Air France has launched Airbus A380 flights between Paris and Narita. The aircraft, with registration number F-HPJD, is Air France's fourth A380, and departs Paris with flight number AF 276, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Air France will increase this frequency to daily from Oct 4. Flights depart Paris from terminal 2E at 13:30 to arrive in Tokyo at 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 Oct 5.
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.
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.
Air France has ordered 12 A380s, four of which have already been delivered.© Japan Today