ANA is in the process of making a series of comprehensive changes to the seats on domestic and international aircraft as part of its strategy to remain at the forefront of hospitality and passenger comfort for every type of flyer. The renovations will improve the Economy Class product while also increasing the number of Premium Class seats on domestic flights.
“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,” said Hideki Kunugi, Executive Vice President of ANA. “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.”
Interestingly enough, Japan, with its high population and high commuter traffic, rely on these domestic connections to such a level they utilise wide-body equipment on these short hops.
No less than eight Boeing 777-200 and 11 Boeing 787-8 aircraft have been selected for the renovations, which are set to begin in the 3rd quarter of 2019 and are to be completed by the first half of FY2022. In addition to improvements for both Premium and Economy Class seats, the renovated planes will offer an increased number of Premium Class seats to a total of 28 seats on each aircraft.
What is noticeable is the size of the IFE screens in both cabins, the new Premium Class seats will boast a 15-inch touchscreen, the largest yet in ANA’s domestic Premium Class, as well as an enhanced entertainment library. In-flight Wi-Fi entertainment connects passengers to a curated library with nearly 190 TV programs, video, music and e-books.
While ANA have been working closely with London based studio Acumen, these seats in Economy Class are produced by Toyota Boshoku, the top automotive seat designers in Japan. ANA worked closely with Boshoku to ensure maximum ergonomic seating comfort, access to technology and safety for all passengers.
Designers considered a full range of body types and postures to find the ideal balance for the seat as well as to determine monitor positioning. The comfortable tailored seat distributes pressure evenly throughout the body to make sitting more comfortable. In addition, the backrest frame shape has been optimized to make it perfectly fit a range of body types.
These same seats and accompanying features have already been installed in six ANA B767-300 aircraft and have received overwhelmingly positive feedback. Bonus features include an 11.6-inch touch panel personal seat monitor, the largest yet for ANA’s domestic Economy Class, and an ergonomic beverage holder.
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