Air NZ offering more legroom

Air New Zealand will soon offer a new extra legroom option in economy class.

The new offering – Economy Stretch – is aimed at taller people, but you don’t have to have long legs to take advantage of it, you’ll just need slightly longer arms.

The roomy 35-inch pitch seat is expected to be rolled out on all Air New Zealand long-haul flights from late 2020.

extra legroom seat on a passenger aircraft

Passengers won’t receive the wider seats or any of the extras that come with a Premium Economy fare, but they will receive premium amenities such as a premium headset and plush pillow.

“We know one size doesn’t fit all and we want customers to have a fantastic experience, whatever the cabin,” said Air New Zealand’s chief revenue officer, Cam Wallace.

“Economy customers told us they want more space and comfort and we’re looking forward to giving customers a new option when travelling long haul.

“While our premium cabins will remain the first choice for those wanting all the luxuries, Economy Stretch is a step-up at a competitive price, and we’re confident it will appeal.”

Air New Zealand is currently refurbishing its widebody fleet to fit up to 42 new spots in each plane’s ‘stretch zone’ at the front of the Economy cabin.

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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