Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Air New Zealand reveals new cabin product


Source: Travel Daily

Air New Zealand has released details of the cabin product to be installed in its new 777-300ER aircraft, which includes an option of lie-flat economy class seating.

The aircraft will feature the 'Skycouch' - a specially designed row of three seats, 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.

22 sets of Skycouch seats will be available, being the first 11 window rows in the economy cabin, and two adults travelling will be able to buy the Skycouch by paying for two seats at standard prices, and the third seat at around half price.

The planes will also feature an enlarged premium economy cabin and the Business Premier service will be enhanced to offer complete on-demand food and beverage service and an "enhanced sleep experience."

Food on board will be enhanced with new oven technology which allows cooking of food from scratch rather than reheating, and a new electronic in-seat ordering service will also be on offer as part of the upgraded in-flight entertainment system.

The 340-seat aircraft will have 246 economy seats (including the 66 seats comprising 22 Skycouches), 50 in premium economy and 44 in Brusiness Premier, with the planes to debut on selected AKL-LAX services from Dec 2010. Air NZ said it also plans to refit its existing eight 777-200 aircraft, with all Asian, North American and UK services to have the new product by around 2012.

More information in tomorrow's Travel Daily.

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