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KLM and Air France introduce new ticket options in Economy Class for flights between Europe and North America

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner PH-BHA (msn 36113) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 937278.

KLM Royal Durch Airlines has issued this statement:

Passengers can choose from a wide range of ticket options. As part of our aim to create a customised offer at the best price, KLM and Air France are introducing new fares for flights between Europe and USA and/or Canada. As of December 7, 2017, we will offer our Economy Class customers 3 different ticket options. After selecting their preferred fare they can choose to add various extra services.

Delta Air Lines and Alitalia, the joint venture partners of KLM and Air France, will also announce the introduction of similar fare structure across the Atlantic.

Different ticket options

The three new ticket options, named ‘Light’, ‘Standard’ and ‘Standard +’, have distinct features that will fit the needs of any Economy Class passenger between Europe and USA and/or Canada. Shown in one concise overview, customers can see which services and conditions come with each option, making it easy to compare.

  • ‘Light’ is a good option for passengers travelling with hand luggage only
  • ‘Standard’ is the best choice for those who do prefer to bring check-in baggage
  • With ‘Standard +’, passengers can check in their luggage and get the flexibility to cancel or change their ticket at a fee.

No matter which ticket option one chooses; snacks, meals, beverages and inflight entertainment on board are always included.

Creating a customised journeyWith the new ticket options, we can offer KLM and Air France passengers customised fares at the best price. After choosing a ticket option, customers can easily add various extra services.For example, they can select an extra comfortable seat type or order an à la carte meal – immediately when booking or later.

Flying Blue privileges

Flying Blue Elite – and Elite Plus members keep the advantages of their tier level. They can always bring one extra piece of check-in baggage for free. So, when choosing the ‘Light’ fare, they may still check in one bag at no extra cost. With ‘Standard’ or ‘Standard +’, they can bring a piece of check-in baggage on top of the one included in these ticket options.

Ivory members will receive EUR 10 off the price of their first piece of paid check-in baggage, if purchased online up to 24 hours before departure.

Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner PH-BHA (msn 36113) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 937278.

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Air France to resume nonstop flights to Saint Martin (St. Maarten)

Air France Airbus A340-313 F-GLZO (msn 246) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 907174.

Air France is resuming its nonstop flight schedule between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Saint Martin – Juliana (SXM).

Two special nonstop flights for the Christmas holiday period will operate between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Saint Martin – Juliana on December 23, 2017 and January 6, 2018.

From January 13 to March 26, 2018, the end of the 2017-18 winter season, Air France will operate a nonstop service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Saint Martin – Juliana once a week by Airbus A340 with a capacity of 275 seats (30 seats in Business, 21 seats in Premium Economy and 224 seats in Economy).

From March 27 to June 13, 2018, the start of the 2018 summer season, Saint Martin – Juliana will be served non-stop by Air France from Paris-Charles de Gaulle once a week by Airbus A330-200 with a capacity of 208 seats (40 seats in the Business cabin, 21 seats in the Premium Economy cabin and 147 seats in the Economy cabin).

From June 14 to October 27, 2018, the end of the 2018 summer season, two weekly flights will operate between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Saint Martin – Juliana by Airbus A330-200, with a capacity of 208 seats (40 seats in the Business cabin, 21 seats in the Premium Economy cabin and 147 seats in the Economy cabin).

Since the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma, the Air France-KLM Group has been constantly changing its services to Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy according to changes in demand and the operational constraints involved in the operation of these flights.

Flight schedules (in local time)

Special flights on December 23/24, 2017 and January 6/7, 2018 by Airbus A340:

AF4140: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:30, arrives at Saint Martin – Juliana at 14:50
Flight operates on December 23, 2017 and January 6, 2018

AF4141: leaves Saint Martin – Juliana at 16:50, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 06:10
Flight operates on December 24, 2017 and January 7, 2018

From January 13 to March 26, 2018 (end of 2017-18 winter season) – one weekly flight by Airbus A340:

AF498: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle à 10:30, arrives at Saint Martin – Juliana at 14:50

AF525: leaves Saint Martin – Juliana à 18:55, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 08:15

Flight operates on Saturdays

From March 27 to June 13, 2018 (start of 2018 summer season) – one weekly flight by Airbus A330:

AF202: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:40, arrives at Saint Martin – Juliana at 13:45

Flight operates on Tuesdays from March 27 to June 13, 2018 (except from May 2-16, 2018, operates on Wednesdays)

AF209: leaves Saint Martin – Juliana at 15:45, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 06:05

Flight operates on Wednesdays from March 27 to June 13, 2018 (except from May 3-17, 2018, operates on Thursdays)

From June 14 to October 27, 2018 (end of 2018 summer season) – two weekly flights by Airbus A330:

AF498: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:40, arrives at Saint Martin – Juliana at 13:45

AF499: leaves Saint Martin – Juliana at 15:45, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 06:05

Flight operates on Wednesdays and Saturdays

Air France will also continue its daily service to Saint Martin – Grand Case (SFG) from Paris-Orly (ORY), via Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP), in partnership with Air Antilles, which operates flights between Pointe-à-Pitre and Grand Case.

