All Nippon Airways (ANA) has collaborated with architect Kengo Kuma and British designers Acumen to introduce 12 redesigned Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The first redesigned aircraft will serve the Tokyo/Haneda-London route beginning August 2. The modernized aircraft will have the latest technology, design principles influenced by Japanese culture, as well as interiors designed for passenger comfort.
New First Class Seat – “THE Suite”
THE Suite is inspired by luxury Japanese hotels and surrounded by a dark wood finish throughout the cabin. The new First Class seats include privacy-enhancing doors as well as a crystal-clear 43 inch monitor. THE Suite also has a movable partition which can be adjusted upon request to pair seats as well as a universal PC and USB port.
New Business Class Seat – “THE Room”
Inspired by modern Japanese living spaces, THE Room includes flexible doors for personal privacy that can also be adjusted to share the space with fellow travel companions, as well as a forward and rearward seat layout. With a design focus on minimization and de-cluttering, the Business Class seat has a discreet area for personal belongings, with deep blue accent hues placed inside each compartment. Additionally, the seat is finished in three different wood tones – Rosewood, Light Japanese Ash and Dark Japanese Ash.
New Premium Economy and Economy Class Seat
To celebrate the history of Japan, the new Premium Economy and Economy Class upholstery has been redesigned with Japanese patterns. Traditional prints include tatami mat pattern which represents a Japanese welcome, and an arrow design taken from the Yagasuri pattern to suggest movement and direction. Passengers traveling in Premium Economy and Economy Class will also have touch screen monitors and headrests that are adjustable along six distinct axes. These are the same upgrades recently installed on ANA’s Boeing 787-10 aircraft.
In-flight Entertainment System
ANA’s new design introduces a 4K resolution personal monitor, which is available in First Class and Business Class. On this screen, passengers can adjust the lighting and the reclining angle. Personal seat monitors in all classes are powered by ANA’s MY SKY CHANNEL. The Android and iOS app allow customers to browse in-flight entertainment programs before the flight and create a favorite list that can be accessed through a paired seat monitor. Passengers can also use their personal mobile devices to control the programs playing on the seat monitor as well as use their devices as second screens for entertainment content.
New Technology and Equipment for Sleeping, Reading and Dining
Both First Class and Business Class seats will have new lights made by Panasonic. Inspired by natural sunrise, the lights have been crafted for comfort and convenience during sleeping, reading and dining. Additionally, in First Class and Business Class, ANA will provide a bespoke seat mattress and bedding in partnership with Nishikawa.
New Interior Cabin Design
ANA has also redesigned the entrance area of the aircraft complete with welcome monitors. Additionally, ANA designed a new food service area as well as a self-service bar area, which now has stocked mini-fridges. The contemporary design of the galleys integrates a back-light panel which incorporates patterns inspired by traditional Japanese hand-made paper (known as ‘washi’).
Renew of In-flight Meal Menu, Cutlery and Amenities Kits
ANA has also made upgrades to its dining service, including new cuisine tableware that will showcase on flights in autumn. All Business Class passengers can pre-order their meals on the ANA website up to 24 hours before departure and can choose from menus from other routes. This summer, starting from July 2019 on North America and Europe routes, ANA will have six different menu choices.