Imagine taking a long-haul flight from California to Tokyo and not suffering from dry eyes and perhaps experiencing less jet lag. While I can’t guarantee that you won’t experience jet lag or dry skin during your travels, or that your flight from San Jose, California to Tokyo’s Narita Airport will be on time, I can say that All Nippon Airways (ANA) new 787 Dreamliner flight is a game changer in the competitive aviation industry.
I recently attended the Northern California launch party announcing direct flight service from San Jose’s Norman Mineta International Airport to Narita International Airport, Tokyo beginning January 11, 2013. While I haven’t set foot on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane, according to reports from fellow travel bloggers, ANA delivers a first-class flying experience.
Dreamliner cabin details
Several cabin details captured my attention from the inside of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The vaulted ceilings immediately gave a roomy appearance to the plane’s interior. The large windows, 65% bigger than standard airplane windows, also added to the Dreamliner’s open feeling. Passengers will also like the larger overhead bins to accommodate more luggage.
Working to reduce jet lag
In addition to the self-darkening windows, designed to adapt to your unique time clock, the higher humidity in the cabin helps to create a more comfortable cabin experience on long-haul flights.
Dreamliner nuts and bolts
I spoke with Northwestern Region, U.S.A. General Manager Masaki Yokai regarding the nuts and bolts of the Dreamliner 787. Yokai noted that while the 787 is a middle sized aircraft, the construction of the plane, composed of carbon fiber, makes for a lighter plane, yet it is stronger than steel. This composition helps the Dreamliner aircraft to be a more fuel efficient plane.
More legroom for passengers
With 112 economy seats and 46 business class seats, neighbors will no longer be bumping into one another or feeling packed in like sardines. The seats are thinner in design, resulting in more leg room for all passengers.
ANA Business class
In business class, all seats on the 787 Dreamliner are aisle seats. With a staggered seating layout, passengers feel like they have their own personal suite. There are individual charging stations for your electronics, as well as personal air vents and LED lightening systems.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is a Star Alliance member for those of you who are frequent flyers on other airlines.
Have you flown on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner? How was your flying experience?
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