Air New Zealand reveals ‘Skynest’ bunk beds for economy class passengers

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(CNN) – For the first time, economy class passengers will have the option to stretch out for a little sleep on the actual bed during their flights.

Air New Zealand has announced its “Skynest” concept, which includes six full-length sleeping pods, will be among the offers included in its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners as it enters service in 2024.

Each pod in the sleep zone will be located between Premium Economy and Economy Cabin and will include a full-size pillow, bed, ear plugs, reading light, USB port and ventilation outlet. The pods are stacked like bunk beds, with three beds in two rows each.

An Air New Zealand media representative told CNN Travel by email that the airline was still working through the exact details of how the pods would be booked but offered little insight into how it might look.

“At this stage, each passenger will be limited to a four-hour session in one pod, at the additional cost of their regular economy class seat,” says the representative. “The airline has done a lot of research around the sleep cycle. The typical sleep cycle is about 90 minutes, so a four-hour session gives customers the opportunity to wind down, fall asleep and wake up.”

Beds will be changed between each session.

Given that Air New Zealand operates some of the longest flights on the planet, the bed will provide a welcome relief for passengers unable to sleep.

In September 2022, Air New Zealand is launching non-stop flights between Auckland and JFK Airport in New York. Flight time? 17 hours – making them the longest regular scheduled passenger flights in the world.

“New Zealand’s location puts us in a unique position to lead in the experience of ultra-long-distance travel,” Air New Zealand CEO Greg Four said in a statement.

“We’ve zeroed in on sleep, rest and well-being because we know how important it is for our customers to reach out comfortably. Whether they’re going straight to a meeting, or to their first holiday hotspot – they want to run and get on the field.”

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The new offerings include ‘Business Premier Lux’ suites

Creating innovative new seating concepts is the easy part. Getting them to the skies is a long, complicated process that involves mountains of tests and government approvals.

CNN Travel First reported on Skynest Concept In early 2020, when the airline filed patent and trademark applications after three years of research, development and testing based on input from more than 200 customers at a hangar in Auckland.

As noted above, it will take another two years for Skynest to become available for booking.

In addition to the eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, which will be delivered to the airline from 2024, Air New Zealand is also rearranging its current 787-9 fleet.

The plane will have eight or four business premier luxury seats, 42 or 22 business premier seats, 52 or 33 premium economy seats and 125 or 213 economy seats.

The aircraft used on the ultra-long-distance route will include six Skynest sleep pods.

“Research shows us that the first night away from home is the hardest to get a good night’s sleep so everything we do is to help create a sense of calm – from lighting and sleep rituals to including healthy tea and balms, to healthy. Food choices and breathing Pickable fabrics, ”said Lien Geraghatti, chief consumer and sales officer, in a statement.

“Meditative onscreen content, entertainment, will also help customers relax and prepare for relaxation.”

Economy class passengers are not the only ones getting the upgrade. The new cabins will also have “Business Premier Lux” suites, which provide extra privacy.

It will feature all of the airline’s business Premier Class trappings, but with fully closed doors and enough space for two people to dine together.

Top Image: Air New Zealand’s Skynest Sleep Zone will be available to book in 2024. Credit: Air New Zealand

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