Toulouse - All Nippon Airways took delivery of the first of three Airbus A380 on order. The aircraft will be deployed between Tokyo and Honolulu, a popular destination for Japanese leisure travelers.
Japanese carrier ANA has received its first Airbus A380 in Toulouse on March 20, making the airline first in Japan and the 15th in the world operating the largest passenger aircraft of the world.
Configured to accommodate 520 passengers in four classes (8 in First Class, 56 in Business Class, 73 in Premium Class and 383 in Economy), ANA's superjumbo offers the second most dense cabin configuration after that of Emirates' 615-seater version in two classes.
The aircraft offers the latest in-flight entertainment system of the airline in all classes including broadband internet connection.
Painted with the blue "Flying Honu" livery dedicated to the sea turtle of Hawaii (the second will be green, and the third orange), All Nippon's A380 will enter into service on May 24, with three weekly rotations between the Tokyo-Narita and the Honolulu-Daniel K. Inouye airport.
With the arrival of the second A380, the flight frequencies will increase to eleven per week in July. The route is currently being served by a Boeing Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner of All Nippon Airways.
Following yesterday's delivery, 232 Airbus A380 are currently operated by 15 companies on 120 routes worldwide. Last month, Airbus announced it would terminate the production of its superjumbo due to lack of demand. The final copy will be delivered to Emirates Airlines in 2021.