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[French Blue] New budget flights open up Caribbean

Unread post by bimjim » Mon Sep 12, 2016

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[French Blue] New budget flights open up Caribbean
September 12, 2016

FLYING budget for nine hours to the Caribbean might not sound much fun but a new French low-cost airline has just completed its first passenger flight, and received the thumbs up from those on board.

The French Blue flight from Orly to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic was the first of a three-times a week service that costs from just €199 each way. A search on Google showed typical prices elsewhere were from €514 up.

It is the latest low-cost transatlantic flight and follows Norwegian, which started services from Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle to New York for €159 and Miami at €179, and Wow Air which is promising Paris-New York for €129 from November.

French Blue is a start-up by Vendée company Dubreuil, which already owns Air Caraïbes, and its straight-from-the-factory Airbus A330-300 jet packs in 350 seats in Economique and 28 in Premium.

The company says it is offering “low-cost but a decent level of comfort” and president Marc Rochet said it would have been possible to fit another 100 seats if necessary but they had kept numbers down for comfort’s sake.

So far it says it has sold 20,000 tickets at prices that are 15% less than rivals Air France and XL Airways and it is looking at expanding services to Réunion and Mauritius next summer.

Budget passengers in the nine-across rows each have access to a 25cm touchscreen to watch films, TV or games and the plane has Wifi at an extra cost of €5-€29 depending on speed of connection. In Premium the 28 passengers have larger seats in a seven-across configuration but fares leap to €629.

Free cabin baggage is limited to 12kg and no meals are included in the €199 ticket but can be bought on-board with the menu at €30.

Until this evening the company is offering 5,000 flights at just €149 each way – www.frenchblue.com – with only around 100 left already for the December flights.

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