Airline to offer beds to couples in economy class
Flying is ok if you like that sort of thing, but it's not as good as sleeping. So wouldn't it be fantastical if you could fly and sleep at the same time? And not prop-your-head-against-a-bulkhead sleep, but lie-flat-like-in-bed sleep. Why, it'd be voodoo, I tells ya, and Air New Zealand are doing just that, by introducing beds into economy class flights.
Well, that's not the term they're using. The press will call them beds, but Air New Zealand are sticking with the term Skycouch - effectively, a footrest comes level with the height of the seat across all three seats in a row. This works out fairly expensive if you're by yourself since you need to book all three seats to take advantage of it, but couple are welcome to cuddle up - no yankee doodle allowed.
Whether it'll be a success depends on your tolerance for sleeping across seats that are meant to be sat on - anybody who's tried it on an empty flight will know it's far from the most comfortable night's kip, but then you're usually too tired to care. The Skycouch seats go on sale from April and will be introduced on London/Los Angeles/Auckland flights from the end of the year.