In the current uncertain economic and geopolitical climate, Air France has chosen to only slightly increase capacity for its summer 2003 schedule, with a 1.8% increase in ASK (Available Seat-km).
After Africa in 2002, Air France will be targeting Asia in 2003. Air France will in particular be offering a high quality schedule to China, with new frequencies, larger aircraft and more convenient departure times
The measures taken this winter to boost domestic services (adapted capacity, a new fare scale, extension of self-service facilities etc.) have been very effective. They are therefore being renewed this summer, whereas the suspension of Air Lib`s operations has led to additional flights and the launch of new routes.
In Europe, apart from the numerous fare innovations, capacity is being adapted to the difficult economic climate on Northern European routes, whereas Air France is continuing to expand on routes to Southern and Eastern Europe.
In summer 2003, the Hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle will see the opening of the new Terminal E. This new terminal, to be launched on 17 June, will offer additional capacity and improve the quality of service.
LONG - HAUL SCHEDULE:
The long-haul schedule posts average growth of 1.8% for the summer season (end of March to end of October) and of 2.6% for the high season (mid June to mid September).
Routes to Asia post the biggest increase in capacity (up 11%).
There is a new high quality schedule to China:
* Beijing and Hong-Kong will continue to be served by a daily flight operated with the B747-400 instead of the B777 during the high season,
* There will be 12 weekly services to Shanghai, including one daily flight with an Air France B777, and 5 weekly flights operated by our partner China Eastern. The flight departure times have also changed, providing passengers with night flights on both the outbound and inbound routes.
There will be a daily service to Seoul with an Air France B777, in addition to the six weekly flights operated by Korean Air, member of SkyTeam. Another new feature is the agreement signed with Air Calédonie International, which will now be operating the Tokyo-Noumea and Osaka-Noumea segments with the A330. This partnership concerns five weekly Tokyo-Noumea services, and two Osaka-Noumea services, connecting from the Air France flights from Paris.
Finally, there will be three non-stop flights to Manila instead of four.
For futher details see www.airfrance.com