Simple Flying has been eagerly following the progress of ANA’s Airbus A380 order. The airline has gone down in history as the last ever carrier to receive their first new Airbus A380 following the gradual winding down of the program. Simple Flying compiles the ultimate guide to the All Nippon Airways Airbus A380.
ANA has ordered a total of three Airbus A380 aircraft. While the final one won’t be delivered until next year, the first two have already been delivered. Each of the three aircraft will be delivered with a unique livery. The first aircraft is ANA Blue and represents the Hawaiian sky.
The second Airbus A380 to be delivered to ANA is Emerald Green. The green represents the Hawaiian Ocean. The final A380, to be delivered next year, is painted Sunset Orange. No points for guessing that it represents the Hawaiian Sunset.
ANA A380 interior
The Airbus A380s being delivered to All Nippon Airways are equipped with a brand new interior including new first class suites. There are eight suites in a 1-2-1 configuration at the front of the top deck. Behind this, 56 business class suites are installed, also in a 1-2-1 configuration, however, these are not enclosed suites.
Finally, at the rear of the top deck is the premium economy cabin. In a 2-3-2 configuration, the premium cabin seats a total of 73 passengers. Below all of these three cabins is the economy deck. This seats 383 passengers in a 3-4-3 configuration. At the rear of the A380 is special Couchii seats allowing families to turn seats into a bed for children. Behind these seats is a special multipurpose room in place of a toilet. You can read more about the passenger experience in Simple Flying’s previous article on the topic.
Which routes will it fly?
ANA’s A380 will only serve one route, at least for the foreseeable future. The aircraft will fly between Tokyo and Hawaii. In fact, the whole branding of the aircraft revolves around the route. The aircraft is named Flying Honu after the Hawaiian sea turtle plastered over the side of the aircraft.
ANA is making final preparations to welcome the A380 at Hawaii. In fact, the first passenger service is due on the 24th of May. The aircraft will have its own dedicated gate. The gate will be a lounge area for all of the passengers, however, there will be a dedicated area for premium passengers in this large lounge. The premium section of the lounge will lead directly onto the top deck of the aircraft housing the premium cabins. The main area of the lounge feeds directly into the lower level of the aircraft.
With the Airbus A380, ANA hopes to increase its market share of the Hawaii – Tokyo route. This currently stands at 15%, however, All Nippon Airways believes that this will rise to 25% when the third aircraft enters service. The first A380 will enter service on Friday, with the second expected earlier than its official July 1st date. We’ll have to wait a little longer for the orange aircraft which is due at the start of the 2020 financial year.
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