On 16 July 2015, Frédéric Gagey, Chairman and CEO of Air France, and Gilberto López Meyer, General Director of Mexico’s Civil Aviation Authority, signed a partnership agreement formalising the arrival of the A380 to Mexico. From January 2016, Air France will offer three flights a week with its super-jumbo jet between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Mexico. From the end of March 2016, the aircraft will fly between the two cities daily.
Commenting on the agreement, Frédéric Gagey said, “Using our A380 on flights to Mexico this winter means we can improve our offering for this line and contribute even more to promoting tourism and increasing the number of interactions between Mexico and France“.
This aircraft offers twenty percent more seats than the Boeing 747 currently in use on the Paris-Mexico route. It also allows passengers the option of travelling in four long-haul flight cabins: La Première, Business, Premium Economy and Economy.
In a one-off flight in November 2013, an Air France A380 took off from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to land in Mexico for the first time, at Cancún Airport, demonstrating Air France’s confidence in its expansion into the country.
THE COMFORT OF AN A380
Boarding an Air France Airbus A380 always guarantees an exceptional trip. On board, the 516 passengers travel in perfect comfort in exceptionally spacious cabins. Two hundred and twenty windows fill the aircraft with natural light, and changing background lighting allows passengers to cross time zones fatigue-free. In addition, six bars are located throughout the aircraft, giving passengers the chance to meet up during the flight.
With cabin noise levels five decibels lower than industry standards, the A380 is a particularly quiet aircraft and features the latest entertainment and comfort technology. External images are retransmitted live throughout the flight from three cameras located on the front, underside and rear of the aircraft. Finally, the largest jet in Air France’s fleet is the first to include a dedicated space for art and culture.
For the summer 2015 season, Air France’s ten Airbus A380 aircraft are flying to eight destinations (Los Angeles, New York-JFK, San Francisco, Washington, Abidjan, Johannesburg, Hong Kong and Shanghai).
AIR FRANCE-KLM, EUROPEAN LEADER IN MEXICO AND IN THE REGION OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
During the summer 2015 season, the Air France-KLM Group is offering up to twenty-three weekly flights to Mexico from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol, including seven frequencies operated by Aeroméxico from Paris to the Mexican capital that share codes with Air France.
Moreover, all Air France flights to Mexico also share codes with Aeroméxico, thereby providing passengers with a wide variety of connecting flight options throughout the domestic network of the Mexican airline within the country.
The leading airline in Central and South America and the Caribbean in terms of seats, Air France-KLM serves twenty-seven destinations* in the region, and offers over 200 flights a week from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.
A MAJOR TRANSATLANTIC JOINT VENTURE WHICH ALSO COVERS FLIGHTS TO MEXICO
Air France-KLM is involved in a major transatlantic joint venture alongside Delta Air Lines and Alitalia. The partners share operation of over 250 transatlantic flights operated daily by the four airlines. With a fleet of 129 aircraft, this partnership represents 25% of global transatlantic capacity and will generate an expected 13 billion in revenue. It allows customers to benefit from the advantages of a huge network offering more frequent flights, competitive tariffs and standardised services across the Atlantic. The Air France-KLM Group and Delta serve eighteen destinations in the United States from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York-JFK, New York-Newark, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Salt Lake City, Seattle, San Francisco and Washington. In addition to these destinations, Delta offers a vast network of connecting flights to 300 North American destinations, including Mexico.
AIRBUS A380 FLIGHT SCHEDULE (LOCAL TIME)
AF 438: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 1:30 p.m.; arrives in Mexico at 6:40 p.m.;
AF 439: leaves Mexico at 9:10 p.m., arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 2:25 p.m.
For more details or to make a booking, call 36 54 (€0.34 inc. taxes/min from a landline) or +33 (0)892 702 654, go to www.airfrance.fr, or visit Air France ticket offices or your local travel agent.
*Aruba, Bogotá, Bonaire, Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Cancún, Cali, Caracas, Cayenne, Curaçao, Fort-de-France, Guayaquil, Havana, Lima, Mexico, Montevideo, Panama, Paramaribo, Pointe-à-Pitre, Port-au-Prince, Punta Cana, Quito, Rio de Janeiro, Saint-Martin, Santiago de Chili, Santo Domingo, São Paulo.