Lie back for the long haul
By Rebecca Lewis
4:00 AM Sunday Jan 24, 2010

Forget about flying high, Air New Zealand passengers will be laid low by new seats that allow them to lie back, stretch out and sleep - a world first for economy-class travel.

While Air New Zealand is remaining tight-lipped about the new design, it indicates it has "created the ability for passengers to lie down comfortably".

It is preparing for the unveiling, on Tuesday, of a new lie-flat seat that has been a year in development. The airline has built a full-size replica of a Boeing 777-300 economy-class cabin in a shed on Auckland's Viaduct Harbour, near the Air New Zealand headquarters.

"A team of Air New Zealanders has been conceptualising, building, testing and refining a range of new products and interiors that will quite simply redefine long-haul travel and set a benchmark for competitors to follow," said chief executive Rob Fyfe.

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