Air New Zealand is now using NASA technology for airline pillows

The humble airline pillow is often an overlooked detail in the overall passenger experience. Too soft? Not soft enough? Not supportive enough? Too warm? Those who aren’t bringing their own rely on this amenity to get that necessary sleep in.

Air New Zealand have acknowledged this by becoming the first airline in the world to launch an innovative new pillow, which uses technology that was originally developed by NASA for astronauts. This means that it has been coated with “Outlast”, a product used in space gloves to protect against extreme temperature fluctuations and keep hands cool. It works by absorbing heat as the skin gets hot, and releasing heat as the skin cools.

The new hypo allergenic pillow has been introduced on the airline’s Chicago route and is available to passengers travelling in Business Premier.

“We know quality sleep is important to our passengers, particularly those travelling in Business Premier on our long haul routes”, said Air New Zealand Senior Manager Customer Experience Niki Chave. “This pillow allows passengers to lay on the side that regulates their temperature or sleep on the regular side, which ultimately gives them more control over their environment”.

The pillow is manufactured by premium German bedding company Paradies which actively produces bedding in a CO2-neutral process, keeping climate protection and sustainability at the core of its business.

The pillow is now available alongside the All Birds eye mask to enhance comfort on the Chicago route, the longest in Air New Zealand’s network. For more information and bookings on Air NZ head to their website HERE.

Chris Singh

Chris Singh is an Editor-At-Large at the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.