The Dutch airline KLM will be showing some new animated films for young children on its long-haul flights from this summer. The films feature the KLM mascot: a little blue plane called Bluey. The first of these films will be available on board all of the airline’s intercontinental flights from June onwards or you can watch it now on the KLM YouTube channel.
Bluey the Movie
The first film in the series is called Bluey the Movie. When I watched the film it reminded me of Pixar’s Cars. My kids (16 and 12 years old) said that it reminded them of another Pixar film: Planes. The film begins with Bluey and his Dad flying along together but the little plane soon goes off to find his friend Windy. The young pair then have an adventure at a Dutch flower parade. It’s a nice story, the characters are engaging and I think that small children will enjoy watching it. The film is just four minutes long – you can watch it here if you’d like to:
KLM says that around a million children between the ages of two and 12 years old fly with them every year – that’s around 10 children per flight. Last November the airline launched the Bluey character in order to entertain their young passengers and to make their flights more enjoyable for families.
There’s now a Bluey play set available for children on KLM’s intercontinental flights. The set contains a memory game and and items such as pencils, a key cord, a card game, stickers, a luggage label and a Bluey eye mask. On European flights children are given a Bluey passport holder and an activity book. You can also order a Bluey meal box for kids on some flights. If your children are very keen on Bluey you can even buy products featuring the character: there’s a Bluey backpack on wheels and a Bluey lunch box set on offer at the online KLM shop.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919 – which makes KLM the oldest airline in the world. In the UK the airline offers flights from 16 regional airports to Schiphol, Amsterdam, which is KLM’s main hub. My son and I flew to Schiphol on a KLM flight from Manston in Kent a couple of years ago. The flight was great (check out my flight review here) but sadly that route isn’t operating at the moment. From Amsterdam the airline and its partners offer connecting flights to destinations across the world.
I think that KLM’s launch of Bluey is good news – I welcome anything that airlines can do to make flying more enjoyable for families with young children.
What do you think?
What do you think of the new Bluey film for children? If you fly with children what do you think that airlines should offer in order to make flights more enjoyable for your family?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by KLM.