This week, Air New Zealand unveiled its all-new cabin interior, including its latest Business Premier seats, designed and manufactured by Safran Seats. Entering service in 2024, they will modernize the airline’s current Boeing 787-9 fleet, which aims to give its passengers “the best sleep in the sky”.
Air New Zealand has chosen a concept that creates a “home from home” experience. Developed in collaboration with Safran Seats, this seat is specially designed for the Boeing 787 without compromise, maximizing the space available in this type of aircraft. The New Zealand airline also offers two choices in the Business Premier cabin:
The Business Premier seat offers a comfortable and intimate nest for a comfortable journey and a peaceful sleep. If traveling with a companion, the seats in the middle of the cabin allow customers to open their nest and share their journey. The herringbone cabin configuration creates an equal experience for all passengers and ensures better sleep with the passengers’ heads away from the aisle. High hulls combined with adjustable aisle and center dividers contribute to a relaxed flight and a private environment for the passenger. Passengers have several personal storage compartments certified for taxi, take-off and landing (TTL) phases, as well as multiple surfaces, including a large electrically assisted one-piece dining table. In addition to the many traditional functions, this suite takes the flight with the wireless charging function and with an active backrest that offers the passenger another way to control their personal comfort, certified for various TTL positions.
The Business Premier Luxe seat is designed for the best sleep in the sky. Air New Zealand’s new offer is aimed at customers looking for even more space and privacy. A luxury experience with all the functionality of the Business Premier seat, but with a door that closes the suite completely and room for two to eat. This top-of-the-range first row is offered on several seats in the Safran range, where the traditional landmarks of the first row have been replaced by a modified front section that offers maximum privacy and space for the passenger, while maintaining the same footprint. on earth. It also enables new and improved experiences, such as welcoming a companion to your suite. Air New Zealand thus increases the usable space for the passenger by 25%.
Kerry Reeves, director of flight programs for Air New Zealand, said: We really encouraged Safran to think outside the box and push the boundaries of what we can do with the Business Premier seat to optimize the configuration and customer experience. The creative work was done almost entirely during the Covid-19 crisis, which added a layer of complexity. We could not travel to the Safran site to validate our ideas and concepts, so we built two identical models, in New Zealand in our innovation lab and at Safran to ensure we had a common interpretation of the design and valid feedback on technical development , layout and functionality.
Vincent Mascré, chairman of Safran Seats, says: “ We are delighted to provide Air New Zealand with a product dedicated to ultra-long-haul flying that meets their need to offer their passengers choice. These seats are the result of incredible work between our two companies and will allow a better journey for all Air New Zealand passengers. The creation of this seat testifies to the remarkable qualities of the experienced teams of Air New Zealand and Safran Seats based in the United Kingdom”.