Air France ramps up Southeast Asia operations

Air France operates Boeing 777 aircraft to Singapore and KL
Air France operates Boeing 777 aircraft to Singapore and KL

Air France will add more flights to several destinations in Southeast Asia this summer.

The national carrier currently operates 18 weekly flights from Paris to four destinations in the region – Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. But this will increase significantly in the coming months, with the addition of extra flights to KL and Singapore, and the launch of a new extension to Jakarta.

Starting on 30 March 2014, Air France’s daily flight to Singapore will continue on to the Indonesian capital. The flight, operated using a 303-seat Boeing 777-300 aircraft, will leave Singapore at 1630 each day, arriving in Jakarta at 1720. The return service will then leave at 2010, getting back into Singapore at 2300.

This new service will complement the existing Amsterdam-Jakarta and Singapore-Bali flights operated by Air France’s partner, KLM.

And Air France will also expand its Paris-Singapore service this summer. From 17 June to 30 August 2014, the carrier will operate 10 weekly flights on the route. In addition to the existing daily B777-300 service to Singapore’s Changi Airport, Air France will also offer a second daily service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, using a 247-seat Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

Flights to KL will rise to four times a week
Flights to KL will rise to four times a week

The new thrice weekly 2320 departure from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport will complement the daily 1955 service. The three extra return flights will leave Changi at 2315.

And finally, Air France is also planning to raise the frequency of its Paris-KL route this summer. The airline only started the route in April 2013, but from 17 June 2014 the frequency will be increased from three to four flights per week. Operated using a 309-seat B777-200, flights will depart Paris every Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1940, while the return leg will leave KL at 2310 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

In addition to Air France’s Southeast Asian operations, KLM also operates 41 weekly flights to six Southeast Asian destinations – Bali, Bangkok, Jakarta, KL, Manila and Singapore.

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