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Air France unveils its new Airbus A330 long-haul cabins

Air France has unveiled its new long-haul travel cabins exclusively available on board its Airbus A330s. The company offers a new travel experience in its Business (36 seats), Premium Economy (21 seats) and Economy (167 seats) cabins. 15 aircraft will be completely redesigned by 2020 thanks to a global investment of 140 million euros.

The first flight equipped with these new cabins connecting Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Accra (Ghana) took off on February 3, 2019.

Until the end of the winter season1, customers will thus be able to enjoy these cabins on flights to Accra (Ghana), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and Houston (USA). As from the 2019 summer season, the new Airbus A330 will progressively serve Accra (Ghana), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Cotonou (Benin), Lagos (Nigeria), Niamey (Niger), Bengaluru and Delhi (India) as well as Seattle, Chicago and Dallas (USA).

Business, peace of mind and conviviality

The new Business seat, adapted to the dimensions of the Airbus A330, offers an unparalleled travel experience.

Completely redesigned, the seat converts into a lie-flat bed that is 2m long and 57.1 cm wide for jet lag-free flying across time zones. Whether travelling alone or with a companion, the new seat adapts to every need. Customers can choose to enjoy greater proximity when they’re travelling with someone or total privacy thanks to a sliding panel separating the seats. The ambient lighting emphasizes the details of the new Business cabin’s decor where leather and the Air France brand’s symbolic accent have pride of place.

A brand new, extra-wide HD touch-screen measuring over 18.5 inches offers Business customers over 1,400 hours of entertainment. Its intuitive interface comes with a new more user-friendly handset.

The toilets, inspired from the cosmetics universe, and the self-service bar in a blue and Champagne colour scheme have also been redesigned with customers’ well-being and comfort in mind.

Premium Economy, even more comfort and services

In Premium Economy, relaxation and pleasure prevail.

Comfort has been redesigned and upgraded on the Airbus A330, with additional space:

– a 130° seat recline in a fixed shell,
– one of the widest seats on the market with 48.5 cm,
– 102 cm seat pitch,
– lumbar support adapted to different body shapes,
– additional storage space,
– a wider footrest
-and a 13.3 inch HD screen.

The softer seat cushions and wider leather armrests have also been redesigned.

On board all its long-haul aircraft, Air France also guarantees its customers moments of relaxation with a red feather pillow and a deep blue blanket. A comfort kit renewed every 6 months is also available. Between relaxation and gourmet delights, each passenger enjoys a personal power outlet and two USB ports as well as a wide choice of entertainment.

 

Economy, comfort for all

The Economy seat has changed to provide additional comfort –

– more space between the armrests,
– reinforced ergonomic foam in the seat and a 118° recline,
– 79 cm legroom,
– a larger tray table
-a wider, latest generation 11.6-inch 16:9 HD touch screen.

For an ever more comfortable trip, the company offers a range of redesigned accessories. A deep blue monochrome fabric signed with the accent, the symbol of the Air France brand, adorns the new cabin cushions and headrests. To accompany your most perfect dreams, a new bright red blanket, the company’s iconic colour, as well as collectible night masks, inspired by the company’s destinations, are also available.

The Economy seat is equipped with a personal power outlet and a USB plug, allowing customers to use their electronic devices throughout the flight. They can also enjoy a wide range of entertainment with the audio headset that they will find on their seat as soon as they settle in on board.

 

A connected trip with Air France Connect

On board all its redesigned Airbus A330 cabins, Air France offers its new Air France CONNECT Wi-Fi offer to stay connected throughout the flight. Customers can thus choose from 3 Wi-Fi passes, accessible from their personal devices (smartphone, tablet, laptop) –

  • A free “Message” pass

This allows customers to send and receive messages free of charge from their favourite apps on their smartphone or tablet throughout the flight. Customers can also access the airfrance.com website and the Air France app to consult or modify their reservations.

  • A “Surf” pass

This enables customers to surf the Internet and consult or send emails. Customers can use this service in the following way:

  • 3 euros for the entire duration of the trip on short-haul flights;
  • As from 5 euros for the entire duration of the trip on medium-haul flights;
  • 8 euros (2,700 Miles), for one hour or 18 euros (6,000 Miles) for the entire duration of the trip on long-haul flights.
  • A “Stream” pass

Available on all long-haul flights, this includes all the benefits of the Message pass and the Surf pass. The Stream pass allows you to benefit from a high-speed internet connection to enjoy streaming and downloading throughout the flight for just 30 euros (10,000 Miles).

