Skynest economy: Air New Zealand considers cattle class sleep pods

Skynest economy: Air New Zealand considers cattle class sleep pods

Air New Zealand has unveiled a ground-breaking new lie-flat prototype sleep product for economy class travellers that will change the whole concept of cattle class.

Three years in development the Economy Skynest provides six full length lie-flat sleep pods.

Air New Zealand Chief Marketing and Customer Officer Mike Tod said 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, it is committed to putting more magic back into flying.

Air NZ is considering cattle class sleep pods.

"We have a tremendous amount of development work underway looking at product innovations we can bring across all cabins of the aircraft,” he said.

“A clear pain point for economy travellers on long-haul flights is the inability to stretch out. The development of theEconomy Skynest is a direct response to that challenge.”

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.

General Manager of Customer Experience Nikki Goodman said that passenger and cabin crew feedback on the Economy Skynest during its final phase of development has been outstanding.

"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 said.

Air New Zealand already offers economy passengers the Skycouch where a set of three seats converts to a bed - ideal for an adult and two small children.