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Air France's first A350 completed its maiden test flight in Toulouse on Aug. 27. (Photo: Airbus)

Air France’s First A350 Completes Maiden Flight

On Aug. 27, Air France's first Airbus A350-900 performed its maiden flight around the builder's factory in Toulouse, France. The twin-engine widebody aircraft, which bears the manufacturer's serial number MSN331 and the factory registration F-WZFN, flew for a little over three hours. This first aircraft is set to be delivered next September, with 27 additional aircraft to be received until 2023. A few months ago, KLM and Air France swapped long-haul aircraft orders in order to achieve a better fleet…

Air France Adds Airbus A220 to Fleet, Details A380 Retirement…

In a long-awaited decision, Air France has selected the Airbus A220-300 to replace its A318/A319 fleet. The company committed to a firm order of 60 aircraft, with an additional 30 purchase options and 30 acquisition rights. September 2021 is the set date of delivery and entry into service. This aircraft…

France Decides on More Taxes for Aviation Sector

Following a less than successful attempt last year by the French government to increase tax revenues by proposing an increase in fuel taxes, particularly diesel fuel, the government is back at it doing what governments do best. France next year plans on introducing an “eco tax” ranging from 1.5 to…

Air France Bids ‘Au Revoir’ to Joon

Air France has ended operations of its short-lived subsidiary Joon. The carrier was created by the French national carrier to compete with low-cost airlines on heavily traveled routes. However, the carrier has been poorly received since its announcement in 2017, and since it took to the skies the carrier hasn’t…

Philadelphia Airport Welcomes Two Unusual Visitors as Severe Weather Strikes…

The past week has seen the Northeast encounter a swath of severe weather that has plagued aviation in the region. With high winds, heavy rains and thunderstorms battering the region, delays, ground stops and diversions were a common occurrence.  The severe weather brought two unusual visitors to Philadelphia, a welcomed…

Air France and KLM Ink Deal with Greek Carrier for…

Air France and KLM have signed a deal with regional Greek airline Sky Express in an attempt to strengthen the commercial cooperation between the three carriers on flights between Paris-Charles De Gaulle, Amsterdam Schiphol and 24 destinations in Greece. For passengers, this agreement adds the convenience of a single ticket…

Air France-KLM Aim for More Brand Clarity with HOP! Rebrand

Air France recently announced that the branding on its regional routes and fleet, currently known as HOP!, will be marketed as Air France HOP. This change aims to link the regional flight offerings more clearly to the Air France brand, making it the sole point of reference for customers wishing…

Opinion: Please No More Flying Rooftop Bars

Joon, the Air France experiment at courting millennials, has been in the news thrice so far. The first time was in June 2017 when the concept was announced, whereas the second was when operations began in December 2017. Finally, the third announcement arrived this month when Air France announced that Joon…

Air France Looks to Shutdown Joon

Following a short time as a carrier within a carrier, Joon is set to be closed after parent company Air France announced a review of the subsidiary this week. The airline was initially developed to attract young people, as the English word is a translation of Jeune meaning young. Founded in…

New CEO Decides Fate of Air France’s A380 Fleet

Benjamin Smith was recently appointed as the new Air France-KLM CEO following the departure of Jean-Marc Janaillac. He assumed the CEO role on Sept. 30, 2018. Just over two weeks into the job, Smith and employee representative unions successfully signed an agreement regarding employee compensation. The unions in the accord…