As the travel industry begins to rise from the ashes, Air New Zealand has some exciting news for those planning to fly in the future. Due to arrive in 2024, the airline’s latest Dreamliners fleet claims to provide the best sleep in the sky regardless of what cabin customers plan to fly in. The brand new offering includes a new Business Premier Luxe seat, Business Premier seat and world-first Skynest sleep pods for economy travellers. It’s time to get horizontal, you beautiful, cost-efficient globetrotters!
Coming to Air New Zealand in 2024
- Business Premier Luxe: The offering is for customers looking for the ultimate space and privacy. A luxury experience with all the features of Business Premier, but with a fully closing door and space for two to dine.
- Business Premier Seat: Described by the airline as a private nest for a ‘blissful journey and tranquil sleep’, the middle row allows customers to open their nest and share their experience with a companion.
- Economy Skynest: It’s time to swap the headrest for some bedrest. In a world-first, stretch out in one of six pods for part of your journey and catch some shut-eye.
According to the airline, customer feedback over the past five years has highlighted the importance of a good night’s shut-eye alongside the need for more space and comfort. Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran says his team has responded by renewing its focus on creating an experience that leaves customers refreshed and ready to go at their destination.
“New Zealand’s location puts us in a unique position to lead on the ultra-long haul travel experience,” says Foran. “We have zeroed in on sleep, comfort, and wellness because we know how important it is for our customers to arrive well-rested. Whether they are heading straight into a meeting, or to their first holiday hotspot – they want to hit the ground running.”
From nose to tail, each cabin has been designed to promote a more comfortable and refreshing flying experience. Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says the airline has done its homework on traveller needs and now plans to implement a set of innovative changes to benefit all customers.
Geraghty notes: “Research shows us the first night away from home is the hardest to get a good night’s sleep, so everything we do onboard is to help create a sense of calm – from the lighting and sleep ritual including sleepy teas and balms, to the healthier food choices and breathable fabrics. Meditative onscreen content, Zentertainment, will also help customers unwind and get ready for rest.
As Australians and New Zealanders will know, flying to destinations such as Europe or America is a daunting prospect. However, the innovative Skynest concept will undoubtedly excite economy travellers looking to fully charge the batteries before landing. “We wanted to offer our Economy customers a lie-flat option, and that’s how Skynest was born,” added Foran. “It’s going to be a real game-changer for the economy travel experience.”
The airline has also added care stations to Premium Economy and Economy cabins, so customers can stretch their legs, grab a bite to eat and hydrate at their leisure throughout their journey.
Sustainability has also been at the heart of the design process. Using modern fabrics rather than leather, it’s estimated to save around one kilogram in weight per Business Premier and Premium Economy seat, reducing overall carbon emissions. In Premium cabins, the airline will also switch to serviceware that is 20% lighter, helping reduce carbon emissions. In Economy, the new serviceware will reduce plastic dishes used inflight by 28million every year.
The eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners arriving from 2024 and retrofitted current 787-9 fleet will have either eight or four Business Premier Luxe seats, 42 or 22 Business Premier, 52 or 33 Premium Economy, 125 or 213 Economy seats, and specifically on the ultra-longhaul aircraft, six Skynest sleep pods. Check out more images below.