Air France Restarting Flights To Dallas/Fort Worth

SkyTeam member Air France hasn’t operated flights to Dallas/Fort Worth since early 2002, but has just announced that they will recommence nonstop flights from Paris to Dallas starting in March 2019, with the following schedule:

  • AF150 departing Paris (CDG) 10:10am arriving Dallas/Forth Worth 1:50pm
  • AF159 departing Dallas/Fort Worth 3:45pm arriving Paris (CDG) 8:15 (+1)

From March 31 to June 30 and September 4 to October 25, 2019, the flights will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays (in both directions), while from July 1 to September 3, 2019, there will be an additional two services each week, with flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in both directions.

Dallas/Fort Worth will be the 13th US destination for Air France. They already fly from Paris to:

  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Washington

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said of the news:

With over 120 French-owned companies operating offices or other facilities in Dallas and Fort Worth, these new flights will strengthen our business ties with France and western Europe and expand our capacity to travel between DFW and Paris.

The flight will be operated by an Airbus A330 with 224 seats, including 36 business, 21 premium economy and 164 economy. Air France promises that this plane will feature Air France’s reconfigured business class. Unfortunately Air France isn’t installing reverse herringbone seats on these planes, but rather will offer a new 2-2-2 configuration.

Award Availability

Air France has already loaded some award availability on this flight, and a one-way ticket starts at just 25,500 miles in economy and 56,000 miles in business class.

Flying Blue’s new loyalty program is no longer zone based, so you can expect the cost to be different if you choose to add any connections to the trip.

As of now it doesn’t look like there’s any partner award availability, though hopefully some of it appears soon.

Bottom line

It’s great to see another new route between Europe and the US. DFW is obviously a fortress hub for American (which already flies from there to Paris CDG daily), so we may see some improved pricing on the nonstop flight with more competition.

It’s also great that Air France is using their best business class product on the route from Day 1.

Air France has also announced they will commence flights between Paris and Quito, Ecuador, operated by JOON.

Would you fly Air France between Dallas Fort/Worth and Paris?

Comments

  1. The A330 won’t be equipped by the reverse herringbone seat. Instead they’ll have the Equinox 2D of Stelia Aerospace. It will be full flat but in 2-2-2

  2. And the A330 have not yet been refubirshed.

    Will the first one be ready when the Dallas route is launched?

    Let’s hope AF commit to that.

  3. That’s insane pricing for a J award. Their product is nearly identical to American’s and they’re 57.5k for a biz saver award.

  4. Kind of a coincidence that AF ended their first CDG service in 2002, since that’s when their partner DL was diminishing their DFW hub

  5. @chub Ha. Probably realized the lack of connecting traffic. KLM used to fly there too, but terminated the route.

    Being from Oklahoma, I’m excited. I can easily drive down to DFW and fly out on Air France. I love Air France, so I’m excited for this. I have an easier way to get to Paris now.

  6. Glad to see they are returning to DFW but I wish they were bringing the 777 with the new LaP on it, like Houston gets.

  7. I just feel like Air France should be more committed in refurbish their fleet, they still have awful seats on their A380s and A330s which is such a shame considering many of these planes are sent to premium markets

  8. The more carriers who think of the Dallas Metroplex as the business powerhouse it has become, not to mention 10th largest metro area, the better! I’d love to see an American carrier make some inroads into AA’s sacred ground as well (UA are you listening?) We can support more than one domestic carrier).

    One word about the great business saver awards ( 57K is great and I have used them many times): Don’t forget about the three figure “fee” piled on-top of the tax by AF/KL on Transatlantics which can add over $600.00 to the cost of a R/T “free ticket”

  9. @Mark
    I think Delta would be much more likely to support a build up in Dallas over United, as they lack a Texas hub, plus they have some historic ties to the airport.

  10. Hmmm. Not sure anyone who has experienced the nightmare called CDG and wildcat strikes would want to fly it.

  11. @mark Dallas has two hub airlines. American and Southwest. Spirit is also competitive. The other carriers (Delta, United, Alaska) have let business markets tied up. No way another airline would find it financially feasible to invest in Dallas.

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