While it is not said explicitly on its website, Japan's All Nippon Airways quietly unveiled the cabin for its 787 Dreamliner this morning.
While the exact configuration of the aircraft is still unknown, ANA's announcement of the selection of the Panasonic eX2 IFE for the 777-300ER and 767-300ER aircraft, we well as the the unveiling of its new 777-300ER cabin leads to one speculative conclusion: This is ANA's 787 product for introduction in late 2010.
ANA already announced in January 2007 that it had selected eX2 IFE for the 787. ANA says the AVOD system will feature 160 programs including movies, videos, music and games, as well as the ability to order food and drinks directly from your seat.
While the 777-300ER will feature a four-class cabin starting in February 2010, there's no guarantee that the smaller 787-8 would also have four classes of service. However, ANA's longest haul aircraft - 777-300ER & 747-400 - both feature a four-class configuration. The airline's medium to long haul 767s have two-class cabins with seating in economy and business class.
Presumably, at least two of ANA's four new classes of service will find their way onto the 787.
Re-branded as the ANA First Square, the new first class suite features fully lie-flat beds and a baggage compartment and mini-closet to hang your coat. Each Square will have a 23-inch LCD touch screen with universal power port, iPod connector and USB port.
ANA's new business class will feature fully a lay-flat seat in a staggered arrangement with a large side table, shoe storage and small in-seat baggage area. Each seat back will have a 17-inch LCD touch screen with universal power port, iPod connector and USB port.
ANA has selected fixed back shell seats for premium economy and increased the seat pitch from 38-inches to 42-inches. Each seat back will have a 12-inch LCD touch screen with universal power port, iPod connector and USB port.
ANA has selected fixed back shell seats increased the seat pitch to 34-inches from 31-inches with a sliding headrest and footrest for its new economy cabin. Each seat will have a 10.6-inch LCD touch screen, universal power port, iPod connector, USB port and a special cup holder.