All Nippon Airways (ANA) will make Sony’s innovative noise-cancelling WH-1000XM3 headphones available to all First Class passengers on international routes. Even cooler: ANA will provide versions of the headphones that have been designed to meet cabin specifications, making them ideal for air travel. These same headphones were initially introduced on the Airbus A380 FLYING HONU aircraft beginning in May 2019 and the positive reaction from passengers encouraged ANA to adopt them throughout its fleet.
The headphones will be available to all First Class passengers on flights departing from Tokyo to the following destinations: Chicago, Frankfurt, Honolulu, Houston, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
The WH-1000XM3 headphones have the industry’s most potent noise cancellation technology (according to research by Sony Corporation, measured using JEITA-compliant guidelines in headband-style noise-canceling headphones market), as well as fully integrated smart listening technology. Sony’s premium headphones boast a built-in “NC Optimizer” function that optimizes sound quality according to changes in atmospheric pressure—making it ideal for use in aircraft. In addition, the NC Optimizer even alters its sound output to sync with the contours of each individual listener’s ears. The smart technology powering the headphones also allows for it to automatically adjust to fit for the environment, creating the ideal listening experience.
ANA says it understands the importance of relaxation and solitude during air travel and will continue looking for ways to improve the travel experience.