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All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) first Japanese-operated Airbus A380 from Narita, Japan is set to deliver its first batch of passengers to Honolulu on Friday, May 24, 2019. ANA is one of the leading airline groups in Asia, serving more than 53 million passengers each year. Now you can experience Japan’s authentic hospitality aboard its new Honu Airbus A380. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is with ANA Deputy General Manager Katy Gambino to talk more about its arrival.
ANA was founded in 1952 as Japan Helicopter & Aeroplane Transport Co. Ltd., with just two helicopters in its fleet. In 1986, the company began flying internationally.
Currently, the airline operates three flights a day into Daniel K. Inouye International Airport and has been serving Hawaii for more than 20 years. ANA began service from Tokyo to Honolulu in 1998. Since then, it has been one of the airline’s most important and popular routes. This is one of the reasons it chose Narita-Honolulu as the first route for the A380.
The A380 is a wide-body aircraft with a double-deck cabin. The aircraft has a spacious interior and is very quiet. It took crews 21 days to paint the flying honu, using 16 shades of color to achieve the full effect. The airline chose the honu because in Hawaiian culture, the sea turtle is a sacred creature that is believed to bring good fortune and prosperity to anyone who catches a glimpse of it. It is ANA’s hope that passengers on the A380 HONU will be blessed with the same good fortune. The honu also represents the airline’s support of conservation efforts in the islands.
The A380 HONU offers passengers a taste of the islands as soon as they step on board, from complimentary Blue Hawaii cocktails in all classes, to in-flight meal collaborations with restaurants on Oahu. Passengers can expect 5-star service and a cabin that’s meticulously maintained. This aircraft will also offer ANA COUCHii, the first couch seats by a Japanese airline.