New meals and much more are coming to ANA first class, business class

New meals and much more are coming to ANA first class, business class

From a wider range of meal choices to new amenity kits and pyjamas, ANA is upgrading the inflight experience for its business class and first class passengers.

As of March 1, all ANA business class travellers will enjoy a wider selection of meals and have the option of pre-ordering up to 24 hours before their flight departs, so they can be assured of their meal choice.

ANA's new first class meals look set to redefine inflight cuisine

On flights from Japan to North America (except Honolulu), Europe, Southeast Asia and India, that roster will include the full range of  dishes from ANA's The Connoisseurs program – a 'fine dining at 30,000 feet' collaboration with elite chefs from around the world.

The Star Alliance member is also taking this opportunity to upgrade the dishware used to serve its Japanese meals in business class and first class. In our experience, dining is one of the highlights of any ANA flight, and the new meal settings only add to this appeal.

ANA's new business class meals put more choice plus pre-ordering on the menu

Meal pre-ordering in business class was previously restricted to members of ANA's Mileage Club frequent flyer scheme, and even then the choice was limited to options from Japanese cuisine or international cuisine – so come March 1 there's more variety on tap for every traveller.

March 1 will also see the debut of new sleepwear and amenities as part of ANA's push to improve traveller convenience and comfort on international flights.

"We want to ensure that travellers, especially on long-haul flights arrive at their destination refreshed and ready to achieve their goals, whether they are traveling for business or pleasure," explains Yutaka Ito, Executive Vice President of ANA.

In business class that means not only new PJs and cardigans – yes, that's a special ANA touch – but also high-quality feather comforters and a dual-layer pillow with a 100 percent Egyptian cotton cover.

ANA's new inflight amenities for business class

First class flyers will relax with Nishikawa Sangyo feather comforters designed to boost breathability and heat retention, while the breathable duck down pillows both absorb and release moisture; again, the comforter and pillow covers are made from Egyptian cotton, and are accompanied by new blankets and cardigans.

ANA's new inflight amenities for first class

Finally, ANA has tapped Globe-Trotter for improved amenity kits with Japanese skincare products for an added touch of local luxury.

First class kits will include The Ginza’s Essence Empowering Set of cosmetic solutions, while business class kits offer selections from Kose’s Sekkisei MYV. The kits will be available in several colors, rotated every 3-4 months.

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

11 comments

  • IntegralMan

    IntegralMan

    19 Feb, 2019 06:30 pm

    ANA's J and F class offering was already quite spectacular, so it's impressive they're upping the game yet again. They are setting the benchmark in Asia when it comes to in-flight dining.
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  • John Harley

    jch

    19 Feb, 2019 08:54 pm

    I have a J award booking from HND-SYD booked with KrisFlyer miles through SQ. As I don't seem to be able to Manage Booking through the ANA website, do you know how you would select a meal?

    The booking on the SQ website states:

    Meal selection is unavailable on this segment as it is managed by another airline. Please get in touch with your local Singapore Airlines office for assistance.
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  • Leo Galvin

    leogalvin

    19 Feb, 2019 11:37 pm

    Contact Krisflyer for the ANA record locator, then you should have full access to your booking on the ANA website
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    jch

  • Mikana

    Mikana

    20 Feb, 2019 07:35 pm

    Or just call NH. They’re good on the phone.
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  • John Harley

    jch

    19 Feb, 2019 08:59 pm

    Inflight menus in PDF for every class and destination are available on the ANA website:
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  • James Zhang

    pkjames

    19 Feb, 2019 11:40 pm

    my experience with ANA J from SYD to HND was medicore at best. The food was tasteless and the seat was small even for a short asian guy like me, I didn't sleep well at all.
    With Apex Suite, JAL has a far superior product in J even though their catering is also a hit and miss.
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  • flyingdr

    flyingdr

    20 Feb, 2019 09:14 am

    I agree regarding ANA J catering. A lot of it was almost inedible. Very disappointing. The only highlight was the shochu. Highly recommend eating in the excellent lounge at Haneda and going straight to sleep onboard.

    However I did get a decent sleep with their mattress and nice blanket. Pyjamas will add further to this.
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  • Satoshi Takayama

    Michael Kao

    20 Feb, 2019 10:18 am

    "In business class that means not only new PJs and cardigans – yes, that's a special ANA touch"

    Are they offering PJ's in business class now? In the past it was just the cardigan for rental only as you need to return it.
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  • TheBigM

    TheBigM

    20 Feb, 2019 11:31 am

    Another one disappointed with the ANA J experience from HND-SYD. With a mediocre lounge offering in the evening before departure – most dishes empty and just a few sandwiches, the departure meal onboard was average compared to local choices. Further, they don’t even have a breakfast service on arrival, but just a choice of ‘snacks’ left over from the overnight onboard menu.

    Can only hope for a substantial improvement with pre-ordering.

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  • Mikana

    Mikana

    20 Feb, 2019 07:33 pm

    I’m floored that anybody would speak highly of the ANA lounge for J at HND. The F space is very good but the J space is packed most of the time, little privacy, and the food often looks exhausted. It’s also full of *gold people traveling in coach. Ugh. I am equally floored that anybody would adjudge the inflight hard and soft products as mediocre. I’m 182cm and the seat is very comfortable with sufficient leg room on bed recline. The NH mattress topper and duvet are already great (PJs are overkill most of the time IMHO). The Japanese meal service is almost always excellent and the western is usually very good, though never imaginative, after all NH is a conservative brand which is what the Japanese market wants. The FAs are the best in the world.
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  • Traveller14

    Traveller14

    21 Feb, 2019 01:25 pm

    Time after time I observe faultless grammar and correct punctuation in ABT articles.

    This seems impossible for quite a few other travel-related sites to achieve (and they're not all from the USA: some are local.)

    David, Chris and Sid deserve a lot of credit for publishing articles that are relatively easy to read because of this. It's also great how the paragraphs are rarely excessively long. Very well done, given that some software insists on spelling 'traveller' the USA English way, which is incorrect in Australia.
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