Air New Zealand is making travel easier for families with children as it enhances its award-winning economy Skycouch. These changes will allow families greater freedom in choosing how they fly by allowing children the space they need to be safe and comfortable for long-haul travel.
The Skycouch, an Air New Zealand design, is a row of three economy seats that convert to provide passengers with a surface that is flat and flexible, perfect for relaxation and space during flights.
While previously, infants were required to be seated on a guardian’s lap while the seatbelt sign was on, the new dedicates infant harness and belt will allow them to remain to lie down throughout the cruise phase of flight.
Additionally, the airline is launching new infant pods, an improvement that will provide the youngest Skycouch passengers additional protection and comfort. With these innovations, upgrades to the Skycouch cuddle belt are also being unveiled allowing two children to lie down together on it side by side, where previously it was restricted to two adults or an adult and a child.
These changes will allow families travelling with young children greater flexibility in allowing children to rest and play in a flat space without disturbing other passengers.
Anita Hawthorne, Air New Zealand general manager customer experience, said of the improvements, “Through this process, we’ve spoken to many customers who have travelled on the Skycouch and their feedback has helped to inform the updates and refinements we’re introducing this year.”
The modified Skycouch is looking to be rolled out in the fleet’s Boeing 777 and 787-9 Dreamliners and Skycouch-licensed offshore airlines in the coming months, pending certification and regulatory approvals.