Air France has taken delivery of its first
Airbus A380. The French carrier is the first European airline
to fly the all-new double-deck aircraft on scheduled services.
The Air France A380, which is the twentieth A380
delivered by Airbus, features 538 seats in a three class
configuration (nine First, 80 Business and 449 Voyageur Economy).
The cabin features innovative mood lighting with several different
lighting scenarios to create a calm atmosphere and environment for
"Each A380 will enable Air France to save 12 to
15 million euros a year, which, in today's depressed economic
climate, provides the company with the means to withstand the
crisis" said Pierre-Henri Gourgeon Chief Executive Officer of Air
France KLM. "Air France will therefore be able to offer customers
even greater comfort, while keeping costs under control.
Furthermore, the performance of the A380 is in line with our
The aircraft is powered
by four Engine Alliance GP7200 engines delivering up to 72,000 lbs
of thrust each. The aircraft
consumes less than three litres per 100 kilometres per passenger,
and, thanks to excellent aerodynamic performance, also complies with
today's strict noise limits.
The aircraft's efficient performance
and industry leading technology result in higher operational
flexibility and operational economics.
Air France ordered 10 A380s
in June 2001 and added another two in 2007.
Air France's first A380 will start its
commercial service with inaugural flights on the 20th
and 21st November on the Paris - New York - Paris route.
The new Air France A380
is the 20th A380 delivered by Airbus - 10 are already flying with
Singapore, five with Emirates and four with Qantas. Today 12 major international hub-airports around the world
regularly welcome the A380 including: Auckland, Bangkok, Dubai,
Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Paris, Singapore,
Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto.
The A380 fleet has
accumulated over 75,000 revenue flight hours in over 7,900
commercial flights, and over 2,5 million passengers have already
enjoyed flying the new aircraft.
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