Normally, ANA flies a 787-9 with the Staggered business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration between Vancouver and Tokyo (similar to the one we reviewed here). However, for a couple months between August 2017 and March 2018, the plane was downgraded to a 787-8 that had the Cradle business class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration.
In November, I flew down to Hawaii for a couple of days with my Dad. While the main purpose of the trip was to obtain our scuba diving certifications (which I now have!), this also gave me the chance to review Alaska Airline’s economy class product on a relatively longer flight. Previously I had only flown Alaska on short flights like YVR-SEA and SEA-SFO.
The third and final leg of our outbound flights was from Tokyo Haneda to Sydney. At just over 8 hours, it’s not that long of a flight when it comes to long haul flights, but having been travelling for 24 hours already since we left Vancouver, we were already struggling to keep our eyes open at this point!
As expected, our flight to Paris boarded from a remote gate at Abu Dhabi airport, as there are not enough gates to handle the amount of traffic they have. I was totally fine with this, because it meant I would get another amazing close-up view of the beautiful A340-600 aircraft we would be flying on.
We had a long walk to our gate from The Pier lounge, since our plane was scheduled to leave from gate 18. The flight to Korea was originally scheduled on a long haul configuration a330, but was swapped last minute to a regional 777-300. What luck! =( There was already a pretty big crowd when we got to the gate. Boarding began shortly after we arrived.