Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways is rebuilding the cabin of their Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with a focus on luxury in the forward cabin. Teaming up with architects and designers, the new aircraft will feature two new premium products: “The Suite” in first class and “The Room” in business class.
All Nippon Airways will soon fly Boeing 777-300ER flights comprised of 70 premium cabin seats, taking up the majority of space in the long-haul aircraft. In a press release, the Japanese carrier announced the launch of two new premium cabin products: a first class seat known as “The Suite,” and a business class cabin known as “The Room.”
To develop the new spaces, ANA worked with Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and British design firm Acumen. The new cabins will be featured on 12 of the airline’s wide-body aircraft, with the first flying from Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) to London Heathrow Airport (LHR) starting August 2.
In “The Suite,” flyers will be treated to an experience inspired by Japan’s leading luxury hotels. In a fully-enclosed seat, passengers get in-flight entertainment on a 43-inch 4K monitor. According to ANA, it is the first time an airline has placed an ultra-high-definition monitor aboard a commercial aircraft. For couples flying together, suites can be brought together by lowering a partition. To personalize each experience, “The Suite” comes with universal PC and USB ports for charging, entertainment and productivity.
Complimenting the eight suites in first class are 64 business class suites, titled “The Room.” Each seat is inspired by Japanese living spaces, featuring flexible privacy doors that can be raised for isolation, or lowered to bring companions together. What makes “The Room” special are the space available for flyers to stow personal items among wood finishes and deep blue accent hues.
In the back of the aircraft, new premium economy and economy class cabins are slated for installation. In addition to appealing patterns on each seat, flyers will also receive an upgraded in-flight entertainment experience thanks to new touchscreen monitors.
“Our partnerships with Mr. Kuma and Acumen illustrate that ANA has sought out the input of the most influential voices in the design community for these innovative new cabin designs,” Hideki Kunugi, executive vice president of ANA, said in the press release. “in order for ANA to continue to lead and set the global standard for comfort and convenience, we knew that it would be necessary to integrate the latest insights from design professionals as we sought to redesign the flight experience and elevate every aspect of travel for our passengers.”