All Nippon Airways (ANA) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A380 from the manufacturer’ s headquarters in Toulouse.
It does not take 15th operator of the planet ’ s largest passenger aircraft and intends to use the A380 between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu, with flights starting May 24 2019.
The aircraft, enrollment JA381A, includes a striking blue pill showcasing the green sea turtle, also called the Honu. The next and third A380 will also have the Honu on the fuselage, albeit in green and orange, respectively.
ANA Holdings chief executive Shinya Katanozaka said the A380 would introduce a new level of support for passengers travelling to Hawaii, and it is a popular vacation destination for Japanese residents.
&ldquoWe believe the A380 will become a game changer for ANA and will let us increase our market share by doubling the amount of seats connecting Honolulu and Tokyo by 2020, ” Katanozaka said in an announcement.
“ The Flying Honu is designed to offer unprecedented relaxation and convenience along with a world of new possibilities for ANA passengers, something that would not have been possible without the joint efforts of their Airbus and Rolls-Royce teams working closely with the dedicated professionals at ANA. ”
ANA has configured its A380s to carry 520 passengers in a four-class layout containing eight first course and 56 business class seats on the upper deck, as well as 73 premium economy seats and 383 economy seats. The airline is additionally offering the “ couch seat” theory in economy class where three or four seats can be bought together offering passengers more distance.
It does not take first airline in Japan to run the A380.
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Airbus chief executive Tom Enders said he was confident the aircraft could be tremendously successful in support with ANA.
“ Airbus is pleased to provide could be aircraft to ANA, ” Enders explained.
“ Supplying unrivalled amounts of passenger comfort, the A380 allows ANA to improve its ability on the active route to Hawaii with maximum efficiency. ”
Airbus said the delivery of the A380 into ANA meant there were 232 of this kind in service with 15 airlines. What’s more, the aircraft has been operating on 120 paths.
Back in February, Airbus declared production from the A380 would end in 2021 amid deficiencies in orders and after Emirates chose not to firm up an memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in January 2018 that included requests for 20 A380s and alternatives for 16 more. Rather, Emirates signed for its A330neo and A350-900.
Airbus and engine maker Rolls-Royce thought before they would continue to “ fully encourage ” all of A380 operators.
VIDEO: The nation delivery ceremony of All Nippon Airways’ first A380 at Toulouse from the Airbus YouTube station .