ANA Set To Receive Its Final Airbus A380 In April

Simple Flying | January 09, 2020

ANA Set To Receive Its Final Airbus A380 In April
All Nippon Airways has revealed it expects to receive its final Airbus A380 in April. As the program was brought to a halt last year, only Emirates orders will remain following the delivery. Last March, ANA took delivery of its first Airbus A380 in Toulouse. The iconic aircraft, named the flying Honu, is used exclusively by the carrier between Tokyo and Honolulu. ANA placed the smallest fleet order for the A380, committing to just three aircraft. Each wears a unique turtle livery and flies to ANA’s specially constructed gate at the Hawaiian airport of Honolulu.

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AKKA | July 14, 2021

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