, we are unable to confirm availability until the time of your flight’s departure.

  • Bassinets are assigned on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability at time of flight departure.

  • Bassinets may be provided on the following aircraft:

    • Boeing 787-9 (789)
    • The Boeing 787-8 (788)
    • Boeing 777-300ER (77W)
    • Boeing 777-200LR (77L)
    • Airbus A330 (333)
    • Boeing 767-300ER (763)
  • For safety reasons:

    • Bassinets can be used only for infants weighing less than 12 kg (25 lb) who are unable to sit upright.
    • The cabin crew is responsible for installing the bassinet once the seat belt sign has been turned off.
  • Please note that bassinets are installed at bulkhead rows where armrests do not lift.

Air France Bassinets

From Air France’s website:

You can request a bassinet on long-haul flights in the Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins, subject to availability. Bassinets are designed for infants weighing less than 10 kg/22 lbs and measuring less than 70 cm/27 in.

To check availability and submit your request for a bassinet, please contact us by phone as soon as possible after booking your flight, and at least 48 hours before your departure.

Air India Bassinets

From Air India’s website:

The preferred seat select scheme is available on the website on select routes operated by Air India. … The paid seat selection doesn’t include Bassinet seats for infants which are free of charge.

According to Seat Guru:

Bassinets can be requested for at the time of reservation, ticketing, or reconfirmation of the booking. Call Air India’s reservations center, the nearest Air India office, or the travel agent to request a bassinet. The bassinet provided is 71 cm x 36 cm x 19 cm (L x B x H). The infant must be under two years old and can fit in the bassinet.

Air Mauritius Bassinets

From the Air Mauritius website:

For your infant’s comfort, there are cots available on international flights. Because the number of cots is limited, consider requesting one at the time you book your flight. Your request will only be confirmed at check-in. Please note that our baby cots can accommodate infants up to 12 months old and/or weighing up to 11 kg, depending on whichever condition is more restrictive.

Air New Zealand Bassinets

From Air New Zealand’s website:

On international flights bassinets may be installed on Air New Zealand Boeing 787 and 777 aircraft and are designed for infants of average size up to 8 months old. The bassinet dimensions are 29 inches (73.66 cm) long x 13.5 inches (34.29 cm) wide and made up with sheets, a pillow and blankets and are designed for infants up to 8 months old and weighing a maximum of 11.8kg/26lb.

Bassinets can be requested when selecting your seats. However, please note that when selecting your seat online, not all seats in a Bassinet Row have bassinet fittings. Those that do are indicated with a bassinet icon and state that they include a bassinet.

If you are travelling with an infant aged between 8 months and 15 months (weighing a maximum of 11.8kg/26lb) and have not prepurchased a bassinet seat, a bassinet seat may be allocated to you if one is available at the time you check in on the day of travel.

Air Seychelles Bassinets

From the Air Seychelles website:

Baby bassinets may be requested for infants up to 6 months of age and not weighing more than 11kg/25 lbs. Bassinets are subject to availability. Requests should be made at the time of reservation.

Air Transat Bassinets

From Air Transat’s website:

  • Maximum infant weight 11 kg (24 lbs)

  • Infant’s size may not exceed the dimensions of the bassinette: 68 x 30 x 15 cm (27 x 12 x 6 in)

  • Safe for non-active infants who are unable to sit upright; your bassinette will remain on request until a crew member has assessed the suitability once on board

  • Limited availability, at bulkhead seats only

Alaska Air Bassinets

Bassinets are not available for infants on Alaska Air.

Alitalia Airplane Bassinets

From Alitalia’s website:

Some long-haul flights offer on-board bassinets, for children less than 76 cm long and weighing no more than 11 kg, which can be requested when booking. For operational reasons, this service might not be guaranteed on board, even if booked. In this case, the child must travel in the adult’s lap. 

American Airlines Bassinets

From the American Airlines website:

 

  • Bassinets are available on a first come, first serve basis at the gate for travel only on 777-200, 767-300, 777-300 and 787 aircraft.

  • Bassinets are not available in First/business Class cabins.

 

Asiana Airplane Bassinets

From Asiana’s website:

A baby bassinet is provided for passengers traveling with an infant.

