Air France: New look for the Premium Economy comfort kit

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Since January 2017, Air France has been offering its Premium Economy customers a brand new travel kit on board long-haul flights. This new model aims to reflect the image of the Premium Economy cabin, with a relaxed, chic and dynamic design. Available in a choice of two colours, the new comfort kit highlights the accent, symbolizing the Air France brand.

Intended as a gift that customers can take home with them after the trip, the models are renewed every six months.

The Premium Economy comfort kit contains –

  • headphone protectors;
  • ear plugs;
  • toothbrush and toothpaste;
  • pair of socks;
  • eye mask.

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Air France inaugurates its Boeing 787’s first commercial flight to Cairo

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On 9 January 2017, Air France inaugurated its Boeing 787’s first commercial flight to Cairo. Customers can now travel to Cairo on board this innovative new aircraft up to 6 times a week. Equipped with the latest new travel cabins, the Boeing 787 has 30 seats in Business, 21 in Premium Economy and 225 in Economy.

Flights schedules for the Boeing 787 to Cairo (in local time)

AF570: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 14:30, arrives in Cairo at 20:00;

AF567: leaves Cairo at 1:35, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 5:30.

Flights operated on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Discover enchanting Cairo with Travel by Air France

There is a beautiful smell of jasmine in the gardens of Heliopolis, with rose sellers along the coastal path, where lovers walk hand in hand in the evening. The night is mild, laden with the smell of chichas. Cairo never seems to sleep, and never stop living. Everything is forgiven in Cairo, as something seems to make everything calm. Its Pyramids defy time and the nurturing river Nile flows from the heart of Africa.

Air France offers all curious, demanding and passionate travellers a digital and original travel blog called travelby.airfrance.com. With two new cities added each month, Cairo is one of the 100 or so destinations available.

On board the Boeing 787: the best of Air France

This innovative new-generation aircraft offers a unique travel experience:

  • the latest Air France cabins: a cocoon in the sky in the Business cabin (30 seats), and comfort for all in the new Premium Economy cabin (21 seats) and in Economy (225 seats);
  • a Wi-Fi connection on board adapted to the requirements and habits of customers (from 20MB to 200MB for a price ranging between €5 and €30);
  • mood lighting adapted to the different stages of the flight;
  • additional comfort and space with the new Premium Economy seats;
  • windows that are approximately 30% larger than on similar aircraft, equipped with an electronic window darkening system;
  • a lower cabin altitude and enhanced in-flight humidity levels for greater travel comfort.

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Air France welcomes its first Boeing 787

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At 9 am on Friday 2 December, Air France welcomed its very first Boeing 787. On this occasion, and as is our custom, firefighters at Paris-Charles de Gaulle gave the aircraft the traditional water salute.

Franck Terner, Air France CEO stated: “It is with great pride and honour today that Air France takes delivery of its first Boeing 787, the 9th in the Air France-KLM Group. The Boeing 787 marks a new step in the modernization of our fleet and will offer our customers the best Air France products”.

On board the Boeing 787 – the best of Air France

For Air France customers, the Boeing 787 has many assets –

– the latest Air France cabins – a cocoon in the sky in the Business cabin (30 seats) and comfort for all in the new Premium Economy cabin (21 seats) and in Economy (225 seats);

– a Wi-Fi connection on board adapted to the requirements and habits of customers (from 20MB to 200MB for a price ranging between €5 and €30);

– additional comfort and space with the new Premium Economy seats;

– windows that are approximately 30% larger than on similar aircraft;

– a lower cabin altitude and enhanced in-flight humidity levels for greater travel comfort.

Many operational assets

This new-generation aircraft has many operational assets including –

– fuel consumption reduced by about 20% compared with previous-generation aircraft, an asset that reduces the effects of a new increase in the price of fuel;

– a significant reduction in CO2 emissions (around 20%) and noise emissions.

Maintenance support by AFI KLM E&M

A major player on the aeronautical maintenance market, Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) provides maintenance support for the Air France KLM Group’s Boeing 787 fleet.

AFI KLM E&M offers the most comprehensive technical support for airlines on the market, particularly for new-generation aircraft fleets, ranging from engineering and line maintenance to engine overhaul and aero structure support (high composite capability with the new Hélios facility at Paris-CDG), modification capability (design and production certification), APUs, training (innovative digital tools), etc.

A major player for 787 maintenance, AFI KLM E&M has successfully developed a maintenance capability for the GEnx-1B powerplant, making it the first MRO present on this market, excluding engine manufacturer. A first customer has already signed up with AFI KLM E&M: Xiamen Air (China). AFI KLM E&M has extensive experience in Boeing 787 maintenance and since 2012 has carried out the 787 component support for several customer airlines (12 to date).

