Air France this winter: 14th destination in the USA, reinforcements in Canada

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The airline company Air France will launch a new link in the fall between Paris And Raleigh Durhamits 14th destination in the United States and its second new arrival in North America after Ottawa which becomes an annual service. axis Guadeloupe – Montreal will be revived in

From October 30, 2023, the French national company will offer three flights per week between its base in Paris CDG and the airport of Raleigh Durham, operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that can accommodate 30 passengers in Business class, 21 in Premium and 228 in Economy (279 seats). Departures are scheduled Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m. to arrive at 4:35 p.m., with return flights leaving North Carolina at 6:45 p.m. to land the next day at 8:25 a.m.

Air France will be without competition on this route, where it will replace its joint venture partner and in the alliance SkyTeam, Delta Airlines (which had inaugurated it in May 2016, then relaunched in August 2022 after the suspension linked to the Covid-19 pandemic). Icelandair is the only other European company present in Raleigh-Durham, American Airlines serving London on its side.

The capital of North Carolina will be Air France’s 14th destination in the United States this winter, after Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York JFK, New York Newark, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC. Raleigh is one of the fastest growing cities in the Southern United States. It combines traditions, history and modernity in a wooded setting, earning it the nickname “city of oaks”. The neighboring cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill have three prestigious universities and form the “Research Triangle”, a true national jewel of education, research and innovation. The second center of high-tech industries in the United States behind Silicon Valley, the “Research Triangle Park” is one of the most important research and technological development centers in the country.

In addition to this launch, the winter season will be marked by an increase in the frequency of flights to/from Dallas-Fort Worth (Texas), with 5 weekly flights offered compared to 3 last winter.

The French company has also announced for the Canada the extension during the winter season of the seasonal link to Ottawa-Macdonald Cartierinaugurated last month: 5 flights will be offered each week (every day except Wednesday and Friday) in 787-9, an unchanged pace compared to summer, with departures from CDG at 1:10 p.m. (arrival at 3:05 p.m.) and returns from the Canadian capital to Ontario at 5:15 p.m. (arrival the next day at 6:05 a.m.).

Air France has no competition on this line, which is added to those between Roissy and Montreal, Quebec (in summer only), Toronto and Vancouver. The service to Montreal and Vancouver will also be strengthened, with respectively up to 21 and 5 flights per week compared to 17 and 3 last winter.

Finally, from December 2, 2023, Air France will resume its seasonal service between Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe) and Montreal, with two flights per week on Tuesdays and Saturdays operated by Airbus A320 with 174 or 178 seats equipped with wifi. Montreal is one of the 5 destinations served by Air France’s Caribbean Regional Network, connecting Pointe-à-Pitre and Fort-de-France (Martinique) to Belém (Brazil), Cayenne (Guyana), Miami (United United) and therefore Montreal.

Air France is thus continuing “to strengthen its offer to North America, one of the most dynamic areas of its global network”: in winter 2023-2024, it will offer up to 212 weekly flights to 21 destinations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, its sister company in the Air France-KLM Group, will link its Amsterdam-Schiphol hub to 19 destinations in North America: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Calgary, Cancun, Chicago, Edmonton, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Montreal, New York-JFK, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington DC. In Canada, the two companies offer a coach service between Montreal-Trudeau, Quebec and Ottawa for Air France, and between Montreal-Trudeau and Ottawa for KLM.

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