The second leg of my recent trip to Hong Kong was in ANA Regional Business Class, on a 763 from Tokyo to Hong Kong. Here’s my review of that flight experience:
The seat in ANA’s regional business class isn’t nearly as nice as their staggered longhaul setup, but comfortable enough for a reasonably short flight. It’s a 2-1-2 configuration, so I made sure to grab a middle seat in order to avoid having to climb over anyone, or have anyone climbing over me.
In addition to this aisle access benefit, I appreciated the fact that the drink table in my one seat was considerably larger than the shared table for the pairs of side seats. Always nice to have a little more room to work with:
The single middle seats also have a bonus storage compartment, which perfectly fit my laptop bag (the side seats don’t have anything similar):
I was happy to have a middle seat for all these reasons, but I’m glad I wasn’t trying to get any sleep in one of these seats. They’re cradle-style and rather than reclining into a sleeping position, it felt like the seat actually inclined to get there – like it was lifting my butt up rather than letting my back and head move down. It was a very odd sensation, to say the least – felt like some sort of weird dentist chair experience – and the final position wasn’t particularly comfortable either.
Food and Wine
As was the case on my flight from JFK-NRT, there was both a Japanese menu and an International menu. This being a flight to Hong Kong, the International menu was more Chinese-inspired than American-inspired though.
The photo is pretty blurry, so in case you’re curious the international menu was:
Chinese pickles and steamed chicken spicy hors d’oeuvre
Tofu pasta Chinese-style, soft-simmered beef with black vinegar sauce and milk potato
Harmony of melted almond jelly and marron
The wine list includes Champagne, white, red, sake, and shochu:
I decided to start my meal with double bubbles: Champagne and sparkling water
I opted for the International menu, to switch things up a bit from the Japanese cuisine I’d had on the JFK-NRT leg of my trip.
The meal was perfectly fine. Nothing particularly notable, but decent enough. I was pleasantly surprised at the tofu pasta, as it was quite similar to regular pasta.
After dinner, I had a cup of really, really good green tea – probably the most memorable thing I had to eat or drink on the entire flight!
Followed by a mini cup of ice cream – not exactly Chinese (nor Japanese for that matter), but I’m not complaining
The entertainment system is virtually the same as what ANA offers on their longhaul routes, though the selection wasn’t quite as extensive. Nonetheless, I still found plenty to keep me entertained for the duration of the flight.
It would’ve been nice to have a slightly larger screen, but it was still adequate.
Service and Miscellaneous
Service was pleasant enough, though I was a little surprised to find out that ANA doesn’t provide amenity kits on this route (not that I really needed one, and not that their business class amenity kits are all that great anyway).
Overall, the flight was enjoyable – though a clear step down from ANA’s great longhaul business class offering. I would definitely consider them for flights within Asia to / from Tokyo, but certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to choose them.
Anyone else flown ANA regional business class? What was your experience like?