Essential Airline Bassinet Seat Information/Comparison Chart
Updated Feb 2016
The table below, depicts the essential airline bassinet seat information– including the restrictions and measurements, plus extra tips and information. All researched originally in 2013 and updated regularly to help you make an informed decision before you book your flight. It’s something I still refer to today! Be aware that airlines do have varying requirements. Most will request you to remove your baby if it is turbulent, (Qantas and Virgin Atlantic are an exception- thank you both!)
Most have wall mounted bassinets, but a couple have bassinets that go on the floor – (some made out of cardboard and others like plastic sleeping bags.) All detailed information is included in the table below.
Also be aware that if you are on a codeshare flight, the bassinet sizes, availability and rules could be completely different. The airline you are actually flying with, is the airline responsible for your request. I recommend looking at the airline bassinet seat chart below, before you book your flight and use it to help you choose your airline.
NB If you are flying American Airlines – they do have some conflicting advice currently on web. ( July 2016) Some of their pages state 15.8kg and others state 9kg as the max weight of their bassinet. It seems as if some changes are ongoing and now the 9kg is correct . Please double check with them first. ( Noted July 2016)
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- Remember to lift your TV out before you or the crew put the bassinet up and baby into sleep, otherwise you may not be able to unlatch it properly and will be left with no in-flight movie to watch…
- If you are not sure which aircraft type you are on, and the airline website doesn’t tell you, then look at Seat Guru.
For more airline bassinet seat and best seat information read my post on, ‘The Best Seats On The Plane.’
Essential Airline Bassinet Measurement Guide
|Airline||Max weight of baby||Max length of baby||Max Age of baby||Bassinet dimensions||Other Info
|Aer Lingus||10 kgs|
|N/A||N/A||Pre booking required. Available on international flights.
|N/A||N/A||N/A||Available on med and long haul flights.
|Air Canada||12 kgs |
|N/A||N/A||N/A||Only available in economy class. For babies unable to sit upright.
Availability only confirmed at flight departure.
|Air France||10 kgs |
|70cm/27”||N/A||N/A||Only available in economy/premium economy and business class long haul flights. Request by phone ASAP.
|Air India||Under 2 years||71cm x 36cm x 19cm||Infant must fit in bassinet|
|Air Mauritius||11 kgs||12 months|
|Air New Zealand||11.8 kgs|
|N/A||8 months||Only available on international flights. Can book and select seat with bassinet online. If infant is too big for a bassinet, a more suitably aged infant could be moved there and no refund will be given if seats are paid for as selected seats. Bassinets MAY be installed on B747, B777 and B767 with sheets, pillow and blanket. Look for bassinet icon to see if your flight will have them.
These bassinets are chargeable unless you wait to see if any are left at check-in.
|Air Seychelles||11 kgs|
|Up to 6 months||Request at time of reservation.|
|Alaska Air||No bassinet available|
|Alitalia||11 kgs||76cm||N/A||N/A||On some long haul flight sonly|
|American Airlines||9 kgs|
This has recently been reduced from 15.8kg!
|N/A||N/A||Available on B777 and some B767 aircraft. cannot be reserved in advance. Will be allocated at the gate.|
|Asiana||14 kgs||76 cm||76.8cm x 29.8 x 15.8 cm|
29.92" x 11.73 x 6.22"
|Babies who are taller or heavier than the limit will not be given a bassinet in flight.|
|Avianca||11 kgs||74 cm||74.93 x 33.99 x 22cm|
29.5 X 13.38 X 8.82 inches
|Airport may require confirmation of request on day of flight.
