Do you dread thinking about long-haul flights with infants and children in tow? Well, say hello to All Nippon Airways (ANA) Dreamliner flight service to Japan. The Boeing 787 has landed in Northern California at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.
I was on hand for Ciao Bambino to welcome ANA’s Dreamliner to the Silicon Valley, along with ANA personnel, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Carl Guardino, president & CEO of Silicon Valley Leadership Group and plenty of VIPs from the Bay Area.
Direct flight service will launch on January 11, 2013 from San Jose, California to Narita, Tokyo. Passengers will notice plenty of improvements, designed to ease the stresses of long-haul travel, when they board the 787 Dreamliner. From vaulted ceilings to bigger windows and larger overhead bins, ANA has the frequent flyer in mind.
Rakunori – Easy Travel for Families
Family members traveling with infants, and children traveling unaccompanied, will appreciate ANA’s Rakunori or Easy Travel service. Young children, ages 5-11 may travel alone on ANA flights, provided parents or guardians have completed the necessary pre-flight paperwork. Staff members with badges at the Easy Travel counter are available to assist passengers’ pre and post flight and flight attendants ensure young travelers are looked after during the flight.
Dreamliner bells and whistles
The Dreamliner cabin is wider than the conventional Boeing 767, which means more leg room for economy and first class passengers. Energy-efficient LED lighting is used in the cabin to create a more relaxed mood. Say goodbye to manually operated window shades. Dreamliner windows are not only larger, they have electric curtains that allow passengers to control the amount of light let in through the window.
Business class service
If you can afford it, business class is the way to fly on long-haul flights. ANA’s 787 is the first Japanese airline to introduce staggered seating. Each airplane seat sits on the aisle, so passengers have their own little suite; great for parents flying with infants.
And for the frequent flyers among us, ANA is a member of Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline network; important for those who prefer the flexibility of flying on other airline carriers.
Go to the ANA website to check schedules and pricing.
Nancy D. Brown is a travel writer whose work has appeared online and in newspapers and magazines nationwide. An avid equestrian, she publishes writinghorseback.com and the What a Trip blog, Nancydbrown.com. When not traveling, she lives with her family near San Francisco, California. Follow her on Twitter @Nancydbrown. Photo courtesy of ANA Airlines