Car Seat and Child Restraint Systems
Child car seats can be carried on-board most Qantas and QantasLink flights and secured to an aircraft seat if approved by Qantas prior to travel. Approval cannot be obtained at the airport. Infants will need to be booked with a seat by contacting your local Qantas office to make the booking (infants booked online are booked as lap infants without a seat).
Child car seats must have at least one the following relevant certifications:
|Country of sale||Standard Design or requirements|
|Australia and/or New Zealand||Australian/New Zealand design standard AS/NZS 1754 |
New Zealand Standard: NZS5411
|Canada||Any one of the following: |
|Europe and UK||European Safety Standard requirements of United Nations ECE Regulation 44 (UN/ECE 44)|
For any other overseas designed seats, please contact us.
The following information can be used as a guide:
- Forward facing child restraint systems for infants and children weighing between 9 and 18 kgs (20lbs and 40lbs)
- Rear facing child restraint systems for infants weighing under 9kgs (20lbs) (although some seats may be certified to carry children of greater weight). Rear facing seats are generally large and may not fit in Economy seats or only selected seats. Rear facing seats are permitted without an attachment base only if certified by the manufacturer as suitable for installation in aircraft seats without the base. You will need to contact your local Qantas office to make arrangements for the seat.
For children over the age of four or over 18kgs (40lbs) and/or over 100cm tall - an aircraft seat is recommended.
All restraints must be in good condition, show no signs of damage and be fitted to the aircraft seat in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions by the responsible adult travelling with the child.
Booster seats are prohibited on our aircraft. A booster could be simple cushion or a shell base, back with side wings, and does not contain a built in harness. It only enhances the positioning of the seat's harness on the child.
Seat allocation for use of car seats and child restraint systems is restricted, and availability may vary by aircraft type. Not all aircraft and all cabins are able to accommodate car seats and child restraint systems, particularly those that require the use of a top tether point. Please call us to check before you book.
Car seats cannot be located in an aisle seat or in an exit row. If there are two responsible adults travelling with a child, and the allocated child car seat is in the centre aisle, then the two responsible adults must be seated on either side, adjacent to the child car seat.
While Qantas makes every effort to carry passengers in pre-assigned seating, seating is subject to change for operational, safety or security reasons, even after boarding.
Car seats requiring a top tether point
QantasLink flights (QF1400 - 2899) operated by "De Havilland DHC-8 series" aircraft (these aircraft may also be referred to as a "Dash-8" or by the model numbers "DH8", "DH4" or "DH3") or "Fokker" aircraft cannot accommodate a car seat that is only certified for use if a top tether point is used to secure it. Please be aware that this includes some Australian certified car seats.
Child restraint system
The Child Aviation Restraint System (CARES) is an approved alternative to car seats. This harness style restraint device is suitable for a child weighing 10-20kg (22-44lb) whose height is 100cm (40 in) or less and who is capable of sitting upright alone. It is required to be fitted to the aircraft seat by the responsible adult travelling with the child. Find out more about the CARES system on their website.
Obtaining approval from Qantas for car seats and child restraint systems
Customers are responsible for supplying their own car seat or child restraint system. Pre-approval for the use of a child seat contact your local Qantas Office. We recommend you contact Qantas to make your booking and at least 7 days prior to your intended travel date, as pre-approval must be finalised at least 24 hours before departure. You will also need to show your device to our airport staff on the day of travel, including at check-in.
Travel with other airlines
If any of your flights are operated by an airline other than Qantas, you must obtain approval for the child car seat or child restraint system from that airline.