Air France has launched Airbus A380 flights
between Paris and Tokyo, Japan.
with registration number F-HPJD, is Air France's fourth A380, and
is scheduled to depart Paris with flight number AF 276, on Wednesdays,
Fridays and Sundays. Air France will increase this frequency to
daily from 4 October
2010. Flights depart Paris from terminal 2E at 13:30 to arrive in
08:10 the following day.
Return flights from Tokyo, AF 275, depart on
Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays 11:50 to arrive at
Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2E at 17:15. The flights will become daily
from 5 October 2010.
Paris-Tokyo is Air
France’s 3rd route served by A380, following Paris-New York in
2009 and Paris-Johannesburg in February 2010.
Thanks to the size of the A380,
Air France is rationalizing frequencies on these busy routes by
combining two flights leaving at close departure times, while
still offering the same number of seats and reducing costs by 20%.
The A380’s main deck is the same size as a Boeing 777-200 and the
upper deck is the same size as an Airbus A340-300.
France’s A380 is equipped with 538 seats in three cabin classes –
La Première (First), with 9 seats on the main deck, Affaires
(Business), with 80 seats on the upper deck, and Voyageur
(Economy), with 449 seats divided between the two decks.
Air France has ordered twelve A380s, four
of which have already been delivered.
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