Travelling Brisbane to Vancouver next week with Air New Zealand on a 777-200. We have a 2 year old who has never slept anywhere but her crib or a car seat. We want to bring a car seat with us as the flight is overnight and the hope is that she will sleep most of the way. Problem is that Air New Zealand has very specific dimensions that the car seat must be, 43 cm (17 inches) wide and 65 cm high max. I have searched far and wide and am almost positive that a seat of this width does not exist in Australia. Booster seats are not allowed. The seat we have is only 2 cm's wider.
I've called Air New Zealand a couple of times, each time the person on the other end recites what I have in front of me on the internet. No idea weather there is any flexibility with size.
I have looked into the Cares harness which is an option but I'm really not sure if she will sleep in it, plus 110 dollars for a harness seems a bit excessive.
Has anyone else had any experience with this? Seems uncommon for anyone to take a car seat with them on the plane but makes perfect sense to me if you have a toddler who is pretty hard to control at the best of times but settles well in the car seat not to mention safety issues. I don't even see how we will keep the lap seat belt on her if we don't have the car seat, she will figure out how to unlatch it in about 2 seconds then be climbing on my head!
As far as I can tell at this point, Air New Zealand has a policy that says you are welcome to bring a car seat on board as long as you can find one with dimensions that don't exist.