ANA, Japan’s largest carrier is expecting to take delivery of its third and final “Flying Honu” Airbus A380 aircraft.
Christened “Hawaiian Sunset”, the new aircraft wears a distinctive Sunset Orange livery depicting the sacred turtle. The aircraft has recently emerged from Airbus Hamburg’s paint facility sporting its brand new special livery.
The Flying Honu concept, referring to Hawaii’s sacred sea turtle was initiated by the carrier in 2016, offering the public an opportunity to contribute graphics and livery color ideas for the carrier’s newly ordered fleet of A380. Embracing Hawaii’s culture would ultimately build Honolulu into a main resort destination ripe for highly dense Airbus A380 capacity and comfort.
The first Flying Honu Hawaii Sky wearing a blue livery was introduced in the Narita-Honolulu route in May 2019, follow soon after by the second Hawaiian Ocean showing off its emerald green graphics. Together with ANA’s Boeing 777-300ER the two Flying Honu managed to operate 14 weekly flights (10 for the A380) pulling in a 49% yearly increase (a staggering 21,000 passengers) during the Christmas peak.
With a dozen more new slots due at Haneda this year, ANA’s strategy will be finally be able to deploy its three A380 on the Honolulu, offering two flights per day. The new aircraft are customized to accomodate 520 passengers (whereas the 777-300ER can only seat 278) with all 383 economy seats arranged on the main deck in 3-4-3 rows, while the 8 private First Class suite (in 1-2-1 arrangement), the 56 Business class seats ( 1-2-1 arrangement) and 73 Premium economy ( 2-3-2 arrangement) all sharing the upper deck.