ANA Boeing 787 Dreamliner – Tokyo to Frankfurt
With the new year around the corner, the first scheduled long-haul 787 Dreamliner flight is just days away. All Nippon Airlines will be launching this flight on January 21, 2012, The Boeing 787-8 will be equipped with 46 seats in business and 112 in economy. Passengers on-board will be able to enjoy the “Inspiration of Japan” service.
For Business Class customers, this means comfort – ANA will be deploying their staggered seats, which means a fully flat bed for every business class passenger as well as easy access to the aisle. Economy class will provide “Fixed Back Shell” seats, allowing passengers to recline without disturbing those in the seats behind or in front.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner Features
The best thing about this new flight isn’t the seats, but the lower cabin pressure and higher humidity.
Typical airline cabins are pressurized at about 8,000 feet above sea level while in-flight and the air is dry — on most planes, air is fed into the engines, compressed & heated up to extremely high temperatures and the heated, compressed air is then sent into an air conditioning pack before entering the cabin.
The air inside the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is not only pressurized at a lower altitude – approximately 6,000 feet – an altitude similar to Denver, Colorado – but the air is humidified. The lower pressure and higher humidity makes the cabin more comfortable and livable, specially for long haul flights. The cabin is also equipped with all-LED “mood lighting” allowing the human body to better adjust as one crosses multiple time zones.
One of the first features you will notice upon boarding are the large windows – 30% larger than the windows in a Boeing 767 – but one thing you won’t see are window shades. The windows have electronic window shades and can be set to block a different levels of light.
The overhead bins are also the largest in the industry, so yes, you can carry on everything but the kitchen sink, but we suggest you adhere to airline and airport carry-on regulations.
Unique Washlet Toilet Seats
Last, ANA has installed “washlet toilet seats” in the lavatories. Toilets in each class will come with the Washlet toilet seats which are equipped with a hot water washer designed for in-cabin use. The seats were jointly designed by Toto Ltd., a Jamco Corporation and The Boeing Company (Washlet is a registered trademark of Toto Ltd.)