Standard             

  • Business Smartium Class Seat: height of 71 cm or below + weight of less than 10 kg
  • Other class seats: height of 76 cm or below + weight of less than 14 kg

Notes

  • The baby bassinet can only be used after making a reservation, and reservations may close early due to limited quantities.
  • If the specifications are exceeded, the baby bassinet cannot be used in the cabin even if an advance reservation was made, and the infant must sit with their guardian.

How to Request

  • Apply up to 72 hours before the flight departs through the Asiana Reservation Center (1588-8000 in Korea).

Avianca Airplane Bassinets

From Avianca’s website:

Cradle Service

You can reserve a cradle for your baby.

Conditions to request the onboard cradle service

Age and weight:

  • Age: 12 months old or less
  • Height: Less than 74 centimeters
  • Weight: Up to 11 kilograms

Your baby must meet the height and weight requirements when travelling so that he or she does not exceed the size of the cradle*29.5 X 13.38 X 8.82 inches or 74.93 X 33.99 X 22.40 centimeters, and your request is not denied.

When can I request a cradle for my baby?

  • When making your reservation through the call center or at counters. There is a limited quota per aircraft. We will take care of every detail so your baby travels on equipment in optimal condition.

When is the cradle installed?

  • When the plane takes off we will organize everything your baby needs. We will remove the cradle before landing.

Fleet availability

  • The service is available for all routes operated by the A330 or B787. The quota on each aircraft is three cradles.
  • Due to operational matters, the plane assigned for you trip may vary. In this event, we cannot guarantee the service.
  • Flights operated by Avianca Ecuador S.A. do not offer this service.

Documentation

  • For your comfort and your baby’s, we recommend you take a medical certificate from your pediatrician stating the weight and height of the baby.

  • 5 X 13.38 X 8.82 inches or 74.93 X 33.99 X 22.40 centimeters.

British Airways Bassinets

Seriously, British Airways rules when it comes to flying with an infant. (See Flying British Airways with a Baby). Not only do they offer bassinets, they have child seats for older babies as well. Read on, from the British Airways website:

Carrycots and child seats supplied by us

Our carrycots and child seats are for infants from birth up to 2 years old. You can reserve a carrycot/child seat position in advance on long haul flights only, as our short haul aircraft do not have carrycot/child seats.

Child seats and carrycots are supplied free of charge, but are subject to availability on-board the aircraft on the day. They will be given to the people sitting in the carrycot/child seat positions on a first-come, first-served basis.

Even if you’ve reserved this type of seat, we may have to move you on the day if there is a person with a greater need who requires it, such as a wheelchair user.

How to reserve carrycot/child seats

Please reserve a carrycot/child seat position in advance, using Manage My Booking. The carrycot seat positions are marked on the seat maps with a baby icon.

What happens if you don’t reserve a seat?

If you don’t choose a seat in advance, we’ll allocate a suitable seat for you a few days before departure, but this might not be at a carrycot/child seat position.

If your infant is under 2 and you haven’t reserved a carrycot position, your infant can sit on your lap using an extension seat belt. The cabin crew will provide this for you and show you how to use the seat belt.

Carrycots

For your baby’s comfort, we have specially designed carrycots on board, so that your baby can sleep during the flight. If you have reserved your seat at a carrycot position, you can ask the cabin crew for a carrycot.

The carrycots supplied by us are:

  • suitable for babies who weigh no more than 12.5kgs (27.5lbs)
  • can only be used for an infant who is lying down
  • available on all long haul flights (except on the London City to JFK service)
  • not to be used during taxi, take-off, landing and turbulence (when the fasten seatbelt sign is on)
Bring your own CoziGo carrycot cover

You can bring your own CoziGo carrycot cover which can be used with all styles of carrycots on our long haul flights.

Child seats

We’ll supply a child seat that attaches to the carrycot position. If you have reserved your seat at a carrycot position, you can ask the cabin crew for a child seat.

The child seats supplied by us are:

  • suitable for older babies who weigh no more than 12.5kgs (27.5lbs)

  • available on all long haul flights (except on the London City to JFK service)

  • adjustable to a variety of reclined positions

  • not to be used during taxi, take-off, landing and turbulence (when the fasten seatbelt sign is on)

Cathay Pacific Airplane Bassinets

From the Cathay Pacific website:

  • All our aircraft are equipped with special baby bassinets. A bassinet measures 76.20cm (30″) x 38.10cm (15″) x 20.32cm (8″) and can carry up to 12kgs

  • Please note however a baby older than 6 months may feel uncomfortable in a bassinet

  • A request for a baby bassinet (BSCT) can be made at time of reservation if passenger is travelling with an infant.

