The Ultimate Guide to Baby Bassinet Seats on 50+ Airlines [2020]

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We’ve said it before and we will say it again, traveling with family can be one of the most rewarding experiences children and parents can do together.

Trying new foods, seeing new places, meeting new people, and dealing with the inevitable stress of traveling can create memories of a lifetime — for good or for bad!

That being said, sometimes the actual act of traveling can be a lot of work, especially with a baby or small children.

Strollers, car seats, diapers, bottles, pacifiers, extra clothes, carriers, toys… the list goes on, and new parents will always think they forgot something (hint: you probably did, but it’s OK!).

Add in the lottery system that some airlines like to play with bassinets for infants and just the thought of boarding a plane can get pretty stressful.

Well, stress no more — we have put together a definitive guide on which airlines have bassinets so that you know in advance where your little one is going to sleep on your next flight!

What Is a Bassinet and Where Does It Go?

baby airplane bassinet
Image Credit: Travel Agent Central

A bassinet (sometimes referred to as a sky cot) is a small bed that can be attached to the plane, often the bulkhead wall, in front of a passenger seat.

Depending on the airline and aircraft there may be different styles and sizes, as well as varying weight, length, and age limitations.

For example, American Airlines has a basket-style bassinet that closes with a zipper. Meanwhile, British Airways offers more of a baby bouncy seat style that can be mounted on a flat surface in business class.

Are Airline Bassinets Safe?

The most important thing about traveling with family is that everyone gets where they are going to safely. With little ones in tow that are even more vulnerable to potential turbulence, we want to make sure that everyone is strapped in properly!

Without a doubt, the safest place for a baby to sit on an airplane is in their own seat in an FAA-approved car seat. 

However, bassinets are an excellent option for parents traveling with their young child who is under 2 years old (if they still fit) and doesn’t have their own seat.

Although your child may still technically qualify as a “lap child” because they are not yet 2, that doesn’t mean they will be comfortable staying on your lap for the entire flight.

Instead of passing them back and forth between the adults, or even make a little bed for them on the floor (please don’t do this!), securing your child in a bassinet will allow everyone to get some rest, even if it is just for a few minutes.

However, babies are not allowed to be in the bassinet during takeoff, landing, or during periods of turbulence. These devices are made for convenience, and not necessarily for safety.

Age and Weight Limits

American Airlines Bassinet 767
American Airlines 767 bassinet. Image Credit: Chris Hassan

There is no standardized bassinet across the board, so options may vary from 1 airline to the next.

In general, bassinets are quite small and cozy and will best accommodate babies from a newborn stage up to 1 year old, obviously depending on the size of the child.

In our research, we have seen age limits stated on airline websites from 0-18 months with a maximum weight anywhere from 15-25 pounds. That being said, it will all depend on the child — most importantly their height and length when laying down.

Car Seat vs. Bassinet

Car Seat in American Airlines Economy Class
Using an FAA-approved car seat as their own seat is the safest way for children to fly. Image Credit: Chris Hassan

While you may not always have the luxury of choosing between bringing your child’s car seat or relying on the airline’s bassinet, this is a good question to ask — car seat or bassinet?

One of the few benefits of flying with a small child under the age of 2 is that they aren’t charged for domestic flights and often are charged only 10% of the fare on international flights when sharing a seat with an adult.

So, when contemplating whether or not to bring a car seat, you are really debating whether or not you want to (or can) pay for an additional seat that your child may not even use.

The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) strongly urges parents to use a Child Restraint Device (CRS) for the duration of the flight. Remembering that bassinets cannot be used during turbulence, the FAA states that, “your arms aren’t capable of holding your child securely, especially during unexpected turbulence.”

If money were no object, the right decision would be to always purchase an additional seat for your baby and bring their FAA-approved car seat that they are used to traveling in. They will be safer, more comfortable, and you won’t have to deal with taking them in and out of the bassinet during takeoff, landing, and turbulence.

That is assuming that your baby is perfect and doesn’t need to be breastfed, cuddled, and will stay perfectly calm without being on your lap! Ha!

For the sake of this article, let’s imagine that travelers aren’t purchasing extra seats and will be relying on airline bassinets. Let’s take a look at what the options are.

