Founded in 1933 the French flag carrier, Air France based out of Tremblay-en-France is now owned and managed by Air France-KLM after the merger between the two airlines in 2004. The Franco-Dutch company operates numerous airlines along with Air France flights flying to 36 cities in France and 168 destinations the world over. Travellers can make use of the ‘Time to think” feature while Air France online booking which retains the reservation for up to 3 days at the same price. Air France-KLM is among the world’s largest airline alliances in terms of passenger traffic and revenue generation.
About Air France
An offshoot of the holding company, Air France-KLM Group, Air France became a founding member of the SkyTeam alliance in June 2000. The airline serves 78 countries across the world operating both passenger and cargo services. The international hub and the corporate headquarters for Air France is Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. Formed in 1933 as a result of a coalition between four French airlines and an aviation company, Air France merged again in 1990 with the French domestic carrier Air Inter and UTA to form into the Air France Group which served as the national airline until its merger with KLM Airlines. Other subsidiaries of the group apart from Air France are Transavia France, Air France Cargo, Joon, HOP!, KLM Cityhopper, Martinair, KLM Asia and Transavia. A global alliance, Air France serves 91 countries and delves mainly into cargo and passenger traffic, along with aircraft maintenance. The airline also operates 120 long-haul transatlantic flights daily in collaboration with Delta. Air France is known for its exceptional services and features be it the on-ground services or in-flight conveniences such as its frequent flyer program called Flying Blue. The airline also shows its commitment to environmental sustainability by reducing the carbon footprint by 20 percent.
Types of Cabin in Air France
Travellers have all the more reasons to book a seat with Air France for the exceptional in-flight amenities and features. Air France has primarily four classes of travel namely Economy, Premium Economy, Business and La Premiere or First. Here is what you can expect on board every cabin.
Air France Economy Class
An Economy ticket of Air France offers you more comfort than ever especially for long-haul flights. Now fly with ease with 118 degree reclining seats, winged headrests, personal telephone, touchscreen monitor and an entertainment system. The in-flight meal comes in two variants. On short-haul routes the airline serves a snack whereas for medium-haul flights Economy passengers are served a three-course cold meal along with alcoholic drinks. Passengers can also opt for extra legroom with SeatPlus typically available at the exit of the aircraft varying with the design of the plane.
Air France Premium Economy Class
The cabin is available on the intercontinental flights and is perfect for flyers who wish to work on board in privacy and peace as the cabin has few seats and is demarcated by a divider on either side. The seats come equipped with a wide personal touchscreen, noise reducing headset, an adjustable reading lamp, a USB port. The seats are 40 percent more spacious than Economy and reclines within a limit to ensure no passenger is disturbed and enjoys their personal space. The seats will relax the jaded muscles with footrest, legrest and headrest adapting to the contours of a passenger’s body. The passengers are also given a bottle of water, a comfort kit and cold Oshibori towels before meals.
Air France Business Class
The seats can transform into beds measuring up to 6.5 ft in length equipped with the seat controls meant for maximum comfort. Also, on offer are a personal touchscreen with 500 hours of entertainment, a hypoallergenic feather pillow, a duvet, a travel kit with a sleep mask, and Clarins moisturiser. Other facilities fitted with every seat are a power plug, a reading lamp, noise-cancelling headphone, and a personal storage space. A few intercontinental flights have the new Business cabin which includes a full flat bed, 16-inch HD touchscreen, a multipurpose area and direct access to the aisle. The food in the Business cabin is curated by the Michelin-starred grand chefs served with fine French and world wines.
Air France La Premier or First Class
If you have booked a La Premier ticket with Air France then expect nothing but the best. Prepare for a personalised service from the airline’s staff from the moment you arrive at the airport. Your every need will be taken care of by the warm cabin crew once aboard the aircraft. Enjoy a range of in-flight services such as a storage space, a personal cloakroom, a bedside lamp. Catch on a good sleep with a duvet, memory foam mattress and a feather pillow. Or spend time on the 24-inch screen with 1,000 hours of on-demand entertainment with a variety of shows, music, and documentaries. The gourmet food menu crafted by grand chefs offers items like caviar and the finest of wines to pair with. The food menu changes every three months and the wine list is updated every two months.
