All Nippon Airways (ANA) has revealed a new 72-seat premium product, five years in the making, that will be retrofitted to a dozen Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and begin operation from the start of August.
Designed in collaboration with architect Kengo Kuma and British designers Acumen, the overhaul includes an all-new First Class seat dubbed “THE Suite”. Inspired by luxury Japanese hotels, the fully enclosed seat features a privacy door and a 43-inch monitor, the world’s first 4K personal monitor on a commercial jet.
THE Suite also boasts a movable partition that can be adjusted upon request to pair seats as well as a universal PC and USB port. For the ultimate in grandeur, a luxurious dark wood finish features throughout the cabin.
ANA’s latest product investment also includes a new seat design for Business Class called THE Room. Inspired by modern, multifunctional Japanese living spaces, THE Room offers for the first time flexible doors for personal privacy that can also be adjusted to share the space with fellow travel companions, from dining together with the family to conducting meetings with colleagues.
Offering a forward and rearward seat layout, THE Room has one of the largest Business Class seating environments in the world, with a wide sofa that is double the width of previous Business Class seating.
With a design focus on minimisation and decluttering, the Business Class seat offers a ‘place for everything’ including discreet areas for all personal belongings, with deep blue accent hues placed inside each compartment. To bring warmth and a ‘home away from home’ feel to the cabin, Kengo Kuma finished the seats with three different wood finishes inspired by modern Japanese homes: rosewood, light Japanese ash and dark Japanese ash.
In First Class and Business Class, ANA will be providing seat mattresses and bedding. The cabin is split with 8 First Class “Suites” and 54 Business Class “Rooms”.
A revamped entrance area of the Boeing 777-300ER has also been developed to create a “hotel like reception complete with welcome monitors”. A new food service area has been rolled out, providing a self-service bar area, boasting mini-fridges with beverages and snacks for passengers to enjoy.
The first redesigned 777-300ER will serve the Tokyo Haneda/London route (NH211/NH212) from 1/2 August.