Air France has announced that for the first time the airline operated the A380 between Paris and Montreal, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Air France in Canada, the flight is also in the lead up to regular Air France A380 services to Montreal from 9 May 2011. The full media release from Air France can be read below: 1st A380 flight to Montreal Yesterday, for the very first time, Air France operated the A380 between Paris and Montreal. The aircraft operated the outbound and return flights AF 346 and AF 347 between the French capital and Montreal. The event celebrated the 60th anniversary of Air France presence in Canada. Starting on 9 May 2011, the A380 will operate this route daily. Bookings will be possible as from 8 October 2010. Montreal will be the 4th destination served by the Air France A380, after New York in November 2009, Johannesburg in February 2010 and Tokyo in September 2010. The aircraft’s main deck is the equivalent size of the Boeing 777-200 and the upper deck the size of an Airbus A340-300. Air France can therefore rationalize its frequencies on busy routes by replacing two flights which leave at similar times by one flight, while offering the same number of seats and reducing costs by 20%. Air France’s A380 currently offers three cabin classes with 538 seats, including 9 in the La Première cabin (First) on the main deck, 80 in Business class on the upper deck and 449 in Voyageur (Economy) located on both decks. Starting in summer 2011, the A380s will be progressively equipped with the Premium Voyageur cabin, located between the Business and Voyageur cabins, with a cabin configuration of 9 seats in La Première, 80 in Business, 38 in Premium Voyageur and 389 in Voyageur. With less than 75 g of CO2 produced per passenger per kilometre, the A380 is one of the most environmentally-friendly aircraft and the quietest in its category. Its large cabin offers passengers more space and comfort. On board this aircraft, Air France offers different lighting environments adapted to the various stages of the flight, meeting and relaxation areas and a brand new in-flight entertainment system with wider screens. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Air France presence in Canada, on Thursday 7 October 2010 an Air France A380 operated flights AF 346 and AF 347 between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Montreal for the very first time. In Canada, Air France and KLM operate flights to Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver from their hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol, with 64 weekly flights in summer 2010 at peak times. The flight schedule provides passengers with connections all over the world.
Air France and KLM have announced they have launched a new mobile website at mobile.airfrance.com and KLM.com along with mobile applications for the iPhone, and also soon for the blackberry. The new mobile applications will be available in 6 different languages and will allow passengers to: Change and modify tickets at no extra charge Check in, also for all those travelling with them** Choose their seat on the seat map Book their Siège Plus for extra legroom (on the Air France mobile site), or a seat in the Economy Comfort zone (on KLM.com for mobile) Purchase additional baggage allowance at a discountReceive their boarding pass by SMS or e-mail, which travellers can either display directly on their mobile phone upon boarding, or print out at the airport If they need to, cancel their check-in at any time up to the latest check-in time Consult real-time flight information from their mobile phone and check the departure terminal, or the exact landing time of a flight consult the timetable for the coming year and also access Air France, KLM and Flying Blue contact details worldwide If they need to check details of their booking, customers can enter their booking code or Flying Blue membership number to access all their flight details. The full media release from Air France KLM can be read below: Air France and KLM launch their new mobile websites and free apps Amstelveen – 2010-09-24 AIR FRANCE AND KLM LAUNCH THEIR NEW MOBILE WEBSITES AND FREE APPS a world exclusive: possibility to change tickets (only fares which can be adjusted at no extra charge) arranging extra comfortable seats, extra baggage, and more and to book tickets before the end of the year 2010. Air France and KLM have launched their new mobile websites: mobile.airfrance.com and KLM.com for mobile. Their respective free applications for iPhones are available via the iPhone App Store, and soon as well for BlackBerry’s via BlackBerry App World. With Air France and KLM’s mobile websites, available in six languages*, travellers can: for the first time ever worldwide, change tickets that can be modified at no extra charge. Passengers can thus adjust their booking and arrange their new flight in just a few clicks, in case of a change in their schedule. And of course, > check in, also for all those travelling with them** > choose their seat on the seat map > book their Siège Plus for extra legroom (on the Air France mobile site), or a seat in the Economy Comfort zone (on KLM.com for mobile) > purchase additional baggage allowance at a discount > receive their boarding pass by SMS or e-mail, which travellers can either display directly on their mobile phone upon boarding, or print out at the airport > if they need to, cancel their check-in at any time up to the latest check-in time > consult real-time flight information from their mobile phone and check the departure terminal, or the exact landing time of a flight consult the […]
