Air France has decided to auction 380 seats on
each of its two inaugural flights on the Airbus A380, operating
from Paris to New York on 20 November and from New York to Paris
on 21 November 2009.
This exclusive auction sale will take place
on the internet in October 2009 and will be available to all
markets (France, United States and other countries).
winners will travel on the A380 outbound inaugural flight to New
York and return on a commercial flight. Departures will only take
place from Paris and New York.
Air France has
ordered 12 Airbus A380s, four of which will go into service during
winter 2009 and spring 2010.
The Air France A380 is fitted
with three cabins classes: 80 seats in Business and 106 seats in
Voyageur (Economy) on the upper deck and 9 seats in Première
(First) and 343 in Voyageur (Economy) on the main deck.
Powered by four GP7200 engines, specially designed by Engine
Alliance (50/50 Joint Venture between General Electric and Pratt &
Whitney), the Air France Airbus A380 can carry its 538 passengers
over a maximum distance of 13,000 kms.
The profits of the special auction will be used to fund three humanitarian projects
supported by the Air France Foundation for children in distress:
• in France (Marseille) “Association Arts et Développement”:
street art workshops in city neighbourhoods;
• in South Africa
(Johannesburg / Soweto, Alexandra and Witbank): “Fançois-Xavier
Bagnoud Association”, an after-school program dedicated to orphans
affected by AIDS;
• and India (New Delhi): “Association Plan
France”: project aimed at improving living conditions for child
Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, Chief Executive
Officer of Air France, said, “Since1992, the Air France
Foundation has supported over 500 projects in 67
countries in order to enable sick and disabled children,
as well as those in great distress, to have access to
education, leisure activities and culture. We believe it
is important that the first Air France Airbus A380
flight should not simply symbolize a technological
achievement at the service of our customers, but also an
operation in support of those in distress.”
The first commercial A380 Paris-New
York flights will start operating on 23 November 2009.
As the first
European airline to provide its customers with the comfort of the
Airbus A380, Air France will also be the first carrier to offer
transatlantic travel between Europe and the U.S.A. on the new very
The Air France A380 will then
also be used on the Paris - Dubai, Paris - Johannesburg
and Paris –Tokyo routes.
The Air France A380 will leave from Terminal 2E
of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport at 1:30pm (local time) and
arrive in New York JFK at 3:45pm (local time).
The return flight will leave Terminal
1 in New York JFK Airport at 7:10pm, arriving in Paris
the next day at 8:35am.
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