French Bee launches cheap flights to Paris from LAX this month
French Bee’s long-haul flights are operated by four Airbus A350-900s as well as one A350-1000, its latest aircraft which was added to the fleet in October 2021. Cabin interiors are 40% quieter than previous models and is equipped with LEDs. mood lighting that mimics sunrise and sunset to help stave off jet lag so that when you arrive in Paris, you’ll be rested and ready to explore the city’s myriad bakeries and bistros. The airline is also working with Airbus on an initiative called Fellow Flight, which studies how planes can fly into each other’s tailwinds to maximize fuel efficiency.
Other touches of Parisian hospitality on board include French flight crew wearing chic scarves, and French films, playlists and audiobooks available for in-flight entertainment. In Premium, free iPads filled with French newspapers and magazines are available to keep you up to date with local news and culture before you arrive. Tiered WiFi plans allow passengers to refresh their Duolingo on board, with four plans offering varying data usage from 10MB ($4) to 200MB ($29), depending on customer needs.
“French service is an integral part of our DNA,” says Sophie Hocquez, the airline’s commercial and marketing director.
Meals aboard the French Bee were concocted by chef Jean-Michel Lorain, whose restaurants have been awarded two Michelin stars. Dishes are inspired by specialties from famous French culinary regions and include offerings like beef cheek confit in Bourguignon sauce and Brousse cheese and Provençal vegetable tian terrine in pepper sauce. To top it off, the airline offers Nicolas Feuillatte champagne flutes.
At Orly Airport in Paris, Premium customers will also have access to the newly redesigned Prime Class lounge, which offers panoramic views of the tarmac and showers. The lounge is shared with the company’s sister airline, Air Caraïbes, which is also owned by the Dubreuil Group, a family-owned holding company based in Belleville sur Vie, France.
French Bee also operates flights from New York and San Francisco to Paris; San Francisco to Tahiti; and from Paris to Tahiti and Reunion Island, a French department in the Indian Ocean.
“People see us as the new kid on the block. But in 2019, we transported 400,000 customers between Reunion, Paris and Tahiti,” Hocquez says. “I think people want to try different things. what the cost is going to be for them. That’s really our goal, that you are in charge of your trip.”
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