Which Routes Feature ANA’s New Boeing 777 Cabins?

Which Routes Feature ANA’s New Boeing 777 Cabins?

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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.

While Japan continues to remain closed to most visitors, I’m certainly hoping that Japan opens sooner rather than later. So when it’s time to travel, hopefully you can enjoy ANA’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 777 first class
All Nippon Airways new 777 first class

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.

All Nippon Airways new 777 business class
All Nippon Airways new 777 business class

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:

Nine ANA Boeing 777-300ERs feature 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
Business class on reconfigured 777s goes to row 20

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.

ANA’s website shows when a flight features new cabins

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’s schedule is all over the place at the moment, between Japan’s borders being closed to most foreigners, and Russian airspace closures, which impact the carrier’s ability to operate certain routes (especially to Europe).

So there’s a lot of inconsistency at the moment, though here are the routes that are generally scheduled to be operated by the new 777-300ERs through the summer 2022 schedule (which ends in late October):

  • Tokyo Haneda (HND) to New York (JFK) for NH109/110
  • Tokyo Haneda (HND) to London (LHR) for NH211/212; this route is currently suspended through June, and that could be extended
  • Tokyo Haneda (HND) to San Francisco (SFO) for NH107/109; as of June 29 this route is expected to be operated by a 787-9, and won’t feature first class anymore
  • Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Los Angeles (LAX) for NH105/106; as of June 15 this route is expected to be operated by a 787-9, and won’t feature first class anymore
  • Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Los Angeles (LAX) for NH5/6; as of June 15 this route is expected to be operated by a 787-9, and won’t feature first class anymore

Long term, you can expect that New York, London, and Frankfurt are the three destinations most prioritized for these cabins, as these were the first routes to get them. After that, you can expect San Francisco and Los Angeles are the next highest priority routes. As you can see, ANA is planning on flying 787-9s on some of these routes over the coming months, in which case those cabins won’t be offered.

ANA’s incredible first class catering

Bottom line

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.

While these are strange times for ANA and the airline isn’t operating its schedule consistently, the priority seems to be to offer these cabins to New York, then London, then Frankfurt, then San Francisco, and then Los Angeles. While there are some aircraft swaps in the coming months, I’d expect that general prioritization to apply going forward.

If you’ve flown ANA’s new 777s, what was your experience like?

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  1. Stefan Guest

    ANA just dropped the 777 from the winter schedule to Frankfurt. Just received an email that both NH223/224 and NH203/204 are downgraded to the 787. Very unfortunate :-(

  2. MikeyInOregon Guest

    I have a business class tix LAX-HND in late November on ANA but it's operated by a 787, I really hope that they'd switch aircraft so that I can experience The Room, it looks phenomenal in pictures and videos. Their soft product is solid in my previous experience. Very professional and efficient if a little robotic.

  3. Dag Guest

    I bought a business class ticket back in February for Tokyo-Frankfurt route in November. I chose ANA because I wanted to try the Room after I already tested JAL business class which is brilliant, with an enclosed “room” as well. Now I monitor the ANA flights and the Tokyo-Frankfurt rote is indeed operated by B787 ;( I really hope they go back to the B777 with the Room as otherwise I will be rather disappointed....

    I bought a business class ticket back in February for Tokyo-Frankfurt route in November. I chose ANA because I wanted to try the Room after I already tested JAL business class which is brilliant, with an enclosed “room” as well. Now I monitor the ANA flights and the Tokyo-Frankfurt rote is indeed operated by B787 ;( I really hope they go back to the B777 with the Room as otherwise I will be rather disappointed. I wonder if the aircraft swap has anything to do with the route being much longer because they have to avoid russian airspace?

  4. Dave Guest

    So it looks like the only US destinations to feature any sort of First Class beyond October 2022 are JFK, ORD and HNL.
    LAX and SFO are scheduled on 787-9.

    How can this be?

  5. darylnfitch New Member

    Is there a source for this: Tokyo (HND/NRT) to and fro Los Angeles (LAX) for NH105/106/NH5/6; as of June 15 this route is expected to be operated by a 787-9, and won’t feature first class anymore

    According to ANA's booking website, they are still showing the new 777s operating past June 15

  6. glenn t Diamond

    It's very optimistic to think that routes such as NRT-LHR over Russian airspace will resume in June, or this year. This conflict will go on and on, and Russia is going to be on the nose for years to come with the civilised world.
    I had a ANA F booking for last month NRT-LHR made quite a while back using LifeMiles. Although is was obvious this was cancelled by regularrly referring to ANA's route...

