Corsair specialises in flights to French overseas territories, as well as North America and Africa. Founded in 1981 by a family from Corsica, the airline was later acquired by the French tour operator Nouvelles Frontieres (New Frontiers) and later by TUI AG.
Corsair is now the second largest airline in France, based at Paris Orly Airport, and has code share agreements with both Air Canada and Air Madagascar. Its biggest claim to fame is holding the record for the most seats on a passenger aircraft, with an impressive 587 seats on its Boeing 747-400 crafts.
How to Check In
You can check in the old fashioned way at the airport, up until one hour before departure. Corsair recommends checking in at least three hours beforehand. If you’re flying to Dakar or Abidjan, give yourself extra time: the check in desk closes 90 minutes before departure for these flights. You can check in online and print your own boarding pass, or check in via smart-phone and receive an e-boarding card straight to your mobile. You can check in remotely between 48 hours and 2 hours before departure.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
Each passenger is allowed one piece of cabin baggage, measuring no more than 55cm x 40cm x 20cm and weighing up to 10kg. Each passenger can also bring a small accessory such as a laptop bag, a heavy coat, or a ladies handbag. To destinations other than Africa, Horizon Class passengers can bring one item of hold luggage weighing up to 23kg. Grand Large Class passengers can bring two bags weighing up to 32kg each. For flights to Africa, Horizon Class passengers can bring an extra 23kg bag (unless they’re flying from the West Indies, Indian Ocean, or Canada). The baggage allowance for Grand Large Passengers remains the same on these routes.
Seating – Leg Room, Choosing Seats
Seats can be reserved during the booking process; otherwise they are assigned at check-in. As there are so many seats on Corsair jets, it can be a bit of a tight squeeze. Grand Large Class passengers have the most legroom, with a seat pitch of 46”.
Admin fees apply at the point of sale for all passengers over two years old, whether you’re buying online or in person. The cost varies, and is subject to change based on flight and route. Admin fees usually range from €1 (around 80p) to €22 (roughly £17.43).
Meals, Snacks, Drinks
Horizon class passengers have a choice from a range of a-la-carte menus, starting at €8 (around £6.30) for a simple meal, ranging up to €24 (about £19) for a fine dining treat on porcelain plates. Grand Large Class passengers have the choice of two hot meals including warm bread and a selection of high quality wines.
Corsair has a good on time performance, at 100% for arrivals and 87% for departures as of July 2014.
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