ANA’s fleet of Airbus A380s will feature a special “Flying Honu” sea turtle livery when they enter operation in Spring 2019. The chosen design was selected as a winner out of nearly 2,200 options submitted to the company from around the world. Chihiro Masuoka of Tokyo, the designer of the livery, won two business class round-trip tickets on the Tokyo-Honolulu route for his efforts.
ANA first A380 design is released with a nickname "Flying Honu", symbolized good luck, endurance & long life! ⇒ https://t.co/0SPAwvjWyx pic.twitter.com/QS369GByy1
— @FlyANA_official (@FlyANA_official) March 6, 2017
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 is using the new livery launch to help highlight conservation efforts around the green sea turtle, an animal considered to be in danger of extinction by some conservationists.
The A380s will operate exclusively between Japan and Hawaii when the enter service in 2019. The acquisition of the type came as part of ANA’s acquisition of SkyMark, helping it to secure its position as the largest carrier in Japan.
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Anyone else though of Crush and Squirt when looking at this livery. Other than the blue coloring to match NH colors?
You’ve got serious thrill issues, dude. ?
That’s because the hunt whales and they don’t want trouble from Whale Wars ?
oh my god that’s adorable.
Looks like something from the Wild Kratts…
?Why exclusively between HNL and NRT. IAD-NRT could use a gauge adjustment too ?
Only 3 in the fleet and that’s the route NH indicated it would fly. Always subject to change, of course, but that’s where I’d expect to see it operate.
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