Air France is planning an expansion – this time adding Denver to its long-haul network.
The airline is planning to operate up to three times a week between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Denver International Airport from the 2nd July 2021.
Planned operation is as follows
AF631 DEPART CDG 13:10 ARRIVE DEN 15:20 AF632 DEPART DEN 17:30 ARRIVE CDG 10:50+1 Commences 2nd July 2021 Operates Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays Booked Equipment: Boeing 787-9
The route will utilise a Boeing 787-9 with a capacity of 279 seats (30 in Business cabin, 21 in Premium Economy and 228 in Economy).
This flight schedule is subject to change depending on travel restrictions. If the route is allowed to go ahead, it will be the first time that Europe will be connected to Denver.
There will be competitive from other airlines, including
- United Airlines operating to London Heathrow
- British Airways operating to London Heathrow
- Lufthansa operating to both Frankfurt-am-Main and Munich
- Edelweiss (SWISS’s leisure operation) operating to Zurich
Once added, this will be Air France’s twelfth gateway to the USA. The airline plans to serve Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C for the Summer 2021 season.
An interesting move for summer
Denver is a great gateway to explore Colorado and the Mountains, as well as a base for exploring the United States. Whilst the timings on the return flight aren’t too hot – they should meet the afternoon/evening departure banks for those who need to connect across Europe.
There’s a fair bit of competition for Air France to contend with as well, with three other airlines offering connections to different parts of Europe.
It will be interesting to see if the route sticks around beyond the summer, or if you’re going to need to factor in time connecting via Atlanta or JFK if you’re needing to go between Denver or Paris.
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