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.
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.