The luxury of lying down for a good night’s sleep on a long-haul flight has long been limited to those who can afford expensive business class seats.
But now the budget airline Thomas Cook is offering economy passengers a similar experience.
Those flying to destinations including New York and San Francisco can reserve a ‘sleeper seat’ – a row of three singles over which a mattress is laid after take-off – from £200 (R3800) one way.
They will also get a headrest, pillow, blanket and ‘amenity kit’ including toothbrush and toothpaste. The row of seats is around 250 cm long and just over 60 cm wide, so most adults will have to curl up for comfort. But it is undoubtedly cheaper than a business class ticket or three economy seats.