ANA’s Final Airbus A380 Shows Off Its Brand New Livery

All Nippon’s third and final Airbus A380 has rolled out of the paint shop. The giant turtle of an aircraft sports an impressive Sunset Orange livery. The aircraft, named Ka La, is the final piece in the puzzle that is ANA’s Airbus A380 order.

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All Nippon Airways’ third and final Airbus A380 has rolled out of the paint shop. Photo: Airbus

All Nippon Airways has been slightly behind the rush when it comes to Airbus A380 deliveries. The airline placed the smallest order of any airline for just three of the aircraft. In fact, ANA received its first Airbus A380 after the end of the program was announced last February.

Welcome Ka La

Now it is Ka La’s turn to prepare to join ANA. Once this sunset orange Airbus A380 has been delivered, Airbus will only make A380s for Emirates. Then, once the final Emirates A380 has been delivered, the construction line will be closed. Airbus won’t waste the space, however. It will be converted into a space to assemble Airbus A321s.

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Ka La will join Lani, an ANA blue A380, as well as Kai, an Emerald green Airbus A380. Both of these aircraft were delivered to ANA in 2019.

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Each Airbus A380 has an elaborate paint scheme. Photo: Airbus

Why only three?

Having just three Airbus A380s may seem like an odd strategy for an airline. However, it is a strategy that ANA has spent a lot of time thinking through. They are using the A380 exclusively on flights to and from Hawaii. With the arrival of Ka La, the Asian carrier will be able to boost its Tokyo-Honolulu frequency to twice per day with the A380.

ANA has put an awful lot of work into branding the Honolulu route as the A380 route and it shows. That is actually the reason why each Airbus A380 is painted to look like a Hawaiian sea turtle.

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Hawaiian Workhorse

There are currently no plans for the All Nippon Airways Airbus A380 to fly anywhere other than Hawaii. When the Airbus A380 goes twice daily on the route, it will be the only aircraft the airline uses to Honolulu. Currently, the Boeing 777 operates a handful of services to Honolulu.

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The first ANA Airbus A380 is painted in an ANA blue paint scheme to represent the Hawaiian Sky. Photo: Airbus

Hawaii is a huge focus destination for ANA right now. The airline has pumped a number of resources into renovating its gate in Honolulu. In fact, the gate sounds more like an entire departure lounge with Areas for children and a separate lounge. Business and First passengers can board the upper deck directly from the lounge.

When all three of the Airbus A380s are in operation, ANA believes it will hold a market share of 25% of all of the seats between Honolulu and Tokyo. This sat at just 15% before the first A380 was delivered.

Have you seen ANA’s A380 yet? Which color is your favorite? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Moaz Abid

Kai, an Emerald green Airbus A380, is it from kung fu panda 3? Kai with the Emerald chi?

John

It’s a shame that ANA is exclusively flying these jets to a tourist destination and has configured it in mind for tourists and families. Properly configured, these jets could do some serious business minded routes like NYC and London.

Jun

The sad reality is that this beautiful plane isn’t the cheapest to buy, fill or fly per seat-mile. So, for high-volume business routes – the airlines would be better off flying a more economical plane more often. But it does make a case for itself in touristy route where the plane itself is part of the pleasure and can command a premium because of it. Then A380 can make a business case.

Ranjan.P. Revankar

The Color of the A380 Plane is very good. Japanese Airliner ANA has purchased 3 A380 which is Blue, Green and now Orange. The service is from Tokyo to Honolulu. The same service should be in India. ANA A380 should operate in India especially from Tokyo to New Delhi, Tokyo to Mumbai, Tokyo to Bangalore, Tokyo to Cochin, Tokyo to Chennai etc. Like how Japan has purchased A380 for its Airliner like ANA, India should purchase A380 for its Airliner like Vistara, Air India etc.

Moaz Abid

India needs to save itself from bankrupcy first mate. And secondly, Air India has to stabalise it self first to operate an A380

Luis Santiago

The fact is that ANA never wanted A380’s on their fleet. The A380’s were ordered by Skymark and ANA absorbed the order when they merged with them. ANA tried to cancel the order but Airbus – trying to avoid another stock plunge and bad image reputation – worked on a deal with ANA for them not to cancel the order. ANA very reluctantly took the A380’s putting them in a route that would not impact their operations or route network. In my opinion, I see the plane in service for a while but do not see it staying for too… Read more »

Tony Almond

You will find that ANA’s A380s are actually a hangover from its acquisition of Skymark, ANA did not place an order for A380s themselves.