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Air France and Chalair sign a code-share agreement

Air France and Chalair have announced a code-share agreement which offers Air France customers additional travel opportunities to and from the French regions, providing them with easier access to the entire Air France network.

Effective today, this agreement concerns six routes in France operated by Chalair:

From Paris-Orly:

  • Agen: 2 daily flights from Monday to Friday and 1 flight on Sunday
  • Limoges: 2 daily flights from Monday to Friday and 1 flight on Sunday
  • Quimper: 3 daily flights from Monday to Friday, 1 flight on Saturday and 2 flights on Sunday

From Lyon:

  • La Rochelle via Poitiers: 2 daily flights from Monday to Friday and 1 flight on Sunday
  • Limoges: 2 daily flights from Monday to Friday and 1 flight on Sunday
  • Poitiers: 2 daily flights from Monday to Friday and 1 flight on Sunday

Flights are operated by ATR 72 (70 seats) and ATR 42 (48 seats).

In particular, this code-share agreement will enable customers to benefit from seamless services from the French regions as well as baggage checked to its final destination when connecting to and from an Air France or Chalair flight.

Eligible Air France customers(1) benefit from SkyPriority services at the airport and on board flights operated by Chalair. Members of Flying Blue, the Air France-KLM frequent flyer programme, can also earn Miles and XPs.

Chalair Aviation is an independent French airline.

Chalair has been operating in France since 1986 and has more than 33 years of aeronautical experience, making it one of the 3 oldest French airlines.

The airline is expanding fast. Its fleet comprises 15 aircraft with between 19 and 70 seats. It operates more than 160 weekly flights, on departure from 17 French airports.

Chalair is currently the benchmark airline in French regional transport in the sector of aircraft with less than 70 seats.

(1) Business customers, Club 2000, Platinum and Gold members of the Air France-KLM Flying Blue frequent flyer program.

Air France launches a business class service on its domestic network

Starting today, Air France is extending its Business class service to customers on its domestic network, on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and the French regions, which will also be available on short-haul flights connecting the French regions to international destinations(1).

With this move upmarket, Business class customers with a connection on a long, medium or short-haul flight to or from the French regions will now enjoy seamless Business class service at no extra cost throughout their trip.

This new service can be booked at airfrance.com or on the Air France App and is valid for travel as from February 4, 2020.

Air France is the only airline to offer a Business class service in France.

A tailor-made Business cabin

For travel within France, there is three types of fare:

  • Business Leisure: non-refundable ticket, modifiable for a fee of €70;
  • Business Flex: refundable ticket, modifiable at no extra cost;
  • Business Abonné: refundable ticket, modifiable at no extra cost, including an option to take an earlier or later flight.

Each booking class has just one fare and the same conditions. Also, the purchase of an upgrade from the Economy cabin to the Business cabin will be available at the opening of flight check-in, 30 hours before departure.

Attentive service before the flight

Air France Business customers will benefit from special services such as SkyPriority channels at the airports which offer this service:

  • Dedicated check-in and baggage drop-off
  • Priority lines at security checkpoint and passport control
  • Priority boarding
  • Priority at transfer desks during connections
  • Priority baggage delivery

Away from the hustle and bustle of the airport, customers also benefit from access to the Air France lounges where they can enjoy something to eat, work, rest or ask for information. The lounges for short-haul flights are available at Paris-Charles de Gaulle (terminals F and G), Paris-Orly 1, Bordeaux and Lyon airports. The airline’s partner lounges are available at Paris-Orly (terminal 1A), Marseille, Nice, Toulouse, Montpellier and Mulhouse airports.

A more generous baggage allowance is exclusively dedicated to them. Business customers can take two pieces of baggage weighing 32kg each in the hold, as well as two carry-on bags and a cabin accessory for a total of 18kg.

In addition, they can choose their seat when they book their flight.

 

 

 

On short-haul flights, Air France offers its Business customers a dedicated catering serviceincluding:

  • A savoury snack
  • A sweet snack
  • A selection of beverages such as wines and champagnes from the Air France Business class wine cellar chosen by Paolo Basso, soft drinks and much more.
  • An oshibori to freshen up.

 

Entertainment as a bonus

On the Air France Play App, Air France’s digital entertainment offer, customers can download unlimited newspapers and magazines on their tablet and smartphone free of charge from 30 hours before departure, to enjoy before, during or after their trip.

