Which Airlines Have Sleeping Pods?

If you are traveling through an airport, or even flying and wondering if your airline has or provides sleeping pods for clients during flights or during layovers, this guide provides comprehensive information on the airlines offering sleeping pods for passengers.

Airlines with Sleep Pod Cabins:

Emirates

  • Class: First Class
  • Plane Models with Seats Customized as Sleep Pods: Airbus A380 and Boeing 777
  • Features: Enclosed private suites with a fully flat bed, privacy doors, luxury bedding, and a virtual window in some aircraft. A380 First-class passengers also have access to an onboard shower spa.
  • Arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration on the A380’s upper level, passengers can indulge in premium amenities, including gourmet dining and a large TV with a vast selection of shows and movies.
  • Routes: Available on Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 long-haul flights.

Boeing 777 First Class Suite

  • Design: Fully enclosed suite with sliding doors, Mercedes-Benz S-Class inspired, luxury finishes.
  • Amenities: 32-inch HD TV, Bowers & Wilkins headphones, virtual windows, mini-bar, vanity mirror, on-demand dining, temperature control.
  • See details of Boeing 777 Sleep Cabins Features here.
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Airbus 777 Sleep Pod. Credit: Business Insider Review

A380 First Class Suite

  • Design: Enclosed suite with sliding doors, luxury finishes, ambient lighting.
  • Amenities: 32-inch HD TV, noise-canceling headphones, mini-bar, vanity table, on-demand dining, temperature control, access to shower spa.
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Emirates A380 First Class with Sleep Pods. Credit: Business Insider Review

Singapore Airlines

  • Class: Suites Class
  • Features: Separate bed and seat setup, sliding doors for complete privacy, luxury bedding, and a large personal space. Some aircraft have double beds in the center suites.
  • Routes: Available on Airbus A380 flights.
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Singapore Airlines Sleep Suite inside A380 airline. Credit: Singapore Airlines.

Suites Class

  • Design: Fully enclosed suites with sliding doors, minimalist elegance.
  • Amenities: 32-inch HD TV, adjustable mood lighting, personal climate control, vanity table, in-suite wardrobe, gourmet dining, private restroom.
  • Get more details here.

Qatar Airways

  • Class: Qsuite (Business Class)
  • Features: Configurable suite with sliding doors for privacy, fully flat bed, luxury bedding, and the option to create a double bed in some configurations. Family suites can also be combined for a shared space.
  • Routes: Available on select Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 long-haul flights.
  • Read more on Qatar’s website here.

Etihad Airways

  • Class: The Residence and First Apartments
    • Features (The Residence): A three-room suite with a living room, separate bedroom with a double bed, and a private shower room. Includes butler service.
    • Features (First Apartments): Large private suites with a reclining lounge chair and separate bed, vanity unit, and wardrobe.
  • Routes: Available on Airbus A380 flights.
  • Find more details here.

Details on Etihad’s Sleep Cabins

The Residence

  • Design: Three-room suite with living room, bedroom, and private bathroom.
  • Size: ~125 sq. ft.; dimensions vary across rooms.
  • Recline: Full double bed in the bedroom.
  • Amenities: 32-inch TV, personal butler service, luxury bedding, shower, vanity, gourmet dining, and dedicated luggage space.

First Apartment

  • Design: Spacious suite with separate reclining chair and bed, privacy doors.
  • Size: ~39 sq. ft.; 2.04m (length) x 0.74m (width).
  • Recline: Fully flat bed (2.04m), separate recliner.
  • Amenities: 24-inch TV, vanity unit, wardrobe, minibar, luxury bedding, on-demand dining.

Overall Features

  • In-Flight Entertainment: E-box system with extensive options, Wi-Fi, live TV, external cameras.
  • Onboard Services: Personalized service, luxury amenity kits, comfortable bedding, pajamas, and slippers in First Class.

Differences from Emirates and Singapore Airlines

  • Design: The Residence offers a unique three-room suite; First Apartments have separate bed and chair.
  • Size: Larger personal space in The Residence and spacious First Apartments.
  • Amenities: Personal butler, private bathroom with shower in The Residence, separate spaces for lounging and sleeping in First Apartments.
  • Privacy: Full enclosure in both The Residence and First Apartments.

Etihad Airways’ A380 cabins provide unparalleled luxury and privacy, especially with the unique three-room suite in The Residence and the spacious First Apartments.

