Tokyo - ANA (All Nippon Airways) detailed the cabin configuration of its three Airbus A380. The aircraft will accommodate 520 seats in four classes. Honu, the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, will be the main livery theme on each aircraft with three different colors. The ships will be deployed between Tokyo and Hawaii.
The Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways ordered the three superjumbos in January 2016. They will accommodate eight passengers in First Class, 56 in Business class, 73 in Premium (all on the upper deck), and 383 in Economy (on the lower deck).
ANA emphasizes that the layout of each cabin is specifically designed for the route between its base in Tokyo-Haneda and the Honolulu-Daniel K. Inouye Airport (currently operated by Tri-Class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner).
Honolulu is loved by many Japanese families, couples, honeymooners, and Hawaii is a popular destination for their holidays and honeymoons. In this spirit, ANA aims to make its onboard experience more comfortable and meet the specific needs of its passengers,the company said in a statement.
In First Class, each seat has its own door and offers passengers the privacy they need to enjoy their personal space. The revolutionary Business Class offers pairs of seats, allowing passengers to enjoy and share their exciting travel experience sitting side by side while keeping all the seats with access to the aisles.
The large premium class will allow more passengers to experience the high-end features. ANA also states that in Economy, 60 of the 383 seats will be sofa seats, such as those popularized by Air New Zealand.
The interior of the cabins was also designed specifically so that passengers can feel the spirit of Hawaii from the moment they board the plane, says the Star Alliance company.
The walls and lights were designed to illustrate Hawaii's blue sky, sunrises, sunsets, night skies, and iconic rainbows. Passengers of all classes will have access to bars (two on the upper deck, one on the lower deck). Finally, at the back of the Economy, ANA has created a multipurpose room where mothers can take care of their babies and passengers can change their clothes before arriving.
The special livery "Flying Honu" is dedicated to the green sea turtle of Hawaii. The initially chosen color, blue, will be visible only on an A380. The other two will be emerald green inspired by the crystal clear waters of the Hawaiian Ocean, and orange, a reference to the beautiful Hawaiian sunsets.
ANA will be Japan's first Airbus A380 operator, as part of its strategy of 50% increase in capacity on international routes. The first delivery is planned for the beginning of 2019. ANA's superjumbos will be powered by Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines.