Air New Zealand has released its eight new Dreamliner’s that will be due to take their first flights in 2024. In 2024 the airline will start to offer a new Business Premier Luxe Suite, a new Business Premier Seat and the worlds first Skynest. The eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s arriving in 2024 and retrofitted current 787-9 fleet will either have 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 all new Business Premier Luxe Seat are designed for the customers looking for more space, comfort and privacy, Skynest will be the worlds first sleep pods in the sky for economy travellers. The Dreamliner’s will be customized with six beds that economy passengers can book for four-hour time slots at one time on long-haul flights. The bed will come with a privacy curtain, USB charging port and ventilation outlets. Each passenger can only book the bed once during the flight and once the passenger is done with the sleep pod the crew members will change the bedsheets and clean the pod before the next person is let in.
The airline has also added Meditative onscreen content Zentertainment will also help customers unwind and get ready for rest. Care stations are added to Premium Economy and Economy cabins, so customers can stretch their legs, grab a bite to eat and hydrate at their leisure throughout their journey.
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran points to the airline’s ambition to create the greatest flying experience and says the new cabin, combined with world-leading Kiwi hospitality, is the winning formula.
He said: “New Zealand’s location puts us in a unique position to lead on the ultra-long haul travel experience. We have zeroed in on sleep, comfort and wellness because we know how important it is for our customers to arrive well-rested.”
“Whether they are heading straight into a meeting, or to their first holiday hotspot they want to hit the ground running. Its a proud moment to finally unveil five years of hard mahi, in what truly is a cabin of possibility.”
” Our new cabin experience is set to be world class, and we know our customers will love it.”
“We wanted to offer our economy customers a lie-flat option and that’s how Skynest was born. It’s going to be a real game changer for the economy travel experience.”
Air New Zealand has not revealed the cost of the new sleep pods as of yet.