A380 to take inaugural Montreal flight

The A380, the super jumbo airliner from Airbus, makes its first ever appearance in Montreal this November. Air France is marking the occasion by holding a contest that will give 50 people the exceptional opportunity to fly aboard the aircraft.

The contest launches October 15. It is open to Canadians 18 and over. Twenty-five winners will receive a pair of complimentary tickets for a flight to Paris aboard an A380 in Airbus livery. The cabin will also be fitted by Airbus. The passengers will return to Canada on a regularly scheduled Air France flight.

The contest will be advertised in the major dailies The Globe and Mail, La Presse and Le Soleil. The public will be invited to enter the contest via the internet at www.airfrance.ca/a380 between October 15 and 22. A random draw to determine the winners will be held October 23.

This special Airbus A380 flight to Paris leaves the evening of November 15 from Montréal-Trudeau for Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport. The passengers will fly back to Montreal or Toronto, depending on where they live, on November 19 aboard a regularly scheduled Air France flight.

Air France has ordered 12 A380s. It will become the first European air carrier to operate the superjumbos when it introduces three A380s into commercial service in Spring 2009.


Operating in Canada since 1950, Air France flies out of Montreal twice daily and once daily out of Toronto for Paris.