If you travel with little ones, you’re going to be pretty pleased to hear about the improvements that Air New Zealand is making to its Economy Skycouch.

The Skycouch, otherwise known as a row of three Economy seats that convert into a flat surface to stretch out on, makes long haul travel in Economy infinitely more appealing.

Originally, infants using the Skycouch had to be seated on a guardian’s lap when the seatbelt sign was on.


Soon, this will no longer be the case with Air New Zealand introducing a dedicated infant harness and belt, allowing children to remain lying down throughout the cruise phase of flight.

A new infant pod also provides extra comfort and protection for the airline’s youngest Skycouch customers.

The Skycouch Cuddle Belt, which was previously only certified to allow two adults or an adult and child travelling together to lie down side by side on the Skycouch has also been updated to allow two children to use it providing greater flexibility to families.


Air New Zealand General Manager Customer Experience Anita Hawthorne expects the changes to be popular with family groups.

“The Skycouch has proven to be a real game changer in the Economy cabin. While we initially marketed it to couples, we quickly found the product suited parents with young families especially well,” She said.

 Parents can relax while their children are able to have their own space and flat area to play without interrupting other passengers.

Air New Zealand General Manager Customer Experience Anita Hawthorne.

“Through this process, we’ve spoken to many customers who have travelled on the Skycouch and their feedback has helped to inform the updates and refinements we’re introducing this year.”

The airline plans to make the modified product available progressively onboard its Boeing 777 and 787-9 Dreamliner fleets in the coming months.

These improvements will also be made available to offshore airlines which Air New Zealand has licensed the Skycouch to.

The airline will be displaying the updated Skycouch at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg from 10-12 April 2018.

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Do you think parents will jump at the chance to use the enhanced sky lounge.