In the summer of 2019, Japanese Star Alliance carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) revealed an all new first & business class product. In this post I wanted to take an updated look at ANA’s progress with installing these new cabins.
With Japan having reopened its borders to visitors from around the globe, I know many people are once again planning trips on ANA, so hopefully many OMAAT readers will be able to enjoy the carrier’s new cabins.
Basics of ANA’s new first & business class
All Nippon Airways’ new first class & business class products are truly spectacular. ANA has always had incredible service, and now the airline finally has a hard product to match.
All Nippon Airways’ new first class, known as “The Suite,” is phenomenal. The hard product as such doesn’t look that amazing, but it’s a huge improvement over the old product. First class has eight very comfortable suites, each of which is comfortable and private. Personally I rank this as the world’s third best first class, thanks largely to ANA’s top notch soft product.
All Nippon Airways’ new business class, known as “The Room,” is really what’s most revolutionary. The seats have doors and an unreal amount of personal space. I consider this to be one of the world’s two best business class products, along with Qatar Airways Qsuites.
Which flights have ANA’s new first & business class?
While there are certain markets where All Nippon Airways consistently offers the new cabins, we have seen some variance. Of course the pandemic has changed airline strategy, and that applies to aircraft scheduling as well.
So let me share the basics of how many ANA 777s have the new cabins, how you can tell if your flight features the new cabins, and finally which routes currently feature the new cabins (though of course that’s subject to change).
How many ANA 777s have new first & business class?
All Nippon Airways has 15 Boeing 777-300ERs in its fleet. Nine of the 15 jets currently feature the new cabins, meaning that 60% of ANA’s 777-300ERs have the new first & business class. Six of these planes have been delivered to the airline since 2019, with the new cabins, while three 777-300ERs have been reconfigured with the new cabins (these planes are 10+ years old).
If you want to track registration codes, the following nine Boeing 777-300ERs feature the new cabins:
How can you tell if an ANA flight has the new cabins?
You can tell whether or not your flight is scheduled to feature All Nippon Airways’ new cabins just by looking at the seatmap. The easiest way to tell is to look at the business class seatmap:
- 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
If you’re on ANA’s website and a flight is scheduled to be operated with the new cabins, you’ll also see the prominent display of “THE SUITE” for first class and “THE ROOM” for business class.
Again, it’s only select Boeing 777-300ERs that have these cabins. You won’t find these cabins on other aircraft, including 787s, A380s, etc.
Which routes have ANA’s new 777 cabins?
ANA has had significant schedule changes recently, between Japan reopening its borders to foreigners, plus Russian airspace closures, which impact the carrier’s ability to operate certain routes (especially to Europe).
So while there’s some inconsistency, here are the routes that are generally scheduled to be operated by the new 777-300ERs for the 2022-2023 winter schedule (which runs through late March 2023):
- Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Chicago (ORD) for NH111/112
- Tokyo Haneda (HND) to London (LHR) for NH211/212
- Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Los Angeles (LAX) for NH105/106
- Tokyo Haneda (HND) to New York (JFK) for NH109/110
- Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Chicago (ORD) for NH11/12
- Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Los Angeles (LAX) for NH5/6
In other words, as it stands, all flights to Chicago, London, and New York, should feature the new cabins, while some flights to Los Angeles feature the new cabins.
All Nippon Airways introduced a phenomenal new first & business class in 2019, and the airline is making good progress with rolling out this product. At this point 60% of ANA’s 777-300ERs have the new cabins, so odds of getting them are good.
For the current schedule, you can expect the new cabins to be offered all flights to Chicago, London, and New York, and some flights to Los Angeles. While you’ll always want to check the seatmap for changes or aircraft swaps, that’s the current general plan.
If you’ve flown ANA’s new 777s, what was your experience like?