ANA to launch B787 premium economy on Frankfurt route
Haneda is by far the most convenient airport to access downtown Tokyo. But economy class passengers flying with ANA on or after September 1 may wish to consider using Tokyo's main, but less convenient, international airport.
That is because ANA has announced that the first international route for its reconfigured B787 Dreamliner will be Frankfurt to Tokyo Haneda.
Why should this affect economy class passengers ?
Because the new version of ANA's B787s will have a premium economy cabin (ANA's original B787s were configured two-class business and economy) and to find the space (for premium economy) the regular economy cabin is being downgraded from eight across (2-4-2) to the tighter nine across (3-3-3) layout (see news, July 4).
By contrast the Frankfurt-Tokyo Narita route continues to be served by one of ANA's B777-300ERs which, although configured 3-3-3, offer more sideways space because of the B777's wider cabin.
Seating on ANA's new B787s comprises a total of 169 seats with 46 in the business cabin, 21 in premium economy and 102 in normal economy (to see a seatplan, click here).
The reconfigured B787 will enter service on September 1. It is scheduled to operate inbound flight NH203 which departs Haneda at 0100 and arrives the same morning into Frankfurt at 0610. The flight returns as NH204, departing Frankfurt at 1200 to give an arrival into Haneda at 0625 the next day.
sparkyflyer - 22/08/2013 11:26
Good article Alex. A ghastly seating configuration with unpleasant schedules, although I accept for the moment that long haul schedules out of Haneda do not allow flights at other times.
ANA could have chosen to have 8 across Y and 7 across Y+, but have not done so, which is disappointing for what I thought was a premium and market leading airline.
AMcWhirter - 23/08/2013 10:23
Thank you for your comments.
I ought to mention that I believe we are the only UK travel media to have published that story. To the best of my knowledge ANA PR has not informed the UK travel media at all. I took the information from a release issued by ANA in Tokyo to the London Stock Exchange setting out its business plan for the second half of this year.
So far ANA has not revealed the other routes which this particular B787 will operate.
Yes as we have reported before, the Haneda flight timings are all down to restrictions imposed by the Japanese aviation authority for international flights. I believe they will be relaxed somewhat in the coming years.
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