Design + Architecture

Future of Air Travel

by Terry Ward

Seats for Sleeping

What's happening: A first-class comfort in the coach cabin.

The facts: When it comes to getting a good night's sleep at 30,000 feet, flatbed seats, turndown service, and nightcaps seriously sweeten the deal for first- and business-class passengers. But finally, there's a sleep aid (other than Ambien) for all of those bleary eyes at the back of the plane: Air New Zealand's Skycouch. True to its name, the Skycouch is a row of coach seats with individually operated leg rests that can be raised flush with the seat to convert the space into a bed. So, for the price of an extra seat (yes, you must purchase the whole row), you and your flying partner can cuddle up and get some quality shut-eye. The Skycouch is currently only available on Air New Zealand flights from Los Angeles to Auckland, but other airlines have taken an interest in the concept. Let's just hope your seatmate doesn't snore.

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