Air New Zealand Offers Beds in Coach
3-seat 'Skycouch' designed for couples, families
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2010 5:36 AM CST
This photo released by Air New Zealand shows the airline's new "Skycouch" option.    (AP Photo/Air New Zealand)
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(Newser) – Beds in the sky aren't just for first and business-class passengers any more, says Air New Zealand. The airline unveiled its new "Skycouch" seat design today, which allows couples or passengers with children to turn three seats into a bed by lifting armrests and a footrest. Passengers buying the three seats pay the price of two-and-a-half.

Skycouches will take up a quarter of economy seats on some long-haul flights the BBC reports. "For those who choose, the days of sitting in economy and yearning to lie down and sleep are gone," the airline's chief executive told reporters. "The dream is now a reality, one that you can even share with a traveling companion. Just keep your clothes on, thanks."