Airbus unveiled last week the livery of the first A380 from All Nippon Airways (ANA), the newest customer of the world’s largest passenger jet.
The Japanese airline, which ordered three aircraft units, decided to paint them with different eco-friendly schemes. The first one displays a stylized Hawaiian sea green turtle while the other two will have red and green tones.
The choice of theme is not meaningless: the first ANA A380 route will be to Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii. The airline is expected to receive the first aircraft by the end of the first quarter of 2019.
According to Airbus, the painting of the plane, held at the Hamburg facility in Germany, took 21 days to complete. The company team used 16 shades of blue to cover the 3,600 m² of surface.
No new customers
After delivering airplanes to three companies in 2014, Airbus did not have a new customer for the A380 until 2016 when ANA decided to order three units. Only this year, Emirates, the largest jet operator, has decided to make a new manufacturer order.
With 232 units delivered, the A380, however, already starts to have planes withdrawn from service although it maintains 14 operators in the world.