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Lie-flat beds may be coming to economy class with this airline

Air New Zealand has unveiled a ground-breaking new lie-flat prototype sleep product for economy class travellers.

The Economy Skynest is the result of three years of Air New Zealand research and development, with the input of more than 200 customers at its Hangar 22 innovation centre in Auckland. The airline has today filed patent and trademark applications for the Economy Skynest which provides six full length lie-flat sleep pods. 

Air New Zealand will make a final decision on whether to operate the Economy Skynest next year after it has assessed the performance of its inaugural year of Auckland-New York operations.


Air New Zealand Economy Skynest specs*

Where will the Economy Skynest be placed within the aircraft?

The exact positioning of the Economy Skynest within the aircraft has still to be confirmed, however, it will be in the Economy cabin.

How many beds will the Economy Skynest accommodate?

Each Economy Skynest can accommodate six sleeping pods 


Overall length of the sleeping pods


In excess of 200cm



Width at the shoulder area


In excess of 58cm



What’s included with the Economy Skynest?

It is intended that each pod will include a full-size pillow, sheets and blanket, ear plugs along with privacy curtains and lighting designed for sleep. We are exploring other features such as separate reading light, personal device USB outlet and ventilation outlet.

*All specifications subject to change