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Treasure trove on-board

Lewis the Lion, Peek U the Panda, Ernie the Penguin, Savannah the Elephant, Brett the Bear, Mia the Manta Ray and ChaoChao the alligator are just some of the more popular of 17 characters in the Emirates ‘Fly with Me’ animals collection who do their bit, every day of the year, to make air travel more fun not just for the kids, but their parents too on board the world’s largest airline.

Together with Lonely Planet Kids® activity kit bags, Emirates’ baby kits, magazines and colouring pencils, these delightfully colourful, expressive and instantly lovable soft toys are part of a trove of kid’s treasures on flights operated by the award-winning global airline to more than 140 passenger destinations on six continents.

In 2018-19 alone, Emirates presented 4.7 million ‘Fly with me’ kids’ toys and Lonely Planet bags and 3.7 million ‘Fly with me’ magazines and sets of colouring pencils to little passengers under age 12, reaffirming why it is considered a preferred airline worldwide for family travel.

The airline also served more than 609,000 kids’ meals during this period across the network, with the Colombo – Dubai and Dubai – Colombo sectors accounting for 13,524 such special meals for young travellers.

“Families come first with our services for young flyers who enjoy extra comforts on their journey with us,” said Emirates Area Manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives Chandana de Silva. “Travelling with kids can be stressful for the adults as well as the young ones, which is why Emirates makes a huge effort to make the experience extra exciting for young passengers. A lot of thought, effort and investment go into the research and development of our products for children to ensure they are fun as well as educational and engaging. This represents a significant value addition for travellers, especially in Economy Class.”

Emirates’ products for children cater to infant travellers too. On short-haul flights, the product range includes a vibrating plush for infants up to two years old. The cuddly companion can be re-used and attached to the stroller when baby and parents are on the move.

Children aged three-six years receive a travel case sketcher which includes puzzles, games and stickers to keep them busy. On long haul flights, infants are given a dual purpose plush toy with a printed activity blanket while older kids receive a plush backpack with activity kits. Emirates’ popular Fly with Me Lonely Planet Kids activity bags inspire older children to explore more of the world. They receive retro, travel-themed bags filled with educational travel books and activities designed exclusively for Emirates.

The ‘Fly with Me’ magazine is also available on board, featuring puzzles, jokes and activities for children aged three to eight years old.

Parents travelling with infants receive an amenity kit especially designed for babies. The pouch features Emirates’ iconic Little Traveller characters and contains essentials such as a bib, spoon, baby wipes, changing mat, diaper rash cream and small diaper bag for a comfortable journey.

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