They also benefit from Wi-Fi access with Air France Connect. By the end of the year, the entire Air France fleet, including its short-haul aircraft, will be equipped.

With Air France Connect(2), customers can access one of the three passes on offer:

  • A free “Message” pass for all, to send and receive messages during the entire flight;
  • A “Surf” pass, costing €3 on domestic flights, €5 on flights lasting less than 2 hours and €10 on flights lasting more than 2 hours, to surf the internet, consult and send emails;
  • A “Stream” pass, costing €10 on domestic flights, €15 on flights lasting less than 2 hours and €20 on flights lasting more than 2 hours, to enjoy high-speed internet access, streaming and downloading, including the “Message” and “Surf” passes.

Customers on board Air France short-haul flights benefit from a varied entertainment offer adapted to the flight time via Air France Connect, with movies, short films, TV series, live TV, music, press, games, audio books, TED Talks, documentaries, etc.

Air France Connect will be available on the entire Air France fleet by the end of 2020.

This new service is available for purchase today at airfrance.com or on the Air France App, and is valid for travel as from 4 February 2020.

 

(1) Available on flights connecting Paris-Orly and Paris-Charles de Gaulle to the French regions, on those directly connecting the French regions to each other and to international destinations. Except flights to/from Corsica and flights operated by ATR and Embraer 145.
(2) Available on the Airbus A318, A319, A320 and A321 fleet.(3)
Except the CRJ 700. The Airbus A321 will be gradually equipped as from the end of 2020.

Air France will operate five new routes during the 2020 peak summer season

Air France will operate five new routes during the 2020 peak summer season – Djerba (Tunisia), Thessaloniki (Greece), Santorini (Greece) and Mykonos (Greece) from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, as well as Brest – Calvi (France).

Flight schedules (in local time) –

Paris-CDG – Djerba
AF1034
: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 15:25, arrives in Djerba at 17:20;
AF1035: leaves Djerba at 18:20, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 22:20.
Operated on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday by Airbus A320 (174 seats), from 13 July to 30 August 2020.

Paris-CDG – Thessaloniki
AF1038
: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 7:30, arrives in Thessaloniki at 11:30
AF1039: leaves Thessaloniki at 12:20, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 14:30
Operated on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday by Airbus A320 (174 seats), from 13 July to 30 August 2020.

Paris-CDG – Santorini
AF1040
: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 8:40, arrives in Santorini at 13:00
AF1041: leaves Santorini at 13h50, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 16h30
Operated on Wednesday by Airbus A320 (174 seats), from 13 July to 30 August 2020.

Paris-CDG – Mykonos
AF1072
: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 8:30, arrives in Mykonos at 12:50
AF1073: leaves Mykonos at 13:40, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 16:20
Operated on Monday and Wednesday by Airbus A320 (174 seats), from 13 July to 30 August 2020.

Calvi – Brest
AF9404
: leaves Calvi at 12:00, arrives in Brest at 14h15
AF9405: leaves Brest at 14:55, arrives in Calvi at 17:05
Operated on Saturdays by Embraer 190 (100 seats), from 20 June to 26 September 2020.

Gentle Djerba
Just a stone’s throw away from Europe, this small Mediterranean paradise entices travellers with its gentle climate, sunshine and sea. Offering a host of leisure activities and escapades, sightseeing and relaxation, palm and olive trees, Djerba is perfect for getting away from it all. Its mythical origins and colourful old town Houmt Souk also make the Tunisian island a truly unique getaway destination.

Vibrant Thessaloniki
It’s easy to fall in love with Thessaloniki as you follow its ancient walls and ramparts and discover the upper city of Ana Poli and Byzantine churches. Its architectural and cultural heritage can be discovered on foot, day and night. And to complete your sense of oneness with the city, what better way than relaxing at a cafe terrace, enjoying the gourmet delights and visiting one of the markets before admiring the sunset from Trigonion Tower.

Santorini, the pearl of the Cyclades
With its myriad shades of black, Santorini never fails to charm. From the clifftops, its whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches overlook the sea. An outstanding natural vista. And for an even more authentic experience, an archeological site, exceptional hikes and fine dining are among the treasures waiting to delight the island’s visitors.

Magnificent Mykonos
Alone or with a group, with friends or family, Mykonos has something for everyone. This Greek island, famous for its nightlife and beaches, also oozes charm. Among its cascading whitewashed houses comfortably nestled between blue skies and the turquoise sea, the island’s soul – that of a traditional fishermen’s village – is intact.

