Air New Zealand will soon be able to offer a new Business Premier Luxe suite, a new Business Premier seat, and the world’s first Skynest when the airline’s new Dreamliners touch down in 2024.
This is in response to extensive customer research over five years, where the importance of a good night’s sleep, and the need for more space and comfort have been highlighted.
The new Business Premier Luxe seat has been designed for customers looking for more space and privacy. It has all the features of a Business Premier, with the addition of a fully-closing door and space for two to dine comfortably.
Meanwhile, Skynest will be the world’s first sleep pods in the sky for Economy travellers. A concept first announced in 2020, Skynest will offer six lie-flat options for better rest.
The airline has also added a Sky Pantry to the Premium Economy and Economy cabins, where customers can stretch their legs, and grab some food and drinks.
The eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners arriving from 2024 and retrofitted current 787-9 fleet will have either 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-longhaul aircraft, six Skynest sleep pods.
Air New Zealand’s CEO Greg Foran said: “New Zealand’s location puts us in a unique position to lead on the ultra-longhaul 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.
“It’s a proud moment to finally unveil five years of hard mahi (work), in what truly is a cabin of possibility – one that will provide customers with options to get some shuteye wherever they’re sitting.”