The first Airbus A380 for All Nippon Airways (ANA) has rolled out of the paintshop at Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport, and is featuring a special livery.
Hawaiian green sea turtles are painted on the aircraft. It is scheduled to be delivered to the Japanese carrier in Q1 2019.
ANA has firm orders for a total of three Airbus A380-800, which it placed in January 2016.
The first aircraft received the special livery in blue, while the turtles on the second one will be green and on the third one orange.
Airbus says it took the painters 21 days to paint the livery on a surface of 3600m². “The ANA A380 livery is one of the most elaborate ever painted by Airbus,” the aircraft manufacturer said in a press release. Next step for Airbus is to install the cabin in the ‘Superjumbo’. After that, flight testing will be carried out at Hamburg Finkenwerder, until the aircraft will be delivered to All Nippon Airways from Toulouse.
The Airbus A380s will operate exclusively on ANA’s route between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu, Hawaii, a very high demanded leisure route.
Jakob Wert is an aviation journalist from Germany. He built up the website IFN.news and is the Editor-In-Chief of International Flight Network.