ANA has revealed that they will be receiving their new A380 on the 20th of March, 2019.
This A380 will be the first of three for the Japanese airline, who will be deploying them on the very popular route to Hawaii.
What are the details?
The new A380 is set to fly from the Airbus production facility in Toulouse, France, to Narita Airport in Japan, where it will be welcomed with a ceremony. As this is the first A380 we imagine that ANA will treat the occasion as rather special.
“The introduction of the Airbus A380 into our lineup is something the entire team at ANA is very excited about,” said Yutaka Ito, Executive Vice President of ANA. “The A380 is one of the most advanced commercial airliners in the world, and we will hold events to mark its departure in Toulouse as well as when it lands at Narita airport.”
This new aircraft with all its extra space opens up a world of options for ANA. Not only will ANA seat 520 passengers onboard, but ANA has used this chance to create a whole new series of seating options.
There will be ‘five’ classes on board, first, business, premium economy, coach and what is best described as a couch section at the rear of the plane. They are normal premium economy seats that have an extended footrest that can extend out to form a lie-flat row of seats, perfect for one passenger to sleep or for a family to relax together.
The first class section will feature eight private one person suites in their own dedicated cabin. In an age where so many airlines are actually removing first class (or rebranding it to premium business), it is refreshing to see ANA return to form.
The A380 won’t actually enter service until May 24th however, as ANA trains their crew and performs their own test flights with the aircraft. But tickets for this aircraft on its Narita to Honolulu route are already on sale on the ANA website.
This aircraft is actually one of three A380’s on order for ANA, with the second expected to have its paint job completed by March 25th. Like the first A380 which has Hawaiian Sky Blue Flying Honu-inspired livery, the 2nd aircraft will sport a Hawaiian Ocean Emerald Green livery. The last A380 due to be delivered later this year will have a Hawaiian Red livery.
What do you think of the new A380? Will you be flying on it this year? Let us know in the comments!