Category Archives: Air France

Air France to bring the Airbus A380 to Atlanta as a regular flight

Air France Airbus A380-861 F-HPJJ (msn 117) (Paris-Candidate City 2024 Olympic Games) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 943611.

Air France temporarily assigned the 516-seat Airbus A380 to the Paris (CDG) – Atlanta route in December 2017. The short-lived service is coming back as a regular flight.

Starting on March 31, 2019, AF will upgrade one of its daily Boeing 777 flights on the route to the larger A380.

AF currently operates the A380 Abidjan, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, New York (JFK), San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington (IAD) from CDG.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Air France): Air France Airbus A380-861 F-HPJJ (msn 117) (Paris-Candidate City 2024 Olympic Games) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 943611.

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Air France announces new Dallas/Fort Worth service

Air France Airbus A330-203 F-GZCL (msn 519) IAH (Jeffrey S. DeVore). Image: 903430.

Air France has made this announcement:

Starting March 31, 2019, Air France will fly from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Dallas-Fort Worth (United States).

The thirteenth US destination* operated on departure from Paris, will be operated by an Airbus A330 with a capacity of 224 seats and equipped with the latest long-haul travel cabins, with 36 seats in the Business cabin, 21 seats in the Premium Economy cabin and 167 seats in the Economy cabin. Throughout the summer 2019 season, up to 5 weekly flights will connect the two cities.

(PRNewsfoto/DFW International Airport)

Flight schedules (in local time):

AF159: leaves Dallas-Fort Worth at 15:45, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 8:15.

AF150: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:10, arrives in Dallas-Fort Worth at 13:50;

From March 31th to June 30th and from September 4th to October 25th 2019: flights operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

From July 1st to September 1st: flights operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Top Copyright Photo: Air France Airbus A330-203 F-GZCL (msn 519) IAH (Jeffrey S. DeVore). Image: 903430.

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Joon to suspend flights to Tehran

Joon (Air France) Airbus A340-313 F-GLZK (msn 207) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 942238.

Air France’s Joon will join British Airways and will drop the Paris – Tehran route on September 18, 2018. The carrier is blaming weakening demand for the route.

Air France moved its service to Tehran, Iran to its Joon subsidiary on April 2, 2018. The service was recently decreased from 3 to 2 flights a week.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Joon): Joon (Air France) Airbus A340-313 F-GLZK (msn 207) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 942238.

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Air France-KLM to finalize a joint venture with Air Europa for flights to Latin America

Air France-KLM and Air Europa intend to conclude a new joint venture agreement for their flights between Europe and Central and South America. This foreseen agreement will allow both to expand their offerings and enhance travel opportunities for their respective customers.

For many years, both Air France and KLM have had a fruitful cooperation with Air Europa. The current partnership consists mainly of successful codeshare agreements between and beyond Paris and Amsterdam on the one hand and Madrid on the other. Air France and Air Europa started their code share cooperation in 2003 and currently cover 21 code share routes within Europe. KLM and Air Europa have been collaborating since 2002 and now operate 19 code share routes within Europe. In 2007, Air Europa also joined the SkyTeam Alliance.

Air Europa Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner EC-MOM (msn 36419) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 937618.

Both parties are currently conducting an integral analysis of a deeper and expanded cooperation, aiming at a joint venture agreement between Air France-KLM and Air Europa between Europe and Central/South America to strengthen the joint offer to customers.

The complementarity of the respective networks from/to Central and South America will provide significant additional benefits for customers in the form of better connectivity, increased seat availability and a basis to launch new routes and direct flights between the two continents.

Air France-KLM and Air Europa are in the midst of carrying out an in-depth legal analysis of the terms of this possible future agreement in order to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

“The deepening of our cooperation with Air Europa through a joint venture will provide a strong foundation for us to work even closer together in order to enhance our offer on routes between Europe and Central / South America. We are striving to even increase and improve our current leading role on these markets and offer our joint customers more benefits together with our long term partner Air Europa” said Frédéric Gagey, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Air France-KLM.

“We are proud to be strengthening and expanding the successful relations we have with Air France-KLM and to be working together as part of the new cooperation project between Europe and Central and South America. We are convinced that this new alliance will provide great benefits for both airlines as well as considerable advantages for our customers,” said Javier Hidalgo, Chief Executive Officer of Globalia, parent company of Air Europa.

Copyright Photo: Air Europa Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner EC-MOM (msn 36419) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 937618.

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Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines now form a single joint venture

Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines have today announced in Amsterdam the merger of their existing joint venture agreements. The aim is to create even stronger links between the partners and offer customers smoother, seamless travel solutions.

By connecting the four airlines’ networks, the joint venture offers customers a wide choice of destinationsconnecting Europe (Paris and Amsterdam) to China (Beijing*, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Xiamen). Transfer and connection times are also optimized.

It has been a good week for France.

Air France-KLM customers can also earn Flying Blue Miles on all flights operated within this joint venture formed by the four airlines.

