Air New Zealand is set to revolutionize economy air travel with the world’s first-ever “Skynest” sleeping pods, providing passengers with comfortable flat beds for long-haul flights. The airline plans to introduce the new pods in September 2024, with prices estimated to range from $400 to $500 for up to four hours of use.
According to a recent report from the New York Post, the Skynest pods will be available on the airline’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner planes, with a total of six pods replacing five economy seats. The 3-tiered sleeping pod structure measures 58cm wide and 200cm long and will come complete with a privacy curtain, bedding, earplugs, reading light, USB charging ports, and ventilation outlets. Once used, the cabin crew will replace the bedding for the next passenger.
Air New Zealand CEO, Greg Foran, said, “This sleeping capsule will be a game-changer for economy travel. We understand how important it is for our passengers to get some rest while flying.” Economy passengers will have the option to reserve a Skynest pod for an additional fee and can use it for up to four hours per flight.
In the past, economy passengers have had to make do with “Sleeperette” seats that recline only slightly or adopt the “Sleeper Seat” position by placing pillows and blankets on the tray table. The Skynest sleeping pods are expected to provide a more comfortable and affordable option for economy passengers, who may even get to experience a good night’s sleep on long-haul flights.