MIAMI — All Nippon Airways (ANA) will be taking delivery of its first Airbus A380 on March 20, 2019.
The airline will be hosting events in both Toulouse and Tokyo, where it will be revealing to the world its new cabin for the first time.
Executive Vice President of ANA, Yutaka Ito, said that “the introduction of the Airbus A380 into our lineup is something the entire team at ANA is very excited about.”
“The A380 is one of the most advanced commercial airliners in the world, and we will hold events to mark its departure in Toulouse as well as when it lands at Narita airport.”
ANA plans to put the first A380 into service on the May 24, flying from, Narita to Honolulu and back.
The airline’s first A380 is painted in a Hawaiian Sky Blue Honu-inspired livery. Just five days after the first aircraft is delivered, the second airframe will roll out of Airbus’s Hamburg factory, wearing a Hawaiian Ocean Emerald Green livery.
ANA will be the last new airline to receive a brand-new A380, following Airbus’s recent decision to terminate the super jumbo program.
The A380 is starting to enter its twlight years, with some airlines announcing their retirement in the mid-2020s.
Just recently, Qatar Airways confirmed that it will operate the double-decker plane until 2024.
However, the aircraft will be in service for many years to come, as some airline’s like Emirates plan to operate the Super-Jumbo well into the 2030s and beyond.