Which Airlines Offer Bassinets?

Many airlines across the globe offer bassinets to make traveling with infants easier.

Here is our review of the world’s top airlines and their policies:

AirlineBassinet OfferedReservations AcceptedHow to Book
Aer LingusYesYesReservations
AeroflotYesYesReservations
AeromexicoYesNoN/A
Air CanadaYesRequests OnlyReservations
Air FranceYesRequests OnlyReservations
Air IndiaYesRequests OnlyReservations
Air MauritiusYesYesReservations
Air New ZealandYesYesReservations
Air SeychellesYesRequests OnlyReservations
Air TransatYesNoN/A
Alaska AirlinesNoNoN/A
Alitalia AirlinesYesRequests OnlyReservations
American AirlinesYesNoN/A
ANAYesYesReservations
Asiana AirlinesYesYesReservations
Avianca AirlinesYesYesReservations
British AirwaysYesNoN/A
Cathay PacificYesYesReservations
China AirlinesYesRequests OnlyReservations
China Southern AirlinesYesYesReservations
CondorYesYesReservations
Czech AirlinesYesRequests OnlyReservations
Delta AirlinesYesRequests OnlyReservations
EasyJet AirlinesNoNoN/A
El Al AirlinesYesYesReservations
EmiratesYesRequests OnlyReservations
Etihad AirwaysYesRequests OnlyReservations
EVA AirYesRequests OnlyReservations
Frontier AirlinesNoNoN/A
Garuda IndonesiaYesRequests OnlyReservations
Gulf AirYesYesReservations
JetBlue AirwaysNoNoN/A
Hawaiian AirlinesYesYesReservations
IberiaYesYesReservations
IcelandairNoNoN/A
JALYesRequests OnlyReservations
KLMYesRequests OnlyReservations
Korean AirYesYesReservations
LATAMYesRequests OnlyReservations
LufthansaYesYesReservations
Malaysia AirlinesYesYesReservations
MIATYesNoN/A
Porter AirlinesNoNoN/A
Primera AirNoNoN/A
Qantas AirwaysYesYesReservations
Qatar AirwaysYesYesReservations
RyanairNoNoN/A
Singapore AirlinesYesRequests OnlyReservations
South African AirwaysYesYesReservations
Southwest AirlinesNoNoN/A
SriLankan AirlinesYesNoN/A
Sunwing AirlinesNoNoN/A
Swiss InternationalYesRequests OnlyReservations
TAP Air PortugalYesYesReservations
Thai AirwaysYesRequests OnlyReservations
Turkish AirlinesNoNoN/A
United AirlinesYesRequests OnlyReservations
Virgin AtlanticYesRequests OnlyReservations
Virgin AustraliaYesRequests OnlyReservations
WestJet AirlinesYesYesReservations

Specific Airline Bassinet Policies

Every airline has its own policy regarding bassinets. Here is a comprehensive list of the world’s most traveled airlines and their official statements, taken directly from their websites.

Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus offers bassinets on its transatlantic flights, except on its Boeing 757 aircraft. Bassinets require pre-booking and are subject to availability.

You’re recommended to book a separate seat for infants at a reduced child rate, but bassinets will not be provided in this case.

For more information and reservations, click here.

Aeroflot

Aeroflot offers bassinets for children under 1 year of age with a maximum weight of 24 pounds (11 kg). The number of bassinets per flight depends on the type of aircraft.

When using a bassinet on Aeroflot, crew members will check your child’s weight and instruct you on how to use the bassinet during flight, as well as show you where the changing tables are in the lavatory.

To reserve a bassinet on Aeroflot, you much notify the airline at least 36 hours before the scheduled departure time by contacting either the sales office or the Contact Center for priority access to these seats.

For more information, click here.

Aeromexico 

Aeromexico provides a limited number of cribs per flight and they are available upon request during the check-in process (subject to availability).

Cribs are limited to infants weighing no more than 24 pounds (11 kg) and the adult will need to be seating in an AM Plus seat to receive the crib service (additional charges may apply).

For more information, click here.

