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Air France confirms launch of Paris-Brasilia service from 31-Mar-2014; Paris-Rio to swap to 777-300

14-Oct-2013 8:08 AM

Air France confirmed (11-Oct-2013) plans to launch three times weekly Paris CDG-Brasilia service with 309-seat Boeing 777-200 equipment from 31-Mar-2014. The carrier also plans to swap one of its two daily Paris CDG-Rio de Janeiro frequencies from 747-400 to 777-300 equipment from 30-Mar-2014 to allow the carrier to offer its premium economy cabin on all Rio services. Air France-KLM EVP commercial, sales and marketing Patrick Alexandre said, "Brazil is one of Air France-KLM’s priority markets. Not only because the country will host the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016, but also for its regional and global reputation. This is why we are continuing to invest and support the country's economic development with our extensive flight offering and innovative services between Brazil and the rest of the world via our two connecting hubs." Brasilia Airport operator Inframerica commercial director Daniel Ketchibachian said the route is an "important step" in furthering the internationalisation of the facility, which has "enourmous potential" as an international hub. The carrier will be the sole operator on both routes, according to Innovata. [more - original PR - Air France] [more - original PR - Brasilia Airport - Portuguese]