China Airlines Bassinets

The information on the China Airlines website is limited:

If an infant travels with an adult and does not occupy a seat, the infant will be charged the infant fare.

According to Seat Guru:

China Airlines has bassinets on all international aircraft. The Embraer ERJ-190 does not have bassinets available.

Infant amenities vary by aircraft. When you’re on the airplane page, look for the Infant Amenity Icon. If it is present, clicking on it will tell you what infant services are available on that airplane. If you do not see it, infant amenities are not offered on that aircraft. You can always contact China Airlines for more information.

China Southern Airlines Bassinets

From the China Southern Airlines website:

Free baby cradles are offered during some long-haul flights. Passengers in need of cradles can apply for this service if you meet the following conditions:

  1. The airplane that you take is among the types of A380, A330-300, A330-200, B777A, B777B, B787 and B777-300ER (B77W).
  2. You are in Mingzhu Economy Class (Premium Economy Class) or Economy Class.
  3. The flight is planned to be over 3 hours.
  4. Your baby is less than 12 months but more than 14 days old, less than 70 cm in height and less than 25 pounds in weight.

Since the number of cradles on every airplane is limited, please make a reservation for this service earlier than 24 hours before your flight on our official website, or call our service center at 4006695539, or apply in person at the local ticket offices affiliated with China Southern Airlines.

Condor Airplane Bassinets

From Condor’s website:

Upon request and subject to availability, bassinets/baby carriers can be reserved in Premium Class and Business Class on longhaul flights (Zones 3, 4 and 5).

Please note that bassinets/baby carriers are only suitable and intended for infants up to 6 months and/or max. 8 kg. These can be reserved Monday – Friday via our Special Reservations service no later than 48 hours prior to departure.

Czech Airlines Bassinets

From the Czech Airlines website:

Children under 2 years of age may travel in a baby cot with load capacity of 11kg and sizes of 75 x 34 x 22cm (but only on Airbus A319/A330 Business Class and on Airbus A330 Economy Class). Please request the cot via our Contact Centre during your seat booking.

Delta Airplane Bassinets

From Delta’s website:

  • Onboard bassinets, also known as SkyCots, are available free of charge for passengers assigned to a bulkhead seat on equipped aircraft for some international flights.

  • SkyCots can be requested by contacting Reservations before arriving at the airport and then speaking with the gate agent at the boarding gate, but cannot be guaranteed due to a limit of two SkyCots per aircraft and weight restrictions.

  • Infants permitted to use a SkyCot must weigh 20 pounds or less and be no longer than 26 inches in length.

  • Please note that all infants must be held during takeoff and landing.

EasyJet Airplane Bassinets

There is no information on EasyJet’s website about bassinets. But they do appear to allow you to gate check strollers and an any additional item for free, so that’s nice.

El Al Airplane Bassinets

From El Al’s website:

If you are flying with babies, request a bulkhead seat with a small bassinet. These are available for infants up to nine months old. After take-off the bassinet will be installed and you will receive a blanket for the baby. The EL AL crew is at your service for heating the baby’s bottles and will rinse the bottle and provide hot water. Diapering stands are available in the plane’s bathroom stalls.

The number of bassinets is limited and varies according to the aircraft model; please place your order early.

Emirates Airplane Bassinets

From Emirates’ website:

You can request a baby bassinet in the Passenger details section when you make a booking on our website, or by calling your local Emirates office.

After you make a booking on our website, you can request a baby bassinet in Manage your booking, or, by calling your local Emirates office. Please note bassinets are subject to availability.

Etihad Airplane Bassinets

From Etihad’s website:

Our bassinets are specially designed carry-cots, to help your baby sleep flat during the flight.

If you’re travelling with an infant who will weigh less than 11kg on the day of travel, you can request a baby bassinet when you book your flight. Your infant must also fit comfortably in the bassinet. Our cabin crew will confirm that your infant safely fits in the bassinet before affixing it at your seat position.

Please request your bassinet when you book your flight, as we have a limited number available on each flight. We allocate bassinets on a first come, first served basis.

If you would like to add a bassinet request to an existing booking, go to Manage my Booking and update the ‘Special Requests’ for your Infant. 

