ANA has subtly announced the next two routes to receive its brand new Boeing 777 cabin. ANA is refurbishing the interior of 12 of its Boeing 777s. Both the first and business class cabins on the aircraft now come as suites.
All Nippon Airways has already launched its refurbished cabin. The first Boeing 777 to get the upgrade treatment is currently flying to London every other day. This will become daily when the second refurbished aircraft is delivered. However, with 12 refurbished aircraft due, the carrier is going to need to fly the aircraft to other destinations.
The second destination to receive ANA’s refurbished Boeing 777 aircraft will be JFK. While the airline is yet to give a date for the introduction of this route, a press release said “Starting in winter 2019”. This would appear to suggest that ANA intends the route to have the newly refurbished aircraft by the end of the year. Something which seems more than plausible.
One Mile At A Time pointed out something interesting regarding this route. The aircraft will be operated to New York from both Haneda and Narita airports in Tokyo. This is because the aircraft that flies from Haneda to New York will fly back to Narita, and vice versa.
Thirdly, after sending the refurbished Boeing 777 to both London and New York, the carrier’s third destination will be Frankfurt, the aviation capital of Germany. It makes sense for ANA to fly their refurbished Boeing 777 to Frankfurt as Lufthansa is a key partner for ANA.
In fact, the two carriers have a combined six routes between Japan and Germany as part of their joint venture. This includes three cities in Germany alongside three more in Japan.
What is special about this Boeing 777 anyway?
You may think that it’s just another aircraft operating another route. However, with the refurbished interior, ANA is drastically improving its business class offering, in a similar way to British Airways with its Airbus A350.
The first-class cabin features eight suites arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration. Meanwhile, it is the business class cabin which sees arguably the biggest improvement. The cabin has 64 seats which are also in a 1-2-1 configuration. These seats become enclosed suites, and 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. However, Gilbert Ott of God Save The Points says that the new business class seat is “the best business class hard product”.
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