Typically, full-service carriers focus their passenger com- fort improvements on their premium cabins. Air New Zealand, always happy to buck industry trends, found a way to enhance its main cabin—and then to make an innovative product even better.
Air New Zealand introduced the Economy Skycouch
in 2011. A patented design, Skycouch allows a row of
three economy seats to convert into a fat, fexible sur-
face for rest, relaxation and play. It has revolutionized
long-haul travel in the economy cabin.
Now, parents and guardians traveling with little ones
can enjoy even greater freedom to choose how they fy
with the airline.
Air New Zealand fies many long-haul routes, often
through the night and where clear air turbulence can
be unpredictable. As a highly safety-conscious airline,
it decided to develop a turbulence management device
that could be used in conjunction with the Skycouch.
With the development of low-maintenance and
fame-resistant materials, Air New Zealand was able to
design a turbulence management device and infant pod
that would increase passenger comfort, safety and overall
experience without unnecessary fnancial burdens.