Air France will return to Dallas for the first time since 2001.
The French carrier will offer 3x to 5x weekly seasonal summer service, deploying a retrofitted A330 on the route with the latest in-cabin product.
The A330 will include:
- 36 seats in business class
- 21 seats in premium economy
- 167 seats in economy class
AF150: departs Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:10 A.M., arrives in Dallas at 1:50 P.M
AF159: departs Dallas at 3:45 P.M., arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 8:15 A.M. +1 day
- From March 31th to June 30th and from September 4th to October 25th 2019: flights operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
- From July 1st to September 1st: flights operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Putting an aircraft with the latest onboard product was not a true choice considering that Air France will compete against American Airlines, which not only has an entrenched customer base, but also has lie-flat seats in business class throughout its fleet.
Award space has already been loaded on the new route, at least for Flying Blue members. On many days, you’ll see absolutely outlandish prices for business class tickets but premium economy and economy class selling at roughly the same price.
But travel the next day and business class is cheaper than premium economy class…
Remember, Flying Blue uses variable award pricing, so those prices will change often and vary depending upon your connection (or lack thereof) in Europe.
If you’re looking to book with other miles, use Expert Flyer to search for “O” class space. if you find, you should be able to book with Delta, Korean, or other SkyTeam partners.
Finally, note that many days do have 9+ business class award seats available, which is a great way to get to Europe. This space is not showing up on Delta yet, so you will need to call to book it.
Air France last flew to Dallas for about eight months in 2001. After the 9/11 attacks, however, the carrier suspended service. The great Dallas/Fort Worth area includes over 100 French-owned companies, so the new route is likely to do well.