Air New Zealand, with its modern fleet of aircraft, has several travel options for your flight experience as you travel to and from New Zealand.
I plan to review each over the next couple of months, starting with their newest feature “Economy Skycouch” – available on the new 777-300 planes, flying daily between Auckland, Los Angeles and London.
The “Skycouch” is a trio of three Economy seats that together create a flexible space or “couch.” The hand rests fold completely up into the seat, while the foot rests raise to create a flat platform about 29″ wide and three seats long.
While there are three seats, Air New Zealand suggests the Skycouch be used for either a couple or family and kids. Feedback from travelers suggest that it is not comfortable for side by side sleep due to the fact that the reclining seats in front of you limit the usable space and the overall length of just over 5 feet is a little short.
It can be ideal though for a couple (see photo) if one person sleeps with their feet or head resting on the other, while the non-sleeper either reads or watches movies. You can alternate every few hours or so. It is also ideal for a single parent traveling with kids as the flat area makes a great play area and later the perfect bed for the young ones.
As a couple traveling, the additional cost of the extra space is slightly cheaper than the equivalent of that extra seat. So .. you are basically buying an extra seat for a couple hundred dollars cheaper — though I am sure there are some deals to be found either last minute or through promotions.
So if you are looking for some extra space to make that flight across the pacific a bit more comfy consider Air New Zealand’s “Skycouch.”