New Zealand flights will become more comfortable with Air New Zealand’s concept for creative seating in economy class beginning with flights from Los Angeles to Auckland in November.
With new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on the LAX – Auckland route, the first 11 rows of the economy class cabin will be outfitted with 22 “Skycouch” seats. These seats will turn three seats in a row into a small bed – ideal for a family with small children or a couple who prefers the possibility of getting sleep on a flat surface during the long-haul New Zealand flights. Three standard coach seats will be changed into a horizontal space by removing the arm rests – but the seat backs will not fully recline.
Travelers who wish to purchase the new “Skycoach” seats will be required to book each of the three seats in the row – paying full economy class fare for two seats and 50% of the fare for the third seat.
The new planes, which will be available on Air New Zealand’s LAX to London flights in April 2011, will also feature seating and dining improvements for premium economy class and recliner-like seating in the rear of the plane in economy class.
For a fraction of the cost of premium economy or business class New Zealand flights, Skycouch seating will be a good alternative for travelers who are seeking a bit more sleeping space during the 13 hour flight.