Economy Skycouch™

Whether you're a couple who'd like a bit of extra room, a parent with a young child or a parent with two restless kids, you'll find our innovative Economy Skycouch™ is the ideal solution.

Air New Zealand's Economy Skycouch™ takes out global award

Air New Zealand has taken out a top international award, The Crystal Cabin Award for the enhancements it's made to its Economy Skycouch™ to cater for the airline's youngest travellers.

Air New Zealand's Economy Skycouch™ wins Global award

Air New Zealand was presented the APEX/IFSA Best Product or Service award at the Airline Passenger Experience Association(APEX) Award for the enhancements it's made to its Economy Skycouch™ to cater for the airline's youngest customers.

Stretch out on the Air New Zealand Economy Skycouch

Pete the kiwi may be nocturnal, but you’re not. Discover a better way to fly with Air New Zealand’s innovative Economy Skycouch™.

What is Skycouch?

So what is an Economy Skycouch™ exactly? It's simple. Imagine a row of Economy seats that can be turned into a couch after takeoff. So you and your friend or family member can stretch out. Clever, right? Comfy, too. It's so flexible it can be used as seating, a couch or even a play area. You'll also get some lovely bedding and pillows. It's a world first. 

A lot of people ask us if they're going to end up sharing their Economy Skycouch with a stranger. The answer is 'no'. When you upgrade to an Economy Skycouch, you get the entire row to yourself. It's totally private. 

The Skycouch Infant Harness, Belt & Pod is available on all Air New Zealand Boeing 777 and 787-9 operated long-haul services. It provides additional comfort and protection for infants and peace of mind for parents or caregivers.

Take a 360° tour

Drag to explore our Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Economy Skycouch™

Place yourself at the centre of the Air New Zealand cabin experience and take a 360° tour*.

Space to stretch out

Skycouch is for everyone

Create a flat, flexible space for you to enjoy however you like. Skycouch is a great option for families, couples and those just wanting a bit of extra personal space. You can choose the setup to suit your needs.

All three seats will be allocated to your booking and are reserved just for the passengers in your group. 

How do I use a Skycouch?

The seats are the same as an Economy seat, except you have an additional footrest that folds to form a couch. Each person can choose if they want their footrest up or down. These adjust to 60 and 90 degrees.

The arm rest on the window side goes all the way up to create a comfortable lounge space. All the armrests in the middle seats also disappear in the back of the seat. 

When it's time to rest, we'll help you get your Skycouch set up. We even have an extension seat belt for when you want to lie down. 

What are the dimensions of a Skycouch?

With the side wall arm rest up the length of the Skycouch is 1.55m (5ft 1”). And when the cushion and leg rest are combined the approximate depth of the Skycouch is 74cm (29”).

Where are the Skycouch seats located? 

The Economy Skycouch seats are located in the forward Economy cabin of all our 777 and 787-9 aircraft. Seat and row numbers vary by aircraft but can be found on our seat maps.

How much does a Skycouch cost?

Although a Skycouch gives you an entire row, it costs less than three separate seats. 

The price of the Skycouch is by how many people occupy the Skycouch. If one person occupies the Skycouch, they will pay a higher fee than if it were occupied by two people.

Like all our fares, the pricing for Skycouch depends on when and where you are going and the demand for the seats. When you book your flight you can see exactly how much a Skycouch would cost.

What should I book, Economy Skycouch™ or Premium Economy?

It depends what you want from your flight. Premium Economy gives you a premium experience for an affordable price. Find out more about a premium experience.

Skycouch is in our standard Economy cabin, so you enjoy our signature meals and inflight entertainment. But most importantly, Skycouch gives you a full row of three seats for you to enjoy with your travel group:

  • You can lift and lower special footrests to create a single bed-like surface
  • You can stretch out and snooze
  • You can share your Skycouch with a companion or up to two children, which makes it even more economical
  • If you have a baby, we can provide a special sleep capsule

So if you want a premium experience all the way to your destination, opt for Premium Economy.

If you'd like the luxury of stretching out and sleeping your way to your destination, then Skycouch could be your best option.

Skycouch Infant Harness, Belt & Pod

Available from later in 2018, the Skycouch Infant Harness and Belt allows infants to remain lying down throughout the cruise phase of flight, even when the seatbelt sign is on.

The Skycouch Infant Pod is an optional collapsible sleep space to provide additional comfort and protection for infants and peace of mind for parents or caregivers.

The Skycouch Infant Harness, Belt and Pod is complimentary for all Economy Skycouch customers travelling with infants. The Skycouch Pod will be made available for customers with infants that fit within the height limits of the pod, subject to availability.

Find out more information on the Skycouch Infant Harness, Belt and Pod.

Book a Skycouch for your journey

You can add Economy Skycouch to an Economy fare when booking long haul flights online. If the option is available you'll see 'Skycouch available' beneath the price. You'll find costs and details when you select your seats.

Choose your configuration based on how many people you're travelling with. We offer options for one Skycouch, one Skycouch plus an Economy seat or multiple Skycouches.