- Joe Breitfeller
ANA Unveils Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner With Newly Redesigned Cabin
Today, ANA introduced their first newly designed Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with 375 seats, including 10 additional Premium Class seats for a total of 28. The aircraft is ANA’s first 787-9 equipped with a personal screen on all Premium and Economy Class seats.
On Wednesday (December 8, 2021), All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced the introduction of their first newly designed Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which will be introduced today (December 9, 2021). The aircraft features 375 seats, including ten additional Premium Class seats for a total of 28, as well as a personal IFE screen on all Premium and Economy Class seats. Additionally, the personal screen monitors in Economy Class have been expanded from 11.6 to 13.3 inches, the largest size for domestic flights. The cabin refurbishment also includes revamped and enhanced seats. The first flight of the revamped aircraft, NH477, was scheduled to depart Tokyo-Haneda today at 15:25 with arrival at Okinawa-Naha scheduled for 18:20.
In Wednesday’s announcement, ANA’s Senior Vice President, Customer Experience Management and Planning, Junko Yazawa, said,
“The Boeing 787 has served ANA with distinction for a decade now, and we are excited to add more comfort and functionality to our fleet of incredibly capable aircraft. The new features on the Boeing 787-9 strengthen an already great aircraft and will improve the passenger experience on domestic flights. ANA has always put passengers first and will continue to take all necessary steps to enhance comfort and convenience for everyone who chooses to fly with us.”
The new cabin design features seats manufactured from Safran Seats US, which have been well received on the Boeing 777-200 aircraft since being introduced in the fall of 2019. Inspired by the First Class seating on ANA’s international flights, these seats will be the highest quality Premium Class seats available on domestic flights in Japan. The Premium Class seats offer a width of 22 inches and also have a 15.6 inch flat-screen personal monitor. They also feature large dividers between seats for greater security and privacy, intuitive electric seat controls, a storage compartment, a large swiveling tray table and easily accessible power and USB ports.
The new aircraft also features the same Economy Class seats that have been well-received on ANA’s domestic Boeing 777-200s. The seats are made to the highest standards of Japanese quality by incorporating ergonomic technology developed for automobile seats by Toyota Boshoku and ANA’s expertise in seat design. Each seat has a unique fabric design, allowing guests to experience new inflight spaces every time they board. As previously mentioned, the Economy Class seats feature a 13.3 inch thin personal monitor as well as power and USB ports. The cup holders have been designed with a clover shape to make it easier to remove paper cuts.
By the end of 2021, 61 of ANA’s domestic aircraft will be equipped with personal monitors including 22 Airbus A321neos, four Boeing 777-200s, six Boeing 787-8s (Premium Class only) and two 787-9s. International aircraft with seat monitors currently serving on domestic routes include 11 Airbus A320neos and 16 Boeing 787-8s.
Founded in 1952, ANA serves 82 international and 118 domestic destinations from their dual Tokyo hubs at Narita and Haneda airports. The carrier has been a Star Alliance partner since 1999 and currently has joint partnerships with United Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines. The ANA Group also owns Japanese low-cost carrier (LCC) Peach Aviation Limited. ANA has approximately 43,000 employees and operates a fleet of 260 aircraft. Additionally, the carrier was the launch customer and is the largest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Family aircraft, and is the only Airbus A380 operator in Japan.
Source: All Nippon Airways