LONDON – French bee is continuing its international expansion with a brand new route to Miami, adding to its continued success story in the region.
Services will commence in December 2022 and will complement the already existing U.S destinations to the likes of Los Angeles, New York’s JFK, and San Francisco.
Rochet: Paris Is Well-Desired…
Commenting on the new route was Marc Rochet, the President of French bee:
“Paris remains one of the most desired international destinations in the world for South Floridians and with the continued growth that Miami is witnessing, we are confident that this is the best market for our first Southeast route.”
“We are excited about this expansion as we know that passengers will find value in booking competitive prices in the market”.
“With the access that the new Miami service provides, we expect it to generate high demand, forging more economic and tourism ties between both cities.”
This service will begin initially on a thrice-weekly basis, operating on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, before increasing to four-weekly in April 2023.
The outbound flight will depart Miami at 2100 local time and will arrive in Paris Orly at 1140 local time the next day.
For the return flight, it will depart Orly at 1430 local time, and get into Miami at 1845 local time, offering a flight time of eight hours and 45 minutes on the outbound and 10 hours and 25 minutes on the return.
French bee is also boasting its low fares on the transatlantic market, offering fares starting at $281 one-way for Economy, which will no doubt place some pressure on competitors on the route.
The airline didn’t state exactly whether it would be the Airbus A350-900 or the -1000 that would be used for this route, so it does appear that it will be dependent on demand.
French bee’s second A350-1000 will be added to the fleet by December 2022, offering a staggering 411 seats in total.
The French airline is also taking advantage of the interline partnership it has with Alaska Airlines and is aiming to offer further connectivity upon arrival in Miami.
Rochet: The U.S Is A Simpler World…
AviationSource got to interview Rochet back in July last year, and there was a lot of emphasis on how operating in the U.S is easier than in other countries:
“We need to add two more A350s to our fleet and we will probably fly them to the U.S because it’s a simpler world. We have a commercial team there, and we have been approved by the authorities to fly into the country.”
“It’s easier for us, but I don’t see a big expansion into another region.”
“Of course, things can change, competition can change and I think that with the legacy carriers, we have a lot more depth because of our flexibility to thrive.
With this in mind, it remains clear that Rochet is sticking to his guns with his U.S strategy, which is a strategy that he has definitely kept close to his chest.
The fact that the airline is also planning for Winter destinations like Miami for Europeans, he is someone that definitely likes to think ahead and will continue to do so during his tenure as CEO.