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Airline debuts next-level bunk bed ‘pods’ for economy fliers

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Economy class seats on long-haul flights are a nightmare. The seats aren’t designed for the comfort of passengers, making the long journey much more tedious and exhausting.

But Air Recent Zealand has revealed its plans to combat these issues.

The airline is currently testing its Skynest concept, which incorporates six full-length sleeping pods. Based on CNN, passengers can stretch out and take naps on actual beds.

The sleeping pods shall be included in the brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, scheduled to enter service in 2024. They shall be available on ultra-long-haul 17-hour flights, a world first, per UK-based Express.

Passengers can book a four-hour slot in a bunk bed, per the report.

The Skynest concept includes six full-length sleeping pods.Air Recent Zealand

The airline’s official Twitter account shared photographs of the Skynest sleeping pods. The report added that two rows of three beds shall be positioned between the Premium Economy and Economy class cabins.

The beds include full-size pillows, bedding, ear plugs, a reading light, a USB port and a ventilation outlet, in line with CNN, and the bedding shall be modified between sessions to keep up hygiene.

“A typical sleep cycle is around 90 minutes, so a four-hour session allows customers to wind down, go to sleep, and get up,” a spokesperson said.

Pods will be available on ultra-long-haul 17-hour flights, a world first, per UK-based Express.Pods shall be available on ultra-long-haul 17-hour flights, a world first, per UK-based Express.Air Recent Zealand

Five economy seats shall be removed to make way for six Skynest sleep pods, and the airline has added a Sky Pantry to the Premium Economy and Economy cabins, allowing customers to stretch their legs, grab a bite, and hydrate at their leisure throughout the flight.

Airlines and aviation interior corporations are continually announcing latest, modern seating concepts. Several years ago, Aviointeriors, an Italian aviation interior company, demonstrated SkyRider standing seats, which were intended to serve low-cost airlines similar to Ryanair.

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