Air France has announced a code share agreement with Russian Airline Aeroflot, the agreement came into effect from 20 September 2010 allows Air France to sell seats on Aeroflot flights from Moscow to the following six destinations in Russia: Khabarovsk Novosibirsk Krasnoyarsk Irkutsk Yekaterinburg Nizhnevartovsk The agreement will also allow Aeroflot to seats on Air France flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to the following destinations: Lyon Marseille Strasbourg Toulouse Before this agreement Air France and Aeroflot only code shared on the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Mosco- Sheremetyevo route. The full media release from Air France can be read below: Air France: new code-share flights with Aeroflot Monday 20 September 2010 – Launch of sales on 20 September 2010 – Flights start on 24 October 2010 As from today, Monday 20 September 2010, Air France and Aeroflot have started to commercialize code-share flights beyond their respective hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Moscow-Sheremetyevo. In this way, Air France now sells flights with AF flight numbers to six destinations in Russia, operated by Aeroflot from Moscow to Khabarovsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg and Nizhnevartovsk. In the same way, Aeroflot sells flights with SU flight numbers to four destinations in France, operated by Air France from Paris to Lyon, Marseille, Strasbourg and Toulouse. These code-share flights will start operating on 24 October 2010. In this way, Air France and Aeroflot are implementing the cooperation agreement signed in March 2010. This agreement is in addition to the one already in force between the two airlines since 2002 which only concerned flights between Paris and Moscow. Thanks to this new code-share agreement, Air France and Aeroflot can now offer their customers an improved quality of service by providing easier access to their respective networks.
Air France have announced that Premium Voyageur Air France’s Premium Economy Class will soon be available to 50 destinations The full media release from Air France can be read below: Premium Voyageur: now available to close to 50 destinations Friday 10 September 2010 As from this weekend, with Conakry, Air France will be offering the Premium Voyageur cabin on flights to 49 long-haul destinations. Next month, this new cabin class, launched in October 2009, will be available on Air France’s entire international long-haul network on flights operated by the Boeing 777, Airbus A340 and A330. For a very competitve fare, with Premium Voyageur, passengers can enjoy a private cabin, with 40% more space, a 48 cm-wide seat which reclines to 123°, in a fixed shell to preserve each passenger’s privacy. Air France is the first European airline to offer a seat which reclines within a fixed shell in an intermediate cabin. Passengers also benefit from Business class comfort with the amenities kit, the feather pillow and the pure new wool blanket. The meal service is the same as in the Voyageur (Economy) cabin. At the airport, Premium Voyageur customers benefit from priority check-in desks, a free baggage allowance of two pieces weighing up to 23 kg each, boarding at their convenience and priority baggage delivery on arrival.
Air France has just announced that it will be offering two new daily non-stip services from Toulouse to Düsseldorf and Hamburg from 1 November 2010 The full media release from Air France can be read below: Daily non-stop flights to Düsseldorf and Hamburg from Toulouse Thursday 9 September 2010 Starting on 1 November 2010, Air France will be increasing the number of flights on offer on departure from Toulouse with two new daily non-stop services to Düsseldorf and Hamburg* (except Saturdays). The Toulouse – Düsseldorf route will be operated by Régional, an Air France subsidiary, by Embraer 145 with 50 seats. The Toulouse – Hamburg route will be operated by Brit Air, an Air France subsidiary, by CRJ700 with 72 seats. Air France’s flights to Düsseldorf and Hamburg complete Air France’s offer in Europe on departure from Toulouse which already operates daily flights to Amsterdam, Milan, Rome and Geneva. Schedules Toulouse – Düsseldorf On departure from Toulouse: Departure at 14:50, arriving at 16:50 – daily flight On departure from Düsseldorf:Departure at 17:20, arriving at 19:10 – daily flight Other routings are also possible via Lyon or Paris-CDG. Düsseldorf, one of Europe’s main cultural and economic centres which specializes in fashion, organizes over 30 national and international fairs every year. In 2003, the city of Toulouse signed a cooperation agreement with Düsseldorf in the cultural and tourism sectors. Toulouse – Hamburg On departure from Toulouse: Departure at 08:15, arriving at 10:30 Monday to Friday Departure at 14:45, arriving at 17:00 on Sunday On departure from Hamburg: Departure at 17:40 arriving at 19:55 Monday to Friday and Sunday The flight times to and from Hamburg enable passengers to make a day return. Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, is a world leader in medical technology and biotechnology and specializes in chemistry, high technology and the aviation industry. The launch of this new route now links EADS’s two most important sites.
