Air France A380 Japan First Flight Touches Down

The first ever Air France
A380 Flight into Tokyo Japan touched down for the first time today, operating
under flight number AF 276 the flight touched left CDG terminal 2E at 13:30 and
touched down at Tokyo Narita at 08:10 local time.

 

The return flight back to
Paris will operate under flight number AF 276 and is scheduled to leave at
11:50 hrs with arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle terminal 2E at 17:15 hrs

 

Narita Japan is the third
port which Air France has introduced the A380 into, Air France has a total of order
12 Airbus A380 aircraft with another 8 to be delivered.

 

The Air France A380 is a 538 seats three classes (La Première (First), with
9 seats on the main deck, Affaires (Business), with 80 seats on the upper deck,
and Voyageur (Economy), with 449 seats) Aircraft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The full media release from Air France can be read below:

 

 

 

Wednesday 1
September 2010

 

Today,
Wednesday 1 September 2010, Air France’s Airbus A380 served the Paris-Tokyo
route for the very first time, making Tokyo the first destination in Asia to be
served by the airline’s Super jumbo. The aircraft with registration number
F-HPJD, Air France’s fourth A380, took off early in the afternoon from
Paris-CDG north runway eastbound, and will land at Tokyo-Narita at 08:10 local
time, tomorrow morning.

 

The A380
flight schedule on the Paris – Tokyo route:

– Paris-Tokyo:

AF 276, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays; flights will be daily starting 4
October 2010.
Flight departs from terminal 2E at 13:30, and arrives at 08:10 the following
day

 

– Tokyo-Paris:

AF 275, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays; flights will be daily starting 5
October 2010
Flight departs at 11:50 and arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2E at 17:15

 

Paris-Tokyo
is Air France’s 3rd route served by A380, following Paris-New York in 2009 and
Paris-Johannesburg in February 2010. Thanks to the A380, Air France is
rationalizing frequencies on these busy routes by combining two flights leaving
at close departure times, while still offering the same number of seats and
reducing costs by 20%. The A380’s main deck is the same size as a Boeing
777-200 and the upper deck is the same size as an Airbus A340-300.

 

Air France’s
A380 is equipped with 538 seats in three cabin classes – La Première (First),
with 9 seats on the main deck, Affaires (Business), with 80 seats on the upper
deck, and Voyageur (Economy), with 449 seats divided between the two decks.

 

The A380 is
the world’s most environmentally-friendly aircraft – with less than 75 grams of
CO2 produced per passenger per kilometre –
and the quietest in its category. Its spacious cabin offers passengers
additional comfort. On board this aircraft, Air France has introduced changing
lighting moods adapted to the various stages of the flight, meeting points and
relaxation areas, as well as a completely new in-flight entertainment system
with wider screens.

 

Air France
has ordered twelve A380s, four of which have already been delivered.

 

In winter
2010, Air France and KLM will operate 52 weekly return flights between Paris,
Amsterdam and Japan:

– to and
from Tokyo-Narita : 31 flights, including 21 AF flights (of which 7 operated by
JAL on a code-share basis) and 10 KLM flights;

– to and
from Tokyo-Haneda: 7 AF flights operated by JAL on a code-share basis, starting
31 October 2010 ;

– to and
from Osaka-Kansai : 14 flights, including 7 AF flights and 7 KLM flights.

 

With this
large number of flights, Air France and KLM offer passengers a wide choice of
departure times both ways with daily flights leaving both in the morning,
afternoon and evening.

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