Air New Zealand has just revealed a game-changing prototype of its new sleeping pod for economy class travellers. It’s called the Economy Skynest and it may just be the innovation we’ve all been waiting for.
Each Economy Skynest is made up of six bunk-bed like sleeping pods that include a full-size pillow, sheet and blanket, earplugs, privacy curtains and special lighting designed to assist sleep.
The design is aimed at providing economy travellers with the opportunity to stretch out and get some quality shut-eye on long-haul flights. In the future, they may even explore features such as separate reading light, personal device USB outlet and ventilation outlet.
Today, Air New Zealand filed patent and trademark applications for the idea which took around three years of research and development.
The airline, who are ‘committed to putting more magic back into flying’ said the Economy Skynest could be a reality as of next year. But first, its performance will be tested during its inaugural year of Auckland-New York operations – a route that is up there with the world’s longest flights, taking 17 hours and 40 minutes.
General manager of customer experience, Nikki Goodman, claims the feedback for the Economy Skynest has already 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.”
“We’re so excited to be sharing this product development with our customers. This is one of the highlights of three years’ intensive work centred on customer wellbeing,” Ms Goodman says.
“Our ability to take a good idea, to execute and deliver an innovation that works in our environment, our market and for our people and customers gives us an edge,” Air New Zealand’s head of airline programmes Kerry Reeves added.
Air New Zealand said they are expecting to receive a lot of interest from other airlines in regards to the licensing the Economy Skynest, just as they did with their previously launched Economy Skycouch™.
They believe this could seriously be a game-changer for the industry and economy travel.