Air New Zealand's Economy Beds

What do you think of this idea - Air New Zealand is going to offer economy class beds which are basically rows of three economy seats with enough room to sleep on. They say the 'beds' cost the equivalent of two and a half economy seats. I think it's a clever way to provide some comfort; would you get one of these for a long flight to, say, Australia?

Also I wonder about the economics of the beds... are they losing money on those flights when they could be filling those seats with full-priced passengers?

14 comments:

  1. I would be interested in the comparison of First Class to these three economy beds...it sort of seems ghetto to me, but that flight is long so I would consider. Interesting.

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  2. these seem like a good idea but I could see it going down the "same side of the table sitters" route catering to awful displays of PDA....
    Why do people do that?

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  3. Grace - I agree it's like the ghetto version of First Class beds... you can tell from the photo that it's definitely not long enough and the guy's head is jammed up against the side of the wall. My feet would be sticking way out I bet. Still, to lay down on a long flight, especially a red eye...

    Haha C-Mac, not sure if I've run into the "same side of the table sitters" although your description is great. At least these econo-bed people wouldn't be directly facing the people they are offending with their PDAs, right?

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  4. "At least these econo-bed people wouldn't be directly facing the people they are offending with their PDAs, right?"

    ...so says the person not sitting across the aisle.

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  5. I dunno... I'm hoping the same side of the table sitters types will have the common courtesy to roll over under a blanket or something

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  6. ...cause them doing their business under the blanket would be that much better?

    If they're hot on the other hand...

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  7. Man we just took this from "cool product post" to "incredibly creepy commentary" in no time flat... apologies to Grace and C-Mac, who are classy ladies now associated with our deviant comments haha

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  8. Speak for yourself Royce; I apologize for nothing!

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  9. The time it took to got from "cool product post" to "incredibly creepy commentary" was actually longer than I expected. The Chief Executive quoted in the AP article to which you linked actually said, "- just keep your clothes on thanks."

    It is marketed for couples...how does this not go directly to the mile high club.

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  10. I argue this shouldn't count towards mile high club status; to qualify for that club, I argue one must perform the act in one of the following locations on a plane:

    - Lavatory
    - Cockpit

    That's it. Period. End of Story.

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  11. Dude if I do it on a plane, I'm putting myself in the mile high club. Econobed or no.

    Another tactical error on my part - I meant to include this link when I used the term classy ladies up above. Fail

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  12. Other random thought - I'm amused by the idea that maybe you really want to lay down but you don't have a traveling partner, so to save costs you have to bunk with a stranger. Imagine people going through the line of passengers waiting to board like when you picked kids for kickball teams, trying to find the least offensive econo-bedmate.

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  13. So you're saying that tickets for Econobeds wouldn't be assigned seats? Among the Econobeds, it's first come, first serve like Southwest?

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  14. Hahaha that would be brilliant

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