The inaugural flight took off following a ribbon cutting and sake ceremony complete with a Taiko Japanese drum performance. Airline officials said the new service underscored the global importance of the city of Houston.
“As a key market for the U.S. oil and gas industry, expanding service to Houston … emphasizes our desire to make travel more convenient,” Osamu Shinobe, president and CEO of ANA, said. “Additionally, this new route will allow us to improve access between Asia and Latin America.”
Houston is ANA’s tenth North American destination.
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“The economic and cultural ties that exist between Houston and Japan continue to strengthen and the arrival of All Nippon Airways is a testament to that growth,” Houston Mayor Annise Parker said. “We look forward to enjoying an even greater level of connectivity in Asia, thanks to ANA’s extensive global route network.”
Passengers on the route will fly in a Boeing (NYSE:BA) 777-300ER. The 250-seat passenger plane includes eight First Class open suites, 52 flat bed Business Class seats, 24 Premium Economy and 166 standard economy seats.
According to SeatGuru.com, First Class seats are 33 inches wide with 76 inches of pitch while Business Class seats are 21 inches wide with 62 inches of pitch. Premium Economy seats are 19.3 inches wide with 38 inches of pitch, while standard economy seats are a tight 16.5 inches wide but offer 34 inches of pitch.
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