28 MAY 2018
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Japan’s first customer for the Airbus A380, All Nippon Airways, saw the first of the three it has ordered make its debut at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse last week as the aircraft left the final assembly plant for the next stage in construction.
With the ANA logo already in place on the tailplane, the aircraft was moved to an outdoor station for structural completion, engine installation and cockpit furnishing, plus system testing for electric and hydraulic power and air conditioning.
ANA’s A380 is scheduled for delivery early next year configured with eight seats in First Class, 56 in Business, 73 Premium Economy and 383 Economy. The Economy cabin total includes 60 couch seats.
The first aircraft will initially be operated on the Tokyo – Honolulu route, where ANA says it will help to meet growth and overcome capacity constraints at Tokyo airports.
The carrier is also expected to take delivery at about the same time the first of three Boeing B787-10s it ordered in March 2015, nine months before the Airbus order.
ANA is retiring three B777-200s, six B767-300s, seven B737-500s, and four other aircraft during this financial year while adding 25 aircraft to the fleet over the next ten months.
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