FLYSSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7467 posts, RR: 56 Posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5452 times:
Air France has confirmed the lease of two Airbus A319LR from ILFC. The aircraft will be delivered in spring 2004, for the next summer schedule.
The A319LR will be configured in a single 48 seats Business Class and will be operated by Air France, with AF Pilots and F/A.
Unlike LH and Privat'Air, Air France will first use these a/c to open new "Petroleum" destinations with a high density Business traffic such as :
BAKU (Azerbaïdjan), MALABO (Guinea), POINTE-NOIRE (Congo), ATYRAU (Kazakhstan). If this service is successfull, new destinations should be added.
Kuwait-City (KWI) and Teheran (THR) should be also re-opened soon, but it is not decided yet if these destinations will be operated with the A319LR or by a more "classical" A332 service.
A new destination in China, GUANGZHOU (Canton CAN ) will be served 5/weekly with an A340. AF will be the first and only European Airline to land in this south-Chinese city.
AF will increase its offer on the Central and South American market :
Airplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5188 times:
Those new potential destinations are pretty cool! It would be wonderful if Air France put just a few rows of economy in the very back so people like me could someday fly there! If they can fill the planes though in business, then there is really no point in doing that. It's just wishful thinking I guess... Thanks for sharing this information!
FLYSSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7467 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5170 times:
AF did operate flights to Pointe-noire, some years ago. The flights was operated by an Air Charter A320 but it was a Charter agreement with Big Oil companies for a determined period.
LOS (Lagos) & PHC (Port-Harcourt) are important Petroleum destinations but they both have a "regular" traffic also : LOS is now served Daily nonstop from CDG with an A340 and PHC 2/Weekly nonstop with A332.
Additionnal flights with the A319LR could, however, be added later to PHC.
LAD (Luanda) needs a "normal" service, as there is quite a big traffic in Economy Class and First, along with "Petroleum Business". LAD is served only 1/Week by a B777. AF would like to add frequencies, but the Governement from Angola refuses any additionnal frequency to protect TAAG Angola Airlines interests.
Donder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5053 times:
Very strong rumours of BA considering flights to Malabo too.
LAD also produces rather high cargo loads due to capital equipment for the oil industry-for an economy of its nature,trade accounts for a very high % of GDP relative to its peers.About $14BN a year or so.
Marco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4169 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4444 times:
777 + A340, instead of 1 Daily last winter
Last January I flew AF DXB-CDG-YUL.There were two AF flights to YUL. One was operated by the B767 and the other was operated by the B777, so the frequency hasn't changed, the aircraft have been upgraded.