Air France to increase flights to Nairobi

Air France intends to increase flight capacity significantly as it celebrates its fifth anniversary in Kenya. From June of this year, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport will have nonstop service in both directions, with one daily flight to/from Paris Charles de Gaulle, up from the current six flights per week. Air France resumed flights to Kenya in 2018 in collaboration with KLM and Kenya Airways. The route expansion benefits French and Kenyan businesses, particularly those involved in horticulture, pharmaceuticals and other industries that rely on speedy air freight.

The iconic seat features in the airline’s long-haul business seats have been revamped with more enveloping curves for extra comfort. The operator has upgraded to the most recent premium economy (48 seats) and economy (273 seats) cabin model. The airline has also introduced its latest recliner-type seat, already available on Airbus, in the premium economy cabin for improved passenger comfort. The seats in the economy cabin are touted as some of the best in the market.

The airline will use the most recent generation aircraft on the route, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the B777, which are outfitted with cutting-edge cabin features to provide a superior flying experience. “Kenya is one of our high-interest markets so we’re committed to bringing our best products here for our customers,” said Marius van der Ham, general manager, Air France.

In 2023, the airline plans to incorporate sustainability and reduce its carbon footprint. The goal is to have 30% fewer emissions per passenger/km by 2030, 10% of the fleet powered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and 64% of the fleet comprised of NextGen aircraft.

Customers will benefit from a more efficient travel experience between Europe and East Africa via three hubs; Amsterdam, Paris and Nairobi, as well as improved connections to 26 different destinations. Passengers will be able to make smooth connections by booking on any of the three Air France flights (Paris-Nairobi); 14 Kenya Airways flights (7 Amsterdam-Nairobi and 7 Paris-Nairobi) and 7 KLM flights (Amsterdam-Nairobi). According to the Kenya Tourism Research Institute’s Annual Tourism Sector Performance Report – 2022, Kenya saw a 70.5% increase in international passenger arrivals to 1,483,752 in 2022, up from 870,465 in 2021.

https://www.the-star.co.ke/business/kenya/2023-03-29-air-france-to-increase-non-stop-flights-to-nairobi-route/

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