Air France and the Boeing 787: a series of discovery flights

In line with its passion for aircraft, Air France invites its customers and aviation lovers to come and discover the Boeing 787 on four inaugural flights around France on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 January 2017:

  • 7 January at 8:30 am: Corsica and the Mediterranean, flight AF787.
  • 7 January at 1:30 pm: Southwest – Gascony, flight AF789.
  • 8 January at 8:30 am: Brittany, flight AF787.
  • 8 January at 1:30 pm: Tour of France, flight AF789.

Air France’s Boeing 787 will make its first commercial flight to Cairo on 9 January 2017.

The Company will take delivery of a second aircraft in April 2017, which will serve Montreal starting 1 May 2017.

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Air France-KLM signs a partnership agreement with Gogo to equip its long-haul fleet with WiFi

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Courtesy: Air France – KLM.

On 29 September 2016, Air France-KLM signed a partnership agreement with Gogo, a world leader in broadband Internet provision and entertainment in the airline industry, to offer its customers connectivity services on board its long-haul flights.

68 Air France Boeing 777 and 15 Airbus A330 as well as 29 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 777 and 12 Airbus A330 will be equipped with WiFi on board starting from end 2017, a total of 124 long-haul aircraft.

With this new joint Air France and KLM agreement, the Group’s passengers will benefit from WiFi during their trip by staying connected around the world with their family, friends or business partners, on their smartphone, laptop or tablet. On the in-house Air France-KLM designed onboard portal a freely accessible environment is available where customers can find relevant information about their flight, arrange travel details and find entertainment beyond the state of the art seat-back inflight entertainment systems.

The 2Ku product from Gogo offers a future-proof platform based on the latest antenna technology, bringing flexibility to adapt to growing demands from our customers.

We want to offer our customers the best possible solution to stay connected. By installing the latest WiFi technology on board on more than 120 aircraft in our long-haul fleet, we are once again illustrating our ability to innovate and provide all our passengers with the best possible experience – Michel Pozas Lucic, Vice President Customer Innovation and Care at Air France-KLM.

Boeing 787 already equipped with WiFi
On Air France-KLM’s long-haul fleet, passengers already enjoy WiFi on board the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with currently 8 aircraft operated by KLM and the first aircraft operated by Air France as from 9 January next year. The Group’s Boeing 787, which offer WiFi on board, are equipped by Panasonic Avionics, and offer the same portal and products as planned on the rest of the long-haul fleet.

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Air France launches its new Paris – Oran route

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On 25 September 2016, Air France officially launched its new route between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Oran in Algeria.

Since 27 July 2016, Air France has been offering its customers a new service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Oran. Three weekly flights connect the two cities by Airbus A320 which seats 174 passengers, departing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

On board the Airbus A320, customers enjoy the very latest medium-haul travel cabins. Leather-upholstered seats throughout offer a new standard for travel in both Business Class and Economy Class. The entire cabin, with its harmonious and elegant design, offers passengers optimum travel comfort, ideal for working, resting, or enjoying refreshments before arriving at the destination.

Flight schedules (in local time)

    AF1530: departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 09:50, arrival Oran at 11:15;

    AF1531: departure from Oran at 12:30, arrival Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 16:05.

 (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday)

In addition, on departure from Oran, Air France customers benefit from optimized onward connections to Air France’s entire medium- and long-haul network from its hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

Discover Oran, the Radiant City, with Travel by Air France

Air France now offers all curious, demanding and passionate travellers a digital and original travel blog: travelby.airfrance.com. With two new cities added each month, Oran is one of the 104 destinations available. In this way, Air France customers can explore a wide selection of hidden restaurants, boutique hotels and scenic spots, drawn up by people who love their city (bloggers, e-influencers, journalists, etc.).

Air France has designed this guide not only as a source of inspiration to help customers choose a destination, but also as a real travel guide during their stay.

Air France-KLM in Algeria

Thanks to this new service, the Group now offers up to 32 weekly flights, three routes and two destinations in Algeria with its airlines Air France and Transavia:

3 weekly flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Oran, operated by Air France;

27 weekly flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Algiers, operated by Air France;

2 weekly flights from Lyon to Algiers, operated by Transavia.

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Air France increases services on its Paris – Cancun route

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To meet the strong market demand, Air France will fly to Cancun throughout 2017 from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, increasing the number of services to 4 weekly flights during the 2016-17 winter season, operated by Boeing 777-300 (468 seats) and 3 weekly flights during the 2017 summer season, operated by Boeing 777-200 (312 seats).

“By launching services by A380 on the Paris-Mexico City route in January 2016, Air France was the first airline to fly to Central and South America with the super jumbo. With today’s announcement of Paris-Cancun services throughout the year, which so far have been operated only in winter, Air France-KLM is confirming its development strategy on the Mexican market. These direct flights to Cancun all year round offer our French and European passengers direct access to the Riviera Maya, a very popular region with tourists”, said Patrick Alexandre, EVP Commercial, Sales and Alliances at Air France-KLM.