Air Canada

Air Canada offers bassinets onboard its 767-300ER (763), 777-200LR (77L), 777-300ER (77W), 787-9 (789), 787-8 (788), and A330 (333) aircraft.

Bassinets can be used only for infants weighing less than 25 pounds (11 kg) who are unable to sit upright. They are installed at bulkhead rows where armrests do not lift.

They can be requested in advance, but are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and subject to availability at the time of flight departure.

For more information and reservations, click here.

Air France

Air France passengers flying economy, premium economy, or business can request a bassinet on long-haul flights. Requests should be made as soon as possible after booking and at least 48 hours before your departure and are subject to availability.

Bassinets are designed for infants weighing less than 22 pounds (10 kg) and measuring less than 27 inches (70 cm).

If you would like your infant (under 2 years old) to travel in an individual seat, you must install him or her in an approved car seat or harness.

To check availability and submit your request for a bassinet, contact Air France here.

Air India

Air India’s website is vague about what it specifically offers for children, but it does appear that bassinets can be requested free of charge.

According to SeatGuru, you can request a bassinet by contacting Air India reservations before your flight.

Air Mauritius

Air Mauritius offers infant cots on all international flights. Cots are limited, but requests can be made in advance and can be confirmed at the time of check-in.

The baby cots can accommodate infants up to 12 months old and/or weighing up to 24 pounds (11 kg) and up to 29 inches (74 cm) tall.

Since the baby cots will need to be stowed at takeoff and landing, Air Mauritius gives you a special seat belt extension to carry your infant safely in your lap at such times.

For more information and reservations, click here.

Air New Zealand

Bassinets are available on many Air New Zealand flights and can be attached to the front wall of the economy cabin. Availability is limited, so reservations are suggested.

You can book your bassinet ahead of time online with Seat Select — just choose a seat that has a bassinet icon (note: there may be a charge for these seats).

For more information and reservations, click here.

Air Seychelles

Baby bassinets may be requested on Air Seychelles for infants up to 6 months of age and not weighing more than 25 pounds (11 kg).

Bassinets are subject to availability and requests should be made at the time of reservation.

For more information and reservations, click here.

Air Transat

Air Transat offers bassinets at bulkhead seats only for infants who can not yet sit upright and have a maximum weight of 24 pounds (11 kg). Availability is limited.

The bassinets measure 27 x 12 x 6 inches (68 x 30 x 15 cm).

For more information, click here.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Air does not offer bassinets to its passengers and there is a limit to the number of lap children per flight depending on the aircraft.

Lap infants are not guaranteed a seat, but if there is an empty seat available on a flight, the infant may occupy that seat for no extra charge.

For more information about your specific flight, visit the Alaska Airlines website.

Alitalia Airlines

Alitalia Airlines offers bassinets for babies less than 25 pounds (11 kg) and no taller than 30 inches (76 cm).

The bassinet service can be requested at the time of booking but is not guaranteed until boarding.

For more information and reservations, click here.

American Airlines

American Airlines Bassinet
Even though they may not be ideally located (see: TV), having a bassinet in coach is a huge plus. Image Credit: Chris Hassan
American Airlines offers bassinets in its economy, Economy Extra, and premium economy cabins onboard its 777-200, 777-300, and 787 aircraft for infants under 2 years old and weighing less than 20 pounds (9 kg). Bassinets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be requested in advance.

For more information, click here.

ANA (All Nippon Airways)

ANA offers bassinets on all international aircraft for infants not occupying a seat in economy and business class. Bassinets are not offered in First Class.

Each bassinet is approximately 33 x 18 x 13 inches (85 x 45 x 33 cm) and can hold an infant up to 22 pounds (10 kg). Passengers who have requested a bassinet will also receive a special baby blanket.

Bassinets are limited but can be requested by telephone.

For more information and reservations, click here.

Asiana Airlines

Asiana Airlines allows bassinets to be reserved in advance. Supply is limited, so the recommendation is to reserve as soon as possible.

