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About Air France
Founded in 1933, Air France is considered one of the major and the oldest airlines in the world. Air France is the primary national flag carrier of France and is headquartered in Paris. It operates out of its main operational site at Charles de Gaulle International Airport. Air France is a founding member of SkyTeam Alliance, a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Today, Air France operates an average of 1500 domestic and international flights per day to more than 200 destinations in over 90 countries. Air France fleet consists of 225 aircraft of modern different models.
Privilege When Booking Air France
Air France is a four-star airline as rated by Skytrax, which means that it offers outstanding services and it is committed to safety and security standards.
Emphasis on the update of the fleet aircraft and comfort of customers.
The diversity of destinations due to its membership in SkyTeam Alliance and its codeshare agreements with different airlines.
Easy online booking and a dedicated call center to resolve clients queries.
Shopping on board the aircraft.
Seat pre-selection during booking.
Complimentary meals and drinks on board the airplane for all passengers.
The loyalty program, Flying Blue, entitles registered customers a variety of privilege such as accumulating free miles.
2014: Air France won the Gold Award, as part of the Business Travel Awards. Also, it has been selected in the same year by the users of Trip Advisor website as the best airline.
2013: Air France was awarded the Best Airline for short distance flights by Business Travel Awards.
Codeshare Partnership Agreements:
In order to expand its destinations, Air France signed agreements with the following airlines:
Air France offers four classes. Inflight and on-ground services on each flight class are provided accordingly.
First Class: First class passengers are indulged with distinctive services. They, for instance, enjoy complete privacy in their suites which are available on selective aircraft. Suites are furnished lavishly and each suite accommodates one First class passenger. Suites are equipped with in-flight entertainment displayed through personal screens of 24 inches offering the passengers options to navigate through over 1000 hours of AVOD of several genres such as movies, TV programs, audios, and games. Besides, suites contain a small refrigerator filled with a collection of food and drinks. Seats for First class on board Air France recline to 180 degrees transferring to comfortable full flat beds. In addition, seats are equipped with in-seat power ports for charging devices. Meals and drinks are served at the passengers’ requested timings. Further, the passengers are offered a complimentary travel kit and personal body care products. Air France keeps First class passengers connected with family and friends through the high-speed Internet.
First class passengers are privileged with several on- ground services. They are welcomed at the airport waiting for lounges and are offered assistance during check-in and boarding procedures.
Business Class: Business class passengers enjoy more or less similar in-flight services to First class passengers. Like the First class, the Business class cabin features space and comfort. Seats are flexible and they transfer to fully flat beds. Air France Business class cabin is equipped with universal power outlets for charging electronic devices, USB ports, storage space, adjustable reading light, and personal touch screens supported by over 500 hours of AVOD. The passengers enjoy in-flight entertainment system of various art materials and games. Also, they are offered free delicious meals, energizing beverages, noise canceling headset, and a travel kit filled with travel facilities and personal care items. Business class passengers are granted access to the airport waiting for lounges to spend a relaxing time and to follow-up with their business activities in a quiet atmosphere. Besides, they are given priority in check-in and boarding.
Premium Economy Class: The in-flight services offered for Premium Economy class on Air France is similar to those of Business class on many other airlines. Seats are adjustable and are 40% larger than the seats in Economy class. Seats configuration feature space and flexibility with ample seat pitch depending on the aircraft’s body. The seats are equipped with the adjustable headrest, reading light, universal power outlets, USB ports and personal screens at the backside of the seats for the passengers to enjoy watching AVOD. In addition to these in-flight amenities, passengers on Premium Economy class are offered complimentary meals and drinks, noise-canceling headsets, a travel kit filled with travel accessories and personal body care items. On ground services for Premium Economy class include access to waiting for lounges free of charge and assistance with check-in procedures.
Economy Class: Travelling on Economy class gives passengers the advantage of pleasurable travel experience and at the same time at reasonable cost. Seats are equipped with adjustable headrest and they recline to 118 degrees and ample leg room for stretching legs. Also, passengers are offered free meals and travel supplies. They enjoy watching entertainment programs including series, movies, and animations displayed on high definition individual screens.
