Air France to launch Phoenix-Paris flight services

An Air France Boeing 787 climbs after takeoff.
ERIC SALARD from Paris, FRANCE, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Air France has recently announced the launch of a unique nonstop service between Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris, France.

This new venture, set to commence on May 23, 2024, signifies a historic moment as it establishes the first-ever nonstop link between the vibrant US city of Phoenix and the enchanting capital of France.

Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner

The nonstop service will be operated on the state-of-the-art Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner aircraft, offering passengers a seamless and comfortable journey.

Departing three days a week for the summer season – specifically on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday – this new service is poised to redefine the travel experience between the two destinations.

Flights from Paris will take off at 10:10 am, arriving in Phoenix at 12:10 pm. The return journey will see departures from Phoenix at 2:10 pm., with arrivals in Paris the following day at 9:15 am.

This schedule caters to the needs of both leisure and business travelers, ensuring a smooth and time-efficient travel experience.


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A Three-Class Configuration

The Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner will boast a three-class configuration, featuring 30 Business seats, 21 Premium Economy seats, and an Economy class offering with 228 seats.

This thoughtfully designed layout prioritizes passenger comfort, making the journey as enjoyable as the destination.

Photo Credit: Air France

Phoenix Tourism and Business Growth

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego expressed her excitement, stating, “Adding non-stop service to Paris is a major milestone that demonstrates our commitment to providing convenient and efficient travel options to and from Phoenix.”

She believes that as the city continues to grow, the direct link to Paris will unlock exciting possibilities for exploration and new business opportunities.

During the 2024 summer season, Air France, operating from its Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub, will provide connecting opportunities to over 200 destinations worldwide.

“Phoenicians will also have more convenient options for travel in Europe. No doubt, this new global connection will have a positive impact on our economy,” said Vice Mayor Debra Stark.

Boaz Hulsman, Vice President of Commercial, North America at Air France-KLM, shared his enthusiasm, stating, “This new service symbolizes our commitment to enhancing the transatlantic travel connection.”

Sky Harbor

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, known as “America’s Friendliest Airport®,” already offers a plethora of nonstop services.

The airport has an annual economic impact of more than $38 billion. On an average day, approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 130,000 passengers arrive at and depart from Sky Harbor every day.

The addition of this new Air France route not only reinforces the city’s global connectivity but also strengthens its economic impact.

The airport’s existing transatlantic services to London Heathrow, Frankfurt, and beyond, coupled with Air France’s codeshare partnership with Delta and association with KLM, create a web of seamless travel options.

Economic Impact and Community Growth

Phoenix international flights already contribute significantly to the local economy, bringing in over $3.4 billion each year, according to the Airport’s most recent economic impact study.

This new three-times-weekly nonstop seasonal service is projected to provide an additional $30 million annual economic impact to the Phoenix community, further solidifying the city’s position as a growing economic hub.

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