British Airways

  • Class: Club Suite (Business Class)
  • Features: Fully flat bed, direct aisle access, sliding door for privacy, luxury bedding by The White Company, and a personal suite with ample storage.
  • Routes: Available on Airbus A350 and Boeing 787-10 aircraft.
  • Get details on BA’s website here.

ANA (All Nippon Airways)

  • Class: The Room (Business Class)
  • Features: Spacious suite with sliding doors for privacy, fully flat bed, large entertainment screen, and customizable seating arrangements.
  • Routes: Available on select Boeing 777-300ER long-haul flights.
  • Read more on ANA’s website here.

Air New Zealand

  • Class: Skycouch (Economy Class)
  • Features: A row of economy seats that convert into a couch for resting or sleeping. Offers a more comfortable sleeping option in economy class.
  • Routes: Available on Boeing 777 and 787-9 long-haul flights.
  • Read details on Air New Zealand Webpage.

Japan Airlines

  • Class: Sky Suite (Business Class)
  • Features: Fully flat bed, privacy partition, personal storage space, and luxury bedding. The suites offer a significant level of comfort and privacy.
  • Routes: Available on Boeing 777 and 787 long-haul flights.
  • See panaromic view here.
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Japan Airlines Sky Suite. Credit: Japan Airlines Website.

Cathay Pacific

  • Class: Business Class
  • Features: Fully flat bed, direct aisle access, privacy partition, and premium bedding. The cabin layout ensures a high level of comfort and personal space.
  • Routes: Available on Airbus A350, Boeing 777-300ER, and Airbus A330-300 long-haul flights.
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Cathay Pacific Sleep Cabins with reclining seat for sleep. Credit: Cathay Pacific Website.

Comparison of Airlines with Sleep Cabins:

Here is an expert comparison table of sleep pods offered by Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Etihad Airways:

AirlineAircraftClassDesignSizeReclineAmenities
EmiratesA380, Boeing 777First ClassFully enclosed suite with sliding doors~40 sq. ft.Fully flat bed (2m), memory foam32-inch HD TV, mini-bar, vanity table, gourmet dining, ambient lighting, temperature control
Singapore AirlinesA380Suites ClassFully enclosed suite with sliding doors~50 sq. ft.Separate bed (2m) and chair setup32-inch HD TV, wardrobe, vanity table, gourmet dining, adjustable lighting, personal climate control
Qatar AirwaysBoeing 777, A350QsuiteConfigurable suite with sliding doors~21 sq. ft.Fully flat bed (2m), memory foam21.5-inch HD TV, adjustable lighting, climate control, large dining table, double/quad configuration
Etihad AirwaysA380The ResidenceThree-room suite (living, bedroom, bath)~125 sq. ft.Full double bed32-inch TV, butler service, luxury bedding, shower, vanity, gourmet dining
Etihad AirwaysA380First ApartmentSpacious suite with privacy doors~39 sq. ft.Fully flat bed (2.04m), recliner24-inch TV, minibar, wardrobe, vanity unit, gourmet dining
This table summarizes the luxury and comfort provided by the sleeping pods on these airlines, highlighting their distinctive features and amenities.

Key Features:

  • Emirates: Enclosed suites, personal mini-bar, temperature control.
  • Singapore Airlines: Separate bed and chair, larger space, personal climate control.
  • Qatar Airways: Configurable suites, flexible group configurations.
  • Etihad Airways: The Residence offers a unique three-room suite, First Apartments have separate sleeping and lounging areas.

So which airlines have sleeping pods on their flights?

In their May 2023 announcement, Air New Zealand revealed their plan to introduce in-flight sleep pods. These cozy pods will be available for a four-hour session at a cost ranging from 400 to 600 New Zealand dollars. Below is a snapshot from the press release as reported by CNBC;

Read the press release here.

As you can imagine, this is a tall order for an airline to try and implement – the safety, comfort, and overall customer experience aspect must be on point. As of now, Air New Zealand is the only airline to have revealed plans for this kind of service; however, there are a few other airlines that offer sleeping pods as an in-flight amenity.

So, what will the Skynest be like;

Air Zealand has introduced their sleeping pods on flights, called Skynest. According to their plans, there will be six sleeping pods situated between the economy and premium economy seats. These pods can be booked for four-hour periods, with each passenger allowed one session per flight.

Flight attendants will change the bedding between each session, with a 30-minute gap provided for the change-over. At the end of the four-hour period, the light in the pod will illuminate, or if the passenger is still asleep, a flight attendant will gently wake them up.

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