“Skynest” – Air New Zealand’s full-length sleeping pods on plane

From 2024, Air New Zealand will offer a new Business Premier Luxe suite, a new Business Premier seat and the world’s first Skynest. It will offer the most choice of any airline in its three cabins to get the best sleep in the sky.

Research shows us the first night away from home is the hardest to get a good night’s sleep so everything we do onboard is to help create a sense of calm – from the lighting and sleep ritual including sleepy teas and balms, to the healthier food choices and breathable fabrics. Meditative onscreen content, Zentertainment, will also help customers unwind and get ready for rest.

As per an announcement made by Air New Zealand this morning, the airline spent 170,000 hours of hard R&D to arrive at this point, geared towards providing “the best sleep in the sky” with a boost in both privacy and space. Responding to customer feedback on the obvious importance of sleep and comfort, the carrier decided to pull the trigger on the luxe bunk bed concept, which looks to be included in economy class alongside Economy Skycouch, Economy Stretch and regular Economy seats.

Economy Skynest will comprise just six sleep pods for passengers who will most likely be paying a premium for the opportunity to catch some lie-flat shut-eye during a flight on an Air NZ Dreamliner on a service such as the upcoming non-stop Auckland-New York route.