Air France to launch domestic business class next year

The French flag-carrier will break out the Champagne for business class passengers on domestic flights from 2020.

By David Flynn, November 8 2019

Air France will launch business class on domestic flights in the first quarter of 2020, mirroring the premium cabin product of its short-range European flights.

Passengers at the pointy end of the SkyTeam member's domestic services will find the 3-3 seating in the front rows will have the middle seat blocked for greater privacy and personal space, although Air France says this will also be a "dedicated front cabin".

Travellers will enjoy "deluxe snacks" alongside Champagne and wine, with lounge access and access to priority check-in desks before their flight.

Airline CEO Anne Rigail outlined plans for domestic business class at an investor presentation in Paris earlier this week, saying the aim is to provide a "consistent business product" across the Air France network.

The lack of a business class offering within France has meant that passengers from outside of Paris, such as the regional centres of Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse, are to date unable to enjoy an end-to-end business class experience ahead of Air France's longer international business class journeys.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Speedbird

Speedbird

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

14 Jan 2014

Total posts 283

Still EuroBiz seats so what's the point

OzGlobal

OzGlobal

30 May 2018

Total posts 9

Living in France, one of the big challenges for Air France on domestic routes is that they can be easily beaten by the TGV on many of the main line routes such as CDG - Lyon, Lille, Avignon, Aix en Provence, Marsaille, Strasbourg and others. There is a TGV under CDG T2 which can whisk you anywhere in France (or Western Europe) at 300km/h, and drop you in the city centre of your destination. Hence, making money domestically has been a challenge for Air France for some years.

JKH

JKH

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Sep 2017

Total posts 131

Poor Europeans. They're intent on maintains their crummy Eurobusiness product.

JKH

JKH

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Sep 2017

Total posts 131

Different geography and demographics in AU I know, but I wish we had some high speed rail options here. It seems such a backwater.


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