Air New Zealand has raised the bar on long-haul flights from the Southern Hemisphere by offering bunk beds to economy class passengers from 2024.
Known as Skynest, bunk beds can be reserved by passengers for four hours at a time on the 16-hour ride from Oakland to New York City. Bloomberg. Rental prices have not yet been disclosed.
This is as Covid-19 lockdowns ease around the world and the global travel market continues to grow.
Meanwhile, Air New Zealand’s main rival in the region, Qantas, opened a route between Auckland and New York in June and invested $1 million in lounges at the city’s airports.
Both travel on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Air New Zealand aircraft are equipped with a total of six beds.
Air New Zealand, shown here, uses Boeing 787s for long-haul flights between Auckland and New Zealand.
In 2025, Qantas plans to fly direct from Sydney to London after ordering a dozen special jets from Airbus. Charge higher fares in a multi-billion dollar bet that passengers will pay a premium to save four hours on popular routes.
Scheduled to go into service in the second half of 2025, the flight will use specially configured A350-1000 aircraft, reducing overall capacity to carry up to 238 passengers over a 20-hour trip, making it the longest flight in the world. It’s a non-stop commercial flight.
The long-discussed breakthrough will see Qantas boost the marketing of what has long been called the ‘kangaroo route’.
Competitors offering one-stop services include Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qatar Airways.
Qantas flights include wellbeing zones where passengers can roam.
Skynest beds can only be booked once by passengers and feature privacy curtains and USB charging outlets in addition to air conditioning.
Once one passenger is finished, the crew seamlessly changes sheets before the next step.
In addition to the Skynest for Economy Class passengers, Air New Zealand will offer the new Business Premier Luxe suites and new Business Premier seats.
Business Premier Luxe Seats are designed for those who want more space and privacy.
Air New Zealand has unveiled eight new Dreamliners scheduled to fly in 2024. Customers are already thrilled with the ‘Skynest’ Economy his flyer can lie on the journey.
On-screen meditative content Zentertainment also helps customers relax and prepare for rest
Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran said of Skynest:
“This will be a true game-changer for economical travel experiences.”
The meditative on-screen content Zentertainment also helps customers relax and prepare for rest.
Pointing to the airline’s ambition to create the best flying experience, Foran says the new cabin combined with world-leading New Zealand hospitality is a winning formula.
“Our location in New Zealand puts us in a unique position to lead the ultra-long travel experience. , is focused on health,” he said.
“Whether you’re headed to a meeting in person or to your first vacation hotspot, they want to rush right in. We’re proud to finally unveil Five Years of Hard Paralysis in the very Cabin of Possibilities.” .”
The airline has also added care stations to premium economy and economy cabins. This allows customers to stretch their legs, grab a snack and stay hydrated during their journey.
“Our new cabin experience will be world-class and we are confident that our guests will love it.”
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Greg Foran points to the airline’s ambition to create the best flying experience, saying the new cabin combined with world-leading New Zealand hospitality is a winning formula. I am
For Economy Class passengers, the Skynest concept, first unveiled in 2020, will be a world first.
Eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and retrofitted current 787-9 aircraft entering service in 2024 are available in 8- or 4-seat Business Premier Luxe, 42- or 22-seat Business Premier, 52- or 33-seat Premium Economy, with either 125 or 213 Economy seats. Ultra-long-range aircraft, six Skynest sleep pods.
Air New Zealand flights from Auckland to New York range between $1,400 and $2,000.
Many airlines are enjoying a boom in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
United Airlines Holdings on Tuesday expected full-year earnings to at least quadruple this year and reported fourth-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street estimates for robust travel demand, boosting shares.
The Chicago-based company expects adjusted earnings per share of $10 to $12 in 2023, up from $2.52 a share last year. That’s well above analysts’ expectations of $6.54 per share, according to Refinitiv research.
U.S. airlines enjoy strongest travel demand since start of COVID pandemic due to reopening of closed borders, strong US dollar and rising corporate travel
U.S. airlines are enjoying the strongest travel demand since the start of the COVID pandemic due to the reopening of closed borders, a strong US dollar and an increase in corporate travel.
While fears of an economic slowdown have sparked concerns about consumer spending, airlines say travel demand remains strong, outpacing flight growth and keeping ticket prices high. ing.
Refinitiv data showed fourth-quarter earnings of $2.46 per share, beating analysts’ expectations of $2.10.
Delta Air Lines said last week it expected tens of billions of dollars in additional demand over the next few years as the relationship between passenger revenue and global gross domestic product (GDP) returns to pre-pandemic trends.
Before the pandemic, passenger revenue accounted for 1% of global GDP.
Industry-wide manpower and aircraft shortages are expected to limit capacity growth, underpinning the pricing currently enjoyed by utilities.
The company expects total revenue per available seat mile, a metric of pricing power, to grow 25% in the quarter compared to the same period last year.
The company expects first-quarter operating revenue to grow 50% year-over-year, with earnings of 50 cents to $1 per share. Analysts estimate earnings of 25 cents per share for him in the quarter.
United plans to discuss the results in a call with analysts and investors Wednesday morning.
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