All Nippon Airways (ANA) will offer a first class cabin on its Tokyo-Honolulu route for the first time early next year, when the airline’s new four-class Airbus A380 superjumbo is set to take over the route.
The Japanese carrier today unveiled the details of its upcoming double-decker A380 for the first time ahead of its debut on the route to Hawaii next spring.
The first class cabin, located at the front of the top deck, will offer eight first class seats, each with their own personal doors. Seats will be laid out across two rows in a 1-2-1 configuration, and will be separated from the business class section by an extended galley space. All seats will have a 32-inch screen, a wide table, extra reading lights, and a personal linen closet.
Located behind the first class cabin, also on the upper deck, is the business class section, which offers 56 fully flat seats in a staggered 1-2-1 format. This configuration results in “paired” seats in the centre on every other row – likely to be a popular feature for couples travelling to the resort destination – as well as individual window seats that alternate between being closer to the window or the aisle.
All business class seats have aisle access, however, as well as an 18-inch monitor screen, and a wide table and side table. ANA has not yet confirmed the measurements for the first and business class seat products.
It has, however, confirmed the pitch for the premium economy, and economy and “ANA Couchii” seats.
Premium economy, located at the back of the plane on the upper deck, will be laid out 2-3-2 with all 73 seats offering 38 inches of pitch. Seats will also have a 15.6-inch touchscreen monitor (though this will be 11.6 inches on the first row of the cabin), a leg rest and a six-way adjustable headrest.
The 383-seat economy class cabin, meanwhile, occupies the entirety of the lower deck and is laid out 10-across in a 3-4-3 configuration. These seats offer a generous 34-inch pitch, along with a 13.3-inch touchscreen monitor (as with the premium economy cabin, these will be 11.6 inches on the first row), and a headrest that is also adjustable in six directions.
Also of note with the ANA’s A380 is the seven rows at the back of the lower deck that are occupied by 60 “ANA Couchii” seats. As with economy, these are laid out in a 3-4-3 pattern, however each couch also has leg rests that can be fully lifted up in order to provide a wider flat surface for passengers lying across the seats. The only downside is that these seats come with a 32 rather than 34-inch pitch when you’re not using them as a couch.
Seats in all classes will also feature PC and USB outlets. A “multi-purpose room” located behind the aircraft’s ANA Couchii seats on the lower deck will also provide a space for passengers to change their clothing before landing, as well as for parents to tend to their infants.
The seats are not the only part of the A380 that ANA has unveiled, however. For starters, the aircraft has been outfitted with special rainbow, ocean and sky-themed lighting patterns reflecting the holiday destination.
Meanwhile, the aircraft’s Flying Honu turtle-themed livery has now been expanded to encompass three colours – blue, teal and orange. ANA confirmed the new liveries last year when it held an open competition for members of the public to submit ideas for the new aircraft’s design.
ANA has a total of three A380s on order and will be the only Japanese carrier to fly the aircraft when it takes delivery of the superjumbos.