Long international flights are a travel deterrent for some people as sitting upright for an extended period of time is not very appealing. Fortunately more and more airlines are offering better (i.e., more comfortable) seating options for long international flights. Considering the flight from Los Angeles to New Zealand takes 12 hours, it’s no surprise airlines are interested in creating more choices for passengers seeking economy travel.
Air New Zealand has increased its seating options based on consumer demand, especially leisure travelers comprised of families, couples, and groups. The airline recently unveiled some new prototypes that offer customers more comfort and space in attempt to make flights less intimidating and travel more enticing.
For economy class, Air New Zealand has created a new lie-flat option called the “Skycouch” – a row of three seats where the bottom cushion extends forwards creating a bed-like surface with more room for kids to play or for adults to lie down. In order to reserve a Skycouch, you’ll need to buy all three seats, obviously. This new division of economy class airfare will be delivered in Boeing 777-300s around November 2010.