, 2023-01-20 20:09:09,
Air New Zealand has raised the bar for long haul flights out of the southern hemisphere by offering economy class passengers access to bunk beds beginning in 2024.
The bunk beds, known as Skynest, are available for passengers to book for four hours at a time on the 16-hour ride from Auckland to New York City, according to Bloomberg. The rental cost has so far not been revealed.
This comes as the global travel market continues to grow as Covid-19 lockdowns are eased worldwide.
While Air New Zealand’s main rival in the region, Qantas, is launching an Auckland-New York route in June in addition to investing in a million dollar lounge in the city’s airport.
Both will be using Boeing 787 Dreamliners for the journeys. The Air New Zealand planes will be fitted with a total of six beds.
Air New Zealand, shown here, will use a Boeing 787 for it’s long-haul flight between Auckland and New Zealand
In 2025, Qantas will fly non-stop from Sydney to London after ordering a dozen special Airbus jets, charging higher fares in a multi-billion dollar bet that fliers will pay a premium to save four hours on the popular route.
To be launched late in 2025, the flights will use A350-1000 aircraft specially configured with extra premium seating and reduced overall capacity to ferry up to 238 passengers on a 20-hour trip – the world’s longest direct commercial flight.
The long-discussed breakthrough will give Qantas a marketing boost on what has long been called the ‘kangaroo route’ -…
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