Air France hasn't shown its A380s much love for quite some time but it was still a big surprise to most when the airline took time out yesterday to announce that it was retiring all of its A380 aircraft with immediate effect.
One of the oddities of Air France is that although it offers one of the best First Class long-haul cabins, some excellent long-haul Business Class cabins and (admittedly mediocre) Business Class cabins on short-haul routes traveling outside of France, the airline hasn't offered a premium cabin domestically for years.
Sometimes it can be quite amazing what a difference an aircraft swap can make and a recent change of heart by Air France is a great example of how an airline's decision on which aircraft to use can make a significant difference (both positive and negative) to its offering on any given route.
Air France is the latest airline to take steps to alleviate the overcrowding problem in its aircrafts' overhead bins by announcing that it will begin fitting Safran Cabin's newest ECOS luggage compartments to its A320 and A321 aircraft.
Air France has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft which is set to make its first commercial flight in just 10 days' time. The new aircraft, the first of 28 Airbus A350's that Air France expects to integrate into its fleet, will be rolled out to 6 destinations by 2020.
Air France has launched a truly fantastic companion fare deal (2 people must travel together) in which it's offering non-stop Business Class fares between France and North America for as little as €1,299/$1,430 roundtrip.
KLM and Air France are back with a new UK sale (presumably to compete with the British Airways sale that's currently in progress) and with this sale offering deals to North American destinations as well as to destinations in the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, there should be something here for most people.
AMEX has published a truly fantactic offer for flights with Air France/KLM in which targeted cardholders can earn 20,000 Membership Rewards points for bookings made by 31 October 2019.
Air France is well-known for partnering with French Michelin-starred chefs when it comes to creating meals for its Business Class and First Class cabins across all its worldwide routes…but now the airline has turned to an American for some culinary inspiration.
As big a fan as I am of the Air France 777-300ER Business Class cabin I have to admit that I don't really pay too much attention to the Air France/KLM websites because, historically, I haven't found very much use for it (outside of the times where I found a fare elsewhere and then headed over the site to get the fare ticketed). Well, my lack of interest may have been a little foolish because I just discovered that KLM offers a very useful webpage which lists out all the current Business Class fares on offer for travel out of the United States to Europe, Africa, and India.