updated 02:05 pm EST, Tue January 26, 2010
Air New Zealand plane redesigns announced
As part of its long-term and comprehensive aircraft revamp, Air New Zealand has added PC power, USB and iPod connections to its economy seats, along with an improved sleep pillow. Fliers making the long, 12-hour flights from California to Auckland will now be able to charge notebooks, smartphones and other devices for most of the trip.
Some airlines offer power at the seat but usually only supply one solution or the other, often forcing travelers to shut down their devices at a certain stage during the flight.
Other improvements include coach seats redesigned by Recaro, while eleven rows of three seats can convert into beds, which Air Zealand calls SkyCouches. Buying all three seats allows fliers to convert them into the couch, with the third seat sold at half price.
The changes will be introduced in new Boeing 777-300 aircraft which will come into Air New Zealand's service starting this November before spreading to other aircraft in the airline's range. [via Gadling]