November 1 is quickly becoming a landmark date for landlocked Australians, with the country's international travel ban lifting and New South Wales becoming the first state to remove quarantine requirements for those who've been fully vaccinated against Covid.
ANA is the latest airline to add flights from that date, as part of a broader push in response to global demand trends as more countries shrug off the coronavorus shroud and throw open their borders.
From November 1, the Star Alliance member will move to five flights per week between Sydney and its Tokyo/Haneda hub.
That's still down from the doubly-daily service which ANA intended to run from March 2020, but we're in "one step at a time" territory, and the airline intends to rebuild towards that goal.
The airline tells Executive Traveller that flight NH879 will connect Tokyo to Sydney each Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; the return leg NH880 is slated for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
At the time of writing, ANA has assigned its Tokyo-Sydney flights to a Boeing 787-9, but suggests this could change to the smaller Boeing 787-8 "depending on aircraft availability, as we did for our October flights."
ANA's Dreamliners feature contemporary forward-facing business class seats in a 1-2-1 layout provide direct aisle access for every passenger.
And if your onward journey takes you to London or New York, keep an eye out for ANA's upgraded Boeing 777-300ER flagships sporting the airline's latest first class suites and business class seats.
ANA’s all-new Boeing 777 first class suites, christened The Suite, have been inspired by luxury Japanese hotels, with a luxury dark wood finish throughout the cabin.
Sliding doors offer privacy, while a 43-inch 4K monitor which takes up the entire wall provides a ‘personal IMAX’ experience when it comes to inflight entertainment.
Meanwhile, the business class seats – dubbed The Room – get privacy doors and, in place of a seat, a wide sofa-style bench which runs the full width of the business class compartment.
The seat folds down to a fully flat bed dressed with a bespoke seat mattress and bedding in partnership with Nishikawa.
The Room has been “inspired by modern, multifunctional Japanese living spaces”, the airline says, with several discrete areas for stowing all manner of personal items.