All Nippon Airways receives its third and last Airbus A380 aircraft. ANA’s Flying Honu fleet is now complete with the arrival of the orange superjumbo.
On October 15, 2021, the orange Honu, registered as JA383A, took flight from Toulouse Blagnac Airport (TLS) in France. On October 16, 2021, the airplane landed at Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT) in Japan after an almost 12-hour flight.
According to an Airbus announcement on October 14, 2021, the aircraft delivery comes just days after Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau approved ANA’s plans to commence mixed fleet flying for the A380 and A320 family of aircraft.
With the approval, ANA pilots will be authorized to fly both the A320 and A380 aircraft types on a regular and continuous basis. According to Airbus, this implies that the airline will be able to switch between different sized aircraft on short notice without having to reschedule crews.
All three All Nippon Airways A380s have a unique livery that symbolizes the Tokyo-Honolulu route that they were all designed to fly. The intricate paint job is dubbed “Flying Honu” because the liveries depict a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, which is referred to as “Honu” in Hawaiian.
Blue, green, and orange are the three colors available. The first Honu’s blue paint reflects the azure skies of Hawaii, while the second aircraft’s emerald green color represents the clean oceans that encircle the Pacific island group.
The orange design, which was first unveiled by Airbus in January 2020, is a representation of a Hawaiian sunset.
In March 2019, ANA received its first superjumbo, and two months later, in May 2019, it received its second Honu. Following its rollout in Airbus facilities in Hamburg, Germany, in January 2020, the third A380 was scheduled to arrive in April 2020.