TOKYO, JAPANAll Nippon Airways, the largest carrier of Japan, has returned its iconic Airbus A380-800s to commercial service after nearly 18 months of grounding.

ANA put its Airbus A380s into storage on March 24, 2020, after the US government suspended the aircraft's only route.

Since then the aircraft has only been used for monthly test flights until the airline once more deployed it (JA381A) on Tokyo - Honolulu route on August 9-10. The same route was operated on August 13-14 by another A380 (JA382A).

However, ANA has not scheduled any further on the route so far.

The Japanese carrier was operating three Airbus A380 jets exclusively to Honolulu before the pandemic. The first two planes were delivered to the Japanese carrier in March and May 2019 directly by Airbus. The last of the three aircraft, JA383A was delivered to the airline in October 2020 but remains parked at Toulouse Blagnac airport awaiting the ferry flight to Japan.

The planes feature Honu on their liveries, a special sea turtle that is intrinsic to Hawaii.