4 FEBRUARY 2013
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First we had GO (British Airways) which has gone, and now we have HOP!, a different concept, and the Air France vision for regional services. Translated, according to AF, this means “from here to here”.
Essentially the French national carrier is to integrate its three existing commuter airlines, Brit Air, Regional and franchise operator Airlinair, under this new single brand. AF follows Lufthansa who is reorganising itself with Germanwings now the main domestic provider except for Frankfurt and Munich. British Airways disposed of its smaller aircraft operation (BA Connect) in 2007 and is now only left with BA CityFlyer operating Embraer jets from London City.
From 31 March HOP! will operate 530 daily flights to 136 destinations in France and Europe using a fleet of 98 aircraft with between 48 and 100 seats.
From summer 2013, HOP! will operate domestic point-to-point flights from Paris-Orly and the regional network, and short haul European flights, as well as flights departing from the regional bases at Marseille, Nice and Toulouse.
Seat selection is not yet obtainable but will be available for certain flights from July. www.airfrance.com
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