Air France to fly A380 super jumbo jet from Atlanta

Air France plans to begin flying the super jumbo Airbus A380 jet from Atlanta to Paris starting next spring.

As of March 31, 2019, Air France will operate one of its two daily flights from Hartsfield-Jackson International to Paris-Charles de Gaulle on its 516-passenger A380.

Air France, a joint venture partner of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, will continue operating the other daily flight on a Boeing 777-200ER jet.

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The A380 carries an average of 497 passengers — and the company wants to bump that number up.

The A380 flight departs from Atlanta at 8:15 p.m. and arrives in Paris at 10:40 a.m. the next morning.  It departs from Paris at 1:50 p.m. and arrives back in Atlanta at 5:15 p.m.

Air France’s Airbus A380 has 389 seats in economy, 38 seats in premium economy, 80 in business class and 9 seats in the “La Première” first class cabin.

In the United States, Air France also flies the A380 to New York’s John F. Kennedy International, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Hartsfield-Jackson officials spent $30 million for runway and taxiway widening and to modify Concourse E before the first Korean Air A380 landed in Atlanta in 2013.

Then, the Atlanta airport in 2015 struck an agreement for a $13.78 million contract to modify gate F3 on Concourse F for the A380. Korean Air later stopped flying the A380 to Atlanta, and uses a Boeing 747 on the route.

Earlier this year, Hartsfield-Jackson officials said they needed to spend another $1.5 million on the A380 gate on Concourse F for new fiber optic cables for security cameras inside the entry point for the gate entry area, as well as cables for the ticket counter.

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