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

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Courtesy: Air France.

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.

Source: Air France.

Air France launches a new service to Krakow in Poland

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Courtesy: Air France.

From 4 July to 28 August 2016, Air France will offer its customers a new service linking Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Krakow airport (Poland). Four weekly flights will connect the two cities by Airbus A319, with a seating capacity of 143, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Sundays, frequencies will be operated by Airbus A318, equipped with 131 seats.

On board the Airbus A319, customers will benefit from the new medium-haul travel cabins. The leather seats available for all customers offer a new travel standard in Business and Economy. The elegant and comfortable cabin offers passengers optimum travel comfort, ideal for working, resting or enjoying refreshments before arriving at destination.

Moreover, on departure from Krakow, Air France customers will be able to take advantage of optimized connections with the entire Air France medium and long-haul network from its hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

Krakow receives over 10 million travellers each year. With its historic centre and numerous other sites in the region listed on UNESCO’s world heritage list, the city is internationally renowned as an exceptional tourist destination. Also famous for hosting major international events, Krakow will be the venue for World Youth Day this summer. Moreover, some fifty international companies have invested in the region, making it a very dynamic and attractive city for business travellers.

Flight times (in local time)

AF1130: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 15:55, arrives in Krakow at 18:10;
AF1131: leaves Krakow at 19:20, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 21:30.(Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday)

Air France-KLM in Poland

This winter, the Air France-KLM Group offers up to 55 weekly flights to two destinations in Poland – Warsaw and Krakow. As from February 2016, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will increase its services to Krakow with up to 14 weekly flights on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol. In summer 2016, Air France will operate four new weekly frequencies between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Krakow, complementing KLM’s offer.

Source: Air France.

The “Air France, France is in the air” exhibition comes to Paris

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Courtesy: Air France.

The “Air France, France is in the air” exhibition created by Air France is making a stopover in Paris as from tomorrow and until 21 September 2014. A unique opportunity for the general public to discover French-style travel by Air France at a legendary place in Paris, the Grand Palais. Before coming to Paris, this free exhibition started its journey in Shanghai in May and stopped off in New York in June, where it attracted over 11,000 visitors.

A poetic journey into the world of Air France

For young and old, seasoned travellers and newcomers, Air France invites everyone to discover its new travel concept and its entire range of new long-haul cabins in a unique exhibition.

The “Air France, France is in the air” exhibition leads visitors on a journey through real and virtual experiences so that everyone can experience the new Air France universe with interactive animations. An opportunity to also immerse yourself in history through the legendary collaborations that over the past 80 years have contributed to making Air France an iconic brand.

To guide visitors through the exhibition, a mobile app can be downloaded as from today on Apple Store and Google Play. It accompanies visitors and provides an experience enhanced with additional content and augmented reality experiences for children.

Attention, high quality and pleasure are the event’s watchwords, as well as the convictions that guide Air France in its commercial conquest and move upmarket, whose aim is to provide the best product on the market while making a difference with optimum service.

The “Air France, France is in the air” Exhibition – useful information:

13 and 14 September and from 17 to 21 September 2014 at the Grand Palais 3, avenue du Général Eisenhower – 75008 Paris, free admission. For more details on the exhibition and the opening times go to:

Source: Air France.

Air France apresenta o primeiro Boeing 777 equipado com as novas cabines

“Versão em Português / The English version is after the Portuguese version.”

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No dia 24 de Junho de 2014, a Air France apresentou o seu primeiro Boeing 777 equipado com suas novas cabines. O voo AF008 decolou ontem de Paris – Charles de Gaulle às 19:10 CEST para Nova York.

Pela primeira vez, os clientes foram capazes de desfrutar da nova cabine da Classe Econômica, oferecendo conforto de viagem ideal, e a Classe Econômica Premium, oferecendo 40% de espaço adicional. Eles também descobriram uma nova Business Class, um real “casulo” no céu.

Estas cabines estão sendo progressivamente instaladas em 44 Boeing 777, o coração da frota de longo alcance da Air France:

  • Quase 10,000 assentos na Classe Econômica
  • Mais de 1,100 assentos na Classe Econômica Premium
  • 2,102 novos assentos da Business Class

As novas cabines estarão disponíveis até o final de 2014 para Singapura, Jacarta, Tóquio – Haneda, Houston e Xangai. Duala, Dubai e São Paulo receberão as novas cabines no início de 2015.

Fonte: Air France.


Air France inaugurates the first Boeing 777 equipped with its new cabins

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Courtesy: Air France.

June 24, 2014, Air France inaugurated its first Boeing 777 equipped with its new cabins. Flight AF008 took off yesterday from Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 19:10 for New York.

For the first time, customers were able to enjoy the new Economy cabin, offering optimum travel comfort, and Premium Economy, with 40% additional space. They also discovered the new Business class, a real cocoon in the sky.

