Sections for first All Nippon Airways A380 arrive in Toulouse

Photo by F. Lancelot via Airbus

The main sections of the first Airbus A380 for Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) have arrived at the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse via a special convoy, with six subassemblies – the nose, central and aft fuselage sections, the tailplane, and the two wings. The aircraft’s final assembly is set to start next month

ANA Holdings placed a firm order of three A380s in 2016, becoming the first customer for the aircraft in Japan. The first delivery is scheduled early in 2019, and the A380 will initially be operated on the Tokyo-Honolulu route. ANA’s A380s will feature a special Hawaiian green sea turtle livery, symbolizing good luck and prosperity.

Today 222 A380s are operated by 13 airlines on 60 destinations and 240 airports can accommodate the A380 around the world.