ANA has just revealed their new First and Business Class seats, and I must say that they’re moving in the right direction.
Prior to this announcement, the airline had rolled out an entirely new First Class seat on their A380 aircraft for services between Tokyo (Narita) and Honolulu. The Business Class seat, however, only had minimal changes compared to its predecessor.
This time, the airline has announced that their latest products, also known as “THE Suite” in First and “THE Room” in Business, will be rolled out on 12 completely redesigned B777-300ER aircraft, the first of which will enter service between Tokyo (Narita) and London Heathrow on 2 Aug 2019.
In First Class, all seats will feature doors to ensure the highest levels of privacy. In addition, passengers can enjoy the latest movies on 43-inch 4K resolution IFE screens, that ANA says is the biggest in First Class.
The seats are also less boxed up than the current ones. Notice that passengers seated by the windows now get a better view of the outside when compared to the current First Class seats onboard the B777-300ER.
The new Business Class seats are arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration, with forward facing seats alternating with rear facing ones in every other row.
The layout is bold, but absolutely brilliant. It seems that the alternative orientation of the seats, plus the removal of the usual storage space in the armrest, has freed up a lot of space, giving rise to perhaps the widest seat in Business Class! I’m sure that some will complain that the seat will feel “too wide”, just like the 2006 Business Class seats on Singapore Airlines, but I won’t be one of them.
This upgrade is a massive improvement over the previous products offered on ANA, especially the Business Class seat. Passengers travelling on ANA can now look forward for a much more comfortable journey up in front.