August 10 2015  |  Catering

Air France beefs up Latin American service, adds new amenities

By Rick Lundstrom

Air France is focusing its attention on Latin American cities with increased capacity this fall and early next year to capitals in Mexico and Panama.

The first move will take place in November, when Air France will operate six weekly frequencies between Paris, Charles de Gaulle and Panama City. All the flights will be operated with a 777-200 with the latest long haul travel cabins.

Among the features is a Business Class designed for privacy and the airline’s completely redesigned Premium Economy and Economy class seats.

“This move upmarket of our products and services, and our increasing capacity allow us to meet our customers’ requirements as closely as possible and demonstrates our ambition to increase our presence in Panama and in the Central America region,” said Zoran Jelkic, Senior Vice President, Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Latin America at Air France-KLM.

Air France flights 474 and 475 will have a 777-200 equipped with 40 seats in Business Class, 24 seats in Premium Economy and 216 in Economy Class.

In January of next year, Air France announced it would begin A380 service from CDG to Mexico City with three flights per week, moving to daily service in March. It will be a 20% increase in capacity to the Mexican capital, where the airline currently uses a 747.

It will be the first time for scheduled service of the A380 to Mexico. Air France did a one-off light in November 2013 to Cancun. The new aircraft will seat 516 passengers in four classes.

Air france will change the look of its new amenity bags every six months

 In other news, the Air France cabin is receiving a bold new look with an amenity kit design based on the airline's iconic accent logo.

The kits are in four colors and branded with Clarins® products. The kits have a moisturizer, eye mask, lip balm, dental hygiene kit, earplugs, comb and shoehorn. As part of the package, Air France passengers arriving at the airport have complimentary access to the Clarins® beauty and massage centers in Air France business lounges at CDG, New York Kennedy and the Skyteam lounge at London Heathrow.

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