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Family flying


Flying with a baby doesn’t need to be stressful, even if it’s just you and your little one.

Our baby-friendly cabin crew will be on hand to help throughout your flight. We offer specially designed in-flight cots, we’ll warm milk for you, and some of our toilets include changing facilities to help you along the way.

International flights

Your baby must be healthy and at least 48 hours old to travel on Virgin Atlantic international routes.

Baby milk

  • Cow’s milk, formula and water (to make formula up) are all allowed on the aircraft.
  • They must be in baby bottles or cartons, not bottles from the supermarket or flasks etc.
  • They can be over 100ml, but only up to a reasonable amount that’s necessary for the flight.
  • You will be asked to taste 50% of what’s taken through

Whenever you need milk warming up, just let the cabin crew know and they’ll be happy to do it. They’ll always do it properly too – by warming it in hot water then leaving it to cool.

Baby meals

If you are travelling with an infant that does not have an assigned seat a meal will need to be requested in advance by contacting us on 0344 874 7747.

In-flight cots

To make our flights comfortable for your baby (and peaceful for you), we offer in-flight cots free of charge. For your baby's safety, we don't allow them to be placed on the cabin floor. The cabin crew will install the cot for you after take-off and advise you if your baby will need to be removed from the cot and secured on your lap should there be any turbulence. Please note sky cots have to be requested in advance by calling 0344 874 7747. There is a limited number of sky cots offered on a first come first served basis.

The cots have very slightly different dimensions depending on your aircraft. To check your baby will fit comfortably in the cot that’s on your flight, see the dimensions below.

Please note there are no in-flight cots in the Upper Class cabin on B747-400 aircraft operating to or from Gatwick or Manchester.

Dimensions of baby cots:

  • Premium Economy and Economy classes on the B747-400 aircraft:
    Maximum weight of baby: 9kg (19.8lb)
    Maximum height of baby: 740mm (29”)
    Dimensions: 35cm wide x 21cm deep x 74cm long (13.8” wide x 8.3” deep x 29” long)
  • Premium Economy and Economy classes on the B787-9, A340-600 and A330 aircraft:
    Maximum weight of baby: 11kg (24.25lb)
    Maximum height of baby: 760mm (30”)
    Dimensions 28.6cm wide x 72.7cm long (11.25” wide x 28.6” long)
  • Upper Class on the B787-9, A340-600, A330 and B747-400 aircraft:
    Maximum weight of baby: 11kg (24.25lb)
    Maximum height of baby: 750mm (29.5”)
    Bassinet Dimensions: 35cm wide x 24cm deep x 76cm long (13.8” wide x 9.4” deep x 29.9” long)

Pushchairs and car seats

When travelling with children or infants, you’re welcome to bring one fully collapsible pushchair and a car seat, in addition to your free checked baggage allowance. Please note that pushchairs will fly in the aircraft’s hold. Car seats can be used on board (in Economy only) if they meet the necessary requirements. These can be found on the Seats for children page.

Pushchairs may be checked in or used up until the boarding gate. On landing, whenever possible we’ll have your pushchair ready and waiting at the aircraft doors. However, you may have to reclaim it at the baggage hall, due to local customs restrictions at some destinations.

More information on use of child seats onboard.