Air New Zealand Designs Special Harness For Children During Flights

By June 28, 2018

Air New Zealand has developed a special harness to keep babies and toddlers lying down when the seatbelt sign is on.

This prevents parents from having to wake them up for takeoff and landing.

As well as testing out this new cradle, the airline will be updating their existing Skycouch Cuddle Belt.

This comfortable space is created by converting economy seats into cosy surfaces for young kids to rest on.

While this only used to accommodate one child at a time, young siblings and parents will now be able to have a rest too.

The changes are awaiting approval from regulatory bodies.

If successful, they will be launched within the next few months.

Passengers will then be able to try out the baby-friendly areas onboard Boeing 777 and 787-9 Dreamliner vessels.

The original Skycouch concept will be available for parents to use until then.

Air New Zealand General Manager Anita Hawthorne believes that the invention will make travelling a lot easier for families.

She 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."

Reference: 
Walton, John " Air NZ Explains New Comfort And Safety Options For Infants And Children", Runway Girl Network, 27 March 2018

 

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