All Nippon Airways has taken delivery of its first A380 at a ceremony in Toulouse.
The Japanese carrier becomes the 15th operator of the world’s largest passenger aircraft.
The delivery ceremony was attended by ANA chief executive, Shinya Katanozaka, and hosted by Airbus chief executive Tom Enders.
ANA has ordered three A380s and will operate the aircraft on the popular route between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu from May 24th.
Each ANA A380 will feature a special livery depicting the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, also known as the Honu.
The livery on the first aircraft is painted in blue, while the second will be green and the third orange.
ANA’s A380 is configured in a premium layout seating 520 passengers.
The upper deck features eight suites in first class, 56 business class seats that convert to fully flat beds and 73 premium economy seats.
Economy is located on the main deck, where ANA offers a spacious layout seating 383 passengers, including 60 couch seats.
The aircraft features ANA’s very latest in-flight entertainment systems, as well as full connectivity in all classes.
“We will commit all three of our Airbus A380 to the Tokyo-Honolulu route with the goal of introducing a new level of luxury service to our passengers flying ANA on the number one resort route for Japanese travellers,” said Katanozaka.
“We believe the A380 will become a game changer for ANA and will enable us to increase our market share by doubling the number of seats connecting Honolulu and Tokyo by 2020,” he added.
Following today’s delivery to ANA, there are currently 232 A380s in service with 15 airlines worldwide, flying on 120 routes across the globe.
Airbus recently announced it would stop making the aircraft from 2021.