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ANA A380 - will there be route proving flights?

Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:24 am

Good morning,

very soon, the fantastic-looking A380 will be delivered to ANA. Does anybody know if there will be route proving flights inside the country or to regional destinations before it flies to Honolulu?

Any bits of information are most welcome!

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Re: ANA A380 - will there be route proving flights?

Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:09 am

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Re: ANA A380 - will there be route proving flights?

Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:17 am

I've heard they're planning to put it on NH919/920 NRT-PVG in the first place before moving onto HNL flights. This might change though as nothing's in GDS yet.

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Re: ANA A380 - will there be route proving flights?

Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:53 pm

The first trip to Honolulu is May 24 which I can’t make anyway but it’s a red eye so not that pleasant once the plastic cup of sparkling wine at the gate wears off. So some short range shakedown flights would be nice:
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Re: ANA A380 - will there be route proving flights?

Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:47 am

This aircraft is so impressive. So hoping Akino33 captures this at Narita this like he did with the rest of his videos.

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Re: ANA A380 - will there be route proving flights?

Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:39 am

Unlikely it'll be doing domestic runs as HND is not A380 capable. Unless they start extra domestics out of NRT, then PVG sounds a logical choice. That or ICN maybe.
 
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Re: ANA A380 - will there be route proving flights?

Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:47 pm

Hey guys,
The JASDF sent a brand new Japanese Air Force 1 777-300ER to Sydney for a training flight... Would be awesome if ANA did the same with Flying Honu... But is extremely unlikely I understand.
But wherever the three whales / turtles fly, hey will attract MUCH attention so congratulations to ANA! I have a feeling that they will order another couple eventually.
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Re: ANA A380 - will there be route proving flights?

Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:07 am

Stunning livery.
NRT-PVG makes sense as ANA presently has 3 daily flights which seems to be it's most frequent short service from NRT.
 
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Re: ANA A380 - will there be route proving flights?

Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:16 am

bunumuring wrote:
I have a feeling that they will order another couple eventually.
Cheers,
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Extremely unlikely as those in charge of Haneda have realized that the „congestion buster“ property of the A380 is nothing more than a marketing fad. The reality is that the larger required separation reduces the airport‘s throughput capacity so they won’t allow it in Haneda. Ever.
 
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Re: ANA A380 - will there be route proving flights?

Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:52 pm

The first of three A380s arrived in Honolulu for the first time today on a test flight. Though not the first visit by an A380 to Honolulu, it was still a great sight to behold. HNL has one A380 gate (with the upper jetway) and it will soon see use as regularly scheduled flights start next month.

News coverage linked below:
http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2019/04/17 ... -aircraft/
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Re: ANA A380 - will there be route proving flights?

Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:05 pm

aviationaware wrote:
bunumuring wrote:
I have a feeling that they will order another couple eventually.
Cheers,
Bunumuring


Extremely unlikely as those in charge of Haneda have realized that the „congestion buster“ property of the A380 is nothing more than a marketing fad. The reality is that the larger required separation reduces the airport‘s throughput capacity so they won’t allow it in Haneda. Ever.

It is not the separation but the runway. Especially the runway D have a maximum weight limit of 400 tonnes, according to Japanese aviation media.
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Re: ANA A380 - will there be route proving flights?

Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:24 pm

c933103 wrote:
It is not the separation but the runway. Especially the runway D have a maximum weight limit of 400 tonnes, according to Japanese aviation media.


It's a combination of multiple factors.

https://www.aviationwire.jp/archives/125063

A380 can use "Runway C" (16L/34R), but that runway is restricted due to noise issue in night time and the problem with separation during daytime.

There are issues with taxiways also, further restricting when A380 can be use at HND.

HND is otherwise capable of handling A380 (It has a single A380 capable gate in Int'l terminal, Gate 107).

Otherwise, before they flew the plane to HNL (today), there were multiple "training" flights between NRT and KIX:
https://www.aviationwire.jp/archives/170536
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/ja381a
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Re: ANA A380 - will there be route proving flights?

Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:29 pm

haynflyer wrote:
The first of three A380s arrived in Honolulu for the first time today on a test flight. Though not the first visit by an A380 to Honolulu, it was still a great sight to behold. HNL has one A380 gate (with the upper jetway) and it will soon see use as regularly scheduled flights start next month.

News coverage linked below:
http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2019/04/17 ... -aircraft/


There are actually 2 gates equipped for the 380, C4 and C9.
 
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Re: ANA A380 - will there be route proving flights?

Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:35 pm

Anyone know when it's scheduled to leave HNL? According to FlightRadar24 it's still here in Honolulu.
 
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Re: ANA A380 - will there be route proving flights?

Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:03 am

azjubilee wrote:
haynflyer wrote:
The first of three A380s arrived in Honolulu for the first time today on a test flight. Though not the first visit by an A380 to Honolulu, it was still a great sight to behold. HNL has one A380 gate (with the upper jetway) and it will soon see use as regularly scheduled flights start next month.

News coverage linked below:
http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2019/04/17 ... -aircraft/


There are actually 2 gates equipped for the 380, C4 and C9.


Mahalo for the update. I've seen the A380 at C4 but thought only C9 had the three jetways. Hope to get a chance to fly her soon one day!
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Re: ANA A380 - will there be route proving flights?

Sat Apr 20, 2019 5:07 am

jaybird wrote:
Anyone know when it's scheduled to leave HNL? According to FlightRadar24 it's still here in Honolulu.


It's just landed at NRT (2pm local time, Saturday), which I know as I'm sat here waiting for a flight and it just taxied past me!
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