ANA to Operate A380 on Flights to Hawaii from May 24th, 2019

It’s confirmed! ANA will be operating their brand new A380 between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu starting on May 24, 2019.

ANA A380
The new A380 is painted like a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle. Photo: ANA

ANA ended up with an order for 3 A380s as part of a deal when they acquired failed carrier Skymark’s slots at Tokyo’s Haneda airport.

ANA has indicated that the A380s will be exclusively flown between Tokyo and Honolulu. This makes sense since the route is incredibly popular. ANA flies up to 3 787s a day to Honolulu in addition to Star Alliance partner United’s daily 777.

ANA will outfit their A380s with 520 seats. The upper deck will feature 8 seats in first-class suites in a 1-2-1 configuration. These suites will feature 32-inch monitors and a variety of storage options.

ANA A380 first class
ANA’s A380 first class seating

In addition, the A380 will also hold 56 business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. These seats will not feature a door and will have an 18-inch IFE screen with direct aisle access.

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ANA’s A380 business class seating

At the back of the upper deck, ANA will fit 73 sets in a 2-3-2 configuration. These seats will be similar to what is found on other carriers with up to a 15.6-inch monitor and 38 inches of pitch.

ANA’s A380 premium economy seating

The lower deck will be configured with 383 economy seats in a 3-4-3 configuration. Bucking the trend of other airlines, ANA’s economy will have 34 inches of pitch and up to a 13-inch monitor.

ANA A380 economy
ANA’s A380 economy seating

The rear lower deck of ANA’s A380s will have 60 couch seats that ANA has branded “ANA COUCHii”. This seems to be a trend among some airlines. ANA’s COUCHii will have leg rests that can be raised to create a bed. To top it off, ANA is providing bedding for the couch seats.

ANA COUCHii Seating
The last 7 rows of ANA’s A380 economy section will be made up of “COUCHii” seating. Photo: ANA

ANA is making the A380 incredibly special. In Honolulu, ANA is focusing on a new lounge that will have direct boarding to their A380!

ANA to Operate A380 on Flights to Hawaii from May 24th, 2019
ANA’s new lounge boarding gates in Honolulu. Photo: ANA

If you want to fly on ANA’s A380, you’ll have to wait a bit. The A380 will enter thrice weekly service starting on May 24, 2019. The A380 is scheduled to depart in the evening and arrive in Honolulu in the morning. The return flight will be a daytime flight. From July 1, 2019, the A380 will be flying 10 times weekly.

Tickets will go on sale starting on January 10th. Luckily, ANA has revealed First Class prices. To fly First Class on an A380, ANA has stated the minimum price will be 350,000 Yen or $3,150.

To book a First Class ticket with miles, the pricing will be between 120,000 miles and 129,000 miles.

ANA will also be having a special campaign fee for ANA COUCHii.

ANA to Operate A380 on Flights to Hawaii from May 24th, 2019
ANA 4-seat COUCHii fees.
ANA to Operate A380 on Flights to Hawaii from May 24th, 2019
ANA 3-seat COUCHii fees.

ANA is also improving their service across all classes.

In first class, ANA will be offering a special menu for the summer of 2019. This menu is from a restaurant called “Noe” which is based at the Four Seasons Resort Oahu.

On board, one can find the extension of the Honu theme. Flight attendants are expected to wear Flying Honu aprons and economy class passengers will be served in Flying Honu cups.

In Premium Economy, ANA is upgrading their meal offerings from general economy meals.

Across all classes, ANA will be serving a Blue Hawaii Cocktail.

The Blue Hawaii cocktail

We’re super excited to see the launch of ANA’s A380 flights! Are you planning on flying ANA’s A380? What are you most looking forward to on these A380 flights? Let us know in the comments below!