Air France to serve Montreal with A380

11 Oct 2010 by BusinessTraveller

Montreal, Canada, will be the fourth city on Air France’s A380 network after New York JFK, Johannesburg and Tokyo Narita.

From May 9 next year, Air France will roster one of its superjumbos every day for flight AF346 (departing Paris CDG at 1610, arriving Montreal 1720) and AF347 (departing Montreal 1955 and arriving Paris CDG the next morning at 0830).

Schedules provide good connections at CDG from Air France’s extensive domestic and European network.

Currently Air France’s A380s accommodate 538 passengers in a three class layout. But starting next summer the carrier will gradually reconfigure the A380s into a four-class layout.

It will add a 38-seater Premier Voyageur (premium economy) cabin at the rear of the A380’s upper deck and that will see the number of normal economy class seats cut from 449 to 389.

As is the case with Air France’s Paris-New York route (see Focus, Business Traveller October 2010)  the carrier is taking advantage of the larger capacity A380 by cutting flight frequency on the Paris-Montreal route. Today’s four daily flights will be cut next summer to three a day.

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Report by Alex McWhirter

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