All Nippon Airways (ANA) has revealed new details of its plans for its initial Airbus A380s, which will replace other aircraft types on existing Honolulu routes in stages from May 2019.

The airline has three A380s on order, which will be used on flights to Honolulu. The first aircraft is scheduled to debut on the route between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu on May 24, the airline said. The second A380 is expected to enter service on the same route July 1.

ANA currently operates two daily flights on the Tokyo Narita-Honolulu route, using Boeing 787-9s. The first A380 will take over three roundtrips per week, and when the second aircraft arrives the A380s will fly 10 roundtrips per week. The remaining four weekly flights will be served by another aircraft type, an airline spokeswoman told ATW.

The carrier also operates a single daily flight between Tokyo Haneda Airport and Honolulu, using 787-9s.

ANA’s third A380 is estimated to be delivered and in operation during the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2020, the airline spokeswoman said. It will fly to Honolulu, although the route is still under consideration.

The airline will feature new meals and special menus for the A380 services, and for the first time will offer a premium economy meal that is superior to the standard economy meal. Passengers will be able to visit a drinks and snacks bar at any time during the flight.

The A380s will introduce the airline’s first class to the Hawaii routes for the first time, with eight seats. They will also feature 56 business-class seats, 73 in premium economy and 383 in economy.

ANA is also introducing an economy-class couch product, where three or four adjacent seats can be converted to a couch by folding up leg rests. A special mattress will be provided for this product.

Adrian Schofield, adrian.schofield@informa.com