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Air New Zealand to introduce extra-legroom economy seats

Air New Zealand is introducing a new, more spacious Economy product on its widebody fleet from late 2020, offering customers extra legroom and perks on long-haul flights.

“Economy Stretch” will use the current Economy seat but offer 35 inches of pitch (the distance from seat-back to seat-back). That’s four inches more than passengers get in Standard Economy, but less than the 41 inches offered in Premium Economy.

Economy Stretch customers will also receive a premium headset and plush pillow.

Air New Zealand is currently reconfiguring its Boeing 777-200, 777-300 and 787-9 aircraft to fit a stretch zone at the front of the Economy cabin, with up to 42 of these spacious spots.

Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace says it’s exciting to introduce further choice to the Economy cabin.

“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.”

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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