Size limitations will vary depending on the cabin and aircraft:

  • Business Class
    • A380, A350, B777: height of 28 inches (71 cm) or below + weight of less than 22 pounds (10 kg)
    • B747, A330, B767, A321: height of 30 inches (76 cm) or below + weight of less than 30 pounds (14 kg)
  • Economy Class (as of February 1, 2020)
    • A350: height of 28 inches (71 cm) or below + weight of less than 30 pounds (14 kg)
    • All aircraft (except A350): height of 30 inches (76 cm) or below + weight of less than 3o pounds (14 kg)

For more information and reservations, click here.

Avianca Airlines

Avianca Airlines offers bassinets on all routes operated by the A330 and B787 for infants 12 months old or less who weigh less than 25 pounds (11 kg) and are less than 29 inches (74 cm) tall.

Each bassinet is approximately 29.5 x 13.4 x 8.8 inches (75 x 34 x 22 cm).

For more information and reservations, click here.

British Airways

British Airways offers carrycots for infants up to 2 years old on all long-haul flights. Short-haul flights do not offer this service.

Carrycots can be reserved by selecting the appropriate seat during the booking process. The carrycot seat positions are marked on the seat maps with a baby icon.

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.

For more information about flying British Airways with your little one, click here.

Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific offers bassinets on all flights. You can request a baby bassinet when you make your reservation.

The Cathay Pacific bassinet is designed for infants under 6 months old and has a maximum carrying weight of 26.5 pounds (12 kg).

The measurements of the bassinet are 30 x 15 x 8 inches (76 x 38 x 20 cm).

For more information and reservations, click here.

China Airlines

China Airlines offers a limited number of bassinets on all of its flights except for flights operated by the ERJ aircraft.

Passengers are encouraged to request a bassinet when they book an infant ticket, as only a limited number of bassinets and bulkhead seats are available onboard and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Since the size of the bassinet is limited, the bassinet service will be only offered to infants under 6 months old with a maximum height of up to 28 inches (71 cm) and a weight of up to 24 pounds (11 kg).

For more information and reservations, click here.

China Southern Airlines

China Southern Airlines offers Infant Bassinet Service (BSCT) in its economy and premium economy classes on flights operated by B777, B787, A330, A350, and A380 aircraft with a duration of more than 3 hours.

Bassinets can be used by infants less than 1 year old on the day of travel who do not weigh more than 25 pounds (11 kg) and are less than 27.5 inches (70 cm) tall.

Since there is a limited number of bassinets provided for each aircraft, we recommend requesting a bassinet via the website, by calling +86-20-22395539, or by visiting a local ticket office.

For more information and reservations, click here.

Condor

Condor offers a limited number of bassinets for infants traveling in business class on long-haul flights.

Bassinets are designed for infants up to 6 months with a maximum weight of 17.5 pounds (8 kg).

Reserve a bassinet by calling Special Reservations at +49(0)6171 6988978 Monday through Friday no later than 48 hours before departure.

For more information and reservations, click here.

Czech Airlines

Czech Airlines offers a baby cot onboard select flights. You can find bassinets when flying economy class onboard an A330 or in business class when flying on an A319 or A330.

The baby cot has a weight limit of 24 pounds (11 kg) and measures 29.5 x 13 x 8.6 inches (75 x 34 x22 cm).

You can request the cot via the Contact Centre during your seat booking.

For more information about flying Czech Airlines with a baby, click here.

Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines offer onboard bassinets, also known as SkyCots, free of charge for passengers in select seats on equipped aircraft for some international flights.

The bassinets are ideal for babies weighing up to 20 pounds (9 kg) and up to 26 inches (66 cm) tall.

SkyCots can be requested by contacting Reservations before arriving at the airport and then speaking with the gate agent at the boarding gate. They cannot be guaranteed due to a limit of 2 SkyCots per aircraft and weight restrictions.

For more information about flying Delta with your little one, click here.

EasyJet Airlines

EasyJet does not appear to offer bassinets on its planes. However, according to its website, it is very accommodating to infants and young children.

El Al Airlines

el al bassinet
El Al bassinet. Image Credit: El Al Airlines

Most El Al aircraft are equipped with bassinets for infants up to 9 months of age. The number of seats with a special apparatus for the bassinet is limited and varies according to the aircraft model. Bassinets will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are flying with an infant you should request a bulkhead seat with a small bassinet by contacting Reservations.

