Air New Zealand Wants Their Economy Passengers to Have Access to Flat Beds

Who said sleeping pods were only for first class and business travelers?

Feb 28, 2020

With plenty of airlines minimizing personal space for passengers to squeeze in as many people on board as possible, Air New Zealand is taking one for the economy team by unveiling the Economy Skynest, a sleep pod with six full-length beds at the back of their long-haul planes.

Air New Zealand operates some of the world’s longest flights, such as the upcoming Auckland-New York service at around 17 hours one way, so the opportunity to get some bed-time is a welcomed one.
“A clear pain point for economy travelers on long-haul flights is the inability to stretch out,” says customer officer Mike Tod. “The development of the Skynest is a direct response to that challenge.”

The Economy Skynest will accommodate up to six sleeping pods, each around 200cm in length and 58cm in width. Although its location in the plane isn’t confirmed yet, the space will be somewhere in the economy cabin.

General Manager of Customer Experience, Nikki Goodman says, “We see a future flying experience where an economy-class customer on long-haul flights would be able to book the Economy Skynest in addition to their Economy seat, get some quality rest and arrive at their destination ready to go. This is a game-changer on so many levels.”

The Economy Skynest is currently undergoing regulatory review and will likely be added to Air New Zealand’s fleet in the next few years. As for pricing, they haven’t settled on a number yet. Though, you can bet they will be in high demand.

The airline says their goal is to put more magic back into flying, and we won’t argue with the suggestion that a good night’s sleep is something of magic.

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