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Air France introduces a new route between the US and the Caribbean

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It was back in August that Air France first mentioned that it would be adding a couple of new (and a little unusual) routes to its network and as the dates for those route launches approach, I thought that I’d follow up my earlier post on Air France’s routes to the US with a reminder that we’ll soon be able to use Air France to fly from the US (and Canada) to the Caribbean.

Fly to Guadeloupe with Air France

Air France will launch new services to Guadeloupe from New York (JFK) and Montreal later this month.

The service to/from New York JFK will launch on 24 November (out of Guadeloupe) with the first flight out of New York taking off on 25 November on the following schedule:

AF621 JFK 07:40 – 13:05 PTP (Thu & Sun)
AF622 PTP 16:00 – 20:10 JFK (Wed & Sat)

The service to/from Montreal will launch on 23 November (out of Guadeloupe) with the first flight out of Montreal taking off on 24 November on the following schedule:

AF625 YUL 13:00 – 18:50 PTP (Wed)
AF624 PTP 15:20 – 19:50 YUL (Tue)

Both routes will be operated by Air France Airbus A320 aircraft configured with the following cabins:

  • 8 – 12 Business Class seats
  • 156 – 162 Economy Class seats

The cabins that these aircraft offer are similar to the cabins that you’ll find Air France offering on its short-haul intra-Europe routes so don’t expect to find lie-flat seats in Business Class.

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Air France A320 Business Class
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Air France A320 Business Class

The Business Class cabin offers 3 recliner seats on either side of the aircraft’s aisle with the center seat blocked off to give passengers a little bit more room. As far as legroom goes, these seats offer no more legroom than the standard economy Class seats just a few rows back.

There is a little bit of good news for Economy Class passengers in that these short-haul A320s actually offer a little bit more legroom than some of Air France’s transatlantic aircraft (32″ vs 31″) and a little bit more width too (18″ vs 17″).

If I was booking travel on this aircraft I would ignore the Business Class cabin and concentrate on confirming myself into one of the Economy Class exit rows where the extra legroom on offer will make a flight considerably more comfortable.

Note: For people with a larger waistline, the extra lateral space in Business Class may be more important than the extra legroom in the exit rows.

Overall, it’s great to have another couple of options between North America and the Caribbean although the limited frequencies being operated on these routes isn’t ideal and the fact that the US service returns to JFK on a Saturday rather than a Sunday, means that it’s not going to be particularly useful for anyone looking to enjoy a long weekend in the sun.

Bottom Line

Air France is set to launch two new routes between North America and the Caribbean in a little over 20 days’ time. The routes to Guadeloupe from JFK and Montreal will both be served by Airbus A320 aircraft with seating that matches the short-haul aircraft that Air France uses in Europe rather than anything the airline offers on its longer routes.

Both routes are open for bookings now with roundtrip Economy Class travel starting from ~$305 (JFK) and ~CA$460 (Montreal).

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