2016-2017: Transportation News in France

Air France :

Last year, Air France introduced new products with upgrades to every cabin! These products have landed in the USA and are now flying to New York-JFK, Washington Dulles, Boston-BOS and Los Angeles-LAX, with even more US gateways soon to come!

New products to even more US gateways to show off the new, exclusive La Premiere suite: a luxurious experience with 32 square feet of personal space. Flying in La Première Class means service as soon as you exit your car. You enjoy rest and relaxation in La Première lounge as well as simplified boarding and a full team to service you all throughout your trip. New service for the business and first classes, you can have your dinner before the flight in the Air France lounge. Air France makes your trip even more exclusive with a gourmet cuisine crafted by Great Chefs like Joël Robuchon, Guy Martin, Régis Marcon…And not least of all, you will have the occasion to taste and discover wine country.

The new, full-flat Business Class seat is a “Cocoon in the sky” with a flatbed seat, direct aisle access for all, and enhanced privacy. Air France & Social Media We leverage our social media channels to engage with our clients, but also to solve any issue very quickly: Air France offers 24/7 social servicing, with our goal being responses within 60 minutes and resolution in 24 hours.

Reminder Air France New Lounge at JFK’s Terminal 1. Since October 31, a fully renovated Air France lounge has opened at JFK Terminal 1. Featuring nearly 9,687 square feet on two levels, the lounge offers a unique view of the New York City skyline, with optimal comfort, relaxation and meals. Here Air France is carrying over its standards for exceptional lounges to the US, where Air France recently unveiled a beautiful new lounge featuring a Clarins spa at JFK.

Since June 6, 2016 Air France is adding daily service from New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Paris Orly International Airport (ORY) operated by a Boeing 777-200, equipped with 35 seat in Business, 24 seats in Premium Economy and 250 seats in Economy. Air France passengers will benefit from optimized connections, without having to change airports, to 26 French cities.
This summer, Air France-KLM provided 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 New York and Nice. 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.
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 percent of global transatlantic capacity and generated $12.5 billion in revenue in 2015. The joint-venture is structured around seven 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 travelers a digital and original travel blog, Travel by Air France – travelby.airfrance.com. With two new cities added each month, Paris and New York are 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 Lake City and Washington.

Norwegian Air :

From New York, Baltimore, Washington or Boston to Martinique & Guadeloupe, concerning the French West Indies there is more exciting news for Martinique and for the Guadeloupe Islands. This coming winter season, starting December 17, 2016 the award-winning low-cost airline Norwegian will fly non-stop and very affordably (starting 250 USD) to both islands from four East Coast locations: New York’s JFK, Baltimore’s BWI, Boston’s Logan and Fort Lauderdale airports. It is the first time in 20 years that residents of the Northeast will enjoy direct service to these French Caribbean Islands. For details on Norwegian Service to Martinique February 2016 service update American Airlines: Miami to Fort-de-France Martinique will be a lot more accessible to travelers from the U.S. mainland this winter, as American Airlines has announced it will expand nonstop service from Miami to Fort-de-France. Starting December 17th American will operate 6 weekly flights every day except Wednesdays. For booking please visit www.aa.com Delta: Non-stop flights from Raleigh-Durham to Paris Delta will launch daily non-stop flights from Raleigh-Durham to Paris beginning May 12. Today, only American flies to Europe from the North Carolina airport. That service, to London, has been operating since 1994. Delta will operate the new flight as part of its joint venture with Air France. Delta has been building a base at Raleigh-Durham to serve the Research Triangle (based on the presence of the Univ. of North Carolina, Duke University and North Carolina State). Delta already flies to 20 cities from the airport. For more information, visit Delta Air lines New York – Nice with Delta Airlines: trans-Atlantic nonstop flight from France’s Côte d’Azur to the Big Apple The flight is the only service to link the French Riviera region to the United States nonstop and previously ran for 10 months each year, with a temporary stop between the end of January and the start of the summer season in March. Operated daily by Delta in conjunction with Air France, the flight will continue four times a week throughout the winter season.

RailEurope :

Rail Europe favours family travel. Any adult traveling with a France Rail Pass can have up to 2 children under the age of 12 traveling for free! Improvement of connections with Rail Europe began in April 2016, the Paris-East high speed connections improved: Paris to Strasbourg is only an hour & 50mn (a gain of 30 minutes) or Luxembourg to Strasbourg only a 1h25mn (a gain of 45mn compared to the previous schedule). International connections are constantly improving, like Barcelona-Paris that now only takes 6h15mn and, started April 2016 Stuttgart-Paris will be linked in only 3h30mn (which represents a half hour less than the previous travel time). Rail Europe Looking ahead Paris-Bordeaux 2017 The Paris-Bordeaux high-speed line should be completed by June 2017 with improved travel time:
• Paris-Bordeaux from 3 h à 2h 05m
• Paris-La Rochelle from 2h 50m à 2h 27m
• Paris-Toulouse from 4h 56m à 4h 03m
• Paris-Poitiers from 1h 26m à 1h 17m