Air France is the flag carrying airline of France, and is partnered with the Dutch airline KLM. The two airlines share a frequent-flyer programme, Flying Blue, and points earned with either airline can be spent with them both (and their subsidiaries). Like KLM, Air France is a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance. Air France has two subsidiaries: HOP! and Transavia France. They currently fly to more than 200 destinations with their fleet of 233 aircraft.
Air France offer flights to Paris from six airports in the United Kingdom: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London-Heathrow and Manchester. Once you arrive in Paris, you can either grab a connecting Air France flight to one of their 168 international destinations (or 36 domestic ones), or you can relax and enjoy a romantic dinner in the City of Lights.
Information correct as of March 2017
How to check In
Online check in is available from 30 hours before departure. You can print off your luggage tags as well as your boarding card at home, saving you an extra step at the airport's bag drop desk. You can also check in for free at the airport. Passengers flying in Premium Economy, Business or La Première (First) class have access to a dedicated check-in desk, which can also be used by silver, gold and platinum Flying Blue members.
Standard seat pitch (the distance between your chair and the one in front) is usually 32 inches in Air France economy, which is slightly more than with budget airlines. You can pre-book a better seat for a fee. Options include Seat Plus (which has more legroom), Duo Seat (so you travel in a row of two without the dreaded middle seat), Duo Seat on the A380 Upper Deck (a row of two in a smaller cabin), or a Seat at the Front (so you're among the first to disembark). Prices vary depending on journey length, but you can pre-book these seats when you book your ticket, online after booking, or upon check in.
Air France charge an issuance fee for all passengers aged two years and older. If you book Air France tickets online these charges are €1 or €5 for long-haul flights, and €1 or €3 for short- and medium-haul flights. It's more expensive to purchase your tickets on the phone, at €35 long haul and €25 short- and medium-haul. If you buy your ticket from the Air France ticket desk in the airport you can expect to pay €30 for a short- or medium-haul ticket and €40 for a long-haul one.
Service on board
Air France have four classes on board their flights: Economy, Premium Economy, Business Class and La Première. Air France have a press app, which allows you to download a range of French and international magazines for free to read during your trip. The content is available from 30 hours before your flight until it's scheduled departure time. On longer flights, the content includes video. Food is served in all classes. On shorter flights (2 hours 50 minutes and under), Economy passengers are given a snack. On longer flights, a hot meal is served. Food and beverage service becomes more impressive the higher class you go, and La Première passengers can enjoy a rotating menu developed by chefs Joël Robuchon, Guy Martin and Michel Roth.
Air France were the sixth most punctual airline in 2016. Their average delay is 9.6 minutes, with nearly eight out of ten flights arriving on time.
Baggage Allowances and Fees
You can read all about Air France's cabin baggage rules in our guide to cabin baggage sizes and weight restrictions. The amount of checked baggage you're allowed to bring depends on a number of factors, including your Flying Blue status, which class you're travelling in, and how much you paid for your fare. As a rule of thumb, checked bags shouldn't be any larger than 158 cm (length x weight x height) or any heavier than 23kg in Economy and Premier Economy. Passengers travelling in Business and La Première can bring up to 32kg. You can pay for excess baggage: this depends on where you're flying to or from, but within Europe it usually costs €75.
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