Back in July we wrote about ANA’s new Business Class and First Class products, which are debuting on the Heathrow to Tokyo route.
This is worth knowing about because one of the best uses of Virgin Flying Club miles is redeeming on ANA flights from London. You only need 95,000 miles for a return business class flight.
Using your Virgin Flying Club miles for a trip to Tokyo has just got a whole lot more interesting. ANA is launching a new Business and First Class seat on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, and the London route has been the first to get it. It looks rather good, to put it mildly.
The First Class suites are arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration. Finished in dark woods, there are two only rows which make this an intimate cabin:
The seat almost takes the full width of the suite, with only a thin slither along the side given over to storage or as an armrest. There is also an exceptionally large 43” screen which has a 4K display – apparently the first time this has been used for a commercial aircraft.
THE Room is ANA’s new Businesss Class product. Club World style, half of the seats face forwards and half face backwards.
If you look at the photo below the first thing that will strike you is how disproportionately wide the seat is. Look at the head rest. You can see the protective cover, which is about what you’d expect the seat width to be.
THE Room looks like it is twice as wide – more sofa-like than a seat. ANA says that THE Room has twice the width of their old business class seat (click for Anika’s flight review) which is not hard to believe.
Of course, this is business class and the trade-off is that it does taper into a cubby hole where your feet end up. Nonetheless, the extra width at torso and shoulder height should make sitting and sleeping in this seat feel a lot less cramped. It is a very clever piece of design.
Last week I attended the media launch of THE Room, and there were seats available to try out. It is, genuinely, huge. At one point there were two of us sat side by side on the seat and we were able to have a normal conversation, with a decent bit of space between us!
Not content with a sliding door, THE Room also has a second opening which slides up and down. This allows the crew to pass food to you whilst the door is closed, getting around one of the biggest issues with Club Suite and Qsuite. The 24 inch 4K TV also looked very impressive, although it was not operating.
If you need to head to Japan in the near future, I strongly recommend giving this a try. It is currently on both of ANA’s daily Heathrow services.
You won’t earn Avios or BA tier points as ANA is a member of Star Alliance, although you can credit the flight to Virgin Flying Club.