After takeoff, the bassinet will be installed and you will receive a blanket for the baby. According to the El Al website, the crew is at your service for heating baby bottles and will also rinse the bottle and provide hot water. Diapering stands are available in the plane’s bathroom stalls.

For more information and reservations, click here.

Emirates

Emirates offers bassinets for children up to 2 years old as long as they don’t have their own seat on a child’s fare.

Bassinets are limited but can be requested at the time of reservation or after a reservation has been made by utilizing the Manage a Booking feature online.

The bassinets are approximately 29.5 x 13 x 8.8 inches (75 x 33 x 22 cm) in size and are designed to hold babies up to 24 pounds (11 kg).
For more information about flying Emirates with your little one, click here.

Etihad Airways

Etihad’s bassinets are first-come, first-served and can be requested during the booking process or after via the Manage my booking section of the website.

Bassinets are designed to accommodate babies weighing up to 24 pounds (11 kg). The cabin crew will confirm that the infant fits comfortably and safely in the bassinet before attaching it at your seat.

For more information about flying Etihad with your little one, click here.

EVA Air

Bassinets are available aboard all EVA Air aircraft, but for safety reasons, height and weight limitations apply.

EVA Air requests to be advised of your baby’s date of birth, height, and weight when you make your reservation.

For more information about flying EVA Air with your little one, click here.

Frontier Airlines

Frontier does not currently offer bassinets on its flights.

For more information about traveling with kids on Frontier, you can visit its website.

Garuda Indonesia

Garuda Indonesia Bassinet
Garuda Indonesia bassinet. Image Credit: Garuda Indonesia

Garuda Indonesia offers baby bassinets on a first-come, first-served basis at no cost. Since bassinets are limited, the airline asks parents to request them as far in advance as possible.

Confirmation of the request will only be given at check-in.

The maximum weight for an infant to use one of its bassinets is 20 pounds (9 kg).

For more information and reservations, click here.

Gulf Air

Gulf Air offers bassinets on all flights except in its Falcon Gold cabin on its new B787 and in its economy cabin on the A320.

You can request a bassinet and receive confirmation in advance, which is uncommon but very welcome!

The bassinets are designed for infants up to 7 months old who weigh no more than 22 pounds (10 kg) and are no taller than 26 inches (66 cm).

For more information and reservations, click here.

JetBlue Airways

JetBlue is one of more family-friendly airlines in the U.S., unfortunately, it does not offer bassinets on its flights at the moment.

You can learn more about traveling with your little one on its website.

Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines offers bassinets that can be reserved in advance for bassinet-compatible Extra Comfort seats (row 14) on select A330 routes.

The bassinet is 32 x 14.5 x 7 inches (81 x 37 x 18 cm) and can accommodate an infant up to 20 pounds (9 kg).

To reserve the seat in advance, you may buy a bassinet-compatible Extra Comfort seat online and reserve the bassinet over the phone or alternatively, you can call Hawaiian Airlines Reservations to reserve directly.

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 the Extra Comfort upgrade is provided as a courtesy, only 1 adult is eligible for the upgrade (up to 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. Note that bassinets are not guaranteed if requested upon check-in.

For more information and reservations, click here.

Iberia

Iberia offers cots for infants on intercontinental flights if the parents are in the correct class and seat (which is not listed on its website).

To book a cot, you will need to contact your local Iberia office and provide them with your flight information to find out if your seat is compatible. Depending on the cabin class, booking a seat may incur an additional cost.

The cots that Iberia uses are designed for infants who weigh up to 24 pounds (11 kg).

For more information and reservations, click here.

Icelandair

Icelandair does not currently offer bassinets on its flights.

For more information about traveling with kids on Icelandair, you can visit its website.

JAL (Japan Airlines)

JAL offers bassinets, but they are limited and reservations are not always possible.

The bassinets are designed for infants up to the age of 2 weighing up to 23 pounds (10.5 kg).

The dimensions of the bassinet are 28 x 12 x 6 inches (72 x 30 x 15 cm).

For more information about flying JAL with your child, click here.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

KLM offers carrycots onboard intercontinental flights but requests are not guaranteed.