Air France owns a fleet of 225 modern aircrafts, as follows:
Number of Aircraft
Airbus A 318 - 100
Airbus A 319 - 100
Airbus A 320 - 200
Airbus A 321 - 1 00
Airbus A 321 - 200
Airbus A 330 - 200
Airbus A 340 - 300
Airbus 800 - A380
Boeing B 777 - 200 ER
Boeing B 777 - 300 ER
Boeing B 787 - 9
In the coming years, Air France will receive 42 modern aircrafts to be added to its fleet.
First Class: The passengers in this class are offered generous baggage size. They are allowed to check-in 3 bags free of charge; each one weighs no more than 32 kgs, and to carry a handbag weighing no more than 18 kgs, and a laptop bag.
Business Class: The passengers on this class are permitted 2 piece of checked baggage cost-free; each one weighs 32 kgs maximum. In addition to checked baggage, Business class passengers are allowed to carry one handbag to passengers’ cabinweighing upto18 kgs anda laptop bag.
Premium Economy Class: The passengers on this class are allowed 2 pieces of free checked baggage weighing 23 kgs each piece, in addition to one handbag weighing no more than 18 kgs, and a laptop bag as carry-on baggage.
Standard Economy Class: The passengers on this class are allowed to check-in one or two pieces of baggage, weighing no more than 23 kg or 32 kg for each (depending on their destination). Besides,they are allowed one handbag weighing no more than 12 kgs and a laptop bag.
Traveler’s travelling with infants have free extra luggage weighing up to 10 kgs.
Air France baggage policy may vary depending on the destination. Passengers are highly advised to check out the entitled size limit of their luggage during the booking process.
Care services for people with special needs
Air France provides some special care services to serve different categories of people with special needs. For instance, physically challenged individuals, infants, minors, and pregnant women are given utmost care during their travel with Air France whether on the ground or on board the airplane. Care services are regulated by a set of terms and conditions. Interested passengers should review them during the booking process.
Airport Lounge for First and Business Class
Air France offers the First class and Business class passengers the opportunity to spend a pleasant time in airport waiting lounge available in Charles de Gaulle International Airport and in some international airports. Being a member of SkyTeam Alliance, First and Business class passengers on board Air France are also privileged to take advantages of other waiting lounges belonging to members of SkyTeam Alliance. Waiting lounges offer several services to the patrons such as quiet zone to follow up business activities, comfortable atmosphere for rest, personal care facilities, delicious meals, beverages, TV screens, magazines, newspapers, and screens showing schedules of departing and arriving flights just to mention a few.
Shopping during the Flight
Passengers on Air France can shop during their flight on boardthe aircraft. They can buy the latest products from a wide assortment of goods at competitive price and exempted from customs.
Booking Procedures and Issuance of Boarding Pass
Air France offers online booking. Passengers can easily complete their booking online and print their boarding passes for confirmed bookings. Boarding passes are available 30 hours to 24 hours (depending on the flight) and up to 3 hours before the time of departure.
Air France operated a fleet of 130 aircraft, one of the largest fleets in the world at the time.
Air France operated flights through the Concorde aircraft, which is considered the fastest plane in the world, from Charles de Gaulle International Airport to Washington Dulles International Airport.
Air France celebrated its Golden Jubilee. Air France labor force reached more than 34 thousand individual and the fleet reached 100 jet aircrafts making Air France the largest commercial global airline and the second largest cargo airline.
Air France established Amadeus system for booking in cooperation with Lufthansa, Iberia Airline, and Scandinavian Airlines.
SkyTeam Alliance has been established and Air France was a founding member of it.
Air France merged with Royal Dutch Airlines becoming the largest airline in the world in terms of revenues, and the third largest airline in Europe in terms of the number of passengers carried.
Air France announced a 3-year transformation plan, aiming at restoring competitiveness through cost-cutting, rapid reduction of debt and restructuring the short and medium operational processes.