Air New Zealand has launched Economy Stretch.
The airline is currently reconfiguring its Boeing
777-200, 777-300 and 787-9 aircraft to fit a stretch zone at the
front of the Economy Class cabin, with up to 42 seats.
Despite being the same seat as in Economy Class,
Economy Stretch will have a 35-inch seat pitch. This compares to
Air New Zealand's standard Economy Class seat pitch of around 31 inches and
41 inches in Premium Economy.
Air New Zealand's Chief Revenue Officer, Cam
Wallace, said, "We know one
size doesn't fit all and we want customers to have a fantastic
experience, whatever the cabin. Economy customers told us they
want more space and comfort and we're looking forward to giving
customers a new option when travelling long haul. While our
premium cabins will remain the first choice for those wanting all
the luxuries, Economy Stretch is a step-up at a competitive price,
and we're confident it will appeal."
Air New Zealand is currently installing an Economy
Stretch zone across its widebody fleet with all aircraft to be
reconfigured by late 2020.
The new product will be available for
purchase from early next year and will be offered on all Air New
Zealand operated long-haul flights from late 2020.
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