Airlines All Nippon Airways receives first Airbus A380

All Nippon Airways has officially taken delivery of its first Airbus A380. A delivery ceremony was held at Airbus´ delivery centre in Toulouse

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With the delivery of JA381A, All Nippon Airways (ANA) has become the 15th worldwide operator of the Superjumbo. The carrier is also the last ever airline to receive a first A380 since the program will be discontinued after 2021.

Japan´s largest carrier is expected to receive three A380s in total, with the second aircraft ready to roll out of the paint shop in Hamburg-Finkenwerder in the coming days. All three aircraft will be used for the route between Tokyo and Honolulu.

“We believe the A380 will become a game changer for ANA and will enable us to increase our market share by doubling the number of seats connecting Honolulu and Tokyo by 2020,” Shinya Katanozaka, President and CEO of ANA HOLDINGS INC said. “The FLYING HONU is designed to offer unprecedented comfort and convenience and a world of new possibilities to ANA passengers, something that would not have been possible without the combined efforts of the Airbus and Rolls-Royce teams working closely with the dedicated professionals at ANA.”

ANA has configured its A380s in a premium layout that seats 520 passengers. On the upper deck, eight suites in first class are available, while 56 seats in business class can be converted to fully flat beds. In premium economy, 73 passengers can be accommodated and 383 in economy class.

“Airbus is proud to deliver this beautiful aircraft to ANA,” said Airbus CEO Tom Enders. “Offering unrivalled levels of passenger comfort, the A380 will enable ANA to increase its capacity on the busy route to Hawaii with maximum efficiency. We are confident that the aircraft will be highly successful in service with ANA and are committed to providing full support to the airline all along the way.”

The Airbus A380 is the aircraft with the largest passenger capacity on the market. Around 250 million passengers have already flown on the aircraft with 15 different operators. Currently, 232 Airbus A380s are operational on 120 routes across the globe.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. The fleet includes 230 aircraft, including the Airbus A320(neo), A321(neo), Boeing 737 Next Gen., and long-haul aircraft like the Boeing B767, B777 and B787. ANA deploys Boeing 767s and Boeing 777-200s on domestic routes but plans to use more modern aircraft in the future. Currently, the carrier operates to 97 destinations in 22 countries.

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