How to handle an aircraft change?

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  1. UltranerdX

    UltranerdX Active Member

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    Hi all. My husband and I are going to redeem for business class seats on the A380 from WAS>CDG (and then on to WAW) for next summer some time soon. We very much want to be on the A380 because we haven't flown on it yet, and will be really bummed if they change our aircraft between now and then. Delta changes our aircraft all the time, but can you weigh in on how Air France does things? And if they DO end up changing it, is there anything we can do to switch flights (without paying absurd fees)? Thanks for your help :)
     
  2. craz
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    craz Silver Member

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    not much you can do about it, if it was a mainline going to a RJ then you can request a free change or redeposit.It might be better to fly up to JFK and then take AFs 380 from there. As AF probably wont remove the 380 from the JFK routing

    last year EK took its 380 off of JFK for awhile and SQ has switched its planes around alot as well over the yrs, but if you booked a Biz seat and AF has a Biz seat for on say its 744 it will use , not much DL will let you do for free unless you have the status where DL wont Ding you any fees, since you cant book a particuliar aircraft only a cabin

    so its way too early to know how the IAD-CDG route will be profit wise and if its worth it to keep the 380 on it,a s well as will all AFs 380s be operational , 1 down and they need to keep teh otehrs on teh routes taht bring in the most $$$
     
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    My guess is that (low) availability is good for the IAD-CDG route and much less so for other TATL routes for next summer, especially for two business class seats on the same flights, given that you would need domestic connecting flights too that aren't terribly unreasonable. Given that, you may not have much choice but to book these award tickets now and if the aircraft does change, try to change your tickets close to departure and pay the fee if you find low availability. If you were DM or even PM, you wouldn't face change fees but the new 72 hour rule could still hurt in this case. Also, your chances of trying to beg for an exception and ask that space be found for a routing change to stay on the A380 are probably close to zero as a FO but might be better for DMs.
     

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