Thoughtful details and stellar service from ANA first class - Runway Girl - Runway Girl Network

Nose to tail logo with cartoon people in different classes on an aircraftIt’s always a little tricky to make a decision when people ask me what was my best flight ever, but All Nippon Airways’ first class is high on the list.

I flew ANA first class a few years ago and was impressed by the service, so during my most recent, pre-pandemic trip to Japan I burned some frequent flyer miles to see how it had evolved in the intervening period. The answer: not much, as designed. And that’s no bad thing.

After the introduction of the Flying Honu Airbus A380s and the latest version of ANA’s first class seats, this hard product is now two generations old — and there remain pluses and minuses.

In the middle of lockdown, I can’t wait to experience ANA’s first class again. Image: John Walton

I really like the swing-out cocktail table, which is unique to ANA and is handy not just for showcasing the excellent wine and sake list but also for catching up with content on a tablet.

The sturdy adjustable table, too, remains above average, while the amount of storage around the suite is still decent.

The swing-out side table is something I’d love to see on other airlines. Image: John Walton

And I have to say, the seat is a lot more comfortable than the new Singapore Airlines