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Air France Returns To Abu Dhabi!  
User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6129 times:

As per www.airfrance.com , Air France shall re-introduce nonstop services to Abu Dhabi effective May 3rd 2010, using a 2-class A332.

Air France used to operate to Abu Dhabi, up intil 2001 (or so).

A dummy booking on their website revealed that the flights are now bookable:
http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m189/ronerone/AF.jpg


Welcome back Air France!


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User currently onlineMEA330 From Lebanon, joined Aug 2002, 283 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5791 times:

Very odd flight number. Air France normally use 5XX series flight numbers for their Middle East area flight numbers. Maybe it is a code shared flight even though it is not with Etihad.

User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1651 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5663 times:



Quoting MEA330 (Reply 1):

If I'm not mistaken, AF's changing its entire flight number system, everything will get a 4-digit number.

Great news; I guess KLM is doing pretty well at AUH since it delinked AUH from BAH and its now a dedicated service. I wonder if, in some remote way, this is to tie in with Abu Dhabi's cultural development as a Paris of the Middle East (a Sorbonne, Louvre etc. )


User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17329 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5542 times:

The bigger news is that this seems to be coming at the expense of DXB. DXB is reduced from 12 to 5 weekly, but upgraded to a 77W, and AUH is started with 5 weekly. Coincidence? I think not Wink.


E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offlineCdg From France, joined Sep 2007, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5491 times:

DXB is reduced from 12 to 5 weekly, but upgraded to a 77W

No DXB is reduced to a DAILY flight , from 12 weekly, upgraded with 77W from 772.

Cheers !


User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17329 posts, RR: 46
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5417 times:



Quoting Cdg (Reply 4):
No DXB is reduced to a DAILY flight , from 12 weekly, upgraded with 77W from 772.

That's what I meant. Can't subtract today.



E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4915 times:



Quoting Directorguy (Reply 2):
Great news; I guess KLM is doing pretty well at AUH since it delinked AUH from BAH and its now a dedicated service.

KLM is in fact doing very well at AUH.

While it did delink BAH from AUH, AUH is now combined with MCT.

The improvement is however, that KLM now offers non-stop service to AMS rather than 1-stop hence, making it more attractive to passengers.

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 2):
I wonder if, in some remote way, this is to tie in with Abu Dhabi's cultural development as a Paris of the Middle East (a Sorbonne, Louvre etc. )

Exactly. Not to forget the French military base in Abu Dhabi as well.

Most importantly, there is a number of French business based in Abu Dhabi that Air France believed it could tap into with a service to Abu Dhabi.

Knowing how patriotic the French are, it is almost certain that once AF starts those flights to AUH, these prospect passengers will immediately shift from other airlines.


So in my opinion, i think Air France will do very well here!


Regards,
Roni



A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineVal747 From France, joined Aug 2009, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 4452 times:



Quoting Directorguy (Reply 2):
If I'm not mistaken, AF's changing its entire flight number system, everything will get a 4-digit number.

I'm not so sure about that. They already changed some of the north american flights numbers, but because of the joint venture with DL. (like : CDG-MIA, AF090 became AF690).

Anyways, it's a great news if it comes to be true for AUH!!


User currently offlineAsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 4431 times:



Quoting Ronerone (Reply 6):
While it did delink BAH from AUH, AUH is now combined with MCT.

What happened to Bahrain's flight route? direct both ways I hope?


User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week ago) and read 4354 times:
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France had strongly reinforced the political and cultural link with Abu-Dhabi recently. Hence the new flight I assume. I think in that way that this new flight will be a small setback to Etihad whose O&D traffic out of CDG wasn't too bad.

With the downturn in Dubai, Abu-Dhabi is slowly becoming the place to be in the Gulf region.

They really impressed me with that Formula One Grand Prix in November. It was by far the most extravagant track and venue for years in Motorsport history. And it was designed and supervised by many French companies...



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User currently offlineMindscape From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4068 times:



Quoting Directorguy (Reply 2):
I guess KLM is doing pretty well at AUH since it delinked AUH from BAH and its now a dedicated service.

So AUH will have the "privilege" to become one of the destinations to receive both KL and AF or will AF take over the route?


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