It’s the dream for any economy traveller, to arrive at your seat on the plane to find there’s NO ONE else on your row and you can lift the armrests up and stretch out horizontally. In fact, we’d go as far as to say it’s even better than most business class seat situations.

Well, one airline has decided to capitalise on this and offer mattresses to go along the rows, so you can be extra comfortable – it’ll just cost you £200 (approx €234).

Thomas Cook Airlines has just announced their new ‘Sleeper Seat’ – on sale from today. They transform a row of three into a flatbed, so you might actually be able to get some proper sleep on a long haul flight. 

plane
(Thomas Cook/PA)(Thomas Cook/PA)

They’ll be available on longer routes on its Airbus A330, such as to New York, San Francisco, Orlando and Cancun, and you won’t have to rely on luck to have the row to yourself, you can book it (without having to pay for all three seats).

You’ll take off as normal, but when the plane is in the air, the cabin crew will transform your private row into a bed with a mattress with a fitted sheet (hello luxury), head rest, pillow and blanket. The mattresses are 148.4cm long and 67cm deep, and the sleeper rows will be tucked away at the back of the aircraft.

There are are only four available per flight though, and you need to secure them at the time of booking.

 

plane
(Thomas Cook/PA)(Thomas Cook/PA)

Other than that, you’ll have the same service as normal in Economy, with James Martin meals and in-flight entertainment – on a choice of your three personal TVs. And if you’re travelling with a partner, friend or your family and don’t want to pay for multiple Sleeper Seats, you’re allowed to share the love and swap places (cue the arguments). The only rule is you need to be 12 or over.

"We always look for ways to innovate for our customers and Sleeper Seat is a UK first that we are really proud of," says Henry Sunley at Thomas Cook. "It’s a fantastic way to transform your flying experience and enjoy some extra comfort when flying in Economy."