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Additional details, images for Air New Zealand’s new Business Premier Luxe seats, SkyNest

A rendering of the new Air New Zealand Business Premier Luxe seat

After five years of design and development work, Air New Zealand’s new business class cabin is set to officially launch this week. This includes the new Business Premier Luxe offering in the bulkhead row, first revealed by PaxEx.Aero in late March.

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Note the single slab top table and wireless device charging on Air New Zealand’s new Business Premier seat

The new views now available are always renderings of the final product, not the reality. But they do reveal a few more details about the new Business Premier and Business Premier Luxe options.



Sliding door suites for Business Premier Luxe

The first row of each business class cabin (row 1 and what appears to be row 9, although row 8 is missing) will feature a pair of sliding doors to increase passenger privacy. A full-height door will slide from the front of the seat, filling the seat entry area to the floor. A second mid-height door will slide forward from the seat shell, completing the space.

A rendering showing the full door and the half door combining for the
A rendering showing the full door and half door combining for the “suite” effect of the new Air New Zealand Business Premier Luxe suite

The rendering also shows a much larger ottoman space in the Business Premier Luxe space. This space can be used for a second passenger to sit for meals. Rendering shows the largest single-top table with two place settings.

Air New Zealand's new Premier Luxe Business Suite includes an option to dine with another guest
Air New Zealand’s new Premier Luxe Business Suite includes an option to dine with another guest

A seat belt is also included on the ottoman for the guest passenger, slightly adjacent to the large in-flight entertainment screen included in the suite.



Half door for Business Premier

Regular Business Premier seats will not have the full height door for added privacy. They will, however, still have a mini door that closes above the side table, somewhat protecting the aisle.

A mini sliding door panel provides extra privacy on Air New Zealand's new Business Premier seat
A mini sliding door panel provides extra privacy on Air New Zealand’s new Business Premier seat

This design is either a gimmick to claim a sliding door over the seats or a nice option to increase mid-thigh clearance for seat-entering passengers. Or even, maybe a bit of both.

The IFE screen and tapered floor of Air New Zealand's new Business Premier seat
The IFE screen and tapered floor of Air New Zealand’s new Business Premier seat

Footroom in the Business Premier seats shrinks, unlike the larger space in the bulkhead row.

A privacy divider between the center pair of Air New Zealand Business Premier seats can be opened for passengers traveling together
A privacy divider between the center pair of Air New Zealand Business Premier seats can be opened for passengers traveling together

Other details on Air New Zealand Business Premier seats

All seats are equipped with USB-A and USB-C ports, as well as universal power outlets. Wireless charging is also included on the narrower of the two side tables at each seat.

Seat covers are fabric rather than leather, a move the company says helps reduce the carbon emissions impact of flying. Plates and other service items will also be 20% lighter than the previous generation, further reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

Note the much wider foot room and full-height sliding door of Air New Zealand's new Business Premier Luxe seat
Note the much wider foot room and full-height sliding door of Air New Zealand’s new Business Premier Luxe seat

The company claims to have invested more than 170,000 man-hours to design and develop the new headquarters. This includes working with Boeing and other partners to ensure it can fly on the airline’s 787 fleet. When the design was first unveiled in March, the company said “M]over 80,000 design and engineering hours went into the new Business Premier seats, along with 18 months of research and testing. towards the clients.”

SkyNest Economy Sleeping Pods

Business class is classy, ​​but many more travelers will fly in the back half of the plane. Air New Zealand’s new 787-9 configuration also gives them a big win. The new cabins will also include its “SkyNest” sleeping pod in economy class.

SkyNest sleepers arrive in Air New Zealand's new 787-9 configuration
SkyNest sleepers arrive in Air New Zealand’s new 787-9 configuration

First announced as a concept in February 2020 and developed by the company’s Hangar 22 innovation center, the SkyNest bunk bed design offers six fully flat beds for part-time use by Economy Class passengers.

Initially, the carrier intended to choose whether or not to launch the seating option after its inaugural Auckland-Newark flights. Although the pandemic has delayed some of the new routes, it has not halted SkyNest development.


Additional details on the Business Premier Luxe, Business Premier and SkyNest products are expected later this week when the company releases its official announcement.


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