ANZ CUDDLE CLASS SEATS GAIN ADHERENTS

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore December 15, 2010 10:45

ANZ CUDDLE CLASS SEATS GAIN ADHERENTS

More than 30 airlines have been contacting Air New Zealand with requests to use its new “cuddle class” economy seats.

Last month the airline announced the introduction in Skycouch economy seats on its 777-300ER aircraft from later this month.

Air New Zealand chief executive Rob Fyfe said the airline was in formal negotiations with carriers from Asia, North America and Europe to license the seats after Air New Zealand’s 18 months of exclusive use.

“Four long years of planning and design are about to become a reality and there is a great deal of excitment within the airline about the game-changing aircraft we are about to introduce,” he said. “Few if any airlines have invested time and money in re-designing the economy experience and we’ve done it for both economy and premium economy.”

The 777 aircraft, which will have 60 economy seats it can turn into 20 Skycouch combinations, will leave Boeing in Seattle on December 22 and fly to Auckland via Los Angeles, arriving on Christmas Eve.

Fares for the Skycouch for two adults will be based on buying two seats at standard prices with the third seat at approximately half price.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore December 15, 2010 10:45
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