World’s First ‘Skynest’ Beds for Economy-Class

Air New Zealand's upcoming Skynest concept aboard its 2024 Dreamliners.
Air New Zealand’s upcoming Skynest concept aboard its 2024 Dreamliners.

Air New Zealand’s new Dreamliners, due to arrive in 2024, will introduce a new cabin with a new Business Premier Luxe suite, a new Business Premier seat and the “world’s first” Skynest, sleep pods in the sky for Economy travellers.

“New Zealand’s location puts us in a unique position to lead on the ultra-longhaul 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,” said Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran.

The Skynest concept, first announced in 2020, will offer economy customers a lie-flat sleeping option. Economy travellers can enjoy some shut-eye in one of six sleeping pods for part of their journey.

Air New Zealand's Skycouch concept.
Air New Zealand’s Skycouch concept.

Air New Zealand’s upcoming Dreamliners include several service options within either business or economy class:

  • Business Premier Luxe – A luxury experience with all the features of Business Premier, but with a fully closing door and space for two to dine.
  • Business Premier – A private nest for sleep. And if travelling with a companion, the middle row allows customers to open their nest and share their experience.
  • Premium Economy – The new seat offers more privacy and protected space where travellers can recline without interrupting the person behind.
  • Economy Skycouch – Travellers can sit, spread out, or lie down and snooze, with the option to share the space or keep it all to themselves.
  • Economy Stretch – This seat is for those who want to rest and stretch their legs further than the regular Economy seat.
  • Economy seat – An enhanced economy seat designed with more storage, comfort and space and a 50 per cent bigger screen for entertainment. Travellers can connect to Bluetooth audio and pair their device to act as a remote control or second screen.

The eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners arriving from 2024 and retrofitted current 787-9 fleet will have either eight or four Business Premier Luxe seats, 42 or 22 Business Premier, 52 or 33 Premium Economy, 125 or 213 Economy seats, and specifically on the ultra-longhaul aircraft, six Skynest sleep pods.

Air New Zealand's upcoming Business Premier Luxe seating option.
Air New Zealand’s upcoming Business Premier Luxe seating option.
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