Air New Zealand to Install First-of-their-Kind Economy Bunk Beds on Long-Haul Flights

Long-haul travelers will be able to reserve four-hour sessions in flat sleeping pods starting in 2024.

To entice passengers on its more than 17-hour ultra-long-haul flights, Air New Zealand will soon permit economy travelers to lie down and rest in bunk bed-style sleeping pods aboard its aircraft.


<p>A crew member with the Skynest cabin section</p>
Bunk bed styled pods (Image: Air New Zealand)

When the airline’s new cabins are implemented by 2024, it will be a “global first” because premium and ordinary economy passengers will still be offered standard seats without recliners.

However, for an extra fee, these passengers can reserve four-hour sessions in the airline’s “Skynest” lie-flat sleeping pods.

Air New Zealand has announced plans to install six sleeping beds across eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners that will be open to regular and premium economy passengers.
Passengers in regular and premium economy will have access to the beds. (Image: Air New Zealand)

To take advantage of the height of the cabin, pods will be piled on top of one another and equipped with a mattress and sheets that will be replaced by cabin staff after each booking.

A privacy curtain, USB ports, and “ventilation outlets” will all be included in each pod.

Each sleeping pod will have a privacy curtain.
Each pod will have a private curtain and USB ports (Image: Fraser Clements/Air New Zealand)

For passengers in the economy and premium classes, there will also be a new “Sky Pantry” where they can get snacks, water, and room to walk about during night flights.

Six Skynest pods will be installed across eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners that Air New Zealand will begin receiving at the end of 2024.

A reservation system for the pods is being developed by the airline.

Greg Foran, Air New Zealand’s chief executive, said the bunk beds are “a real game-changer for the economy travel experience.”

“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.”

“Whether they are heading straight into a meeting, or to their first-holiday hotspot – they want to hit the ground running,” he added.

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