American Airlines and SNCF - France's national railway company - have signed a marketing agreement that will make convenient air-to-rail connections possible at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport. Under the agreement, American plans to connect passengers from its U.S.-Paris flights to SNCF's high-speed TGV rail service between the airport and the French cities of Lille, Lyon and Nantes. The partners may extend the arrangement to other French cities in the future.
American will market the rail service as a continuation of its U.S.-Paris flights by labeling it in computer reservations systems with the "AA" designator code and flight numbers. The marketing arrangement will begin after American and SNCF receive any necessary governmental approvals.
American operates daily flights between Paris and Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. The airline moved its Paris base from Orly Airport to Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2A on October 1.
SNCF operates at Charles de Gaulle from a station adjacent to terminal 2, where it provides high-speed rail service to more than 50 cities. SNCF's extensive European rail network includes TGV service to more than 200 cities. Its TGV trains operate at approximately 185 miles per hour.
Sabre, a unit of American's parent company, AMR Corp., has provided technical services to SNCF for several years and developed the railway company's passenger reservations and yield management systems.
"We are pleased to be able to offer our customers a unique way to access more of France," said Gerard J. Arpey, American's senior vice president - finance and planning. "Through this intermodal service, which will link our Paris flights to SNCF's high-speed TGV rail network, we can offer our customers more travel options, greater convenience and superior value."
"After long-term technical cooperation, the partnership between American and SNCF has been enhanced," said Guillaume Pepy, SNCF's senior vice president - passenger services. "Now American Airlines' customers will be able to appreciate the comfort and convenience of SNCF's high-speed trains, and SNCF will have the opportunity to distribute its products more widely in the United States."