First Air France A380 flight to Japan
Saturday 4, September 2010
Wednesday 1 September 2010, Air France’s Airbus A380 served the Paris-Tokyo route for the very first time, making Tokyo the first destination in Asia to be served by the airline’s Super jumbo.
The aircraft with registration number F-HPJD, Air France's fourth A380, took off early in the afternoon from Paris-CDG north runway eastbound, and will land at Tokyo-Narita at 08:10 local time, tomorrow morning.
The A380 flight schedule on the Paris – Tokyo route:
AF 276, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays; flights will be daily starting 4 October 2010.
Flight departs from terminal 2E at 13:30, and arrives at 08:10 the following day
AF 275, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays; flights will be daily starting 5 October 2010
Flight departs at 11:50 and arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2E at 17:15
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 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.
Air 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.
The A380 is the world’s most environmentally-friendly aircraft – with less than 75 grams of CO2 produced per passenger per kilometre – and the quietest in its category. Its spacious cabin offers passengers additional comfort. On board this aircraft, Air France has introduced changing lighting moods adapted to the various stages of the flight, meeting points and relaxation areas, as well as a completely new in-flight entertainment system with wider screens.
Air France has ordered twelve A380s, four of which have already been delivered.
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