Soon enough it could be the end of uncomfortable long-haul flights with no room to stretch
Air New Zealand has announced the implementation of new pod beds for its economy travelers.
After three years of research and development and the input of more than 200 customers, the Auckland-based airline has unveiled the new bed prototype called the Economy Skynest. The product will be first reviewed for patent and trademark.
Economy Skynest will have a total of six beds, designed to resemble a pod hotel. Each bed will be 200cm long and 58cm wide and will come with a full-size pillow, sheets and blanket, earplugs along with privacy curtains and lighting designed for sleep. The airline is considering other features, including a reading light, personal device USB outlet, and ventilation outlet.
The exact positioning in the aircraft is not yet known but it will be located in economy class.
“We have a tremendous amount of development work underway looking at product innovations we can bring across all cabins of the aircraft. A clear pain point for economy travelers on long-haul flights is the inability to stretch out. The development of the Economy Skynest is a direct response to that challenge,” said Air New Zealand Chief Marketing and Customer Officer Mike Tod.
The final decision of whether to operate Economy Skynest will be made next year
Air New Zealand operates some of the world’s longest flights, including the future Auckland–New York flight of 17 hours 40 minutes one way. The decision of whether to implement the product will be made after the airline assesses the performance of the inaugural year of the 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,” said Nikki Goodman, General Manager of Customer Experience.