Air France Announces Summer 2005 Flight Schedule With New U.S. Gateways and Frequencies

New Service to Detroit; More Frequencies in Cincinnati and Washington, D.C.

NEW YORK, March 17 /PRNewswire/ — The new Air France summer 2005 flight schedule has been significantly expanded. Worldwide capacity, measured in ASK (Available Seat Kilometers), will increase by 4.6% across the network and by 5.9% in long-haul services.

In the U.S., Air France’s capacity will increase in ASK by 10% with the following new developments:

* Detroit Launch: On June 13, Air France adds Detroit as its 13th U.S.
gateway, with a new daily flight on an A330-200 aircraft configured with
219 seats: 40 in l’Espace Affaires (business class) and 179 in Tempo
(economy class). Flight AF373 offers a convenient a departure at
7:15 p.m., arriving at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 8:50 a.m. the
following day. The return flight from Paris, AF374, departs at
10:30 a.m. and arrives in Detroit at 1:05 p.m. the same day. The new
flight is equipped with Air France’s New Travel Concept, offering 27%
more space in l’Espace Affairs with flatbeds and video on-demand,
individual video screens in Tempo, and other in-flight enhancements.

* Additional Frequency in Cincinnati: Effective May 9, Air France
increases its presence in Cincinnati with a daily seasonal flight on an
A340-300 aircraft configured with 270 seats: 34 in l’Espace Affaires
and 236 in Tempo. Complementing a code-share flight with Delta, AF383
departs at 4:25 pm., arriving at Paris-Charles de Gaulle the following
day at 6:25 a.m. The return flight from Paris, AF382, departs at
10:20 a.m. and arrives in Cincinnati at 1:25 p.m.

* Introduction of Third Frequency in Washington, D.C.: Air France
customers will enjoy a third daily frequency from Washington-Dulles to
Paris-Charles de Gaulle starting on May 9. Served by an A330-200
aircraft the flight provides 211 seats: six in l’Espace Premiere (first
class), 42 in l’Espace Affaires and 163 in Tempo. Flight AF025 departs
Washington, Dulles at 6:45 p.m. arriving at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at
8:20 a.m. the next day. The return flight from Paris, AF024, departs at
1:20 p.m. and arrives at Washington-Dulles at 3:50 p.m.

* Continental Code Share and SkyTeam Partnership: Since February 26, 21
new U.S. destinations are offered on departure from Paris via Houston or
Newark with Continental. This makes a total of 125 U.S. cities served
by Air France or on a code-share basis with SkyTeam partners Delta and

Marie-Joseph Male, Air France Vice President and General Manager, U.S.A., said: “With the U.S. being the largest Air France market outside of France, we are excited about increasing our presence in America’s major metropolitan areas. We now have more than 1,000 employees in the U.S., along with increased capacity and the rollout of our New Travel Concept with superior comfort and in-flight amenities. In our growing role as a global leader, we are committed to offering a caring and consistent passenger experience, along with greater benefits and choices.”

Many Air France passengers from the U.S. travel beyond Paris with the airline’s growing worldwide network within Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. At Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub, Air France has 17,900 weekly medium- haul/long-haul connecting opportunities (49% more than Europe’s second largest hub) – 94% of long-haul flights are non-stop to cut down on traveling time, and at least 60% of the long-haul destinations are served at least once daily.

About Air France

Recently named Airline of the Year for 2005 by Air Transport World, Air France-KLM operates 2,000 daily flights out of Paris and Amsterdam to 225 destinations worldwide. In the U.S., Air France currently flies from 13 gateways and provides service from 125 U.S. cities through code-share agreements with SkyTeam partners, Delta and Continental. For more information and for immediate access to the best Air France fares and to purchase electronic tickets, log on to

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