From June 2016, Air France will be enhancing its flight schedule with two additional routes: Paris-Orly – New York-JFK and Paris-Charles de Gaulle – Teheran.
The daily Paris-Orly – New York-JFK service will be operated by Boeing 777-200, equipped with 309 seats (35 in Business, 24 in Premium Economy and 250 in Economy).
This route launch is part of the transatlantic joint venture with Delta and offers customers the possibility of leaving from Paris’ second busiest airport. It also enables passengers to easily connect with the domestic network on arrival at Paris-Orly.
Air France is supporting the resumption of commercial exchange with Iran and will serve Teheran from Paris-Charles de Gaulle three times a week (on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) starting in April 2016.
In this way, Air France is illustrating its ambition to expand in a country with buoyant growth, as the European Union is Iran’s fourth most important economic partner.
“With these new route launches, Air France is showing that it is ready to seize all possible profitable development and growth opportunities”, said Frédéric Gagey, Chairman and CEO of Air France.
The Paris-New York route was launched on 1 July 1946, by DC-4. The flight lasted 23 hours 45 minutes and carried 33 passengers on board.
In 1960, Air France served New York from Paris-Orly by Boeing 707 in 8 hours 15 minutes.
In 1970, JFK airport welcomed Air France’s Boeing 747, then the Concorde (1977), a romance that lasted more than 25 years. In 2009, New York was the first to welcome the A380.
On 29 April 1946, Air France launched a scheduled route Paris – Marseille – Tunis – Benghazi – Cairo – Beirut – Baghdad – Teheran, with a flight every two weeks.
The non-stop Paris-Teheran route was suspended in October 2008.