Air New Zealand has announced a rollout of ‘world-first’ cabins, with the introduction of a new Business Premier Luxe suite, Business Premier seat and Skynest sleep pod.
The airline says it received feedback from customers who wanted more options for sleep, comfort and space while travelling long haul.
Due to arrive in 2024, the new cabins will be featured on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and offer customers “more choice than any airline in the world”.
“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,” says Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran.
The Skynest is a new sleep pod that will be available for Economy customers. The pod can be booked in four hour slots where customers can stretch out and sleep. “It’s going to be a real game changer for the economy travel experience,” says Foran. The additional cost of the Skynest is yet to be announced.
Business Premier Luxe is another new cabin offering for “ultimate space and privacy”. The space has a fully enclosing door where two people can sit down to dine.
The Business Premier seat has been redesigned to offer a “private nest”, with the option for those travelling with a companion to open up their ‘nest’ in the middle row for a shared experience.
Passengers in Premium Economy and Economy will also have the Sky Pantry, a place where they can stretch their legs and grab something to eat and drink throughout the flight. Other upgrades include the Economy Stretch with more leg room, an enhanced Premium Economy seat that can be reclined without interrupting the person behind.