There are people who can sleep anywhere, any time, in any position — including upright in an economy-class airplane seat.And then there are the rest of us. Neck pillows just don’t cut it. Reclining a few inches does nothing. We need to lie flat, which is what makes Air New Zealand’s prototype sleep pods so exciting.
On February 25, the airline filed patent and trademark applications for the “Economy Skynest” — the result of three years of research, development and testing based on input from more than 200 customers at a hanger in Auckland.
According to Air New Zealand’s announcement, the Skynest will consist of six full-length lie-flat sleep pods in the Economy cabin. The exact location within the aircraft is yet to be confirmed.
Each pod will be about 200 centimeters (6.5 feet) long and 58 centimeters (22 inches) wide, and come with a pillow, sheets, blanket, ear plugs and privacy curtains. The airline is reportedly also exploring additional features such as reading lights and USB outlets.