Flight Review: ANA 777 First Class Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Tokyo Haneda (HND)

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Flight Review: ANA 777 First Class Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Tokyo Haneda (HND)

Flight Review: ANA 777 First Class Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Tokyo Haneda (HND)

After a fantastic time in the United Polaris Lounge I headed to the gate to board my flight to Tokyo!

My flight was departing out of gate C10 – not a far walk from the lounge at all – maybe 3-4 minutes.

I walked up to a fairly nondescript gate area and waited for the last 10 minutes or so until we started boarding.

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Gate Area

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Business Class boarding

There were two separate boarding doors. One for business and economy, and the other for first class passengers.

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First class boarding sign

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Ready to go.

Airline: ANA
Route: NH111 ORD-HND
Cabin: First Class
Plane: B777
Seat: 2K
Flight Time: 13 hours & 15 minutes

After a 5-7 minute delay that seemed like eternity (because I was so damn excited), for which they apologized profusely, we were ready to board and I was the first one on the plane.

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Entrance to paradise.

I boarded through the forward door and took a right into the cabin.

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Boom.

The cabin is a total of 8 seats across a 1-2-1 set up.

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After snapping a few quick pictures of the first class cabin I wanted to get back and get some pictures of the miniature business class cabin before any other passengers got on board!

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Mini business class cabin

The business class was 1-2-1 as well, with staggered, forwarding facing lie-flat seats.

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Business class seat

The load was 5/8, with 3 of us having a separate suite as a bed.

The lead purser, Arai, came by quickly to introduce herself and let me know of the 12.5 hour flight time.

Let’s get back to the seat and take a look at the suite! I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Seat and amenities:

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My wife has already yelled at me for wearing sneakers with my jeans…I’m over it.

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You can put stuff on here.

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Touch screen

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I think this one makes your feet glow.

Now let’s take a look at the some of the welcome amenities:

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PJs & Slippers

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Blanket

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Hygiene Kit and Headphones

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Headphones

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Amenity Kit

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In case anyone is overly interested in the product descriptions

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Not an amenity at each seat – but this is what the purser came around passing out.

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I consider this a welcome amenity.

Right after taking all these pictures, I immediately changed into the PJs and got comfortable.

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Basically superman – except I change in a bathroom instead of a phone booth.

I’m assuming to make up for the 5 minutes of our lives they stole from us prior to boarding, we ended up leaving the gate about 7 minutes early –  which means we must have had a really quick boarding!

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Let’s get this party started.

After taking the suite pictures for you animals, I settled in for real and obviously started it off with a glass a Krug. Strangely came in a wine glass instead of the typical flute. Still tasted just as delicious to me, just thought it seemed a little strange.

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Deuces, Chicago.

Now, let’s get to the menu. As every knows, I think menu pictures are really boring, but i’m going to put some up just for y’all!

Menu:

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Menu

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As with most flights to Japan, I had the opportunity to choose from either the Japanese or American menu – I went Japanese. However, first, it was time for some Krug.

Food and Drink:

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Followed closely by some amuse bouche.

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Then, we got into the rest of it. I won’t pretend to remember the name of every little thing as they came out, but that’s why I posted the menu!

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And you can’t not have sake during your flight to Japan. I mean, you just  have to. It was delicious.

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Gangi Junmai Daiginjo Yunagi

Then I decided to switch away from the Krug, because it bored me.

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Henri Giraud Fût de Chêne Brut Champagne

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Now back to the food.

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Delicious

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Gotta have the hand towel to freshen up.

Apologies that the pictures aren’t great – the cabin was pretty dark making it somewhat difficult.

After that absolutely amazing meal, I decided to turn on a flick and get some rest. Maybe surf the internet? Wrong.

IFE and Internet:

This was probably the most disappointing portion of the flight. The Wi-Fi was completely down. I tried over and over, but was unsuccessful on multiple devices.

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Don’t listen to this.

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Computer Fail.

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iPhone Fail.

On most international flights, internet isn’t actually a big deal to me. I usually just eat, drink, and watch movies and don’t even try to log on. That’s why this was frustrating, because this was the only time in recent memory I actually really wanted to get onto the internet and it was 100% out. I actually wanted to get United Polaris Lounge ORD review out as quickly as possible and I couldn’t finish it!

In addition to the Wi-Fi being garbage, the IFE was painfully mediocre. The selection of movies and shows was pretty limited, and was actually identical to the Asiana flight I took a few days later.

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I tried to watch this movie – it wasn’t good, at all. Bryan Cranston couldn’t even save this production.

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Didn’t get into this – maybe I missed out?

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After failing so miserably at trying to connect to the internet and watch a new flick, I went back to old, reliable, Frozen. Never gets old.

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Followed by a crab cake burger and some delicious ramen. As someone from Maryland (see, crab cakes and football), I usually never order crab cakes outside of my home state. But, I will say, this burger was damn good!

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After Frozen, ramen, and a crab cake burger, it was time for The Big Bang Theory. Always solid.

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After that I decided it was time to take a quick nap.

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Somewhere over Alaska/Canada

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Night pic of the seat.

I asked them to wake me up about two hours out, because I didn’t want to sleep too long. Well, long story short, that didn’t happen. Not a big deal, but I was kinda disappointed that they let me sleep another hour. I tried to get photos of the fully reclined bed, but it was pitch black and the light really wasn’t cooperating. Apologies!

Woke up, ready to see the wife, decided to get some water and coffee. Oh, and more champagne.

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Coming into Tokyo!

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The approach.

As they say, all good things come to an end. I was disappointed that the flight was over, but couldn’t be more excited to finally be in Tokyo!

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Just off the plane.

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My ride to Tokyo! Beautiful plane.

I was the second person off the plane and headed straight to baggage claim after a really quick immigration process.

The entire event ended on such a high note. I got to baggage claim, and my bag was the 3rd one off the plane. Why is that impressive? Because when I originally left Springfield (Illinois) to head to Chicago, my bag had no type of special baggage priority or anything. When it came out of the carousel, it had ANA First Class baggage tags on it. That tells me that when it landed in ORD before they loaded it again they took the time to re-tag and prioritize it. Truly impressive.

Well folks – that’s it! It was and amazing flight and as expected, the service was absolutely incredible. Other than the Wi-Fi being broken, I couldn’t ask for much more.

Next up: The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

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