Toulouse - Last week, the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus announced that the first A380 superjumbo, ordered by the Japanese company ANA (All Nippon Airways), has left the assembly line in Toulouse.
The aircraft was then moved to another station where the engines will be installed, and the cockpit will be equipped. In addition, tests will be conducted on electrical, hydraulic and air conditioning systems.
ANA has placed a firm order for three A380 in 2016 and will become the first Japanese company to operate the European manufacturer's superjumbo. The first delivery is scheduled for early 2019. ANA's A380s will have special "Sea Turtle" liveries in three different colors and will be deployed on the Tokyo-Honolulu (Hawaii) route.
The ANA Airbus A380 will ship 520 seats in four classes - including 8 in First, 56 in Business Class, 73 in Premium (all on the upper deck), and 383 in Economy (on the lower deck).
The Japanese company emphasizes that the layout of each cabin is designed specifically for the route between Tokyo-Haneda and the Honolulu-Daniel K. Inouye Airport.
Honolulu is a popular destination for by many Japanese travelers and, ANA aims to make the onboard experience of its passengers more comfortable and unique by designing the cabin features to meet their specific needs,the company said in a statement. In First Class, each seat has its own door offering 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. ANA also states that 60 of the 383 seats in Economy will be "couch seats" such as those popularized by Air New Zealand or China Airlines. The Couch seats will consist of three or four seats. By unfolding the legrests, passengers will receive a dedicated mattress providing additional comfort. This new seating concept will allow families traveling with children to have a more relaxed cabin experience.