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Air New Zealand's Boeing 777-300ER

Skycouch and the World of Tomorrow

Herringbone seating in Air New Zealand's Business Premier allows for greater privacy among passengers
Herringbone seating in Business Premier

While you may not be able to please all the people all the time, you can certainly try. Air New Zealand does an admirable job of trying to please its passengers. Just take a look at the new interiors of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which feature mood lighting and four different kinds of seating: Business Premier, Premium Economy, Economy Skycouch and simply Economy. We love the Economy Skycouch, affectionately known as Cuddle Class, which is a trio of three seats that can be converted into a sofa, allowing couples to lie down together.

We also like the different seating options in Premium Economy, such as the couples seating down the center, which consists of two seats slightly facing away from each other, with a cushioned ledge in the middle that can act as an armrest, footrest or table. This enables couples to relax together, sleep or turn to face each other to share a meal. For those of us who travel alone or prefer to keep to ourselves, there is seating by the windows that is angled so that we're not distracted by people walking up and down the aisles. Moreover, every seat in Premium Economy is a Spaceseat, which prevents the person sitting in front of you from reclining into your personal space. Rather than tilting back as it reclines, the Spaceseat slides forward like an armchair.

Air New Zealand's Economy Skycouch allows couples to lie down together and rest during their flight Bookshelves painted on the wall in the bathroom provide Air New Zealand passengers with something to read Couples seating in Air New Zealand's Premium Economy enables you and your partner to relax together, sleep or turn to face each other to share a meal
Premium Economy

"This project was many years in the making and required a lot of free thinking," said Ed Sims, Group General Manager International Airline. "Crazy ideas put on the table from out-of-the-box thinking were summarized in the achievements found on our new 777 configuration. We believe they represent a major leap forward for the future of aviation transportation."

Most of Air New Zealand's long-haul flights are overnight and, on average, 90 minutes longer than any other airline, so it is only natural that the airline should turn its attention to increasing passenger comfort. Above all, the airline has worked to improve the travelling experience of its largest demographic, Economy passengers, through improved seating arrangements. Everyone, however, benefits from the introduction of induction ovens for all cabins. Passengers can enjoy freshly prepared and cooked foods like pizza, burgers and Eggs Benedict. Additional food and drink can be ordered at any time through the Panasonic-powered inflight entertainment system.

Passengers will be able to take advantage of Air New Zealand's new Boeing 777-300ER planes soon. NZ1 and NZ2 flights between Auckland and Los Angeles and through to London commence in May 2011.

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