Air New Zealand launch world first sleeping pods in economy cabin

Air New Zealand SkyNest

With Covid delays, we can now announce that those new Dreamliners of Air New Zealand’s with the lie down economy pods will now arrive in 2024.

Lie down, what?

Economy passengers will have access to the new SkyNest. The world’s first sleep pods int the sky with six lie flat pods for economy travellers.

Of course you can still choose

But wait, there’s more, Air New Zealand will also offer a new Business Premier Luxe suite and a new Business Premier seat.

The Dreamliners will give customers more choice than any airline in the world, providing the best sleep in the sky regardless of the cabin customers choose to fly in.

Feedback from extensive customer research over five years has highlighted the importance for a good night’s sleep and the need for more space and comfort, so the new experience is designed around creating a home away from home that leaves customers refreshed and raring to go at their destination.

Someone say, ay-men.

Innovation has driven the new cabin experience from nose to tail. For Economy customers, the Skynest concept, first announced in 2020, will be a world-first.

Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says the cabin’s interior design is inspired by the uniqueness of Aotearoa, from the forest inspired carpet to the seats that draw inspiration from New Zealand’s native bird, the Tui.

“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. Meditative onscreen content, Zentertainment, will also help customers unwind and get ready for rest.”

The airline has also added a Sky Pantry to the Premium Economy and Economy cabins, so customers can stretch their legs, grab a bite to eat and hydrate at their leisure throughout their journey.

Sustainability has been at the heart of the design process. Using modern fabrics, rather than leather, has saved around one kilogram in weight per Business Premier and Premium Economy seat, reducing overall carbon emissions.

In Premium cabins, the airline will also switch to serviceware that is 20% lighter, helping to reduce carbon emissions, and in Economy, the new serviceware will reduce plastic dishes used inflight by 28 million every year.

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