Air New Zealand unveils new cabins and the world’s first Skynest


Air New Zealand unveils its three new cabin styles for sleeping better in the sky.

The airline has responded to overwhelming customer feedback about the importance of sleep and the need for more comfort and space. The interior design is inspired by the unique character of Aotearoa so that guests experience New Zealand the moment they step on board.

Air New Zealand’s new Dreamliners, due to arrive in 2024, will offer customers more choice than any airline in the world, providing the best sleep in the sky, no matter which cabin customers choose.

This includes a new Business Premier Luxe seat, designed for customers looking for more space and privacy, and Skynest, the world’s first sleep pods in the sky for Economy travellers.

Feedback from in-depth customer studies over five years has highlighted the importance of a good night’s sleep and the need for more space and comfort, so the new experience is designed around creating of a home away from home that leaves guests feeling refreshed and eager to get to their destination. .

Greg Foran, CEO of Air New Zealand underscores the airline’s ambition to create the greatest in-flight experience and says the new cabin, combined with world-renowned Kiwi hospitality, is the winning formula.

“New Zealand’s location puts us in a unique position to lead the ultra-long-haul travel experience. We have focused on sleep, comfort and well-being because we know how it’s important for our customers to arrive well rested, whether they’re heading straight to a meeting or to their first vacation hotspot – they want to get down to business.

“It’s a proud moment to finally unveil five years of hard mahi, in what is truly a cabin of possibilities. One that will provide customers with options to close their eyes wherever they sit.”

Innovation drove the new cabin experience from nose to tail. For Economy customers, the Skynest concept, first announced in 2020, will be a world first.

“We wanted to offer our Economy customers an extended option and that’s how Skynest was born. It’s really going to be a game changer for the Economy travel experience.”

Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says the cabin’s interior design is inspired by Aotearoa’s unique character, from the forest-inspired carpeting to the seats that take inspiration from New Zealand’s native bird, the Tui.

“Whether we’re hosting visitors or bringing New Zealanders home, we want our guests to experience Aotearoa from the moment they step on board – and get the best night’s sleep.”

“Research shows us that the first night away from home is the hardest to get a good night’s sleep, so everything we do on board is to help create a sense of calm – from lighting and sleep ritual, including sleepy teas and balms, healthier food choices and breathable fabrics. On-screen meditative content, Zentertainment, will also help guests relax and prepare for rest.

The airline has also added a Sky Pantry to the Premium Economy and Economy cabins, so customers can stretch their legs, grab a bite to eat and hydrate at will throughout their journey.

“Our new cabin experience should be world-class, and we know our customers will love it.”

Sustainability was at the heart of the design process. The use of modern fabrics, rather than leather, has saved approximately one kilogram of weight per Business Premier and Premium Economy seat, reducing overall carbon emissions. In Premium cabins, the airline will also switch to 20% lighter serviceware, helping to reduce carbon emissions, and in Economy, the new serviceware will reduce 28 million plastic tableware used in flight each year.

The Hut of Possibilities

Premier Luxury Business Night

Business Premier Luxury

The best sleep in heaven. Our new offering is aimed at guests looking for ultimate space and privacy. A luxury experience with all the features of Business Premier, but with a fully closing door and space to dine for two.

BP headquartersBusiness Premier

Business Premier

A comfortable and private nest for a pleasant journey and peaceful sleep. And if you’re traveling with a companion, the middle row allows guests to open their nest and share their experience.

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Economy of the best quality

For sweets lovers looking for a bit of luxury to kick back and enjoy a taste of Aotearoa. Our new seat offers more privacy and a protected space where you can lie down at your leisure without interrupting the person behind.

celestial nestEconomy Skynest

Economy Skynest

It’s time to swap the headrest for a bedrest. Say hello to the world’s first sleep pods in the sky, Skynest. Lie down in one of the six capsules for part of your trip and close your eyes. A game changer for budget travellers.

skycouchEconomy Skycouch

Economy Skycouch

Use the Skycouch as you wish. Sit down, lie down or lie down and take a nap. Share the space or keep it all to yourself.

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Economic stretch

It’s all in the name. This seat is for those who want to rest and stretch their legs more than the standard Economy seat.

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Economic headquarters

An improved economy seat designed with more storage, comfort and space and a 50% larger screen for entertainment. Connect to Bluetooth audio and pair your device to act as a remote or second screen.

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