Industry ANA introduces Mixed Fleet Flying for A320 and A380

Japan´s All Nippon Airways is set to introduced Mixed Fleet Flying for Airbus aircraft, after the aviation authority approved the airline´s plans.

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By introducing Mixed Fleet Flying (MFF), All Nippon Airways (ANA) will become the first airline in the world for introduce MFF between the Airbus A320 aircraft family and the Airbus A380. Between these two aircraft types, ANA will be applying MFF, Japan´s Civil Aviation Bureau has approved.

With MFF, pilots are enabled to be certified to operate more than one type from the Airbus line-up with fly-by-wire system. Airbus is designing all of its flight decks and aircraft control systems in a similar way to enable better integration and safety.

Stéphane Ginoux, Head of North Asia region for Airbus and President of Airbus Japan, said: “We are pleased that A320 and A380 MFF operations were approved by JCAB and that ANA has become the world’s first airline to introduce it”

He explained to pros of using the mixed fleet flying: “MFF offers airlines increased flexibility and cost-efficiency and has become one of the keys to Airbus’ success. For airlines, the increase in revenue hours flown by pilots due to less standby and downtime results in a significant improvement in productivity.”

As stated, the commonality between Airbus fly-by-wire aircraft ultimately lead to reduced costs. In the passenger cabin, similar systems, control panels and procedures are being used as well with various aircraft families.

This not only enables the crew on board to work on different aircraft throughout the line-up, but also reduces maintenance costs for the manufacturer and operator. In operating terms, this means that airlines also can change aircraft types shortly without crew-rescheduling.

All Nippon Airways is the largest airline in Japan and was founded in 1952, 69 years ago. Since then, the carrier has established itself as major player in the Japanese aviation market. Main operational hubs have been installed at Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita. Secondary hubs are at Osaka Itami and Osaka Kansai.

ANA is member of the Star Alliance and flies to more than 100 destinations worldwide. A minority of the aircraft fleet is currently grounded due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, ANA operates with 14 Airbus A320s, 24 A321s, three A380s, 39 Boeing 737s, 29 767s, 35 777s and 76 787-Dreamliner.

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