You can request one via the My Trip section of its website or by contacting the KLM Customer Care Center.

The cots/bassinets are suitable for babies who are no taller than 25.5 inches (65 cm) and weigh no more than 22 pounds (10 kg) on the day of the trip.

For more information about flying KLM with your baby, click here.

Korean Air

Korean Air offers bassinets and you can reserve them in advance on international flights only in economy class and Prestige class on some aircraft.

Request a bassinet through the Korean Air Reservation Center before your flight at least 48 hours in advance due to limited availability.

The bassinets are suitable for infants weighing less than 24 pounds (11 kg) and shorter than 29.5 inches (75 cm).

For more information about flying Korean Air with your baby, click here.

LATAM Airlines

LATAM Airlines offers bassinets on all routes operated by a 767, 777, 787, or A350.

You can request a bassinet in advance, but the service is subject to availability on each flight.

Only babies weighing up to 22 pounds (10 kg) and up to 28 inches (71 cm) tall can travel in the bassinet.

For more information and reservations, click here.

Lufthansa

Lufthansa offers “special” bassinets on its entire long-haul fleet that can be reserved up to 52 hours before flight departure. Depending on your booking class, a seat reservation fee for the seat with the bassinet may apply.

The bassinets are designed for babies under 24 pounds (11 kg) in weight and under 26 inches (67 cm) in length.

For more information about flying Lufthansa with your baby, click here.

Malaysia Airlines

malaysia bassinet
You can request a bassinet by contacting Malaysia Airlines’ call center. Image Credit: Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines offers bassinets on a select number of aircraft free of charge.

The bassinet service must be requested at least 24 hours before departure through its Global Customer Contact Centre.

For more information about flying Malaysia Airlines with your baby, click here.

MIAT Mongolian Airlines

MIAT offers bassinets on some of its flights, but requests can only be made at the time of check-in at the airport.

To use the bassinet, your baby must not weigh more than 24 pounds (11 kg) and not be taller than 29.5 inches (75 cm).

For more information about flying MIAT with your little one, click here.

Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines is a very family-friendly airline, however, it does not offer bassinets on its flights.

For more information about traveling with your little on Porter’s planes, visit its website.

Primera Air

Primera Air does not offer bassinets on its flights.

For more information about traveling with your little on Primera’s planes, visit its website.

Qantas Airways

Qantas offers bassinets for infants and these can be requested at the time of booking.

Bassinets on Qantas flights are approximately 28 x 12 x 10 inches (71 x 31 x 26 cm) and have a weight limitation of 24 pounds (11 kg).

For more information and reservations, click here.

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways provides bassinets for infants and babies up to 24 months old. They can be requested by contacting your nearest Qatar Airways office.

Bassinets are not available in the first class cabin on-board the A380. To check availability of a bassinet position seat on a specific aircraft and within a particular cabin, you will need to contact Reservations.

The maximum body weight of the infant should not exceed 24 pounds (11 kg) and the age must not exceed 2 years. Additionally, the infant must fit within the confines of the baby bassinet.

For more information about flying Qatar Airways with your baby, click here.

Ryanair

Ryanair does not offer bassinets on its flights.

For more information about traveling with your little on Ryanair, visit its website.

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines offers bassinets when you book an infant ticket, however, there is only a limited number of bassinets available onboard and they are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each bassinet measures at 30 x 12 x 6 inches (76 x 30 x 15 cm) and can support a maximum weight of 30 pounds (14 kg).

For more information about flying Singapore Airlines with your baby, click here.

South African Airways

South African Airways offers bassinets for its smallest passengers whose parents are sitting at a bulkhead seat. These can be reserved by calling the nearest SAA office.

The use of a baby bassinet is restricted by the infant size and weight. Infants not exceeding 22 pounds (10 kg) and 29.5 inches (75 cm) are eligible for a baby bassinet, subject to availability.

For more information about flying South African Airways with your baby, click here.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest is a very family-friendly airline, however, it does not offer bassinets on its flights.

For more information about traveling with your little on Southwest, visit its website.

