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ANA Receives Its First Airbus A380

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On March 21, 2019, Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) received its first Airbus A380 at a special ceremony in Toulouse, becoming the 15th airline to operate the world’s largest passenger aircraft. ANA, President and CEO of ANA Holdings, attended the delivery ceremony hosted by Airbus CEO Thomas Enders.

All Nippon Airways has ordered three A380 aircraft and will fly a popular route between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu on May 24. Each A380 of ANA will be specially painted with a Hawaiian green turtle called “Honu”. The first aircraft will be painted in blue, the second will be green and the third will be orange.

The Airbus A380 features a 520-seat high-end cabin layout. The upper cabin includes eight first-class suites, 56 fully-flat business class seats and 73 luxury economy seats. Economy class seats are located in the main cabin, and ANA Airways has a spacious layout of 383 seats, including 60 sofa seats. ANA’s A380 is also equipped with the latest in-flight entertainment system and has full cabin coverage.

“We have put three A380s into the Tokyo-Honolulu route, hoping to provide our passengers with a new level of luxury service in the number one of the Japanese tourists.” President and CEO of ANA Holdings The official film said that he said.

“We believe that the A380 is an epoch-making model for All Nippon Airways, which will enable us to double the number of seats available on the route between Honolulu and Tokyo by 2020. “Our market share.” He added, “Flying ‘Green Turtle’ is designed to provide unprecedented comfort and convenience to all Nippon Air passengers, and opens up new possibilities, if not Airbus and Rolls-Royce It is impossible for the company to work closely with ANA aviation experts.

“Airbus is proud to deliver this beautiful aircraft to All Nippon Airways,” said Airbus CEO Thomas Enders. “The A380’s unparalleled passenger comfort will enable ANA to increase its busyness with maximum efficiency. The capacity of the Hawaiian route. We believe that the A380 will be a great success at ANA, and we are committed to providing full support for All Nippon Airways.”

The Airbus A380 provides airlines with the most efficient option to meet the world’s busiest routes. The A380 is also the preferred aircraft for passengers worldwide, offering more personal space for all cabin passengers, a super quiet cabin and a smooth flight experience. Currently, the A380 has carried approximately 250 million passengers.

After the delivery of the first A380 of All Nippon Airways, there are currently 232 A380s of 15 airlines operating on 120 routes worldwide.
Passengers can check out and book A380 flights through the iflyA380 app or the official website to experience the unique journey of the A380.

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KLM Prepares To Operate At Half Capacity This Winter

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KLM Fleet At Amsterdam Airport

The planned upscaling of KLM’s European network in September has been put on hold owing to adjusted travel warnings, prompting Code Orange (essential travel only) designations for the UK, Spain, parts of France and other countries. Compared to August KLM’s route network in September and October remains stable.


Parked KLM Fleet, Image Rights: Marco Spuyman
Parked KLM Fleet, Image copyight: Marco Spuyman

The European Commission has announced the extension of the ‘slot waiver’ to the entire winter timetable. This has enabled KLM to respond more adequately to the rapidly changing market conditions as a result of COVID-19, even during the winter season. 

In addition to the financial impact, operating less well-filled flights would also be undesirable from a sustainability perspective.


“We are making all possible savings within the group and in the companies, which is essential to be able to get through the months to come.”

Air France-KLM CEO Benjamin Smith told French daily L’Opinion

He believes that it may take until 2024 for Air France-KLM Group’s business to return to the level of 2019.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, KLM’s winter schedule will be a lot more restricted than it was in the same period last year. The timetable for the European network in November is currently around 55% of capacity in 2019.

KLM was gradually and responsibly expanding its European and intercontinental network, after the corona crisis had prompted severe restrictions on destinations and frequencies. 

KLM’s primary aim is to offer customers the widest range of destinations, after which we will consider increasing the number of frequencies or expanding capacity by deploying larger aircraft.

In August, KLM served almost 100% of its European network in terms of destinations, with capacity at approximately 60% compared to pre-corona levels.

  • Effective 25 October 2020, KLM will begin operating daily flights to the Polish city of Poznan.


Intercontinentally, KLM served 80% of its destinations at 60% capacity. At present, a third of these intercontinental flights are carrying cargo only. This means seat capacity is way down. KLM will carry passengers on these flights again as soon as local travel regulations allow.

  • From the beginning of September, KLM will resume a twice-weekly service to the Chinese city of Hangzhou, flying via Seoul Incheon in South Korea. 
  • KLM will also operate a twice-weekly service to Cairo.
  • Riyadh will also be added to the KLM network as a new destination (original start was September 26th, but is now scheduled for December 7th). 
  • On 29 October, KLM will also start a circle flight to add Edmonton back to the Canadian network. The flight will depart to Calgary, then call at Edmonton and fly back to Amsterdam.

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