Air France plans daily A380 service to Washington in June

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Air France plans to introduce the Airbus A380 on its flights from Paris to Washington, DC on 6 June 2011.

The carrier in October of this year said Washington was on the short-list for A380 service along with Beijing and Mexico City.

The new flights will join A380 flights operated by Air France from its Paris hub to New York, Johannesburg and Tokyo.

Schedules in the Innovata database show that Air France currently operates two daily flights between Paris and Washington Dulles International airport with Boeing 777-200s/200ERs.

"With the A380, Air France can rationalize its frequencies on these busy routes by combining two flights which leave at similar times while offering the same seat capacity at a 20% reduction in operating costs," Air France explains.

Air France operates its 538-seat A380s in a three class configuration - nine in first, 80 in business and 449 in economy. Beginning in the summer of 2011 Air France's fleet of A380s will be progressively equipped with 38 premium economy and 389 economy seats.

Flightglobal's ACAS database shows that Air France currently operates four A380s and has eight of the type on order.