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Air France Starts New Flights To Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Air France, a Paris, France-based airline, has formally started operating flights to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). An Air France flight left Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) on Monday, October 30, and arrived in Raleigh, North Carolina, the following day. Air France is thus the sixteenth airline to operate out of Raleigh-Durham. As part of its ongoing alliance with Delta Air Lines, an airline based in Atlanta, Georgia, the airline has also started operating this route.

New international service
Air France’s new operation will run three times every week. The service will be available on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Mondays. The airline will, however, resume daily nonstop operations on this route following the winter season. The start date for this is March 31, 2024.

Michael Landguth, President and CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, gave a speech regarding the new route departing from RDU. He declared,

RDU is excited to announce its new partnership with Air France on the popular Paris route. This partnership will allow RDU passengers to connect to hundreds of destinations around the world, including Europe, India, and beyond.

Recently, Raleigh-Durham set new records for a number of foreign locations. Toronto, London, Montreal, and Cancun are all included in this. In June of the following year, Lufthansa will start a service to Frankfurt, Germany, although Icelandair only started operating to Reykjavík last year.

First service to Raleigh

One of Air France’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft will be used to fly this route. This aircraft has three parts that can accommodate a total of 279 passengers. Thirty passengers can fit in open suite-style chairs in the first section, which is business class. The remaining seats on the aircraft are in normal economy, with an additional 21 seats available in luxury economy class.

This route’s first flight took place on October 30. About 45 minutes after its planned departure time of 13:30 local time, the aircraft, registered as AF-692, took off from the Paris airport at around 14:15 local time. After an eight and a half-hour journey, the aircraft landed in Raleigh at about 17:50 local time. This was more than fifteen minutes later than planned.

Later that day, at around 20:47 local time, the return flight—registered as AF-693—departed Raleigh-Durham. Its anticipated departure time of 19:45 local time was approximately one hour late. The next day, at about 8:25, the plane touched down in Paris six hours and forty minutes later.

Continued partnership with Delta Air Lines

As per the terms of their joint venture agreement, Air France will take over this operation from the airline based in Atlanta. In 2016, Delta started running this route. Delta reopened the route in the spring of 2021, despite the COVID-19 epidemic forcing a cancellation later on. Furthermore, Delta used to fly one of its Boeing 767 aircraft on this route, but it could only accommodate 234 passengers.

Since the summer of 1999, Air France and Delta have had a long-standing alliance. The airline alliance SkyTeam would eventually be formed as a result of this agreement. When combined, these airlines provide about 600 weekly flights between North America and Europe.

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