Air France has announced it will become the world’s first airline to fly the A380 double-decker aircraft to Central and South America. The carrier will fly the superjumbo between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Mexico from January 2016, initially offering three flights per week, before increasing the frequency to daily from March 2016.
Commenting on the agreement, the Chairman and CEO of Air France, Frédéric Gagey, said; “Using our A380 on flights to Mexico this winter means we can improve our offering for this line and contribute even more to promoting tourism and increasing the number of interactions between Mexico and France”.
Flight AF 438 will leave Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 1:30 p.m, arriving in Mexico at 6:40 p.m. AF 439 will depart Mexico at 9:10 p.m, landing at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 2:25 p.m.
The A380 is extremely popular with passengers around the world, offering 20% more seats than the current Boeing 747 used on the route. It also means passengers flying between Paris and Mexico will be able to book one of four long-haul cabin classes- La Première First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy.
Cabin noise levels on the A380 are five decibels lower than industry standards, so passengers should be able to enjoy a significantly quieter journey. Mood lighting helps passengers adjust to the new time zones and combat jet lag, while 220 windows ensure an abundance of natural light.
Air France is also the first airline to feature an in-flight art gallery. Through partnerships with the world’s leading museums, including the Louvre and New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Air France invites A380 First Class and Business Class passengers to discover artistic and cultural video exhibitions each month on three 38cm screens in the gallery located on the aircraft’s upper deck.
Best of all, there are a total of six bars throughout the aircraft, including one reserved for First Class customers, two for Business Class and three for Economy Class. Drinks and snacks are available depending on the phases of flight, offering a place for passengers stretch their legs, meet up and chat over a drink.
Situated on the main deck, the First Class cabin boasts 9 seats and its own private bar, where passengers can enjoy vintage Champagne. Exclusively reserved for La Première passengers, it has a buffet, so passengers can eat, drink, relax or chat with fellow passengers without disturbing the rest of the cabin. At the front of the cabin there is a changing area where First Class guests can change into their sleep suit or freshen up for arrival in an elegant, private space.
The upper deck of the A380 has 80 Business Class seats, arranged at the perfect angle to maximize the passenger’s comfort during takeoff and landing. A side storage cabinet containing an electric outlet for computers and a 15-inch video screen helps ensure that passengers can stay connected and powered up on the go.
Air France has a total of 10 Airbus A380s and from the summer 2015 season- these aircraft will fly to eight destinations, including Los Angeles, New York-JFK, San Francisco, Washington, Abidjan, Johannesburg, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
During the summer 2015 season, the Air France-KLM Group is offering up to twenty-three weekly flights to Mexico from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol, including seven codeshare flights operated by Aeroméxico from Paris to Mexico City.
All Air France flights to Mexico also share codes with Aeroméxico, meaning passengers have access to a wide variety of connecting flight options throughout the airline’s domestic network within the country.
The leading airline in Central and South America and the Caribbean in terms of seats, Air France-KLM serves twenty-seven destinations in the region, and offers over 200 flights a week from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.