Air New Zealand Unveils “Skynest” Sleeping Pods for Economy Passengers

Lie-flat beds without a first or business-class price tag? Count us in.

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Air New Zealand has just unveiled new prototypes of economy-cabin sleeping pods called the Skynest, which can be enjoyed at an extra cost. Currently in the research phase and slated for implementation in late-2021, the product looks set to attract economy-class travelers yearning for some shut-eye.

Only six of these full-length sleep pods will be available on each long-haul plane, including the airline’s upcoming AucklandNew York service at around 17 hours one way.

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Each of these pods will also come with sheets, a blanket, a full-size pillow, earplugs, as well as privacy curtains, and lighting designed for a good night’s rest. Other possible features include a separate reading light, personal device USB outlet, and a ventilation outlet.

Currently, the airline also offers other options, including a premium economy cabin and a “Skycouch” option. The latter lets passengers get an entire row of economy seats, which can be transformed into a “couch” during flight.

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In a press release, the airline said it would make the final decision on whether to move forward with the Skynest after it has “assessed the performance of its inaugural year of Auckland-New York flights.”

More information here.

 

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