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Air France to inaugurate budget affiliate airline Joon

Joon-logoAir France has confirmed it plans to set up a budget affiliate airline called Joon. Joon will at first fly from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris to four European destinations with the first flights scheduled to take off on 1 December 2017.

The four destinations are Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, Barcelona in the Catalan region of Spain and Berlin. Long haul flights to Mahé in the Seychelles and the east Brazil seaside city of Fortaleza will take to the skies in the first week of May 2018.

Joon has already established a website and tickets to the European destinations are on sale with starter prices of €39 (£34). Air France explained that while fares for Joon’s flights would be low, the new subsidiary would offer passengers the same amenities and services of the parent airline.

At the official press briefing held to announce the launch of Joon, Air France said Joon’s product collection had been specifically designed with younger travellers, so-called millennials, in mind. The airline said passengers would be provided with cutting-edge technology to enhance their travel experiences without elucidating on what this actually meant.

Joon is Air France’s symbolic throwing down of the gauntlet in its fight to break the increasing dominance of the European skies by the likes of Ryanair and easyJet. The forthcoming launch has been a battle in itself because Air France’s pilots had insisted that Joon’s would get the same pay and perks.

Under the terms of the agreement Air France and Joon’s pilots will get the same deal. It is a different story for onboard cabin staff and ground personnel as these positions will be outsourced to third-party providers.

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