Air France is deploying another A380 on its Paris to Shanghai route.

The national carrier will increase the number of superjumbos on the service from three weekly to four on October 28.

The A380 service itself from Charles De Gaulle to Pu Dong begins on September 2 (see online news, April 26).

It will see Air France outflank Lufthansa to become the first airline to deploy an A380 between Europe and Shanghai.

The wide-bodied aircraft will leave Charles De Gaulle airport three times each week at 2320, arriving in China the following day at 1620 local time.

Its return schedule is more unusual, being overnight, leaving Shanghai at 2320 and landing in Paris at 0535 the next morning.

However, an advantage of an early morning arrival into Charles De Gaulle is that passengers then have all day to make connections throughout Europe and Africa.

At the same time, Air France will cancel its Charles De Gaulle to Singapore A380 service.

There are currently up to two Air France flights between Paris and Shanghai each day.

Graham Smith