I’ve been wanting to fly the ANA 787 ever since they took delivery of their first one about a year ago. While several other airlines have taken delivery of the 787, none have as nice of a configuration as ANA (Japan Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines don’t even have flat beds in business class). ANA has a really nice fully flat product with seats staggered for utmost privacy (here’s the seatmap). Per ANA’s website, here’s a picture of the business class seat on the longhaul 787:
The bad news is that ANA has been very stingy with releasing business class award space on the 787 on their Tokyo Haneda to Frankfurt route, which was the launch longhaul route.
The good news is that ANA is starting 787 service to the US, and business class award availability is readily available.
Today ANA will be operating their first commercial 787 flight to the US, specifically on the Seattle to Tokyo Narita route. While they’re still alternating between the 777 and 787 for now, the route will eventually be exclusively operated by the 787. The great news is that there’s plenty of business class award availability on the route, as you can see below (I just chose seven dates at random):
ANA will also be launching 5x weekly 787 service to San Jose as of January 11, 2013, and award space on that route is spectacular:
I’d argue that this is the best business class product nonstop between the US and Japan, given that ANA has fantastic service and food, and the business class seats on this plane are awesome as well.
Also keep in mind that this is a great use of US Airways miles, as they only charge 90,000 miles for business class between the US and North Asia. Through their buy miles and share miles promotions being run right now, those can be had for as little as $1,000. I’ll definitely be making one of these bookings in the near future, especially once I’m a Seattle resident — it’ll be weird getting on a nonstop international flight out of my home airport!