Air France A380 First Flight into Tokyo released Air France has released video of the first flight of an Air France A380 landing in Tokyo Japan. Enjoy
Air France has announced from next week it intends to start flights Air France Premium Voyageur Class to both Boston and Doaula. Premium Voyageur is Air France’s Premium Economy Class, from next week Air France will operate Premium Voyageur class to the following destinations: Abidjan Beirut Boston Doala Mumbai Cairo Dakar Detroit Dubai New York Newark Buenos Aires Rio de Janeiro Hong Kong Washington Houston Seoul Luanda Los Angeles Libreville Lagos Mexico City Tokyo Yaoundé Chicago Beijing Port Harcourt Shanghai Sao Paulo Singapore Montreal The full media release from Air France can be read below: Premium Voyageur: 2 new destinations Air France continues the deployment of the Premium Voyageur cabin class on its long-haul network. Next week two additional Air France destinations, Boston and Doaula, will be operated with aircraft equipped with this new intermediate cabin. Premium Voyageur will be available to seven destinations in the United States – Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York-JFK, Newark, and Washington – and nine in Africa: Abidjan, Dakar, Cairo, Douala, Libreville, Johannesburg, Lagos, Luanda and Yaoundé. Today Premium Voyageur is available on over half of Air France’s international long-haul network. All international Boeing 777-200s and 777-300s are equipped with this cabin class from now on and so will all the Airbus A330s and A340s by the end of this year. By then, the whole of the Air France international network will have Premium Voyageur available. Premium Voyageur, an intermediate cabin class, is designed for business customers that presently travel in economy class but are seeking additional comfort at a lower fare than business class. With Premium Voyageur, Air France completes its product offer on its long-haul network and adapts its range of products to suit customers’ new requirements. At an extremely competitive fare, customers have a private cabin with 40% extra space, a 48cm-wide seat that reclines to 123° in a fixed shell. This new product has received high customer satisfaction and is appreciated for the enhanced comfort and good value for money it offers. 70% of customers would recommend it to their friends. Destinations operated with Premium Voyageur today: Abidjan, Beirut, Boston, Doala, Mumbai, Cairo, Dakar, Detroit, Dubai, New York Newark, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, Washington, Houston, Seoul, Luanda, Los Angeles, Libreville, Lagos, Mexico City, Tokyo, Yaoundé, Chicago, Beijing, Port Harcourt, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Montreal
Following the Iceland Volcano Eruption which has caused chaos for most flights into and out of Europe, Air France has announced that will gradually begin to resume flights. Please see the following statement from Air France and also check the Air France website for more information. Last information updated on April 20 at 12h30 PM UTC (14h30 PM Paris local time) On French and European authorities decision to open some air routes in the European air space, Air France is able to resume step by step its flights schedule. On April 20, at the present time Air France forecasts: Departure flights: – Long haul Flights: Normal operations from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly. – Short and medium-haul flights: From Paris-Orly: only some flights ” La Navette” (Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice and Toulouse) and some flights to and from Paris and to and from Corsica operate. – From Paris-Charles de Gaulle: only some domestic flights (France) operate. A few flights to European destinations operate as from 12h00. Arrival flights: – Long haul flights departed on April 19 from Air France main stations arrive at Paris on April 20. Flights arrival time could be re-scheduled. Short-haul and medium-haul connecting flights in Paris cannot be assured except connections to south of France.
