Air France and Delta Air Lines are teaming up to provide nine daily flights between New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Paris' international airports of Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG) and Orly International Airport. Both airlines are part of the SkyTeam airline alliance, which means frequent flier air miles can be used on either airline. The goal is to give high quality airline options to connect New York City and Paris.
The shuttle service will see flights departing at frequencies of every couple of hours. In Paris, this runs from early morning to early evening, while in New York departures commence early afternoon and finish just before midnight.
The flights take about six hours and a half to make in real-time. Worth noting that there is a six hour time difference between the two cities, seasonal time zone adjustments notwithstanding. So a flight that left Paris Charles-de-Gaulle at 6:45 PM locally would arrive at New York's JFK International at 9 PM locally. Meanwhile a flight that leaves JFK International at 6:30 PM would arrive in Paris' Charles-de-Gaulle at 8:00 AM locally.
While Delta Air Lines will use its A330s, Air France will use its Boeing 777-300s and Airbus A350s. All are widebody jetliners intended for efficient long range flight. If each flight was full, they'd move over 2,600 souls between the two major cities daily. The only other airline to offer such regular connections is American Airlines, which operates two flights a day between JFK and CDG via a 777-300 also.
Classes of service
These flights by Air France and Delta Air Lines will have at a minimum these classes of service:
Business equipped with lie-flat beds
Air France Premium Economy / Delta Premium Select
Economy / Main Cabin
You can read about how Air France is upgrading the passsenger experience in its cabins. But at least three Air France flights will provide:
"...La Première suite... [with] a wide seat that transforms into a lie-flat bed more than 6.5 feet long. With Michelin-starred menus signed by Anne-Sophie Pic, a carefully curated wine and champagne list, a wide choice of entertainment on high-definition screens and attentive service, all guests travel in optimal comfort and style."
Delta will offer on all of their flights a premium cabin experience with, "Lie-flat beds, artisan made amenity kits from Someone Somewhere and include sustainable products from Grown Alchemist, eco-conscious bedding and more". It will also offer a Premium Select service complete with reclining seats in between economy and lie-flat beds for those six plus hour flights where sleeping might be the preferred way to handle the flight. You can read more about the different cabn classes of Delta Air Lines here.
This article originally appeared in Simple Flying