Please note: For safety reasons, you may only use bassinets during the flight when the seatbelt sign is switched off and when the cabin crew permit you to do so. Please follow the instructions from the cabin crew.

EVA Air Bassinets

From EVA Air’s website:

Baby bassinets are available aboard all EVA Air aircraft, but for safety reasons, height and weight limitations apply. Please advise us of your baby’s date of birth, height and weight when you make your reservation.

The bassinets list on EVA Air’s aircraft:

B777

  • 8CM Long x 29.8CM Wide (only for Royal Laurel Class) Max weight: 14KG
  • 8CM Long x 34.9CM Wide. Max weight: 16KG

B787

  • 8CM Long x 29.8CM Wide. Max weight: 14KG

A332

  • 8CM Long x 28.3CM Wide (only for 20W) Max weight: 14KG
  • 8CM Long x 34.9CM Wide. Max weight: 16KG

A333

  • 8CM Long x 34.9CM Wide Max weight: 16KG
  • 8CM Long x 29.8CM Wide Max weight: 14KG

A321

  • 8CM Long x 29.8CM Wide Max weight: 14KG

Bassinets are first-come, first served.

Garuda Indonesia Airplane Bassinets

From the Garuda Indonesia website:

Baby Bassinet is available on Garuda Indonesia selected aircraft and its free of charge. Passenger must be requested well in advance via Garuda Call Center. Due to limited numbers of baby bassinet available on each aircraft, baby bassinet service is based on first come first serve. Passenger will inform by check-in staff regarding the limited numbers of bassinet. Maximum weight of infant that can be accommodated in one bassinet is 9 kg.

Gulf Air Bassinets

From Gulf Air’s website:

Infants up to 7 months old, weighing no more than 10 kg and not more than 26” in length can travel using the onboard bassinets* (carry-cots). Please request a bassinet when you book your ticket to ensure availability and to obtain advance confirmation. Should the baby – irrespective of age and advance confirmation from the airline – exceed these set limits, our Cabin Crew will not allow the use of a bassinet as this is perceived as being unsafe and not in compliance with civil airline safety regulations.

Remember to pre-reserve a bassinet on all flights during your journey, not just the first sector.
*Please note that bassinets are not available in Falcon Gold cabin on our new Boeing Dreamliner 787

Jet Blue Airplane Bassinets

Jet Blue does not offer bassinets on any of their aircraft, but they are renowned for being a very family-friendly airline.

Hawaiian Airlines Bassinets

From the Hawaiian Airlines website:

Bassinets are available on most of our international flights.

To use our bassinets, your child must be:

  1. Under the age of 2 years old and
  2. Cannot weigh more than 20 lbs (9 kgs).

The bassinet is 32” in length, 14.5” in width and 7” in height.

You may reserve bassinets on our A330 international flights to/from the following cities:

  • Auckland, New Zealand (AKL)
  • Beijing, China (PEK)
  • Brisbane, Australia (BNE)
  • Incheon, Korea (ICN)
  • Haneda -Tokyo, Japan (HND)
  • Narita – Tokyo, Japan (NRT)
  • Osaka-Kansai, Japan (KIX)
  • Sydney, Australia (SYD)

To reserve a bassinet, the accompanying adult must purchase a bassinet-compatible Extra Comfort seat. Please follow the below instructions to complete your reservation:

  1. Call Hawaiian Airlines Reservations
  2. Request to reserve a bassinet for your international flight
  3. If available, the accompanying adult must purchase an Extra Comfort seat in Row 14 (14 AB, CD or EG, HJ)
    • If you prefer, you may purchase a bassinet-compatible Extra Comfort seat online and reserve the bassinet over the phone once you have a confirmed seat in Row 14
  4. Once your seat is purchased and bassinet is reserved, your reservation will be confirmed

If you’d prefer not to purchase an Extra Comfort seat, you may see an airport customer service agent at check-in (on the day of departure) for bassinet availability. If available, Hawaiian Airlines will accept up to two (2) requests per flight. Confirmed bassinets will be assigned during the boarding process. Priority will be given to the customer with the earliest check-in time.*

*Bassinets are not guaranteed if requested upon check-in.

Due to the configuration of the B767 aircraft, bassinet requests for the following cities cannot be reserved in advance.