Air France Flight Status
There are primarily two ways to check the Air France flight status to track the flight. It is a recommended step for flyers before boarding the flight which keeps them abreast of the status of the flight and the alternatives in the event of any delays or cancellations. One of the ways to know the real-time flight status for Air France is through typing departure and arrival cities and providing either the departure or arrival date which will show a list of flights operating between the selected destinations. Choose the flight booked for your travel to check its status. Another approach is to key in the flight number and the date of travel which will display the scheduled departure and arrival time and whether the flight is expected on time.
Air France Online Booking
Booking an Air France flight ticket is pretty effortless. Go to the website and click on ‘book a flight’ then choose the departure and destination cities. Select the date of travel and return in case of a round trip. Select the number of passengers and their age. Pick the cabin you would like to travel. Air France offers four classes of travel namely Economy, Premium Economy, Business and La Premiere. The next page will show you a host of flights flying on the mentioned date. Alternatively you can select ‘Use your miles’ and sign in to book a ticket with Air France. During the process of your Air France ticket booking you can also calculate the CO2 emission from your trip. To check how much of carbon dioxide your flight causes, click on the CO2 calculator link under the sustainable development and select the starting and onward airport from the drop down. Choose number of passengers and click on calculate.
Air France Online Check in
The airline gives the option for an online check-in 30 hours prior the flight departure. The web check-in for Delta flights departing from the United States and Air France flights leaving from Detroit and Atlanta starts 24 hours before the flight. Air France web check in can be done in two ways. The first is to click on the ‘Check-in’ section on the website and type in the 6-character-long reservation reference number or the 12-digit Flying Blue card number if you have one. The second way is to checking-in through the Air France app on the phone. The Air France web check-ins can also be cancelled until the check-in deadline. To do this, simply type in the ticket number, booking reference or Flying Blue number, next fill in the last name of the passenger, flight number and hit on ‘continue’.
Air France Flight PNR Status
Use your Air France flight PNR status for information on flight schedule, departure terminal or the number of baggage items allowed. Go to ‘Your reservations’ and type in the reservation or the 14-digit ticket number for information on your next flight. Or simply type in the starting and onward destinations followed by the date of departure or arrival. Another and easier way is to provide the flight number and date of travel.
Air France Baggage Allowance
The Air France baggage allowance can be seen at the time of booking the flight as it depends on the travel cabin or class chosen or your Flying Blue status. In case you have booked the ticket already then you can check your e-ticket or go to ‘My Bookings’ to know the baggage limit.
Air France Hand Baggage Allowance
The Economy class allows one item of hand baggage and an accessory both weighing up to 12 kg which is the permissible weight limit for Air France cabin luggage. Rest of the cabins be it Premium Economy, Business and la Premiere allow two items of hand baggage along with one accessory and the combined weight should be up to 18 kg. The hand baggage must not measure more than 55 x 35 x 25 cm.
Air France Checked Baggage Allowance
Usually Air France allows one item weighing 23 kg in the Economy cabin, and two items weighing up to 23 kg in the Premium Economy. Business cabin permits two checked baggage weighing 32 kg each whereas La Premiere cabin allows three items weighing 32 kg each. The Flying blue, Elite Plus and SkyTeam Elite members are permitted an extra checked baggage weighing in accordance with the travel class free of cost. Infants are allowed 10 kg of checked baggage. Passengers with more items and bags to carry can always purchase a Baggage Option online with a discount of 20 percent off the airport rate. The permissible checked baggage dimensions are 158 cm or 62.2 inches.
Air France Customer Care Number
Air France can be reached by web support, social media, or telephone for all user-related queries like missing baggage or booking related queries. Flying Blue members can log in to the Flying Blue website for the miles-related questions. The Air France customer care number India is 18004192033 (toll free) or 01246233502 and can be contacted from 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays and from 9 am to 5 pm on weekends.
Air France Top Sectors
Air France has a vast network of flights operating within France and connecting to the world. Some of the popular domestic destinations for the airline are Bordeux, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Strasbourg. A few European cities Air France flies to are Berlin, Munich, Oslo, Barcelona, Zurich, Stockholm, Lisbon, Prague, Istanbul, Glasgow and more. The Air France top sectors out of Europe are Rio de Janeiro, Montreal, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Guangzhou, Seoul, Dubai, Osaka, Taipei among others. In India, Air France operates from Delhi to Paris flightsand Mumbai to New York flights.