The first of Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) new Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft took its maiden flight yesterday ahead of its planned deployment on the airline’s Tokyo-Honolulu route early next year.
The aircraft flew from the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse to Hamburg, Germany, and is now being prepped for the installation of its cabin products and painting of its livery.
As previously reported by Business Traveller, this notably includes a new enclosed first class suite located at the front of the aircraft on the top deck. Seats are laid out across two rows in a 1-2-1 configuration, with each seat offering a 32-inch screen, a wide table, extra reading lights and a personal linen closet.
Located behind the first class cabin and also on the upper deck is the business class section, comprised of 56 fully flat forward-facing seats laid out in a staggered 1-2-1 format. Along with direct aisle access, all seats will offer 18-inch monitors.
Premium economy and economy cabins will also be outfitted on the aircraft.
As for the A380s’ liveries, ANA will paint each of its three superjumbos with a differently coloured turtle design, including blue, orange and cyan.
ANA expects to take delivery of its first A380 in early 2019 and will be the first airline in Japan to fly the superjumbo.