AUCKLAND – Economy-class passengers rejoice - Air New Zealand has unveiled a new lie-flat prototype sleep product for travellers at the rear of the aircraft.
Following three years of research, Air New Zealand has filed patent and trademark applications for the Economy Skynest which provides six full length, lie-flat sleep pods.
Air New Zealand chief marketing and customer officer Mike Tod says that as the airline operates some of the world’s longest flights, such as the upcoming Auckland-New York service at around 17 hours one way, it is committed to “putting more magic back into flying”.
“A clear pain point for economy travellers on long-haul flights is the inability to stretch out. The development of the Skynest is a direct response to that challenge,” Mr Tod says.
Air New Zealand will make a final decision on whether to operate the Skynest next year after it has assessed the performance of its inaugural year of Auckland-New York operations.
General manager of customer experience, Nikki Goodman says the Economy Skynest “is a game changer on so many levels”.
“We expect other airlines will want to explore licensing the Economy Skynest from us just as they have with the Skycouch.”
Skycouch is a row of Economy seats that can change into a couch after take-off.