The youthful Air France carrier has announced six new destinations for summer 2019, another being Irma-ravaged Saint Martin.
Starting next summer, Air France’s ostensibly millennial-focused airline Joon will serve six new destinations from Paris-CDG, namely Stockholm, Madrid, Prague, Manchester, Saint Martin in the Caribbean, which is still recovering from Hurricane Irma, and a previously announced long-haul route to Quito in Ecuador.
Flights from Paris to Saint Martin and Quito will be operated by an Airbus A340 with 278 seats including 30 in business, 21 in premium economy and 227 in economy.
In all classes are “latest-generation individual touch screens with more than 1,200 hours of entertainment”, onboard streaming via YouJoon to smartphone, tablet or computer, and a “wide choice of TV series, newspapers and magazines, web TV, cartoons, music and games”, the airline says.
Business-class passengers can sleep in a seat-bed that transforms into a two-metre long bed, while the inflight catering “takes you on a culinary journey with dishes designed by exceptional French chefs, with savoury and sweet gourmet delights”.
Premium economy seats have a 133° seat recline, 99cm of legroom and a 49cm wide seat, with starters and desserts “inspired by those served in the business cabin” and accompanied by a drink or champagne. Economy seats have 78cm of legroom and a 118° seat recline.
Not only millennial
Air France launched Joon at the end of last year because it needed what the chief executive called a “new tool for the group”, by which he meant “a highly competitive cost structure in order to sustain the most difficult routes for Air France,” Business Traveller reported.
Business Traveller reviewed business class on a Joon A340-300 earlier this year, concluding that on these seats there was not much difference between Air France and Joon, “which is probably how the airline wants it”.
The aim for Joon is “to support Air France in growing its network to and from Paris Charles de Gaulle and also to act as a real innovation lab for Air France, hence the early talk of it being an airline for millennials, which seems to have been quietly dropped from the marketing”.
Joon is not a low-cost airline, but “instead it seems to be Air France’s attempt to strip out some costs behind the scenes while at the same time marketing ‘choice’ to travellers, as all airlines are now attempting,” Business Traveller says, adding that reports suggest pilots are paid the same as at Air France but cabin crew are paid less, perhaps to help make these routes potentially more profitable.