Air France launching Paris–Dallas/Fort Worth

Could Qantas codeshare on the route?

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Air France has revealed plans to reintroduce services to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) in Texas from 31 March 2019 following a near 18-year hiatus. The SkyTeam member carrier will operate the route between Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and DFW up to five times weekly.

The French carrier will deploy Airbus A330 aircraft on the route with a capacity of 224 seats, spread over a 36-seat Business class cabin, 21 seats in Premium Economy and a 167 Economy class-seat cabin.

Dallas/Fort Worth will be Air Frances’ 13th hub in the United States, joining Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC.

The reintroduction of Air Frances’ CDG/DFW route could potentially also offer a new option for Qantas passengers flying over the USA to Europe, and also around the world, under a deepening of its codeshare arrangement with Air France.

Earlier this year, Qantas announced that it would be renewing a codeshare partnership with Air France (in late July) on services between Australia and Paris, via Asia, namely through Hong Kong and Singapore. However, it’s unclear if the same arrangement could be offered over the United States.

Qantas has been operating flights from Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth since May 2011, and has indicated its intention to also introduce flights to the Texan hub out of Melbourne, should its joint venture with American Airlines be granted approval by the US transport regulator.

If the carriers agreed to codeshare on Air Frances’ Paris-Dallas/Fort Worth city pairing, it may enable Qantas to ultimately sell unique round-the-world airfares between Sydney, Singapore, Paris, Dallas/Fort Worth and back to Sydney, or Melbourne, Hong Kong, Paris, Dallas/Fort Worth, Melbourne, should Qantas move forward with flights out of the Victorian capital to DFW.

However Qantas told LATTE that at the moment, the Australian carrier has no plans on the horizon for such an expansion of their codeshare arrangement. A spokesperson for the airline stated “we don’t currently have plans to codeshare on the new Air France service to DFW”.

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