SriLankan Airlines

SriLankan Airlines offers a limited number of bassinets on their flights. However, they are subject to availably and requests need to be made at the time of booking.

For more information about flying SriLankan Airlines with your baby, click here.

Sunwing Airlines

Sunwing does not offer bassinets on its flights.

For more information about traveling with your little on Sunwing, visit its website.

Swiss International Air Lines

On SWISS, bassinets are available in all flight classes on long-haul flights and in business class on European flights.

The bassinets are approved for babies of up to 8 months in age and weighing a maximum of 24 pounds (11 kg).

The number of bassinets is limited, so please be sure to contact its Service Center in good time.

For more information about traveling with your little on SWISS planes, visit its website.

TAP Air Portugal

TAP Air Portugal offers bassinets for infants up to 12 months old on its long-haul flights and in business class of some medium-haul aircraft.

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.

The bassinet dimensions are 29 x 13 x 8.8 inches (75 x 34 x 22.4 cm) and can support a baby up to 24 pounds (11 kg).

For more information about flying TAP Air Portugal with your infant, click here.

Thai Airways

Thai Airways offers bassinets and you can request 1 at the time of booking or at check-in, but they are not guaranteed.

The bassinet is designed for babies less than 6 months of age, weighing less than 22 pounds (10 kg) and not exceeding 26 inches (67 cm) in length.

For more information about flying Thai Airways with your infant, click here.

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines does not offer bassinets on its flights.

For more information about traveling with your little on its planes, visit its website.

United Airlines

United offers a limited number of complimentary bassinets on international flights only, including Polaris on select 757, 767, 777, and 787 aircraft and economy on 757, 767, 777, and 787 aircraft. Bassinets are not currently available for customers traveling in first or business.

Customers can request a bassinet by calling 800-864-8331 (or the appropriate Worldwide Contact Center) or at the airport free of charge. You will be provided accompanying seat assignments for an adult traveling with an infant and up to 1 travel companion.

Bassinet availability is limited and arrangements are not guaranteed, so United recommends requesting a bassinet early for your flight.

Bassinets are 29 x 11 inches (74 x 28 cm) and can hold an infant weighing 22 pounds (10 kg) or less.

For more information about traveling with your little on United, visit its website.

Virgin Atlantic

Cots and bassinets can be requested for select aircraft and cabins onboard Virgin Atlantic.

For a complete list of planes, cabins, and dimensions, click here.

Virgin Australia Airlines

Virgin Australia offers bassinets onboard all international long-haul flights and on domestic flights operated by an A330 aircraft, subject to availability.

Bassinets are limited, so request a bassinet for your infant at the time of booking. The pre-allocation of bassinets is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bassinets are designed for use by 1 infant at a time and size and weight maximums apply, as listed below:

  • 777: 40 pounds (18 kg) and 27.5 inches (70 cm)
  • A330: 24 pounds (11 kg) and 27.5 inches (70 cm)

For more information about flying Virgin Australia with your infant, click here.

WestJet Airlines

WestJet offers bassinets on its 787 Dreamliner in the economy cabin. If you’re traveling with a lap-held infant, you can request 1 bassinet when you book your flight.

Check availability of seats 9B, 9D, 9F, 9J and 25E on the 787-9. To guarantee a bassinet, you may need to visit a WestJet counter at the airport.

The infant must only be a maximum of 25 pounds (11 kg), a maximum length of 26 inches (66 cm), and unable to sit upright.

For more information about flying WestJet with your infant, click here.

How to Reserve a Bassinet

Depending on the airline that you are flying, you can (and should) reserve a bassinet. However, many airlines don’t offer that convenience and leave parents waiting until they board to find out if they will be able to use a bassinet or not.

Take a look at the chart above and if your airline offers bassinet reservations, we recommend reaching out as soon as you have your reservation to request or reserve one.

Tips for Using a Bassinet

Ok, so now (hopefully) you have found an airline that offers a bassinet and even better if you can reserve it.

Now comes the hard part — getting your little one to use it! Here are some tips for using a bassinet for your infant.

Wipe It Down

Antibacterial Wipes on United Polaris
Don’t forget your wipes! Image Credit: Chris Hassan

This probably comes as second nature to parents (and many frequent travelers nowadays thanks to the coronavirus), but you should make sure your seat and the bassinet is as clean as possible.

