Air New Zealand turns Sardine Class to Cuddle Class

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The Economy Skycouch, nicknamed “Cuddle Class” is a specially designed row of three seats that creates a flat, flexible space for adults to stretch out in and children to clamber over (and sleep on).

From the Hobbit airline comes another cutely-named product that promises to turn Cattle Class into something a lot more pleasant.

The Economy Skycouch, nicknamed “Cuddle Class”, is a specially designed row of three seats that creates a flat, flexible space for adults to stretch out in and children to clamber over (and sleep on).

The Skycouch was first introduced on Air New Zealand’s daily B777-300 service from Auckland – Los Angeles – London in  2011.

It’s now available on the Boeing 777-300 aircraft (NZ1 and NZ2 daily services) between London Heathrow, Los Angeles and Auckland.

Each 777-300 aircraft has 20 rows of Skycouch. They’re located on the “window” sides of the plane in Zone C (the first of two Economy Class zones) and there are five 777-300s in Air New Zealand’s fleet.

The length of the Economy SkyCouch with the side wall armrest up measures 1.55m (5 ft 1 in). The depth of the cushion and leg rest combined is about 74cm (29 in) and there’s a mattress topper, soft blanket and two springy pillows.

As far as fares are concerned, a couple, say, buy their seats at full price and the third seat costs about half price. It’s two-and-a-half times an Economy fare, cheaper than Business Class. And it makes a family holiday to New Zealand more affordable.

Passengers can also upgrade to Skycouch (on a one-way basis) from £79 (for a family of three) or from £169 (couples) to Los Angeles.

Earlier today, Cheapflights had a quick look and a lie-down on the Economy Skycouch. It’s certainly roomier than we’ve been used to in Economy Class and looks like it would revolutionise a 25-hour flight to NZ – definitely not Sardine Class.

The Economy Skycouch from Air New Zealand
Kara Segedin from Cheapflights stretches out on the Economy Skycouch.
ir New Zealand Skycouch
Cabin crew Emma and Amy explain the features of the Skycouch. Photo: Oonagh Shiel
Air New Zealand Skycouch
The roomy Skycouch. Photo: Oonagh Shiel
Air New Zealand Skycouch
This was not the view from Golden Square, Central London this morning. Photo: Oonagh Shiel
Air New Zealand Skycouch
How the Skycouch looks. Photo: Oonagh Shiel

Here’s a review of the Skycouch by Andy Robertson @GeekDadGamer

Air New Zealand turns Sardine Class to Cuddle Class was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Oonagh Shiel
Author: Oonagh Shiel (3252 posts)

Content Manager at Cheapflights whose travel life can be best summed up as BC (before children) and PC (post children). We only travel during the school holidays so short-haul trips and staycations are our specialities!