Normally, lie-flat airline seats are solely an amenity offered to first- and business-class customers. However, when Air New Zealand introduces Skynest, a beds-on-board concept for economy-class passengers, in September 2024, this will change on some flights. The airline first introduced the Skynest concept last year, in which six sleep pods with bunk beds would be offered on particular aircraft. More information on the booking, cost, and other features was supplied this week.
The six pods will be situated between the economy and premium economy cabins on several long-haul flights, including the 17-hour direct flight between New York City and Auckland, which is among the world’s longest flights, according to a press statement from the airline. In addition to the standard price of their ticket, passengers will be able to pre-book a spot in the pod for between NZ$400 and NZ$600 (US$254 to US$380) for a four-hour block. After each use, the cabin crew will replace the bedding in each pod. The Skynests will have USB connections, a reading light, earplugs, full sheets, a blanket, and a pillow as amenities. To ensure that the beds follow aboard safety procedures, there are seatbelts as well.