  • Sapporo – Chitose, Japan (CTS)

Bassinets are not available on flights to/from Pago Pago, American Samoa (PPG) and Papeete, Tahiti (PPT).

To request a bassinet, please see an airport customer service agent at check-in (on the day of departure) for bassinet availability. If available, Hawaiian Airlines will accept up to two (2) requests per flight. Confirmed bassinets will be assigned during the boarding process. Priority will be given to the customer with the earliest check-in time.*

*Bassinets are not guaranteed if requested upon check-in. 

Iberia Airplane Bassinets

From Iberia’s website:

There are a certain number of cots for infants who weigh up to 11 kg on each Iberia aircraft on inter-continental flights.

These cots, like the seats for the adults who accompany the infant, do not have to be booked online.

Please book a cot through an Iberia Office in your country, where you can also get information about booking a seat for yourself in the designated cot area in advance. Depending on the cabin class, booking a seat will incur an additional cost. 

Icelandair Bassinets

Icelandair does not offer bassinets on any of their flights.

JAL Airplane Bassinets

From JAL’s website:

*Our bassinets are ideal for infants weighing up to 10.5kg (age 2).
Dimensions (length: 72 cms, width: 30cms, and depth: 15 cms).

*Please note that bassinets are available in limited numbers and reservation may not always be possible.

KLM Airplane Bassinets

From KLM’s website:

For intercontinental KLM flights, on board carrycots can be reserved via My Trip or by contacting us. These are suitable for babies that are no longer than 65 cm and weigh no more than 10 kg on the day of the trip. Although we’ll do our very best, we cannot always guarantee the availability of a carrycot when you board the aircraft.

Korean Air Bassinets

From Korean Air’s website:

Bassinets:

  • Availability: International flights only (Economy Class and Prestige Class on some aircrafts)
  • Service conditions: Weight – less than 11kg(24.25 lbs), Height – no longer than 75cm(2.46 ft)
  • Request deadline: 48 hours before departure.

Note: Even if the request was made in advance, an infant who is taller or heavier than the allowed limit will not be given a bassinet in flight.

LATAM Airlines Bassinets

From the LATAM Airlines website:

When traveling in the economy cabin you can take your infant in a comfortable and safe bassinet. You may request this service if your infant weights no more than 10 kilos and is under 71 cm.

Please note that we have one bassinet ready on each of our Boeing 767 and 2 on our Boeing 777 and 787 aircrafts. We would like to remind you to request the bassinet 48 hours before your trip through our Contact Center, as the service is subject to availability on each flight.

Service Conditions

If you request this service you have to purchase the preferred seat for bassinet use. Companions that require to travel next to you will have to pay for their seats too.

If you travel with other passengers we will assign the seats in accordance with availability and the conditions of the fare paid.

The bassinet service is only available for flights operated by LATAM.

Lufthansa Airplane Bassinets

From Lufthansa’s website:

On our entire long-haul fleet we have special baby cots available to you. The bassinets are perfectly suited for babies up to 14 kg in weight and up to 83 cm in length. The number of bassinets on board is limited. You can reserve the baby cots up to 48 hours before flight departure. Please note that a seat reservation fee for the seat with bassinet may apply depending on your ticket condition. For further information please contact our Lufthansa Service Center.

Malaysia Airlines Bassinets

From the Malaysia Airlines website:

A number of bassinets are provided onboard, depending on the aircraft. Due to safety and storage reasons, passengers are not allowed to carry their own bassinets into the cabin. Should you need one for your infant, reservations can be made at the time of your initial ticket purchase for a bassinet provided by Malaysia Airlines.

This service must be requested through the Reservations/Ticket Counter/Call Centre at least 24 hours before departure. Please call 1 300 88 3000 if you are within Malaysia or +603 7843 3000 if you are overseas.

MIAT Mongolian Airlines Bassinets

From the MIAT Mongolian Airlines website:

A request for a baby bassinet can be made at time of check-in at the airport.

  • Bassinet size:
  • Maximum capacity: 11 kg (24.25 lbs)
    Length х Width х Height: 75 х 34 х 22.4 см (29.5 x 13.38 x 8.82 inch)

Babies who weigh no more than 11kg/24,25 lbs and not more than 75 cm/2.46 feet tall can travel using the onboard bassinet.

Porter Airlines Bassinets

There are no bassinets available on any Porter Airlines fights. They are a very infant-friendly airline otherwise.

