ANA’s First A380 Rolls off Assembly Line

Aug 30, 2018

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

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.

2018 TPG Award Winner: Mid-Tier Card of the Year
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card



CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
17.99% - 24.99% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.