Introduction and Club at SJC
ANA San Jose to Tokyo-Narita J class 787 July 2013
ANA Suite Lounge Tokyo-Narita July 2013
Singapore Airlines Tokyo-Narita to Los Angeles Suites Class A380 July 2013
After a brief stop in the lounge I proceeded to the gate. The 787 was already there so of course I wanted a few pictures.
Boarding started and I was welcomed on-board. I was sitting in a window seat in the second Business Class cabin. Since this was a holiday weekend the load was rather light and the second Business Class cabin middle seats were all empty.
When I arrived at the seat, it already had headphones, slippers, a pillow and comforter on the seat. This seat is a true-lie flat seat and every passenger has direct aisle access. I prefer the window seat and, going one step further, the window seat where the seat is directly next to the window and the small table separates the seat from the aisle. Since this is “staggered” business class there are also Business Class seats where the table is next to the window and the seat is closer to the aisle.
At first glance, one might think the “staggered” layout is a bit cramped, however, once I was in my seat it felt really private. Of course, this also could have been because no one was in any adjacent seat for my flight.
One of the new features of the 787 is the windows. First, the windows are much larger than on other aircraft types. Also, instead of using regular window shades, there is a button below the window that dims the window.
The cabin crew provided a beverage prior to takeoff. I decided to have a glass of Champagne.
There are no amenity kits. Instead the cabin crew walk through the cabin with a basket of assorted items. The lavatory is also stocked with items.
Doors were closed and we soon pushed back from the gate. After a short taxi we were airborne.
Once we reached cruising altitude the cabin crew started the lunch service. Since this was my first flight on ANA I decided to try the Japanese lunch.
I enjoyed the meal. I liked the fact that there were quite a few different items to try. After the meal service, the cabin crew once again walked through the cabin with a basket, but this basket had mini-bottles of liquor and chocolate. I opted for a cognac.
After the cognac, I decided to try out the flat bed and take a nap.
The flat bed was okay. It is an improvement over the angled lie-flat seats, but I actually went ahead and left a slight incline for the top of the seat so my head felt a bit more elevated. The other issue is that the leg rest is a defined area within the seat frame in front of you and it didn’t leave a ton of room for movement of legs and feet. I tend to move and adjust when sleeping and I kind of felt like my legs didn’t really have any space for movement when stretched out.
I napped a bit then watched some movies. The cabin crew were roaming the cabin frequently in case any one needed anything. There were several mid-flight snack options, but I wasn’t really hungry.
Soon enough it was time for the second meal service.
I was surprised to see Paella as a menu choice. I thought I might as well try it. It was okay, but I think I will stick to ordering Paella in Spanish restaurants on the ground from now on.
Shortly after the second meal it was time to land. The ANA service lived up to expectations as the cabin crew did a great job and it was great fun to fly on a new plane type, the 787.