Air New Zealand has been showcasing their economy skycouch for a few years now. From the moment I saw the first ad for it, I knew I wanted to try it. The opportunity presented itself on our last flight on Air New Zealand from Auckland Airport to Vancouver Airport in Canada.
For an extra $200, I was able to book seats in the Air NZ skycouch section, allowing me to turn our three seats into a bed to lay down on. It sounds like a dream right? The ability to not be vertical on a plane. The ability to stretch your legs straight. The ability to allow my children to lay down comfortably and sleep on our 14 hour, overnight flight from Auckland to Vancouver.
Here is everything you wanted to know about the Air New Zealand SkyCouch and a review of all of its features!
Air NZ Skycouch review: Blanket and pillows to make the journey much more comfortable
How much extra is a SkyCouch on Air New Zealand?
Well that depends. If you are three passengers travelling together, as I already mentioned, for an additional $200 you can add the sky couch to your economy seat booking (providing it is available). The added footrest is only available on a certain number of seats.
Note that these seats are in Economy Class. They are not in their own section.
If you are two passengers traveling together, you can purchase the third seat for 50% less than the single seat price and be guaranteed all three seats for the two of you.
If you are one passenger, It will cost more. You should probably look at going up a class if you want the added comforts.
I was excited to be trying the Air New Zealand skycouch out for the first time when we travelled to Auckland from Vancouver on their non-stop route! The photos show two adults, snuggled together comfortably on the sky couch while the rest of economy class sits in upright chairs.
The Air NZ Skycouch showing two adults stretched out on a skycouch bed. You would have to be less than five feet tall to actually straighten your legs ALMOST as straight as this.
Well, my experience was not as comfortable as theirs. My boys are 6 and 4 and about typical for their size. When I tried to lie down with my 6 year old, it was much more of a tight squeeze than I thought. The reason is that the three people in front of you will likely recline their seats. While you can recline yours as well, but it does not give you more room, because mostly the top reclines, but when someone reclines in front of you, it significantly reduces your space near the tray table (where I happened to be laying). I felt quite squeezed with the seats in front of me and my sleeping 6 year old. Do not get me wrong, it was better than sitting up, but it was squishy. I am about 150 lbs and 5”™5.”
Being able to stretch out your feet like this was a huge benefit in comfort! having stiff legs is such a pain!
Now when you add in the fact that I also had a 4 year old, where is he supposed to go. What I had tried to do, was put the two of them laying down with their heads at the window and then me sitting in the third chair. But what happened, and what worked for us, was both of them curling up on the chair (with the added foot rest brought up to the end of the chair, they had much more room than a typical seat. I was able to sit at the aisle, put on my compression socks, put my feet towards the middle and my 4 year old put his legs on top of mine. This would have probably been better for me If I could have propped myself against the window, but my 6 year old was there. Ideally with a child, you would sit propped against the window and then they could lay in the remaining area. But let me remind you, it is squishier than it seems. Moving around on your “bed” is not as easy as you may think.
Air NZ Skycouch suggested situation for children. I loved the seatbelt and wish every flight offered these for kids!
I wish I could have had them both sleep with their heads by the window, but my 4 year old refused to lay there and wanted his seat. But despite the challenges of figuring out how to get comfy overall, it worked for us. And was more comfortable than a regular seat where I end up in the middle and they both lay on me.
Another great thing for little ones, is my 4 year old is the perfect height to kick the seat in front of him. Not maliciously, but enough to really piss you off if you are in front of him. Asking him to sit “cross-cross” on the seat is not ideal, nor is it comfortable and I often end up having him bend his knees and put them to the side, where I can hold his feet or lay his feet on me.
The Skycouch on Air New Zealand was much comfier for my four year old. Instead of dangling and hitting the seat infront of him, he could be much more comfortable.
With the Skycouch, the foot rest that pulls up was perfect for him to stretch his legs, and they were no longer hanging down, able to kick the seat in front. HONESTLY, this was probably my favourite surprise from the seats! Even pulling the foot rest up to a 45 degree angle was much more comfortable for me. I don’t know why all seats do not have this foot rest.
Air New Zealand Skycouch seatbelts
Using the Skycouch
When you get to your seat, you will have a big package with a blanket and larger pillows. These were sure nice! There are also instructions on how to raise and lower the foot rests, and when they could be used (pretty much the whole time except take off and landing).
