Airbus confirms A380 for ANA

There were plenty of reports over the last few weeks about ANA adding three Airbus A380s to its fleet, but not official confirmation so far. That changed on Friday 29 January with the formal annoucement of a purchase agreement between the Japanese carrier and Airbus. The airline takes delivery of the aircraft starting 2019. ANA Group has selected Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines to power its new airliners.

“We are extremely proud to welcome ANA Group as a new customer for the A380,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are confident that the A380 will play an important role in the success of ANA HD’s new business strategy. The A380 will help ANA Group overcome capacity constraints at Tokyo’s busy airports, transporting more passengers, more efficiently and in greater comfort – all at lower cost.”

ANA Holdings’ new order follows a recent order placed in 2014 and 2015 for 37 A320 family single aisle aircraft. Including the ANA Holdings’ order, Airbus has now received a total of 319 firm orders for the A380 from 19 airlines worldwide, of which 179 A380s have been delivered to 13 world class airlines. Currently, A380 is operated on over 100 routes to 50 destinations.

The Japanese order for the A380 follows Thursday’s Iranian purchase of 12 aircraft, ending a prolonged period of no orders for the Airbus giant.

© 2016 editor Elmer van Hest