Air New Zealand is offering some of the best sleep while flying in new cabins, suites, and seats. It will offer the most choice of any airline in the world, regardless of the cabin, so you can snooze in the sky.
In 2024, its new Dreamliners will include a new Business Premier Luxe seat, designed for customers looking for more space and privacy; and Skynest, the world’s first sleep pods in the sky for Economy travelers.
“New Zealand’s location puts us in a unique position to lead on the ultra-long haul travel experience,” said CEO of Air New Zealand Greg Foran. “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. It’s a proud moment to finally unveil 5 years of hard mahi, in what truly is a cabin of possibility. One that will provide customers with options to get some shut eye wherever they’re sitting.”
The Importance Of A Good Night’s Sleep
Customer feedback and extensive research on the importance of sleep and the need for comfort and space led Air New Zealand to this new design. It’s inspired by the uniqueness of Aotearoa, the current Māori-language name for New Zealand. It’s meant to feel like a home away from home leaving customers refreshed and ready to arrive at their destination.
“Whether we are welcoming visitors or flying New Zealanders home, we want our customers to experience Aotearoa from the moment they step on-board — and get the best night’s rest,” said Leanne Geraghty, Air New Zealand’s chief customer and sales officer. “Research shows us the first night away from home is the hardest to get a good night’s sleep so everything we do on-board 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 on-screen content, Zentertainment, will also help customers unwind and get ready for rest.”
Breakdown Of The New Cabins
Business Premier Luxe
For customers looking for the ultimate space and privacy, this provides a luxury experience with all the features of Business Premier, but with a fully closing door and space for two to dine.
This is a comfortable and private nest for a blissful journey and tranquil sleep. And if traveling with a companion, the middle row allows customers to open their nest and share their experience.
For the treat-seekers looking for a little luxury to unwind and enjoy a taste of Aotearoa, the new seat offers more privacy and protected space where you can recline at leisure without interrupting the person behind you.
The world’s first sleep pods in the sky — Skynest. Stretch out in one of six pods for part of your journey and catch some shut eye. It’s a game changer for Economy travelers.
Use the Skycouch the way you want. Sit, spread out, or lie down and snooze. Share the space or keep it all to yourself.
This seat is for those who want to rest and stretch their legs further than the regular Economy seat.
An enhanced Economy seat designed with more storage, comfort, and space plus a 50 percent bigger screen for entertainment. Connect to Bluetooth audio and pair your device to act as a remote control or second screen.
Sleep & Sustainability
The airline is also using modern fabrics instead of leather, which is saving around 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) in weight per Business Premier and Premium Economy seat. In premium cabins, the airline will switch to serviceware that is 20 percent lighter. Both reduce overall carbon emissions. In Economy, the new serviceware will reduce plastic dishes by 28 million every year.
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