Air France has released the below information in relation to Flight Cancellations and Schedule Changes due to the Volcanic Ash from the Iceland Volcano Eruption Last update April 19 at 5:00 AM UTC (07:00 PM local time in Paris) General Information Due to the cloud of volcanic ash from Mount Eyjafjallajokull (Iceland), the French Civil Aviation Authorities (DGAC) has ordered the closure of Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports until Tuesday April 20th at 6:00 AM UTC (8:00 PM Paris local time). For updated information on each Air France flight, please refer to Flight & destination information. Air France requests its passengers not to go to the airports. Exceptional flights Weather conditions permitting, Air France will operate on April 19, 7 long-haul flights from Toulouse and Pau to: Fort-de-France, Flight AF4162, departing from Toulouse at 11:00 am, arrival at 1:25 pm New York Kennedy airport, Flight AF4168, departing from Toulouse at 2:00 pm, arrival at 4:05 pm Dakar, AF4170, departing from Toulouse at 4:00 pm, arrival at 7:35 pm Saint Denis de la Reunion, AF4172, departing from Toulouse at 8:00 pm, arrival at 8:50 am Hong Kong, AF4174, departing from Toulouse at 10:00 pm, arrival at 3:35 pm Sao Paulo, AF4176, departing from Toulouse at 11:59 pm, arrival at 6:35 am Dubai, AF4178, departing from Pau at 11:00 pm, arrival 7:40 am Passengers on cancelled flights departing from Paris must change first their reservations to take these flights. For those among passengers who are interested, vans will leave from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (Terminal 2E, check-in area 7) to take them to Toulouse and Pau at the following schedules: On April 19: 07:00 am for the flights to Hong Kong, sao Paulo and Dubai Customers are invited to arrive one hour before the bus departure time. Commercial measures Customers whose flight has been cancelled will be able to rebook their flight (subject to availability) or obtain a refund: preferably at the ticket office where the ticket was purchased in the assistance and contact section of our site by calling your local call centre or 36 54 from France
Air France has just announced that Air France and Vietnam Airlines have signed a code share agreement which will come into effect from 3 July 2010 and allow its passengers to fly nonstop from Charles de Gaulle Paris (CDG) to both Hanoi (HAN) or Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) Vietnam three times a week. The full media release from Air France can be read below: 6 new non-stop flights every week to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City 13 flights instead of 7 between Paris and Vietnam Air France has just signed a code-share agreement with Vietnam Airlines so that, starting 3 July 2010 its customers can fly non stop from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City three times a week. These flights will be operated by Vietnam Airlines in Boeing 777-200, under the ‘AF’ Air France flight code. They come in addition to flights Air France already operates via Bangkok to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Air France will be offering 13 instead of 7 flights a week, including 6 between Paris and Hanoi and 7 between Paris and Ho Chi Minh City. Furthermore, within the terms of this agreement, as early as winter 2010, Air France will operate a nonstop flight between Ho Chi Minh City and Paris three times a week by Boeing 747-400 then by Boeing 777-300ER. In November 2010, all flights to Vietnam will be nonstop. Flight schedule from 3 July to 30 October 2010 (local time): Flights between Paris and Hanoi: six flights a week Paris-CDG / Hanoi Flight Number Route Days Operation Departure Arrival AF 176* Paris to Hanoi M Th Sa 14:00 06:35 Following day AF 177* Hanoi to Paris W F Su 23:40 07:00 Following day AF 174 Paris to Hanoi W F Su 19:20 15:05 Following day AF 173 Hanoi to Paris M Th Sa 19:30 06:00 Following day *Flights operated by Vietnam Airlines Flights between Paris and Ho Chi Minh City: daily flights Flight Number Route Days Operation Departure Arrival AF 164 Paris to Ho Chi Minh M Tu Th Sa 19:20 14:50 following day AF 169 Ho Chi Minh to Paris Tu W F Su 19:50 06:00 following day AF 158* Paris to Ho Chi Minh W F Su 13:25 06:35 following day AF 157* Ho Chi Minh to Paris M Th Sa 22:50 06:30 following day *Flights operated by Vietnam Airlines Vietnam Airlines operates 72 routes to 20 domestic and 26 international destinations with a young fleet of 70 modern aircraft, serving more than 9 million passengers annually to popular cities, including Beijing, Guangzhou, Melbourne, Moscow, Paris, Seoul, Sydney and Tokyo. Vietnam Airlines will add 20 unique destinations to the SkyTeam network, including 13 cities in Vietnam. In 2006, Vietnam Airlines was officially accepted as a full member of the International Air Transport Association
