The third and final Airbus A380 for All Nippon Airlines has exited the paint shop. And it’s very orange.
This is the third A380 rolled out out from the Airbus paint shop in Hamburg, Germany with its special orange livery depicting the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle.
As per the other Flying Honu aircraft, they will be dedicated on the Tokyo – Honolulu route. When delivered, the third A380 will allow ANA to offer 14 A380 flights per week on the Toyko Narita – Honolulu route – an increase from the current 10, which should increase the overall capacity by a heavy chunk.
The orange on this aircraft inspired by the Hawaiian Sunset
The first of the Flying Honu’s entered service in May 2019, on the Tokyo Narita – Honolulu segment.
The three aircraft – whilst sharing the same theme, are coloured differently. The first Flying Honu was painted in a blue design representing Hawaii’s blue skies. The second aircraft, also delivered last year, is painted emerald green to match the clear oceans surrounding the Pacific island chain.
The aircraft will be configured in a four class configuration with 520 seats. This is split down by
- 8 First Class Seats
- 56 Business Class Seats
- 73 Premium Economy Seats
- 383 Economy Class seats
Just Emirates to go
When this aircraft is delivered – the remaining Airbus A380 aircraft on the order books will be exclusively for Emirates only. Meanwhile – Airbus will continue to support the type and the type certificate – allowing airlines to fly the type for some time to come. Indeed, Qantas and Singapore Airlines have begun refurbishing their fleets to improve the on-board passenger experience.
Whilst there are 240 frames out there, the first ones are being parted out already.
There’s still plenty of time to fly the Whale in the Sky (or the Flying Honu), but new deliveries are slowing down, to the planned end of the production of the type in 2021.
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