DOH will be closed very soon : the 2 x Weekly flights CDG-DOH-CDG will stop operating after January 8th 2005.
Air France will continue to propose DOH to its customers via BEY, in partnership with MEA on the BEY-DOH leg.
Starting Mar. 29th, a 4th weekly CDG-KWI-CDG will be added to face the demand.
A 4th Frequency has already been added on CDG-PNR-CDG and will be kept duting the next summer season.
RUH was started last Dec.1st, nonstop from CDG 3 x Weekly (It was previously served via CAI ).
This flight proved to be very successful and a 4th weekly frequency will be added as soon as next January 31st
SSG (Malabo) and TAS (Tashkent) will continue to be served 2 x Weekly each.
AF is still negociating additional traffic rights to operate to KIS (Kish Island / Iran). AF preferred for the moment to use its rights to increase the frequencies on CDG-THR to 5 x weekly (A332).
Except DOH, all the "Dedicate" routes were already profitable after 6 months of operation.
SSG also had bad results at the beginning with load factors not exceeding 44 % but the results are now also much better and the route became profitable.
KWI, PNR, and RUH report load factors exceeding 80 %.
The "Dedicate" flights are operated by a fleet of 3 A319LR (F-GRXG/H/I )configured in two classes : 28 J / 54 Y.
A fourth a/c (F-GYAS) leased from "Aero Services" is also operating some "Dedicate" flights on behalf of AF (The a/c is painted in the AF livery and equipped with the same seat and configuration).
Photo © Richard Koot