Air New Zealand has the solution for budget travelers who want a good night’s sleep on long-haul flights. For example, the airline plans to install “cocoon beds” in its aircraft by 2024. Air New Zealand has already tested the plan in 2020but it will also be the first in the world to actually implement it in two years.
In addition to the regular seat, passengers in 2024 will also have the option to book a bed that is two meters long and 58 centimeters wide. The “sleeping pods,” which Air New Zealand has dubbed “Skynests,” can be booked for four hours. The airline also provides sheets and mattresses that are changed after each sleeping session.
The sleeping cabins will also be equipped with a privacy curtain and USB connection. In addition, there is sufficient ventilation. In total, there will be room for six sleeping cocoons on eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, which Air New Zealand will take delivery of in 2024. The price of a nap in the pods is not yet known. However, each passenger can only book one sleepover per flight. In addition, one person can sleep in the cabin at a time.
Sleep, rest and wellness
Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran said the family would be a “real game-changer” for budget travelers. We have focused on sleep, rest and wellness because we know how important it is for our customers to arrive at their destination comfortable.
Leanne Geraghty, the airline’s director of sales, added: “Research shows that the first night away from home is the hardest to get a good night’s sleep, so we do everything we can to create a sense of calm on board.”
With this initiative, the company also hopes to arouse passenger interest with its extra-long flights of more than 17 hours. The airline first announced the plans in 2020, and is already offering a “Skycouch” service. With this said, passengers who still have empty seats next to them can request special footrests that convert the row into a makeshift bed.
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