Pictures: The first A380 of All Nippon Airways completes its maiden flight
Toulouse - Yesterday (September 17) The first A380 of the Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) took off from Toulouse and arrived at another Airbus site in Hamburg, Germany after a successful maiden flight. The aircraft is now ready for cabin installation and painting the ANA's special A380 livery featuring Hawaiian sea turtle Honu.
ANA has placed a firm order for three A380 in 2016, becoming the first operator from Japan ordering the European manufacturer's superjumbo, which currently suffers from the lack of demand.
The first of three A380 will be delivered to the Japanese carrier in early 2019, and the ANA's A380s will initially serve on the popular Tokyo-Honolulu route.
Offering more space than any other aircraft, the Airbus' superjumbo is the most effective answer to meet growing demand on the world’s most popular routes, transporting more passengers with fewer flights at lower operational costs alongside less carbon footprint, the manufacturer claims.
Airbus has so far delivered 229 A380 to14 airlines across the globe. At the very beginning of this year, the Gulf-based airline operator Emirates Airlines, which is the largest A380 operator in the world, has placed an order for 20 copies and secured an option for 16 more copies saving the future of Airbus A380 program for now.
Image Credits: Airbus