Air France is one of France’s leading air services providers operating both domestic and international flights within Nigeria. The airline operates out of its global hub at Charles de Gaulle Airport and flies to 36 destinations in France, 168 international destinations and 93 countries including Nigeria. Air France lives up to its slogan “France is in the air”, with both long and short haul routes and 1500 daily flights worldwide. With offices in Manhattan, New York City and Hatton Cross in the United Kingdom Air France is headquartered in Tremblay-en-France.
The airline currently rewards its loyal passengers with its “Flying Blue” frequent flyer program, which allows passengers to earn flying miles with every flight booked.
The History of Air France
It was a merger of Air Orient, Air Union, Compagnie Générale Aéropostale, Compagnie Internationale de Navigation Aérienne (CIDNA), and Société Générale de Transport Aérien (SGTA) that brought about the formation of Air France on 7 October 1933. From 1950 to 1990, during the Cold War, Air France was one of few scheduled airlines allowed to operate in Germany at West Berlin’s Tempelhof and Tegel airports.
Before merging with KLM in 2003 to become Air France-KLM the airline served as France’s primary national flag carrier for 70 years. Carrying in excess of 43.3 million passengers, Air France was ranked as the largest European airline in November 2004. In 2009 the airline introduced its first Airbus A380 and continues to offer changes and improvements to its aircraft and package offerings.
Air France’s fleet:
Air France currently operates a fleet of 236 aircraft including the following: Airbus A318-100 (18), Airbus A319-100 (40), Airbus A320-200 (46), Airbus A321-100 (5), Airbus A321-200 (18), Airbus A330-200 (15), Airbus A340-300 (13), Airbus A380-800 (10), Boeing 747-400 (5), Boeing 777-200ER (25), Boeing 777-300ER (39) and Boeing 777F (2). The airline currently has 44 aircraft on order.
Air France’s Baggage Allowance and Limitations
Air France offers the following baggage allowances for flights to and from Nigeria:
- La Première class – 3 pieces of checked baggage, maximum weight of 32 kg, 2 carry-on bags and 1 accessory not exceeding 18 kg.
- Business class – 2 checked baggage pieces, maximum weight of 32 kg, 2 carry-on bags, and 1 accessory no more than 18 kg.
- Premium economy class – 2 pieces of checked baggage, maximum weight of 23 kg, 2 carry-on bags, and 1 accessory no more than 18 kg.
- Economy class – 2 pieces of checked baggage, maximum weight of 23 kg, 1 carry-on bag and 1 accessory not exceeding 12 kg.
Dimensions of checked baggage should not exceed 158 cm (length + width + height) and hand baggage of 55 cm x 35 cm x 25 cm.
Flight Routes of Air France:
In Nigeria, Air France offers routes from Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt. Nigerian passengers can fly to a multitude of international destinations. Click here for a complete listing of Air France’s routes and destinations.
Check-in Options and Procedures
Air France’s check-in options are simple. Online check-in from 30 hours prior to departure allows passengers to choose their own seat and retrieve their boarding pass. Baggage can be dropped at the airport baggage counter 90 minutes before the flight’s check-in deadline. Alternatively, passengers can use a self-service kiosk at the airport on the day of their flight, or report to one of the check-in desks within the airport terminal. Passengers are expected to be at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure.
The in-flight experience
Comfortable seats and sufficient legroom are to be expected on board all of Air France’s flights. From your seat you can enjoy the latest video and audio on quality equipment. Skilled and friendly cabin crew members serve on board complementary meals and refreshments. On board the A380 passengers are able to download content to their personal USB, including subway maps, audio, games, playlists and travel information.
Partnerships/Code Share Agreements
Providing passengers with more destinations and schedules, Air France partners with the following airlines: Air Antilles Express, Air Austral, Air Baltic, Aircalin, Air Europa, Air Malta, Air Mauritius, Air Tahiti Nui, Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, Austrian Air, Azerbaijan, Bangkok Airways, Belavia, China Eastern, City Jet, Comair, Croatia Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta Airlines, Etihad, Finnair, Flybe, Georgian Airways, GOL, HOP, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, Kenya Airways, Korean Air, Luxair, Middle East Airlines, Montenegro Airlines, Tarom, Ukraine International Airlines, West Jet and Winair.
Air France in the news
In recent news, Air France seems to have lost South African comedian, Conrad Koch’s most important puppets! Amongst the missing is Chester Missing, a household name currently in SA and Hilary the Ostrich. The puppets were lost en route from Montreal to South Africa. All eyes on Air France as the South African community wonder how they will handle this unfortunate loss suffered by the up and coming comedian in SA.