ANA receives its last Airbus A380

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) has taken delivery of its third and final Airbus A380, the aircraft in orange livery completing its Flying Honu fleet.

One year after its acceptance flight, the MSN266 registered JA383A, the third superjumbo of the Japanese company, took off from Toulouse-Blagnac on October 15, 2021. Some 12 hours later, it landed in its base at Tokyo airport -Narita. ANA welcomed its first superjumbo in March 2019 (in a “Flying Honu” blue livery dedicated to the Hawaiian sea turtle), then the second two months later (green livery).



This third model is like the others configured to accommodate 520 passengers in four classes: 8 in First, 56 in Business class, 73 in Premium, and 383 in Economy – where a SkyCouch style option combining several seats in a daybed is offered in 60 places.

The Star Alliance company uses its A380s – excluding the Covid-19 pandemic – exclusively on the route to Honolulu in Hawaii, as was the case since May 24, 2019. Since the start of the health crisis, the superjumbos have been operated on flights to nowhere.

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The delivery of this aircraft comes a few days after the Civil Aviation Bureau of Japan approved ANA’s plan to introduce a mixed fleet for the A380 and A320 family aircraft: the approval will allow pilots to ANA to be certified to operate both single-aisle and superjumbos on a regular and simultaneous basis. For the airline, that means it will be able to swap planes of different sizes in the short term without crew scheduling difficulties, according to Airbus.

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If the departure of the orange turtle was the last from Toulouse, Airbus still has to deliver two A380s to Emirates Airlines; it will be from Hamburg, marking the final end of the program.

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