They ruffled many feathers when they announced their baby ban for first class fliers, and now Malaysia Airlines has gone even further by offering a no-child zone on its flights. On July 1st, the airline’s first Airbus A380-800 will take flight offering a Kuala Lumpur-London route and families with kids will not be welcome on the airplane’s upper deck which will have 70 economy and 66 business class seats, according to MSNBC. Instead families with kids under 12 will be assigned seats in the main lower deck.
The airline hopes its kid-free zone will attract business travellers. Shashank Nigam, CEO of SimpliFlying, an airline branding company told MSNBC:
“They value their peace and quiet and [this way] can rest assured that they won’t be disturbed by kids on long-haul flights.”
“Malaysia Airlines is trying to make its premium product on the A380 more appealing to the high-yielding business passengers.”
The airline is also trying to ensure that families are comfortable by including eight bathrooms in the new kid-friendly zone and equipping the plane with a dual aerobridge for “speedier/faster embarkation and disembarkation for this group of passengers,” according to CNN.
Earlier this month, WestJet, a family-friendly airline issued an April Fool’s Day joke showing kids flying cargo, which although humorous to many, had me questioning the message and wondering just how many people would actually prefer a child-free flight.
Do you think this is discriminatory to families? Or should airlines offer child-free sections?