New Air France route from Paris-Orly to New York JFK to celebrate 70 years of flights between the two cities

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Starting today, Air France is serving New York-JFK on departure from Paris-Orly with a daily flight operated by Boeing 777-200, equipped with 35 seats in Business class, 24 seats in Premium Economy and 250 seats in Economy. The Company’s customers thus benefit from optimized connections, without having to change airports, to and from 26 French cities*.

New York-JFK on departure from Paris-Orly, a new Air France route!

In addition, Air France now offers its La Première and Business passengers as well as its Flying Blue Elite Plus members a brand new lounge located in Hall 3 at Paris-Orly airport, open daily from 5:30 am to 10pm. With over 330 sq. m. of renovated lounge space, Air France is meeting the needs of its passengers and is offering more comfort, relaxation and entertainment with a wide range of products and services.

FLIGHT SCHEDULES (IN LOCAL TIME)

AF032: leaves Paris-Orly at 11:20, arrives at New York-JFK at 13:25;

AF037: leaves New York-JFK at 18:25, arrives at Paris-Orly at 07:45.

“We are resuming a route at the heart of our Company’s history. By connecting Orly to New York, Air France aims to seize all possible development opportunities, make travel easier for its customers and facilitate commercial links, notably to and from the French regions” stated Frédéric Gagey, chairman and CEO of Air France.

PARIS – NEW YORK, A 70-YEAR HISTORY

This year, Air France is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its Paris-New York route. Inaugurated for the first time on 1st July 1946 by DC-4, the flight lasted 23 hours 45 minutes and carried 33 passengers on board. In 1960, Air France served the two cities by Boeing 707 in 8 hours 15 minutes. In 1970, New York-John Fitzgerald Kennedy international airport welcomed Air France’s Boeing 747, then the Concorde (1977), a romance that lasted more than 25 years. In 2009, New York was the first to welcome the A380.

Watch a video retracing the history of the legendary Paris-New York route on www.airfrancelasaga.com.

AIR FRANCE-KLM IN THE UNITED STATES, A POWERFUL NETWORK

This summer, the Group is serving 12 destinations** in the United States and 214 weekly flights on departure from Paris-Orly, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol. Moreover, the partnership between Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines enables passengers to benefit from a greater number of destinations in the United States including a daily direct flight between Nice and New York. In this way, Air France and KLM customers can benefit from codeshare flights to ten airports – Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita.

THE TRANSATLANTIC JOINT-VENTURE, A STRATEGIC ALLIANCE

Air France-KLM is involved in a major transatlantic joint venture with Delta Air Lines and Alitalia. This cooperation concerns the joint operation of 270 transatlantic flights operated daily by the four airlines and allows customers to benefit from the advantages of a vast network offering a wide choice of frequencies, competitive fares and harmonized services on transatlantic routes. With a fleet of 137 aircraft, this partnership represents 25% of global transatlantic capacity and generated turnover of 12.5 billion in 2015. The joint-venture is structured around 7 major hubs – Amsterdam, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York-JFK, Paris-CDG and Rome-FCO, as well as Cincinnati, Salt Lake City and Seattle.

DISCOVER NEW YORK, WITH TRAVEL BY AIR FRANCE

Air France offers all curious, demanding and passionate travellers a digital and original travel blog, Travel by Air France – travelby.airfrance.com. With two new cities added each month, New York is among the 95 destinations featured.

In this way, Air France customers can browse a wide selection of hidden restaurants, boutique hotels and scenic spots, drawn up by people who love their city (bloggers, e-influencers, journalists, etc.). Air France has designed this guide not only as a source of inspiration for choosing the perfect destination, but also as a genuine planning and assistance tool at the destination.

*Agen, Ajaccio, Aurillac, Bastia, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brest, Brive-La-Gaillarde, Calvi, Castres, Clermont-Ferrand, Figari, Lannion, Lorient, Lourdes, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Mulhouse, Nantes, Nice, Pau, Perpignan, Quimper, Toulon, Toulouse.

**Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York-JFK, San Francisco, Salt 

Monday 6 June 2016

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