Air France launches its 538 seat jumbo jet between Paris and Washington, DC

Written by admin on July 26, 2011 – 4:01 pm -

Air France Airbus 380 made its debut between Paris and Washington-Dulles on June 7th and will use this 538-seat plane on its San Francisco run during the summer. The double-decker aircraft features three to four classes of service, spacious cabins, a sophisticated lighting system synchronized with time zone changes, an art gallery, six bars and extensive on-demand entertainment programming.

The aircraft has reduced CO2 emissions (20 percent less fuel burned compared to an A330) and is supposed to be the quietest aircraft in its category. Air France is doing this in collaboration with Delta via a joint venture.

The daily A380 service  between the U.S. and France will depart Washington-Dulles at 4:40 p.m. and arrive in Paris the next day at 6:00 a.m. local time. The return flights will leave Paris at 10:40 a.m. and arrive in Washington-Dulles at 1:00 pm local time.

The aircraft is divided into four cabins: 9 seats in La Première/First Class, 80 in Affaires/Business Class, 38 in Premium Voyageur/Premium Economy Class and 389 Voyageur/Economy Class.

With the current service on the New York-JFK route, Air France A380 now serves three different U.S. destinations. Air France will also operate the A380 between Paris, Johannesburg and Montreal during the summer of 2011.

Would you want to take a flight with that many passengers aboard? Some people say yes while others state they’ll steer clear of such a large aircraft. Business traveler John Sanson said, “I bet boarding and disembarking is going to be a nightmare, not to mention waiting for checked luggage.”

Are you booking seats on these super-sized jets? If so, are they more comfortable or do you feel as if you might get lost?

For more information: Air France.

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