Another French airline is making its way across the Atlantic to give both US and European air carriers a little competition on the Paris route.
I happen to like Air France quite a lot, but they have a new competitor for the affections of American air travelers. It’s called XL Airways France.
It’s actually been around since 1995 as STAR Airlines, mainly flying from France to destinations in the Caribbean, the Middle East and Africa. It changed its name to XL Airways France in 2006, survived a bankruptcy, and now it’s here.
XL showed up briefly in the US market for the first time last year, when it began flying Airbus jumbo jets from Las Vegas to Paris. Starting in May, it’ll be flying to Paris CDG from JFK in New York and San Francisco, as well as Vegas.
It’ll be vying with US air behemoths like United, American and Delta airlines, as well Air France, British Airways and a host of other European carriers, to carve out a slice of the US-France travel market.
It’s not exactly a large outfit, but that may be to its advantage if it helps to hold down costs, and thus ticket prices. Their fleet consists of exactly nine airplanes — six Airbus A330s and three Boeing 737s.
No details yet on schedules or airfares. As soon as that becomes available, I’ll let you know.
Meanwhile, if you’ve flown XL Airways in the past, what was the experience like? Would you fly with it again? Leave me a comment and let me know!
Edited by P.A.Rice