Sunday, 24 September 2017

Airline Updates: Air France Joon

Seychelles to welcome Air France back in 2018

Air France has announced that it will be operating scheduled flights to Seychelles from the Paris Charles Gaulle airport as from May 5, 2018, using its new sister airline ‘Joon.’ 
The new airline, which is targeting a younger clientele, was formally launched on Monday September 25, 2017, when details of the flight schedules were revealed to the press in Paris. It was announced that Joon will operate thrice-weekly flights to Seychelles, exclusively on behalf of Air France, using its Airbus A340-600, to be replaced by an A350-900 by 2019.

Seychelles is among two long-haul destinations which the new subsidiary airline will be flying to as from summer 2018. Joon will also fly twice-weekly to Fortaleza, Brazil as from May 4, 2018.

Speaking on Europe 1, one of France’s leading radio, the Chief Executive of Air France, Franck Terner confirmed that Joon fits between a low-cost and classic airline and will feature a business class section for its long and medium haul flights. For the long haul routes, which is the case of Seychelles, the flight will be more of a normal all-inclusive experience.

Following the announcement, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Port and Marine, Ambassador Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, met with Air France’s Executive Vice-President for Commercial, Sales and Alliances, Patrick Alexandre on Tuesday.

Minister Loustau-Lalanne is currently leading the Seychelles’ delegation to the annual IFTM Top Resa tourism fair in Paris. His discussions with Mr. Alexandre centered on ways that the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) and the national carrier, Air Seychelles, can work together with Air France to ensure that the route is successful and beneficial for all.

The meeting was also attended by the Air France team in charge of alliances and cooperation and on the Seychelles’ side by the Chief Executive of the STB, Sherin Francis, and the Director for STB Europe, Bernadette Willemin.

As of May 2018, Joon will also be flying directly to the island nation leaving Paris on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 10 am arriving in Seychelles at 10.30pm. The returning flights will be leaving Seychelles at midnight the following day, to arrive in Paris at 8 am, a perfect timing for onward connection to other destinations within the Air France-KLM network.

Ahead of its 2018 schedule, Joon will take off to four European cities as from December 1, offering 51 weekly flights to Barcelona, 37 weekly flights to Berlin, 28 flights a week to Lisbon and thrice weekly trips to Porto.

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