Earlier this year ANA showcased its new A380, Flying Honu. Onboard the aircraft was a completely new cabin. However, those who can’t fly Japan to Hawaii needn’t feel left out as 12 of ANA’s Boeing 777s are set to get a huge refit.
All Nippon Airways is set to refit 12 of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. This will see the old cabin ripped out and replaced with 212 new seats. This will comprise 8 first class suites, 64 business class suites, 24 premium economy seats, and 116 economy seats. The aircraft will debut on the Tokyo Haneda to London route from August 2nd. Let’s take a look inside!
The new first-class cabin will feature eight seats in a 1-2-1 configuration known as “The Suite”. Each seat is forward facing, with passengers given an entire suite that can be shut off for privacy. For those in the central seat, an adjustable divider allows couples to communicate, while providing solo passengers with privacy.
The airline claims that The Suite is its most spacious on their aircraft, suggesting it beats their A380’s first class. In the image above you can see a 43″ screen. The airline claims this is the first personal 4K monitor in the skies.
Sitting just behind the small first class cabin is business class. Here, passengers will find 64 seats split into four sections. Again, in a 1-2-1 configuration, these seats will also be fully enclosed rooms. They are known as “The Room”.
The main difference between first and business is that the room is in a staggered layout. Only every other row faces forward. This allows the room to have a slightly shorter length than the suite as the feet area of the beds overlaps.
The premium economy cabin is also fairly small at just 24 seats. This comprises three rows of 2-4-2. Like the ANA domestic Boeing 787 fleet, these seats will also benefit from adjustable headrests and new IFE screens.
Last but not least, the economy cabin will see new seats installed. There will be 116 seats. These will mostly be ten abreast in a 3-4-3 configuration. This could prove cosier on the long flight from London to Tokyo. Currently, the cabin has a 2-4-3 layout of nine abreast. Economy will also receive the upgrades found on the domestic Boeing 787 fleet.
Still not sure which cabin is best? Take a look at the airline’s promotional video:
When can I experience it?
ANA’s refurbished Boeing 777-300s will be debuting on the route between Tokyo Haneda and London Heathrow. Until a second aircraft is delivered, the aircraft will operate on even numbered dates in August. Then in September, the service will operate on odd-numbered dates. Around the end of August or the beginning of September, the aircraft will become daily when a second is delivered.
What do you think of the refurbishment? Which class would you pick? Let us know in the comments!