Air France Opens New U.S. Gateway in Detroit

- Daily Non-Stop Flights To Paris Begin June 13 –

NEW YORK, June 13 /PRNewswire/ — Air France announces the opening of its 13th U.S. gateway, Detroit, with a new, daily non-stop flight to Paris beginning today.

“Detroit was a logical next step in our U.S. expansion as home to many industry leaders in the automotive, pharmaceutical, plastics and chemical industries, among others. Both the business community and the diverse international populations in Detroit will benefit from access to Air France’s worldwide network with one-stop-shopping from our Paris hub,” said Mr. Marie- Joseph Male, Air France Vice President and General Manager, U.S.A. “We are confident that our new passengers in the Detroit metro area will enjoy the exceptional level of on-board service with superior in-flight dining, travel comforts and caring staff.”

Flight Schedule – Detroit/Paris

Flight AF373 offers a convenient departure from Detroit at 7:15 p.m., arriving at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8:50 a.m. the following day. The return flight, AF374, departs at 10:30 a.m. and arrives in Detroit at 1:05 p.m. the same day.

The Detroit flight schedule allows easy connections beyond Paris with Air France’s expansive worldwide network throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. At Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Air France offers 17,300 weekly medium- and long-haul connecting opportunities (49% more than the next largest European hub).

Flights depart from the McNamara Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.

The New Travel Concept – Enhancing the Travel Experience

The Detroit flight will be served with an A330-200 aircraft equipped with Air France’s New Travel Concept in a two-class configuration: 40 seats in l’Espace Affaires (Business Class) and 179 in Tempo (Economy Class). As part of its commitment to providing an exceptional travel experience for passengers from departure to arrival, with the New Travel Concept, Air France has totally revamped in-flight and ground products to anticipate and exceed its customers’ expectations. Along with enhanced services and amenities in all classes of service, Air France has added more space, new seats and chic interiors to bring back the glamour and elegance of air travel. On the ground, Air France has been revamping its lounges for greater efficiency and amenities to create a modern, tranquil environment for work, relaxation and entertainment.

About Air France

Recently named “Airline of the Year for 2005″ by Air Transport World, the Air France-KLM group operates 2,000 daily flights out of Paris and Amsterdam to 225 destinations worldwide. In the U.S., Air France currently flies from 13 U.S. 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 tickets online, log on to

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