Sleeper seats in the new Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300ER
Santa had been working over-time in Seattle for Boeing this year. Boeing’s 777-300ER departed Seattle with a stop in Los Angeles, for Auckland, New Zealand.
So what’s all the hype with this aircraft? It’s the first plane to have Skycouch seats. Each seat is equipped with footrests that can be raised to create sofa-type sleeping across three seats. So on a long flight, you and your loved one can enjoy a pleasant rest while being shuttled to your destination. The one issue is you will have to pay for the 3rd seat at a variable rate. If the flight is long enough, I can see this not being a problem for most. Even with the economy still down, most will pay the extra buck for comfort.
30 airlines have shown interest in licensing the design, says Ed Sims group general manager of Air New Zealand. Many of which were American airliners, however he was unable to mention any names.
Customers were given surveys 4 years ago on what they would like to see upgraded for the future of flying. Boeing and Air New Zealand listened, and responded. They changed each class of flying: economy, premium economy and business. You can see a list of all the changes on their Future taking flight website.
Some other additions to the flight is story telling for the kids, which takes place towards the back of the plane. Also they’ve added a wine tasting program. Both features gives a much more rich travel experience for both the young and old.
Will you be flying the Boeing 777-300ER anytime soon? If you do let us know what you think and if you purchased the extra 3rd seat.