Good news for anyone flying Air New Zealand starting the second half of 2005: The airline is upgrading the cabins in its long-haul fleet. First class cabins will be eliminated and replaced with an upgraded business class featuring lie-flat beds licensed from Virgin Atlantic (which has amazing beds). A premium economy section will be added with 40″ of pitch, and economy will be upgraded to 34″ of pitch (most carriers have 31″-32″ of pitch, a measure of legroom). All seats will have on-demand video systems with nearly 800 hours of entertainment.
In other news, Northwest Airlines continues to fly 747s that have projected movies and 31″ of pitch. Hm, why can’t the US carriers compete?