For the winter season 2023/2024 (November 2023 to March 2024), Air France will serve 167 destinations in 79 countries -including 84 on long-haul and 83 on short and medium-haul.
After a summer marked by strong demand for travel, particularly long-haul, the French airline is continuing the reopening and expansion of its global network. It will return to a level of activity close to that of winter 2019, at 98% of 2019 capacity in seat kilometers offered on long-haul.
Winter 2023-2024 will be marked by a 20% increase in capacity in North America compared to 2019. Over the period, Air France will operate up to 212 flights per week to 20 destinations in the United States and Canada. and Mexico. As of October 30, 2023, Air France will add Raleigh Durham (North Carolina) to its network, with three flights per week operated by Boeing 787-9. Raleigh Durham will be Air France’s 14th destination in the United States this winter.
At the same time, the company will extend its service to Ottawa (Canada), inaugurated last June and operated by Boeing 787-9, into the winter. Services to Dallas, Vancouver, Boston and Montreal will be reinforced, with additional frequencies or the use of higher capacity devices. Finally, in a nod to Air France’s 90th anniversary, the company will renumber its flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and New York-JFK from October 29, 2023. In this context, flights AF015 and AF022 will become AF001 and AF002, legendary flight numbers reserved for Concorde until 2003.
Further south, Air France will strengthen its offer to Central and South America with the transition to daily flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and San José (Costa Rica), operated by Airbus A350-900. Service to Bogota (Colombia) will also be provided by Airbus A350-900, allowing an increase in the capacities offered on this route. In the Caribbean zone, Air France will inaugurate a new connection between Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe) and Saint-Martin on December 1, 2023, operated once a week by Airbus A320. This new connection will bring to 7 the number of destinations served by the company’s Caribbean Regional Network (Belém in Brazil, Cayenne, Pointe-à-Pitre, Fort-de-France, Saint-Martin, Miami and Montreal).
Air France will also continue to increase its offering to Asia. Driven by China and Japan, capacities in this area will increase by 60% compared to winter 2022/2023. They will nevertheless remain lower than 2019 levels. The French airline will maintain its daily service to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong this winter, and will offer a second flight to Tokyo-Haneda. In total, up to 16 flights per week will be offered this winter to the two Tokyo airports. Finally, service to Bangkok (Thailand) will return to a daily rhythm this winter, and up to 10 flights per week during peak periods, in January and February 2024.
From October 29, 2023, Air France will offer a new route to Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). The pearl of the Emirates will be served daily by Airbus A350-900, in cooperation with Etihad Airways. Dubai will be served 14 times a week by Boeing 777.
In Africa, service to Nairobi (Kenya) is now daily, and the connection to Dar Es Salam (Tanzania), inaugurated in June 2023 and provided as a continuation of Zanzibar (Tanzania), will be extended over the winter season. “Due to the security context, flights from/to Niamey (Niger), Bamako (Mali) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) remain suspended until further notice,” specifies Air France.
On its long-haul network, Air France is continuing the deployment of its new long-haul cabins, gradually installed on 12 Boeing 777-300ERs and now offered on Airbus A350-900. This new product, available in Business, Premium Economy and Economy, constitutes the company’s new standard. This winter, it will be offered on select flights to New York JFK, New York Newark, Boston, Rio de Janeiro, Bangkok, Dakar, Tokyo Haneda, Hong Kong, Seoul Incheon, Shanghai and Johannesburg.
Short and medium haul
On medium-haul, Air France will operate more than 660 flights per day. This winter season will be marked by the renewal of seasonal connections between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Tromsø (Norway, two flights per week from October 28, 2023), Rovaniemi (Finland, three flights per week from December 2, 2023, and up to seven flights per week during the Christmas holidays), Kittila (Finland, one flight per week from December 23, 2023) and Innsbruck (Austria, one flight per week from December 23, 2023). The service to Krakow (Poland) will be extended over the winter season, with three flights per week operated by Embraer E190.