Air France boosting flights from Canada to Paris to 33 from 28 weekly this summer

Air France boosting flights from Canada to Paris to 33 from 28 weekly this summer

MONTRÉAL — Air France is increasing the number of flights between Canada and Paris from 28 to 33 a week this summer.

In Montréal, Air France will be bringing back its third daily flight on June 2 through late September, on a Boeing 777-300.

Air France customers will therefore have three Montréal departure times to choose from every day — 4:45 p.m., 7:25 p.m. and 10:40 p.m. — in either of these three travel classes: Business, Premium Economy and Economy. Passengers originating from Ottawa will continue to use shuttle bus service twice daily from the nation’s capital to Montréal-Trudeau airport so they can connect with one of the three flights.

With 21 weekly flights, Montréal continues to be Air France’s second leading long-haul destination in terms of flights offered (after New York City and before Tokyo).

From Toronto, Air France will be upping its capacity between June 8 and August 30 with a Boeing 747, which will mean 120 more seats a day over the normally scheduled B777-200.

Toronto customers will be the first in Canada to avail themselves of the airline’s inflight Best & Beyond program, which features Business class flat bed seating. The program will be introduced gradually and will include 75% of flights between Toronto and Paris in September and October.

Vancouver is a key protagonist in the marked increase in Air France flights between Canada and France, as the airline prepares to start operating flights out of the city this March 29, three times a week at first, and then five times weekly as of May 4. The flights will be aboard a 309-seat Boeing 777-200: 35 in Business class, 24 in Premium Economy and 250 in Economy.

“The introduction of our Vancouver route stems from our desire to better serve Canada by completing our customary Montréal and Toronto services, and thus provide our partners and customers with a broader, more comprehensive offering,” said Jean-Noël Rault, Vice-President and General Manager of Air France KLM Canada.

This summer 2015, Air France and KLM will combine for 72 flights a week to Europe. Air France will fly 33 times weekly to Paris-Charles de Gaulle from Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver effective March 29, to which will be added KLM’s 39 flights to Amsterdam from Montréal (seven), Toronto (14), Calgary (seven), Vancouver (seven) and Edmonton (four) as of May 5, 2015.

And with codeshare flights operated jointly with WestJet, residents from some 15 Canadian cities – including Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Québec City and Dear Lake – will be able to access Air France flights via one single booking.