Bunk beds on airplanes? In economy? Airline announces 'Skynest' with sleeping pods

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Bunk beds on airplanes? In economy?

Air New Zealand this week announced its innovative "Skynest" concept, which features six full-length sleeping pods.

According to the airline, economy bunk beds will be among several new offerings on long-haul flights included on its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners expected to take to the air in 2024.

"It’s time to swap the headrest for some bed rest," the airline posted on Twitter Tuesday. "Say hello to the world’s first sleep pods in the sky, Skynest. Stretch out in one of six pods for part of your journey and catch some shut-eye. A game-changer for economy travelers."

In what the airline says will be a world first, each pod will be located between economy and premium economy cabins and include a pillow, a privacy curtain, ear plugs, a reading light, a USB port and  a ventilation outlet.

The pods will be in two rows and include three beds. According to the airline, they come with a mattress and sheets – changed by cabin crew after each booking – and will be stacked on top of one another.

Five economy seats will be removed to make space to install six of the pods, the airline reported.

Air New Zealand's program manager Louise Leaupepe called the move a world first lie-flat option for economy customers.

"It's so awesome to be part of a culture that is prepared to think differently and be light years ahead of others," said Kerry Reeves, head of the airlines aircraft programs.

Air New Zealand in June 2022 announced its "Skynest" concept, which features six full-length sleeping pods. It will be among several new offerings included on its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners expected to enter into service in 2024.
Air New Zealand in June 2022 announced its "Skynest" concept, which features six full-length sleeping pods. It will be among several new offerings included on its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners expected to enter into service in 2024.

Natalie Neysa Alund covers trending news for USA TODAY. Reach her at nalund@usatoday.com and follow her on Twitter @nataliealund.

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