Whilst the world looks to Southwest finally opening it’s routes from the mainland to Hawaii, ANA has quietly opened booking for it’s A380 service from Toyko to Honolulu.
This is big news (pun intended) as the A380 will be the biggest plane to fly to the islands (which do not currently have an A380 service).
ANA has been promoting this new route, Toyko Narita Airport to Honolulu International, across Japan. They have even gone as far as paint special liveries on each of the 3 A380s that will eventually service the route.
Flight frequency will start on May 24th with three flights a week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday until June 30th. From there, it will increase to two flights on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
What will the service be like?
The ANA A380 will feature first class, business class, premium economy, economy, and a special ANA COUCHii, essentially a sky couch as seen on Joon (Which this author recently lambasted in an earlier article) and Air New Zealand.
There will be eight first-class suites on board the A380, in a 1-2-1 configuration.
It features a 32 inch TV screen and a privacy divider that runs the length of the suite.
On board, there are also 56 lie-flat business class seats, in the same 1-2-1 configuration ensuring direct asile access. Each seat will have a smaller, but still large 18 inch display. At the rear of the upper cabin there will be 73 reclining premium economy seats. It has around 38 inches of pitch leg room and a 15 and a half inch entertainment screen.
Lastly, there will be 383 economy seats on the lower deck, the rear few rows can be converted into the mentioned sky couch.
There will also be multiple gathering areas onboard, such as a bar area between first class and business, and a multipurpose room (which due to its proximity to the couch area at the back of the lower deck, will most likely be used for parents).
Overall, it’s an exciting use of the space that an A380 can provide, and we really hope its quite successful for ANA.
Where can we book the new Hawaii routes?
Whilst the new route will officially begin on May 24th, bookings are currently available on the ANA website here