Passengers travelling between Paris and Taipei will soon get to experience Air France’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft from October 30 this year.
The airline will also revise the flight times on this route. Starting the same day, both daytime Paris-bound and Taipei-bound services will be rescheduled to become night flights. Air France says the change will allow passengers arriving in Paris to “enjoy extra day time to explore the city or plan a more flexible business schedule”. The revised flight schedule is shown below:
|AF557||Taipei (TPE)||Paris (CDG)||0045||0750||Wednesday, Friday, Sunday|
|AF552||Paris (CDG)||Taipei (TPE)||1900||1445 (+1)||Monday, Wednesday, Friday|
Air France’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft has a total of 276 seats, including 30 business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, 21 premium economy class seats in a 2-3-2 configuration, and 225 economy class seats in a 3-3-3 configuration. Wifi will be available across all the cabins on the aircraft, and there will be mood lighting adapted to different stages of the flight.
Laid out in a reverse herringbone configuration, all the business class seats feature direct access to the aisle, a 16-inch in-flight entertainment screen, and can be converted into a two-metre-long lie-flat bed.
As for premium economy class, each seat can recline up to 130 degrees, and comes equipped with an individual reading light and a tray table with a groove, an electric socket and a USB port. Business Traveller recently reviewed the premium economy product on the airline’s Boeing 787-9.
Economy class seats offer ergonomic seat cushions, adjustable headrests and an individual IFE screen of 28cm. Passengers will get a fleece blanket, a towel and eye masks as well.
Air France restarted its Paris-Taipei service in April 2018, marking the French flag carrier’s return to Taiwan after about 20 years. Currently, the carrier flies three times weekly on this route, served by a Boeing 777-200 aircraft.
Dutch national airline KLM, a subsidiary of the Air France-KLM Group, also operates daily non-stop flights from Amsterdam to Taipei, served by a Boeing 777-300ER.