Air New Zealand is set to soon give economy passengers the privilege to access first class comfort at reasonable prices. From now on, they would be able to sleep in pods shaped in bunk bed-style seats on the flights. This is as it tries to attract passengers on its ultra long haul flights which are over 17 hours long.
According to the airline, these new cabins would be installed by the year 2024 and, premium and regular economy passengers would still have the option to buy regular seats that do not recline into a bed. However, they could opt to book four hour sessions in these lie-flat sleeping pods, for an additional charge, which is not yet finalised. Currently, the airline has decided to name this new addition Economy ‘Skynest.’These bunk beds would have the provision with mattresses and sheets, which would be replaced by new ones by the cabin crew following every booking.
Additionally, the pods would be placed on top of each other in order to adequately use the height of the cabin. Moreover, they would be equipped with charging outlets, a privacy curtain, along with ‘ventilation outlets.’
“Whether they are heading straight into a meeting, or to their first holiday hotspot – they want to hit the ground running.”