Lie-flat beds in economy class could be here sooner than you think

Getting a good night’s sleep on a long-haul economy flight can be near impossible. But Air New Zealand might have come up with the perfect solution.

Introducing Economy Skynest, the airline’s answer to lie-flat beds in economy class.

Their idea, which is currently in the prototype phase, is to have a pod of six beds for passengers to access throughout the flight in addition to their seat.

Each bed is over two-metres long and more than half a metre wide, offering plenty of room to stretch out and relax. Pods are equipped a full-sized blanket, sheets and pillow, ear plugs, privacy curtains and pink lighting designed to enhance sleep.

"We're so excited to be sharing this product development with our customers,” General Manager of Customer Experience, Nikki Goodman said.

“This is one of the highlights of three years' intensive work centred on customer wellbeing. We're sure this innovation is going to be a game changer for the industry and bring significant improvements to long-haul flying.”

The prototype came about after the airline gather input from more than 200 customers.

The good news is that if the prototype goes ahead, other airlines could also start offering the service with Air New Zealand saying they will explore licensing the idea.

There’s no word yet on when we will see a Skynest on a flight, but fingers crossed it's not too far away!

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