ANA’s Last Airbus A380 Departs Toulouse For Its New Tokyo Home

The third and final Airbus A380 of All Nippon Airways (ANA) is finally being handed over to its…

ANA’s Last Airbus A380 Departs Toulouse For Its New Tokyo Home

The third and final Airbus A380 of All Nippon Airways (ANA) is finally being handed over to its operator. The widebody is now on its way to Tokyo from the manufacturer’s facility in Toulouse, France to join the Japanese carrier’s fleet.

With honu being Hawaiian word for sea turtle and the planes flying missions to Hawaii, “FLYING HONU” is the name that ANA has given the liveries of its three Airbus A380 aircraft. Photo: Airbus

The final addition

ANA proudly promotes the deployment of the superjumbo on flights between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu. The first A380 joined the company in March 2019, sporting a blue livery to represent the Hawaiian blue sky.

The airline’s second unit was also delivered just two months later, rocking an emerald green coating. This design symbolizes the crystal clear waters that surround the Hawaiian islands.

Two units have sat in ANA’s fleet for over two years. Yet, it has only been until now for the third one to be delivered.

Notably, the pandemic shook up airline operations across the globe, especially long-haul services. The Airbus A380 was one of the biggest fleet casualties of the crisis, with several airlines grounding their units. As a result, in the spring of 2020, ANA asked Airbus to delay the delivery of its final A380 by at least six months.

Alas, the final FLYING HONU is now entering the fold. The plane is flying with a lively orange livery based on the vibrant Hawaiian sunset.

ANA JA383A
ANA’s newest A380, registration JA383A is currently performing flight ANA9398, flying near Leningrad Oblast, Russia, on the way to the capital of Japan after leaving Toulouse at 18:10 CEST. Photo: RadarBox.com

Making use of the fleet

While passenger services were rocked amid the stringent restrictions set by governments during the pandemic, ANA deployed its A380s on special flights. For instance, the A380 conducted the 20th “Hatsuhinode Flight” or “First Sunrise Flight” to mark the beginning of the new year.

This service followed ANA A380 scenic flights to nowhere in 2020. Moreover, last month, ANA launched a tour to the Japanese island of Okinawa with the A380.

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ANA was excited to deploy the three Airbus A380s together in 2020 until the global health crisis took its toll on the market. Photo: Getty Images

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Looking ahead

Interestingly, ANA’s pilots will soon be able to fly both the type and the A320 as part of Airbus’ “Mixed Fleet Flying” (MFF) initiative. The airline is the first carrier in the world to introduce MFF between the two models.

There are 520 seats across the two decks of ANA’s A380s. Passengers can choose between eight first class, 56 business class, 74 premium economy, and 383 economy seats. Overall, ANA will undoubtedly be looking forward to flying all three FLYING HONUs above the Pacific Ocean as 2022 arrives.

Altogether, what are your thoughts about All Nippon Airways’ final Airbus A380 being delivered? Are you looking forward to flying on these superjumbos with the airline? Let us know what you think of the type and its prospects in the market in the comment section.

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Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?

Embraer was in Zagreb yesterday to pitch the E2 aircraft to Croatia Airlines and other airlines in the…

Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?

Embraer was in Zagreb yesterday to pitch the E2 aircraft to Croatia Airlines and other airlines in the country. Embraer’s visit to Croatia comes just four weeks after Airbus came to Zagreb to pitch the A220 to Croatia Airlines.

Embraer was in Zagreb yesterday to pitch the E2. Photo: Embraer

Embraer pitches the E2 in Croatia

Embraer visited Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, on Wednesday and Thursday this week. The purpose of the visit was to showcase the E2 aircraft.

The primary audience for Embraer’s event was Croatia Airlines, the flag carrier of Croatia that is looking to start replacing its entire fleet within the next four years. The airline’s CEO, Jasmin Bajić, was at the event in person.

However, the event was also attended by other regional airlines. For example, the startup flag carrier of Montenegro, Air Montenegro, was also there, as was another Croatian airline called Trade Air. Air Montenegro already operates a fleet of only Embraer aircraft.

Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?
The demo flight was performed by a brand new E195-E2 provided by Helvetic Airways. Photo: Embraer

On the first day of this two-day event, Embraer held a static display for the technical teams of the airlines in attendance.

On the second day, on Thursday, there was a demo flight for the airline executives and for the media. The demo flight was done by a brand new Helvetic Airways E195-E2.

Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?
Airlines from Croatia and the region were on the demo flight. Photo: Embraer

The E2 is a great fit for Croatia Airlines

The E2’s range and capacity, but also the list price, make this aircraft type a good fit for Croatia Airlines.

The E195-E2, for example, can be configured in a two-class configuration of 120 seats: 12 staggered business class seats with a 52-inch seat pitch and 108 economy class seats with a 31-inch seat pitch.

The Airbus A220, in contrast, is larger. Croatia Airlines does not see enough demand on its regional routes to match the capacity of the A220. This is especially true outside of the peak summer months.

Routes like Zagreb-Zadar, Zagreb-Brač, Pula-Zagreb, Split-Lyon, Osijek-Split, Munich-Osijek, Dubrovnik-Osijek, Dubrovnik-Zurich, and Rijeka-Munich almost never sell out at the moment, and they are currently operated by Dash 8 aircraft. Croatia Airlines’ Dash 8-400 is much smaller than its Airbus A220 would be.

Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?
The capacity that the E2 provides is a suitable fit for Croatia Airlines. Photo: Embraer

With a range of 2,600 miles (4,815 km), the E195-E2 can fly to the entire current route network of Croatia Airlines, but it also allows for new route launches to destinations that Croatia Airlines does not serve because the Airbus A320 family fleet provides too much capacity and the Dash 8 fleet provides insufficient range.

Out of Zagreb, the E195 can get as far as Reykjavík, Kuwait City, Tel Aviv, and Helsinki. It can also reach cities that Croatia Airlines used to fly to, like Lisbon, Moscow, and Madrid, but which were not profitable to serve with the A320 family fleet.

Even the smallest 90-seat Embraer E175-E2 aircraft can operate Croatia Airlines’ existing routes like Zagreb-Dublin and the historical ones like Zagreb-Lisbon and Zagreb-Tel Aviv. With an aircraft like the E2, Croatia Airlines could regain some of the market share that it lost over the last decade.

What do you think of Embraer pitching the E2 to Croatia Airlines? Let us know what you think of this story in the comments below.

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