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Auckland, New Zealand, February 26, 2020

Air New Zealand to put economy travellers to sleep

Air New Zealand has unveiled a ground-breaking new lie-flat prototype sleep product for economy class travellers.

The Economy Skynest, which provides six full length lie-flat sleep pods, is the result of three years of Air New Zealand research and development.

In preparation for its upcoming Auckland-New York service, which is planned at up to 17 hours 40 minutes one way, the airline 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 Economy Skynest is a direct response to that challenge,” says Chief Marketing and Customer Officer Mike Tod.

Air New Zealand will make a final decision on whether to operate the Economy Skynest next year after it has assessed the performance of its inaugural year of Auckland-New York operations.

“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,” says General Manager of Customer Experience, Nikki Goodman.
The exact positioning of the Economy Skynest within the Economy cabin of the aircraft has still to be confirmed, but other specifications* are already available. Each Economy Skynest can accommodate six sleeping pods, each offering in excess of 200cm in overall length, and over 58cm in width at the shoulder area. It is intended that each pod will include a full-size pillow, sheets and blanket, ear plugs along with privacy curtains and lighting designed for sleep. Air New Zealand is also exploring other features such as separate reading light, personal device USB outlet and ventilation outlet.

*all specifications subject to change

VIDEO: Visuals of the Air New Zealand Economy Skynest in action can be viewed here.

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