Brest, historic port on Brittany’s coast
The proud port city of Brest is the ideal starting point for discovering Brittany, an exceptional region facing the sea. Brest, a city of character, isn’t exactly glamorous and doesn’t have a wholesomely refined image, instead cultivating a somewhat rock’n’roll lifestyle. Its array of alternative galleries, music scenes and trendy restaurants have one thing in common – a typically Breton passionate streak, almost verging on rebellion, flows in abundance in this coastal city, reinforced by foreign sailors’ tales of seafaring adventures. A natural maritime playground.

Calvi, the garden of Corsica
From its narrow streets to its Genoese citadel, Calvi offers spectacular views. At the water’s edge, fishermen’s boats are moored in the colourful marina. This island beauty spot, bordered by 6km of white sandy beaches, boasts turquoise waters and mountains in a peaceful setting.

Sunny destinations in the spotlight

Alongside these new routes, Air France will offer additional flights from its two Parisian hubs –

  • from Paris-Charles de Gaulle – Bari, Cagliari, Olbia Palermo (Italy), Dubrovnik, Split (Croatia), Alicante, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia (Spain), Faro (Portugal), Heraklion (Greece), Tunis (Tunisia), Figari, Nice (France);
  • from Paris-Orly – Ibiza (Spain), Perpignan, Toulon (France).
    16 new routes in 2020

In 2020, Air France will offer 16 new routes –

  • from Paris-Charles de Gaulle – Krakow (Poland), Faro (Portugal), Alicante, Malaga, Seville and Valencia (Spain), Djerba (Tunisia), Mykonos, Santorini and Thessaloniki (Greece), Monrovia (Liberia);
  • from Paris-Orly – Madrid (Spain), Munich (Germany), Ibiza (Spain), Algiers (Algeria);
  • from the French regions – Brest – Calvi.

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Air France to add Paris Orly – Munich flights

Air France has made this announcement:

As from March 29, 2020, Air France customers will be able to travel to Munich (Germany) thanks to twice-daily flights out of Paris-Orly. These flights will be operated by Embraer 190 with a capacity of 100 seats.

Flight schedules (in local time) –

AF7350: Leaves Paris-Orly at 07:00, arrives in Munich at 08:30
AF7352: Leaves Paris-Orly at 16:10, arrives in Munich at 17:40
AF7351: Leaves Munich at 09:20, arrives at Paris-Orly at 10:50
AF7353: Leaves Munich at 18:40, arrives at Paris-Orly at 20:10

Air France customers can also travel to Munich from Paris-Charles de Gaulle thanks to 6 daily flights.

 

A more extensive network at Paris-Orly

With this new route, Air France continues to develop its medium-haul network on departure from Paris-Orly, in addition to the existing offer on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. After Geneva (Switzerland) and Algiers (Algeria), launched this winter, along with Madrid (Spain), also scheduled to begin operation as from 29 March 2020, Munich is Air France’s fourth medium-haul destination to be served from Paris-Orly.

Located close to Paris, easily accessible from the south of Paris and recently renovated, Paris-Orly airport offers many assets in addition to those of Paris-Charles de Gaulle. By relying on its two main hubs, Air France is more widely meeting its customers’ expectations, who will now be able to enjoy more convenient flight times. In addition to the flights operated out of Paris-Charles de Gaulle, these flights increase the combinations available to customers travelling from the French regions or on connecting flights from Cayenne (Guiana), Fort-de-France (Martinique), Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe), St. Denis de la Reunion (Reunion) and New York (USA).

Munich, the cultural home of the German soul and vital economic force

Spot-lit by its artistic and cultural pluralism, the rich capital of Bavaria is the second tourist destination in Germany, just behind Berlin. Its unique heritage is the fruit of a prestigious dynasty – the House of Wittelsbach – , Catholicism, Romanticism, and the vital force of nature. Munich is more than a city; it is a vibration. It is the inner resonance of the German artistic soul, which unites traditional and avant-garde art movements in its three phenomenal picture galleries, under the bell towers of its late Gothic cathedral covered with Renaissance domes, symbolic of Heavenly Jerusalem. Munich in every way remains a formidable artistic, cultural and scientific centre, never ceasing to expand its vocabulary of correspondences between colours, sounds and words.

