Air New Zealand wants to introduce bunk beds on its flights for economy classes 1 month ago

Air New Zealand wants to introduce bunk beds on its flights for economy classes

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Air New Zealand has announced that it may introduce flat beds in its economy class for some of its long-haul flights.

On Wednesday, the company said it had filed patent and trademark applications for what it is calling the Economy Skynest.

The airline, which operates some of the longest flights in the world, said the Economy Skynest aimed to bring pod-bed technology to the skies.

The design consists of six full-length sleep pods measuring 200cm long and 58cm wide. Each pod will have three levels of beds with two beds on each level.

Each bed will come with a pillow, sheets, blanket, ear plugs and privacy curtains, while the airline will also explore reading lights and USB outlets.

"A clear pain point for economy travelers on long-haul flights is the inability to stretch out," said Air New Zealand chief marketing and customer officer Mike Tod in a statement from the airline.

"The development of the Economy Skynest is a direct response to that challenge," he said.

The decision on whether or not to introduce the Skynest will be made by Air New Zealand next year after it assesses the success of its Auckland to New York route.