Air France subsidiary Joon will extend its network East to Mumbai with effect from June 8.
Mumbai will be the most easterly destination on the new carrier’s network and Joon will be operating the route once daily with a three-class A340 configured for business, premium economy and regular economy.
In truth Joon is simply taking over the Paris-Mumbai route from Air France mainline. This would suggest that Air France is using Joon (which has lower operating costs) in order to operate the route more efficiently.
Because Air France and KLM operate a JV (joint venture) agreement with Jet Airways it means Joon’s flights will be codeshared with those of the Indian carrier.
Passengers travelling from North America and Europe via Paris CDG (and vice versa) therefore benefit from connections via Mumbai to over 40 domestic destinations in India. But note this service (connections via Bombay) does not start until June 18.
Joon’s Mumbai schedules are:
- AF218 departs Paris CDG at 1140, arriving into Mumbai at 0005 the following day
- AF217 departs Mumbai at 0155, arriving into Paris CDG at 0805
The timings from Mumbai might seem unsocial but they are geared to optimising the connection possibilities at Paris CDG.
Passengers will benefit from the normal Air France ground services and frequent flyer arrangements.