Air France is to launch daily
between Paris and Montreal from May 2011.
The Quebecois city will
be the 4th destination served by the airline’s A380s, after New
York in November 2009, Johannesburg in February 2010 and Tokyo in
With the A380, Air France can rationalize
its frequencies on these busy routes by combining two flights
which leave at similar times while offering the same seat capacity
at a 20% reduction in operating costs. The main deck of the A380
boasts equivalent capacity of a Boeing 777-200 and the upper deck
that of an Airbus A340-300.
Air France’s A380 is currently
equipped with 538 seats, divided between three classes: La
Première (First), with 9 seats on the main deck, Business,
comprising 80 seats on the upper deck, and Voyageur (Economy),
with 449 seats divided between the two decks.
Starting next summer
2011, the A380s will be progressively equipped with Premium
Voyageur, situated between the Business and Voyageur cabins,
offering 9 seats in Première, 80 in Business, 38 in Premium
Voyageur and 389 in Voyageur.
In Canada, Air France and KLM serve Montreal,
Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver out of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle
and Amsterdam-Schiphol hubs, with 64 weekly flights during summer
2010, during peak periods.
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