By Edna Mwende
French airline Air France has announced that as part of its expansion plans in Africa, it will be adding two new flights on its Nairobi-Paris route.
The two additional flights are expected to begin in April with the announcement being made days ahead of the French President’s Emmanuel Macron visit to Kenya, this week.
The French carrier which just marked its first anniversary on the Kenya route will be see its total number of flight on the Nairobi-Paris route rise to five flights per week.
In a news report by the Business Daily, the flights will operate everyday except Tuesdays and Saturdays. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with a capacity of 276 passengers; 30 seats in business class, 21 in premium economy and 225 in the economy class will ferry passengers on the said route.
“Air France will be increasing its flights on the Paris-Nairobi route to five flights a week and we are confident that we will continue this growth in the coming years,” Air France General Manager for East African region, Arthur Dieffenthaler is quoted as saying by the Business Daily.
Air France in 2018 entered into a joint venture with Kenya Airways (KQ) after an 18 year break of flights on the Nairobi-Paris route.
The Business Daily reports that Mr. Dieffenthaler said that the partnership with Kenya Airways has been mutually fruitful with demand growing and also from an exchange of aviation knowledge on the European and African markets and attributing the growing demand for the airline on the growing trade between Kenya and France.
“Immediately we resumed flights on the Paris-Nairobi route, we recorded higher bookings with our partner Kenya Airways. Our return to this market signifies the confidence we have in strengthened ties between Kenya and France,” Business Daily quotes the Air France East Africa GM as saying.