Air France has announced that it has expanded its services for La Premiere customers (First Class) at Singapore’s Changi Airport providing access to the exclusive JetQuay Lounge at the CIP (commercially important person) Terminal More details can be read below: Air France launches an exclusive personalized service, designed and conceived to ensure maximum comfort for La Première passengers departing from Singapore. La Première customers can discover this new personalized service at JetQuay Lounge located at the CIP Terminal when they travel on Air France First Class, whether on departure or during a flight connection at Singapore Changi Airport. This lounge offers 2,000 square metres of discreet intimate luxury and privacy with exclusive services which include: Personal welcome by dedicated staff who will provide assistance upon departure and transit with baggage check-in or retrieval and airport formalities. Enjoy five-star facilities including a business centre, meeting rooms, individual rest rooms, gym, spa and bistro. Be escorted to the boarding gate via an electric buggy to ensure smooth and comfortable boarding. Sharad Khuller, AIR FRANCE KLM Country Manager Singapore says “This new dedicated service for our La Première passengers re-inforces our commitment to retain customer preference and positively enhances their first class with Air France”
The Air France A380 Seat map has now been officially published by Air France. The seat map clearly shows 3 classes, La Premiere (First Class), Affaires (Business Class) and Voyageur (Economy Class) as expected Air France will not offer premium economy product on this their first Airbus A380 aircraft, however it has been confirmed future Air France A380 aircraft will be outfitted with Premium Economy. Air France Airbus A380 Seat map & seat plan (Click image below for a larger view) More details of the Air France Airbus A380 aircraft & cabin configuration can be found here: Air France A380 Interior Cabin Revealed with Air France A380 Cabin Photos
Air France has revealed the interior cabin of its just received Airbus A380 Super-jumbo. There is no surprises with the details of its cabin configuration, matching very closely with what I have reported here on The Business Travel Guru in the past, however the release by Air France of these cabin pictures give the full picture of what to expect, if you get the chance to fly this aircraft. Air France A380 La Premiere First Class Cabin The Air France Airbus A380 features 9 First Class La Premiere seats on the lower deck, no suites you say? Yes this is correct, Air France bucked the trend deciding not to follow Singapore Airlines, Emirates or Qantas in implementing suites in First Class La Premiere, maybe this is a sign of the economic times in Europe, but then again this aircraft would have been the planning stages for years. The 9 first class seats are set out in a 1-2-1 configuration, this cabin features what looks to be a self service bar, along with a changing cabin/room with beauty products from Clarins. Air France A380 Affaires Business Class Cabin The Air France A380 Affaires or Business Class cabin is located in the forward upper deck of the aircraft, with 80 Seats set out in a 2-2-2 seating configuration; each seat is two meters long. The In-flight entertainment Unit IFE screen is 15 Inch (38 cm) wide. Noise Cancelling Headphones? Air France is using nothing but the best, Sennheiser Noise Cancelling Headphones Air France Airbus A380 Voyageur Economy Class Cabin Voyageur Economy Class on the Air France A380 seats at total of 449 passengers on both the lower and upper decks. Seating is configured in a 10 wide 3-4-3 configuration. The In-flight entertainment unit in Voyageur hosts an 8.4 inch LCD screen, along with 600 hours of viewing & 3,000 music tracks. Air France A380 cabin interior cabin Video on Youtube From the initial information & pictures which Air France has released about its Airbus A380, the product looks quite good, but is it in the league of its A380 Predecessors? I think the jury is out, will need to wait for a flight review! What are your thoughts?
Air France has released details of the first flight of it Airbus A380 aircraft along with some basic cabin configuration details. The first Air France A380 will service the Paris to New York route with the maiden flight taking place Friday 20 November 2009, and the return leg New York to Paris departing Saturday 21 November 2009. If you are after a seat on the inaugural Air France A380 flight, Air France just as Singapore Airlines did, are auctioning tickets for both legs of the flight on eBay with proceeds going to charity. Head over to http://af380.com to participate in the auction. The Air France A380 will in total seat 538 passengers with the upper deck seating 80 Affaires (Business Class) and 106 Voyageur (Economy Class) seats, and on the lower deck with 9 Air France Premiere (First Class) Seats and another 343 Voyageur (Economy Class) seats. For fans of premium economy unfortunately the first Air France A380 will not include the newly launched Air France Premium Voyageur (Premium Economy) cabin, however Air France have publically stated they do intend to outfit & operate an Air France A380 Premium Voyageur cabin in the near future. As yet no Air France A380 Interior cabin pictures have been released yet, and we here The Business Travel Guru think Air France will keep this under wraps until just before the first flight. As you would expect after the first flight there will be a flurry pictures from fans and enthusiasts posted all over the internet.
Air France has announced and shown off a new logo design and livery just in time for the Air France A380. Its new logo features a single red accent and its new aircraft livery which is already seen on its not yet complete Airbus A380 features a series of blue white then red accent on its tail. The current (soon to be replaced) Air France livery was introduced in 1975 and will be gradually replaced throughout the coming year during each aircraft’s maintenance window. The first Air France aircraft to sport the new Air France livery will be Air France A380 F-HPJA (MSN033) as seen below: