Joint venture partners Delta Air Lines and Air France will offer year-round nonstop service between Nice Côte d’Azur Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The flight is the only service to link the French Riviera region to the United States nonstop and previously ran for 10 months each year, with a temporary stop between the end of January and the start of the summer season in March.
Operated daily by Delta in conjunction with Air France, the flight will continue four times a week throughout the winter season. Delta will use a 245-seat Boeing 767-400 aircraft on services between Nice and New York through December and a 210-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft from January to March 2016.
“We have transported more than 2 million passengers between Nice and the United States since 1991 and are delighted to respond to customer demand by extending this popular flight throughout the winter,” said Perry Cantarutti, Delta’s Senior Vice President Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Around 20 percent of passengers are flying to Nice on business and a year-round service will help support local industry both here and in the surrounding region.”
Patrick Alexandre, EVP Commercial, Sales & Alliances at Air France-KLM added: “The extension of the nonstop Nice-New York flight, now operated all year round by our partner Delta Air Lines, is a further illustration of Air France-KLM’s desire to expand its presence, together with its partners, on the French Riviera. The leading airline group in Nice, Air France-KLM, in cooperation with Delta, is reaffirming its leadership in the region in a sustainable manner. Highly committed to promoting France abroad, especially Nice, Air France KLM and its partner Delta carried 120,000 American passengers to and from Nice in 2014, representing 320 per day!”
The Nice-New York flight supports a number of high-profile events in the Côte d’Azur region, including the Cannes Film Festival, of which Air France is official airline, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Nice Jazz Festival.
Offering enhanced onboard comfort
Passengers flying in Delta’s business class cabin, Delta One, enjoy a full range of premium products for a comfortable, relaxed, and productive in-flight experience. These include fully flat-bed seats in a 1x2x1 configuration with Westin Heavenly Inflight Bedding from Westin Hotels & Resorts. Delta offers fine dining on board with five-course chef-inspired menus accompanied by wines selected by Master Sommelier, Andrea Robinson.
The largest trans-Atlantic joint venture
The Nice-New York-JFK flight is operated as part of the joint venture with Delta, Air France-KLM and Alitalia. With more than 250 daily trans-Atlantic flights operated by the four airline partners and a fleet of 129 aircraft, this partnership provides customers with the benefits of a vast route network offering more frequencies, competitive fares and harmonized services across the Atlantic. This industry-leading JV represents nearly 25 percent of total trans-Atlantic capacity.
Delta in France: In addition to its Nice-New York-JFK flight, Delta operates a comprehensive network between France and the United States, with up to 12 peak-day flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. The airline, together with Air France, operates year-round nonstop service to 10 U.S. gateways: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis/St Paul, New York-JFK, Salt Lake City and Seattle; and to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia during the summer season.