It has been over two months since Air France announced that its A380s wouldn't be taking to the skies again (at least not as a part of Air France's commercial operations) but it's only now that Air France has updated its schedules to show what aircraft it will be using on the routes that the A380 once operated.
A couple of days ago I published Air France's plans for its USA routes in the months of September and October but, while the new schedules look good for SkyTeam flyers based in the US, there was no news surrounding the return of Air France's flight between Los Angeles and Tahiti which was set to return in August. Well, we now have news.
Now that airlines are trying to get their schedules back on track and tempt people back into the skies, we're seeing more and more carriers announcing the return of a little more "normality" onboard and Air France is the latest airline to confirm that passengers can expect to see improved service levels and offerings from this month onwards.
Most airlines have been operating skeleton schedules for most of the past few months but, over the past few weeks, we've slowly started to see a few airlines announcing plans to increase the number of flights they offer. The latest airline to announce increased routes and services to/from the US is Air France.
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.