ANA Premium Economy HND-YVR
ANA offers an excellent Boeing Dreamliner product out of Tokyo Haneda to a lot of destinations, and Premium Economy is a nice step up from being shoved all the way in the back in coach.
Since there was no priority pass lounge for us in the Haneda airport, we took some time to do some Duty Free shopping. Arguably, it is some of the strangest duty free shopping that I’ve ever seen.
From multi flavored Kit Kats…To dolls in plastic boxes… To whatever the hell these things are… Mochi balls… To massive Donald Trump size Tic Tac supplies, incase you wanna grab someone on your next flight by the p… well, you know what… From here, it was a short walk to the boarding gate, where we were only 2 minutes to boarding.
At check-in, we asked to be seated in the first row of economy, knowing full well that it was really premium economy. The other check in agent obliged, and put us all in row 15. Apparently at check-in all the “economy” section looks the same, so take this as a fun travel hack. If you’re flying ANA, ask to be moved to row 15/16/17/18 at check-in ☺
The seats are larger with lots of legroom. They have footrests and a larger recline than the other seats, and are pretty comfortable.The seats are in a 2-3-2 configuration throughout the cabin, so if you’re a couple, this is much nicer than the 3-3-3 configuration in regular economy.
Just before take off, the flight attendant came around with an amenity tray, with not only toothbrushes and eye masks, but also just regular masks! Hey, when in Rome… do as the Romans! The hardest part about sitting right behind business class is the constant reminder that you’re SO CLOSE and yet SO FAR AWAY. Meal service is exactly the same as coach, so don’t expect anything special. In fact, you can probably find some straaaange stuff. Like THIS… I opted for the quick sandwich option with yogurt. It seemed like the safe bet. As a fun side note, if you haven’t been on the Dreamliner before, the window dimming during the middle of the day is really cool. While I wasn’t a fan of the coach class experience, the Premium Economy was definitely a step up. Don’t forget, when you get to the check in counter, ask to be moved to the “economy” row 15-18 🙂