Starting from January 2016, Air France would be the only airline in the world to operate flights on board an Airbus A380 to Mexico City’s Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez (MEX).
Air France currently operates a daily flight between its hub at Paris Charles du Gaulle Airport (CDG) to MEX using a Boeing 747-400 with 444 seats in a two class configuration (Business and Economy). The switch to the Airbus A380 expands seat capacity on the route by 82 seats.
The majority of the increase (55%) owes to a bigger premium cabin (La Première (First) and Business capacity improved by 100% and 222% respectively). The rest is the introduction of 38 Premium Economy seats on this route. The replacement aircraft will contributes a 18.9% total capacity improvement.
Air France will send its Airbus A380 on its first voyage to Mexico City on January 12, 2016 and how opened reservation for this flight. The airline is expected to put the double decker on daily duties by the end of March 2016. In the meantime, expect to see the Boeing 777-300ER interchanged for the 747-400 from now to January. Additionally, it will continue to codeshare with Aeroméxico (AM) to offer twice daily service between the two cities.
Outbound arrival time provides connection opportunities with SkyTeam member Aeroméxico (AM) to cities in Mexico and Central/South America. Inbound arrival to Paris allows for many connections in Europe and Africa.
Air France’s version of Airbus A380 has similar amenities as other airlines. Both La Première (First) and Business class feature seats that will turn into lie-flat beds. Entertainment is provided by high definition AVOD inflight entertainment systems. These passengers along with those located in Premium Economy will have access to both AC power and USB ports. Only the main deck of Economy (excluding those sitting in exit rows) will have USB port available for charging their mobile devices. Connectivity options are limited as there is no WiFi on board.
For the summer 2015 season, Air France’s ten Airbus A380 aircraft are flying to eight destinations – Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), Washington DC (IAD), Abidjan (ABJ), Johannesburg (JNB), Hong Kong (HKG) and Shanghai (PVG).