Washington's Air France A380 Debut

Air France has become the first airline to operate an Airbus A380 to the US Capital, Washington DC.  The flight took place between Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) and Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD) on June 16, 2011.
Washington DC is the fourth North American city to be served by the world’s largest passenger aircraft after New York, Montreal and San Francisco.
Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, Chief Executive Officer of Air France-KLM, says:  “The entry into service of the A380 between Paris and Washington DC illustrates the importance Air France attaches to its services to the US, where Air France has been present for 47 years.
“The A380, highly appreciated by our customers, will strengthen our assets on one of the world’s most competitive markets,” he says.
Air France has renovated the A380 to offer a larger cabin, lighting ambiences and a new in-flight entertainment system.  The aircraft is the most environmentally-friendly with less than 75 grams of CO2 per passenger per kilometre and 20% less fuel burned compared with an A330.
The Air France A380 has already carried over one million passengers since its commercial launch in November 2009 (between New York JFK and CDG).