Air France increases services on its Paris – Cancun route

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Courtesy: Air France.

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.

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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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Air France: The La Première travel kit gets a makeover

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Air France offers its La Première guests a new exclusive kit complete with Carita beauty products. Adorning the La Première designer suite colours, and featuring the Air France brand’s iconic seahorse emblem, the comfort kit has an elegantly finished design. Intended as a true high-end gift with its ‘ribbon trim’ effect, passengers can freshen up and remain comfortable throughout their flight with a selection of 4 Carita luxury beauty products.

This new, practical and elegant comfort kit contains the essential beauty items and a range of extras for additional comfort. Designed for customers to take home with them after the trip, the kits are available in two colours and the model is renewed every six months.

The La Première comfort kit contains:

  • A facial moisturizing cream;
  • A relaxing eye mask;
  • Hand cream;
  • Lip balm;
  • An exclusive invitation for a unique beauty treatment at the Carita Faubourg Beauty institute*;
  • Ear plugs;
  • Comb;
  • A sleeping mask;
  • A pen.

Carita, an invitation for La Première guests to enter the world of augmented beauty

Luxury professional beauty brand, Carita, accompanies La Première guests on board air France flights equipped with the La Première designer suites. in addition to the products contained in the new La Première kit, the French cosmetics brand, specializing in augmented beauty, also offers cleansers and moisturizers for customers to use throughout the trip.

  • Milky Water cleanser, a gentle milky water solution for eliminating make-up and impurities;
  • Lagoon mist Toner, a soothing and hydrating spray that leaves the body sparkling clean and nourished;
  • Fluide de beauté 14 ultra-nourishing oil for the face, body and dry hair**;
  • 14 beauty body milk, a moisturizing body lotion that leaves the body feeling soft and silky smooth**.

*: 11, rue du Faubourg Saint honoré, Paris 8ème.

**: Exclusively available on board A380s equipped with the La Première suites.

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Air France introduces a new sleep suit for its La Première customers

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Courtesy: Air France.

Just like staying in a five-star hotel, a night’s sleep in Air France’s La Première cabin is a totally unique experience. To ensure the wellbeing of its passengers, Air France has once again paid careful attention to detail and is introducing its brand new sleep suit offered to passengers in La Première.

Presented in an elegant new felt pouch, the unisex sleep suit in high quality cotton is subtly embroidered with the Air France seahorse motif. An elegant souvenir that passengers can take with them after their trip, it can easily be worn at home.

To go with this sleep suit, passengers are also given a comfort kit, containing slippers, socks, a shoehorn and a shoe bag. Just like the new sleep suit, the kit is renewed every six months.

Air France La Première, a designer suite

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On board the Boeing 777, the new La Première cabin offers passengers a real designer suite, promising total privacy. Air France has dressed each suite with thick curtains, held back with leather tiebacks. A unique and daring concept, they enable the passenger to decide whether to be totally isolated or just partially. In an instant, the La Première seat turns into a fully-flat bed over two metres long. During the flight, each guest has their own personal 24-inch HD touch screen, one of the largest ever offered on board. When the passenger is ready to go to sleep, the crew members install a mattress on the seat, for impeccable comfort. They are then given a fluffy pillow and a Sofitel My Bed® duvet. With the curtains closed, the partition raised and the lighting subdued, the suite provides optimum comfort for a perfects night’s sleep.

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Boeing, Air France celebrate milestone delivery of airline’s 70th 777

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Boeing and Air France marked a milestone yesterday with the delivery of the airline’s 70th 777.

The French flag carrier has played a pivotal role is the success of the 777 program and was the launch customer for both the 777-300ER in 2004 and the 777 Freighter in 2009. Air France took delivery of its first 777-200ER in March 1998.

“The 777 range has been one of the pillars of Air France’s fleet growth,” said Frédéric Gagey, CEO of Air France. “The Boeing 777 has gained a reputation for its reliability, economic performance and comfort, offering our passengers the highest standards.”

Since the late 1950s when it took delivery of its first 707, Air France has operated nearly every commercial airplane Boeing has produced. Today, the 777 is the workhorse of the Paris-based carrier’s long-haul fleet, with the airline serving more than 179 destinations in 80 countries last year.

“Air France has successfully utilized 777 variants across both its passenger and cargo operations for two decades to remain at the forefront of commercial aviation in terms of performance, economics and passenger comfort,” said John Wojick, senior vice president Global Sales and Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We are honored that a carrier as prestigious as Air France has chosen the 777 to form the backbone of its long-haul fleet and are proud of our historic partnership that stretches back more than 60 years.”

