Air New Zealand to roll out BEDS for economy passengers

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Going on an overseas holiday is an exciting time for everyone – once you get past the uncomfortable long-haul flight.

However that could be a thing of the past as a new in-flight feature for Air New Zealand is aiming to solve passengers' biggest gripes about flying, and their solution is a world first.

The airline said feedback from extensive customer research found the top priorities for flyers were comfort and a good night's sleep, which sometimes can be impossible on planes.

Because of this, New Zealand Air's new Dreamliners will give customers a choice to book out a space to have a sleep with the new Skynest option.

Air New Zealand will make beds available for economy passengers. Source: Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand will make beds available for economy passengers. Source: Air New Zealand

"We wanted to offer our Economy customers a lie-flat option and that's how Skynest was born," Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran said in a statement.

"It's going to be a real game-changer for the economy travel experience."

He added given how geologically isolated New Zealand is from the rest of the world, the company has a "unique" opportunity to lead the world in ultra-long-haul travel.

The Air New Zealand Dreamliners, with the Skynest sleep pods, will roll out in 2024. Source: Air New Zealand
The Air New Zealand Dreamliners, with the Skynest sleep pods, will roll out in 2024. Source: Air New Zealand

"We have zeroed in on sleep, comfort, and wellness because we know how important it is for our customers to arrive well-rested," he said.

"Whether they are heading straight into a meeting, or to their first holiday hotspot – they want to hit the ground running."

The Dreamliners will be available from 2024 and there were be six Skynest sleep pods on ultra-long-haul flights.

The Dreamliners will also have Business Premier Luxe seats, Business Premier seats and Premium Economy seats.

The new aircraft is expected to prioritise comfort for passengers on extra long flights. Source: Air New Zealand
The new aircraft is expected to prioritise comfort for passengers on extra long flights. Source: Air New Zealand

Additionally, economy seats will be "enhanced" with more storage — prioritising space and comfort — and a bigger screen for in-flight entertainment.

Premium Economy and Economy cabins will also have a 'Sky Pantry' added, so customers can help themselves to food and drink whenever they please on the fight.

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