All Nippon Airways celebrates 25 years service to Hawaii

ANA's Airbus A380 FLYING HONU in flight.
Photo Credit: All Nippon Airways

All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest 5-Star airline for ten consecutive years, is celebrating its 25-year legacy of facilitating connections between travelers and the vibrant destinations of Japan and Honolulu, Hawaii in October.

Marking the occasion, the inaugural flight for ANA’s third Airbus A380 aircraft, known as “FLYING HONU,” is scheduled for October 20.

Since its inaugural flight in 1998, ANA has proudly served millions of passengers on thousands of flights along this route.

In a world that has seen its fair share of turbulence in recent times, the enduring connection between Japan and Hawaii stands as a testament to the power of unity and cultural exchange.

At the heart of this partnership is All Nippon Airways (ANA), an airline that deeply values its privilege in catalyzing the union of individuals and the fostering of cultural exchange between these two beautiful destinations.

“ANA deeply values the privilege of furthering an enduring connection between Japan and Hawaii. Air travel catalyzes uniting individuals and fostering cultural exchange.”

“ANA remains resolutely committed to building a robust partnership with Hawaii, ensuring mutual growth and prosperity for the next 25 years and beyond,” stated Toshio Nomura, ANA The Americas, Executive Vice President.


The “FLYING HONU” Takes Flight

Responding to the recovering passenger demand for flights to the Hawaiian Islands, ANA is taking a bold step by bringing a third Airbus A380 aircraft into service between Tokyo and Honolulu.

Known as the “FLYING HONU,” this aircraft stands out with its vibrant liveries that resemble the Hawaiian sea turtle, or Honu. With a spacious capacity of 520 seats, the “FLYING HONU” brings a touch of Hawaii to the skies.

The journey of the “FLYING HONU” began with its inaugural flight to Honolulu in 2019. Today, it’s not alone; ANA now has two of these magnificent aircraft in service to Honolulu. But the excitement doesn’t stop there.

The inaugural Honolulu-bound flight for the third “FLYING HONU” is set to arrive on October 20 and return to Narita, Tokyo, on the same day.

This addition underscores ANA’s commitment to meeting the evolving needs of its passengers while continuing to offer safe, comfortable, and best-in-class service.

A Milestone in the Skies

Starting December 6, ANA is set to elevate the air travel experience between Tokyo and Honolulu by increasing the number of daily flights from two to three. One flight will depart from Haneda, Tokyo, while two will take off from Narita, Tokyo.

This enhancement sets a new record for seat capacity on this route at 18,004, surpassing pre-COVID levels.

The addition of the third daily flight, equivalent to 42 weekly flights, is a testament to ANA’s dedication to serving its passengers and further strengthening the Japan-Hawaii connection.

“Journey with FLYING HONU” Sweepstakes

To commemorate the achievement of serving Hawaii for 25 years, the arrival of the third “FLYING HONU,” and as a token of gratitude for the unwavering support ANA has garnered from the Hawaii community, ANA introduces a special sweepstakes: “Journey with FLYING HONU.”

How to Enter

To enter the contest, U.S. residents aged 18 and older can choose the travel journey that best aligns with their preferences from the following categories:

  • Heritage
  • Foodie
  • Culture
  • Nature


This campaign offers appealing prizes, including:

Grand prize: A pair of roundtrip business-class tickets from Honolulu to Tokyo.

Second-place winner: Three roundtrip economy class tickets.

Special bonus prizes for three winners: A collectible Airbus A380 “FLYING HONU” model plane (1:200 scale).

One additional winner will receive: A set of three “FLYING HONU” plush toys featuring blue, green, and orange Hawaiian sea turtles.

The campaign runs from October 18th to November 19th, 2023, and winners will be announced by November 26, 2023. For more information on this exciting 25th-anniversary promotion, you can visit the ANA Journey with Flying Honu website.

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Celebrating Hawaii’s Culture and Environment

Another celebration component is the ANA ‘Aha Mele, taking place from November 16th to 19th, 2023. This event is a sequel to the ANA Honolulu Music Week, which made its debut in 2019 and played a significant role in promoting Hawaii’s cultural heritage and environment.

Renamed ANA ‘Aha Mele last year, this event represents a collaborative endeavor involving ANA, environmentalists, contributors, and others.

Using the universal language of music, the event will emphasize the significance of Hawaii’s natural resources, highlighting the need for their preservation and sustainable management.

Through this event, ANA continues to champion not only air travel but also the cultural and environmental ties that bind Japan and Hawaii.

Recognizing the Wildfire Tragedy

The ANA Group also extended its heartfelt condolences to those who have tragically lost their lives and its deepest sympathies to all those who have been profoundly affected by the recent disaster in Maui.

The airline said that it stands united with the people of Maui, offering support and heartfelt wishes for a swift recovery and resilience among Maui’s residents.

In response to the disaster, ANA Group appealed to ANA Mileage Club members to donate miles for disaster relief efforts and to support affected communities through the Hawaii Community Foundation Maui Strong Fund and other reputable relief organizations.

For further information on how to donate miles and assist the victims of this disaster, please visit: Accepting Hawaii Maui Wildfire Mileage Donations to Support Hawaii Maui Wildfire.

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