After takeoff, the crew will drop off a special seatbelt you can use when you are laying down. This is nice so that you do not have to sit up if the seatbelt signs come back on. I always wondered how this worked and I was happy that they had come up with a great “work around” for turbulent times.
My boys enjoying the entertainment before settling down to sleep on the Air NZ Skycouch
Would I book a sky couch on Air New Zealand again?
Yes I would.
For the $200, the benefits of my kids sleeping better on a 14 hour flight was worth it. Ideally I could have popped into a nearby empty seat, but the entire plane was full. I would make sure I sit by the window next time I think, but then again, both kids could curl up on their seats and I was able to access the aisle much easier from the aisle seat. I did get an hour or so laying down with my head at the window beside my 6 year old, as he and my 4 year old occupied the seat part and I squished into the foot rest part with my back at the tray tables of the reclined seats in front of me.
It is not first class, nor for $200 should I expect it. It was a nice upgrade form economy with a comfy blanket, full size pillows and a little extra room for my kids to stretch out and even play. Definitely worth the price when it was not even 10% extra on the cost of the tickets from Auckland to Vancouver.
I am lucky that my kids love flying!
How to Book a SkyCouch on Air New Zealand
If you are booking on the Air New Zealand website, after you start the booking process, it will give you the option of upgrading to a sky couch. If it does not give you the option, then it is likely already sold out. I would recommend that if you are considering it, that you book it when you book your seats, as the available sky couches were sold out 6 months before our trip (when I booked our tickets) on one flight, but were available right up until departure on the other.
We love Multigenerational Travel, Grannie and Grandad made a great addition to our trip to NZ. We even have a post on Benefits of Multigenerational Travel here.
The price does not go down as it gets closer to departure, nor does it go up, if you have already bought the three seats. But if you have just two tickets, the third will be 50% of the price, so you know when you book it that that is the price for the third seat.
If you book through a travel agent, you may or may not have the option of them adding the sky couch for you. It is the same if you book on a third party website. But you can always go direct to Air New Zealand and add it.
Air New Zealand offers an excellent entertainment system with more than just movies. There is seat chat, driving in NZ information and more!
Other Amenities on Air New Zealand besides their Economy Skycouch
Air new Zealand offers excellent service on their routes. Their entertainment options are excellent, with plenty of games, information on their wine selection (yes they have a full selection, not just red or while), the latest movies, and cool features such as seat chat. If you are not seated with your entire family, or are in a large group, this is a nice way to be able to send a message to someone in another seat rather than trying to sneak out of the window seat while the person beside you naps!
If it is your first time to New Zealand, you can also read about driving in the country and some common street signs etc. I have also written a post about road tripping New Zealand here that you will likely find helpful.
If it is your first time in New Zealand, read the handy driving information on Air New Zealand’s entertainment screen
Because we were going to be Roadtripping New Zealand on arrival, we packed the car seats with us on our trip. Check out this post on the Best Car Seat Travel Bagto see how we pack our car seat and booster seat!
Have you ever flown on Air New Zealand and taken advantage of their economy sky-couch upgrade? I would love hear about your experience in the comments!
Lindsay Nieminen hails from Vancouver, Canada and shares her love of travel on this website. She is passionate about showing others that they should not put off traveling the world just because they have young children or are single parents. She aims to encourage them to seek out adventure, whether it is at home or abroad by providing information on how just about everywhere can be a destination to explore as a family.
If you are traveling to New Zealand for a family vacation – lucky you! – be sure to book a Skycouch. It's not only comfortable and a great value, but will also make your long-haul flight experience one that you will never forget, in a good way!Is skycouch better than premium economy? ›
So, which should you choose? In a nutshell, Skycouch gets you to your destination in a 'no-frills' lie-flat configuration whereas Premium Economy provides a higher-end meal and entertainment offering with the restriction of a reclining seat. Essentially, the Skycouch is more about comfort and less about service.Is premium economy on Air New Zealand worth it? ›
Is Premium Economy Worth It? I think Air NZ's premium economy product is well worth it if you can get it at a good price. The seat is extremely comfortable and you get a lot of legroom. The service, food and wine are all top notch.Do you get free alcohol on Air New Zealand? ›
|From the bar||Price (NZD)|
|NZ Low Alcohol Beer||$8.00|
I actually really loved having the Skycouch for overall comfort, even when we weren't laying flat for sleeping. Being able to cross your legs or stretch out across all 3 seats while watching movies or reading was such a luxury, and it just felt far less squished than a standard economy seat.Can two adults sleep on a skycouch? ›
+ Two adults with one child
This gives you space to lie down, relax and rest. One adult can stay up and watch movies in their own seat, while the others are resting. You can switch seats during the flight whenever you like.
