ANA has the newest A380 fleet in the world. The airline’s two A380s are just a year old, and their next A380 will be one of the last deliveries of the type. Ever.
ANA flies its A380 between Tokyo (NRT) and Honolulu (HNL), a popular route for Japanese visitors to Hawaii. First class tickets on this route are usually $14k. That’s a tidy sum for just 15 hours of airtime…even if it is in first class.
But starting on September 21st, ANA is dropping round trip fares between NRT and HNL to $3,400. Availability on this route is excellent through 2021. This $10k price drop is notable because ANA doesn’t offer a lot of first class fare deals, and it makes this trip a more reasonable splurge.
Hawaii currently has a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all visitors and returning residents. The quarantine requires visitors to stay in their place of lodging for 14-days, with no exceptions other than medical treatment. It’s been strictly enforced as well, and numerous tourists have been arrested for non-compliance. But starting on September 1st, 2020, Hawaii is lifting the quarantine for visitors that can show proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of arrival.
ANA’s first class suites on the A380 are a very competitive product. It doesn’t compare to Singapore Airline’s new suites, and it lacks some of the opulent extras, like an onboard shower and bars, that Emirates offers, but it’s a modern suite with a comfortable seat and bed, and excellent IFE system.
Food and beverage in ANA first class is excellent, with both western and Japanese options. The liquor selection includes Hibiki 21 and 17, and John Walker & Sons King George V – you rarely see these in first.
ANA’s service is consistently spectacular. There are two dedicated FAs for first, and they have always been very accommodating and attentive each time I’ve flown this route.
Is $3,400 worth it? It’s an incredible deal compared to normal prices, but you do need to reposition to NRT first. Also, the maximum stay in HNL is 30 days, so you can’t split a roundtrip ticket into two trips over the year. If you don’t have the cash to shell out for this flight, there is solid award space ANA’s A380 first class, so you may be able to score a roundtrip for ~186k United Miles or ~130k LifeMiles.
Still, this is an amazing deal for a great first class product on what’s likely to be one of the last few A380s ever built!