Emirates has just updated its adorable range of ‘Come Fly With Me’ toys, as four new characters join the party. Brett the bear, Savannah the Elephant, ChaoChaco the crocodile and Mia the manta ray have started to make their starring appearances on board Emirates aircraft in the last few days. And the best bit? The ever popular toys are handed out completely free to younger travellers on all Emirates flights.
The ‘Come Fly With Me’ range was first introduced in late 2015 and replaced a similar (but not quite as cute) set of ‘monsters’. The range features different toys and activities that are designed to suit the needs of infants up to children aged around 8 years old. The characters represent the different regions of the world that Emirates fly to and help young travellers learn more about the animal and its natural habitat.
The first animals to be featured included Lewis the lion from Africa, Enrico the Monkey from Latin America, and Leila the Camel from the Middle East. The latest characters will replace Eric the eagle, Silka the seal, Abbot the hedgehog and Shane the Koala who have been flying for nearly a year.
Recently, Emirates had an incredibly cute surprise for a young passenger who lost her Enrico the monkey toy after a flight with the Dubai-based airline. When Reya’s mum contacted the airline to see if they could help calm her bereft daughter, an Emirates representative immediately FedEx’d a replacement Enrico to their home. The heartwarming reunion was caught on camera and shared with thousands of fans on YouTube.
“Over 4 million children travel with us each year, which makes young travellers among our most important customers. We know how challenging it can be for parents to keep their children occupied and happy on flights,” commented Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President.
“We’ve ensured that every aspect of the travel experience is catered for, from toys and kids’ entertainment to special meals on board, and even family check-in areas.”
Needless to say, Emirates really has thought of everything. Last year, the airline launched a special festive kids meal for the Christmas season and in 2015 Emirates even launched a replica cabin crew and pilot uniform for 3-8 years olds. Featuring the iconic red hat worn by Emirate’s cabin crew and ground staff, the uniforms can be bought from official Emirates stores at Dubai International Airport and via the airline’s web shop.
On top of all of that, there’s a dedicated family check in area at the carrier’s hub at Terminal 3 in Dubai and don’t forget the award-winning ICE inflight entertainment system. With 25 dedicated kids TV channels and over 40 classic Disney movies, even the fussiest travellers on the longest of flights are bound to get off the other end smiling.
Mateusz Maszczynski honed his skills as an international flight attendant at the most prominent airline in the Middle East and has been flying throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for a well-known European airline. Matt is passionate about the aviation industry and has become an expert in passenger experience and human-centric stories. Always keeping an ear close to the ground, Matt's industry insights, analysis and news coverage is frequently relied upon by some of the biggest names in journalism.