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ANA's first Airbus A380 awaiting taxi in Toulouse following the delivery ceremony. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Tom Pallini)

ANA Takes Delivery of First Airbus A380, Becomes Last New Super-Jumbo Customer

All Nippon Airways, commonly known as ANA, took delivery of its first Airbus A380 on Wednesday at the Airbus Delivery Center in Toulouse, France, becoming the first Japanese operator of the double-decker aircraft. The aircraft delivered was the first of three ANA orders for the A380, inherited by the airline in its acquisition of low-cost Skymark Airlines, and with the cessation of the A380 program, ANA will be the last new customer to take delivery of the aircraft. [caption id="attachment_32201"…

103 Cancellations: 2019 is Not Treating Airbus Very Well

It seems that the first two months of 2019 are proving to be rough on Airbus, as the cancellations grow and orders are being logged at a very low pace. Besides the well-known and discussed Emirates A380 cancellation, Eithad is also delivering a blow after a strategy revision that would…

Airbus to Axe A380 Production Line in 2021

Emirates has finally confirmed that it reviewed its fleet strategy, and as a result, Airbus announced that it will cease the production of the A380. "Following a review of its operations, Emirates is reducing its A380 orderbook by 39 aircraft with 14 A380s remaining in the backlog yet to be…

Qantas Cancels Remaining A380 Orders

After constant deferrals in delivery dates, Qantas has officially cancelled its remaining order of eight A380s, according to a Flightglobal report. The move signals what could be the slow fate of the superjumbo. whose large size and high operating costs no longer match with airlines strategic alignment on optimizing operations, as…

Opinion: Dear Emirates, Please Don’t Give Up On the A380

It was reported on Jan. 31 that Dubai-based Emirates Airline is considering switching some of its orders from Airbus A380 aircraft to the smaller, more fuel efficient Airbus A350. Originally reported by Reuters, that change by the airline could effectively put an end to A380 production, especially as Airbus has…

Emirates in Talks with Airbus Over A380 Contracts

Airbus has confirmed that it is currently holding talks with Emirates over the carrier's current Airbus A380 contract. The Gulf carrier is the largest operator of the type and may be looking at switching some of its orders from the A380 to the smaller, more versatile Airbus A350, according to…

Emirates Upgrades Boston Route to A380 Service

Emirates has announced that its daily service to Boston will be receiving a substantial upgrade in the form of an Airbus A380. Beginning in June, the airline will send its largest aircraft, the A380, to Boston for the summer season, temporarily replacing the Boeing 777-300ER currently operating the route until…

ANA Announces Details for Commencement of A380 Service

Japanese carrier ANA has announced that it will begin operating its new Airbus A380 aircraft in May of 2019. The carrier, which has an order of three A380s, has said that the aircraft will be used exclusively for its Tokyo to Honolulu routes, a popular route catering mainly to tourists.…

ANA’s Turtle-themed A380 Rolls Out of the Paint Shop

One of the three Airbus A380s on order to Japan's All Nippon Airlines (ANA) has rolled out of the paint shop in Hamburg, completing a 21-day paint job featuring the blue turtles of Hawaii. https://twitter.com/Airbus/status/1073169801336578048 Design of the livery for the double-decker was part of a competition in 2016 where…

Lufthansa’s First A380 in New Livery Rolls Out of Paint…

The first Lufthansa Airbus A380 to wear the airline’s new colors has emerged from the paint shop, marking a historic moment for the airline as its largest aircraft can now display the airline’s new image across the world. Lufthansa debuted the new livery earlier this year as part of a…