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ANA launches Tokyo to Honolulu service using Airbus A380

Christian Fernsby |
All Nippon Airways has launched Japan’s first commercial service employing an Airbus SAS A380, the world’s largest passenger plane, on its Narita to Honolulu route.

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The 520-seat double-decker jet will initially make three round trips per week on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays departing from Narita airport, near Tokyo, with the number increasing to 10 round trips per week from July 1 after a second A380 starts operating in June, according to ANA. It made its first trip Friday.

The airline is planning to eventually operate three A380 aircraft. The plane, with a livery featuring Hawaiian Honu sea turtles, has “an overwhelming presence,” said ANA Holdings Inc. President and CEO Shinya Katanozaka.

The aircraft, 72.7 meters long and 24.1 meters high with a wingspan of 79.8 meters, is the first four-engine passenger jet introduced in Japan since the Boeing 747 jumbo jet. The A380 has twice as many seats as the Boeing 787s currently used on ANA’s cash-cow Honolulu routes.

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