It would show as a 'connecting' flight because it is being operated, although not physically, by AF
. With CO
, we had a 'flight' to ABE
) and it was actually a bus service.
As for the Schengen visa situation, where were they headed? LIL
is in France as is CDG
and you would still need a Schengen visa for an arrival at CDG
, I am assuming for a Russian national.
Their 'flight' (bus ride) would have taken them directly to CDG
and then to their transfer flight, if they had a connection.
does have foreign arrival facilities, at least French customs and immigrations (DL flew there from the US).
As for US formalities (based on the fact you used airfrance.us as a reference, only DUB
have US customs in Europe for preclearance.