Monday, October 18, 2010

On the Horizon: Skycouch

Air New Zealand has an interesting new idea: Skycouch seating, where passengers can book a row of three seats that converts to a sofa bed-like space where they can lay flat.  The seating is designed for couples or small families. 
Skycouch Seating

I think that this is a great idea.

Lie-flat beds in First and Business Class cabins are great, I'm sure1, but most people are never going to be able to afford those seats.

This won't be free, of course, and I doubt it will be cheap.  But it will be cheaper, and people are often willing to pay somewhat more for improved comfort over the course of a 15+ hour flight like the one from Auckland to Los Angeles.


1 While I've had premium-class seats on numerous airlines over the years, I haven't had the opportunity to try out one of the recent generation of lie-flat beds.

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