8 APRIL 2019
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Improvements to inflight arrangements for the youngest travellers have earned Air New Zealand a top international accolade, the Crystal Cabin Award (CCA).
It follows enhancements introduced for the Economy Skycouch. The additions include introducing a dedicated infant harness to allow babies to remain lying down throughout the cruise phase of a flight, a new infant pod and modifications to the Skycouch Cuddle Belt so two children can share the Skycouch side by side.
The CCA is the only international award for excellence in aircraft interior innovation, with Air New Zealand winning the greener cabin, health, safety and environment category.
Accepting the award on behalf of the airline at the CCA gathering in Hamburg were general manager customer experience Nikki Goodman and head of aircraft programmes Kerry Reeves.
Goodman said: “The Skycouch has always been popular with young families and it’s fantastic to be recognised for the enhancements which were designed to help make it easier for families to travel with young children.”
The Skycouch, which was designed by the airline, is a row of three Economy seats that convert into a flat, flexible surface for rest, relaxation and play. It was introduced in 2011 and the modifications brought in last year.
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