ANA Business Class Seoul (Gimpo) to Tokyo (Haneda) - Plus a Reader Gift! (RTW - Part 13)

I had previously flown this route (albeit in the other direction) on ANA in economy class.  That was my first time in economy on a 777, which I reviewed here.  This time I was with a client, so we were flying business class.  Though I concluded economy was more than fine on ANA for this route, sitting in front is certainly always preferred!


After enjoying a few Cass beers in the Asiana lounge (which is prior to security at Gimpo), we headed to the plane about 40 minutes prior to departure.

You could hear the sound of Vitality!

Boarding was called for business class and Star Gold passengers.  The boarding priority was strictly enforced.

The forward cabin was set in a 2+3+2 configuration.  The seats were extremely well spaced.  I found them to be quite comfortable for a flight of this short duration (roughly equivalent to New York to Atlanta).  The seats were very similar to Delta’s first generation BusinessElite seats, though perhaps with slightly less recline.  The seats were manual (not power), and had controls similar to American’s old international business class (which is still in use on the lumbering 767-200s).  The pitch was very good; I could not reach the seat in front of me with my feet.




The cabin load was very light, with perhaps 20% of the seats taken.  Two older flight attendants looked after us, and I suspect there was a third in the galley that we didn’t see.  Each time she was leaving the cabin to visit the forward galley, the older of the two cabin flight attendants would stop, turn to face the passengers, and give a small bow before proceeding through the curtain.  I’d never seen that before on a Japanese carrier (except at the end of the flight).  I don’t know if taking such a step when leaving a cabin is policy or not (I suspect not), but it was very thoughtful.

Slippers were in each seat-back pocket.


Shortly after take off, drinks and a snack were offered.  I had another beer along with the rice crackers offered. 


By this time, my client, seated a row or two behind me, was fast asleep (somehow I wasn’t, which was unusual for this trip through Asia).

I elected for the Japanese meal, which included some sashimi and a chicken and broccoli dish.  It was all served at once.  I suspect if the flight were full, this would be a necessity.  With our light load, serving in courses would have worked – but wasn’t necessary I guess.




I declined dessert, though did enjoy one more beer!


Landing was uneventful.  At the late hour of our arrival into Haneda, the international arrivals are starting to happen in earnest.  JAL’s service from Honolulu had landed just a little before us.  Thankfully nearly all of those passengers were Japanese – so the foreigners’ line at immigration was but a few passengers deep while the Japanese line was perhaps 200 passengers long!

Our driver was waiting for us just outside of customs.  He took us for the quick ride to a most wonderful hotel....

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I’m not a big fan of slippers – so I thought I’d share the ANA Business Class Slippers with a reader as a gift.  They are new, unworn, and sealed in their original packaging.

Please leave a comment on this post by 5pm NY time on Monday October 1, 2012 and I’ll randomly pick a comment and ship them off to you!


Ted September 26, 2012 at 10:29 am


Sc September 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Many thanks!

Abidjan September 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Nice to see the manual seat control make an appearance. Your beer consumption mirrors mine!

Dan September 26, 2012 at 03:51 pm

Nice, concise post.

James September 26, 2012 at 04:51 pm

Thank you for your generosity! I appreciate the work you put into your posts.

OG September 26, 2012 at 05:04 pm

can i ask what line of business you are in?

Brad September 26, 2012 at 06:37 pm

Beer is dessert. (And as an Upgrd blogger, I should not qualify for the slipper giveaway) but couldn't resist adding that.

B-Rad September 26, 2012 at 07:00 pm

Nothing like cozy Japanese airline slippers!

BR September 26, 2012 at 07:01 pm

Thanks for posting...I want your job

Euro September 27, 2012 at 01:18 pm

Maybe the flight attendant bowing was a nice nonverbal way of saying, "excuse me, I need to attend to the other cabin now"?

Daniel September 27, 2012 at 03:15 pm


Jeff September 27, 2012 at 03:17 pm

I want them!

ShaneinTulsa September 27, 2012 at 04:36 pm

Excellent report. Thanks for sharing!

Natalie September 27, 2012 at 06:07 pm

All your traveling looks like fun!?!

Need something to compliment my CX pajamas!


dmel September 28, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Great report! So how was the Japanese meal?

@dmel: The food was pretty good. It would be considered excellent if served on a 500 mile flight in the United States.