Archive Story :28-10-01

Air France to make operational assessment flight to New York

One week after British Airways, a Concorde of Air France, with approximately 65 Air France Employees on board, will carry out on Monday a Return flight between Paris-New York, as an operational check flight before the resumption of service on November 7.

It will be the first time that an Air France Concorde has made a return flight Paris-New York since the accident at Paris on July 25 2000

The flight's aims are dress rehearsal of the procedure (preparation of the plane before the flight, the paperwork and loading etc..) and of the service levels.

The flight, which, will be flown by the commander of the Concorde fleet at Air France Edgard Chillaud, will take off at 10H30 (08H30 GMT) from the airport of Roissy CDG, and will land at 08H25 in New York. This will be the same flight schedules that will be followed at the start of the resumption of the commercial flights on Nov 7th. Captain Chillaud last few a Concorde from New York in September 2000 when he repatriated F-BFVC back home to Paris

It will set out again on the return leg the following day at 08H00 EST, for a landing envisaged at around 17H45 in Paris.

65 people will be present on-board Concorde 207, F-BVFB, all will be employees of Air France. The hostesses and stewards will ensure that a service level identical commercial flights is carried out in preparation for the resumption of passenger sevices. Technicians and maintenance engineers will be the passengers travelling to New York at invitation of the company to thank them for their work on the plane since the grounding in July 2000.

Air France will carry out five flights Paris-New York per week with, initially, three aircraft. The Concorde connects Paris and New York in 3H55, instead of 7H45 with a subsonic plane. The return ticket costs 8.100 euros (53.130 F). The Air France fare is reduced down to 6.660 euros (43.690 F) if it is paid four days before the departure.

Contrary to British Airways which is renovating the interiors of its seven Concorde, Air France have chosen presently to focus on the service and " the quality of the meals a vegetarian dish will be on the menu for the first time.