It’s definite. Business Traveller can exclusively reveal that Air France will operate its A380 super jumbo into London Heathrow from Paris CDG on selected dates between June 12 and August 30.
Bookings can now be made on the carrier’s website with economy class returns starting at £80 from Heathrow and €80 out of Paris CDG.
Business class is also available although it is unclear whether or not Air France will be selling first class accommodation on this sector. Instead it may decide to leave the front cabin empty or upgrade some of its favoured passengers into the luxury seating.
What must be stressed is that the A380 will operate only on certain days of the week and then it is rostered for one specific flight in each direction.
The super jumbo will be found operating AF1980 out of CDG at 1005 and into Heathrow at 1125. After a longer than usual turnaround the A380 will return to CDG with AF1981 at 1250 to arrive back into CDG at 1505.
The days of operation are:
- June 12 to June 30 and August 1 to August 30 - every Saturday, Sunday and Monday
- July 1 to July 31 - every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Bear in mind though that this is a special service. An advisory on the Air France website states, “For internal or operating reasons, the carrier may change the type of aircraft without advance warning.”
Report by Alex McWhirter