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