The first A380 for All Nippon Airways (ANA) has rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Hamburg, Germany, wearing a distinctive and unique Hawaiian green sea turtle livery.
ANA has firm orders for three A380s, becoming the first Japanese customer for the superjumbo. The airline will take delivery of the first A380 at the end of the first quarter of 2019 and will operate the aircraft on the popular leisure Narita-Honolulu route.
The three ANA A380s will be painted in a special livery depicting sea turtles which are native to Hawaii. The first aircraft is blue, the second will be green and the third orange. The livery is one of the most elaborate ever painted by Airbus. It took 21 days for the Airbus team to paint a surface of 3,600m² using 16 different shades of colour.
The aircraft will now have its cabin fitted and enter a final phase of ground and flight tests in Hamburg, during which all cabin systems will be thoroughly tested, including air flow and air conditioning, lighting, galleys, lavatories, seats and in-flight entertainment. In parallel, Airbus will also undertake advanced aircraft performance tests before it flies back to Toulouse for preparation of its delivery and ferry flight.
As of the end of November, Airbus has delivered 232 A380s, with the aircraft now in service with 14 airlines worldwide.