What does it take to get inside one of All Nippon Airways’ legendary (ANA) airport lounges?
Flying in Business Class will definitely get you there with ANA, as will being on the right tier in the airline’s loyalty program, but there’s also one other way to access to ANA’s lounges…
…Book a Premium Economy ticket.
We’re not playing.
Did you know that the airline gives its Premium Economy passengers lounge access at Haneda Airport?
Additionally, Premium Economy travellers can utilise the lounge facilities of ANA’s Star Alliance partner, Air New Zealand, at Sydney Airport.
But they’re not the only benefits of booking one class above Economy with the airline because just like Business Class travellers, ANA’s Premium Economy passengers receive priority check-in AND priority baggage.
So not only do they get a comfortable airport experience, but a quick one too.
In the air – flying Sydney-Tokyo on the 787-9 of course –, the treatment is equally as generous, with 38-seat pitch (four inches more than Economy), wider seats, 11-inch touch screen TVs as well as foot and leg rests… it’s practically like old school Business Class.
The 5-star airline’s 787-9, which commenced operations between Sydney and Tokyo in December last year, has 21 seats in Premium Economy as well as 48 lie-flat seats in Business Class. The premium products take up half of the aircraft, while the other half is fitted with 146 Economy seats.
In Business, all passengers have aisle access through the 1-2-1 configuration, while a turndown service will see flight attendants treat guests with an award-winning mattress, blanket and pillow.
Speaking at an aircraft inspection at Sydney Airport yesterday, ANA’s local Sales Manager, Kevin Peng, said the airline has a number of unique selling points including a generous two-piece 23 kilogram baggage allowance across all three classes, three points of contact for Agents (himself, a local Monday-Friday sales team and a 24-hour call centre in Tokyo) as well as commission on all flights, even internal Japan and Asia services.
Additionally, the airline offers free domestic return services for those travelling from Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne, thanks to its partnership arrangement with Virgin Australia.