February 27 2023  |  Seating

Air New Zealand encourages passengers to stretch out in Economy

By Alex Preston

Economy Stretch seats are in the first four rows of Economy, and set further apart passengers to enjoy a full recline during the flight

Air New Zealand Air New Zealand has added an option for passengers flying in Economy on the airline’s Auckland to Los Angeles route.

As of today, passengers can choose from Economy, Economy Skycouch and the new Economy Stretch.

The 42 Economy Stretch seats located in first four rows of its Boeing 777 fleet, can be purchased for an additional NZD $175 one-way. Benefits include free advanced seat selection and early disembarkation, with features such as up to 39% more legroom than the airline's standard Economy seat, a 35-inch (89cm) seat pitch and a comfortable headset and pillow designed for long-haul comfort.

Commenting in a February 20 press release, Chief Customer and Sales Office Leanne Geraghty said, "Customers have told us they want more room to relax, and at a competitive price. Economy Stretch answers this challenge, with some luxury for the legs all while enjoying our renowned in-flight service, Kiwi cuisine and wine, and seat-back entertainment.

"Through innovations such as the Economy Skycouch and with Economy Skynest launching later next year, Air New Zealand continues to push boundaries in Economy travel.

"The Economy cabin welcomes the most diverse group of travellers. The introduction of Economy Stretch means we are providing more choice for customers at an Economy price point that will meet the needs of families, solo travellers, as well as those just looking for that little bit extra of extra comfort."

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