Air New Zealand to offer on its Boeing 777-300 lie-flat economy seating
on its international flights when it introduces revolutionary, Kiwi
designed lie-flat economy and ground breaking premium economy seats,
together with enhanced comforts for those wanting the ultimate in
luxurious Business Premier travel later this year.
Officer Rob Fyfe says when the airline takes delivery of its first new
Boeing 777-300 ER in November this year it will redefine the long haul
travel experience and set a benchmark for competitors to follow.
"For those who choose, the days of sitting in economy and yearning to
lie down and sleep are gone. The dream is now a reality, one that
you can even share with a travelling companion - just keep your clothes
The 'Skycouch', a
specially designed row of three seats, has been engineered to create a
lie-flat, flexible space all the way to the seat-back in front,
providing a place for the kids to play, or the holy grail of economy
travel - a flat surface for adults to relax and sleep.
Twenty-two sets of Skycouch seats will be available, being the first 11
window rows in the Economy Class cabin. For two adults travelling,
purchasing the Skycouch will be based on buying two seats at standard
prices with the third seat at approximately half price. Full airfare
details will be announced when it goes on sale from late April.
"Being able to
order a steak, medium rare in Business Premier, a pizza for two in
Premium Economy or a late night snack in Economy, whenever you want,
will be a very cool experience. New oven technology that will cook food
from scratch rather than simply reheating and a new digital in-seat
ordering service will make this truly the first time real food has been
served at 35,000 feet.
"Coupled with some
of the world's best wines like gold-medal winning sauvignon blancs from
Marlborough, pinot noirs from Central Otago and cabernet merlots and
syrahs from Hawke's Bay, we will be serving an incredible dining
The first routes
to offer travellers the next generation of long haul travel will be on
selected NZ5 and NZ6 services between Auckland and Los Angeles from
December followed by dedicated return services on NZ1 and NZ2 between
Auckland and Los Angeles and through to London from April 2011.
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