A better alternative


Air France KLM offers passengers the option of Premium Economy class onboard flight Boeing 777-200 to Paris, writes Shuib Taib

COMMENCING April 23, Air France KLM will offer round trip flights from Kuala Lumpur to Paris operated by Air France Boeing 777-200.

There will be three weekly flights every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday departing Kuala Lumpur at 11.15pm and arriving in Paris at 6.10am. The flights from Paris depart from Charles de-Gaulle airport at 7.40pm and will arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 1.50pm.

According to Air France country manager (Malaysia) Estee Ng, those who travel on Air France can also choose from four different types of class — First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy.

“We are the only airline that offers premium economy, which is a better product than economy. If you travel on economy, you get 23kg baggage allowance but on premium economy, your baggage allowance is doubled,” said Ng.

She added, “Your complimentary travel kit will contain a range of toiletry items and Clarins moisturiser while economy class passengers’ travel kit contains a sleep mask.”

Blankets woven from pure virgin wool and feather pillows are also given to passengers on premium economy. You also have the option of either wine or champagne.

“Most importantly, the seats at premium economy are bigger by 40 per cent with a seat inclination of 123 degrees,” explained Ng, adding that premium economy passengers also have a special check-in desk, priority boarding and baggage handling.

Additionally, by paying a certain amount, premium economy passengers will be given access to airport lounges, which are usually exclusive to business and first-class travellers.

Currently, Air France KLM has 17 weekly flights from Malaysia to Europe, seven of them with KLM code-share partner Malaysia Airlines, from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam. On top of that, there are 205 weekly flights operated between Paris, Amsterdam and Asia.

Air France recently concluded its special promotional fare of RM2,777 for a round trip to Paris on the economy class, which sold like hot cakes.

“Don’t worry about the fact that the promotion has ended. We will keep having special promotions from time to time. Just keep yourself posted,” said Ng, adding that the reason the special promotion has done exceptionally well is due to the reasonably cheap fare.

“Not only that, the flight is direct. There’s no stopover or transit. Instead of flying for more than 15 hours, it only takes about 12 hours with Air France,” said Ng.

The Boeing 777-200 has four first class seats, 48 business class seats, 24 premium economy seats and 170 economy seats.

To commemorate its inaugural flight on April 23, Air France KLM is flying three local celebrities Fizo Omar, Tasha Shila and Nur Fathia to experience and enjoy the magic of Paris.

During the five-day stay, they will be taken to Paris’s most prestigious sights such as the Place de la Concorde, Avenue des Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre Museum, Palace of Versailles, a cruise on the River Seine and of course, a visit to Eiffel Tower.

Rafflesia, which is Air France office neighbour at the Parkroyal Hotel in Kuala Lumpur for more than 10 years, has also jumped on the bandwagon by offering three Rafflesia pearl sets worth RM5,000 each as prizes for lucky draws among passengers of the first three flights to Paris on Air France.

From left: Rafflesia owner Winnie Sin, Fizo, Tasha, Fathia and Ng at the press conference.

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