Air France Brings the A380 To Washington, DC

After announcing the launch of the route in November, Air France’s inaugural A380 flight to Washington, DC arrived at Dulles International Airport on 6 June.

The A380 aircraft flying to Washington feature 516 seats – 9 first, 80 business, 38 premium economy, and 389 economy. Air France’s original A380s were not equipped with the airline’s premium economy product, Premium Voyageur, but the product is now being introduced to the fleet.

In addition to the A380, Air France also operates a second daily flight with its Boeing 777-200s. Historically, the carrier has operated three daily flights from Paris to Washington during the summer.

The carrier has said that the A380 provides “capacity equivalent to that of a Boeing 777-200ER and an Airbus A340 combined, while offering a 20% reduction in operating cost”. Air France has also estimated that these cost benefits provide 15-20 million Euros in savings per aircraft per year.

af380.jpgAir France-KLM CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon and Air France crew at a 16 June press briefing about the A380 in Washington, DC.


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