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Offline NovemberCharlie

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AeroFrance continues expansion
« on: July 30, 2016, 03:22:03 PM »
In 1995 the French government signed an agreement for AeroFrance to commence operations.
The company was to start flying the Paris-New York route as the national carrier of France.
On January 10th 1995 the first AeroFrance DC10-30 entered the fleet on this route.
Soon many more destinations were added, in an effort to connect the French capital with the rest of the Republic and the world.
On September 4th 1995 the first DC10-10 landed at Paris- Charles de Gaulle and started operations to Dubai.
Two weeks later AeroFrance was invited to Elite Worldwide Alliance and upon accepting became member of one of the leading airline groups.
On January 10th 1996, a year after operations commenced, AeroFrance placed an order for the domestically assembled A330, initiating their fleet renewal and modernisation program
April 14th marked the day AeroFrance initiated service to the Southern hemisphere, by adding Johannesburg to it's network.
AeroFrance added the first of 21 A330-200's to its fleet on June 22nd 1998, marking the first flights over 5500nm to amongst others Argentina and Singapore.
On June 30th 1999, the last two DC-10's left the AeroFrance fleet after some four years of service. After the DC-10 replacement the company still has a backlog for 105 A330's and is focussing on expansion.
On August 21st 2001 AeroFrance received it's 100th A330, an A330-300X (F-AAOB) that will serve the Sao Paulo, Port of Spain, Punta Cana, Mexico City, Cancun and the African cities of Algiers and Khartoum.
A base was opened at Saint-Denis - Gillot Reunion on the 10th of June 2002. The company stated that AeroFrance, being the French flag carrier, should connect all of France to the world, including overseas departments. The company intends to operate 21 A330s from the Indian Ocean island, with deliveries ending in August 2003.
An additional base was opened at Tahiti on June 15th 2003, slightly more than a year after the opening of the Réunion base. 14 A330s have been assigned to the island, with the last delivery scheduled for April 2004.

In line with the airlines conception plan AeroFrance has now also expanded to the Caribbean area, with a new base out of le Lamentin, on the island of Martinique (opened 05 June 2008) and a base at Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe (opened 20 June 2009). Both bases offer excellent opportunities and as with the Tahiti base, both have received 14 A330-300's.
In May 2009 AeroFrance has also added its first new aircraft type since 1999, a used A340-500HGW to start flying ultralonghaul routes out of le Lamentin. As more aircraft are delivered we are working up to 7 A340's on the Caribbean island, which will operate a dual daily Sydney flight,  a daily Melbourne and a flight to Marseille. AeroFrance is considering adding the A340-500HGW to other bases as well.

AeroFrance aims to provide the best long haul service and expand continuously over the coming years.
« Last Edit: September 06, 2016, 11:58:51 AM by NovemberCharlie »


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