Francoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3741 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 10652 times:
Quoting Juventus (Reply 1): Are you saying IAD will be the first US city to receive AF's A380 or you're just letting us know the A380 is coming to IAD???
The article is really vague. It just says AF will fly to IAD with the whale.
It doesn't mention which US city will first receive the AF A380s.
AFAIK YUL is still the first North American city to welcome them.
That quote really says everything about what this blurb is or isn't able to tell us...:
"Air France, which is expected to receive its first A380 later this year, declined to comment on specific markets that would be served, but said the airline is planning to serve the US with the 538-seat superjumbo."
The US? Really? I would never have guessed...
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
PSA727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 974 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 10402 times:
I'm hoping they start their U.S. A380 service while I can still redeem my CO FFM on Air France. It's a lot less to redeeem than a QF award to Australia. I'm hoping LAX or JFK will be their first and not IAD. My guess would be JFK because it's more "high profile" than IAD.
Jfk777 From United States of America, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 8325 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 9632 times:
AF in recent years has had as many as 3 daily flights to IAD. Bringing the A380 makes sense to a degree, but this announcement was made by Airbus Not Air France. I would be a little salty about when it happens, JFK will see A380 before IAD.
Charles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1331 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 9454 times:
Quoting PNQIAD (Reply 7): As far as I think what it means is that it will be IAD's first A380 service not first 380 service in US.
That's what I understood as well. It's not that IAD will be the first US AF station to get the A380 (YUL and JFK will be first as several have already mentioned here) or that IAD will be the first US airport to see the A380 (LAX and JFK already do). It simply says that AF will begin A380 service to IAD in Summer 2010 and given that not too many A380 operators currently serve the airport it could be assumed that this will be IAD's first A380 service.
It's amazing how everyone interpreted the same article so differently!
Directorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1668 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 9352 times:
Quoting PSA727 (Reply 4): I'm hoping they start their U.S. A380 service while I can still redeem my CO FFM on Air France. It's a lot less to redeeem than a QF award to Australia. I'm hoping LAX or JFK will be their first and not IAD. My guess would be JFK because it's more "high profile" than IAD.
IIRC the first Concorde destination in the US was Washington-Dulles.
YULWinterSkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2178 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 8206 times:
My understanding that the AF A380 will be the first A380 to ever serve IAD.
Not the first AF A380 to serve the US, as i believe JFK is one of the first planned destinations, maybe together with LAX but i may be wrong on this last one.
Anyway, AF A380 will never be the first A380 to serve neither LAX or JFK as these places are already served by other A380s...
But AF will be (needs to be ---sarcasm----) first somewhere as well.
YUL will also be the first N Am city to be served by the AF A380, although these will be temporary route proving flights (i guess with pax in lieu of the regular 744s or 77Ws). CDG-YUL is a short route and YUL is not as busy as JFK, and therefore looks better suited for test flights than JFK.
Or is this an attempt to take over AC's share of J seats on CDG-YUL? Flagship vs flagship.... not so bad for a "leisure-oriented" destination?
Newyork355 From France, joined Jul 2004, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7201 times:
Directorguy...the only reason Air France and British Airways served IAD with the Concorde was because the Concorde was banned from landing in NYC because of the protests and the Port Authority. I believe that AF and BA would have preferred to have started service to JFK with the Concorde before IAD, but since they couldn't do anything about the NYC situation, they just went ahead and did the only other (quasi desirable) Concorde service that the could do.
Being a Washington native...I'm pumped to hear that Air France is thinking of using the A380 on this market! Oh, how IAD has grown!