Tuesday, March 7, 2017

ANA selects design for its first A380

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has selected a special design for the livery of its first Airbus A380, which will be introduced on the Tokyo-Honolulu route starting in the spring of 2019.

The design, which was chosen from nearly 2,200 submissions from around the world, features the Hawaiian green sea turtle “Honu,” which symbolizes good luck and prosperity. Dubbed the “Flying Honu” design, it will be featured as theme for the limited-edition livery to be used on the carrier’s first Airbus A380, which will fly the Tokyo-Honolulu International Airport (HNL) route beginning approximately two years from now.

Chosen from entries submitted during October and November of last year, an in-house selection committee awarded the grand prize to Chihiro Masuoka of Tokyo for his concept, “Sea Turtle Family,” which features the Hawaiian green sea turtle.

Known as “Honu” in the Hawaiian language, the green sea turtle is considered a sacred creature, and is widely loved by the people of Hawaii. ANA selected “Flying Honu” as the nickname for the special edition aircraft, “[W]ith the hope to pass on some of the happiness and luck to its passengers to Hawaii,” the airline said in a statement announcing the winning design.

For his efforts, Masuoka will receive two round-trip, Business-class tickets to ride the A380, the world's largest passenger jet, on the Tokyo-Honolulu route. Four runners-up will also receive commemorative gifts for their designs.

ANA Group will be supporting activities in Hawaii to protect the Hawaiian green sea turtle, which is listed by The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as a wild animal in danger of extinction.

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