Air France and KLM to expand North American networks

21 Feb 2007 by business traveller

There are more opportunities for transatlantic passengers making connections through Paris CDG and Amsterdam this summer. Both Air France and its Dutch partner KLM are adding new routes and increasing flights on existing services.

The main news is that Air France will launch a new daily service to Seattle on the US West coast from June 11. The flight will be operated by an Airbus A330-200 and it's a significant development because there are currently few non-stop flight options between Europe and Seattle.

Flight AF46 will depart Paris CDG at 1320, reaching Seattle at 1435. Inbound service AF41 will leave Seattle at 1655 to arrive in Paris CDG the next day at 1140.

These timings are perfect for making connections at CDG both for other European and long-haul destinations.

In other news Air France will add a sixth daily flight to the busy Paris CDG to New York JFK route. It will also draft in larger B747-400s to serve Toronto, Atlanta and Boston.

Meanwhile KLM plans a third daily service linking Amsterdam with New York JFK from July 1. It will also operate an additional five flights a week to both Los Angeles and Toronto using B777s.

KLM will rejig some schedules out of Amsterdam to offer what it terms a "morning transatlantic departure bank" covering flights to New York JFK, Boston, Los Angeles and Detroit. The airline says the revised timings are geared to the needs of connecting passengers arriving in Amsterdam on overnight flights from Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

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Report by Alex McWhirter

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