Air New Zealand unveils sleeping capsules in bunk beds for longest flights | world news

Sleeping on planes is notoriously difficult, especially if you’re in the economy, but Air New Zealand believes its plans for sleeping pods in bunk beds will ensure customers get a good night’s sleep on its ultra-long-haul flights.

The airline says its Skynest pods are a “world first” for economy and premium economy travelers.

Passengers will still have a seat, but can book a four-hour sleep session in one of the pods for an additional cost.

They can only book one session per flight and each sleeping pod is limited to one person at a time.

Each pod comes with its own privacy curtain and pillow and sheet, which will be replaced for each new occupant.

The plan is for Air New Zealand‘s eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners arriving from 2024, and the current 787-9 fleet, to be equipped with six Skynest pods.

Air New Zealand installs world's first economy bunk beds on long-haul flights Credit: Air New Zealand
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The first non-stop flight between Auckland and New York, lasting more than 17 hours, will start in September. The airline’s direct flight to Chicago, which resumes in October, is also an ultra-long-haul flight.

But passengers using these services will have to wait a few more years before they can sample the Skynest, with no further booking or pricing information available.

Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran said: “New Zealand’s location puts us in a unique position to be at the forefront of ultra-long travel experiences. We’ve focused on sleep, comfort and well-being because we know how important it is arrive well-rested for our customers.

“Whether they go straight to a meeting or to their first vacation hotspot – they want to get started right away.”

Mr Foran said he believes the pods will be “a real game changer for the economic travel experience”.