18 MARCH 2019
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As one of the last airlines likely to be putting a new Airbus A380 into service, All Nippon Airways (ANA) has set Wednesday (20 March) as the date for the delivery ceremony for the first of three superjumbos it has on order from the manufacturer.
Special events will mark the aircraft’s departure from Toulouse and arrival at Tokyo Narita Airport. Destined for ANA’s Narita – Honolulu route, it will carry the airline’s special Hawaiian sea turtle logo revealed three months ago (BTN 17 December 2018).
ANA executive vice-president Yutaka Ito said: “The introduction of the Airbus A380 into our line-up is something the entire team at ANA is very excited about. It will allow us to offer passengers a new and exciting travel experience.”
The A380, the first in Japan, enters service on 24 May with the sea turtle livery in Hawaiian sky blue. The creature, known as a Honu in the Hawaiian language, symbolises good luck and prosperity.
The second aircraft will have the livery in emerald green, representing Hawaii’s oceans, and is expected to roll out of the Airbus paint shop in Hamburg next Monday (25 March). The third A380 will be orange for the Hawaiian sunset.
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