Munich is also one of Germany’s most dynamic economic centres. A centre of innovation, the city is a major industrial, commercial, financial and banking centre, as well as being one of the European leaders in digital technology. Home to multinational company headquarters, the city has particularly strong economic ties with the rest of the world, notably with France with more than 500 companies established in Bavaria, i.e. close to a quarter of French companies present in Germany.

Discover Munich with the Air France Travel Guide

 

Air France in Germany

In total, this summer, Air France will offer nine German destinations, served thanks to 12 routes from France –

  • Munich from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly
  • Berlin from Paris-Charles de Gaulle
  • Frankfurt from Paris-Charles de Gaulle
  • Hamburg from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Nantes
  • Düsseldorf from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Nantes
  • Stuttgart from Paris-Charles de Gaulle
  • Hanover from Paris-Charles de Gaulle
  • Nuremberg from Paris-Charles de Gaulle
  • Bremen from Paris-Charles de Gaulle

 

11 new routes

In 2020, Air France will offer 11 new routes –

  • From Paris-Charles de Gaulle: Krakow (Poland), Sevilla, Alicante, Malaga and Valencia (Spain), Faro (Portugal), Monrovia (Liberia).
  • From Paris-Orly: Geneva (Switzerland), Algiers (Algeria), Madrid (Spain) and Munich (Germany).

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Air France to begin offsetting 100% of its CO2 emissions on its domestic flights

Air France has made this announcement:

Air France has already selected 6 projects based in South America, Africa and Asia, in partnership with EcoAct.

Air France is the first airline to decide to proactively offset the emissions on its domestic flights. As of January 1, 2020, Air France customers will be able to travel throughout mainland France in a carbon-neutral way thanks to 100% offset emissions. Concretely, the CO2 emissions of 450 flights per day and 57,000 customers will be offset.

This compensation will take the form of participation in certified projects, in South America (Brazil, Peru), Africa (Kenya) and Asia (India, Cambodia), selected with EcoAct, a pioneer in carbon offsetting in France. In addition, Air France and EcoAct will develop two projects in France, within the framework of the new low-carbon label.

In liaison with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Air France’s action will focus on reforestation, forest preservation and biodiversity, along with the development of renewable energies, while guaranteeing the protection of the most vulnerable populations. EcoAct will oversee the projects in the field and follow up the concrete benefits, notably in terms of its action against climate change, which lies at the heart of the initiative. All the projects selected have received the highest certification standards on the voluntary carbon offset market, the World Wild Fund (WWF)’s Gold Standard, VERRA’s VCS or CCBA’s additional CCB standard.

Air France will thus support, for example, the Floresta de Portel initiative in North-West Brazil, whose mission is to prevent deforestation and protect one of the planet’s richest ecosystems with the support of the local populations, with 22 million tons of CO2 equivalent at stake. Wildlife and plants will be protected and jobs created by supporting entrepreneurial projects for the creation of a local agroforestry sector.

Additional details about the other selected projects will be provided progressively at the beginning of 2020, with some of them intended to be submitted to the vote of Air France’s customers.

This voluntary offsetting initiative is part of Air France’s global commitment to reducing its environmental footprint, through its fleet renewal, its piloting practices and its partnership with the SolarImpulse foundation aimed at developing sustainable solutions for aviation. Between now and 2030, the company aims to reduce its CO2 emissions by 50% per passenger/km compared to 2005.

Air France also contributes to the carbon neutrality of its activities through emissions trading schemes implemented industry-wide – the EU-ETS in Europe and CORSIA on a global scale.

Air France firms up order for 60 Airbus A220-300s

Airbus has made this announcement:

The Air France–KLM Group has firmed up an order for 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft to modernise its single-aisle fleet. The aircraft are intended to be operated by Air France.

Air France-KLM currently operates a fleet of 159 Airbus aircraft.

The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market; it delivers significant fuel efficiency and widebody passenger comfort in a single-aisle aircraft. The A220 brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20% lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft. The A220 offers the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft. With an order book of 530 aircraft as of the end of November 2019, the A220 has all the credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100-to-150-seat aircraft market, estimated to represent 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.

Image: Airbus.

Air France orders an additional 10 Airbus A350-900s

The Air France-KLM Group has decided to place a firm order for 10 additional widebody Airbus A350-900s, which will take its total order for the type to 38 aircraft.

The A350 XWBs are intended to be operated by Air France.

Air France-KLM currently operates a fleet of 159 Airbus aircraft.

Photo: Airbus.

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