This extended joint venture marks an important step for Air France-KLM. Moreover, it contributes tostrengthening the two airlines’ position on the Chinese air transport market, which continues to grow. Everyyear, the four airlines – Air France, KLM, China Southern and Xiamen Airlines – carry some 1,250,000 passengers between Europe and China on their joint-operated routes.

Pieter Elbers, KLM President & CEO, stated: “In 2016 we celebrated 10 years joint venture between KLM and China Southern, today we merge the existing two joint ventures into one. I’m proud of this joint venture because it serves to further intensify Air France-KLM’s interests in China. Joining forces offers ourcustomers an extensive, seamless network within China and Europe.”

Patrick Alexandre, Executive Vice President Commercial, Sales and Alliances, Air France-KLM added: “We are proud to pursue our cooperation with China Southern and Xiamen Airlines by combining the existing joint-ventures. Our single joint venture will at the same time preserve the benefits our customers enjoy and safeguard Air France-KLM’s position in China.”

Beyond the joint venture, the airlines closely cooperate in other areas, notably in airport handling, catering and aircraft maintenance services. For example, Air France-KLM Engineering & Maintenance carries outengine maintenance for Xiamen Airlines’ Boeing 787 fleet. More closely-integrated partnerships are also being discussed in other areas, such as aircraft maintenance, or cargo operations.

A global joint venture between Europe and China

Since 2006, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and China Southern Airlines have been operating a joint venture on the Amsterdam-Beijing service.

In 2015, Xiamen Airlines joined this joint venture on the Amsterdam-Xiamen route. In 2010, France formed a partnership with China Southern Airlines to also create a joint venture on the Paris-Guangzhou route. These agreements are currently combined to form a single joint venture between Europe and China.

Below: Xiamen Air is now the last passenger operator of the Boeing 757-200 in China. The 757s will soon be retired.

Air France opens a new business lounge at Paris-Charles de Gaulle

Air France made this announcement:

After having revealed the first part last January and having already welcomed more than 200,000 customers, Air France today presents its entire brand new Business lounge located in Hall L of Terminal 2E at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.

With a total surface area of 3,200 sq. m. and a capacity of 540 seats, this completely redesigned lounge offers several new features for optimum comfort:

  •   “Le Balcon”, an exclusive space created by the designer Mathieu Lehanneur;
  •   A chic and elegant cocktail menu created by the Hotel Lancaster in Paris;
  •   The largest wellness area of all the Air France lounges;
  •   A Kids area to entertain children before their trip;
  •   The “Gourmet Table” a catering area where a chef prepares the dish of the day in front of customers;
  •   Several other areas for a tailor-made experience.
    When they arrive in the lounge, guests can easily find their way around thanks to an interactive plan at the entrance. They can browse all the services available, depending on how much time they have.

  • Mathieu Lehanneur creates “Le Balcon”
    • Air France has entrusted French designer Mathieu Lehanneur with the creation of a bar area where time seems to stand still in a 160 sq. m. space suspended between heaven and earth for the company’scustomers. Located at the heart of the new Air France Business lounge, “Le Balcon” is set against the runways in a unique and welcoming architecture, forming a curved structure sheltered under an immense golden mirrored ceiling.

    The space includes a central bar and a succession of outlying theatrical box seats where passengers can relax and enjoy the comfort prior to their flight. Each box is upholstered in blue velvet and embroidered with their respective numbers, and features a large sofa, a pedestal table and the latest connectivity services. Mixing wood, marble, mirrorwork and light, “Le Balcon” is at the same time chic, immersive and digital.

    At the center, the designer has integrated a LED screen into the parquet floor depicting an image of the sky. From daybreak to dusk, this giant window of light imitates the variations of the day in real time. Whatever your departure time, this sky is like an introduction to your journey, before jetting across timezones…

    A cocktail selection created by the Hotel Lancaster in Paris

    At the heart of Le Balcon, every evening from 19:00 to 21:00, Air France offers a selection of cocktails* specially designed by the head bartender of the Hotel Lancaster in Paris.

    Customers will be able to try an exclusive creation:

    • –  “Un air de Paris”, a cocktail specially created for Air France where champagne sparkles like the Eiffel Tower and Cointreau opens the gates of the Tuileries gardens with its notes of orange and cognac, enhanced by a few drops of lemon;
    • –  A “Destination” cocktail of the month, inspired by the flavours of a legendary city on the Air France network. Each month, customers will board for a new destination: Shanghai, Johannesburg, New York or Tokyo.
    • –  A non-alcoholic mocktail, to be consumed without moderation, created around an iconic ingredient from the French regions which is renewed every month.*The consumption of alcohol is dangerous to your health.

    All photos by Air France.

Air France to add the Boeing 787-9 on the New York route

Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBA (msn 38769) LHR (SPA). Image: 937333.

Air France will assign the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to the Paris (CDG) – New York (JFK) route during the month of July according to Airline Route, replacing the normal Boeing 777-200ER.

Copyright Photo: Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBA (msn 38769) LHR (SPA). Image: 937333.

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