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Air New Zealand to put economy travellers to sleep

Air New Zealand to put economy travellers to sleep

The Economy Skynest is the result of three years of Air New Zealand research and development, with the input of more than 200 customers at its Hangar 22 innovation centre in Auckland. The airline has today filed patent and trademark applications for the Economy Skynest which provides six full length lie-flat sleep pods. 

Air New Zealand Chief Marketing and Customer Officer Mike Tod says that as the airline operates some of the world’s longest flights, such as the upcoming Auckland-New York service at up to 17 hours 40 minutes one way, it is committed to putting more magic back into flying.

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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.

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General Manager of Customer Experience, Nikki Goodman says customer and cabin crew feedback on the Economy Skynest during its final phase of development has been outstanding with significant partners also keenly involved.

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“We see a future flying experience where an economy-class customer on long-haul flights would be able to book the Economy Skynest in addition to their Economy seat, get some quality rest and arrive at their destination ready to go. This is a game changer on so many levels,” Ms Goodman says.

 

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Where will the Economy Skynest be placed within the aircraft?

Air New Zealand Economy Skynest specs*: The exact positioning of the Economy Skynest within the aircraft has still to be confirmed, however, it will be in the Economy cabin.  How many beds will the Economy Skynest accommodate?

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Air New Zealand Economy Skynest specs*: Each Economy Skynest can accommodate six sleeping pods.

Overall length of the sleeping pods

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Air New Zealand Economy Skynest specs*: In excess of 200cm.  Width at the shoulder area

Air New Zealand Economy Skynest specs*: In excess of 58cm.  What’s included with the Economy Skynest?

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Air New Zealand Economy Skynest specs*: It is intended that each pod will include a full-size pillow, sheets and blanket, ear plugs along with privacy curtains and lighting designed for sleep. We are exploring other features such as separate reading light, personal device USB outlet and ventilation outlet.

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He is an aviation journalist and the founder of Jetline Marvel. Dawal gained a comprehensive understanding of the commercial aviation industry.  He has worked in a range of roles for more than 9 years in the aviation and aerospace industry. He has written more than 1700 articles in the aerospace industry. When he was 19 years old, he received a national award for his general innovations and holds the patent. He completed two postgraduate degrees simultaneously, one in Aerospace and the other in Management. Additionally, he authored nearly six textbooks on aviation and aerospace tailored for students in various educational institutions. jetlinem4(at)gmail.com

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