Air France has rejigged its transatlantic business class fares and brought in lower prices for travellers prepared to book well ahead. The deals are now available for online booking.
Return prices from London and UK regional airports via Paris CDG start from £1,226 for Boston, £1,516 for Chicago, £1,526 for Detroit, £1,626 for Los Angeles and San Francisco, £1,226 for New York JFK and Newark along with £1,226 for Washington DC. These rates are keenly priced compared with rates offered by rival airlines.
A particular advantage is that regional passengers flying Air France can depart from their local airport. So in addition to London Heathrow (and a once daily link from London City to CDG) the French carrier offers connections from Southampton, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
Air France’s new lie-flat style seating (now fitted to many B777s and a number of A330s and A340s) features on selected flights on all these routes with the exception of New York JFK and Washington DC.
But passengers must book weeks ahead to get the best prices. When Business Traveller tried booking a return ticket from Southampton to New York over the next few weeks the cheapest fare available was £1,826. Only when we specified dates in April did the price fall to £1,226.
If further encouragement to use Charles de Gaulle as your hub were needed, the security queues at Heathrow Terminal 4 show little sign of improving. Reports from readers this week continue to highlight delays of up to an hour clearing security. Once again one of the four scanning machines was not in use, with BAA security staff confirming that though it was working, there were not enough staff available to operate it.
BAA told Businesstraveller.com “Supervisors are monitoring the situation constantly, and making decisions with regard to resourcing. Machines can be out of action for a short time, but we are doing everything we can to minimise delays.”. The advice for business travellers for the moment is that even if you are checking in online and have hand luggage only, allow plenty of time.
For more information go to www.airfrance.co.uk
Report by Alex McWhirter