Documentation- Avianca recommend taking paediatricians certificate of weight and size of baby/
|British Airways||13 kgs|
|N/A||2 years||N/A||BA have carryvot style for young infants and reclining chair style for uo to 2 years old, which is put in the same bassinet position. Can book online and choose seat at same time as booking flight online.|
|Cathay Pacific||12 kgs|
|6 months - CX state that babies older than 6m may feel uncomfortable in the bassinet.||Cathay also offer their own child seat restraint, when some some infant/child car seats cannot be used on some of their passenger seats. Child must be between 6m and 3 yrs old with a max height of 100m (40") and a max wright of 20 kgs (44lbs)|
|China Airlines||N/A||On first come, first served basis|
|China Southern Airlines||25lbs||70cm||Only available in Mingzhu Economy Class ( premium) or economy class and if the flight is over 3 hours. Must reserve at least 24 hours before the flight.|
|Czech Airlines||11 kgs|
|75cm x 32 x 22||Must be requested when you book your seat.|
|Delta||20 lbs||26"||Bassinet seat given at boarding gate but can be requested by contacting reservations. Only 2 skycots per aircraft.|
|Dragon Air||12 kgs||76.2 cm x 38.10 x 20.32 cm|
30" x 15 x 8"
|A baby older than 6 months may feel uncomfortable in the bassinet.|
|Easy Jet||No bassinet available|
|El Al||18 kgs||9 months||74 cm x 22.5 x 34 cm||Must book in advance and remove infant if seat belt sign is on. baby must be able to lie flat.|
|N/A||Age 2 limit although EK state "Whilst our bassinets are designed for babies up to two years old, we won’t be able to provide one if your baby doesn’t fit safely."||75cm x 33.02 x 22 cm|
29.5" x 13 x 8.8 "
|Contact reservations to book. First class suites measurements are smaller 63.5 cm long and 28 cm wide. Must remove baby from bassinet when turbulent.
baby MUST be able to lie flat in bassinet
|EVA Air||10, 14 or - 16 kgs|
See further info as weight limit depends on aircraft type.
|See further info as measurements vary depending on aircraft.||B747 - weight 16 kg 81.9 cm x 39.4 cm wide.
14 kg 70.8CM Long x 29.8CM Wide
16 kg 81.9CM Long x 39.4CM Wide
14 kg 80.9CM Long x 32.8CM Wide
16 kg 81.9CM Long x 39.4CM Wide
16 kg 81.9CM Long x 39.4cm Wide
14k 70.8CM Long x 29.8CM Wide
10kg 60 cm Long x 30cm Wide
Royal Laurel Class Baby Bassinet install between 138CM ~ 141CM height on the B777
|Garuda Indonesia||14 kg||76.9 cm x 29.9 x 20 cm||to book bassinet, request in the REMARKS box in the final review page after you have finished your booking. customer services will contact you and reconfirm.|
|Gulf Air||10 kgs|
|26 "||up to 7 months old|
|Jet Blue||No bassinets available|
|Hawaiian||32" x 14.5 x 7"||Available on request on all Japan routes and Incheon ( Korea) Beijing ( China), Sydney, Brisbane ( Australia ) and Auckland ( New Zealand).
These are on international A330 flights and the accompanying adult must purchase a bassinet compatible "Extra Comfort Seat' in row 14. See website for further info. Note for Sapporo - Japan this is a B767 aircraft and cannot be reserved in advance.
|Iberia||11 kgs||8 months||international flights|
|JAL||10.5 kgs||77cm x 32.5 x 15 cm||Available on international routes.|
|65 cm||Can book online or by phone|
|Korean Air||11 kgs|
|75 cm||Baby seat and harness are also available on international flights to and from Incheon except for B737 aircraft, Japan- China routes. these are for infant passengers who have paid child fare for own seat.|
|Latam Airlines||10 kgs||under 71cm||One bassinet is available on the A330 and B767
Two bassinets are available on B777 and B787. There is a charge for the bassinet ranging from US$ 45 to $140 plus sales tax.
|Lufthansa||14 kgs||83 cm||Can book for long haul flights and a seat reservation fee may apply depending on type of ticket.|
|Malaysian||Under 2||75 cm x 34 x 22.4 cm|
29.5" x 13.38 x 8.82
|Phone to book. only available in economy and business cabins.|
|11 kgs||75cm||75 cm x 34 x 22.4cm||You can request at check in|
|Qantas||11 kgs||Domestic 6 months|
Intl - 18 months
|71 cm x 31 cm x 26 cm||Domestic bassinet max age up to 6 months and intl up to 18 months. Sheet, pillow and blanket are provided.
Bassinets are fitted to B747, B767, A380 and A330 aircraft. They cannot be booked online. Babies can remain in bassinets during turbulence due to design of bassinet.
