August 23 2013
Airlines companies and their latest offerings
In August, Plume Voyage will be bringing you news on airlines companies and their latest offerings. This week, we take a look at Air France.
This summer, Air France is servicing new routes to Malaysia, Uruguay and the United States. Five weekly flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Montevideo and Kuala Lumpur, three times a week. Minneapolis will also be frequented up until September 1st, in addition to the existing service to the city by Delta Air Lines. And it doesn’t stop there: new daily flights are available from Orly to Istanbul, Casablanca and Rome-Fiumicino.
First Class is making a summer statement and revamping their À la carte menus. Passengers who travel First Class from Paris-Charles de Gaulle can now choose from a selection of quality and varied ingredients to create a salad dressing according to their preferred tastes. What’s more, Joël Robuchon – the most starred chef in the world – is also creating a series of new dishes that highlight exceptional local produce. Premium Economy and Economy passengers are also being treated to new À la carte menus of their own. As an alternative to the (free) daily menu on most long-haul flights from CDG and Orly, the “Océan”, “Tradition”, “Bio” and “Une sélection Lenôtre ” trays offer a real gourmet adventure for travellimg gastronomes. These menus can be ordered at the time of reservation.
Each year, nearly 350,000 unaccompanied minors, the “UM’s”, travel on Air France flights. Now, they can enjoy a lounge dedicated exclusively to them at Paris-Charles de Gaulle, where they will be welcomed during layovers. There are many opportunities for entertainment, such as video games, magazines and toys. Everything is designed to accommodate the UM’s in a fun and reassuring atmosphere. A reception room is also available at Paris-Orly. On board long-haul flights, children will also receive special attention with a selection of games, movies and cartoons, as well as specially designed menus for children up to 12 years of age.
A new application for subscribed clients equipped with an iPad, AF Press is now providing the option to download a selection of magazines and newspapers. This application complements the selection of paper press on-board allowing passengers to download their favorite titles from 24 hours before the flight up until the time of departure in order to consult them before, during and also after the trip. The application is being gradually equipped with both French and International titles and, throughout the course of the year, will be extended to all the airline’s passengers equipped with personal screens, smartphones, IOS, Android or Windows 8 tablets. In addition, Air France Magazine and Air France Madame can be downloaded for free, with or without a reservation on a flight, by all AF Press users.
To travel with luxurious, original accessories that are respectful of the planet, Air France is offering a new collection of bags and accessories made from a giant advertising tarpaulin displayed at Orly. With this cover, 9 cabin bags, 23 business laptop cases and 30 for travel companions were manufactured. These pieces were made by people with disabilities. They were cut by hand from a selected piece of the sheet and did not undergo any transformation such as superimposition or varnish. In addition, the handles of the bags were made of recycled seatbelts. This very limited edition collection is available on the airline’s online shopping site. For original and sustainable travel.