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Air New Zealand’s new Skycouch seats let families lie down

Posted: 29 March 2018 10:08 am

New seat design creates flat surface to allow parents and infants to lie down together during long haul flights.

If you’ve ever had to travel with children you know the potential pain involved in just getting everyone to the airport in time much less the hassle of keeping them in one place for multiple hours aboard a plane.

Air New Zealand comes to the rescue again, in a move largely contradictory to popular opinion that seems to be screaming for more child-free zones, and has further enhanced its Skycouch seats.

The airline has revealed upcoming improvements to its innovative Skycouch where its row of three economy seats will be able to turn into a completely flat surface. The wide surface of the Skycouch allows passengers to lie down during the entire duration of their flight.

Air New Zealand topped the list of our best airlines for children and infants in Australia and the current Skycouch design was a huge factor in the pick.

First introduced back in 2011, Skycouch was initially marketed to couples but soon took off with families, allowing parents to rest, relax and play with their kids in a way they couldn't on other airplanes.

Now, adults travelling with kids can look forward to a complimentary new harness and belt, which allows infants to lie down next to their parents for the duration of the flight. In the past, the airline required infants to be seated on a parent’s lap whenever the seatbelt sign was on.

Due to be released mid-2018, economy Skycouch customers can expect the harnesses in three sizes, small, medium and large, and Air New Zealand will also provide Skycouch Pods for additional protection to infants under a certain size.

The adorably titled Skycouch Cuddle Belt was previously certified for a maximum of two adults or a guardian and child to sleep side-by-side but has now been updated to allow two children to lie down together.

Pending approval, Air New Zealand plans to make these enhancements available aboard its Boeing 777 and 787-9 Dreamliner fleets in the coming months. These aircrafts serve Air New Zealand's long haul services (where the Skycouch is needed most) travelling to North and South America, the UK and Asia ports.

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