Passengers travelling on Air New Zealand flights will benefit from what the airline is calling the first significant improvement in economy class in two decades.
This is because the carrier has unveiled plans for ‘beds’ in the less expensive seats, and while they won’t resemble the luxury of business or first class, they will allow passengers to lie down.
They are formed by foot rests that rise to the level of three adjacent seats and have been dubbed ‘Skycouches’ by Air New Zealand.
A total of 22 Skyscouches will be present on each aircraft, taking up the first 11 rows of economy class. Passengers wishing to use them will have to buy tickets in groups of three.
"For those who choose, the days of sitting in economy and yearning to lie down and sleep are gone," explained Rob Fyfe, the airline’s chief executive.
"The dream is now a reality, one that you can even share with a travelling companion – just keep your clothes on, thanks."
Air New Zealand announced in November that it will acquire 14 new Airbus A320 aircraft to replace its existing fleet of 15 Boeing 737-300s, with the first aircraft to arrive in 12 months’ time.