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ANA has been doing a lot of work on its routes to/from Honolulu (on which it now operates Airbus A380 aircraft) and on the services it offers passengers in Honolulu with the opening of two new lounge spaces in the main terminal earlier this year.
Now ANA is going a step further as it looks to improve the arrival process for its most premium customers – a new dedicated immigration lane is opening at Honolulu International Airport.
From 1 October 2019 (tomorrow), First Class passengers traveling on ANA between Tokyo and Honolulu will no longer have to run the risk of long immigration lines at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu.
First Class passengers will be met at the aircraft and escorted to a “dedicated vehicle” which will then drive them to “an exclusive” immigration lane which will see them by-pass the throngs of visitors in the main immigration lates.
Here’s what Hideki Kunugi, Executive Vice President of ANA, had to say about this latest ANA enhancement in Honolulu:
The introduction of ANA’s immigration lane at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport eliminates long distance walks and prevents passengers from having to wait in long lines immediately after they arrive in Hawaii
ANA is always looking for ways to improve service both in the air and on the ground, and our moves to heighten convenience for travelers will go a long way in making the travel experience more enjoyable. Passengers will always come first and we will continue working with airports and other partners to meet their needs.
The new exclusive immigration lane is open to passport holders of all nations so the only prerequisite of enjoying this service is that you have to be booked into an ANA First Class cabin.
This is a very nice enhancement for ANA’s first Class flyers as immigration lines in Honolulu can be horrendous at peak times.
For those ANA First Class passengers with Global Entry this may not seem to be a particularly big enhancement but, when you consider the fact that this service takes you from the aircraft direct to a dedicated immigration lane (no walking through the airport) and that ANA’s First Class cabins on this route carry a maximum of 8 people, this could still be a time and effort saver even if you have Global Entry.