19 April, 2019

ANA complete A380 test flight to Honolulu

Photo Tadayuki Yoshikawa / Aviation Wire
All Nippon Airways - ANA completed a test flight of its new aircraft, the giant Airbus A380 to Hawaii earlier this week.

The Japanese airline completed the first of two tests between  Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu on Wednesday, April 17th ahead of putting the double-decker on the route.

The test flight was completed with two pilots, three ANA staff and three representatives from Japan's Civil Aviation Bureau and is another step towards the carrier's goal of doubling the number of seats between Hawaii and Japan by 2020. ANA operates three flights a day at present using the Boeing 787 aircraft. 

Hawaii's Department of Transportation confirmed it was very happy that Honolulu has become the 11th US airport capable of handling the A380 aircraft.  "It’s a double-decker; you have to be able to have a jet bridge on the second and third levels of the plane, so two gates here in Honolulu are able to accommodate the A380,” said Tim Sakahara, DoT spokesperson.

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