As i blogged here, my little family plus sister in law went on a short trip to Perth last week. I'm gonna write in separate posts on flight, accommodation and the places we visited.
I always travel with AirAsia for the obvious reason; cheaper. Now everyone can fly katanya. Lelagi lah Mr Chenta is now an AirAsia staff, memang travel ngan AirAsia je lah on staff privilages.
Traveling with a baby is a challenge, tak kisah la dengan airline apa pon. Having traveled with Afif before (this post), i knew the 5 hour 40 minutes flight to Perth is gonna be tiring and quite an experience. So i decided to upgrade my seat to Premium Flatbed seat for comfort so that Afif can sleep peacefully and i can breastfeed him lying down. That boy has to bergayut sambil baring kalo nak tido. In my experience, kalo flight penuh memang takde chance la nak breastfeed berbaring. Didn't want to take the chance,so we pay a little to upgrade my seat. Mr. Chenta and SIL dok belakang, seat biasa. Tinggal lah aku sorang manage budak kecik tu haa..
Premium Flatbeds are located at the front of the aircraft. Ada 12 seats per aircraft. The seats are spacious, complete with a fluffy pillow and duvet for comfort.
It is exactly as pictured on this photo.
Photo credit to Google.
My seat number was 1G. To my horror it was on the middle area. Tak dapat tepi tingkap sebab fully booked. Well, i have to deal with the fact that i'm gonna have to breastfeed openly. Nasib baik lah pakai baju easy access sesiap, and ada blanket Afif untuk cover.
The stewardess are all nice and very attentive towards our needs. They provided a bassinet for Afif, and an extra pillow for me. Every now and then they asked if i need anything. The perks of traveling with a baby and i think the premium seaters deserve that special service, considering the price.
The Premium area is dimly lit, i think it's on purpose for guest's comfort. Aircond is cold (unlike in the economy area yang kekadang aircond perlahan) and the area is so quiet. There's a lavatory especially for Premium seat guests. Twenty minutes into our flight, everyone in the Premium area have dozed off, blanket up their neck, some with eye mask. Sedap diorang tido. No wonder they are willing to pay for an upgrade. Memang berbaloi. Me? Well, i'm busy entertaining Afif.
An hour into the flight, Afif got a little cranky. He pooped. A little constipated sebab tu dia nanges. Nasib baik tak full blast melalak. Kalo tak, haru je sume orang terjaga tido. Changing his diaper was a breeze because there's a baby changing area in the lavatory.
i thank God many times Afif was not cranky for the rest of the flight. Ada lah dia merengek kejap sebab nak tido. i put him down and lay beside him lalu dia menyonyot dan tidur. Siap dapat tidur dua sessions. i gotta admit sempit la jugak baring berdua dengan dia. Tapi selesa la siap aku pon tido skali. When he's asleep, baru la ade chance nak makan but i had to sit on the leg part of the seat because, well, i had no other place to sit at.
Comfortably asleep while mama sat on the edge.
All in all, i would recommend the Premium Flatbeds, especially for long hours flight like this or if you travel with a baby. You'll surely fly in comfort, tido lena. Tau-tau dah sampai je.
Now, baby, when is our next long-haul flight? i want an upgrade, please!