Thursday, June 30, 2011

Airline bans babies in first class

By Orlando Parfitt
Passengers who pay to fly first class on Malaysia Airlines will get something extra for their cash: no babies.
The airline has banned tots from travelling in first class cabins of its new Airbus A380 super jumbos.
The controversial ban was already in place on their fleet of Boeing 747s. The newer models will gradually supersede Boeings on the busiest routes.
Outspoken CEO Tengku Azmil said the policy was in response to objections from first class passengers over wailing infants.
However, the Kuala Lumpur-based company later released a statement citing a lack of bassinet facilities as the reason for the ban. They said a revamp of first class cabins on B747s meant there was no room for baby seats.
They added that these facilities were still available in economy and business sections.
The ban will affect flights from Kuala Kumpur to London, Amsterdam and Sydney. Malaysia Airlines are thought to be the first company to introduce baby-free cabins.

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