All Nippon Airways Mileage Club - 787 - window seat or centre console?
Apr 1, 12, 5:31 am
I don't think this has been asked yet but are there any seat recommendations for the 787 international?
I currently have 2F which I've now realised is actually a single-centre seat (not a window seat). The only window seat available is 13A which is smack-bang over the wing.
Considering HND-FRA is a night-time flight it shouldn't be too bad, but does any one have views on the last row of business over the wing compared to the second row up front? I do like to star-gaze and also see the land below when the sun comes out.
I'm annoyed at myself as I tried to select a seat when I made the booking last year but the system wasn't working; then I forgot about it until last month.
Apr 9, 12, 11:44 pm
I did NHD -> FRA on the 787 at the end of February and it was just boringly dark all the way! (Although the electric tint on the windows is kind of cool.)
HOWEVER, because of the staggered configuration, if you have a centre-centre seat you get two side tables instead of the normal one! If you have a centre-but-with-2-seats-in-the-centre seat, then you have a long thin table rather than the normal square one. I wasn't sure if they looked better or not.
If I'd know, I would have gone for 2F or 4F because of the extra table space, and the bit of extra privacy when you recline your seat between the two tables!
Apr 22, 12, 11:07 am
As it turned out, in the end I was assigned 1K which was a window seat.
Have to agree, the flight HND-FRA was pretty dark all the way and a bit dull if I'm honest.
The seat was comfortable, but it wasn't half noisy. I think it was the air conditioning unit that is placed right in front of 1K; there is no draft but there is the noise of the air.
I could also hear the electric buzzing in the background (it is mentioned somewhere in this forum). Not too loud but present when noise-cancelling headphones were used.
The cabin is otherwise quiet with lots of privacy in 1K and with staff not interrupting much.
It was a comfortable flight otherwise, but I feel sitting further back in the cabin would have been better. I couldn't get my head around the order of service though. I gave up waiting for dinner and started to go to sleep when just then a small appetiser was placed on my side table. Nothing followed it so I headed back to sleep...when I got up for a pee somewhere over Moscow hours later, they came and served me a very small, but nice one course dinner.
I never got a breakfast but they did have croissants out in the galley.
I didn't feel particularly hungry so didn't mind too much and I was able to eat breakfast on my connecting flight but it did leave me thinking there wasn't really much to the journey. It was in stark contrast to my regional NH flight into Japan prior to this which came with lots of dishes. I did wonder if I was supposed to ask for meals rather than expect them at particular times but the menu they gave didn't mention needing to do this? I also checked that the "Do not disturb sign" was off.
Crew were nice enough but I think I prefer SQ where it's possible to have a chat with the crew and I understand the order to service better.
In terms of seats, if travelling alone, I would avoid row 1 due to the air conditioning noise.
Row 4 is mis-aligned with the window so I'd avoid 4A/4K if you want a window seat.
Row 3 seemed better as it had a window and had the tray table on the aisle side.
Still there is more J cabin further back so perhaps the rear part of the J cabin is better.
Alighting the aircraft at FRA was from L2 so being in the front cabin doesn't provide a speedy exit, but boarding at HND was a L1 (both Y and C using the same door).