Air France is adding business class to its domestic flights, mirroring the premium cabin product of its short-range European flights.
From February 4 2020, 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".
Airline CEO Anne Rigail says the aim is to provide a "consistent business product" across the Air France network, especially for business class passengers arriving on a long-distance flight and then connecting through to a domestic Air France destination such as the regional centres of Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse.
The 'Euro-business class' will also be sold on its own for domestic-only flights, with three business class fares – Business Leisure, Business Flex and Business Abonné – primarily differentiated by the level of flexibility for booking changes and cancellation.
For example, Business Leisure offers a non-refundable ticket with a €70 change fee, while Business Abonné is refundable and allows travellers to move to an earlier or later flight.
However, as these are typically short flights, the meal service will be limited to snacks and a selection of Champagne and wine.
In addition to airport lounge access, dedicated check-in and baggage drop-off, priority lines at security checkpoint and passport control and priority boarding, there's also a more generous baggage allowance of two carry-on bags and a 'cabin accessory' for a total of 18kg plus two pieces of checked luggage weighing 32kg each.