In addition, KLM will also serve Saint Martin – Juliana twice weekly to and from Amsterdam-Schiphol by Airbus A330 with a capacity of 268 seats (18 seats in the Business cabin and 250 in the Economy cabin).

Also, Saint Barthélemy (SBH) will be served in partnership with the airline Winair as a connection of all Air France and KLM flights to and from Saint Martin – Juliana and daily via Pointe-à-Pitre in partnership with the airline Air Antilles.

Copyright Photo: Air France Airbus A340-313 F-GLZO (msn 246) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 907174.

Joon unveils new destinations

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Joon (Air France) has unveiled its seven new medium-haul and long-haul destinations on departure from Paris-CDG – Rome, Naples, Oslo, Istanbul, Cairo, Cape Town and Tehran.

Joon took off for the first time on December 2 to Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon and Porto.

Europe at your feet as from March 25, 2018 starting at 39 euros including tax*!

  • Istanbul (Turkey): 7 weekly flights
  • Naples (Italy): 14 weekly flights
  • Oslo (Norway): 18 weekly flights
  • Rome (Italy): 49 weekly flights

On departure from Paris-CDG, Joon will fly to its medium-haul destinations by Airbus A320 (174 seats) and A321 (212 seats). In Business class, Joon offers a free meal, snacks and beverages! In Economy class, customers choose from a free selection of beverages at any time of the day. Want something more substantial?  Sweet or savoury? Joons delights its customers’ taste buds with a selection of tasty treats and organic snacks sold on board by the crew. During the flight, the company’s customers have free access to YouJoon, the in-flight streaming system on their own smartphone, tablet or laptop.

The world’s your oyster as from spring 2018!

  • Cairo (Egypt): 7 weekly flights as from 25 March 2018 starting at €149 including tax**
  • Cape Town (South Africa): 3 weekly flights as from 1st April 2018 starting at €279 including tax**
  • Tehran (Iran): 3 weekly flights as from 2 April 2018 starting at €149 including tax***

On departure from Paris-CDG, Business, Premium Economy and Economy customers will benefit from new cabins on board the Airbus A340s equipped with the latest-generation individual touch-screens to enjoy some one hundred films.

Joon’s Business customers will enjoy a free catering offer, from starter to dessert, including snacks. In Premium Economy and Economy class, one or even two meals will be offered on the longest flights. In addition, Joon will offer a selection of gourmet products as a paid option.

In total, for the 2018 summer season, Joon will fly to 13 destinations with 228 flights a week from Paris-CDG – Barcelona, Berlin, Istanbul, Lisbon, Naples, Oslo, Porto and Rome on the medium-haul network and Fortaleza, Cairo, Cape Town, Mahé and Tehran on the long-haul network.

Route Map:

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Joon is the new generation travel experience by Air France. The company has been designed to meet the expectations of new generations of travellers. On the schedule: flexibility, personalized and tailor-made services. Joon is for anyone who wants to enjoy a new kind of travel experience.

Initially six Airbus A320-200s have been assigned to the subsidiary.

Watch a new Joon episode – behind the scenes of the first Airbus A320 cabin configuration 

* One-way fare including tax, excluding baggage, on sale until 06 December 2017, for flights between 25 March and 6 May and between 14 May and 24 June 2018.
** One-way fare including tax, excluding baggage.
*** One way-fare including tax, including baggage, on sale until 13 December 2017, for flights between 7 May and 30 June 2018.

Photos: Joon (Air France).

 

Joon is launched today by Air France

Joon, the new youth-oriented brand of Air France, launches operations today with its short-haul routes from Paris (CDG) to Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon and Porto.

Long-haul routes to the Americas and Asia will come next summer.

Joon is similiar to the French word “jeune” meaning young. Joon is especially aimed at a young working clientele, the millennials (18 to 35 year-olds), whose lifestyles revolve around digital technology. This new brand has been entirely designed to meet their requirements and aspirations, with an authentic and connected offering that stands out in the world of air transport.

Joon will not be a low-cost airline as it will offer original products and services that reflect those of Air France.

Joon is a lifestyle brand and a state of mind. Short, punchy and international, the name Joon is designed to address a worldwide audience.

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Air France-KLM and Jet Airways sign an Enhanced Cooperation Agreement

Jet Airways (Etihad Airways) Boeing 777-35R ER A6-JAD (msn 35158) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937748.