    It's very optimistic to think that routes such as NRT-LHR over Russian airspace will resume in June, or this year. This conflict will go on and on, and Russia is going to be on the nose for years to come with the civilised world.
    I had a ANA F booking for last month NRT-LHR made quite a while back using LifeMiles. Although is was obvious this was cancelled by regularrly referring to ANA's route cancellations online, it remaned as an OK booking up to the departure date!
    Not a peep out of ANA (or LifeMiles for that matter) indicating cancellation. WTF?
    As an alternative, I booked myself on the regularly reliable Qatar, routing SYD-DOH-LHR in Business, and cancelled the (2) ANA flights.
    At least LM did not charge the outrageous cancellation fee, just their partner booking fee.
    The moral to this tale, if there is one, is to constantly monitor flight bookings to give yourself the opportunity to make alternative arrangements if things go pear-shaped. Never rely on the foreign airlines to let you know of changes and cancellations.

  7. Omar Guest

    Flying HND-JFK F in a few days. So far I'm the only one in the cabin. They have curtailed releasing F awards significantly though.

    JAL on the other hand is a free-for-all right now.

  8. Mike O. Guest

    Hopefully JAL comes up with something just as spectacular let alone competitive for their upcoming A350-1000s. The Apex suites they currently have were certainly revolutionary when they were introduced and arguably better than ANA's former 77W product.

  9. Jeff Guest

    Right now it seems like ANA isn't offering award seats like it used to, even when the schedule opens a year out. I'm trying to rebook a Japan trip that was supposed to be this month and am looking at a year out. Before and during the pandemic, I used to see one first class seat and two business class seats on flights fairly regularly. Like in 2021 I was able to easily book all...

    Right now it seems like ANA isn't offering award seats like it used to, even when the schedule opens a year out. I'm trying to rebook a Japan trip that was supposed to be this month and am looking at a year out. Before and during the pandemic, I used to see one first class seat and two business class seats on flights fairly regularly. Like in 2021 I was able to easily book all three of those seats for May 2022. Now only some flights from the US offer one business class seat. Maybe they're waiting to see when the government opens the country up.

    1. Mick Guest

      Fwiw I flew Singapore to Tokyo to chicago in April. Had to be patient to see it open up (ie 3 days before). LifeMiles.

      I was pretty disappointed. Liked it a lot in 2017. Seems tired now. Food was pretty average today. At least a ton of storage vs JAL

  10. brianna hoffner Member

    Sweet - I'm on NH109 this Tuesday! Can't wait! Happy to take some pics for you if there's anything in particular you want to see now that it's had a couple of years in the field.

  11. Andrew Diamond

    It's always nice to read that the first class product is being removed, to look in the virgin atlantic app, and discover that they just cancelled your ticket. Thanks a lot ANA! And thanks for not telling me, VA!

    1. AlaskaFlyer1 New Member

      Were you reaccomodated in Business or was your F ticket outright cancelled?

    2. Andrew Diamond

      Hard to say. I'm waiting for VA's call center to open. It shows invalid when I look up the reservation.

    3. Andrew Diamond

      Update: cancelled. I called and they said "oh, you're lucky you noticed this. Usually ANA just tells people at the last minute." It's on me to find another pair of first class award tickets to Tokyo on the specific days I requested at work.

      That's hot. Thanks guys.

    4. Andrew Diamond

      I sure wish I didn't have north of 500k VA points. These things can't be redeemed for cash, can they? This "ANA first class award" thing is a total myth.

    5. glenn t Diamond

      Seems standard practice for ANA
      Always regularly monitor your ANA bookings, even if it's a deep dive into their website to see what's going on!

    6. Jinxed_K Guest

      Thanks for the warning, first time flying on ANA award tickets.
      Managed to grab JFK-HND in F and HND-ORD in J for December speculating country will open up, I'll make sure to keep an eye on them.

  12. Cedric Guest

    Now they just need to open up for travel...

  13. Michael Guest

    Over the winter holiday, we were schedule to fly the new business class. We were quite disappointed when we boarded to find an equipment swap to the old business class. So definitely no guarantee you’re going to get the new seats.

  14. Sarthak Guest

    With 64 seats, would this be the most dense 777 business class cabin, Lucky?

    Also noticed how you put this as one of two best business class in this one. I remember when you first reviewed the Room, you called it better than QSuites. Recency bias due to the last Qatar Airways trip?

  15. Joe Guest

    FWIW ANA has a special page showing which international routes are operating on which dates over the next few months, which I have found to be very helpful for planning purposes...

    https://www.ana.co.jp/en/jp/topics/notice200415

    1. Andrew Diamond

      Very helpful! Thank you!

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Joe Guest

FWIW ANA has a special page showing which international routes are operating on which dates over the next few months, which I have found to be very helpful for planning purposes... https://www.ana.co.jp/en/jp/topics/notice200415

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glenn t Diamond

Seems standard practice for ANA Always regularly monitor your ANA bookings, even if it's a deep dive into their website to see what's going on!

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Stefan Guest

ANA just dropped the 777 from the winter schedule to Frankfurt. Just received an email that both NH223/224 and NH203/204 are downgraded to the 787. Very unfortunate :-(

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