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Airline bans babies in 1st class on long-haul jets

Posted by Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor  June 28, 2011 10:10 AM

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Malaysia Airlines, which has banned babies in first-class sections on its Boeing 747-400 jets, also plans to do the same in its Airbus A380 superjumbo jets.

Airline anaging director and chief exexutive Tengku Azmil told the Australian Business Traveller that the carrier has received many complaints about crying infants from first class passengers that they "spend money on 1st class and can't sleep due to crying infants."

Malaysia Airlines uses its fleet of 747-400s on long hauls between Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, London and Amsterdam and plans to use its A380s on those routes next year as it takes delivery of those aircraft.

Amid rising fuel prices and airfares, along with airlines' focus on business travelers, the issue of segregating children on flights or even child-free flights has been receiving more attention. In February, Britain's Daily Mail reported that a number of airlines, including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Emirates are being urged by travel specialists to consider child-free zones and flights to accommodate passengers without children.

That report came shortly after the release of a poll in the UK which showed that about 75 percent of business passengers found children on planes "irritating." The survey involved 1,000 business-class travelers and was done for the 2011 Business Travel and Meetings trade show.

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