The national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways, has launched a dedicated in-flight child care assistance program for families, led by the introduction of a new Flying Nanny on board long haul flights.
Identified by a bright orange apron, the Flying Nanny provides a helping hand to families and unaccompanied minors. They will also introduce children to the exciting collectable Etihad characters – Zoe the bee, Jamool the camel, Kundai the lion and Boo the panda – who accompany them on their trip.
Many of the activities run by the Flying Nannies derive from a special kit which contains straws, stickers, cardboard and other items which the Flying Nanny uses to teach simple arts and crafts such as creating greeting cards for friends and family.
Towards the end of the flight the Flying Nanny with help parents by replenishing milk bottles, and offering items such as water, fruit and other snacks especially if the family is transiting to another flight.
The Flying Nanny will also inform families transiting at Abu Dhabi about the various baby changing and child facilities at the airport, as well as advising them of the available children’s play areas.