All Nippon Airways (ANA) has delayed delivery of the last of its three Airbus A380 aircraft, which was intended for its Tokyo-Narita and Honolulu route, amid a decline in travel demand due to the coronavirus crisis.
The Japanese carrier said in January that the third A380, which features orange livery “inspired by the Hawaiian sunset”, was initially suppose to be received last month.
A spokesperson from ANA told Business Traveller Asia-Pacific in an email that the new delivery date for the final A380 “is still under coordination”.
The final A380 aircraft would have joined ANA’s two other A380s which were being used on its currently suspended Tokyo to Honolulu route. In January, the carrier said it was operating two daily flights on the Tokyo-Narita-Honolulu route, with 10 flights served by the new Airbus A380s and four operated by Boeing 777s.
The Tokyo-Narita to Honolulu route was suspended on March 25, along with a number of other international routes due to the coronavirus crisis.
ANA said in January that it had planned to start operating all three of its Airbus A380s starting July 1 this year, to support the increase in round trips between Tokyo and Honolulu from 10 to 14 per week.
All three of ANA’s A380s feature colourful livery. The first of ANA’s three A380s (show in the photo above) was painted in blue to “represent the Hawaiian blue sky “, while the second A380 is coated in emerald green livery “inspired by the crystal clear water of the Hawaiian ocean”.
Business Traveller Asia-Pacific has asked the airline for a photo of its final A380 aircraft showing the orange livery.