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Air New Zealand said it wants to launch the first-ever airplane bed for economy passengersAirlines typically try and sell pricey business class seats by advertising gourmet in-flight meals, fine wines, and luxe service. But the biggest appeal of the front cabin is a seat that can fold flat into a bed, letting you sleep in relative comfort on a long flight or a red-eye. But if Air New Zealand has its way, the lie-flat bed will finally find its way to coach. The airline unveiled a new prototype sleeping pod on Tuesday, which it said presented an option for putting beds in the economy… (www.businessinsider.com) More...
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Excellent idea!. Would have worked well in by gone days when passengers had manners.
Sounds like a fun time for bedbugs!
Will there be enough room for my security pet alligator?
As if cabin rage isn't increasing already, those who don't want to pay for the beds will make it unlikely that those who do will get any sleep
Be just my luck to share with a half-drunk snorer...
It COULD be better used IF they sold a "Bed" for say 5 hours per person. On a 17 hour flight that would allow 3 turns thus leading to 1) minimal competition for Business or First Class products 2) increase revenue generated by the product 3) allow at least 18 PAX to take advantage of the service. Heck, if you dropped it to a 4 hour you could potentially create 4 turns on the product BUT that would really be pushing the limits for turnover by staff especially during the last 2 hours prior to landing. Just a thought. I do have to agree with Duncan regarding manners in this day and age of flying.
Hot-bunking? Perfect...not on my next European vacation.