For years, British Airways has tested out different kind of sleeping pods in its business class lounges. You’ve probably seen an inflatable sleep pod in a plastic bag, or you might be familiar with the sleeping pods that the airline used to use on flights to Hawaii, New York, and London. Now, British Airways is taking it a step further, rolling out sleep pods in its lounges—and the British Airways Concorde Lounge in New York City is the first airline lounge in the world to have sleep pods installed.
British Airways passengers can now buy a sleep pod at the airport. The pods, which are about the size of a large suitcase, let the weary traveler sleep for up to ten hours on demand. It’s the latest in a long line of innovations from the airline, which pioneered the use of lounges as sleeping quarters back in 1984.
British Airways introduces sleeper cabins inlounges
Gary Leff 18. May 2021 British Airways is offering a new lounge called Forty Winks, which opened Monday in its first-class lounge at London Heathrow Airport. It is currently open to business class passengers and can also be found in the Concorde Lounge in London and at JFK Airport in New York. Their sleeper cab, developed in partnership with Restworks (so there’s a source of income), includes the world’s first chair designed solely for sleeping. It’s self-service, with no advance reservations, because of course if you want a real shack in the Concorde Room you have to make reservations months in advance, and in my experience the staff often get it wrong when they make reservations in their handwritten book. There are seven gondolas in the first class lounge at Heathrow, which I don’t think will be enough if travel regains the pace it once did. They promise to disinfect the sofas with antibacterial wipes between uses. Customers can set the EnergyPod’s timer to the desired length of time or use the one-touch start button for a perfectly timed 20-minute nap. The EnergyPod tilts to elevate your legs and promote relaxation. Adjustable protective visor turns to ward off distractions. Free audio content for use during rest and travel can be downloaded through the Restworks mobile app. Once the Concorde Room is open, guests will be able to reserve an EnergyPod from dedicated hosts, request wake-up times and choose a hot drink after their break. Water and warm towels are provided for a refreshing wake-up call. Appropriations : British Airways This is an exciting addition to business class, but it will not be available in BA business lounges. It reminds me of the sleeper seats in American Airlines’ main (business) lounges, with the added bonus of a privacy screen. I don’t find them as comfortable as the Polaris lounges in United’s business class. United Polaris Lounge Newark Sleeping cabins When the then CEO of United Airlines, Oscar Munoz, introduced the Polaris concept (with much more luxurious catering than is offered today), he said: I am very happy to see that the Polaris concept has been implemented: Sleep is the new black. Sleep organization is an absolutely precious addition. And that’s why sleeping during long layovers after night flights is a big advantage. Oscar Munoz proclaimed that sleep is the new black, saying that sleep is almost 2.5 times more important than everything else in 2016. Cathay Pacific, for example, offers beds with curtains in the First Class section of The Pier in Hong Kong. There are two rooms in the Swiss First Class lounge in Zurich. Qatar Airways’ al Safwa lounge also has rooms. Cathay Pacific Day Suites have windows overlooking airport activities and private curtains. The open sleeping concept may be similar to what Emirates offers in its A-level first class in Dubai. Emirates First Class Lounge Rest Area, Terminal A Dubai So the problem is that this is a verybusiness class concept, which is appropriate in a way because it is British Airways’ first class, top 10 business class (after ANA’s new Business, Qatar Airways’ QSuites and probably on par with EVA Air’s Royal Laurel Class).