ANA selects iconic "FLYING HONU" design for special edition A380 on Tokyo-Honolulu route
06 March 2017
ANA, Japan's largest airline, announced today that it has selected "FLYING HONU" as the theme for its limited edition livery to be used on the carrier's Airbus A380, which will be introduced on the Tokyo-Honolulu service, launching in spring 2019. The new route marks ANA's first introduction of the Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger airliner.
The aircraft's final design was selected from among 2,197 submissions from around the world, which were received by ANA during an open design contest conducted from Oct. 7-Nov. 30, 2016. An in-house selection committee awarded the grand prize to Chihiro Masuoka of Tokyo, for his concept "Sea Turtle Family," featuring the Hawaiian green sea turtle—a symbol of good luck and prosperity in Hawaii. Mr. Masuoka was awarded a pair of roundtrip business-class tickets for ANA's Tokyo-Honolulu route. In addition to the design contest's grand prize winner, four runners up, including the creators of the design "Stephen+Cayden" from the state of Hawaii, will receive commemorative gifts from ANA.
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 to call the special edition aircraft, with the hopes to pass on some of the happiness and luck to its passengers to Hawaii.
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.
ANA is moving forward with preparations to offer new passenger services to coincide with the introduction of the A380, and will provide updates as they become available.
ANA is the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. Founded in 1952, ANA flies today on 87 international routes and 114 domestic routes. The ANA group has 35,000 employees and a fleet of about 260 aircraft. In FY2015, it carried 50.8 million passengers and generated revenues of 1.79 trillion Japanese yen. ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999, and has joint-ventures with United Airlines on trans-Pacific and Asia routes, and with Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines on Japan-Europe routes. Its Frequent Flyer Program, ANA Mileage Club, has more than 26 million members. ANA was voted Airline of the Year for 2013 by Air Transport World Magazine, and in 2016 was awarded five stars for the fourth consecutive year by the world's leading Airline and Airport review site, SKYTRAX. ANA is the launch customer and biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.