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Want to know a way to grow your airline? Order the largest passenger jet on the planet. Japanese airline ANA’s first Airbus A380 rolled off the assembly line today, marking a pivotal moment in the airline’s, and aircraft’s, history.

Image courtesy of F. Lancelot / Airbus.

The jet will undergo ground, and eventually flight, tests in Toulouse, France, home to Airbus’ headquarters and assembly plant. After the tests it will head to Hamburg where Airbus will install the interior — turning a hollow metal tube into a cabin with two floors.

Airbus will deliver ANA’s first A380 in early 2019, which ANA will operate on the Tokyo – Honolulu (HNL) route. In the theme of the Hawaiian Islands, the aircraft will be decked out in a ‘Flying Honu’ turtle livery.

ANA will be the first and only Japanese airline to fly the super jumbo, of which it will eventually fly three.

The initial plans for the aircraft’s interior include 520 seats across four cabins: economy, premium economy, business and first class.

You’ll find eight of the airline’s legendary first class seats and 56 seats in business.

While Airbus has delivered a total of 229 A380s, the program is still in jeopardy. A recent order by Emirates for 36 A380s saved it for the time being, but the airline manufacturer is struggling to find new customers for the jumbo jets.

Featured image courtesy of F. Lancelot / Airbus / Twitter.

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