Air New Zealand’s ultra-long-haul Boeing 787-9 cabins

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The new Business Premier seats bring Air New Zealand’s business class experience closer in line with other airlines

Business Premier is based on Safran’s Versa seat platform

Business Premier has generously sized side furniture for personal items during long flights

17.5 hours is a long time for a passenger on an ultra-long-haul flight. But spare a thought for the crew: we will look into how their rest needs are addressed in the B787-9s

Business Premier Luxe adds a little more space, a privacy door, and a seat for companion dining

Business Premier Luxe features a larger ottoman for companion dining

The comfort features of Safran’s Versa will face the toughest test on Air New Zealand’s ultra-long-haul routes

Note the closed privacy door on the Business Premier Luxe seat to the right of the image

The premium economy seats feature large seatback IFE displays and privacy headrests

Premium Economy is sure to be a popular travel option on Air New Zealand’s ULH routes. The airline has selected the ZIMPrivacy seat from ZIM Aircraft Seating, which was a runner-up in its category at the 2022 Crystal Cabin Awards

Economy Skynest is a fantastic option for ULH economy flyers, and for Air New Zealand’s ancillary revenues. As Skynest pods will only be bookable for a few hours, they will be a tricky pricing proposition, but one the airline has doubtless analysed to get the right balance

The Economy Skynest bunks may look simple but they are a significant innovation for the passenger experience. Airlines around the world will be closely watching their pricing and commercial success – especially as the design is available to licence

A small space but a big advance: Economy Skynest is a major moment in cabin design

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Ever since his first flight on a TriStar, Adam has loved air travel, and since becoming editor of the Aircraft Interiors International brand he has really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the latest aircraft and airline products before they are even launched. Adam co-ordinates the running of the magazine, from commissioning articles and artwork, to ensuring that high standards of quality are maintained, as well as managing online content. Adam is proud to sit on the jury of the Crystal Cabin Awards and to have laid on the bed in Etihad's Residence.

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