Airline To Install World-First Bunk Bed In Economy For Long-Haul Flights
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Air New Zealand is introducing bunk bed-style sleeping pods that can be used by economy passengers to get their 40 winks on ultra-long-haul flights.
Air New Zealand has named the concept ‘Skynest’ and explained that while its economy passengers will still be sold regular, non-reclining seats, they’ll be able to book four-hour sessions in the sleeping pods at an additional cost.
The Guardian reports that mattresses and sheets in each pod will be changed by cabin crew after every booking and the beds will be stacked bunk bed-style on top of one another.
Each individual pod will be kitted out with ventilation outlets, USB charging and a privacy curtain.
Six Skynest pods will be installed in eight of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners that the airline is set to receive in 2024, and the installation will involve the removal of five economy seats.
LADbible has approached Air New Zealand for comment.
An airline spokesperson confirmed to The Guardian that the booking cost for sleeping pods has yet to be determined, as has a booking system.
Skynest will only be available to economy passengers and flyers will only be able to book one four-hour session per flight.
The Air New Zealand rep also told the paper that sleeping pods will be limited to one person at a time, so don’t expect to be joining the mile-high club anytime soon.
Greg Foran, Air New Zealand’s chief executive, called Skynest a ‘game-changer’ and said the concept is sure to transform the economy travel experience.
Foran shared: “New Zealand’s location puts us in a unique position to lead on the ultra-long-haul travel experience. We have zeroed in on sleep, comfort and wellness because we know how important it is for our customers to arrive well-rested."
He continued: “Whether they are heading straight into a meeting, or to their first holiday hotspot – they want to hit the ground running.”
Leanne Geraghty, the airline’s chief customer and sales officer, added: “Research shows us the first night away from home is the hardest to get a good night’s sleep so everything we do onboard is to help create a sense of calm – from the lighting and sleep ritual including sleepy teas and balms, to the healthier food choices and breathable fabrics.”
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