Air France Launches Flights to Raleigh-Durham This October

by Anthony Losanno
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Air France is adding its 16th US destination on October 30th. Flights between Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) and Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) will run 3x weekly.

Delta Air Lines has flown this route since August 2022 when it added flights between Paris and Raleigh as well as Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). As Ishrion Aviation reported on Twitter above, Delta will likely pass this route to Air France since they have a metal-neutral joint venture.

Air France plans to fly this route with a Boeing 787-9. It has 276 seats, including 30 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy, and 225 in Economy Class. This is a capacity increase (30 seats more) from the 767-400 that Delta flies on this route (it has 40 Delta One®, 28 Delta Comfort+, and 178 Main Cabin seats).

Anthony’s Take: The flight to Paris from Raleigh is one of the few international flights from a non-hub city that Delta flies. Air France serving the route likely makes more sense for their alliance and Delta will be able to utilize the aircraft elsewhere.

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