Bunk beds are coming to select Air New Zealand aircrafts in 2024

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  • Published on May 9, 2023
  • Last Updated June 8, 2023
  • In Culture

The beds will be available in economy and premium economy for long-haul flights.

The commotion of travel days is tiring, to say the least. Waking up early, rushing to the airport, checking your bags, making your way through TSA, finding your gate, and finally boarding your plane is enough to make even the most experienced traveler yearn for a hard-earned nap on the plane.

While you could, and most do, opt for an upright (and sometimes, uncomfortable) snooze, Air New Zealand wants to elevate your sleeping experience. Oh, and you don’t have to pay for business class.

TimeOut reports that the airline is introducing bunk beds for economy and premium economy passengers during long-haul flights, starting in September 2024. As if a comfy bed isn’t enough, Air New Zealand is giving sleepy passengers complimentary eye masks and ear plugs.

The “Skynests” can be reserved for an additional cost while booking your plane ticket. TimeOut notes that the beds are comparable to those found in a sleeper train. There is one caveat, though: there are only six sleeping pods available during each flight. Although it isn’t impossible, this could make for some difficulty securing your own bed. The official price for the pods has yet to be revealed, but scarcity of pods may also indicate a costly price.

EIther way, the thought of napping in a plush bed while flying among the clouds is quite dreamy. Plus, it’ll give you ample time and a comfortable spot to dream about what you’ll do when you get to your destination.

Roshae Hemmings is an arts and culture magazine journalist from St. Louis, MO. A graduate from the Missouri School of Journalism, Roshae has bylines in the Columbia Missourian, Vox Magazineand 5280 Magazinediscussing topics ranging from pop culture, social justice and eat and drink. She is a foodie at heart and enjoys eating food as much as learning about the story behind it. When she’s not working on a story, Roshae enjoys cooking, watching and analyzing reality TV, and spending time with family and friends.

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