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Air France launches new service to Seattle/Tacoma

Air France Boeing 777-228 ER F-GSPY (msn 32305) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 907499.

On March 25, 2018, Air France began to offer its customers a nonstop service between Seattle/Tacoma and Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

Air France will operate up to 5 weekly peak season flights between Seattle/Tacoma and Paris-CDG on a Boeing 777-200 equipped with the latest cabins and a quality in-flight experience.

Air France returns to Seattle/Tacoma, their 12th U.S. gateway, to serve the growing customer base and Delta’s growing hub.

Flights will be operated 3 times weekly  on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

During peak summer season (June 19 – September 1), flights become five times weekly with additional Monday and Tuesday operations.

Air France celebrated the arrival of the inaugural flight from Paris with a ceremonial water cannon salute greeting the Boeing 777-200 and a gate side ribbon cutting led by Stéphane Ormand, Vice President and General Manager, USA – Air France KLM, along with Courtney Gregoire, Port of Seattle Commissioner; Stephen Metruck, Executive Director, Port of Seattle and Elizabeth Skinner, Air France Seattle’s Station Manager.

 

Air France’s In-Flight Experience:

  • The Business cabin features 180-degree flat beds, direct aisle access at every seat, HD inflight entertainment, video handset controls and more storage.
  • Premium Economy cabin provides 40% more space, individual power ports, larger table, and SkyPriority on the ground. Premium Economy cabin on 777-200s feature softer seat cushion, larger tray tables, and more foot rest positions.
  • The Economy cabin on the 777-200 fleet features an added inch of legroom, in-seat power ports and larger HD screens.
  • Passengers can experience the best that France has to offer with on-demand francophone film and music, menus by Michelin-starred chefs in Business, uniforms by Christian Lacroix, and complimentary French wines, beers, spirits, and Champagne in all cabins. 

A Powerful Network Between Europe and the US

With the new connection, Paris-Charles de Gaulle becomes a global hub, connecting passengers to over 160 cities in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India.

Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport

Air France and the Paris airport authority have invested over $743 million to enhance the customer experience by moving flight operations closer together in the newest facilities, opening pedestrian connection channels, adding clearer signage, and expanding passenger amenities. These new amenities include:

  • Interactive service kiosks, one hour of free Wi-Fi, refurbished lounges, expanded shopping and dining options.
  • The 24/7 Instant Paris transfer lounge with an airside hotel and other amenities in Hall L of terminal 2E, in addition to the six Air France lounges, welcomes connecting passengers travelling in all classes with more than three hours between flights or local passengers who wish to drop off their baggage the day before an early morning flight.
  • Air France reopened an expanded and completely redesigned Business class lounge in Hall L of Paris-CDG Terminal 2E on January 25, 2018. The new lounge features open kitchen dining, a well-being area staffed by Clarins beauticians, saunas, larger showers, and new digital art installations.

With over 270 transatlantic flights and a fleet of close to 140 aircraft, the joint venture between Air France-KLM, Alitalia and Delta Air Lines offers customers the benefits of a vast network offering more frequencies, preferential rates and harmonized services across the Atlantic. The joint venture allows customers to access more than 270 destinations beyond the 27 North American gateways and offers over 215 destinations beyond the 30 European gateways throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. This new destination in the US is in addition to the flights operated as part of the joint venture with Delta Air Lines.

Top Copyright Photo: Air France Boeing 777-228 ER F-GSPY (msn 32305) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 907499.

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Air France to restore two long-range routes next summer

Air France Boeing 777-228 ER F-GSPY (msn 32305) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 907499.

Air France (Paris) will be enhancing its flight schedule for summer 2016 with two additional routes. Starting in June 2016, Air France will begin service from New York (JFK) to Paris-Orly, in addition to the four daily frequencies to Paris Charles de Gaulle.

Beginning in April 2016, Air France will operate three weekly flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport.

The daily New York-JFK to Paris-Orly service will be operated by Boeing 777-200 aircraft, equipped with 309 seats – 35 in Business, 24 in Premium Economy and 250 in Economy.

This route is part of the transatlantic joint venture with Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and offers customers the possibility of arriving at Paris’ second busiest airport. It also enables passengers to easily connect with Air France’s domestic network on arrival at Paris-Orly.

Flight schedule (in local time)

AF37: Leaves New York-JFK at 18:05, arrives at Paris-Orly at 7:05 the following day;
AF32: Leaves Paris-Orly at 11:00, arrives at New York-JFK at 13:10.

Air France is supporting the resumption of commercial exchange with Iran and will serve Tehran from Paris-Charles de Gaulle three times a week (on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) starting in April 2016.

Flight schedule (in local time)

AF738: Leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:30, arrives in Tehran at 18:40;
AF755: Leaves Tehran at 7:15, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:55.

Background of the New York – Paris Route

The route was launched on July 1, 1946, by Douglas DC-4. The flight lasted 23 hours 45 minutes and carried 33 passengers on board.

In 1960, Air France served New York from Paris-Orly by Boeing 707 in 8 hours 15 minutes.

In 1970, JFK airport welcomed Air France’s Boeing 747-100, then the Concorde (1977), a romance that lasted more than 25 years. In 2009, New York was the first to welcome the Airbus A380.

Background of the Paris – Tehran Route

On April 29, 1946, Air France launched a scheduled route Paris – Marseille – Tunis – Benghazi – Cairo – Beirut – Baghdad – Tehran, with a flight every two weeks.

The nonstop Paris-Tehran route was suspended in October 2008.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. The restored Paris (Orly) – New York (JFK) route will be operated with Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft including the pictured 777-228 ER F-GSPY (msn 32305) arriving at Los Angeles International Airport.

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