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Air New Zealand bunk beds for economy to take-off

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Fancy a snooze on a long haul flight? Now Air New Zealand is launching bunk beds for economy class passengers

You’re flying 12+ hours to a global destination, and the number one thing you want to do to pass the time is sleep, right?

Air New Zealand is now launching the world’s first lie-flat pods, coming to economy class.

SkyNest has been in development for the past five years, but by 2024 the new beds will be ready to take off.

The seats are fully flat, made up with real mattresses plus cooling pillows and bedding, and located in the back of the plane, right behind the premium economy cabin.

The new beds were meant to debut on Air New Zealand in 2020 but were pushed back due to the pandemic.

Passengers will be able to fly on them on the Auckland-New York route, flying non-stop for an 18 hour journey.

The fine print

But not so fast, after all this is an aviation announcement in a post covid world.

First, you can’t just rock up to the flight and sleep, and they’re not included in the economy price ticket, of course.

SkyNest is a separate product, and the bunk beds will be stacked three high, bookable in four hour increments.

That’s how much time the airline believes we need for two sleep cycles (about 90 minutes each).

When you can try it

Skynest is set to debut on the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners in 2024.

We don’t have any details yet on the cost of booking one of these bunk beds, but they will be available to all economy and premium economy passengers.

It makes us wonder what Qantas is thinking with an even longer flight to New York or London from Sydney on Project Sunrise, with not much more planned than LED lighting and space to stretch, because who really ever does that on a plane?

Over to you flying Roo!

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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This investor sold its equity stake in Twitter during Musk takeover saga

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A Securities and Exchange filing has showed active investor Elliott Management has sold its equity stake, as well as cutting its exposure, to Twitter

The company previously held 10 million stocks in the social media giant, and was one of its major shareholders.

Twitter’s stock price dramatically rose in April, on the back of Elon Musk wanting to buy the company for approximately $44billion.

The after-effects of the takeover saga are still ongoing, with the billionaire and Twitter embroiled in a legal battle.

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Why a Bitcoin mining company is going against a major merger

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Bitcoin mining company PrimeBlock has ended plans to go public via a specialpurpose acquisition company (SPAC) merger with 10X Capital.

The firms terminated the agreement via mutual consent, according to a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Plans for the merger were confirmed in April, with expectations that it would be completed in the second half of 2022, carrying an enterprise value of $1.25billion.

No official reason has been given for the decision, but it is believed the volatility of both the crypto and mainstream markets in recent months may be a factor.

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This will help million of Americans

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Adults with a hearing impairment will be able to purchase hearing aids directly from stores, pharmacies and online retailers, without the need of a prescription or doctor’s appointment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved this change, and it will come into effect in two months’ time, following years of campaigning.

The Biden Administration says this will make the devices more accessible and affordable for millions of American citizens.

The new rule only applies to certain air-conduction hearing aids and for people over the age of 18.

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