You can soon pre-reserve a trio of economy class seats on Thomas Cook that transform (to use the word loosely) into a lie-flat bed.
Thomas Cook, the British-based leisure airline, is adding “Sleeper Seats” to its A330 fleet.
“Sleeper Seats” will come with a mattress pad, pillow, blanket, and amenity kit. Seatbelts will need to remain on, but seat belt extenders will be provided so you do not feel constrained.
Henry Sunley, the Commercial Director at Thomas Cook Airlines, stated:
We always look for ways to innovate for our customers and sleeper seat is a UK first that we are really proud of. 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.
The seats will cost £199 way and only three will be available per flight. That £199 will be quite a bit cheaper than purchasing three economy class seats on most routes. Think of it as a smart way of filling seats that would have otherwise gone empty. The beds will be 57 inches by 22 inches (148cm by 67cm). 57 inches (4 feet, 9 inches) is certainly shorter than the average height…you’ll need to sleep in a somewhat fetal position.
A few additional notes. First, the seat is only for passengers aged 12 or older. Second, the crew will not serve you breakfast (or lunch or dinner) in bed. Meal service (still buy-on-board) is only permitted when you are sitting up. Finally, these new amenities are already available on flights out of San Francisco, New York, and Orlando. Soon, they will be available on all flights except to Havana. #communist #equally_miserable
Thomas Cook already offers a “Premium Cabin” onboard its A330 fleet, akin to Norweigan Premium. No doubt, this new arrangement will compete with its own front-cabin product. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather have “poor man’s business class” (i.e. three economy class seats) than a real premium economy seat. I’m surprised more airlines have not copied Air New Zealand (though note, unlike Air New Zealand, these are not special seats).
Are you more likely to fly Thomas Cook with “Sleeper Seats” available?