With the updated 2015 summer schedule we’re seeing a couple of dozen adjustments, including some new routes, new frequencies, and some aircraft swaps. I’d check out the entire new schedule, as there are quite a few swaps.
However, most interesting to me are the routes which are gaining Boeing 777-300ER service, which is the only type of plane in ANA’s fleet with a first class cabin. Of course the fact that some routes are gaining 777-300ER service means that other routes are losing it.
Seattle and Singapore get first class service
ANA will be increasing capacity on a few routes from a Boeing 787-8 to a Boeing 777-300ER.
This includes the following flights:
Tokyo Narita to Singapore NH801/802 as of March 29, 2015
NH801 Narita to Singapore departing 6:05PM arriving 12:05AM (+1 day)
NH802 Singapore to Narita departing 5:50AM arriving 2:00PM
It’s also worth noting that this is ANA’s only intra-Asia flight with a first class cabin, which is great for maximizing award redemptions.
Tokyo Narita to Seattle NH178/177 as of May 6, 2015
NH178 Narita to Seattle departing 5:55PM arriving 11:15AM
NH177 Seattle to Narita departing 1:15PM arriving 3:40PM
Tokyo Haneda to Frankfurt NH203/204 as of May 7, 2015
NH203 Haneda to Frankfurt departing 12:55AM arriving 6:05AM
NH204 Frankfurt to Haneda departing 12:10PM arriving 6:35AM (+1 day)
Tokyo Narita to Houston NH174/173 as of June 12, 2015
NH174 Narita to Houston departing 11:15AM arriving 9:30AM
NH173 Houston to Narita departing 11:20AM arriving 3:20PM (+1 day)
This isn’t an aircraft swap, but rather a new route altogether, which was announced in December.
Paris loses first class service
In case you’re wondering where all that extra 777-300ER service comes from, both frequencies to Paris will be downgraded from a 777-300ER to a 787.
This includes the following frequencies:
Tokyo Narita to Paris NH205/206 as of May 7, 2015
NH205 Narita to Paris departing 1:55PM arriving 7:25PM
NH206 Paris to Narita departing 5:30PM arriving 12:10PM (+1 day)
Tokyo Haneda to Paris NH215/216 as of May 7, 2015
NH215 Haneda to Paris departing 10:25AM arriving 3:45PM
NH216 Paris to Haneda departing 9:10PM arriving 4:00PM (+1 day)
ANA has been quite good lately about releasing first class award availability, so unless you live in Paris, this should be exciting news. As a former Seattle-area resident I’m quite excited about that flight getting 777-300ER service.
But beyond that, I think the most exciting announcement is Tokyo Narita to Singapore picking up a 777-300ER. Most people don’t realize that flight is as long as a transatlantic flight, so having a first class product on a 6-7 hour flight is awesome.
And if you’re redeeming Avianca LifeMiles for ANA first class it’s especially convenient, since they require you to fly the same class of service for the entire itinerary.
Is anyone impacted by this round of ANA schedule updates?