First ANA’s A380 to begin ground tests
An A380, destined to enter Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) fleet in 2019, already rolled out of the final assembly line, Airbus announced on August 30, 2018.
The aircraft is now moved to an outside station for various ground tests. Later, it will transferred to the Airbus facilities in Hamburg for cabin installation and painting.
ANA placed a firm order of three A380s in 2016, becoming the first customer for the superjumbo in Japan. The first delivery is scheduled early in 2019, and the A380 will initially be operated on Tokyo-Honolulu route, according to Airbus.
To date, Airbus has delivered 229 A380s, with the aircraft now in services with 14 airlines worldwide.
As of June 30, 2018, Airbus stated it had 331 orders for the doube-deck plane in the books with 17 customers. To date, the French manufacture has delivered 229 jets that are in service with 14 operators. Emirates is, by far, the largest with 162 orders, 104 deliveries, and 104 Superjumbos in service. Meaning, almost half of the aircraft have been delivered to a single airline.
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