|76.8 cm x 29.8 x 15.8cm|
30.76" x 11.96 x 8"
|Qatar website says ' During the infant booking, before payment, you will be informed whether bassinet positions are available. if bassinets are not available then you can either reselect your flights or continue with your booking, but your bassinet request will not be confirmed. In such cases you will have to travel with your infant on your lap."|
|76.8 cm x 29.8 x 15.8 cm||This is their smallest bassinet -and you can book prior to making payment for your flight.|
|South African Airways||10 kgs||75cm||Up to 12 months||Baby's weight must not exceed 10kg ( on average this is 9 to 12 months)|
|South West||No bassinets available|
|Sri Lankan||Under 12 months||24 " x 12 x 8 "|
|Swiss Air||Up to 8 months||Charge $99 for each segment for each pax to sit next to parent at bassinet seat.|
|Under 2 years|
|12 months||75 cm x 34 cm x 22.4 cm||Available on long-haul flights and in Executive Class of some medium-haul aircraft;
The baby should always be seen to fit comfortably inside the crib;
|Thai Airways||10 kgs||6 months|
|Thomson||No bassinets available.|
|Turkish Airlines||8 kgs|
|International on B747,B767, B777, B757-200 and B787. No bassinets on First class, Global business international flights.
Some aircraft have floor bassinets! ( I’ve heard this was the case many, many years ago on a few airlines, but no major airline in European, Asia, Australia ,NZ,or Middle East allows this citing safety reasons for turbulence and rapid decompression. In my opinion, these are not as safe as other wall mounted bassinets.
|US Airways||Available on B767, A330-300 and A330-200. B767 has a disposable cardboard bassinet which goes on the floor!!! ( I’ve heard this was the case many, many years ago on a few airlines, but no major airline in European, Asia, Australia ,NZ,or Middle East allows this citing safety reasons for turbulence and rapid decompression. In my opinion, these are not as safe as other wall mounted bassinets.
|Virgin America||No bassinets|
|Virgin Atlantic||See other info. Varies from 9kg-11kg depending on aircraft type and class.||See other info. Varies from 74cm -76cm depending on aircraft type and class.||See other info (economy / premium economy):|
74cm x 35 cm x 21 cm
(29” x 13.8” x 8.3” )
Or 72.7cm l x 28.6cm
(28.6” x11.25” )
Upper class all:76 cm x 35cm x 24cm
(29.9” x 13.8” x 9.4”)
|* Must remove baby from bassinet when turbulent if using a skycot type bassinet on B747-400 Otherwise, baby can remain in bassinet..
On A340-300 + B747-400 in economy and premium max weight of 9kg/19.8lb and length of 74.cm/29”.
On A340-600 +A330 economy and premium max weight 11kg/24.25lbs and length of 76 cm/30”.
Upper class all aircraft max weight of 11 kg (24.25lb) and length of 75cm/29.5”
Bassinet – available in most Upper Class cabins (not on B747-400 from LGW, MAN, GLA, BFS)Maximum weight is 11Kg (24lbs), height is 75cm/29.5”
Infant Cradle – available in Economy and Premium Economy on B787-9, A330-300 and A340-600 Maximum weight is 11kg/24.25lbs, height is 76cm/30”
Skycot – available in Economy and Premium Economy on B747-400 Not be used during taxi, take-off, turbulence and landing.
Parent or Guardian would be asked to re-secure infant onto lap with seatbelt during
turbulence when the seatbelt sign is turned on.
Maximum weight is 9kg/19.8lbs, height is 74cm/29”
Virgin NO LONGER have a car seat type available.
N.B No bassinets in Upper Class on B747-400 on flights to/from LGW and MAN
|Virgin Australia||18kgs/ 40lbs on international long haul.|
11kg/24lbs A330 Aircraft
|Intl long haul |
74.8 x 36 x 22.5 cm
( 27.5” x 14.2 “x 8.85”
75 x 34 x 22.4 cm
|Bassinets are only available on domestic flights if operated by A330 aircraft. Request at time of booking through the Guest Contact Centre.
Disclaimer: Note I do fully research and check this data with airlines, but I cannot be held responsible for any bookings based on this table and I do urge you to double check before confirming your ticket.
My top most generous bassinets with regards to weight and length are:- ( Note a few not mentioned in the top 5, may allow more weight but limit the age of baby to 6 months and are strict on that point.)
1. Sharing first are 3 that I found it hard to decide between . British Airways, who have two styles of bassinet, one lying down for young babies, and a seat type for up to 2 years. Qatar and Singapore who have a weight allowance of 14kg and also the best length at 76.8 cm
2. Cathay Pacific allow 12kg and 76.2cm
3. El Al 18 kg and 74cm. ( Baby must be able to lie flat.)
4. Qantas 11kg and 71cm – allow up to 18 m old infants and they can stay in bassinet if turbulent.
5. Virgin -for also allowing the baby to remain in the bassinet when turbulent due to the harness.