Air France has entered into exclusive discussions with HNA Group for the sale of its in-flight catering unit Servair with a view to creating the world-class leader in inflight catering. Following the takeover of gategroup by HNA on earlier this month, gategroup is now stepping into the transaction, acquiring control over Servair as of January 1st.
Boeing and AerCap have delivered the first 787 to Air France. The airplane, a 787-9, signifies the delivery of AerCap’s 50th Dreamliner and will be deployed on Air France’s Paris to Cairo route starting in January. The airplane is also the 500th 787 produced on Boeing’s production lines.
Air France will be offering up to two weekly flights to Barbados from Paris-Orly with a connection in Pointe à Pitre or Fort de France. The flights from Pointe à Pitre and Fort de France to Barbados will be offered on a code-share basis with Air Antilles and operated by ATR 72 and ATR42. On these flights, the company’s customers will also earn Miles as part of the Flying Blue loyalty program.
Air France s introducing its brand new sleep suit offered to passengers in La Première, which the carrier claims is an “elegant” souvenir that can be worn at home. Passengers are also given a comfort kit, containing slippers, socks, a shoehorn and a shoe bag.
Air France is offering its customers in the UK and Germany the opportunity to purchase their tickets with PayPal on the online booking website and the Air France app. Customers can now pay for their plane tickets simply and quickly with PayPal, without having to enter their credit card numbers each time they make a booking.
An Air France flight travelling from Mauritius to Paris has made an emergency landing in Kenya after a suspect package was found on board. Flight AF463, carrying 459 passengers and 14 crew members, had left Mauritius at 21:00 local time on Saturday and was due to arrive in Paris Charles de Gaulle at 05:50 local time.
Air France will launch a new service between Paris Charles de Gaulle and Glasgow next summer. From March 27, the airline will operate a daily service, using a 131-seat A318, on the route.
Etihad Airways has expanded its strategic cooperation with Air France-KLM through a several hundred million US dollar component maintenance agreement for its Boeing 777 fleet. The ten-year deal, effective February 2016, provides Etihad Airways and its equity partners with access to an extensive global pool of components offered by Air France-KLM’s maintenance arm, Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance, for the wide-body aircraft through the 777 Component Services Program jointly operated with Boeing.
Air France chief executive Frédéric Gagey and Gilberto López Meyer, general director of Mexico’s Civil Aviation Authority, have signed an agreement formalising the arrival of the A380 in Mexico. From January 2016, Air France will offer three flights a week to Mexico with its super-jumbo jet via seamless connections at Paris-Charles de Gaulle. From the end of March 2016, the aircraft will fly between Paris and Mexico daily.
France has introduced its new Best & Beyond cabins on flights to Los Angeles and Washington. Customers travelling to Los Angeles and Washington can now enjoy the new Best & Beyond Business Class cabin and the fully-renovated seats in Premium Economy and Economy.
A Boeing 777 operated by Air France narrowly missed crashing into Mount Cameroon earlier this month French investigators have revealed. Flight AF953 was travelling from Malabo, capital of Equatorial Guinea, to Douala, the largest city in Cameroon, when it came close to Africa’s highest mountain.