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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Star Alliance

Information regarding Car Seats for Star Alliance

Adriya Airlines (JP)
No information appears to be available (either on their own website or through google search), although their luggage section has after infant (those without a seat) which indicates that potentially its possible, if anyone has any experience with flying JP it'd be much appreciated

Aegean Airlines (A3)
A regular passenger seat must be booked and paid for the infant at the applicable child fare.
The infants car seat must carry an official label with one of the following statements:
The child restraint system conforms to all applicable FAA, JAA and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft and have been approved or must conform to all applicable FAA, JAA and/or Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
Infant seats must be used in an unoccupied aircraft seat and cannot be held in an adult’s lap.
The car-type infant seat must remain properly secured to a seat at all times unless the car-type infant seat is stored as carry-on.
  •  It may be used for infants and children up to 12 years old.
  • The maximum weight of the child is limited to 27 kgs
  • The bottom of the infant seat may not exceed 40cm/15.7 inches x 40cm/15.7 inches - in order to allow installation on all cabin seats
  • The infant seat musr have shoulder belts for the infant
  • The construction of the infant seat must allow secure lashing with the cabin seat belt and may not hamper reclining of the seat in front
  • The infant seat must be lashed before departure and remain that way until arrival
Air Canada (AC)
Air Canada is bound by Transport Canada regulations with regards to acceptable child restraint devices (with the exception of the CARES™ child restraint device). Only approved child restraint devices can be used on board Air Canada aircraft.
All approved devices must fit between the armrests of the seat. They must be installed according to the directions on the device and secured using the seat belt fitted on the aircraft seat. For safety reasons, child restraint devices are not permitted in the Executive First Suites
Child safety seats accepted for in-flight use:
  • Models manufactured in Canada after January 1, 1981 must bear the National Safety Mark, which indicates the number of the standard(s) to which the restraint device conforms: CMVSS 213 for a child restraint device or 213.1 for an infant restraint device;
  • Models manufactured to United States standards:
    • Models manufactured between January 1, 1981 and February 25, 1985 must bear the following label:
      "This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards."
    • Models manufactured on or after February 26, 1985 must bear the following two labels:
      "This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards" and "THIS RESTRAINT IS CERTIFIED FOR USE IN MOTOR VEHICLES AND AIRCRAFT" (in red lettering).
  • Foreign-built car seats must adhere to Transport Canada regulations
An infant for whom a seat has been purchased must be properly secured in an approved child restraint device
Weight restrictions are specified on all child restraint devices. Aft-facing devices are generally restricted to babies weighing less than 9 kg (20 lb), whereas forward-facing devices are generally restricted to babies or children weighing 9 to fewer than 30 kg (20 to 65 lb).
A combination system (i.e. both a child restraint system and a booster cushion) is accepted for in-flight use provided it is used as a child restraint system and the internal harness system is installed, and all labelling requirements are met. It must not be used in-flight as a booster cushion*, with the internal harness system removed.
A child restraint device (car seats, booster seats*) counts toward your baggage allowance when transported as checked baggage, unless the approved device is required onboard for seating the infant or child in his or her own paid seat.
A restraint device that cannot be restrained due to size, design, or damage must be transported as checked baggage as it cannot be stowed under the seats or in the overhead bins.

Air China (CA)
While they mention that an additional seat may be purchased for an infant, they do not mention use of carseats and additional information found through google is conflicting (and years out of date) anyone with recent information it would be much appreciated!

