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Air France to refurbish and reduce the Airbus A380 fleet to 5

Air France Airbus A380-861 F-HPJA (msn 033) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 928537.

According to the French financial daily Les Échosthe new CEO of Air France, Benjamin Smith, has confirmed the decision of his predecessor, Jean-Marc Janaillac, on the future of the Airbus A380 fleet.

The carrier currently operates 10 Airbus A380s. Five of the 10 are leased.

The refurbishment of the A380 cabins will not begin until the fall of 2020. At that time, the A380 fleet will start to be reduced.

Air France  now intends to retain only five Airbus A380s after the leases expire.

The airline introduced the A380 on November 23, 2009 between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and New York (JFK).

Air France’s classes on the A380:


The A380 La Première/First cabin is the most spacious of the entire Air France fleet. With its 9 seats, it is fully equipped with every attention to detail.

  • A private area for you to change, complete with dressing table, locker and high-quality beauty products by Biologique Recherche for well-being and privacy throughout your entire flight.
  • A seat featuring the latest technology, including an easy-to-use remote control to help you find the position that suits you best for your trip.
  • A bar exclusively for La Première/First passengers with a buffet, providing the perfect place to have a bite to eat and converse without disturbing the tranquility of the cabin.


Situated on the A380’s upper deck, the Business cabin is a serene setting, conducive to both relaxation and work.

  • The specially equipped seat measuring 2 m / 6.6 ft provides unequaled comfort, even at takeoff and landing. Also at your disposal is a storage container, an outlet to recharge your laptop and a 15-inch video screen, the largest in the entire Air France fleet.
  • Exclusive access to “the gallery,” the first-ever art gallery built into an aircraft. The gallery lets you discover exhibitions designed specially for Air France in partnership with the world’s most famous museums.


Located between the Business and Economy cabins and separated from each by a divider, the Premium Economy cabin offers a tranquil ambiance conducive to work or relaxation.
  • A fixed-shell seat maintains your privacy throughout the entire trip. The seat contains storage spaces and includes multiple functionalities to help you work or relax: a large interactive video screen, a noise-reducing headset and a power outlet to plug in your laptop computer.
  • Added accessories provide even more comfort: a toiletries kit (including Clarins moisturizer), a pure virgin wool blanket, a feather pillow and more.

Please note: the Premium Economy cabin is only available in our aircraft containing 516 seats.



Equipped with new Air France exclusives, the spacious A380 Economy cabin lets you benefit from exceptional comfort on board.

  • A bigger seat with more functionality: with 30% larger armrests, it offers more space and greater intimacy. Each seat has an individual video screen.
  • Spacious bars provide the perfect place to relax and socialize amid modern decoration, offering refreshments throughout your flight.
  • To recharge your computer, outlets are available on the main deck.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Air France): Air France Airbus A380-861 F-HPJA (msn 033) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 928537.

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Air France brings the Airbus A380 to New York

Air France (Paris) brought the new Airbus A380 to New York (JFK) yesterday (November 20, 2009). Operating as flight AF 380 it carried 380 winning bidders on the auction flight. The proceeds will go to humanitarian projects. Regular CDG-JFK service commences on November 23.

Here is the official AF press release:

This morning (November 20), at 11:39 am, Air France’s A380 took off from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, operating flight AF 380, the first transatlantic flight between Europe and the United States by A380. Among the passengers were the 380 winning bidders for seats on the inaugural Paris-New York – Paris flights. This auction raised proceeds of 300,000 euros which will finance five different humanitarian projects by charities chosen by the Air France Foundation.

The aircraft, registration F-GHJA, landed at New York-Kennedy airport at 1:20 local time, 7:20 Paris time.

The proceeds of this auction of seats on the two inaugural Paris-New York-Paris flights finally reached 300,000 euros, more than expected. The amount will thus finance 5 humanitarian projects for children in need instead of the three initially planned.

The benefits of the auction for the inaugural Paris-New York-Paris flights will go to several projects in aid of humanitarian associations for children in need all over the world. The Air France Foundation supports these projects.

Starting on Monday November 23, the A380 will operate daily scheduled flights:

  • AF 006 Paris-New York leaving at 1:30, arriving at 3:45 pm;
  • and AF 007 New York-Paris leaving at 7:15 pm, arriving at 8:35 the following day.

From Paris, Air France will operate the A380 on its Johannesburg route as from February 3, 2010 and will therefore be the first airline to operate the A380 to Africa.

News link including a video:


Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.

NYC Aviation (Phil Derner) was also there to record the event:


Air France takes delivery of its first Airbus A380

Air France (Paris) as planned took delivery of its first Airbus A380 yesterday (October 30). A380-861 F-HPJA (msn 033, ex F-WWSB) was accepted by the flag carrier.

News link:



Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.

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Air France to bring A380 to Paris Orly Nov. 11

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Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Air France (Paris) is planning to bring its first Airbus A380 to Paris (Orly) on November 11 at 1700 local time for airport familiarization (as an alternate airport). AF is due to take delivery of F-HPJA (msn 033) on October 30 and the new type will go into revenue service on November 23 between Paris (CDG) and New York (JFK).

Air France will accept first A380 on Oct. 30

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Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Please click on photo for more photos.

Air France (Paris) will take delivery of its first Airbus A380-861 (F-HPJA, msn 033, ex F-WWSB) in a ceremony at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) on October 30. The new type is due to be introduced on the Paris (CDG)-New York (JFK) route on November 23, 2009.