The Air France CONNECT offer will gradually be extended to offer customers additional services and entertainment such as detailed flight information, shopping and a wide selection of films, TV series and documentaries to watch free of charge on their smartphone or tablet.

This Air France CONNECT offer will also be available on board the Boeing 787 and gradually installed on board the Boeing 777. The entire Air France fleet will be equipped with AIR FRANCE CONNECT by the end of 2020.

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Will Air France close out the Hop! brand?

Hop! For Air France Embraer ERJ 170-100STD F-HBXI (msn 17000310) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 939604.

Air France-KLM’s newly appointed CEO Benjamin Smith has expressed disdain for the Hop! brand, similar to the Joon brand, which is being phased out.

The Hop! subsidary is now likely to be phased out too with a new working name that incorporates the Air France main brand.

Hop! is the brand name of the regional flights operated by subsidiaries of Air France. Its flights are operated by Airlinair, Brit Air and Régional under the Hop! brand.

Smith has stated that the Hop! brand leads to confusion for the passengers who may be connecting to an Air France flight.

Top Copyright Photo: Hop! For Air France Embraer ERJ 170-100STD F-HBXI (msn 17000310) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 939604.

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Air France announces 4 new summer destinations

Air France Airbus A320-214 WL F-HEPK (msn 8127) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 942276.

Air France has made this announcement:

For the upcoming peak summer season, in July and August, Air France will for the first time be operating flights to Heraklion (Crete, Greece), Palermo (Sicily, Italy), Olbia* (Sardinia, Italy) and Split (Croatia) on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

4 new destinations on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle for the 2019 summer season

Copyright Photo: Yannick Delamarre.

4 destinations in continuation of the 2018 summer season on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle

Air France is extending and intensifying the frequency of its flights to Cagliari*, Dubrovnik, Ibiza and Bari from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, already operated in 2018. In addition, these four destinations will be served every weekend during the 2019 summer season.

The Greek city of Heraklion

Heraklion, the capital of Crete, is the ideal starting point to discover this sunny island. The island, with its whitewashed houses, beautiful sandy and pebble beaches and exceptional flora is an ode to hedonism.

The bright sunlight of Palermo

For centuries, many different cultures – including Roman, Arab, Punic and Norman – have shaped Palermo. From this mosaic of cultures was born a city with a harmonious and baroque portrait. Palaces, churches and buildings with Arabic-Norman architecture imbued with baroque style will delight aesthetes and history lovers alike. Palermo is a city whose beauty is uncontested. You can walk through its streets as if you were walking through a poem. The rugged coast offers many sun-drenched beaches with turquoise waters.

The happy city of Olbia

Olbia, which means “happiness” in Greek, is the starting point in Sardinia, its turquoise waters and unspoiled scenery. Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean, is an island tossed around by Phoenician, Roman, Genoese and Spanish cultures, among others. This land, whose geography varies from the hills where you can hear Sardinian shepherds whistling, to the coasts lined with turquoise waters, is certainly one of our most stunning destinations.

The beaches and palaces of Split

With sandy beaches and turquoise waters, a historic centre with sumptuous monuments and a port to sail to the beautiful islands of Dalmatia, Split is an ideal holiday destination. Croatia’s second largest city, located on the coast, is a delight for all beach lovers. The city is also home to a rich cultural and architectural heritage. It is home to the Diocletian Palace, an imposing monument dating back to the Roman Empire and inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

*flights operated by HOP! Air France
**compared to the 2018 summer season

Top Copyright Photo: Air France Airbus A320-214 WL F-HEPK (msn 8127) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 942276.

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Air France considers the future of Joon

Joon (Air France) Airbus A321-211 F-GTAK (msn 1658) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 942239.

Air France has made this announcement:

A project for Joon’s future

After much discussion with employees and customers alike, and in consultation with the unions, Air France has decided to launch a project studying the future of the Joon brand and the integration of Joon employees and aircraft into Air France.

Despite the many positive impacts of Joon, in particular the invaluable contribution of the teams at Joon who launched the company and worked with passion and dedication, the brand was difficult to understand from the outset for customers, for employees, for markets and for investors.

The plurality of brands in the marketplace has created much complexity and unfortunately weakened the power of the Air France brand.

Through integration, Air France would see many benefits thanks to fleet, brand, and product harmonisation. Managing the operation would be improved through a common fleet of aircraft. Air France will also be able to ensure a smooth transition of the Airbus A350, currently on order, to the Air France fleet with a more economical cabin configuration.

