Air France inaugurates the new Business seat for the B777-300ER

Air France will inaugurate its new Business seat in its B777-300ERs this autumn. At the same time, the company will offer 3 new long-haul destinations (Newark, Haneda and Cape Town) as well as 4 medium-haul seasonal routes…

The recovery is here, and Air France intends to take advantage of it. For winter 2022/2023, the shipping company’s entire fleet will be operational, and “activity levels will be close to winter 2019” before the pandemic. In the winter season 2022-2023 (November 2022 – March 2023), the company will serve 171 destinations, including 86 long-haul and 85 short- and medium-haul.

The company will showcase its new Business seat in 12 B777-300ERs.

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A new sliding door will make it possible to fully privatize its own space, which will thus be preserved from the rest of the cabin. Travelers will be able to enjoy a 2-meter bed that extends completely horizontally.

With these 12 aircraft, the entire fleet will be equipped with fully lie-flat seats

Thanks to this rollout, Air France will complete a project that started several years ago to move upmarket in Business. They are actually the last 12 aircraft in its fleet not to be equipped with fully reclining seats in Business.

The first flight of a B777-300ER equipped with the new Business seats will take place “in the coming weeks to New York-JFK”, specifies Air France.

Indeed, transatlantic flights are more crucial than ever for Air France, as it is the leading carrier on the Paris-New York route.

Therefore, on December 12, 2022, Air France will also inaugurate a direct daily connection between its hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and New York-Newark Liberty Airport (EWR), the second international airport serving New York and its region.

This daily flight, operated by the Boeing 777-200 ER, will mark Air France’s return to Newark, the company’s historic destination served direct until 2012. It will be added to the “Shuttle” service offered between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and New York-John F. Kennedy (JFK) with 6 daily flights operated by Air France and 2 by its Skyteam alliance partner Delta Air Lines.

Also in North America, and for the second winter in a row, Air France will operate a direct connection between Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe) and Montreal (Canada) from 22 October 2022 with two flights per week with the Airbus A320.

Finally, the summer connection Paris-Charles de Gaulle – Dallas will be extended to the winter season with 3 flights per week with the 777-200 ER.

In Africa, from October 30, 2022, Air France will resume its flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Cape Town (Cape Town in South Africa), suspended since the start of the Covid crisis. 3 flights per week will be provided by Boeing 787-9. In addition to Cape Town, Air France serves Johannesburg in South Africa with 7 flights per week.

While Japan announced the reopening of individual journeys for October, as we mentioned in this article, Air France has relaunched its flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Tokyo-Haneda (Japan), with 5 flights per week in the Boeing 787-9. Air France is thus connecting Paris with the two Tokyo airports this winter, with Tokyo-Narita airport served up to 5 times a week from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

The winter of 2022-2023 will be characterized by the development of Air France’s offer to snow-covered destinations and North Africa.

From 30 October 2022, Air France will launch a new route between Paris-Orly and Casablanca, with a daily flight operated by the Airbus A320. On the same date, the Nice-London Heathrow (Great Britain) connection, previously only provided in high summer, will become annual, with a daily flight provided by the Airbus A320.

The seasonal connection Paris-Charles de Gaulle – Rovaniemi (Finland) was inaugurated in 2021 and will resume this year from 27 November with up to 1 daily flight with Airbus A320 at the end of the year.

On medium-haul flights, Air France is betting on Lapland and Austria this winter

On 10 December 2022, four new destinations will join the Air France network:

  • Kittilä (Finland) and Tromsø (Norway), will both be served once a week, respectively by A320 and Airbus A319. Tromsø will be the northernmost destination for the entire Air France-KLM network.
  • Innsbruck and Salzburg (Austria), with 2 and 1 flight per week respectively with Embraer 190 from 10 December 2022.

Finally, the summer lines Paris-Orly – Tunis (Tunisia), Marseille – Algiers (Algeria), Toulouse – Algiers (Algeria) and Toulouse – Oran (Algeria) are extended for the winter season.

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