Fly Air France’s New 787 With Discounted Fares

As I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, Air France is the next airline to take delivery of the Boeing 787. To familiarize their crews with the plane, they’ll be flying it between London and Paris 6x weekly (every except Wednesday) between February 6 and March 25, 2017, with the following schedule:

AF1680 Paris to London departing 7:25AM arriving 7:45AM
AF1681 London to Paris departing 9:40AM arriving 11:55AM

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Air France 787-9

Now, that’s a very short flight, so is hardly long enough to really experience the product. However, if you are an aviation geek and want to be among the first to fly the plane, Air France has just announced some special fares between the two airports on the 787.

You can fly roundtrip economy class from 69GBP, or roundtrip business class from 249GBP.

The basic terms are as follows:

  • Book by December 8, 2016
  • You must fly on the 787 in at least one direction to get this special fare

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Ultimately this is a significantly improved product over what they’d usually offer in the market. Typically intra-Europe business class is simply economy with a blocked middle seat and better service, while in this case you’re getting a brand new plane with a fully flat bed (again, that’s not all that useful on a 40 minute flight).

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Air France’s new business class

So while this could be fun, I’m not sure I’d fly back and forth for giggles. It’s one thing if Air France were one of the first carriers to have the 787, but the plane has been around for years now, and many of us have already flown it dozens of times. So there’s not that much novelty to the plane as such anymore.

However, if you’re based in London and want to make a weekend trip to Paris, this could be a very fun way to do so. I’m trying to see if there’s a way I can squeeze in a segment between London and Paris on an upcoming SkyTeam transatlantic award, since this seems like a fun add-on.

Anyone planning on flying Air France’s 787-9 between London and Paris?

(Tip of the hat to Miles from Blighty)

Comments

  1. That livery on the 789 is pretty hot. Holy crap. You just got me excited and I think I am going to do this–seriously. LHR is my favorite spotting airport and I love France. Win Win. Champs over the channel in a new Boeing. I’m in. Anyone else want to join?

  2. @Jackie – Just due to different time zones. Paris is an hour ahead of London. No significant difference in actual flight time, it just reads a bit odd at booking.

  3. @ Jackie

    Yes it is 6:25 am in the uk when the flight leave CDG.

    There are 4 runways in CDG, only 2 in LHR. There may be less planes queuing in CDG, if any in the morning, to take-off from CDG if LHR is ok for the arrival time in LHR.

    All of that of course if the boarding process has been smooth.

  4. You could potentially spend more time on a ground hold or circling either airport than you’ll ever spend actually flying. If that is what floats your boat, do it. If you want to go between London and Paris, just take the train and save yourself the pain and suffering of either airport.

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