Flight schedules for the 2017 summer season (in local time):

AF650: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 12:15, arrives in Cancun at 16:05;

AF651: leaves Cancun at 18:20, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 11:00.

Flights operated on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Discover Cancun, gateway to Yucatan with Travel by Air France

Air France offers all curious, demanding and passionate travelers a digital and original travel blog: travelby.airfrance.com. With two new cities added each month, Cancun is one of the 104 destinations available. In this way, Air France customers can explore a wide selection of hidden restaurants, boutique hotels and scenic spots, drawn up by people who love their city (bloggers, e-influencers, journalists, etc.).

Air France has designed this guide not only as a source of inspiration to help customers choose a destination, but also as a real travel guide during their stay.

Air France-KLM, European leader to Central and South America and the Caribbean

During the 2016-17 winter season, the Air France-KLM group will operate up to 18 weekly flights to Mexico:

4 weekly flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Cancun, operated by Air France;

7 weekly flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Mexico City, operated by Air France;

7 weekly flights between Amsterdam-Schiphol and Mexico City.

Air France, the first airline to serve Mexico City by Airbus A380, also offers services between Paris and Mexico City on a codeshare basis with Aeromexico, providing a wide range of connecting opportunities on the Mexican airline’s domestic network.

Leader in Central and South America and the Caribbean in terms of seat capacity, Air France-KLM serves 27 destinations* in this region, and offers more than 261 weekly flights on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.

*: Aruba, Bogota, Bonaire, Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Cancun, Cali, Caracas, Cayenne, Curacao, Fort de France, Guayaquil, Havana, Lima, Mexico City, Montevideo, Panama, Paramaribo, Pointe à Pitre, Port au Prince, Punta Cana, Quito, Santo Domingo, Saint Martin, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro.

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Air France celebrates 50 years of presence in China

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In September 1966, Air France launched its Paris-Shanghai route and became the first European carrier to serve the People’s Republic of China. This shared history has led Air France and its staff to have a strong attachment to this country.

Air France ensures it adapts to the culture of Chinese customers and provides excellent personalized service combined with products developed exclusively for flights to and from China.

Air France-KLM is the leading European carrier in terms of capacity from Europe to China and offers 90 weekly flights linking the hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol to 9 destinations in Greater China: Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, Wuhan and Xiamen.

Over the past five decades, Air France-KLM has also strengthened its network. With its Chinese airline partners China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines, the Air France-KLM group offers up to 132 weekly flights to China.

On this occasion, Jean-Marc Janaillac, Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM declared: “We are very proud to be in Shanghai to celebrate 50 years of service between France and the People’s Republic of China. Air France has been present in mainland China since 1966 and has been investing continuously to strengthen its network connecting Europe to China. Air France and KLM were the first European airlines to fly to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou Chengdu, Wuhan and Xiamen. Today, Air France-KLM is the leading European carrier in terms of capacity from Europe to China and we will maintain our focus to further enhance our products, services and destination possibilities in China.”

Frédéric Gagey, Chairman and CEO of Air France added: “The first flight from France to China is at the heart of the Company’s history. Since then, we have been continuously striving to share our most innovative products on our Chinese routes: new travel cabins, personalized services, products developed exclusively for Chinese customers, the latest new aircraft etc. We must continue this momentum and help strengthen Air France’s presence in Greater China, where the company has already received several awards for its products and services.”

France – China, 50 years of history

In September 1966, the Boeing 707 “Château de Cheverny” launched the Paris-Shanghai route. Three different crews shared the 23-hour flight, with stopovers in Athens, Cairo, Karachi and Phnom Penh. Air France became the first European airline to fly to the People’s Republic of China.

Find out all about the 50-year history of flights from France to China at www.airfrancelasaga.com

The best of Air France to China

Since 1966, Air France has implemented tailor-made services for all customers travelling to and from China, before, during and after their trip.

At Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport, a special team of staff speaking Mandarin and Cantonese are available to assist customers with check-in, on arrival and when they have a connection.

On certain flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and China, customers can enjoy the latest Air France travel cabins, including the La Première designer suite, a cocoon in the sky in Business class, and comfort for all passengers in Premium Economy and Economy.

Crews have adapted their services specially to welcome Chinese passengers. Air France has launched an awareness programme to increase knowledge of Chinese culture among its flight attendants. This constant desire to provide excellent, welcoming service is embodied in both the body language and respectful language used. Furthermore, Chinese interpreters are present on board all the company’s flights to and from China.

During the trip, Air France takes great care to adapt itself to its passengers’ culture or diet and offers refined Chinese dishes as well as a truly French gastronomic experience. During the trip, the crew distribute menus that have been translated into Chinese to all passengers.

With refined dining, technological innovations and many other personalized services, Air France ensures unique moments of pleasure on board for all passengers.

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