Getting comfy in bunk beds in economy class?

New Zealand is in one corner of the world, and even it’s shorter international flights have to be long. While flying long haul in business or first class can be a rewarding experience, a long flight on economy can turn tiring. Air New Zealand, however, has plans to fix something for the budget travelers too. Introducing the Skynest.

First there was the Skycouch, which were essentially economy class seats that could be reconfigured to become a couch. After the aircraft took off, you could share that space with your family or enjoy it yourself.

Now, Air New Zealand has taken it a step further and has introduced the Skynest. Air New Zealand has been working on this concept since the last three years and it has finally been revealed.

The Skynest will be a unit installed in the economy class cabin and each Skynest will feature six, lie flat bunk beds. Three on top of each other. Each pod will be 200 cm long and 58 cm wide. Pillows, sheets and blankets provided of course. That’s not all, ear plugs and a privacy curtain will make sure you actually have your own personal space. Air New Zealand is also working on installing USB ports and a reading light to it.

Skynest concept

Who gets to use the bunk beds?

Economy class passengers have to make a prior booking for a session on the Skynest. It won’t be available for the whole flight. Each session will be limited and after each session, the Cabin Crew will clean and freshen the pods for the next passenger.

Which flights will feature the Skynest?

Air New Zealand representatives said that the longest flights will feature the Skynest including the Auckland-New Zealand service which is due to launch next year. The flight will take upwards of 17 hours and 40 minutes.

Air New Zealand still has to go through the final go ahead which they say will be given in 2021. There also is the issue of approving the design with aviation regulators before you can climb into your bunk bed in the sky.

Here is Air New Zealand’s Video about the unveiling of the Skynest.

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