The A380, which takes off or lands somewhere in the world every two minutes, will retain its status as a passenger-pleasing aircraft in the years to come thanks to Airbus’ top-level support for the double-deck airliner and its continued use by operators around the globe.
More than 300 million passengers have flown on A380s since the aircraft’s service entry in 2007, with 330-plus flights performed each day by the global fleet – providing ample opportunity for travellers to enjoy the most spacious cabin in the sky. The A380 currently is operated on 150 routes, while 400 airports worldwide are A380-compatible.
Over 240 A380s have been delivered to date. Among the latest operators is All Nippon Airways (ANA), with the Japanese carrier gearing up to receive its third A380 from Airbus, optimising flight services on the highly popular route connecting Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and Honolulu in the U.S. Hawaiian Islands.
An unmatched passenger experience
With the quietest cabin in the sky and room for highly comfortable seating in all classes of service, A380 passengers can enjoy every aspect of the flight and arrive at their destination feeling inspired and ready to go. Its double-deck interior enables operators to increase profit and maximise revenues.
Airbus is fully engaged in cabin refurbishing with several of its A380 customers – looking to introduce even greater levels of passenger comfort. The investments by these customers, which include Qantas and Singapore Airlines, herald many years of continued operations for the A380.
ANA’s third “FLYING HONU”
With the arrival of its third A380, ANA will be able to offer 14 A380 flights per week on the Narita-Honolulu route – an increase from the current 10, significantly expanding overall capacity.
Like the preceding two, ANA’s third A380 is painted in a special livery depicting the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle (also known as the Honu). This latest A380’s orange design – inspired by the Hawaiian sunset – was seen for the first time when the aircraft was recently rolled out of Airbus’ paint shop in Hamburg, Germany.
The first “FLYING HONU” entered service on ANA’s Narita-Honolulu route in May 2019 and features 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.
Source: Airbus, an EADS N.V. company (Paris: EAD.PA)
Date: Jan 27, 2020