I will be on NH 111 from NRT-SIN and saw that they have the ANA Business Cradle seats. Does anyone have experience with these seats?
Are they comfortable for some rest and sleep?
This is rather subjective, but I don't mind them. Then again, I have a hard time sleeping in any airplane seat, no matter how flat. They are very good for lounging, on the other hand.
Are the single seats good to be in or is it exposed?
When sleeping, there are slight partitions on either side of the seat (not to mention the storage boxes), so they are not as exposed as you might think.
I guess it's better to sit in row 2 or 3 instead of row 5 and above as the service will start from the front?
There's not really a difference in service. If you're worried about not getting your first choice, CAs tend to take requests first and them prioritize them based on elite status, so your seat number does not matter as much.
Is the seat actually the same as on the B787 which is used for domestic/regional routes?
Yes, at least on the short haul internationally-configured 787s (i.e. not the long-haul 787s with Business Staggered seating). (I haven't flown on a domestically-configured 787 yet so I'm not sure about those.)
Just came in from SIN last night on NH902, new cradle seats, very hard !!. I'd get a middle seat if I were you, they are single seats and you get a storage compartment too. The food in Business was....well.....not good, some Okayu dish (some kind of porridge dish) just awfull !!! and a western style omlet. Granted this was the midnight flight so the only real meal was breakfast.
The seat isn't really made for sleeping and if you're taller than 183cm you'll find the leg room lacking.
The service is typical Japanese.....very pleasant and a smile with every refill and request. Robotic but nice.
Thanks you all. I flew on the business cradle seat and felt it was perfectly ok for a day flight. Could manage a few hours of sleep and felt the padding was good. I am 176cm so the seat is more comfortable for my height.
As other people have noted the cabin does get quite warm though and they used plastic cups for the pre departure drinks. Also IFE did not seem to have any tv shows in English. However service was flawless.
We flew on this 10 hour flight in the business cradle seat on 767-300ER. We found the seat to be very comfortable to have a meal and watch entertainment on the AVOD and comfortable enough for a short nap. It isn't as comfortable as a lie-flat seat, though. Still, being our first ANA flight, we found the service to be excellent. The purser was kind, helpful and genuinely interested to make the flight as comfortable as she could make it. We were provided with rental oversized sweaters for the flight (returned at the end of the flight). Although no amenity kits were distributed, the purser provided us with what we needed, and all of the necessities were placed in a basket on an empty seat with snacks for the taking. The food was OK, nothing special, but again it was the service that made all the difference. We look forward to our next ANA flight!
I flew the new Business Cradle seats earlier this week from Narita to Hong Kong. It was a very empty flight and I had two seats to myself. Compared to the older ANA Business seat that I flew from SGN to NRT, this cradle seat is much better in terms of recline and comfort. It has all the latest gadgets, and the 777 style cabin interior makes it a delight.
It is still a regional recline seat but is acceptable for these intra-Asian flights. Delhi/Jakarta/Denpasar might be pushing, but other flights are okay.
However, ANA meals in business class are nice, but the quantity are getting smaller. The entree was nice, but the portion was very tiny. For a five hours flight, I would be pretty hungry if I did not eat during my transit at Narita, and if my body clock was local. It was midnight at LA so not very hungry, but given how small portion the food was on my previous flight from LAX to NRT, I would be very hungry if I resisted the temptation on the Chicken Tempura soba at the food court.
Anyway, back to topic, ANA Cradle seat is nice.
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