Review: NH SFO-NRT First Class

I was pretty excited for this flight. I read amazing things about ANA (and JAL) first class. I booked this round trip first class flight using Virgin Atlantic miles which was an excellent deal (especially since there was a transfer bonus using American Express Membership Rewards at the time). I left the United Polaris Lounge and arrived at the gate to get a print out of my boarding pass.

Date: Friday April 19
Flight: 7
Aircraft: 777-300ER
Origin: SFO
Destination: NRT
Seat: 1K First Class
Scheduled Push Back: 12:20 PM
Actual Push Back: 12:13 PM

At 11:49 AM first class and ANA Diamond members were invited to board. Upon boarding I was directed to my seat. A flight attendant introduced her self abd laid out my in flight slippers.

The suite is a large cube which is great for solo travelers but not so much for people flying together. The seat itself was large and had a day blanket and pillow.

To the left and right of the seat were a few small storage compartments good for a wallet and keys. There was also a universal plug, USB outlet, some lighting buttons, and the seat controls.

In the front of the suite/cube below the entertainment system was headphones, pajamas, and a Samsonite amenity kit.

The amenity kit featured eye shades, ear plugs, and a toothbrush. These are the same amenities you’d find in the lavatory.

The other side features skin care products by The Ginza.

The pajamas came in a pouch and we’re soft. ANA also provides cardigans to wear in flight.

A flight attendant escorted me to the lavatory so I can change for the flight. The lavatory had the same amenities as the provided kit. Additionally, it had a platform you can lower to stand on while changing.

I put on the pajamas bottoms but skipped on the long sleeve top. I headed back to my seat where I was offered a landing card and a coupon for 100 MB free Wifi (which stopped working once we crossed the date line).

We took off at 12:31 PM and the seatbelt sign was turned off at 12:39 PM. At 12:44 PM the service started with a hot towel. Shortly after menus were distributed.

The menu for USA-Japan had Japanese and an International selection.

The drink list was extensive and included Krug 2004 (which I ordered).

The amuse bouche was served.

My tray was cleared and set for the lunch service.

The appetizer plate of shrimp and scallops was served and presented beautifully. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture. The appetizer was followed by the garden salad with the Japanese horseradish dressing.

Following the salad was the corn soup.

The main course of seabass was next which was phenomenal.

I passed on cheese and dessert and just ordered tea while I watched Vice which was a pretty good movie.

After the movie I asked for my seat to be converted to a bed. The bedding includes a mattress pad (not as wide as the seat), pillow, and separate comforter.

After laying down for about an hour I knew I wasn’t going to sleep. I put my seat into “relaxing” mode and ordered the ANA Japanese curry.

Coffee was served along with some sweet treats.

About one and half hours before landing the final meal service began. I decided to go with the ramen.

Survey Says

ANA first class is pretty impressive. The food was excellent. The flight attendants were very attentive but not over bearing. While the seat isn’t great for people traveling together, it is very private even without a door.

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