Air New Zealand brought its “Pleased To Seat You” road show to Toronto this week showcasing the airline’s refitted Boeing 777-200 aircraft, featuring the award-winning Economy Skycouch and new Premium Economy seats.
The new products will be available Oct. 25 on flights operating the Vancouver-Auckland and Houston-Auckland routes.
Air New Zealand has eight 777-200ERs which are progressively having their interiors completely stripped out and replaced as part of a $100 million fleet refurbishment project.
The refurbished aircraft features Air New Zealand’s new luxury leather Premium Economy seat – 40 in total in a dedicated cabin – which recently debuted on the airline’s 787-9 Dreamliner and nine rows of the Economy Skycouch product. The airline’s Business Premier lie-flat bed and Economy seat round out the inflight product offering.
The Economy Skycouch (pictured below) is a trio of seats in which passengers can stretch out and relax. It’s a flat, flexible space providing extra legroom and even allows couples to lay down – kind of like a couch.
Chris Allison, Air New Zealand manager, sales and market development, Canada, told PressToday that the Skycouch product has proven very popular.
“It’s like using a sofa at home and is perfect for couples or families with young children,” he said.
Also on board is a new Panasonic eX3 seatback inflight entertainment system with improved resolution and touch capabilities.
Pictured, Allison in a Premium Economy seat.