Air New Zealand have revealed brand new lie-flat beds for their economy class passengers. The Skynest will offer passengers a new sleep option on long-haul routes.
The Skynest looks similar to bunk beds and consists of pods containing two sets of full-length single beds stacked three high.
The prototype is described as "groundbreaking" and is the result of three years of research and development by Air NZ, which filed patent and trademark applications for Skynest on Wednesday.
Air NZ operates some of the world's longest commercial routes and will soon launch Auckland-New York services that include a 17 hour, 40 minute flight - so being able to lie down and have a snooze will be greatly appreciated.
Air NZ says each pod will include a full-size pillow, sheets and blanket, ear plugs along with privacy curtains and lighting designed for sleep.
"We are exploring other features such as separate reading light, personal device USB outlet and ventilation outlet," the airline said.
As for when Skynest rolls out widely and onto which routes, Air NZ says it will "make a final decision on whether to operate the Economy Skynest next year after it has assessed the performance of its inaugural year of Auckland-New York operations".
The extra cost to use Skynest has not yet been announced. But we are very excited about the thought of finally getting a decent sleep in the air!