Giant 4K 43-INCH TV screens! ANA unveils astonishing new cabins

Giant 4K 43-INCH TV screens in first class, sofa-style chairs in business and a hotel-style entrance: ANA unveils astonishing new cabins for its Boeing 777s

  • The new designs are a collaboration between ANA, architect Kengo Kuma and British designers Acumen 
  • Both first and business class will feature custom-designed Panasonic lights and Nishikawa bedding
  • Passengers will also enjoy a revamped aircraft entrance, which ANA says is like a ‘hotel reception’  
  • ANA is rolling out 12 redesigned Boeing 777s, with the first serving the Tokyo-London route from August 2 
  • Return flights start from £1,206.84 for one economy passenger and first costs from £10,530.52 

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is clearly a true believer in the ‘size matters’ philosophy – because it has unveiled a brand new first class cabin with outrageous 4K 43-inch entertainment screens.

No other commercial airline offers 4K monitors. And the screen is so big that it takes up just about the entire width of the suite.

The new first-class cabin is being launched on re-fitted Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, along with brand new business class, premium and economy cabins. 

ANA’s new first class suite (pictured) features a world-first 4K 43-inch entertainment screen

The new first-class cabin (pictured) is being launched on re-fitted Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, along with brand new business class, premium and economy cabins

The new designs are the result of a collaboration between ANA, famed architect Kengo Kuma and leading British designers Acumen.

ANA is calling its new first seat ‘The Suite’.

It said in a statement that it has been ‘inspired by luxury Japanese hotels’ – though MailOnline Travel would suggest it’s also been inspired by Imax cinemas – and ‘is the most spacious fully enclosed seating ever seen on an ANA aircraft’.

New features also include a privacy door, a universal PC and USB port and ‘for the ultimate grandeur’, a ‘luxury dark wood finish’.

The new business class suite is called ‘The Room’.

The new business class suite is called ‘The Room’ (pictured) and is ‘inspired by modern, multifunctional Japanese living spaces’

The seat itself is a ‘wide sofa’, which ANA says is double the width of its previous business class seat

ANA said: ‘To bring warmth and a “home away from home” feel to the cabin, Kengo Kuma finished the seats with three different wood finishes inspired by modern Japanese homes – rosewood, light Japanese ash and dark Japanese ash’

ANA says that this is ‘inspired by modern, multifunctional Japanese living spaces’ and also has a privacy door.

This can be raised, or lowered so the space can be shared with travel companions.

The seat itself is a ‘wide sofa’, which ANA says is double the width of its previous business class seat.

ANA added: ‘To bring warmth and a “home away from home” feel to the cabin, Kengo Kuma finished the seats with three different wood finishes inspired by modern Japanese homes – rosewood, light Japanese ash and dark Japanese ash.’

Both first and business class will feature custom-designed Panasonic lights, ‘crafted to improve comfort and convenience during sleeping, reading and dining’ and Nishikawa bedding.

Eye-catching: The new premium economy and economy seats (pictured) have upholstery decorated with ‘Japanese patterns’ unique to each seat

Premium (pictured) and economy will have improved touch-screen monitors and headrests that are adjustable along six distinct axes

The new premium economy and economy seats, meanwhile, have upholstery decorated with ‘Japanese patterns’ unique to each seat.

These cabins also have improved touch-screen monitors and headrests that are adjustable along six distinct axes.

ANA recently installed these upgrades on its Dreamliners.

Passengers will also enjoy a revamped aircraft entrance, which ANA says is like a ‘hotel reception’, complete with welcome monitors.

The entrances (pictured) to the re-fitted 777s are ‘hotel-style’, according to ANA

The new food service area (pictured), has mini fridges that can be plundered at any time during the flight

In addition, there’s a new food service area that has mini fridges stocked with beverages and snacks for customers to plunder at any time.

‘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,’ said Hideki Kunugi, Executive Vice President of ANA. ‘In 2010, we were the first in Japan to introduce the full flat seat with all-aisle access and 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.’

‘The design process is just as much about what we decided to include as what we decided to omit,’ said architect Kengo Kuma of his involvement in the project. ‘My work is about understanding how space is used and creating the most comfortable conditions in any environment. I enjoyed working with ANA and Acumen to combine the best of Eastern and Western design traditions and create a finished product that sets a global standard by embracing Japanese heritage and international outlook.’

Ian Dryburgh, Founder and CEO of Acumen, said: ‘Our work focused on transforming the cabin experience by fusing the rich history and culture of Japan with modern design principles and technologies.

‘Combining our expertise in aviation interior design with the renowned visionary approach of Kengo Kuma, together we have created a striking cabin that has elevated the ANA customer experience to its highest level across all classes.’

ANA is rolling out 12 completely redesigned Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in total. The first redesigned aircraft will serve the Tokyo/Haneda-London route (NH211/NH212) from August 2.  

Return flights start from £1,206.84 for one economy passenger, premium from £1,242,12, business from £3,048.94 and first costs from £10,530.52. 

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