SkyTeam carrier Air France has confirmed that it is bringing First Class back between Singapore and Paris this month, as the airline boosts capacity on the route for the upcoming season, including an overall ramp-up to nine times weekly operation.
That will represent an increase of almost 30% on pre-COVID capacity for Air France out of Changi Airport, with Singapore Airlines similarly confirming in its upcoming winter schedule that it too will fly more seats to and from the French capital than it did before the pandemic hit.
Air France is ramping up Singapore flights
Air France has been progressively increasing its Singapore flights since the Lion City’s border restrictions were eased in April this year.
- During the pandemic, the airline had 3 x weekly Boeing 787-9 flights on the route
- Two of these flights each week joined Singapore’s Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) programme in October 2021
- Flights were increased to 4 x weekly from May 2022, a month after the VTL concept was ditched
- Flights were increased to 5 x weekly from June 2022, and upgauged to Airbus A350s, with 16% more seat capacity
- Flights were increased to 6 x weekly from mid-September 2022
- Flights were increased to 7 x weekly from mid-October 2022
- Flights will increase to 9 x weekly from 31st October 2022, 7 of which will include La Première
New schedule with La Première
From 31st October 2022, Air France will switch its daily AF257 overnight flights from Singapore to Paris to four-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which include a four-seat La Première cabin. AF256 services will also make an overnight trip in the Paris to Singapore direction with the same product on board.
There will also be a new addition for the carrier, in the form of daytime services from Singapore to Paris twice per week (AF255) using three-class Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, though do note that these don’t feature La Première.
Here’s how the airline’s schedule looks from 31st October 2022.
Flights with La Première
Flights without La Première