Please note, travel in premiumeconomy does not give you access to lounges. Lounge access is available to Airpoints™ Elite, Gold or Elite or Elite Partner or Koru members, or a Star Alliance Gold member. Find out more information about inflight entertainment.Which airline has the biggest seats in economy? ›
JetBlue Airways and Silver Airways: 18 inches
In straight measurements, JetBlue Airways takes the top spot for widest seats just as they do for average economy legroom among U.S. domestic airlines.
Premium economy's big selling point is more space. The seats are an inch or two wider on average than the typical coach seat, and the rows are farther apart, offering several more inches of legroom. Most premium economy seats recline, and many have footrests. How much space you actually get depends on the airline.What is included in premium economy on Air New Zealand? ›
Two pieces of carry on (up to 14kg in total, with one item weighing up to 10kg) Two pieces of checked luggage (up to 23kg each) Inflight entertainment. Complimentary meal and drinks from our Premium Economy menu.
While Premium Economy today doesn't offer a fully lie-flat bed, daytime flyers can benefit from the extra perks such as more comfortable seating, tastier meals, special amenity kits and speedier airport processing.Does premium economy get lounge access? ›
United's premium economy fare offers discounted lounge access and free alcohol, among other perks.Does Air New Zealand give blankets? ›
Air New Zealand Economy Skynest specs*
It is intended that each pod will include a full-size pillow, sheets and blanket, ear plugs along with privacy curtains and lighting designed for sleep. We are exploring other features such as separate reading light, personal device USB outlet and ventilation outlet.
It's usually two full meals.Does Air NZ have TV? ›
seat and seat+bag travellers can have TV, music and games included in their ticket, and can purchase movies for NZD $10 from their seat using a credit card, Airpoints Dollars™ or prepaid voucher.Which airline is most comfortable? ›
|Seat dimensions||Seatback screens||Power outlets|
|Pitch: 32 to 34 inches Width: 17.8 to 18.4 inches||All flights||Power and USB outlets on most flights|
Air New Zealand has been put at the top of the list of the safest airlines in the world for 2022 by AirlineRatings.com, the world's only safety, product, and COVID-19 rating website. AirlineRatings.com has also announced its Top Twenty Safest Airlines and Ten Safest Low-Cost Airlines for 2022 from the 385 it monitors.Does Air New Zealand have charging ports? ›
And you'll have plenty to keep you entertained before you nod off. Each seat has an integrated 9" HD touch screen with hundreds of hours of fun at the tap of a finger. And if you want to power your own devices, you're welcome to use your individual USB socket or shared in-seat power connection.Which airline has sky couch? ›
Skycouch seats are in the Economy cabins of all Air New Zealand's 777 and 787-9 aircraft. Seat and row numbers vary by aircraft but usually they are at the forward portion of the aircraft, you can find out more using the airline's seat maps.Does Air New Zealand fly to London? ›
Air New Zealand flights to and from London Heathrow Airport operate out of Terminal 2.
- More leg room.
- Wider seats.
- Extra inches of seat recline.
- Power outlets.
- Larger personal entertainment screens.
- A larger selection of foods.
- Greater privacy.
It isn't just the seats and overall space that's more, well, premium than an economy ticket. It's the amenities, too — premium economy provides different meal offerings than the main class cabin, amenity kits, and priority boarding.Do premium economy seats lie flat? ›
While there are no premium economy seats that lie completely flat just yet, some airplane seat manufacturers have their eye on a revolutionary new seat. Zephyr Aerospace wants to introduce a fully-flat option that includes seats with plenty of stretching room.Which airline has widest seats UK? ›
Flybe Airways offers passengers one of the wider seat options throughout their fleet along with their long seat belt lengths, this puts them at the top of our list for airlines within the United Kingdom.
- Hawaiian. ...
- JetBlue. ...
- American. ...
- Alaska. ...
- United. ...
- Southwest. Stealing second place in The Points Guy's 2021 analysis of best airlines, Southwest is probably the best budget airline out there. ...
