Dolphinflyer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 204 posts, RR: 1 Posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 10212 times:
Air France Opens New U.S. Gateway in Seattle
Tuesday February 20, 4:00 am ET
Expanding Its U.S. Market Presence
NEW YORK, NY--(MARKET WIRE)--Feb 20, 2007 -- Air France announces the opening of its 13th U.S. gateway, Seattle, with a new, daily non-stop flight to Paris beginning June 11, 2007.
Throughout the past decade, Air France has continually expanded its presence in the United States. It has done this through the addition of new flights and gateways across the country. With the addition of the Seattle flight, Air France now covers the U.S. Northwestern market, giving its passengers greater access to Paris and beyond.
"We are pleased to add Seattle as our newest gateway," said Air France Vice President and General Manager Marie-Joseph Malé. "Seattle is home to many leaders in the aerospace, biotechnology, computer technology and manufacturing industries, among others. We are confident that both the business community and the diverse international population in the Seattle area will benefit from our extensive global network and enjoy the exceptional travel experience Air France offers its passengers."
Flight AF041 offers a convenient departure from Seattle at 16:55 p.m., arriving at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport at 11:40 a.m. the following day. The return flight, AF046, departs at 13:20 p.m. and arrives in Seattle at 14:35 p.m. the same day.
The Seattle flight offers easy connections beyond Paris with Air France's expansive global network throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
New Travel Concept
The Seattle flight will be serviced with an A330-200 featuring Air France's New Travel Concept in a two-class configuration: 40 seats in l'Espace Affaires Business Class and 179 in Tempo Economy Class. Air France's New Travel Concept adds more space, new seats and chic interiors to provide passengers with a relaxing and comfortable travel experience.
HB-IWC From Indonesia, joined Sep 2000, 4516 posts, RR: 72
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 10139 times:
Many of us new that AF would be starting new a US gateway, but until recently it remained unclear whether either DFW or SEA would be picked for this new service. The actual number of US gateways for Air France will not increase, as the airline will not be returning to CVG next summer, leaving the CDG CVG route to just Delta.
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9817 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 10109 times:
This is exciting. SEA is finally getting another carrier to Europe. All the international carriers in the last decade have been to asia. Now BA, SK and NW have more competition. I'm really excited. All SEA needs now is LH.
It was not clear if this will be year round daily service to me. Did I miss it? It wouldn't surprise me if winter service dropped to 3 or 4 a week since SEA is somewhat seasonal. BA has loads in the 60s in the winter but 90s in the summer from what I have heard for comparison's sake.
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Juventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 10047 times:
Great news for Seattle, this makes two European carriers now. SEA has being making progress as far as getting foreing carriers. Hopefully AF or BA look at San Diego next. SAN deserves better. On the West Coast, LAX and SFO usually steal all the thunder.
IAD380 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 804 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 9887 times:
Good news for the USA! I read that AF was considering YVR as its gateway in the Pacific Northwest. More stringent visa requirements probably meant that YVR was no longer a convenient transit point for passengers travelling between the northwest United States and CDG. The alliance with NW, market demand for stronger air-links between the Pacific Northwest and Europe, and the fact that SEA is a thriving regional business center all support Air France's choice. Either DEN or DFW will be AF's next destination in the United States.
Blrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1426 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 9586 times:
I wish the CDG-BLR flight was aligned to this flight. SEA-CDG flight arrives at CDG at 11:40am, but CDG-BLR flight leaves at 11:25 AM The return journey is not bad, as BLR-CDG flight arrives at 8:50AM at CDG and CDG-SEA leaves at 13:20. Still can't beat BA with one stop service to SEA-BLR in both directions
TYCOON From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 427 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 9531 times:
Could SEA turn into a mini Skyteam hub with AF, NW, CO and DL? AF, DL and NW currently have marketing agreements with Alaska Airlines either through their frequent flyer programmes (Alaska is a partner carrier in AF's Flying Blue programme) or through code-shares. Could this mean Alaska may soon head towards Skyteam membership? Interesting...
Lemurs From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1439 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 9464 times:
Quoting Centrair (Reply 4): This is great news for SEA. They can get O&D and pax can transfer onto NW flights easily.
I think they're aiming for regional O&D, not connecting opportunities on NW. NW doesn't exactly cover a lot of ground out of SEA. HNL, MSP, MEM, DTW are all better served by other flights leaving CDG. Alaska and Horizon are really the reason they're coming to SEA. Both airlines offer miles to the other's frequent fliers, and the excellent west coast networks mean that all regional O&D will naturally want to gravitate towards SEA instead of LAX. Should be interesting to see what happens.
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Nwray From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 9427 times:
Sounds great. Concourse A, I presume? When an airline sets up in a new city with one flight a day, do they bring in their own people or do they contract with someone already doing business at the airport?
Searpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 9311 times:
Quoting LN-MOW (Reply 21): Quoting Nwray (Reply 18):
Concourse A, I presume?
South Satelite. All international flights have to arrive here and it's not practical to move the aircraft to another position after it has been emptied. Not to mention the cost involved.
Most likely correct, but their have been instances where the arrival is at S, then the plane moves over to another gate for the departure. AA, UA both did this for Tokyo (I think UA now comes in as a domestic arrival, so not an issue any longer), Finnair, SAS both moved over to N at one point or another. I could see DL handling AF here in Seattle, in which case A would make sense, similar to China Air to Taipei (though that is technically a domestic arrival).
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RwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3135 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 9245 times:
Great news, and long-time coming - this has been rumored for years. I figured that NW would have started it first, but the flight should definitely do well with all the connecting opportunities on both ends (don't forget that AS is a partner with AF).
I think the A330 is the perfect sized aircraft for the route as well. I recently flew SEA-AMS-SEA with NW, and the flight was packed in both ways, even during the low season. People were connecting to all sorts of places, including BCN, BRU, NBO, and BOM. Also, on the return, there were quite a few Europeans connecting to NW's flight to HNL.
Quoting Juventus (Reply 7): Great news for Seattle, this makes two European carriers now.