Air France is increasing its offer between Europe and China by inaugurating a new scheduled service between its hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Wuhan on 11 April.
This new service, with three weekly frequencies, is operated by Boeing 777-200ER equipped with 309 seats: 35 in the Business class cabin, 24 in Premium Voyageur and 250 in Voyageur/Economy.
Comfort and service at the heart of the Air France product
All aircraft serving Wuhan are equipped with the full sleep Business class seat, which is longer, wider and more spacious. This new seat has drawn positive reviews from over 90% of Air France customers who appreciate the quality of sleep provided during the trip, its horizontal position and additional legroom.
On board, Chinese customers’ expectations are at the heart of Air France’s product. Crews are trained in Chinese culture and there are Chinese interpreters on board flights. Air France offers meals designed by Chinese chefs and also offers a wide selection of Chinese films or subtitled in Chinese.
Wuhan, a destination in full economic boom
With a population of 9 million, Wuhan is an important commercial, financial and industrial centre, especially for the automobile and scientific industry. The central position of Wuhan offers strong economic dynamism. Many international companies are located there including more than 80 French companies. Wuhan has the third largest number of universities in China, with 1.2 million students.
Air France-KLM, European air transport leader between China and Europe
Air France and KLM operate 92 weekly flights linking their hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol to 9 destinations in Greater China: Guangzhou, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Wuhan and Xiamen. With its partners China Southern and China Eastern, Air France-KLM offers up to 128 frequencies to China.
In 2011, Air France was nominated “Best European airline” by the Gold List Award of China Tourism.
“Air France was the first European airline to serve mainland China 45 years ago. By operating the first non-stop flights between Wuhan and Europe, the Company intends to strengthen its position as European air transport leader on these routes and contribute to the economic development of this region.”, stated Alexandre de Juniac, Chairman and CEO of Air France.
In 2012, Air France and KLM intend to carry 2 million customers on their routes to nine cities in Greater China (Guangzhou, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Wuhan and Xiamen).
A new corporate website specially designed for Chinese customers
To mark the inauguration of this new service to Wuhan, Air France has launched a new corporate website specially designed for its Chinese customers.
Available in simplified and traditional Chinese, this site provides information about Air France in Greater China and worldwide (news, strategy, network map, art of travel, etc.).