All Nippon gears up for double daily A380 flights to Hawaii

January 10, 2020
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An artists conception of the three A380s. Image: All Nippon Airways

Its days may be numbered but the Airbus A380 continues to impress passengers as All Nippon Airways moves to launch its third superjumbo on flights between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu.

The Japanese carrier expects to receive its third “FLYING HONU” in April and increase A380 flights on the Narita-Honolulu route from 10 to 14 a week from July 1.

The colorful livery of the giant planes has been designed to represent facets of Hawaii.

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The blue A380 entered service in May 2019 and represented Hawaiian skies while the second, emerald green plane alludes to the clear water around the islands.

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The blue plane. Photo: ANA

The latest plane will feature an orange livery inspired by the Hawaiian sunset and is expected to roll-out at Airbus this month.

All Nippon Airways says both the aircraft and their unique livery have been well-received by passengers.

“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 ANA senior vice president Seiichi Takahashi.

“Combined with design cues from Hawaiian culture, the unparalleled comfort and capacity of the FLYING HONUs will allow ANA to provide unrivaled service and efficiency on this increasingly prominent route. “

The upper deck of the A380 boasts eight first-class seats, the first time this class has been offered on the leisure route, each with a door to ensure privacy.

The 56 business-class seats are a popular option for honeymooners and families and allow people to sit next to each other while providing individual aisle access.

Completing the upper deck is a premium economy cabin with 20 seats.

The main deck has 383 economy seats, including 60 couch seats that allow passengers to lie across three or four seats by folding up the leg rests.

All classes have access to bar counters and there is a multi-purpose room for mothers with babies.

The airline says it has designed the cabins to allow passengers to feel the Hawaiian spirit from the start of their holiday with lighting that is evocative of blue skies, sunsets, night skies and rainbows.