Air France plans A380 switch from Singapore to Shanghai

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Air France will redeploy Airbus A380 aircraft from its Paris-Singapore route to serve Paris-Shanghai in September.

The SkyTeam carrier says it uses its A380 fleet to serve Singapore from Charles de Gaulle airport four times a week, but from the beginning of September that route's seven-times-weekly services will be operated entirely by Boeing 777-300s, while A380 flights to Shanghai Pudong will be operated at a thrice-weekly frequency.

Air France says it is switching the type to Shanghai "to ensure optimal use of its aircraft... to take into account customer demand and the economic environment".

The airline will receive its ninth A380 in September, but has dismissed reports that this will be used to serve Abidjan, saying there are no plans to operate the aircraft to the Ivory Coast's largest city.

A 10th A380 will be added to Air France's fleet in April 2014, after which the airline will still have two of the type on firm order and an option for another.