Looking at the schedules, it seems that the Air France operated flight is timed less optimal than the Delta operated flight. Delta's inbound international bank is around 3 p.m., with Delta operated flights from LGW
, FRa, CDG
all coming in around that time, connecting to the outbound domestic bank between 4.30 and 5 p.m.
The Air France operated flight, however, gets into CVG
at 1.20 p.m., and is basically connecting to the same bank of domestic flights, giving passengers coming in on Air France an extra one and a half hour wait. I guess one would rather leave Paris later and travel on the Delta 777 rather than the Air France 332.
The outbound situation is similar: Air France goes out at 4.35 p.m. without really having an inbound wave of domestic flights feeding into the CDG
service. All other international services leave CVG
around 7 p.m., and are being fed by Delta's 6 p.m. inbound domestic bank.
So, I guess one of the problems is the less than perfect timing of the Air France flight, which is timed in accordance with the airline's international banks at CDG
but is clearly not positioned for optimal connecting opportunities at CVG
A solution to this scheduling problem would be rather hard to find without timing the Air France flight around the exact same time as the Delta flight. CVG
is a smaller hub and Delta is basically operating 3 main hubs. Air France could conceivably feed into the evening hub at 9 p.m., as Delta once did with its now defunct second FRa flight, but this would mean a total lack of feed for the return service as the last major inbound domestic bank at CVG
is at 6 p.m.