Air New Zealand (NZ)
The car seat must have its own inbuilt restraint system and be of a type approved for use in motor vehicles.
Please note: the Business Premier lie-flat seats and Premium Economy SpaceSeats are sideways facing therefore the seatbelt has an airbag in it. This means infant car seats and the CARES restraint system are not able to be used in the Premium Economy SpaceSeat on the B777-300 aircraft and Business Premier lie-flat seats on all B747 and B777 aircraft as it would impede the deployment of the airbag in the event of an emergency. Infants under the age of 2 years are still able to be seated on their parent/guardian's lap and will be provided with a specially designed infant's seat belt which will not inhibit the safety features of the airbag seat belt.
Infant seat type
Maximum width
Maximum height
Aft (rear) facing
43 cm (17 inches)
48 cm (19 inches)
Forward facing
43 cm (17 inches)
65 cm (25.5 inches)
Depending on the age and size of your child, the type of child seat may be aft (rear) or forward facing. A child seat may only be used in an aft (rear) facing position if it doesn't interfere when the seat in front reclines.
These dimensions apply to B747, B777, B767, B737 and A320 aircraft.

You may use your own child seat which is certified in Japan(MLIT), Europe(ECE R44), and US(FMVSS).
Also, use of "CARES" is allowed from 01 March, 2013.
If you wish to use a child seat, please reserve a seat in advance and purchase child fare ticket.
Due to safety reasons, window seat is preferable. When you select aisle seat, one in the center block is preferable.
We may ask you to change seat in case you select other seats recommended above

Acceptable type of child seat

(1)   Approved by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT)
(2)   Approved by ECE R44-United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
(3)   Approved by the U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS)

They also state that Infants occupying their own seat are not permitted in First Class on all Airlines and in Business Class on the B787-8

Asiana (OZ)
You may use the baby car seats bearing the marks certified by Korean, US or other certification agencies

Austrian (OS)
Bring your child's own infant/car seat:

Simply reserve a seat for your child at the applicable child fare well ahead of time. Our aircraft seats accommodate the following popular brands and models

European Certified Forward Facing Seats
Luftikid Duo (without inflatable headrest)
Comfort Pro
Guardian Pro
Guardian Pro 2
Guardianfix Pro
Discovery Pro
Cruiser Pro
Cruiserfix Pro
Energy Pro
Phoenix Pro
Phoenixfix Pro

US Certified Forward Facing Seats
European Cerified Rear Facing Seats
Bébé Confort
Pebble (without base)
Maxi Cosi
Citi SPS
Baby safe series; Cosy Tot

US Certified Rear Facing Seats
Auto Fix (with base)

The Britax may only be used in Business Classes on the B777 and B767

You may bring different models of child restraint devices. Due to safety reasons the device may not be used during take off and landing and when the fasten seat belt sign is switched on. The bottom of the car seat may not exceed 40cm x 40cm (15.7 x 15.7inch).

Avianca (AV)
If the infant pays for a full priced seat, a portable baby carrier may be attached to the seat. The carrier must be FAA approved; otherwise it must be checked as excess baggage

Brussels Airlines (SN)
No specific information on their website, only information relating to travel with children/infants refers to luggage allowance

Copa Airlines (CM)
The seat must comply with all corresponding federal regulations for car seats.
·         Seats manufactured after February 12, 1985 must be approved for use in automobiles and airplanes.
The accompanying adult is responsible for:
·         ensuring that the seat functions correctly,
·         that the child does not exceed the seat restrictions,
·         that the child is secured correctly in the seat
·         that the child seat is safely attached to the airplane seats

Croatia Airlines (OU)
It is possible to book a regular passenger seat for infant at the applicable child fare. Baby car seats approved for air travel have to be used

Eqypt Air (MS)
The only specific information they appear to have refers to use of Bassinets and nothing relating to car seats, even on Seat Guru which is proving to be a useful mine of information!

Ethiopian Airlines (ET)
While i can find no specific information relating to car seats, the baggage section refers to infants without a seat, suggesting that a seat for an infant could be purchased

Permitted Child Restraint Devices
United States – US FMVSS #213 or FAA
Manufactured after 26 February 1985; red stick bearing text “This restraint is certified for use in Motor Vehicles and Aircraft” and “This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards”
Canada – Transport Canada

European Union – JAA

Germany – TÜV: TÜV/958-01/2001

U.N. – United Nations ECE R 44-03 (or later versions)

If your device does not have the labels noted above, you will not be allowed to use it during take-off, landing, and surface movements. This includes booster seats and other types of harnesses

Lufthansa (LH)
Child restraint systems are included in your free baggage allowance and can be taken on board in addition to hand luggage. Since the CRS must be attached to a passenger seat, a CHILD ticket must be purchased even for children under two years of age.

