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The seat may not be the most modern, particularly when it comes to the IFE but it is still comfortable, provides aisle access for all passengers and has seats to suit both couples and solo passengers.
Above all the crew were exceptional. They were thoughtful, proactive, friendly, courteous and thoroughly professional throughout. They were truly up there with the likes of Singapore and the Japanese carriers. Nothing was too much bother for them and often they would go out of their way to suggest ways in which they could make your flight better.
This story begins, as so many of mine do, with an airfare that was too good to pass up.
It was Black Friday and I was fully intending to swoop up a premium airfare deal, no matter what. I had pretty much total flexibility on destination, date and airline. As always my only sticking point was that I wanted to travel in as much comfort as possible and ideally try a new product in the process.
In July 2019 ANA shocked the world by announcing brand new First and Business Class cabins on their 777s.
Previously ANA was renowned for fantastic service as well as some of the best food and drink in the sky. This was juxtaposed with a bizarrely utilitarian seat that looked like an office cubicle with blocked out windows.
With the new seat could ANA finally be ranked as the best First Class in the world?
After a rather lacklustre experience at the ANA Suite lounge in Narita a few years back I didn't exactly have high hopes for this lounge.
I set the bar low and this facility under delivered with aplomb.
We stopped into the lounge to have a quick look around. Whilst the lounge is nicely decorated and has a cost feel, it is not in the same league as the JL offering. Which makes sense, given that NRT is JAL's home base.
I was pleasantly surprised by the business class lounge. This space doesn't feel like second-best, an afterthought, it is a great lounge and a place where you could easily relax for a couple of hours before a flight: eating, drinking and enjoying the views.
The Arrival is unique in the fact that it is open so late, having the option to arrive, get showered and then head straight into town for a night out, is amazing.
This isn't a lounge where you would want or need to spend a huge amount of time but it is well appointed and has everything you need. It is a great place to quickly and easily arrive refreshed and ready to head into Hong Kong.
The decor is beautiful but the champagne selection isn't great. Nothing that would ever be served in an F cabin, just some basic Moet and Veuve.
After the champagne bar there is a large sitting area, filled with couches and signature CX Solus chairs.
In future, I think I'll skip the F lounge in the Wing. If you catch it at the right time of day, the F&B and service are leagues ahead here.
I was actually a little sad to leave. Although the sadness soon passed and was replaced by excitement to once again find myself sat in the nose of a 747. There are few places I'd rather be. My friends joke that my favourite place on Earth is not on Earth but 34,000 feet above it in a steel tube. Perhaps this says something about me, although I dare say there are a fair few of you reading, who share a similar preference!