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.
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.