All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced that they will be installing new seats on its domestic fleet of Boeing 777-200 and Boeing 787-8 aircraft.
According to the airline, the new seats will be made of an advanced fabric to increase comfort and will offer an ergonomic storage space below the monitor for storing personal items. They will also offer a rotating table and a retractable side table as well as a privacy partition between seats. All seats also come equipped with mains power and a USB outlet, as well as a 15.6” IFE screen
New ANA Domestic Premium Class seats – Image, ANA
Meanwhile, in economy class, Toyota Interiors (Toyota Boshoku) get a win for supplying seats. According to ANA, the seat has been flying on their Boeing 767-300 fleet. They feature posture support to distributes pressure evenly throughout the body to make sitting more comfortable, with an optimised backrest to fit a variety of body types.
The seat features include an 11.6-inch touch panel personal seat monitor, the largest yet for ANA’s domestic Economy Class, and a beverage holder
In terms of seat counts – there will be additional premium seats in the cabin. The confirmed seat counts are:
Boeing 777-200 (8 aircraft)
- From: 21 Premium/ 384 Economy
- To: 28 Premium / 364 Economy
- Changes +7 business seats, – 20 economy seats
Boeing 787-8 (11 aircraft)
- From: 12 Premium / 323 Economy
- To: 28 Premium /284 Economy
- Changes +14 business seats, – 39 economy seats
As well as seat-back IFE, Wi-Fi enabled IFE streaming will continue to be offered on board.
Hideki Kunugi, Executive Vice President of ANA said
“ANA strives to set the standard for comfort on all our flights, and few things play as big a part in passenger comfort as the seat,”
“These changes will allow ANA to meet shifts in demand while ensuring unrivaled comfort and convenience for our passengers. We believe in constantly working to improve the travel experience, and these new seats will place ANA head and shoulders above the competition.”
Uniformity in the cabin
Its interesting seeing that ANA is seeing there is a lot of room for those who desire a premium cabin in its domestic market, as well as giving Toyota Boshku another win. By bumping up the seat counts to a uniform 28 seats in its premium class (allowing it to chop and change as needed its wide-body aircraft).
Thankfully, this change has not come at a cost of the economy passenger – with seats being deleted from Economy, rather than seat pitches reduced.
With the refits occurring between 2019 and 2022, there will be plenty of time for side by side comparisons of the new product.
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