New York – December 5, 2012 – Air France welcomed its three millionth passenger in on its Airbus A380. To celebrate the occasion, Air France offered a special welcome to a passenger when she checked in yesterday for flight AF007 from New York- JFK to Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
Mrs. Aurelie Barthaux Naderzad, who was traveling in Economy, won two roundtrip tickets as well as several Air France branded items. “I love traveling with Air France, it is always a pleasant experience and the service is fantastic. I specifically booked to fly on the Air France A380 because I had read so much about the fantastic flying experience,” said Mrs. Barthaux Naderzad.
"We are delighted to award this prize in recognition of the fact that Air France was the first European carrier to offer flights on the A380 and has been providing service between New York-JFK and Paris-Charles de Gaulle on this state-of-the-art aircraft since November 2009. In addition, to the delight of our passengers, Air France flies the A380 on the Washington, DC and Los Angeles gateways," added Patrick Roux, Senior Vice President, Air France and KLM for the Americas.
An integral part of Air France’s efficiency strategy encompassing fleet renewal and rationalization as well as eco-consciousness, the Air France A380 features four classes of service, spacious cabins, a sophisticated lighting system synchronized with time zone changes, an art gallery, six bars and extensive on-demand entertainment programming. This environmentally friendly aircraft, with reduced CO2 emissions (20% less fuel burned compared to an A330), is also the quietest aircraft in its category.
The double-decker can accommodate up to 516 passengers in four classes, including 9 in La Première (first class) on the main deck, 80 in Business class on the upper deck, 38 in Premium Economy class on the upper deck and 389 in Economy class between the two decks.
In winter 2012-2013, six destinations are served by the Air France A380: New York-JFK, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, Tokyo-Narita and Singapore.
About AIR FRANCE
AIR FRANCE operates 1,500 daily flights in France, Europe and worldwide. Its fleet comprises 387 aircraft in operation.
AIR FRANCE KLM, the result of a merger between AIR FRANCE and KLM in 2004, is one of the leading European air transport groups. Its main activities are the air transport of passengers and cargo as well as aircraft maintenance. In 2011, AIR FRANCE KLM carried 75.8 million passengers and 1.1 million tons of cargo. Its network covers 230 destinations in 113 countries from its hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.
AIR FRANCE and KLM currently operate from 10 U.S. gateways and provide service from 125 U.S. cities through joint venture partner Delta Air Lines.
The Flying Blue frequent flyer program is leader in Europe and has over 21 million members.
With their partners Delta Air Lines and Alitalia, AIR FRANCE and KLM operate the biggest transatlantic joint venture with more than 250 daily flights.
AIR FRANCE and KLM are members of the SkyTeam alliance which has 19 member airlines, offering customers access to a global network of over 15,000 daily flights to 1,000 destinations in 187 countries.