Air New Zealand aims to provide the best sleep in the sky in all cabins when it takes deliveries of its new Dreamliners from Boeing in 2024. The Star Alliance member airline will offer a new Business Premier Luxe Suite, a new business premier Seat and the world’s first Skynest, which it first announced two years ago.
The new experience is designed around creating a home away from home. Air New Zealand conducted extensive customer research over five years and learned that travellers wanted a good night’s sleep. The need for more space and comfort was also highlighted in the research. Zentertainment, a meditative onscreen content, will help travellers unwind and get ready for rest.
Air New Zealand will take delivery of eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners from 2024. The current 787-9 fleet will be retrofitted. The new Dreamliners and retrofitted 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-long-haul aircraft, six Skynest sleep pods.
The airline uses modern fabrics instead of leather to save around one kilogramme in weight per Business Premier and Premium Economy seat. This helps to reduce overall carbon emissions. In Premium cabins, serviceware used is 20% lighter that its current ones. This will also help reduce carbon emissions. In Economy, the new serviceware will reduce plastic dishes used inflight by 28 million every year.
Premium Economy and Economy cabin travellers will be able to stretch their legs, grab a bite and hydrate at their leisure in the Sky Pantry.
Air New Zealand New Cabin Products
|Business Premier Luxe||The best sleep in the sky. The new 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||A comfortable and private nest for a blissful journey and tranquil sleep. And if travelling with a companion, the middle row allows customers to open their nest and share their experience. Business Class cabin is in a 1 – 2 – 1 seat configuration.|
|Premium Economy||For the treat-seekers looking for a little luxury to unwind and enjoy a taste of Aotearoa. The new seat in Premium Economy offers more privacy and protected space where you can recline at leisure without interrupting the person behind.|
|Economy Skynest||It’s time to swap the headrest for some bedrest. Say hello to the world’s first sleep pods in the sky, Skynest. Stretch out in one of six pods for part of your journey and catch some shut-eye. A game-changer for economy travellers.|
|Economy Skycouch||Use the Skycouch the way you want. Sit, spread out, or lie down and snooze. Share the space or keep it all to yourself.|
|Economy Stretch||It’s all in the name. This seat is for those who want to rest and stretch their legs further than the regular Economy seat.|
|Economy Seat||An enhanced economy seat designed with more storage, comfort and space and a 50% bigger screen for entertainment. Connect to Bluetooth audio and pair your device to act as a remote control or second screen.|
Air New Zealand Now Flies Daily between Singapore & Auckland
With the lifting of pre-departure Covid-19 testing requirements end June and the opening of borders by end July this year, Air New Zealand has increased frequency of its non-stop Singapore – Auckland route from three times weekly to daily flights since 4 July 2022.