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New York to See Latest All Nippon Airways’ Premium Products
Already connecting New York and Tokyo with its premium-heavy Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, All Nippon Airways is set to upgrade the route even further by introducing its newest business and first class products next month. The Japanese carrier first unveiled the new products, called The Room and The Suite for first class and business class, respectively, earlier this year on the comparably premium-heavy Tokyo-London route and New York will be the first city it expands to.
The new first class product, The Suite, will offer passengers a private experience with new walled suites featuring wood finishes and large plush seats on the interior. The same suites are found on ANA’s Airbus A380 FLYING HONU operating exclusively between Tokyo and Honolulu and have only been in service with ANA since May.
Located in the first two rows of the aircraft, the eight suites feature seats with a generous 38 inches of width accompanied by 76 inches of pitch. To accommodate the extensive pitch, a 43-inch and 4K in-flight entertainment screen both touchscreen and controlled by a remote will be installed in the suite.
The first class suites are the most private on the aircraft as they have fully closing sliding doors as opposed to the business class suites where the doors do not latch, leaving a small gap. For those in the center aisle, the partition can also be lowered in the event one is traveling with a companion.
The size of the suites will allow for a large foldable dining table, a cushioned seat opposite the main throne and a closet for jackets. Compartments will also line the cabin wall to allow for increased storage space.
With only 8 suites in a 1-2-1 configuration across two rows, the first class section will maintain its exclusivity as a cabin reserved for the airline’s ultra-premium passengers.
In business class, The Room will replace the existing business class product found on the Boeing 777-300ER and increase the amount of room passengers have, as well as make the experience more private. The open suites will expand the seat itself, maximizing room to stretch out and lounge during the flight as opposed to being confined to a single space with little room to move.
The cabin will feature 64 of the modern-looking suites in a 1-2-1 configuration with all seats offering direct aisle access. Suite amenities will include a 24-inch 4K in-flight entertainment system, tethered remote, multiple reading lights, USB charging ports, 110v AC power outlets, side table, foldable tray table, additional storage space and even a personal mirror.
The largest improvement over the current seat is the lie-flat capability in which there is more surface space to stretch out. With the current business class seat products, occupants are often restricted in their movements but the new seat allows for multiple options when turning in for the night.
ANA currently utilizes a 1-2-1 staggered configuration business class arrangement on its Boeing 777-300ERs, with seats along the cabin wall either a window seat or aisle seat. Using reverse facing seats with the new product, however, every seat along the cabin wall will be a window seat as there will be no direct obstructions between the seat cushion and the window. The windows themselves will also feature an upgrade in the form of an electric window shade.
With 64 seats in total, the aircraft will offer nearly the same amount of business class seats, as well as the same number of premium economy and first class seats, despite the larger seat area. Economy seats will be also increased by 4 seats to 116 seats over the premium-dense Boeing 777-300ERs. In total, the aircraft will feature 212 seats, making it one of the lowest configurations of any Boeing 777-300ERs flying today.
While the premium cabins will see the bulk of the enhancements, the remainder of the aircraft will also see some upgrades in the form of new seats and cabin improvements. Both premium economy and economy cabins will see seat upgrades similar to those currently featured on the newly-delivered Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner and the aircraft itself will feature newly-designed entrance areas and self-service galleys.
The newly-enhanced aircraft will join the Tokyo-New York route serving both Narita Airport and Haneda Airport on Nov. 8. The next route the aircraft is scheduled to be launched on is the Tokyo-Frankfurt route during the winter 2020 schedule.
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