The first Airbus A380 for All Nippon Airways (ANA) has rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Hamburg bearing the airline’s distinctive and unique Hawaiian green sea turtle livery.
ANA has firm orders for three A380s, becoming the first customer for the aircraft 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 also 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 will be delivered in July and the third orange.
The 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 3,600 square metres using 16 different shades of color.
ANA is set to receive the new A380 in March 2019, with the inaugural flight scheduled to depart from Tokyo Narita Airport and travel to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu on 24 May, 2019.
ANA vice president, Yutaka Ito said: “The Airbus A380 will be an important addition to ANA’s current fleet and it will allow passengers to reach the scenic islands of Hawaii in comfort and style. The customized livery adds a personal touch that will make the trip that much more memorable.”
At the end of November, Airbus has delivered 232 A380s, with the aircraft now in service with 14 airlines worldwide.