These cabins are being progressively installed on 44 Boeing 777, the heart of Air France’s long-haul fleet:

  • Close to 10,000 Economy seats
  • More than 1,100 Premium Economy seats
  • 2,102 new Business class seats

The new cabins will be available by the end of 2014 to Singapore, Jakarta, Tokyo-Haneda, Houston and Shanghai. Douala, Dubai and Sao Paulo will follow early 2015.

Source: Air France.

Air France Airbus A380 lands in Hong Kong

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Courtesy: Air France.

During the summer 2014 season, Air France is serving Hong Kong with a daily flight, operated at night on the way there and back, thus making it easier for customers to rest prior to arrival at destination.

From 27 May and up to 8 June 2014 and from 16 to 22 June, this flight is operated 4 times a week by Airbus A380 and 3 times a week by Boeing 777-300. From 9 to 15 June and from 23 June to 25 October 2014, this daily frequency will be exclusively operated by the Air France superjumbo.

Served by Air France for the past 75 years, Hong Kong is the second destination in China to be served by the A380 after Shanghai.

A380’s Time Table (local time):

From 27 May to 8 June and from 16 to 22 June 2014, flights on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday will be operated by A380. From 9 to 15 June and from 23 June to 25 October 2014, the flight will be operated by A380 on a daily basis.

  • AF 188: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 23:25, arrives in Hong Kong at 17:20 the following day
  • AF 187: leaves Hong Kong at 00:50, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 08:h00 the same day

Source: Air France.

Qatar Airways to debut its second A380 on the Doha to Paris route from July


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Qatar Airways’ highly anticipated arrival of its A380 fleet moved another step forward today, with the announcement that from this summer the airline’s second A380 aircraft will commence operations on the Doha to Paris Charles De Gaulle route from Doha’s new hub, Hamad International Airport.

With a highly customised interior to meet the five-star standard for Qatar Airways passengers, the airline’s new A380s will undoubtedly be the talk of travellers at Qatar’s new Hamad International Airport when services commence.

Qatar Airways recently announced that the first of its 13 A380 aircraft on order will commence operations on the QR003 and QR004 London-Heathrow route from 17th June. Following this, the airline has now confirmed that its second A380 will be used to fly to Paris Charles De Gaulle airport from Doha from the 3rd July, on QR39 and return on QR40.

Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “It is yet another significant moment for our airline as we welcome these new aircraft into our rapidly expanding fleet. Operating on the Doha to Paris Charles De Gaulle route, these aircraft, with their customised cabins and five-star specifications, will set a new level of comfort for our passengers, who will also benefit from the smooth and pleasant passenger experience at the world’s newest hub, Hamad International Airport – the soon to be home of Qatar Airways.”

Courtesy: Qatar Airways.

Courtesy: Qatar Airways.

Featuring a tri-class configuration of seating in First, Business and Economy Class, over two decks, the A380 is the largest passenger jet in the world and will provide a superior traveller experience to the Qatar Airways’ customers.

The new First Class A380 seat, recently revealed at the world’s leading travel show, ITB Berlin, features a 90-inch seat pitch, transforming into a fully flat bed, together with an expansive choice of entertainment options displayed on individual 26-inch television screens.

Hamad International Airport (HIA), Qatar Airways new home as of 27th May, has been designed to specifically cater to the A380 aircraft, with six contact gates designed especially for the superjumbo. In addition, the maintenance hangar at HIA – which is the largest in the world – is able to accommodate two A380s simultaneously.

Source: Qatar Airways.


Air France revela sua nova Classe Executiva

“Versão em Português / The English version is after the Portuguese version.”

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  • Conforto e liberdade em um design único.
  • Um assento com reclinação total para o sono perfeito.
  • Cada passageiro tem acesso direto ao corredor.
  • Tela touch screen com 16 polegadas (41 cm) e mais de 1,000 horas de entretenimento

A Air France continua com seu luxo e está lançando o seu novo assento da Classe Executiva, para uma experiência de viagem totalmente renovada.

No total, 2,102 assentos serão instalados entre Junho de 2014 e o Verão de 2016 em 44 Boeing 777,  a principal aeronave da frota de longo alcance da companhia aérea.

Cada detalhe foi especialmente modelado para dar ao assento o seu design único. O passageiro é imediatamente envolto pelas curvas do assento, tendo a sensação de estar em um “casulo” acolhedor.

Este “casulo” real, com seus toques finais particularmente refinados (estofos em pele, pesponto) fornece um nível ideal de conforto e oferece a perspectiva de um sono perfeito.

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A nova Classe Executiva da Air France foi desenvolvida com o pensamento dos 3 “F”:

  • Full flat: O assento se converte em uma cama – para cruzar fusos horários sem fadiga;
  • Full access: Acesso Direto ao corredor, independentemente da localização do assento na cabine;
  • Full privacy: Uma área protegida pelas curvas do assento, proporcionando privacidade nos céus.

