Monday, August 8, 2022

Flying coaches can be uncomfortable, but flat beds are coming


Sydney : Long-haul airline passengers have become accustomed to a restless night’s sleep in economy class. One carrier seems to have the answer.

Air New Zealand plans to bring pods with flat beds in coaches in which passengers can book for four hours of sleep. The pods will initially be installed on direct flights from Auckland to Chicago and New York, which can last 17 hours or more.

The carrier is one of the many that try to make long-haul flights — which run at least 16 hours without a break अधिक more interesting for space travelers. Singapore Airlines has completely canceled economy class on some US routes, while Australia’s Qantas Airways has introduced ambient lighting and variable temperatures to reduce the impact of jet lag on their longest routes.

The airlines were looking for changes before the Covid-19 epidemic disrupted global travel and caused massive layoffs throughout the industry. With the reopening of the border, the airlines hope to return to innovative travel. Air New Zealand plans to introduce its Skynest beds in 2024, assuming they can eliminate supply disruptions to key parts.

At a time when high energy prices are raising air fares and inflation is squeezing domestic budgets, motivating people to pay more to use pods will be a challenge for airlines. Capacity limitations have reduced the travel experience of many passengers, some airlines cancel flights due to lack of staff and there are long queues at airports to go through safety.

Air New Zealand thinks 8% to 10% of coach passengers will be willing to pay for a stretch in one of the six banks of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

“We have reached a point where there is value for both parties,” said Kerry Reeves, head of Air New Zealand’s aircraft program. “We’ve got affordable offers for customers that are now ‘yes, it’s viable for us to make money from it.'”

Rico Merkert, deputy director of the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies at the University of Sydney, said he was optimistic about the demand for legumes, despite the risk that the cost of living would reduce travel budgets. Flat beds are traditionally available in first class or business class cabins.

“Once demand declines, airlines will have to make flying more attractive and make those ultra-long-haul flights as enjoyable as possible,” Mr Merkert said. “I think there will be extra willingness to pay a little more. Extra for a little sleep. “

He said Air New Zealand was probably responding to rival Qantas’ “Project Sunrise.” Qantas, which began flying non-stop from Western Australia to London in 2017, confirmed an order for 12 Airbus A350s in May that would enable it to fly nonstop from Australia. Any other city from 2025.

Air New Zealand plans to find a bed between the coach and the premium economy, resulting in five fewer coach seats on the plane, Mr. Said Reeves. The carrier’s designers created additional space by moving other parts of the cabin, including the galley.

“Banks don’t take long to find, there are many examples of this in centuries of transportation,” said Shri. Reeves said. “The design challenge was incorporating the aircraft into a functionality that we didn’t have to lose. A lot of capacity.

Air New Zealand has long sought to build a reputation for innovation. It claims to be the first carrier to boil water on a ship, and uses eye-catching comedy safety videos featuring the country’s world champion rugby team and 1980s fitness guru Richard Simmons.

As part of its own ultralong-hall strategy, Qantas said it considered the bunks before selecting the maximum space around all classes and launching a wellness zone. The zone, which occupies about three rows of economy seats, allows passengers to stretch and rehydrate before returning to their seats. Quantas also changes the frequency of light in the cabin in an effort to influence the circadian rhythm of passengers and reduce jet lag.

Qantas currently flies nonstop from the east coast of Australia to cities like Los Angeles and Dallas, but New York is too far away and London’s service flies from Perth on the west coast of Australia.

“All of these options that different airlines are considering are really smart,” said Phil Caps, Qantas’ product and services executive manager.

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