Paris-bound Australian passengers with Qantas and Air France will connect onto the French airline’s Airbus A380 three times a week from April, when Air France starts flying the superjumbo between Paris and Singapore.
Qantas and Air France have a codeshare partnership on the route, and transfer passengers at Singapore.
So you’ll be able to take the A380 — with its quieter cabin, less dehydrating air and better seating layout in business, premium economy and economy — all the way to Paris.
Why the A380’s an improvement
Air France’s business class has a Qantas-style (though not Qantas-comfort) 2-2-2 configuration upstairs on the A380, an improvement on the Boeing 777 that is also on the route, which has a dreaded middle seat in the centre section.
In premium economy (which Air France is advertising on the route, though it does have A380s without the premium cabin), it’s 2-3-2 upstairs on the A380 — one seat fewer in the middle than on the 777.
And in economy, you’ll have much more room on the A380. There’s a small upstairs cabin with 2-4-2 seating, and downstairs the 3-4-3 covers the A380’s entire width. Air France’s crams in an awful super-squashed 3-4-3 layout on the 777, a plane that was never intended to see ten-abreast seating on long flights.
Where and when you’ll find the A380
Air France has a confusing three sets of schedules in place for its A380 between now and October.
When the A380 Singapore schedule starts on 1 April, the superjumbo will leave Singapore on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, with Paris departures on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. That schedule lasts until 3 June.
From 4 June to 10 June, the A380 leaves Singapore on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, with Paris departures on Monday, Thursday and Sunday.
From 11 June until at least 28 August, you’ll find the A380 on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Singapore. From Paris, it’s an A380 on Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays
A Boeing 777-300ER will fly the route the rest of the week.
Towards Paris, Air France flight 247 departs Singapore at 2310, arriving in to Paris at 0610 the next morning.
Air France flight AF256 leaves Paris at 2320 and arrives in Singapore at 1800 the next evening.
Australian Business Traveller