Has Malaysia Airlines any restrictions for acceptance of infants?
For safety reasons, air travel is not recommended for a newborn within the first eight days after birth. An infant or baby is a passenger who has not reached his or her second birthday at the commencement of the journey. Only one infant should be carried for one adult on board.
Does Malaysia Airlines offer discounts for infants and children?
The infant fare is 10% of the applicable adult fare and applies only for infants without a seat (the infant travels on the adult passenger’s lap). For an infant occupying a seat, the child fare will be charged.
On Malaysia Airlines flights, a child discount up to 15% may or may not apply as per fare rules.
Baggage Allowance for Baby Essentials
When the infant’s ticket is purchased at the infant fare, Malaysia Airlines allows for an additional 10 kg (22 lbs) of baggage (including a carrycot, infant car seat, pushchair or fully collapsible stroller) over and above the free baggage allowance as allotted to an infant’s accompanying adult passenger. The combined weight of the carrycot, infant car seat, pushchair or fully collapsible stroller and baby essentials must not exceed 10 kg. Remember that any adult items found packed together with these essentials will be removed and counted towards the passenger’s free baggage allowance.
The baggage allowance for an infant may be used in the following ways:
- As carry-on baggage – one bag with maximum weight of 7 kg and maximum dimension of 115 cm (45 inches)
- As checked baggage – one bag not exceeding 10 kg (22 lbs)
- One car seat not exceeding 10 kg (22 lbs) as either cabin or checked baggage
- One fully collapsible baby pushchair or stroller or carrying basket in addition to only one of the three items above.
A baby pram or fully collapsible baby stroller (on wide body aircraft only) are allowed as hand baggage. Due to limited space in the aircraft cabin, the acceptance of baby prams or strollers as cabin items will be on a first come, first served basis. Once the space is taken up, these items will be packed into the aircraft hold.
A number of bassinets are provided onboard, depending on the aircraft, so passengers are not allowed to carry their own bassinets into the cabin. This service must be requested at least one day before the flight’s departure.
A limited quantity of baby formula, food and essentials (including brushes, napkins and bottles) are provided onboard to ensure the infant’s comfort throughout the journey. However, feeding mothers can carry their choice of infant formula due to the wide variety of formula available in the market and the different preferences of infants. Facilities for sterilizing feeding bottles and heating baby food are also available on certain flights.
Baby Meals, commercially prepared baby food combined with of vegetables or fruits, for children up to 2 years old are offered on select flights only and must be ordered and at least 24 hours before flight departure.
For the convenience of nursing mothers, at selected airports, Malaysia Airlines has a Baby Changing Facility and Lactation Room, complete with cradle, diaper-changing table, high chair, and basic toiletries such as baby soap, talcum powder and nappies.
Traveling with Children
Families with infants and children are invited to board the aircraft first to allow parents more time to ensure that their kids are seated comfortably and stow away their luggage without having to worry about disturbing the other passengers.
When traveling on a flight with meal service, the Child’s Meal is nutritionally designed for children from 2 to 12 years old. The exact meal served depends on the flight sector. This service must be requested at least one day before the flight’s departure.
Children can enjoy a Child’s Play Room at selected airports with a television and DVD player, chairs, toys, kid-sized writing tables, comics and coloring books.