Greetings from Tokyo! I’m now enroute on my trip around the world and want to provide my initial thoughts on my ANA A380 “Flying Honu” flight from Honolulu to Tokyo Narita in first class.
First, service on ANA is simply exceptional. Every interaction with every flight attendant was warm, well-intentioned, and genuinely kind. The flight attendants are professional and really go out of their way to make every passenger comfortable.
The eight-seat first class cabin is located on the upper deck of the A380 and features closed-door suites, rainbow-colored mood lighting, and a wallpaper featuring stars. I prefer these suites to the the ANA Square Suite on the 777 because you can actually look out your window here.
Pajamas, slippers, a sweater, and amenity kits were provided, even on this relatively short daytime flight.
While I did consider ordering the Japanese meal, I stuck to the western menu (surprise, surprise….I know) and enjoyed an exquisite meal featuring lovely canapés, delicious fresh bread, a remarkable scallop appetizer, salad, soup, a beef filet, and a warm chocolate brownie with ice cream and cappuccino.
ANA does western food better than most western carriers!
I managed to squeeze in a three hour nap.
We landed over 45 minutes early at Narita, which was really a shame…the flight was far too short.
As I stepped off the aircraft, I smiled as I noticed more than two dozens passengers taking pictures of the new aircraft. I joined the gaggle…it’s not only a great aircraft on the inside, but a photogenic aircraft on the outside.
I look forward to sharing my full trip report, which will provide far more detail and pictures on this flight.
Now I’m off to Haneda for my connection on Thai Airways to Bangkok!