Air France has announced it will be launching new winter flights to Paris from Chicago starting from October 24, 2017. The French national carrier said that it is planning to operate nonstop flights between Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport round the year. The airline will deploy Airbus A330 aircraft, configured with 4o Business Class seats, 21 Premium Economy seats and 147 Economy Class seats. The new winter seasonal service will be operated five times per week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays..
Air France had earlier been operating the Chicago-Paris route during the peak summer, spring and early fall seasons only. Prior to announcing the launch of new winter service, Air France’s SkyTeam alliance partner Delta Air Lines had been conducting the winter operations between the two destinations.
Media reports said that Air France has now planned to launch new winter service between Paris and Chicago after getting indications from Delta Air Lines of abandoning the winter operations because of low travel demand from Chicago to Europe. Apart from Delta Air Lines, even American Airlines, which had been long operating nonstop flights between the two destinations, also doesn’t serve the route during the lean winter months right after Christmas and New Year holidays have concluded.
However, Air France will not be the only airline to offer flights services between Chicago and Paris during the winter months. The airline will also have to compete with United Airlines as well, which has been conducting flights services on the route round the year.
Air France in association with its several SkyTeam alliance partners has been offering more than 17,000 daily flights to above 1,060 destinations spanning in 177 countries. Meanwhile, travel experts have said that passenger demand on transatlantic routes have suffered in a big way because of turmoil in many European countries in recent times.