Primera Air Bassinets

According to Primera Air’s website, they do not provide child seats or bassinets, but they have a number of seating options for infants, including child fares.

Qantas Airplane Bassinets

From the Qantas website:

All infants booked online are booked without a seat and must travel either in the lap of the adult travelling with them or be placed in the bassinet if available when permitted during flight. This also means that there is a limit of one infant per adult booked online.

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As bassinets are limited, please ensure that you request this at the time of booking. Bassinets on Qantas flights are approximately 71cm long, 31cm wide, 26cm deep, and have a weight limitation of 11 kg. If your infant is too large for the bassinet and is travelling on the parents ticket then they must be nursed.

Qatar Airways Bassinets

From the Qatar Airways website:

Infants, less than 2 years old, are not required to have their own seats. Please note that the bassinet request is applicable only to Qatar Airways flights and is subject to availability on the day of the flight.  Please contact your local Qatar Airways office to request a bassinet seat in advance. In such cases where a bassinet is not available, you will have to travel with the infant on your lap.

Infants (up to 11 kgs) who do not fit the bassinet size are required to travel on the lap of the accompanying adult passenger. Only one infant is allowed per adult passenger.

Bassinets are not available in the First Class cabin on-board the Airbus 380.  To check availability of a Bassinet position seat on a specific aircraft and within a particular cabin, please contact the nearest Qatar Airways office.

Ryanair Bassinets

According to the Ryanair website, bassinets are not available on Ryanair flights, but they do have a number of seating options for infants, including an “Infant Comfort” seat where baby is required to be held during taxi, takeoff, and landing, but may occupy the additional seat (without a car seat or restraint) during the flight.

Singapore Airlines Bassinets

From the Singapore Airlines website:

We encourage you to request for a bassinet when you book an infant ticket, as only a limited number of bassinets are available on board and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each bassinet measures at 768mm (L) x 298mm (W) x 158mm (H), and can support a maximum weight of 14kg.

South African Airways Bassinets

From South African Airways’ website:

The use of a baby bassinet is restricted by the infant size and weight. Infants not exceeding 10kg and 75cm are eligible for a baby bassinet, subject to availability. We highly recommend eligible customers reserve a bassinet at their earliest convenience, by calling their nearest SAA office.

At a bulkhead seat, a cabin crew member can help to position a baby bassinet after take-off, once the seat belt signs have been switched off. The crew member will be required to confirm the age, weight and length of the infant prior to bringing the bassinet, to ensure the safety of the infant. A bassinet cannot be used during take-off and landing and can only be used during the flight when the seat belt signs are off. If the seat belt signs are illuminated, the infant must be removed from the bassinet.

Southwest Airplane Bassinets

Southwest does not offer bassinets on any of their flights but, according to their website, they offer a number of infant seating options (including infant fares) and flying Southwest with a baby is typically a more welcoming experience.

SriLankan Airlines Bassinets

From the SriLankan Airlines website:

…You can request a Bassinet Position for the Infant at the time of the booking. Conditions apply as we only have a limited number of Bassinets available.  For Assistance please contact any one of our Ticket Offices, Global Contact Centre (GCC) or your Travel Agent.

There are a limited number of bassinet seats available in a flight. You will receive a bassinet seat subject to availability. If bassinet seats are not available, then the passenger will be given a choice to select other seats as per their requirement. Please make sure that you request for a bassinet seat at the time of your booking.

Please note that the bassinet request is applicable subject to availability on the day of the flight. You may book the bassinet seat while making your booking or contact your nearest SriLankan Airlines office to request a bassinet seat in advance. In situations where the bassinet is not available you will have to travel with the infant on your lap.

Sunwing Airplane Bassinets

Sunwing does not offer bassinets on any of their flights. However, for a charter, flying Sunwing with a baby is a pretty decent experience.

SWISS Airplane Bassinets

From the SWISS website:

Baby bassinets are available in all flight classes on long haul flights and in Business Class on European flights. They are approved for babies of up to 8 months and weighing a maximum of 11 kg. The number of cots is limited, so please be sure to contact our Service Center in good time.

TAP Portugal Airplane Bassinets

From TAP’s website:

You can ask us to provide a cot if you are travelling with a baby. This service is free only on TAP-operated flights.
 
