Air France plans A380 service for Washington Dulles

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Airbus officials say Air France plans A380 service to Washington-Dulles Airport from Charles De Gaulle starting next year.

"Air France has said they are committed to flying the A380 to Washington Dulles in the Summer of 2010," said Dan Cohen-Nir, Programs Director for Airbus Americas speaking at the Transportation Research Board conference today in Washington, DC.

A spokeswoman for Washington Dulles Airport confirmed that the airport has been in discussions with Air France and is preparing for A380 service to begin in 2010.

Air France, which is expected to receive its first A380 later this year, declined to comment on specific markets that would be served, but says the airline is planning to serve the USA with the 538-seat superjumbo. The carrier plans to formally announce US routes for the A380 during the third quarter of this year.