Launch customer All Nippon Airways (ANA) unveiled the cabin layout for their Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft at the Paris Air Show this week. A short video appears below highlighting some of the amenities of their long-haul version of the aircraft in a two-cabin layout. Business Class features fully lie-flat beds, 17” touch screen LCD monitors, universal AC power, a USB port, iPod jack, and all seats have direct access to the aisle. Economy class is in a 2-4-2 configuration with a (sort of) throwback to the days when the middle section of seats had additional room between the pairs of two as was seen on many 747s, DC10s & L1011s from the distant past.
An ANA Senior Vice President was quoted as saying their eventual fleet of 55 787s will be divided among short-haul flights (Japan & vicinity), and long-haul routes to Europe. The actual routes will be announced at a later date. As it stands, the carrier will begin taking delivery in August this year, eventually totaling 14 by next March, and 10 more in 2013.
The short-haul configuration will also sport a two-cabin layout, but Business Class here will see cradle seats in lieu of the lie-flat long-haul offering. Additional details can be found in the official announcement from ANA. ANA is a Star Alliance member and you can bet I’ll be making an award booking to experience Boeing’s revolutionary aircraft, perhaps as soon as this year.
(Hat tip: Australian Business Traveler)