ANA puts its third A380 “Sea Turtle” into service

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The third Airbus A380introduced by All Nippon Airways without having ever been operational for three years due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, took off from the airport of Tokyo Narita on October 20, carrying passengers for the first time.

ANA All Nippon Airways took over the Airbus A380 registered JA383A three years ago: on October 30, 2020. However, the Japanese airline left the four-engine aircraft in sea turtle orange livery for a very long time – it is affectionately nicknamed the “Flying Sea Turtle” due to the illustrations on its fuselage-, unused to Toulousein France, for another year due to the pandemic.

ANA only introduced the machine to Japan in mid-October 2021. But over the next two years, the plane, officially nicknamed Ka La, which means sunset in Hawaiian, waited in vain for its first mission with passengers. But now the waiting time is over. The JA383A is used on the link Tokyo – Honolulu since October 20. Starting in December, ANA plans to offer the highest capacity in its history from Tokyo to Hawaii. THE A380 sisters “Lani” and “Kai” will also be used. The A380 Turtles can accommodate 520 travelers each.

All Nippon Airways currently operates 10 scheduled Airbus A380 flights per week between Narita and Honolulubut plans to increase this number to 14 flightss round trip starting in December in response to increased demand during the year-end and New Year holidays.

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