Air New Zealand has launched a new pillow which uses NASA technology to enhance sleep and comfort for passengers in a world-first.

Introduced on the airline’s Chicago route for passengers travelling in Business Premier, the hypo-allergenic pillow uses technology originally developed for astronauts.

The pillow is coated with Outlast Technology, which was developed for use in space gloves to protect against extreme temperature fluctuations and keep hands cool.

The temperature regulating product, awarded certified space technology by the Space Foundation, absorbs heat as the skin gets hot and as the skin cools the heat is released.

“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 available alongside the All Birds eye masks to enhance comfort on the Chicago route – which is the longest in Air New Zealand’s network.

The pillow is manufactured by German bedding company Paradies which actively produces bedding in a CO2-neutral process.

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