Air France is to inaugurate Europe-to-North America transatlantic service with Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner later this month following the delivery of this global carrier’s initial A380 on October 30.
The milestone aircraft was handed over during a ceremony at Airbus' Hamburg, Germany delivery center, and the aircraft departed later the same day for Air France's primary hub facility at Paris' Charles de Gaulle International Airport.
Air France will inaugurate transatlantic A380 operations November 20 on one of the world's most important long-range trips – the prestigious Paris-New York route – which will link the airline's Charles de Gaulle hub facility with John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The Air France A380 is configured with 538 seats in a three-class configuration (nine First, 80 Business and 449 Voyageur Economy). The cabin also features innovative mood lighting with several different scenarios to match the hour and phase of flight.
Air France’s A380s are equipped with four GP7200 engines by Engine Alliance – a joint venture between American companies General Electric and Pratt & Whitney – which deliver up to 72,000 pounds of thrust each.
The no. 1 A380 received by Air France is the 20th delivered by Airbus. The other A380s are operated on global routes by Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qantas.