Other passengers must not be inconvenienced by the use of the CRS and it must not block the aisle in case of a possible emergency evacuation. The following rules must therefore be observed when boarding and allocating a seat:
As a rule a window seat is provided for a child in a CRS; the accompanying adult must sit next to the child
On wide-bodied aircraft it is also possible to book a seat in the middle row
No seats in the emergency exit rows
During boarding, passengers with infants may board first (pre-boarding)

Suitable Child Restraint Devices

Eitel Plastic
Comfort Pro, Guardian Pro Guardian Pro 2, Discovery Pro,
Cruiserfix Pro, Phoenix Pro, Energy Pro
Eclipse, Baby Safe Plus /B06, Baby Safe Plus SHR, King Quickfix
Key Fix 30
Even Flo
Embrace LX
Safety 1st
Designer 22, Starter

Besides the children's safety seats listed, seats labelled with "FAA" or "CAA approved car type seats" are also permitted, provided that they can be fixed correctly to the passenger seat

Scandinavian Airlines (SK)
If you want to take the car seat on board, you can book a seat and pay the same price as for children aged 2-12. No part of the car seat may extend beyond the seat (maximum depth 65 cm, height 45 cm, width 40 cm) and must be fastened with the seat's safety belt. The child seat can either face forward or backward. To reserve a seat, please contact SAS Customer Contact Center

Shenzhen Airlines (ZH)
You may purchase a seat for your infant, however no information on car seats or child restraints is available on their website

Singapore Airlines (SQ)
Approved car-type child seats may be used for a child under 3 years but not less than 6 months of age. The seat must be forward-facing and can be secured to the aircraft passenger seat by means of the aircraft safety belt. It must also be approved by a foreign airworthiness authority / government standards.

United Kingdom (UK) Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States of America as meeting the Technical Standard Order TSO-C100b; or seats that have two markings: "This Restraint is Certified for Use in Motor Vehicles and Aircraft" in red lettering and "This seat conforms to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS)"
European Safety Standard requirements of United Nations ECE Regulation 44 (UN/ECE 44)
Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) No. 213 entitled "Child Restraint Systems" or CMVSS No. 213.1 entitled "Infant Seating and Restraint Systems"
Australian/New Zealand design standard AS/NZS 1754 for infant car seat

If you are using a child car seat or a child harness, please note that the manufacturing standards and instructions must be provided to our ground staff and cabin crew for reference. The use of child car seat and child harness on board is subject to all child seat safety requirements. Both cannot be installed on seats at the emergency exit rows as well as the rows immediately before and after it.

South African Airways (SA)
Parents or guardians may use baby car seats for their child during the flight.
SAA ground staff will approve the seat at check-in for use onboard.
For infants travelling in this manner, a seat must be booked and paid for.
The car seat must be forward-facing and secured to the passenger seat by the aircraft seatbelt.
The seat must be fitted with a single release-type harness, which must secure the infant’s lap, torso and shoulders.
Harness straps must be a minimum of 25mm wide, and any metal lift-type adjustment device must require a positive angular lift to operate.
The child must not be able to loosen the release device.
These seats may not be used for children older than 36 months

Swiss (LX)
Car Seats
If you are using a child car seat or a child harness, please note that the manufacturing standards and instructions must be provided to our ground staff and cabin crew for reference. The use of child car seat and child harness on board is subject to all child seat safety requirements. Both cannot be installed on seats at the emergency exit rows as well as the rows immediately before and after it.

Taca Airlines (TA)
Infants in own seat
  • They must travel with an adult ticket.
  • A baby carrier/seat that meets the safety requirements of the FAA (Federal Aviation Association) must be attached to the plane seat (please check the information on the back of the baby seat to verify its characteristics), otherwise, the baby seat will be classified as an extra piece of baggage in addition to the baggage allowance. Note that respective charges may apply.
When traveling with an adult ticket, the baby has the right to the meal service and baggage allowance.

