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Air France Announces Summer Flight Schedule

The new Air France summer 2005 flight
schedule has been significantly expanded. Worldwide capacity, measured in
ASK (Available Seat Kilometers), will increase by 4.6% across the network
and by 5.9% in long-haul services. In the U.S., Air France’s capacity will increase in ASK by 10% with the
following new developments:

* Detroit Launch: On June 13, Air France adds Detroit as its 13th U.S.
gateway, with a new daily flight on an A330-200 aircraft configured with
219 seats: 40 in l’Espace Affaires (business class) and 179 in Tempo
(economy class). Flight AF373 offers a convenient a departure at 7:15
p.m., arriving at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 8:50 a.m. the following day.
The return flight from Paris, AF374, departs at 10:30 a.m. and arrives in
Detroit at 1:05 p.m. the same day. The new flight is equipped with Air
France’s New Travel Concept, offering 27% more space in l’Espace Affairs
with flatbeds and video on-demand, individual video screens in Tempo, and
other in-flight enhancements. * Additional Frequency in Cincinnati:
Effective May 9, Air France increases its presence in Cincinnati with a
daily seasonal flight on an A340-300 aircraft configured with 270 seats:
34 in l’Espace Affaires and 236 in Tempo. Complementing a code-share
flight with Delta, AF383 departs at 4:25 pm., arriving at Paris-Charles de
Gaulle the following day at 6:25 a.m. The return flight from Paris, AF382,
departs at 10:20 a.m. and arrives in Cincinnati at 1:25 p.m. *
Introduction of Third Frequency in Washington, D.C.: Air France customers
will enjoy a third daily frequency from Washington-Dulles to Paris-Charles
de Gaulle starting on May 9. Served by an A330-200 aircraft the flight
provides 211 seats: six in l’Espace Premiere (first class), 42 in l’Espace
Affaires and 163 in Tempo. Flight AF025 departs Washington, Dulles at 6:45
p.m. arriving at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 8:20 a.m. the next day. The
return flight from Paris, AF024, departs at 1:20 p.m. and arrives at
Washington-Dulles at 3:50 p.m. * Continental Code Share and SkyTeam
Partnership: Since February 26, 21 new U.S. destinations are offered on
departure from Paris via Houston or Newark with Continental. This makes a
total of 125 U.S. cities served by Air France or on a code-share basis
with SkyTeam partners Delta and Continental.

Marie-Joseph Male, Air France Vice President and General Manager, U.S.A.,
said: “With the U.S. being the largest Air France market outside of
France, we are excited about increasing our presence in America’s major
metropolitan areas. We now have more than 1,000 employees in the U.S.,
along with increased capacity and the rollout of our New Travel Concept
with superior comfort and in-flight amenities. In our growing role as a
global leader, we are committed to offering a caring and consistent
passenger experience, along with greater benefits and choices.”

Many Air France passengers from the U.S. travel beyond Paris with the
airline’s growing worldwide network within Europe, Africa, the Middle East
and Asia. At Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub, Air France has 17,900 weekly
medium- haul/long-haul connecting opportunities (49% more than Europe’s
second largest hub) - 94% of long-haul flights are non-stop to cut down on
traveling time, and at least 60% of the long-haul destinations are served
at least once daily.