Air New Zealand will be the first airline in the world to offer 7 different seating options on one aircraft.

When it comes to imagination, Air New Zealand is not lacking! The official carrier of Middle-Earth is undoubtedly one of the world’s leading airlines for innovation, and their new cabins prove how far they will go to ensure passengers have plenty of comfort options – even in economy!

Air New Zealand has announced that it will be the first airline to offer beds in economy starting from 2024. The new “Skynest” will be one of seven seating options available for passengers to book onboard the 3-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners – the most options offered by any airline.

The new Skynest pods coming to Air New Zealand long-haul flights in 2024

“We wanted to offer our Economy customers a lie-flat option and that’s how Skynest was born. It’s going to be a real game-changer for the economy travel experience,” The airline said. 

Let’s look at all seven seating options Air New Zealand will soon bring to long-haul travel.

Economy Skynest

The Skynest will feature six beds in a bunk-bed configuration

Here’s where economy passengers can swap the headrest for some bed rest. Say hello to the world’s first sleep pods in the sky, Skynest. Passengers will have the option to book one of six pods for 4-hour time slots for an additional charge to their ticket price. The Skynest, which will be situated between the Premium Economy and Economy cabins, will feature: 

1. A full-size pillow and bedding

2. Ear Plugs

3. A reading light and ventilation outlet

4. USB port for charging electronic devices

The cabin crew will change the bedding after every use. 

Business Premier Luxe

Business Premier Luxe cabins will feature a closing door for ultimate privacy

The new Business Premier Luxe cabin will be the most spacious and luxurious travel option Air New Zealand will showcase in its fleet. This new offering is for customers looking for the ultimate space and privacy. A luxury experience with all the features of Business Premier, but with a fully closing door and space for two to dine.

The seat will have enough room to allow two passengers to dine together

Business Premier

The Air Zealand Business Premier seat

A comfortable and private nest for a blissful journey and tranquil sleep. And if traveling with a companion, the middle row allows customers to open their nest and share their experience.

Premium Economy

Air New Zealand’s new Premium Economy

The airline’s new Premium Economy seat offers more privacy and protected space to recline at leisure without interrupting the person behind.

Economy Skycouch

Also an industry first when released, The Air New Zealand Skycouch

Use the Skycouch the way you want. Sit, spread out, or lie down and snooze. Share the space or keep it all to yourself.

Economy Stretch

It’s all in the name. This seat is for those who want to rest and stretch their legs further than the regular Economy seat.

The Economy Stretch seat will provide more legroom than the standard Economy seat

Economy seat

The new Air New Zealand Economy cabin will feature IFE that is 50% larger

An enhanced economy seat designed with more storage, comfort and space and a 50% bigger screen for entertainment. Connect to Bluetooth audio and pair your device to act as a remote control or second screen.

The Air New Zealand Dreamliner Fleet: 

The Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

The eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners arriving from 2024 and retrofitted current 787-9 fleet will have either eight or four Business Premier Luxe seats, 42 or 22 Business Premier, 52 or 33 Premium Economy, 125 or 213 Economy seats, and specifically on the ultra-long haul aircraft, six Skynest sleep pods.

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