Air France will deploy the A350-900 fleet on its transatlantic and Asia routes. The aircraft features a three class layout with 324 seats including 34 full-flat business, 24 premium economy and 266 economy class seats.
The Anglo-French engineering marvel and worldwide style icon, capable of crossing the Atlantic in less than three hours, was constructed jointly in Toulouse and in Filton, near Bristol.
Air France has revealed it will look to close low-cost airline Joon after it failed to catch the imagination of passengers. Originally planned as a carrier for millennial travellers, its staff and aircraft will now be reintegrated into Air France proper.
The Air France board of directors has appointed Anne Rigail as chief executive of the airline. The decision was taken during a board meeting earlier and follows the recommendation of Benjamin Smith, chief executive of Air France-KLM, and the approval of the Air France-KLM board.
Qantas and Air France customers will now have more options to travel between Europe and Australia via Asia following a renewed codeshare agreement between the two carriers.
Vietnam Airlines and Air France have announced the signing of a comprehensive strategic partnership allowing the two airlines to optimise their services between France, Europe and Vietnam and to strengthen their positions in a buoyant but highly competitive market.
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.