“Our partnerships with Mr. Kuma and Acumen illustrate that ANA has sought out the input of the most influential voices in the design community for these innovative new cabin designs. In 2010, we were the first in Japan to introduce the full flat seat with all aisle access and in order for ANA to continue to lead and set the global standard for comfort and convenience, we knew that it would be necessary to integrate the latest insights from design professionals as we sought to redesign the flight experience and elevate every aspect of travel for our passengers.”
All Nippon Airways has unveiled images of it’s new premium cabins to be fitted to 12 of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Configured in a premium heavy layout featuring 8 First Class seats, 64 in Business, 24 in Premium Economy and 116 seats in Economy. The project has been carried out in partnership with Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and London based design firm Acumen, whos previous work includes inventing British Airways’ Bed in the Sky in 1996, and more recently Etihad Airways Residence suite.
Hideki Kunugi, Executive Vice President of All Nippon Airways said of the project:
Starting at the front of the plane, the new First Class product, dubbed “The Suite” is inspired by luxury Japanese hotels and features privacy doors, numerous connection options and the worlds first 43 inch 4K IFE screen. Centre seats feature movable partitions to allow couples to sit together.
Moving back, the Business Class cabin, known as The Room looks very reminiscent of Qatar Airways’ Qsuite product, with slightly different doors. Inspired by modern Japanese living spaces, the seat is double the width of the previous Business Class product found on the airline and claims to be one of the widest Business Class products in the world. The seat will also feature a large 4K IFE monitor. Unlike the QSuite however, it doesn’t appear that the two centre seats can be turned into a double bed.
The Premium Economy cabin is set out in a 2-4-2 layout, where as the Economy cabin is in the now almost industry standard densified 3-4-3 layout. Both cabins feature seat covers designed in traditional Japanese patterns that do not repeat throughout the cabin, meaning each seat has a completely unique pattern. The IFE is provided by touch screen monitors and seats feature fully adjustable head rests, and are the same as what has been installed on All Nippon Airways’ recently delivered 787-10 aircraft.
IFE in all classes can be linked to passengers mobile phone via an app that can be downloaded before the flight, which is something that I have experienced on Lufthansa’s Airbus A350 aircraft and was handy for creating a playlist before the flight. Further enhancements to the aircraft include mood lighting manufactured by Panasonic which mimics sunrise and sunset and is designed to aid sleeping. Also included to aid rest in the premium cabins will be bespoke seat mattresses and bedding provided by Nishikawa.
Also featured on the aircraft is a completely revamped entrance area designed to resemble a hotel reception, complete with welcome monitors, which is something I have personally yet to see on any aircraft. Another cabin enhancement is a self service bar area, featuring fully stocked fridges complete with drinks and snacks to be consumed at any time on board.
Its not just the hard product that has seen enhancements. All Nippon has also completely renewed its on board dining experience featuring new menus, tableware and the ability to pre-order meals up to 24 hours in advance of the flight. Updated amenity kits in premium cabins have also been mentioned.
The newly refurbished aircraft will roll out on the Tokyo Haneda – London Heathrow route on 1st August 2019, initially operating the NH211/212 rotation on even numbered days in August and odd numbered days in September until further aircraft have been refurbished.
More info on All Nippon Airways can be seen here: https://www.ana.co.jp/en/gb/