ANA takes delivery of second A380

ANA takes delivery of second A380

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…

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Looking back on the A380: where did it go wrong?

Looking back on the A380: where did it go wrong?

Last week, Airbus announced plans to close its A380 programme, stopping deliveries of the world’s largest passenger aircraft in 2021. The decision came as primary customer Emirates reduced its A380 order from 162 to 123 aircraft, opting instead for 40 of the A330-900neo and 30 A350-900XWB. The airline will now only be taking delivery of 14 more A380s over the next two years until production comes to an end. Emirates hinted at an uncertain future for its…

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ANA unveils first Airbus A380

ANA unveils first Airbus A380

Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways’ first Airbus A380 aircraft rolled out of the Airbus Paintshop in Hamburg, Germany yesterday, bearing the airline’s unique Hawaiian blue sea turtle livery. The “Flying Honu” aircraft – which took 21 days to paint – will enter service for ANA on 24 May 2019, operating on the airline’s Tokyo Narita – Honolulu route. ANA will become the first Japanese customer to operate the A380 when the aircraft is delivered next March….

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Norwegian to charter Hi Fly’s A380 on London – New York route

Norwegian to charter Hi Fly’s A380 on London – New York route

Norwegian has confirmed that it will be chartering Hi Fly’s Airbus A380 aircraft to operate on one of its daily flights from London Gatwick to New York JFK during August, in an effort to help with capacity issues caused by ongoing problems with 787 Dreamliner engines. In a statement Norwegian said, “We have hired a Hi-Fly A380 to operate our evening London-New York service for several weeks in August as continued issues with a specific…

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First ANA A380 rolls out of assembly line

First ANA A380 rolls out of assembly line

The first Airbus A380 for Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) has rolled out of final assembly in Toulouse, France. The aircraft was seen leaving Station 40 on Thursday wearing the ANA logo on its tail, just two months after the first parts of the airliner arrived in Toulouse. Airbus says the aircraft is now scheduled to be moved to an outdoor station where structural completion, engine installation, and cockpit furnishing will be conducted. ANA…

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Singapore Airlines retires first ever A380 delivered

Singapore Airlines retires first ever A380 delivered

Singapore Airlines has withdrawn the first ever Airbus A380 delivered from their fleet. The aircraft, 9V-SKA, is just over 11 years old and had its first commercial flight from Singapore to Sydney on 25 October 2007. While the lease of the airliner only expires on 12 October 2017, it operated its last commercial flight from London Heathrow to Singapore Changi as SQ317 on 10 June 2017 and is presently undergoing de-lease work before being returned to…

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