On March 25, 2018, Air France will begin non-stop service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). This service is in addition to the flights operated by Delta Airlines as part of Air France’s joint venture with the American carrier. Air France previously operated the route between 2007-2012 before handing its flights over to Delta.
Initially, flights will operate three times per week: on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. During the peak summer season, frequencies will increase to 5x/week; flights will be operated on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays during the summer. Flight AF338 will leave CDG at 13:30 and arrive in SEA at 14:20. AF355 will leave Seattle at 16:30 and arrive at CDG at 11:10 (+1 day).
The flight will take about 9 hours and 40 minutes eastbound and 10 hours and 10 minutes westbound.
Air France will operate a Boeing 777-200 on the route. The aircraft will have room for 312 passengers in a standard three-class configuration. There will be 40 business class seats with direct aisle access, 24 premium economy seats, and 216 economy seats.
During the upcoming winter season, Air France will serve a dozen destinations in the US from CDG or Paris-Orly (ORY). Cities include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York (JFK), San Francisco, Seattle, and the District of Columbia.
Passengers who wish to connect to or from this service onto Alaska Airlines flights will be able to do so with ease as Alaska Air operates a hub in Seattle. For the time being, passengers will be able to earn and redeem miles from one airline on the other; regular Alaska Airlines customers can use their miles on Air France service, and vice versa.
The joint venture between Air France-KLM, Alitalia, and Delta Airlines consists of 270 transatlantic services and 140 planes. The partnership represents over 20% of the current total transatlantic capacity and generates up to $10 billion in anticipated annual revenue. The venture has been organized around seven large hubs: Amsterdam-Schiphol, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, JFK, CDG, and Rome-FCO. Airlines involved in the alliance operate their transatlantic routes, sharing revenue and costs.
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