The following rules apply for the use of cots:

•They are only available on long-haul flights and Business Class of some medium-haul aircraft;
•Baby must not weigh more than 11kg/24lbs and the baby must be no more than 12 months old;
•The cot dimensions are 75cm / 29 in long by 34 cm / 13 in wide and 22.4 cm / 8.8 in high;
•Baby must always fit comfortably inside the cot;
•The cot can never be used during take-off/landing and during periods of turbulence;
•There are designated seats on the aircraft for cots and their number is limited. Therefore, please inform
  us when booking of all the flights on which the infant needs a cot;
•The number of seats available for cots varies from one type of aircraft to another and if there is
  availability. This information is immediate and it will be confirmed when you book;
•Each adult may take only one baby.

Thai Airways Bassinets

From the Thai Airways website:

Inform the local reservation & ticketing officers about children’s information for appropriate seating and preparation of facilities on the aircraft
The Bassinet for babies less than 6 months of age, weighing less than 10 kg and not exceeding 62 67 cm in length.

Thomas Cook Airlines Bassinets

Thomas Cook Airlines does not offer bassinets or carrycots on their website, and a lap infant’s fare is 10% of an adult’s.

TUI Airways Bassinets

TUI does not offer bassinets or cots on any of their flights, including long-haul destinations.

Turkish Airlines Bassinets

Turkish Airlines does not offer bassinets or special infant seats on their flights. However, according to their website, you can request a flight attendant to be a “carer” to assist you during the flight.

United Airplane Bassinets

From United’s website:

A limited number of complimentary bassinets are available for use on international aircraft only. Bassinets are large enough to hold an infant weighing 22 pounds (10 kg) or less. They may not be used during taxi, takeoff or landing, or when the seatbelt sign is illuminated. Bassinets are available for customers traveling international segments in United Polaris® business class on select 757, 767, 777 and 787 aircraft and in United Economy® on 757, 767, 777 and 787 aircraft. Bassinets are not available for customers traveling in United Polaris first class, United First® or United Business® at this time.

Customers can request a bassinet by calling the United Customer Contact Center at 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331) within the United States or the appropriate Worldwide Contact Center. We will provide accompanying seat assignments for an adult traveling with an infant and up to one travel companion. You can arrange these seat assignments with the United Customer Contact Center or with a United representative at the airport free of charge. Bassinet availability is limited, and these arrangements are not guaranteed, so we recommend requesting a bassinet early for your flight.

Virgin Atlantic Bassinets

From Virgin Atlantic’s website:

Cots Onboard:

Refer to the tables below to help you understand cots for your baby or infant.
Economy and Premium sky cots:
Boeing 747-400
Dimensions:
35cm wide x 21cm deep x 74cm long (13.8” wide x 8.3” deep x 29” long)
Maximium weight of baby:
9kg (19.8lb)
Maximium height of baby:
740mm (29”)

Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A330
Dimensions:
28.6cm wide x 72.7cm long (11.25” wide x 28.6” long)
Maximium weight of baby:
11kg (24.25lb)
Maximium height of baby:
760mm (30”)

Upper Class sky cots:
Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A330
Dimensions:
35cm wide x 24cm deep x 76cm long (13.8” wide x 9.4” deep x 29.9” long)
Maximium weight of baby:
11kg (24.25lb)
Maximium height of baby:
750mm (29.5”)

Virgin Australia Bassinets

From Virgin Australia’s website:

Bassinets are available onboard all our international long haul flights and on domestic flights operated by A330 aircraft, subject to availability. Our bassinets are designed for use by one infant at a time and size and weight restrictions listed below apply. 

Bassinets are limited, so please request a bassinet for your infant at the time of booking. Pre-allocation of bassinets is on a first come, first served basis. Please contact our Guest Contact Centre to request a bassinet.  

Maximum Bassinet Dimensions:
B777 Aircraft
Length:
70cm / 27.5 inches
Weight:
18kg / 40lbs

A330 Aircraft
Length:
70cm / 27.5 inches
Weight:
11kg / 24lbs

Westjet Airplane Bassinets

There are airplane bassinets on WestJet‘s 787-9 aircraft only. Request a bassinet when booking your flight or go to any WestJet counter at the airport. The infant must be a maximum of 9 kilograms/25lbs, a maximum length of 66cm/26 in., and unable to sit upright unassisted.

Westjet is a pretty baby-friendly airline

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