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Economy beds on Air New Zealand

Sometime in the last two weeks or so, I saw stories about changes Air New Zealand has made to its long-haul jet cabins (and once you leave the country, every NZ flight is long haul). I thought the news was improvements to business class, which all international carriers are trying to do these days. But nooooo, turns out it was also about what it's done to the economy section, with footrests and enough legroom that a passenger -- or two passengers who know each other well -- can actually lie flat across three seats when the cabin isn't full. See the possibilities in this short post from newslite, a Web site that loves such stories.

Economy beds on Air New Zealand

Sometime in the last two weeks or so, I saw stories about changes Air New Zealand has made to its long-haul jet cabins (and once you leave the country, every NZ flight is long haul). I thought the news was improvements to business class, which all international carriers are trying to do these days. But nooooo, turns out it was also about what it's done to the economy section, with footrests and enough legroom that a passenger -- or two passengers who know each other well -- can actually lie flat across three seats when the cabin isn't full. See the possibilities in this short post from newslite, a Web site that loves such stories. 

Tom Belden
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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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