New Route of the Day – Americas (23 May 2024): Air France between Paris CDG and Phoenix

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Air France introduced its latest transatlantic service on Thursday 23 May by inaugurating flights between Paris CDG and Phoenix. The 8,820-kilometre route will be maintained 3-weekly, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, with the 279-seat 787-9 aircraft. The SkyTeam member faces no competition between the two cities.

Flight AF68 departs the French capital at 10:10 local time, arriving in Phoenix at 12:10 local time. The inbound service, operating as flight AF69, is wheels up from the Arizona airport at 14:10 local time, touching back down at Paris CDG at 09:15 local time the following morning.

What they said

Boaz Hulsman, Vice President of Commercial, North America at Air France-KLM, said: “Air France is thrilled to announce a direct link between Arizona and Paris with our newest, non-stop route. Becoming the 22nd North American gateway for Air France this summer season, this new service symbolises our commitment to enhancing the transatlantic travel connection. We look forward to providing passengers from Phoenix with an experience embodying the best of French elegance.”

Kate Gallego, Mayor of Phoenix, added: “Adding non-stop service to Paris is a major milestone that demonstrates our commitment to providing convenient and efficient travel options to and from Phoenix. As our city continues to grow and become a destination for booming industries, I’m confident that direct service to Paris will unlock exciting possibilities for exploration and new business opportunities.”

Air France builds US network to 15 destinations

France’s flag carrier is operating to 15 gateways in the US during S24 from its Paris CDG hub, with Phoenix becoming its latest US destinations following the launch of Raleigh-Durham last October. In addition to the pair, Air France also serves Atlanta, Boston, Chicago ORD, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York JFK, New York EWR, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington IAD.

In total, the airline maintains 145 departing flights to the US with 130,396 weekly seats available on the market in each direction. Air France boasts the most weekly flights to the US between Paris CDG and New York JFK – a total of 42, followed by Los Angeles with 26-weekly rotations, Atlanta with 21-weekly services and Boston with 17.

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Since the summer of 1999, Air France and Delta have had a long-standing alliance. The two SkyTeam members formed a transatlantic joint venture in 2007. When combined, the two provide about 600 weekly flights between North America and Europe.

Phoenix gets fourth overseas route

Paris CDG becomes Phoenix’s fourth transatlantic service. Although the route was initially planned to run only during the summer season, it has recently been extended to year-round operations due to strong demand.

British Airways and American both fly from Phoenix to London LHR, while German-based Condor recently introduced flights between Frankfurt and the Arizona city, running between May and September.

In February, American Airlines launched operations between Phoenix and Tijuana, marking the only international service from Tijuana into the US. Various airlines at Sky Harbor Airport offer dozens of flights to Mexico and Canada, in addition to the four European routes.


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