After months of anticipation, All Nippon Airlines in the end took supply of its first actual Airbus A380 in March, which might be used completely for flights between Tokyo and Honolulu. It was once a bittersweet second for the producer — with no new orders at the books, as of now, it was once the very remaining time Airbus delivered a superjumbo jet to a brand new buyer.
And, in an peculiar transfer, ANA didn’t welcome reporters onboard for a excursion — in reality, the primary time any member of the general public has had an opportunity to percentage pictures of the inner seems to be this week, when my good friend Sam Chui were given to discover the brand new double-decker jet in Japan.
The overall airplane fits the structure we’ve anticipated since remaining yr, with 4 right kind cabins, consisting of eight seats in top quality, 56 in industry and 73 in top class economic system, all at the higher deck, and 383 in economic system under, together with a distinct segment referred to as “ANA COUCHii” within the rear, with economic system seats that grow to be right into a three- or four-seat mattress, very similar to Air New Zealand’s Skycouch.
ANA totally redesigned its firstclass cabin for the A380, with a wholly new product, whole with a sliding door and a 32-inch TV.
Like top quality, industry seats are organized in a 1-2-1 configuration, so everybody will get direct get entry to to the aisle. They’re staggered, although, so some seats be offering extra privateness than others.
Situated at the back of industry category, premium-economy seats be offering 38 inches of pitch and 15.6-inch in-flight leisure methods. And, since those seats are at the higher deck, passengers on the window have get entry to to a distinct garage compartment — particularly helpful for flyers seated within the bulkhead row.
Organized in a 3-4-Three configuration, economic system seats be offering 34 inches of pitch, along side seat-back leisure, energy retailers and USB charging ports.
Sam says the ANA COUCHii segment is perfect for households — there’s even a distinct circle of relatives powder room simply at the back of.
Paid firstclass fares are astronomically prime, beginning at a whopping $13,500 round-trip. Award tickets are a some distance higher deal, however availability is extremely restricted — I best discovered seats to ebook close to the tip of the agenda, in February and March 2020, so that you’ll want to plan some distance prematurely. Trade-class awards don’t seem to be to be had in any respect, although the ones fares are extra affordable, beginning at $3,200 round-trip.
Confidently extra award house will open up over the weeks and months to return — we dig into all your redemption choices proper right here, together with the next systems and round-trip charges:
|Cabin||ANA MileageClub||Avianca LifeMiles||United MileagePlus||Aeroplan||Singapore KrisFlyer||Virgin Atlantic Flying Membership|
|Economic system||35,000 – 43,000 miles||55,000 miles||55,000 miles||80,000 miles||108,000 miles||45,000 miles|
|Top class Economic system||53,000 – 61,000 miles||N/A||N/A||130,000 miles||N/A||N/A|
|Trade||60,000 – 68,000 miles||96,000 miles||110,000 miles||160,000 miles||210,000 miles||70,000 miles|
|First||120,000 – 129,000 miles||132,000 miles||170,000 miles||200,000 miles||250,000 miles||90,000 miles|
In case you do arrange to search out availability, it can be conceivable to course via Honolulu from the mainland US to Asia, giving you a chance to revel in the A380 for a similar selection of miles as a nonstop flight to Japan:
We’ll be again with many extra footage after ANA’s A380 release on the finish of Would possibly, however head on over to Sam’s web page for a better glance presently.
Featured picture courtesy of Sam Chui.