As part of the 50th anniversary of France’s recognition of the People’s Republic of China, an A380 in the colours of Franco-Chinese friendship is operating the Air France long-haul network from the beginning of May through to the end of 2014. It landed for the first time in Shanghai on 6 May.
The Airbus A380, registration F-HJPE is decorated with a “Pan chang” ribbon, an endless ribbon that represents the link between people and brings good luck to the person who wears it as well as to those that see it. Its pronunciation is similar to the word “Happiness”.
Air France currently serves Shanghai by Airbus A380, with 4 weekly frequencies. As from 27 May 2014, Air France will also serve Hong Kong daily with its super-jumbo. Air France operates a fleet of 9 Airbus A380.
“The 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and the People’s Republic of China is an opportunity for us to take our friendship and exchanges between our two countries even further. In the future as in the past, Air France routes will be the real links of this productive relationship” declared Frédéric Gagey, Chairman and CEO of Air France.
Source: Air France.