Air France Celebrates Its New Boeing 787-9 with Four Welcome Flights

The Air France 787 departs for a test flight at Paine Field (Photo: Air France)

Air France has been anxiously awaiting its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which will officially join the carrier’s fleet on Dec. 2. To celebrate the arrival of the new aircraft, the company is organizing four inaugural flights from Paris over regions of France from January 7 – 8 of early 2017. The new Boeing 787-9 will join the Air France fleet after traveling directly from the Boeing manufacturing facility in Everett to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).

The French carrier has 350 aircraft in its fleet, with a total of six of the 787s on order. The aircraft will accommodate up to 276 passengers, distributed in 3 classes: 30 Business, 21 Premium Economy and 225 Economy seats.

The carrier’s four “Welcome Flights” are below, and will allow passengers to travel to nearby cities to experience the newest aircraft. While the routes will be temporary, they will be made available for purchase.

  • January 7 at 8:30 am: flight AF787, from Paris-CDG to Corsica and the Mediterranean Sea
  • January 7 at 1:30 pm: flight AF789, from Paris-CDG to the Southwest of France
  • January 8 at 8:30 am: flight AF787, from Paris-CDG to Brittany and the Atlantic Ocean
  • January 8 at 1:30 pm: flight AF789, from Paris-CDG for a tour of France

To celebrate the occasion, champagne will be served on board along with special festive meals. Flights will include commentary by a group of aviation speakers, and a flight certificate signed by the pilot will be presented to each passenger. The tickets sale for these exclusive flights starts Monday, November 28 (10:30 am, Paris time) with a dedicated website.

In addition to the “Welcome Flights,” beginning on Feb. 6, Air France will offer an opportunity to fly on the new 787 aircraft between Paris and London. The flight will operate daily, except on  Wednesdays, with prices from £69 incl. tax in Economy Class or Business Class from £249 incl. tax. Following this test period, the 787 will start its regular operations flying between Paris and Cairo, Egypt,which is a route currently served by both a Boeing 777 and an Airbus A330 aircraft.

Xavier Amouroux

Xavier Amouroux

Xavier is an aviation enthusiast who travels frequently between Europe, Asia, and Australia. Based in Paris, he works in communications and is also a freelance writer specializing in aviation. He contributes to French and international magazines on travel and the aviation world. A frequent flyer, he started to share his passion with photos of his journeys on Instagram where he launched the FlyingGeek magazine. He now enjoys sharing his passion with the AvGeek community, discovering new airplanes and airports with a strong curiosity for design, architecture, and the whole customer experience on the ground and in the air.
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