A rare chance to add a touch of first class to your home.
Frequent ANA travelers may be familiar with their A-Style online shopping site. Here, customers can purchase a range of clothing, food, luggage, and more using cash or airline miles. In addition, inside this catalog are unique keepsakes such as key chains made from the same acrylic material as airplane windows.
These types of specialty items have been particularly popular and have inspired requests from ANA to sell even more unique and authentic aircraft-related items. The airline responded by establishing a Boutique SorANAka on Yahoo! Auction site.
▼ The name comes from the Japanese expression “sora naka”Which refers to bringing“ the sky inside ”your house and cannot be spelled without“ ANA ”
This SorANAka section of the popular online auction site will be ANA’s dedicated location for the sale of unique items and other rare items like genuine aircraft parts that have not been mass-produced for consumer retail. Items will go under the virtual hammer and part of the proceeds will be donated to charity, with the first series of two items taking place September 21-26.
First of all, for those who can’t get enough of first-class seats on planes, it is now possible to enjoy them 24/7 with the ANA Original International First Class model seat. This lovingly recreated seat has all the attributes of the real thing but will be delivered to a lucky bidder’s door.
This seat is used to check comfort and functionality during research and development projects and is also used as a demonstration model when a new functionality is announced to the media. Since this is only a mockup, it isn’t built exactly to spec, but ANA says it comes close enough. Its dimensions are 115 x 242 x 131 centimeters (45 x 95 x 52 inches) and it weighs around 400 kilograms (882 pounds), so make sure you have space before placing any bids.
Another downside is that there’s no built-in power supply, but if you’ve invested the time and money to win this auction, fitting an extension cord into it shouldn’t be a problem. On the other hand, if a DIY home project is what you fancy, then Item 2 might be right for you.
It is a real window and frame used in a Boeing 777-300ER and come with all fittings and gaskets to install it in a real airplane. However, you will need to be quite handy with a socket wrench to install it somewhere in your home.
The window is 64.5 centimeters (25 inches) high and 14 centimeters (5.5 inches) wide and is the same type used in the business and first class sections. It’s not really clear what anyone is supposed to do with this, but a serving dish of chili and cheese nachos comes to mind. You can also tie it to the side of your head so that you still feel like you’re on a plane, although at 3.2 kilograms (7 pounds) it can lead to neck problems pretty quickly.
Anyone interested in any of these unique aviation industry articles should check out the SorANAka section of Yahoo! Auctions in Japan as soon as it opens. The auction starts at 10:00 a.m. on September 21 and will run until between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on September 26. The auction will start at 7,730 yen (US $ 70.57) for the seat and 730 yen (US $ 6.66) for the window.
This is only the beginning, however, and ANA has already given everyone a taste of their next auction, which will take place in October.. Aviation fans will compete to get their hands on an international business class seat mockup, a 1:25 scale model of an ANA Boeing 747-400 and an aircraft identification plate JA8094.
It’s just another way ANA continues to serve customers on earth. In fact, if you are the lucky bidder for a first class seat, you can also sign up for an ANA course on how to sit in it without offending anyone.