AIR­BUS A380 FOR ALL NIP­PON AIR­WAYS

SP's Airbuz - - Newescebnt -

Ja­pan’s first cus­tomer for the Air­bus A380, All Nip­pon Air­ways (ANA), saw the first of the three it has or­dered, make its de­but at Air­bus head­quar­ters in Toulouse re­cently as the air­craft left the fi­nal assem­bly plant for the next stage in con­struc­tion. With the ANA logo al­ready in place on the tail plane, the air­craft was moved to an out­door sta­tion for struc­tural com­ple­tion, en­gine in­stal­la­tion and cock­pit fur­nish­ing, plus sys­tem test­ing for elec­tric and hy­draulic power and air con­di­tion­ing.

ANA’s Air­bus A380 is sched­uled for delivery early next year and is con­fig­ured with eight seats in First Class, 56 in Busi­ness, 73 Pre­mium Econ­omy and 383 Econ­omy. The Econ­omy cabin to­tal in­cludes 60 couch seats. The first air­craft will ini­tially be op­er­ated on the Tokyo – Honolulu route, where ANA says it will help to meet growth and over­come ca­pac­ity con­straints at Tokyo air­ports. The car­rier is also ex­pected to take delivery at about the same time the first of three Boe­ing B787-10 air­lin­ers it or­dered in March 2015, nine months be­fore the Air­bus or­der. ANA is re­tir­ing three B777-200, six B767-300s seven B737-500 and four other air­craft dur­ing this fi­nan­cial year while adding 25 air­craft to the fleet over the next ten months.

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