Especialmente feito para a companhia, este assento foi desenvolvido pela Zodiac Aerospace, uma fábrica renomada na produção de assentos para aeronaves. O design único criado por Mark Collins da Design Investment, especializada em alta qualidade no mundo dos transportes e pela agência de branding, Brandimage.

Buscando oferecer o máximo de conforto nos céus, a Air France contou com a ajuda de clientes, designers, especialistas em ergonomia, e funcionários da companhia para criar o novo design.

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Na Classe Executiva, os clientes terão uma grande tela touch screen oferecendo imagens em alta definição.

Esta tela de 16 polegadas oferece uma única navegação a bordo similar a um tablet. Com a interface de usuário completamente remodelada em 12 idiomas (Alemão, Árabe, Chinês, Coreano, Espanhol, Francês, Holandês, Inglês, Italiano, Japonês, Português do Brasil, e Russo), o passageiro poderá escolher um programa entre mais 1,000 horas de entretenimento disponíveis.

As primeiras impressões:

  • Um assento que se converte em uma cama para máximo conforto;
  • Acesso direto ao corredor;
  • Arquitetura curvada, provendo a sensação de privacidade;
  • O assento apresenta todas as últimas tecnologias: handset touch screen, headphones com redutor de ruídos, porta USB, tomada elétrica, e uma grande tela touch screen de alta definição.
  • Cabeceira acolchoada com logo da Air France;
  • Encosto de cabeça ajustável e feito de couro macio.
  • Áreas de armazenamento diversas e ao alcance da mão;
  • Edredom, e travesseiro de penas grande;
  • Alta qualidade de acabamento: costura, couro, e tecidos.

No âmbito do seu plano de transformação de 2015, a Air France continua desenvolvendo o luxo de toda a sua gama de produtos e serviços chamados “Best & Beyond”. Com um investimento de mais de 500 milhões de euros, este projeto tem por objectivo colocar a companhia aérea no melhor nível possível, em termos de produtos e de fazer a diferença, com uma atitude solidária para com os seus clientes.

Fonte: Assessoria de Imprensa da Air France.

Créditos pelas imagens e vídeo: Air France.


Air France unveils its new Business class seat: A cocoon in the sky

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• A unique design for more comfort and freedom

• A fully flat seat bed for perfect sleep

• Direct aisle access for each passenger

• A 16-inch (41 cm) high definition touch screen with over 1,000 hours of entertainment

Air France is continuing its move upmarket and is today unveiling its new Business class seat, for a completely renewed travel experience.

In total, 2,102 seats will be installed between June 2014 and summer 2016 on 44 Boeing 777, the core of Air France’s long-haul fleet.

Every detail has been specially modelled to give the seat its unique design. The passenger is instantly enveloped in its graceful curves into a cocoon-like state of special care.

This real cocoon, with its particularly refined finishing touches (leather upholstery, topstitching) provides an ideal level of comfort and offers the prospect of a perfect sleep.

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The new Air France Business class seat was developed around the concept of 3 “F”:

  • Full flat: The seat converts to a fully flat bed – for crossing time zones without fatigue;
  • Full access: Direct access to the aisle, regardless of the seat’s location in the cabin;
  • Full privacy: A protected area through the seat’s enveloping curves, providing a true bubble of privacy in the sky.

Specially designed for Air France, this seat was developed in collaboration with Zodiac Aerospace, a world leader in the manufacture of aircraft seats. Its unique design was specially created by designer Mark Collins of Design Investment, specialized in the world of high-end transportation and by the design and branding agency, Brandimage.

Seeking to offer the ultimate in comfort in the sky, Air France engaged customers, company employees, designers and ergonomic experts in the seat’s cooperative design effort.

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In the Business cabin, customers have a wide touch screen offering a high definition image.

This 16-inch (41 cm) screen offers a unique onboard navigation experience similar to a tablet. With a completely redesigned user interface and available in 12 languages (French, English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, Italian, Dutch, Russian and Arabic), choosing an entertainment program from over 1,000 hours of entertainment has never been so easy and intuitive.

At a glance:

  • A seat that converts into a completely flat bed for maximum comfort;
  • Direct aisle access for every passenger;
  • An enveloping structure of curves, providing a feeling of privacy;
  • A seat that features all of the latest technology: a wide high definition touch screen, a touch screen handset, electrical outlet, USB port and new noise-reduction headphones;
  • A padded headboard, an Air France signature feature;
  • An adjustable soft leather headrest;
  • Space and multiple storage areas close at hand;
  • A delicate-to-the-touch duvet, a XXL feather down pillow;
  • High quality, down to the finishing: leather, choice fabrics, stitching

Within the framework of its Transform 2015 plan, Air France is continuing to develop the move upmar-ket of its entire range of products and services called “Best & Beyond”. With an investment of over 500 million euros, this project aims to place Air France at the best possible level in terms of products and to make a difference with a caring attitude towards its customers.

Source: Air France press office.

Credits to the images and video: Air France.