A380 into Africa

African spotters rejoice at the A380's arrival. Airbus image
African spotters rejoice at the A380's arrival. Airbus image

February 18: An Airbus A380 belonging to Air France made the type’s first landing on the African continent when Flight AF990 arrived at Johannesburg in South Africa direct from Paris.
Air France will operate the A380 from the French capital to Johannesburg on three of its seven services a week. From April a third A380 is expected into service and all Paris to Johannesburg flights will be by Airbus’s Jumbo.
“The entry into service of the A380 between Paris and Johannesburg illustrates the importance Air France attaches to its services to Africa and in particular South Africa, where Air France has been present since 1953,” said Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, Chief Executive Officer of Air France-KLM.
The Air France Foundation will be giving €70,000 from the auction of seats on board the Paris-New York inaugural flights last November to the François-Xavier Bagnoud association, which provides help with education for children with AIDS in Cape Town.