In early July, All Nippon Airways revealed a brand new first & business class product. This caught many of us off guard for a couple of reasons:
- I wasn’t aware that ANA was even working on a new first & business class product; while other airlines hype new products for years, they announced this just weeks before it entered service
- Both first & business class look spectacular; in particular, business class looks on par with Qatar Airways’ Qsuites, if not better
The new first class hard product looks very good, though not cutting edge. Crucially, it addresses some of the issues with the previous versions of the suites, like the lack of being able to look out the window or talk to a neighbor.
Meanwhile in business class their hard product does look cutting edge, as each business class seat has a door, and looks incredibly wide.
ANA began offering these new cabins between Tokyo Haneda and London Heathrow as of the beginning of this month. Unfortunately the airline wasn’t especially clear about the rollout schedule for the new configuration beyond that.
So I’ve received tons of questions from readers about what the next routes to feature the new cabins will be, though up until now we haven’t known. Well, now we finally do… sort of.
ANA has today announced the next two routes to be operated by their new 777-300ER cabins:
- Starting in winter 2019, ANA will fly these planes between Tokyo Haneda/Tokyo Narita and New York JFK (the reason it’s operating both the Haneda and Narita flight is because ANA swaps planes for the two flights in New York)
- After that, ANA will fly these planes between Tokyo Haneda and Frankfurt
Unfortunately as of now they haven’t yet announced exactly when the planes will start flying on these routes, though at least we know that New York is next, followed by Frankfurt.
I’ve looked at seatmaps and don’t see any New York or Frankfurt flights updated with the new seatmaps, so we’ll have to be patient here.
The easy way to tell the difference between the layouts is that the new business class cabin has 64 seats, while the old cabin has either 52 or 68 seats. If the business class cabin goes to row 20, then it’s the new business class. Otherwise it’s the old business class.
In airline terms, the winter schedule typically starts in late October. However, they also don’t make the claim that the new product will be available to New York as of the beginning of the winter schedule. So realistically it could be any time between October and February that we see the route get the new cabins.
If you’re booked on the New York or Frankfurt route later this year or early next year, cross your fingers that you may luck out with this configuration!