Air France is part of the Air France-KLM Group, which is the second largest 777 operator in the world. The Group also has unfilled orders for 25 787 Dreamliners as well as lease agreements for an additional 12 787s.

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Air France to equip its fleet of Airbus A330 with its new travel cabins

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Air France is continuing to upgrade its long-haul cabins and will start to equip its Airbus A330 with its new travel cabins as from the end of 2017. These cabins have been developed in partnership with Zodiac Aerospace and currently equip 31 Boeing 777 in the Air France fleet. They are highly acclaimed by Air France customers: in 2015, Air France was voted the world’s most improved airline by Skytrax.

The entire fleet of A330-200 will be equipped by end 2018, for a total investment of 140 million euros. On its Airbus A330, Air France will offer 30 Business class seats, 21 Premium Economy seats and 175 Economy seats.

“Since the first flight equipped with the Best cabins to New York in June 2014, they have been highly acclaimed by our customers. If Air France is back among the best global airlines, this is partly thanks to our very high quality products and services. Equipping our Airbus A330 fleet with these cabins is the next logical step in the move upmarket of Air France’s products and services”, said Frédéric Gagey, Chairman and CEO of Air France.

Air France’s best travel cabins

In the Business cabin, Air France has designed a real cocoon in the sky. The seat adapts to the shape of each individual, from seating position to a real 2-metre long bed. The seat’s soft foam is designed to offer impeccable quality of sleep. With a soft duvet and XXL-sized feather down pillow, everything has been designed to ensure peaceful sleep among the clouds.

In Premium Economy, customers can enjoy the comfort of a new seat whose seat cushions have been developed by an ergonomist to further improve the comfort of the cabin. The wider seat reclines to 130° and also offers more legroom and more storage space for customers. In Economy, the seat offers more legroom, a new seat cushion, more comfortable headrests and a wider tray table.

Finally, each cabin has the latest high definition touch screen developed by Zodiac Inflight Innovations: RAVE. An intuitive screen that is used in the same way as a tablet and which enables passengers to find the entire Air France entertainment programme just by pressing their finger on the screen.

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Fly off to Houston and Luanda on board Air France’s new travel cabins

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Since 27 and 28 March 2016, Air France customers have been able to enjoy the comfort of the new long-haul travel cabins to Houston and Luanda from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

The progressive installation of the cabins on the Boeing 777 enables Air France to offer a daily flight to Houston (Texas, USA) and up to two weekly flights to Luanda (Angola).

On board the aircraft equipped with the latest travel cabins, customers can enjoy the new designer suites in La Première*, a cocoon in the sky in Business and fully redesigned seats in Premium Economy and Economy.

Schedules of flights equipped with the new cabins (in local time)

  • AF636: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:40, arrives in Houston at 14:15;
  • AF639: leaves Houston at 16:10, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 08:35;
  • AF928: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 22:05, arrives in Luanda at 05:05;
  • AF929: leaves Luanda at 21:10, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 06:15.

Air France’s best cabins

La Première guests each have a designer suite, ensuring optimum privacy. Air France has dressed each suite with thick curtains, held back with leather tiebacks. A unique and daring concept, they enable the passenger to decide whether to be totally isolated or just partially. In an instant, the La Première seat turns into a fully-flat bed over two metres long. With the curtains closed, the partition raised and soft lighting, the suite provides the passenger with complete privacy. During the trip, each guest has a personal 24-inch (61cm) HD touch screen, one of the largest ever seen on board.

In the Business cabin, Air France has designed a real cocoon in the sky. The seat adapts to the shape of each individual, from seating position to a real 2-metre long bed. At the heart of the curved structure, each passenger creates their own space, enveloping and protective, according to their desires. The seat’s soft foam is designed to offer impeccable quality of sleep. With a soft duvet and XXL-sized feather down pillow, everything has been designed to ensure peaceful sleep among the clouds. Each passenger has a wide 16-inch (41 cm) HD touch screen.

In Premium Economy, more comfortable seat cushions and a multi-position footrest further enhance this travel cabin. In Economy class, there is a new fully-revised seat, with more legroom, a new seat cushion, more comfortable headrests and a wider tray table.

*: On flights operated by Boeing 777-300 to Houston as from 8 April 2016.

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