Big in Japan

This All Nippon Airways A380 wearing its distinctive ‘Flying Honu’ livery will enter service on the Tokyo–Honolulu route in May.
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Another Airbus A380 for All Nippon Airways (ANA) recently rolled out of the paint shop in Toulouse.

The jet, JA382A (msn 263), wears a green version of a design that depicts the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, also known as the Honu.

The ‘Flying Honu’ livery on the first aircraft, JA381A (msn 262), is in blue and the forthcoming third jet, JA383A (msn 266), is set for an orange version. The roll-out of the green-liveried ‘Flying Honu’ followed ANA officially taking delivery of JA381A, making ANA the 15th operator of the world’s largest passenger aircraft.

ANA’s A380s will be operated exclusively between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu from May 24. The aircraft will seat 520 passengers, with the upper deck featuring a premium configuration of eight first-class suites, 56 business class seats and 73 premium economy seats, and the main deck 383 economy seats. ANA President and CEO Shinya Katanozaka said the ‘Flying Honu’ trio would double the number of seats on the Tokyo– Honolulu route by 2020.

The Japanese carrier recently signed an extended integrated material services contract with aftermarket specialists Satair to provide maintenance support for the three A380s. This deal, which expands on an existing contract with Satair covering ANA’s Airbus narrowbodies, will involve Satair providing all expendables materials for the super jumbos, as well as supporting all line maintenance and A-checks and pre-loading for C-checks.

The delivery of ANA’s initial A380 means there are currently 232 A380s in service, flying on 120 routes across the globe. A380 production will end in 2021, with ANA’s two other examples and 14 more for Emirates the only new A380s yet to be built. Look out for an in-depth feature on the A380 in our June issue, which will be on sale from May 23.