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April 17, 2019

ANA Successfully Completes First Test Flight for A380 FLYING HONU

A blessing ceremony took place Wednesday morning after All Nippon Airways (ANA) A380 FLYING HONU landed at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport for the first time. The flight from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport was the first of two test flights ANA will conduct before launching its A380 FLYING HONU service on May 24, 2019. With the launch of the A380 FLYING HONU, ANA plans to double the number of seats connecting Honolulu with Tokyo by 2020.

“After a successful test flight, we are more excited than ever to serve Honolulu with our A380 FLYING HONU service,” said Hiroshi Shibata, General Manager of ANA Hawaii. “This aircraft not only offers a unique in-flight experience, but represents ANA’s commitment to sustainability, and most importantly, Hawaii’s communities.”

The three A380 FLYING HONU aircraft are decorated with blue, green and orange sea turtles, inspired by Hawaii’s blue sky, ocean and sunset. ANA chose to name the aircraft after the honu, because it is believed that those who catch a glimpse of a honu will be blessed with good fortune and prosperity. To celebrate the launch of the A380 FLYING HONU, ANA is donating 520 milo trees to the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI). The trees symbolize the 520 spacious seats on each aircraft.

Each aircraft offers First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy Class seats across two decks. In-flight menus for First Class passengers are produced in collaboration with Noe, an award-winning Italian restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina. Each menu will be overseen by the restaurant’s Michelin-starred head chef Ryo Takatsuka. The initial menu will be served from May 24, 2019 through the end of August 2019. In addition, ANA will offer an exclusive Blue Hawaii cocktail en route.

Since the Honolulu route is popular with families, ANA also enhanced services for children. For passengers who order baby or children’s meals on flights departing from Japan, ANA will provide specialty-branded silverware from “EDISONmama.” ANA tote bags and inflatable “FLYING HONU” also will be available for young passengers and their families. Model planes and a HONU doll will be available for purchase en route.

The A380 FLYING HONU features ANA COUCHii, the very first couch seats offered by a Japanese airline. Each seat also comes with its own bedding, making it ideal for family trips. ANA COUCHii seats are available in the Economy Class section on the main deck.

As ANA prepares to expand service in Hawaii, the airline also is preparing to open a new lounge that will be the largest at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

Ticket sales for the Airbus A380 FLYING HONU began on January 10, 2019. To celebrate this route, ANA is running special campaigns for those flying Premium Economy, Economy Class and ANA COUCHii. The campaigns include offering a discount up to 50% on the ANA COUCHii and allowing ANA Mileage Club members unlimited access to available seats in Premium Economy and Economy Class to book their award tickets.

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