On November 29, 2017, Air France-KLM and Jet Airways signed a landmark ‘Enhanced Cooperation Agreement’ for the development of their operations between Europe and India.

A first in the history of Indian aviation, this agreement strengthens the partnership built between the three airlines since 2014. This cooperation was expanded in 2016 with an extensive code-share agreement for connections between Europe and North America and Jet Airways’ hubs at Mumbai and Delhi in India via Air France-KLM’ hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.

The enhanced cooperation agreement will see Jet Airways, Air France, and KLM working together to develop their commercial and product offering. Customers will thus benefit from multiple travel options and seamless service throughout the three partners’ networks spanning 44 cities in India and 106 destinations across Europe.

This agreement will strengthen the enhanced offer for customers travelling between India, Europe and North America in the following ways –

  • Offer an extended network and increased capacity between Paris, Amsterdam and India. The recent launches of Amsterdam-Mumbai by KLM and Bengaluru-Amsterdam and Chennai-Paris by Jet Airways are the first examples of this ambition.
  • Improve connecting opportunities through adapted flight times via Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam-Schiphol as well as Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai.
  • Offer guests, a seamless travel experience between the networks of Jet Airways, Air France and KLM.
  • Benefits of the Flying Blue and JetPrivilege loyalty programmes on the three airlines’ networks worldwide.
  • Coordination of sales and services to provide the best possible offer for customers.

This agreement will complement the Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines’ transatlantic partnership between Europe and North America, offering access to over 200 destinations in North America, establishing a global cooperation connecting the three continents.

In addition to the airlines’ enhanced cooperation agreement, Air France KLM Cargo and Jet Airways Cargo have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which aims to strengthen their cooperation in the cargo sector.

Air France, KLM and Jet Airways combine their networks between Europe and India

For the 2017-18 winter season, Air France, KLM and Jet Airways operate 64 weekly flights between the Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol hubs and 4 destinations in India – Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai.

From Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Air France and Jet Airways operate 33 weekly frequencies to Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai and Chennai.

From Amsterdam-Schiphol, Jet Airways and KLM operate 31 weekly frequencies to Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

Copyright Photo: Jet Airways (Etihad Airways) Boeing 777-35R ER A6-JAD (msn 35158) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937748.

Jet Airways:

Air France to introduce Paris CDG – Nairobi service

Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBD (msn 42487) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939730.

Air France has announced from March 25, 2018, its customers will be able to fly to Nairobi (Kenya) on a departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle thanks to 3 new weekly frequencies. Flights will be operated by the latest-generation Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, equipped with 30 seats in Business class, 21 seats in Premium Economy class and 225 seats in Economy class.

Flight times operated (in local time):

AF814: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 20:50, arrives in Nairobi at 6:00 the next day

Flights operated on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

AF815: leaves Nairobi at 8:20, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 15:50

Flights operated on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays.

These flights will be operated on a code-share basis with partner Kenya Airways. Customers will thus benefit from 10 weekly non-stop frequencies between Paris and Nairobi, with 3 flights operated by Air France and 7 flights operated by Kenya Airways. Moreover, as a continuation of Nairobi, Air France customers will be able to fly to 23 regional destinations* operated under a code-share with its partner.

This new Air France service is in addition to that of KLM, which operates a daily service between Amsterdam-Schiphol and Nairobi by Boeing 787.

The best of Air France to Nairobi

On board Air France’s innovative and latest-generation Boeing 787, customers will benefit from a unique travel experience –

  • The latest Air France long-haul cabins: excellence in the sky in the Business cabin (30 seats), comfort for all in the new Premium Economy cabin (21 seats) and Economy (225 seats);
  • Onboard WiFi adapted to the needs of customers (from 20MB to 200MB for a price varying between €5 and €30);
  • Lighting moods adapted to the various different phases of the flight;
  • More comfort and space with the new Premium Economy seats;
  • Windows which are about 30% larger than similar aircraft and which are equipped with an electronic window darkening system;
  • Improved air pressure and humidity levels make the trip even more comfortable.

Copyright Photo: Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBD (msn 42487) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939730.

WestJet, Air France and KLM launch reciprocal frequent flyer redemption

WestJet's first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

WestJet, Air France and KLM on November 15, 2017 announced the redemption phase of their reciprocal frequent flyer agreement. Flying Blue Miles can now be redeemed for WestJet flights and WestJet dollars can now be redeemed for flights within the Air France and KLM global network.

The announcement comes on the heels of the airlines’ successful launch of the earn phase of the reciprocal frequent flyer agreement and further complements their long-standing code share cooperation.

Members of WestJet Rewards can now redeem WestJet dollars on Air France-KLM destinations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Members of Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue program can now redeem their Flying Blue Miles to WestJet destinations throughout Canada, the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.

Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-FRAX (msn 60510) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 939575.