All Nippon Airways To Resume Airbus A380 Flying Honu Flights to Honolulu

Masakatsu Ukon, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Masakatsu Ukon, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON – All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced the planned resumption of its Airbus A380 Flying Honu flights to Honolulu from Tokyo Narita.

This specific service will begin on July 1 on a daily basis, with its other flight from Tokyo Haneda due to go daily from May 28 in response to recovery in demand.

Below, you can find the relevant scheduling for both flights:

Additional Announcement for May 28-June 30

Overview of the Hawaii Route for July 1-October 29

Flight Schedule of the Hawaii Route from July 1

ANA Looking To Increase Frequencies Elsewhere…

Via the press release, ANA explained how it is both keeping its passengers safe, as well as how it is looking to increase frequencies elsewhere:

“ANA will continue to monitor local restrictions and quarantine guidelines as well as demand trends and travel viability as it decides on the frequency of flights and when to resume certain routes.”

“Furthermore, ANA is committed to maintaining the standards and protocols established by the “ANA Care Promise,” our initiative to provide a clean and hygienic environment at airports and aboard aircraft so that all customers can travel safely and comfortably.”

“ANA will continue to closely monitor the situation and will take appropriate action when needed to provide a clean, safe and comfortable environment for our customers and employees.”

With that in mind, it does signify that ANA is busting at the seams full of demand, and is looking to alleviate this where possible with its existing route network.

About Flying Honu…

This specific Flying Honus, registered as JA381A, JA382A & JA383A, was delivered to ANA between March 2019 and October 2020, making the aircraft around 3.6 years old at the time of writing.

The aircraft carries 520 passengers in a four-class configuration consisting of:

  • 8 first-class seats.
  • 56 business-class seats.
  • 73 premium economy-class seats.
  • 383 standard economy-class seats.

ANA’s Flying Honu fleet is made up of three Airbus A380 aircraft, the first of which entered service in May 2019 and is painted in blue to represent the Hawaiian blue sky.

The second Flying Honu is emerald green which is inspired by the crystal clear water of the Hawaiian ocean. Finally, the third Flying Honu features livery in orange inspired by the Hawaiian sunset.

For ANA, the three A380s have been parked for the majority of the COVID-19 pandemic due to there being no demand-based need for them, so other aircraft have been utilized in the meantime.


Whilst it will be good to see these aircraft back in the skies, the reinstating of the jets represents a wider picture of positivity within the airline.

As the frantic Summer 2022 season approaches, it will be interesting to see what the load factors will be on these flights.

This is because, based on the frequencies it wants to do, the airline could be handling over 3,500 passengers per week on the respective routes.

All eyes, therefore, will be on ANA to see how well they perform and whether they do indeed have a high level of demand to meet.

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