TAM Airlines (JJ)
There appear to be no specific car seat rules, a seat may be purchased for an infant but the infant must be held on the parents lap for takeoff and landing. On SeatGuru it further states that if you wish to bring a car seat on board for your infant to use you should contact TAM in advance for rules and regulations

TAP Portugal (TP)
Children up to 5 years of age may use their car seats on TAP flights.
Car seats must be approved by the competent authorities of a country for use on flights and in automobiles and must bear a sticker attesting to that fact (e.g. ECE R44/04, FAA, FMVSS 213 USA CMVSS 213/213 1Canada, TÜV: TÜV/958-01/2001).
The base of the car seat can be no larger than 40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 in).
The car seat must be equipped with safety belts.
The seat must be placed in a window seat next to the adult accompanying the child.
They may not be placed in emergency rows or in rows immediately in front or behind emergency rows.
The seat and base must not be separated.
The adult accompanying the child is responsible for transport and placement of the car seat.
If the car seat cannot be safely adapted to the aircraft seat, it will be transported as checked luggage

The use of this type of equipment requires booking a seat and the fare for babies is the same as the fare applied to children(over 2 years old). It is required to notify TAP or your travel agent in good time (up to 24 hours before your flight) of intent to use these chairs.

Thai Airways (TG)
Parents can use their own baby car seat provided it has been certified by the government of manufacturer’s country and provided the infant is flying on a child’s fare ticket.

Turkish Airlines (TK)
A separate seat can be purchased for an infant and car seat used, however no information on types of restraints! 

United Airlines (UA)
Children unable to sit upright with the seat belt fastened must be carried in an FAA-approved infant seat if not being held by an adult. United does not provide infant seats. The infant seat must be secured in an aircraft seat and cannot be held in an adult's lap. The infant seat must remain properly secured to the aircraft seat at all times. An infant seat cannot be used in an exit row or in the row immediately before or after an exit row. Passengers traveling with infants and children under 15 years of age may not be seated in exit rows. Due to oxygen mask constraints, only one lap child is allowed per seat section and, on some aircraft, passengers with lap infants may not be seated in certain rows.

You may use an approved infant car seat on board the aircraft when you purchase a seat for your child. The seat must be an FAA-approved child safety seat device. Please note the following infant car seat placement restrictions: on one-aisle aircraft, car seats must be placed in window seats, on two-aisle aircraft, car seats must be placed in window seats or the middle seat of a center section. Car seats are not permitted in rear-facing seats on any aircraft.
If manufactured after February 1985, the car seat should also be certified for use in aircraft. You should seat your child in the child safety seat for takeoff, landing and during turbulence.

US Airways (US)
Car Seats

Manufactured between January 1, 1981 and February 1985 must bear the label: "This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards."
Manufactured after February 26, 1985 must bear two labels, stating: "This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards;" and "This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft," in red letters.
Manufactured outside of the U.S. must bear a label of approval of a foreign government or a label showing the seat was manufactured under the standards of the United Nations.
Passengers must present a ticket to the customer service representative during the boarding process for themselves and the child using the restraint system.
The child restraint system may not occupy an exit row, the row forward or behind an exit row over the wing, aisle seats or middle seats. If two children are in restraint seats, they may be placed in the middle and window seat, as long as the person traveling with the children is seated in the aisle.
During taxi, takeoff, landing and whenever the “fasten seatbelt” sign is illuminated, the child must occupy their child seat and have all harnesses properly fastened.
A safety seat is not allowed as carry-on baggage. If a seat is not purchased and there is an available seat beside the parent/guardian, the safety seat may be used. Otherwise, the safety seat must be checked.
You must install the safety seat in forward-facing aircraft seats according to the instructions on the label. Place the seat in the direction appropriate for the size of the child