Japan’s largest and 5-star airline for seven consecutive years, All Nippon Airways, has collaborated with the famed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and leading British designers Acumen to roll out a total of twelve completely redesigned Boeing 777-300ER aircraft cabin. One daily operation of the redesigned aircraft will start from the end of August or beginning of September. Until then, the aircraft will be operated on the even number dates in August and odd number dates in September, if the schedule does not change.
“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 sear with all aisle access and in order for ANA to continue to lead and set the global standar for comfort and convenience, we knew that it would be necessary to integrate the latest insights from design professionals as well sought to redesign the flight experience and elevate every aspect of travel for our passengers.”
“The design process just as much about what we decided to include as what we decided to omit,” said architect Kengi Kumo 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.”
“Our work focussed on transforming the cabin experience by fusing the rich history and culture of Japan with modern design principles and technologies,” said Ian Dryburgh, Founder and CEO of Acumen. “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.”
Among the most noticeable changes to the remodelled aircraft are the all-new First Class seats. The Suite is inspired by luxury Japanese hotels and is featured with privacy-enhancing doors as well as a crystal-clear 43 inch monitor that is the world’s first 4K personal monitor on a commercial airliner.
The New Business Class seat or “The Room” offers for the first time flexible doors for personal privacy that can also be adjusted to share the space with fellow travel companions – from dining together with the family to conduct meetings with colleagues. Other features include a wide sofa which is double the width to previous Business Class seating, deep blue accent hues, and others.
The new premium economy and economy class seat will be featured with traditional Yagasuri patterns that will be unique for every seat. Passengers traveling in premium economy and economy class will also enjoy an enhanced flight experience due to improved touch screen monitors and headrests that are adjustable along six distinct axes.
There are also changed noticed in the menu style, the flight cutleries and also other amenities offered.
With demand for japan tourism increasingly on the rise, these new cabin transformations are a true testament to ANA’s continued efforts to improve every aspect of the in-flight experience to satisfy the dynamic needs of modern travellers.
Source: All Nippon Airways