16 APRIL 2012
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Air France has introduced a three times per week service from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Wuhan. It is its fifth route into China. A three-class (Business, Premium Voyageur and Voyageur) Boeing 777-200ER is used on the 10hr 30mins service.
With seven daily flights to Paris from Heathrow and frequent connections from 10 UK regional airports, Air France says it offers UK travellers easy access to the world’s second-largest economic region.
Air France was the first European carrier to start services between Europe and China when it inaugurated its Paris – Shanghai service in 1966. The Air France-KLM Group, together with its SkyTeam alliance partners, China Southern and China Eastern, now offer 135 weekly flights to nine destinations in Greater China (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Wuhan and Taipei) including onward services to Chinese provinces. Last year the group carried almost two million passengers on the routes.
In a dig at Heathrow, Air France points out that London’s major airport serves only three Greater China destinations: Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. www.airfrance.com
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