The low-cost long-haul airline French bee yesterday inaugurated its new link between Paris and New York, more than a year late due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Initially scheduled for June 2020 but postponed due to border closures, the route of the Dubreuil Group subsidiary specializing in inexpensive flights between Paris-Orly and Newark-Liberty airport was inaugurated on July 14, 2021, initially with three weekly rotations in Airbus A350-900 which can accommodate 35 passengers in premium class and 376 in Economy. Outside the first week of operation (flights Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday), departures are scheduled Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, plus Sunday from July 31, at 6:45 p.m. to arrive at 9:00 p.m. return flights leave New Jersey at 10:55 p.m. to land at 12:20 p.m. the next day.
A fifth weekly rotation is posted in September on Fridays, with the company targeting a daily flight by winter.
French bee shares its codes on this line with its sister Air Caraïbes and faces competition from Air France, La Compagnie, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines (all Paris and New York airports combined).
The low-cost long-haul is usually already present in the United States, with flights to San Francisco including on the way to Tahiti, but this Californian destination remains suspended until September 8 at the earliest (flights to Papeete pass through Vancouver). Recall that it signed an interline agreement with Alaska Airlines in February 2020, facilitating connections at the two US airports.
According to the general manager of French bee Muriel Assouline, interviewed by Echo Touristique, the arrival in the fleet of two A350-1000 in winter and next summer will allow the company to « release » two of its four A350- 900, currently deployed to Reunion, « no doubt to strengthen our presence on the North American axis ».
Chers voyageurs, ce 14 juillet 2021 marque notre premier envol à destination de #NewYork ! 🇺🇸
— French bee ✈️ (@flyfrenchbee) July 14, 2021