Lie Flat Beds in Economy? Air New Zealand Introduces Skynest
Air New Zealand has unveiled plans to asses an innovative concept to include lie flat sleep pods in economy cabins on long haul flights. The airline has filed patent and trademark applications for the concept they’ve named “Economy Skynest” which would provide six full length lie-flat sleep pods to economy passengers. The pods are flat beds, not seats, so it would seem that they are meant to be rotated between passengers rather than sold to one passenger for the entirety of the flight.
Air NewZealand’s Chief Marketing and Customer Officer explained that the airline operates some of the world’s longest flights and the inability to stretch out is a clear pain point for economy travelers on long-haul flights. “The development of the Economy Skynest is a direct response to that challenge,” Mr Tod says.
The idea is that customers will be able to book the sleeping spaces to get some rest and stretch out during long flights. This looks to be very similar to the popular sleep capsule concept that seems to be popping up all over the place.
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It seems completely insane to me that anyone would be willing to fly 18 hours in those tiny economy seats and this could be a game changer. I think it’s amazing that an airline is trying to improve customer experience by actually listening to customers and innovating a solution that would actually help solve a major problem for passengers. Air New Zealand will make a final decision on whether to operate the Economy Skynest next year after it has assessed the performance of its inaugural year of Auckland-New York operations.