Fortunately, as parents, you will likely already have plenty of wipes with you, so just grab a few and give everything within reach a good cleaning.

Bring Your Own Blankets

If you want your little one to get some rest in the bassinet, they will need to be as comfortable as possible.

To help with this, we suggest bringing along a favorite blanket or 2 to recreate the smell and feel of the crib at home.

Routine

Speaking of recreating the feel of their crib, trying to recreate their routine can go a long way towards getting some well-needed rest.

If your baby is used to feeding, cuddling, listening to music, etc. before bed, try to stick to that schedule as much as possible before placing them in the bassinet.

If you are flying on an overnight flight, this might be easier to do than during a day flight, but just keep in mind that a new environment can be extra stimulating to little eyes!

Pacifier or Bottle

This is probably number 1 on most parents’ checklists when they are flying with their baby, but making sure your baby’s favorite pacifier is onboard will be crucial!

If your baby is already taking a bottle by themselves, feeding them in the bassinet may help them get comfortable.

Cover or Tent for the Bassinet

CoziGo Airplane Bassinet Cover
CoziGo Airplane Bassinet Cover. Image Credit: CoziGo

As convenient as the bassinet is, the location can sometimes be distracting for the little passenger. Often the bassinet is attached to the bulkhead which can be subject to a lot of foot traffic, lights, and even wall-mounted TVs.

None of those things are helpful when your baby is trying to get some rest. Fortunately, there are products on the market, such as CoziGo, which attach to the bassinet and block out some light and sound.

Music or White Noise

Adding on to creating an environment similar to when your little one is used to at home, bringing along some music or white noise may go a long way.

If at night your baby likes to listen to lullabies while drifting off to sleep, download some music on your phone and place it in the bassinet.

With the blankets, tent, and music, there is a good chance that the bassinet will be more comfortable than your seat (unless you are flying business or first class, of course)!

Final Thoughts

Bassinets are an excellent amenity for parents flying with an infant. But they are just that — an amenity. Not all airlines offer them and even fewer will guarantee them before the flight.

Hopefully, the information we’ve provided will help you figure out if your airline will accommodate your needs or not.

As always, if you want the absolute safest option and least amount of stress, the best option will be to purchase a seat for your child and have them use their car seat on board.

Happy travels!


Frequently asked questions

Do airlines provide bassinets?

Depending on the airline and the airplane, bassinets may be available onboard. Each airline has different policies regarding reservations and size limits.

If you are traveling soon with your little one, please refer to the chart in this article to see what your airline offers.

How big are airplane bassinets?

Airplane bassinets will vary by the airline and even by aircraft.

On average, you can expect a bassinet to be about 14 x 9 x 30 inches (35 x 24 x 75 cm).

This size should accommodate most newborns and infants, but weight of the baby will also be factored in when crew members install the bassinet.

What the weight limit for an airplane bassinet?

Each airline will specify its own size and weight limits for babies to use bassinets onboard flights.

In general, airlines say that bassinets can be used for newborns up to children 18 months of age. However, in our experience, not many 18-month-old babies would fit in a bassinet.

Most weight limits will be 25 pounds (11 kg).

Where does an airplane bassinet go?

On most airplanes that offer bassinets, the bassinet will be attached to the bulkhead wall at the front of each cabin.

If you want to guarantee that you are in the right seat to accommodate a bassinet, you should contact your airline and request these seats.

Note: bulkhead seats often cost extra to reserve if you don’t have status with the airline.

Are airplane bassinets safe?

Airplane bassinets are offered primarily for convenience for the parents and comfort of the child.

Bassinets cannot be used during takeoff, landing, or during turbulence because they do not offer proper restraints.

The absolute safest option for children is in their own seat in an FAA-approved car seat.

Chris Hassan

About Chris Hassan

Chris is from Boston and is currently living in Rio de Janeiro with his wife, two kids, and their dog, Shelby. When Chris was in college, he spent a semester abroad studying hotel and business management in Switzerland. That is where he caught the travel bug and met his wife. Quite a successful trip!

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