All Joon flights currently sold or for sale would of course be operated by Joon until the project is completed, and then taken over by Air France.

The simplification of the brand portfolio, while capitalizing on the Air France mother brand, is an undeniable asset for our employees, our customers, and indeed all stake holders. It would also enable Air France to complete this integration without impacting the efficiency of the Air France-KLM Group.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Joon): Joon (Air France) Airbus A321-211 F-GTAK (msn 1658) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 942239.

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Air France signs a new agreement with its flight attendants

Air France has made this announcement:

After the salary agreement signed on October 19, 2018 by the majority of Air France labor groups, representing 76% of the votes cast in the last elections, Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM, continued discussions with these social partners as part of their categorical negotiations.

On January 10, 2019 a new agreement has been signed between Air France and its cabin crew, with unanimous support from the three representative cabin crew unions at Air France – SNPNC, UNAC, and UNSA-PNC.

This signature successfully concludes the categorical discussions held over the past several weeks with representatives of commercial flight crews.

Improvements and Simplification

This balanced agreement represents a major step towards ensuring a strong future for flight attendants at Air France, as well as rebuilding the trust and confidence between cabin crew and the company’s management.

This agreement also improves the working conditions of cabin crew by resolving a number of their concerns. In turn Air France will be able to deliver better service to our customers, elevating the position of Air France in a competitive global marketplace.

Air France opens a revamped lounge at New York-JFK

Air France is unveiling a completely renovated dining area in its New York-JFK lounge. Business customers can thus enjoy the Night Service offer in a brand new setting, with a more convivial and contemporary feel.

As from February 2019, this Air France lounge will also introduce a range of new attentions dedicated to its customers’ well-being.

Located in terminal 1 at the New York airport, the Air France lounge is accessible to La Première, Business and Flying Blue Platinum and Gold members.

A new dining experience

After inaugurating its lounge for the first time in 2014, the company continues to offer its customers the best possible service, revamping its dining area dominated by white and wood tones.

In this area located on the mezzanine, new furniture and imitation leather couches, inspired by a Parisian brasserie, have been custom designed to offer a convivial atmosphere. Blue and grey tones along with atmospheric lighting have been added to create a more intimate atmosphere. The mezzanine floor has also been redesigned, incorporating light and anthracite grey shades. In total, the area is equipped with close to 34 tables for 2, a high table with 6 seats for dining opposite the runways and a round table seating 6.

Night Service – dine in the lounge and sleep on board

This new dining area has been designed to offer customers the Night Service. This service anticipates Business customers’ need to enjoy a good night’s sleep on night flights between New York and Paris. They can thus enjoy at no extra charge the same gourmet French meal in the airport lounge as the one served on board, with their meal served at their table. Each customer can thus enjoy a full meal comprising a starter, hot dish, cheese, dessert and a wine and Champagnes list.

During the flight, customers can enjoy a good night’s sleep in the comfort of the Business class cabin. A quiet, private cabin, with a guarantee of a peaceful night’s sleep in a seat that transforms into a lie-flat bed.  Customers with a very healthy appetite can choose to eat again during the flight.

When they awake, when the French coast looms on the horizon, breakfast is served before landing at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

Since the launch of the Night Service in 2016, close to 50% of customers travelling in Business class on night flights dine in the lounge.

Flights (in local time) qualified for the Night Service offer –

AF009: leaves New York – JFK at 22:50, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 12:00 the next day;
AF011: leaves New York – JFK at 21:30, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:50 the next day.
Flights operated daily.

Tbilisi, a new Air France destination

"Paris 2024 Candidate City" special markings

Air France has made this announcement:

For the 2019 summer season (March 31 to October 26, 2019), Air France will offer its customers Tbilisi (Georgia) on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. This route will be operated with two weekly flights (Wednesday and Sunday) from April 1, 2019.

Flight schedules (in local time):

AF1760: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 13:30, arrives in Tbilisi at 20:25;
AF1761: leaves Tbilisi at 9:00, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 12:10.
Flight operated on Wednesdays and Sundays by Airbus A320 on departure from Paris.

In addition, with its partner Georgian Airways, Air France customers will benefit from a total 5 weekly flights between Paris and Tbilisi (2 weekly flights operated by Air France and 3 weekly flights operated by Georgian Airways).

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Air France Airbus A320-214 F-GKXI (msn 1949) (Paris-Candidate City 2024 Olympic Games) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 941983.

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