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This airline has changed its seats to make flying with children a whole lot easier

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Flying with babies and children can be a terrifying thought.

What if they have a poo explosion? What is they cry? What if OTHER PASSENGERS GLARE AT YOU?

So, hooray for Air Zealand who are taking at least some of the stress out of travelling with little ones.

They’ve changed their Skycouch seats – three seats that covert into one flat surface – to make them even more family friendly.

Previously, the bed / seat hybrid was marketed at couples, because who doesn’t like a cuddle in the sky? But they’ve realised that they’re great for people travelling with young children too.

Air New Zealand Skycouch

Now, as well as one adult lying down next to a child, two children can lie down together for a sleep – or use the space for playing.

They’ve also changed the design, meaning that infants can lie down during take off and landing and whenever the seatbelt sign is on.

And best of all?

These seats are in economy class. You heard.

Air New Zealand Skycouch

Air New Zealand general manager for customer experience Anita Hawthorne said:

"The Skycouch has proven to be a real game changer in the economy cabin. While we initially marketed it to couples, we quickly found the product suited parents with young families especially well. Parents can relax while their children are able to have their own space and flat area to play without interrupting other passengers.

"Through this process, we've spoken to many customers who have travelled on the Skycouch and their feedback has helped to inform the updates and refinements we’re introducing this year."

The airline plans to make the modified Skycouch product available on-board its Boeing 777 and 787-9 Dreamliner fleets in the coming months.

Nice one, Air New Zealand. 

Now check out our tips for a stress free flight with your globetrotting tot.

Air New Zealand Skycouch


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George is digital editor at Closer magazine and regularly writes for Mother&Baby. She’s mum to an extremely handsome toddler, and her interests include rock and roll, weekends away and cheese. She would 100% wear Little Bird by Jools Oliver if it came in adult sizes and is a walking advert for jewelry design company Tatty Devine. 

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