Air France has announced that for the first time the airline operated the A380 between Paris and Montreal, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Air France in Canada, the flight is also in the lead up to regular Air France A380 services to Montreal from 9 May 2011. The full media release from Air France can be read below: 1st A380 flight to Montreal Yesterday, for the very first time, Air France operated the A380 between Paris and Montreal. The aircraft operated the outbound and return flights AF 346 and AF 347 between the French capital and Montreal. The event celebrated the 60th anniversary of Air France presence in Canada. Starting on 9 May 2011, the A380 will operate this route daily. Bookings will be possible as from 8 October 2010. Montreal will be the 4th destination served by the Air France A380, after New York in November 2009, Johannesburg in February 2010 and Tokyo in September 2010. The aircraft’s main deck is the equivalent size of the Boeing 777-200 and the upper deck the size of an Airbus A340-300. Air France can therefore rationalize its frequencies on busy routes by replacing two flights which leave at similar times by one flight, while offering the same number of seats and reducing costs by 20%. Air France’s A380 currently offers three cabin classes with 538 seats, including 9 in the La Première cabin (First) on the main deck, 80 in Business class on the upper deck and 449 in Voyageur (Economy) located on both decks. Starting in summer 2011, the A380s will be progressively equipped with the Premium Voyageur cabin, located between the Business and Voyageur cabins, with a cabin configuration of 9 seats in La Première, 80 in Business, 38 in Premium Voyageur and 389 in Voyageur. With less than 75 g of CO2 produced per passenger per kilometre, the A380 is one of the most environmentally-friendly aircraft and the quietest in its category. Its large cabin offers passengers more space and comfort. On board this aircraft, Air France offers different lighting environments adapted to the various stages of the flight, meeting and relaxation areas and a brand new in-flight entertainment system with wider screens. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Air France presence in Canada, on Thursday 7 October 2010 an Air France A380 operated flights AF 346 and AF 347 between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Montreal for the very first time. In Canada, Air France and KLM operate flights to Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver from their hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol, with 64 weekly flights in summer 2010 at peak times. The flight schedule provides passengers with connections all over the world.
Air France A380 First Flight into Tokyo released Air France has released video of the first flight of an Air France A380 landing in Tokyo Japan. Enjoy
The Air France A380 Seat map has now been officially published by Air France. The seat map clearly shows 3 classes, La Premiere (First Class), Affaires (Business Class) and Voyageur (Economy Class) as expected Air France will not offer premium economy product on this their first Airbus A380 aircraft, however it has been confirmed future Air France A380 aircraft will be outfitted with Premium Economy. Air France Airbus A380 Seat map & seat plan (Click image below for a larger view) More details of the Air France Airbus A380 aircraft & cabin configuration can be found here: Air France A380 Interior Cabin Revealed with Air France A380 Cabin Photos
Air France has revealed the interior cabin of its just received Airbus A380 Super-jumbo. There is no surprises with the details of its cabin configuration, matching very closely with what I have reported here on The Business Travel Guru in the past, however the release by Air France of these cabin pictures give the full picture of what to expect, if you get the chance to fly this aircraft. Air France A380 La Premiere First Class Cabin The Air France Airbus A380 features 9 First Class La Premiere seats on the lower deck, no suites you say? Yes this is correct, Air France bucked the trend deciding not to follow Singapore Airlines, Emirates or Qantas in implementing suites in First Class La Premiere, maybe this is a sign of the economic times in Europe, but then again this aircraft would have been the planning stages for years. The 9 first class seats are set out in a 1-2-1 configuration, this cabin features what looks to be a self service bar, along with a changing cabin/room with beauty products from Clarins. Air France A380 Affaires Business Class Cabin The Air France A380 Affaires or Business Class cabin is located in the forward upper deck of the aircraft, with 80 Seats set out in a 2-2-2 seating configuration; each seat is two meters long. The In-flight entertainment Unit IFE screen is 15 Inch (38 cm) wide. Noise Cancelling Headphones? Air France is using nothing but the best, Sennheiser Noise Cancelling Headphones Air France Airbus A380 Voyageur Economy Class Cabin Voyageur Economy Class on the Air France A380 seats at total of 449 passengers on both the lower and upper decks. Seating is configured in a 10 wide 3-4-3 configuration. The In-flight entertainment unit in Voyageur hosts an 8.4 inch LCD screen, along with 600 hours of viewing & 3,000 music tracks. Air France A380 cabin interior cabin Video on Youtube From the initial information & pictures which Air France has released about its Airbus A380, the product looks quite good, but is it in the league of its A380 Predecessors? I think the jury is out, will need to wait for a flight review! What are your thoughts?
Air France has released details of the first flight of it Airbus A380 aircraft along with some basic cabin configuration details. The first Air France A380 will service the Paris to New York route with the maiden flight taking place Friday 20 November 2009, and the return leg New York to Paris departing Saturday 21 November 2009. If you are after a seat on the inaugural Air France A380 flight, Air France just as Singapore Airlines did, are auctioning tickets for both legs of the flight on eBay with proceeds going to charity. Head over to http://af380.com to participate in the auction. The Air France A380 will in total seat 538 passengers with the upper deck seating 80 Affaires (Business Class) and 106 Voyageur (Economy Class) seats, and on the lower deck with 9 Air France Premiere (First Class) Seats and another 343 Voyageur (Economy Class) seats. For fans of premium economy unfortunately the first Air France A380 will not include the newly launched Air France Premium Voyageur (Premium Economy) cabin, however Air France have publically stated they do intend to outfit & operate an Air France A380 Premium Voyageur cabin in the near future. As yet no Air France A380 Interior cabin pictures have been released yet, and we here The Business Travel Guru think Air France will keep this under wraps until just before the first flight. As you would expect after the first flight there will be a flurry pictures from fans and enthusiasts posted all over the internet.
Air France has announced and shown off a new logo design and livery just in time for the Air France A380. Its new logo features a single red accent and its new aircraft livery which is already seen on its not yet complete Airbus A380 features a series of blue white then red accent on its tail. The current (soon to be replaced) Air France livery was introduced in 1975 and will be gradually replaced throughout the coming year during each aircraft’s maintenance window. The first Air France aircraft to sport the new Air France livery will be Air France A380 F-HPJA (MSN033) as seen below: