All Nippon Airways (ANA) has just announced that they will be starting nonstop flights between Tokyo Narita and Houston as of June 12, 2015. This will be ANA’s 10th route to North America, and seems like a pretty obvious choice, between Houston being such a big oil city, and it also being the hub of their joint venture partner, United.
The new route will operate daily with the following schedule:
NH174 Tokyo Narita to Houston departing 11:15AM arriving 9:30AM
NH173 Houston to Tokyo Narita departing 11:20AM arriving 3:20PM (+1 day)
The flight is set to be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, featuring eight first class seats, 52 business class seats, and 190 economy class seats. This should be ANA’s most updated version of the 777-300ER, featuring fully flat beds in both first and business class.
ANA 777-300ER first class seats
ANA has one of my favorite first class products in the world, so it’s nice to see more options to the US on an aircraft with their first class product (the 777-300ER is the only aircraft in their fleet with first class). Best of all, as of late ANA has actually been releasing a lot of first class award space, which wasn’t the case before.
ANA first class food
Tickets for this new service should be bookable as of December 17, 2014, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s quite a bit of first and business class award space (I’ll post an update if that’s the case).
This comes just days after EVA Air began selling tickets on their new Taipei to Houston flight, which is set to launch on June 19, 2015. So next year should be a good one for those of you in the Houston area looking to travel to Asia.
While not quite as significant, in my opinion, it’s also worth noting that ANA is launching additional frequencies on their routes from Tokyo Narita to Bangkok and Singapore.
As of June 11, 2015, ANA will launch an additional frequency between Tokyo and Singapore, as follows:
NH845 Tokyo Narita to Singapore departing 5:00PM arriving 11:15PM
NH846 Singapore to Tokyo Narita departing 12:35AM arriving 8:45AM
As of August 1, 2015, ANA will launch an additional frequency between Tokyo and Bangkok, as follows:
NH807 Tokyo Narita to Bangkok departing 4:55PM arriving 9:35PM
NH808 Bangkok to Tokyo Narita departing 12:30AM arriving 8:40AM
Those flights are great for passengers connecting to/from the US, as they’re within a couple of hours of most of the US-bound flights.
I always love seeing more flights to the US on “premium” carriers. It’s especially nice to see a non-787 route added to the US, since most of the expansion to the US by ANA and JAL lately has been on the 787, which doesn’t feature a first class product.
(Tip of the hat to @KevinLau_SFO)