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Airline launches economy ‘lie-flat' seat

New feature designed to make coach comfier

Having a row of seats to yourself is every economy flyer’s dream. But as many will attest, laying across three seats isn’t always as comfortable as it seems – thanks to the gaps, flimsy belts, and even slight angle at which the seats rest. 



To improve comfort levels in such situations, one airline has just launched a product it labels the ‘Sleeper Seat’. 


Similar to Air New Zealand’s Sky Couch, Thomas Cook Airlines’ new offering allows passengers to stretch out across an entire row on top of a “comfy mattress” for a more restful journey. 


After taking off in the normal upright position, cabin crew transform the seats by adding the Sleeper Seat mattress with a fitted sheet, headrest, pillow, blanket and amenity kit. 


Located towards the rear of the plane, the Sleeper Seat can be booked for flights from 13 May 2019, with prices starting from £200 (AU$374) one-way. 


The service will be available on long-haul routes (like those to North America) for adults and children 12 years and older.


“We always look for ways to innovate for our customers and Sleeper Seat is a UK first that we are really proud of,” Thomas Cook Airlines Commercial Director Henry Sunley said. 


“It is a fantastic way to transform your flying experience and enjoy some extra comfort when flying in Economy.


“It’s flexible too, as while only one person can use Sleeper Seat at a time, you can swap with other people in your group during the flight…but it’s entirely up to you if you want to share!”


What do you think of the idea? Worth the extra bucks?


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 15 March 2019

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