Women Only Lavatories Aboard ANA Flights


All Nippon Airways (ANA) is rolling out a new service targeted for women passengers aboard its international routes: A dedicated, Women Only Lavatory at the back of each airplane.

Beginning Monday, March 1, 2010, ANA Group will begin introducing women-only lavatories on all of its international routes (except those flown with Airbus A320/Boeing 737 aircraft).

According to the company press release, following numerous requests from passengers for this service, one women-only lavatory will be designated in the aft section of the passenger cabin (location may differ depending on aircraft and configuration) and will be available for use by women passengers in all classes of service. Women-only lavatories will be indicated using the signage below.

Lavatories with such signage will only be available for women passengers throughout the flights except for a few special occasions. Depending on flight conditions, the otherwise restricted men passengers may also use the lavatories but will have to check with a cabin attendant after boarding. The special situations may include:

  • When required for safety reasons, just prior to the seatbelt sign being turned on during take-off and landing
  • When a passenger is not feeling well and a personal emergency requires such use
  • When there are very few female passengers on the flight, and the women-only designation has been lifted for the flight – this will be signaled by an in-flight announcement

Wheelchair accessible lavatories on board ANA flights are separate from the Women-Only facilities.

Signage will be installed on current aircraft beginning March 1, with signage scheduled to be completed by the end of April.

Most probably the Japanese member of Star Alliance will also introduce this new “service” on its maiden Boeing 787 Dreamliner, scheduled to start operations at ANA as the launch customer at the end of this year.

by balint01

2 Responses to “Women Only Lavatories Aboard ANA Flights”


  1. 1 Sani March 26, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Hey! Nice site you have here! I see you into planes well i am too! I will be coming here everyday!

  2. 2 Used Cessna 172 March 31, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Its a very nice gesture that this airline has made i applaud them for doing an extra effort for segregating men and women lavatory. my primary concern is for the safety of the women. specially in flight.


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