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SIA's A380 to serve Paris CDG from June 1

19 Jan 2009 by Mark Caswell

Paris CDG will be the second European
destination for SIA’s (Singapore Airlines) A380 super jumbo.

SIA will be the first carrier to operate the
A380 into Paris as national carrier Air France is not set to take delivery of
its first A380 until late this year.

A daily flight with the A380 will replace the
existing 10 times a week service by 278-seat B777-300ERs. Configured with 471 seats, the introduction
of a daily A380 on the Paris
route will enable SIA to meet the growing demand for seats from both corporate
and leisure travellers.

On June 1, flight SQ334 will depart Singapore
at 2340 arriving into Paris CDG at 0655 on June 2. Flight SQ222 will return from Paris CDG at
1225 to arrive back in Singapore
the next morning at 0655.

“Paris’ CDG
airport is one of the busiest airports in Europe
in terms of passenger traffic. The
A380, with its large seating capacity, is well placed to fly there,” says Huang
Cheng Eng, SIA’s executive VP marketing for the regions.

SIA can offer dozens of onward connections at
its Singapore hub for
destinations throughout Asia and Australasia.
In particular, it must be noted that there are no direct flights between Paris, Australia
and New Zealand
so French travellers heading for that part of the world must opt for indirect
carriers such as SIA.

Like with the B777-300ER, passengers will find
the latest premium products on board the A380, such as the suites in first class
and the wide seats in business class which are disposed 1-2-1 on the upper
deck.

Economy class passengers also benefit from the
latest facilities and, unlike other A380 operators, they can choose from a
limited number of seats in the rear zone of the A380’s upper deck. The remainder of the economy class cabin is
located along the A380’s lower deck, immediately behind first class.

SIA already operates the A380 to London
Heathrow, Tokyo and Sydney.

For more info go to singaporeair.com.

Report by Alex McWhirter

Useful A380 links:

In
addition businesstraveller.com’s sister site seatplans.com has detailed
seat plans of the A380 aircraft within the SIA, Emirates and Qantas
fleets, along with advice on the best seat to choose on the plane. Click here for more details.

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