Everything about it made me pretty giddy. ANA's attention to detail is apparent throughout the experience. Even something as simple as a bathroom sink with an automatic faucet had me wondering why all airplane bathrooms don't have this. ANA has even created an app to help anxious travelers (like myself) distract themselves during take-off (usually the most anxious moment during a flight). It's a soothing game that's easy enough to get lost in. I was a little skeptical at first but the next thing I knew I was trying to beat my high score and we were off in the air.
There's a good amount of privacy for each passenger, thanks to the staggered seating arrangement. I was in a middle aisle seat on the way there and a glorious window seat on the way back. Behind a little compartment under the media player, there are power outlets and USB chargers in every seat. I loved having a roomy side table for everything I wanted easy access to. The flight attendants could not have been more friendly or attentive.
During the flight, the galley area is stocked with newspapers/magazines, snacks, water, and toiletries such as face and hand cream (such a lifesaver) and toothbrushes. A bowl of Ippudo ramen (!!), along with a number of other snacks, is available as you wish throughout the flight. (Not that I was hungry to begin with after snacking on all the onigiri options in the ANA lounge.) For proper meals, there's a choice between a Japanese menu and an International menu, though I'm sure if you wanted to cobble bits from each one, you could easily do so. ANA really prides itself on its in-flight food and beverage menu and rightfully so -- it was the first time I can actually remember enjoying airplane food.
I could have had a nice nap in the fully lay-flat seats and add-on seat padding, but I was too engrossed in my books. (Side note: it's been a while since I've been this taken by a book – Dept. of Speculation had me in tears by page 13. I still keep the book near me and keep returning to certain phrases. Highly recommend for a read that will linger with you. On the way back I finally read Gone Girl to see what the fuss was all about.) I also appreciated that ANA didn't make their cabin a refrigerator like many airlines do. I was comfortable throughout and the light quilt was perfect. If the flight had been another six hours, I would have said 'bring it on.'
Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with ANA - All Nippon Airways. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of ANA.