ANA to take final ‘Flying Honu’ A380 to boost Hawaii route

All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline for seven consecutive years, will be launching the third of its specially designed ‘Flying Honu’ Airbus A380s, allowing for ANA to offer both daily flights between Narita and Honolulu on these unique aircraft.

It currently provides two flights daily on the Narita-Honolulu route, with 10 flights served by Airbus A380s and four operated by Boeing 777s. Starting on 1 July, ANA will begin simultaneously operating its three Airbus A380s*2 to support the increase in round trips on these aircraft from 10 to 14 per week.

Starting from 9 January, passengers who had purchased tickets for this route on a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft departing on or after 1 July will be notified regarding the change of aircraft.

“We took great care in the design of our Flying Honus to add touches such as family-friendly seating and a custom interior that make it well suited to the Narita-Honolulu route,” said Seiichi Takahashi, senior vice president of ANA.

The first Flying Honu entered service on the Narita-Honolulu route in May 2019, painted in blue to represent the Hawaiian blue sky. The second one is emerald green which is inspired by the crystal-clear water of the Hawaiian ocean. Both of the aircraft and their unique livery were well received by passengers. The third one features livery in orange inspired by the Hawaiian sunset. The final rollout of this plane will occur in late January 2020 and it is planned to be received in April 2020.

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