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Brief Published: 12 Mar 2020

Air New Zealand’s Bunk Beds for Economy Travellers

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Air New Zealand

Auckland-based airline Air New Zealand is improving its in-flight sleep experience for economy-class passengers across its ultra-long-haul flights by introducing bookable lie-flat bunk-bed pods in a designated area in the aircraft that it’s calling the Economy Skynest.

The Skynest will contain six full-length sleeping pods (stacked three-high) with each bed measuring 200cm long and 58cm wide – resembling beds found in capsule hotels. Each bed will come with a pillow, sheets and a blanket, as well as earplugs, a USB outlet, reading light and privacy curtain.

The pods, which are currently only in prototype phase, will be bookable for select time periods during a flight, and will cost a separate amount to the cost of a regular seat. In-flight staff will change sheets and freshen beds between bookings. 

Although the beds are currently in prototype mode, they could be available for passengers on Air New Zealand’s 17-hour-40-minute route from Auckland to New York, which launches in 2021.

This the latest in a series of cabin-modification designs that offer passengers on long-haul flights better services, amenities and levels of comfort – which will become especially important with the introduction of 17-hour-plus flights around the world.

See also The Reimagined Airplane Cargo Hold, Airbus Develops ‘Swappable Modules’ Jet Concept and Smart Textile Seating Promotes Healthy Flying for other experience-enhancing initiatives.

Read also Elastic Airlines and Reimagining the Flight of the Future for more on how agile airlines are innovating and revaluating the passenger experience.

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