Do you have a preferred airline that you prefer to fly with and will go out of your way to use it? Starting in 2024, Air New Zealand will test your loyalty with a series of enhancements, including first beds in the world available to economy class passengers looking to fly comfortably without spending too much money.
Flying was once a truly enjoyable and novel part of the travel experience, but with space Everytime is smaller in the seats and airlines now charging for everything from food to checked baggage, flying has become a necessary evil: something you just have to endure before you reach your destination. But does it have to be that way? The airlines will say that the cost of fuel, airport fees and increasing competition from low-cost competitors leave them with no choice, but then there are airlines like Air New Zealand that seem to be putting passengers first.
The airline will take delivery of eight new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in 2024, and will update and modernize its existing fleet of Dreamliners with new seating options that sound, honestly, luxurious. That includes changes to its Business Premier seats, allowing for more privacy and even options where two passengers can dine together sitting across from each other. But many of the improvements won’t just be limited to first-class passengers with unlimited budgets.
Economy class seats
The most economical seat option on Dreamliners will now offer more space overall, including more legroom, additional storage capacity for carry-on luggage and a seatback screen that is 50% larger and includes the connect option headphones wirelessly to the aircraft’s inflight entertainment system via Bluetooth, as well as pairing a smartphone that will then function as a remote control or additional display for content.
The most anticipated upgrade to Air New Zealand’s Dreamliner fleet is the new Economy Skynest option. The airline calls it “the world’s first sleeping pods in the sky,” and while it’s not as spacious as the bed you have at home, it allows six passengers to sit or spread out on a full bed, complete with pillows and blankets. You can even get food and beverage service if you opt for the bunk experience. It’s not as private as the flat beds offered in the Business Premier section of every plane, but there seem to be curtains that can be drawn if you want to sleep through the turbulence, crying babies, and endless advertisements.
The only catch is that, based on the proposed designs of the Dreamliners, Air New Zealand will offer just six Economy Skynest sleeping pods on each flight. So, like the coveted emergency exit row seats, travelers can expect this option to book quickly once it becomes available in 2024.