All Nippon Airways has taken delivery of its second Airbus A380, some three weeks earlier than initially planned. The aircraft is painted in a ‘Flying Honu’ livery in emerald green, similar to the Sky Blue Honu livery which debuted when ANA’s first A380 was delivered in March.
The airline’s second A380 was originally scheduled for delivery in June to enter service in July, however, the early delivery means that it will now enter service in June.
“We are excited to welcome the second A380 into our world-class fleet of aircraft,” said ANA executive vice-president Yutaka Ito.
“With its visually distinct livery that evokes the folklore and traditions of Hawaii and the outstanding features of the A380, the beautiful Emerald Green Flying Honu lives up to the ANA standard of excellence. We are ready to welcome the plane to Narita Airport so that we can begin operations.”
ANA’s first A380 service on the Tokyo Narita-Honolulu route will start on 24 May, with the type operating on the route a thrice-weekly basis, increasing to 10 times weekly from 1 July.
The aircraft will operate in a four-class configuration which includes eight First Class seats, 56 Business Class seats, 73 Premium Economy seats and 383 Economy Class seats, 60 of which are ANA’s latest ‘couch seats.’