- Delta. If you're going to fly economy, Delta is the way to go. ...
Air Asia has the shortest seat pitch in economy, at 29 inches. Forty years ago, seat pitch was 31 to 35 inches. Seat width was approximately 18.5 inches.Which airline has the most comfortable premium economy seats? ›
Virgin Atlantic wins award for the World's Best Premium Economy Class, with Singapore Airlines in second place and Qantas in third position.Which international airline has the most comfortable economy seats? ›
Emirates wins award as the World's Best Economy Class with Qatar Airways in second place and Singapore Airlines in third position. Scroll down to see all of the economy class airline category ratings.Which airline has the most legroom in economy? ›
The best international airlines for legroom in economy
ANA, Emirates, EVA Airways, and Singapore Airlines (32-34 inches) Air China, Air France, Ethiopian Airlines, and Korean Air (32-33 inches) Cathay Pacific, SWISS, and Vietnam Airlines (32 inches)
Skycouch seats are in the Economy cabins of all Air New Zealand's 777 and 787-9 aircraft. Seat and row numbers vary by aircraft but usually they are at the forward portion of the aircraft, you can find out more using the airline's seat maps.
And you'll have plenty to keep you entertained before you nod off. Each seat has an integrated 9" HD touch screen with hundreds of hours of fun at the tap of a finger. And if you want to power your own devices, you're welcome to use your individual USB socket or shared in-seat power connection.Does Air New Zealand fly to London? ›
Air New Zealand flights to and from London Heathrow Airport operate out of Terminal 2.Where does Air NZ fly? ›
Air New Zealand operate flights to Australia, the Pacific, Asia, North America, South America and the UK. You can also connect to a huge range of destinations worldwide through our network of partner airlines.Are premium economy seats worth it? ›
Premium economy's big selling point is more space. The seats are an inch or two wider on average than the typical coach seat, and the rows are farther apart, offering several more inches of legroom. Most premium economy seats recline, and many have footrests. How much space you actually get depends on the airline.What airlines have seats that turn into beds? ›
- American Airlines: Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft.
- Delta Air Lines: Airbus A330 and A350 and Boeing 767 aircraft.
- United Airlines: Boeing 767, 777 and 787 aircraft.
- JetBlue Airways: A321 aircraft with JetBlue Mint.
Passengers can lie flat for rest or sit up with ample space to work or relax. For now, Air New Zealand is the closest to offering a premium economy lie-flat option, as the airline confirmed the launch of its new SkyNest product.Does Air New Zealand have beds? ›
Air New Zealand recently announced the world's first lie-flat “pods” — for economy travelers. The rentable sleep pods, called “Skynest,” are set to debut in 2024. “Skynest” will consist of six full-sized bunked sleeping pods that passengers can rent for several hours.How wide are Air New Zealand seats? ›
Dimensions. Seats are 17.2" wide, with a pitch of 31-33" and 5" recline. The dimensions and configurations of our aircraft may vary depending on the specific type of aircraft you are flying on. Please refer to our detailed seat maps to discover the seating configuration, pitch, and dimensions for your flight.How many phones can I carry in hand luggage? ›
The TSA currently states that there is no limit to how many cellphones you can bring with you on a plane. However, airlines often have rules specifying that you can bring up to 2 phones with you in your carry-on bag.How long does it take to fly from the UK to New Zealand? ›
How long is the flight to New Zealand? The average flight time to New Zealand (from London to Auckland) is approximately 23 hours and 30 minutes.
Ultimately, the Los Angeles-London Heathrow service was too saturated with competition from other carriers. For New Zealanders wishing to get to London, there are a wide variety of other options that will take only slightly longer than Air New Zealand's 25-hour service.What terminal does Air New Zealand use at Heathrow? ›
Air New Zealand flights to and from London Heathrow Airport operate out of Terminal 2.Does Air New Zealand fly from UK? ›
Air New Zealand operate flights to New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific Islands from the UK.Where does Air New Zealand fly to from London? ›
Air New Zealand flies from London Heathrow airport to Auckland (via Los Angeles) daily. For more information, view our scheduled flights to Auckland.What airlines are partners with Air New Zealand? ›
- Cathay Pacific on flights between New Zealand and Hong Kong.
- Air China on flights between New Zealand and Beijing.
- United on flights between New Zealand and San Francisco.
- Singapore Airlines between New Zealand and Singapore.