Airbus rolls out first A380 for ANA
After a many updates from All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Airbus about the status of their A380 order, the first aircraft for the airline has finally rolled out.
The aircraft, MSN 262, registration F-WSSH, is the first of three Rolls-Royce Trent 900 powered A380s the airline has on order and will undergo additional assembly before beginning its customer test flights prior to delivery.
ANA has firm orders for three A380s, becoming the first customer for the superjumbo in Japan. The airline will take delivery of the first A380 at the end of Q1 2019 and will operate the aircraft on the popular leisure Narita-Honolulu route.
The three ANA A380s will be painted in a special livery depicting sea turtles which are native to Hawaii. The first aircraft is blue, the second will be green and the third orange. The ANA A380 livery is one of the most elaborate ever painted by Airbus. It took 21 days for the Airbus team to paint a surface of 3,600m2 using 16 different shades of color.
The aircraft will now have completion of its cabin and enter a final phase of ground and flight tests in Hamburg, during which all cabin systems will be thoroughly tested, including air flow and air conditioning, lighting, galleys, lavatories, seats and in-flight entertainment. In parallel, Airbus will also undertake advanced aircraft performance tests before it flies back to Toulouse for preparation of its delivery and ferry flight.
The aircraft is set to fly from Japan to Hawaii 3x a week starting on May 24, 2019 with service on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The service will increase 10x weekly as of July 1, 2019 when the second A380 enters service.
The aircraft will feature four cabins with five different seating options spread out in the following configuration:
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You can check out the seating details in this dedicated post here.