You can now experience first class on an economy ticket

Instead of turning left, you can confidently continue straight to your economy seat where a reclining bed awaits you.

For most of us who've had to endure the cramped leg room and discomfort of economy class during long haul flights, there is now a solution - and it's not paying for business or first class, even though it offers the same experience. 

Air New Zealand have recently launched a world first service - an economy upgrade called Skycouch: a section of three-seater rows in economy which recline to make one long bed. Like the business and first class seats, the seats are equipped with foot rests which can be lifted to the level of the seat, so the entire row becomes a mattress - big enough to fit an adult on their own or with a child. 

Coming with pillows, sheets and blankets, the mattress can be used as a couch, bed or play area for kids - with unique safety belts for children to ensure their safety throughout the flight.


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And it's not just for families... Whether you're travelling in a group or by yourself, once you upgrade your economy ticket to Skycouch, you'll get an entire row to yourself, and it's completely private.

The service is available on all Air New Zealand Boeing 777 and 787-9 operated long-haul flights, and will show its availability under the price of the flight. 

While Skycouch is based on demand and availability, you will be able to select the service when you choose your seats for the flight, ranging between $300 to $800 depending on the route. 

However, two people upgrading to the Skycouch will cost you less than buying a third seat - so, you'll still be able to enjoy a first class experience on an economy budget.

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