Air New Zealand has announced that it is retrofitting its widebody fleet to accommodate a new seating style. Named Economy Stretch, the new product will be located in the front area of the Economy Class cabin and will offer 35 inches of pitch for passengers. Current Economy seating offers 31 inches of legroom.

According to Air New Zealand, passengers in Economy Stretch will receive all the perks as those flying in Standard Economy. Passengers will enjoy free Wi-Fi on enabled planes, access to New Zealand wine and cuisine along with gate-to-gate entertainment options.

Besides more legroom, the new seating will let passengers enjoy noise-canceling headphones and a plush pillow. The new Economy Stretch seats will also feature a sculpted seat back and softer headrest for greater comfort. Air New Zealand has revealed that this is an upgraded seat option from Economy Class that will remain at a competitive price point.

The airline has stated that it intends to have all of its widebody aircraft retrofitted with the new Economy Stretch product by the end of 2020. Its goal is to add this seating option in its Boeing 777-200, 777-300 and 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The airline also revealed that the Economy Stretch product will be made available for booking from early 2020.

In case you were wondering, Air New Zealand will continue to offer Premium Economy seat options for its customers. Premium Economy seats currently offer flyers 41 inches of legroom.

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