May 31 2019  |  Seating

ANA replacing seats on domestic fleet

By Rick Lundstrom

ANA's new Premium seat for domestic routes, supplied by Safran

All Nippon Airways will be making a series of changes to the seats on domestic aircraft in Economy Class seats while also increasing the number of Premium Class seats on domestic flights.

Eight 777-200 and 11 787-8 aircraft have been selected for the renovations, which are set to begin in fall and are to be completed by the first half of fiscal year 2022. In addition to improvements for both Premium and Economy Class seats, the renovated aircraft will offer an increased number of Premium Class seats to a total of 28 seats on each aircraft.

“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 in the May 29 announcement. “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.”

ANA has worked previously with Toyota Boshoku on seating for its aircraft

New Premium Class seats supplied by Safran will be equipped with a 15-inch touch panel personal seat monitor, the largest yet in ANA’s domestic Premium Class, as well as an enhanced entertainment library. An expanded Wi-Fi entertainment service will make it possible to access in-flight Wi-Fi entertainment using the ANA app on any smart device. In-flight Wi-Fi entertainment connects passengers to a curated library with nearly 190 TV programs, video, music and e-books. 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.

In addition to the new seats, passengers will also have access to a rotating table and a retractable side table as well as a privacy partition between seats. All seats also come equipped with a PC adapter and USB power outlet.

The seats in Economy Class are produced by Toyota Boshoku. 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 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 767-300 aircraft. 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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