Air New Zealand’s new Skynest is a game changer for economy class passengers
Air New Zealand is about to change the way 99 percent of the world travel. A lie-flat bed all to yourself, in economy class? Our eyes bulged, too. Coined the Skynest, this is the result of three years of research and development, with the input of over 200 customers. It offers full-length, lie-flat beds in a pod setting — but the catch is that there's only six of these in an aircraft to start with, so you'll have to get lucky. You'd book your regular economy seat, and if available, be given the option to add on one of these coveted beds.
Each pod will include a full-size pillow, sheets, blanket, and ear plugs along with privacy curtains and lighting designed for optimum sleep. The airline is exploring other features such as a separate reading light, personal device USB outlet, and ventilation outlet.
It's not the first time Air New Zealand has won praise for their innovative initiatives — they hold bragging rights to the nifty SkyCouch, a row of seats in economy class that transforms into a couch after take-off. This means couples can snuggle side by side, and parents have more space with their infant even when flying coach.
However, it might still be awhile before we get to rest our heads on a bunk bed in the sky. Air New Zealand still needs to seek regulatory approval for the pods, and will decide whether to go ahead with it only after their long-haul Auckland to New York service launches next year, a flight that will take 17 hours and 40 minutes. We're looking at late 2021 at earliest to fly Skynest, but that's definitely something on our travel checklists. In the meantime? Rack up those miles to spend.
For more information, visit Air New Zealand.