Air France Is Now Flying Out of Raleigh—Here Are 4 Insider Tips

Four insider facts about RDU’s recently launched airport partnership

On Monday evening, RDU said “bonjour” to its inaugural Air France flight direct from Paris. The flight was welcomed by a lineup of Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority and Air France executives, marking yet another significant milestone for the airport

Having taken over the direct route Delta debuted back in 2016, Air France offers the same simplicity and ease of nonstop service to Paris while adding a bit of European flair and elegance to the trip. 

To coincide with the budding excitement for the partnership, the flight landed to much fanfare—read: a water-cannon welcome from the airport’s fire trucks (!). And no doubt Raleighites are feeling the fervor too. Before you pack your bags for Paris, we unpack four insider facts passengers can expect via the new airline. … See you on board! 🇫🇷🛬


Two words: complimentary Champagne. Adding to your roster of free alcohol on international flights, Air France will offer the op to say cheers to your overseas travel with a glass of luxe French bubbly throughout all cabins. Talk about a sparkling flight! 

High-Class Wine

The sip-sational news continues. Sample the very best French vineyards have to offer aboard your flight and in an Air France lounge via the airline’s curated wine and Champagne list prepared by 2013’s “best sommelier in the world,” Paolo Basso

Michelin Chef-Prepared Food 

Say au revoir to the days of turning your nose up at questionable in-flight dining options. As Raleigh awaits its own Michelin restaurant, Air France touts Michelin-starred dishes on select flights for its La Première and Business long-haul cabin passengers to elevate the airplane dining experience. Bon appétit! 

Flight Schedule

Initially, Air France will make its commute from Raleigh to Paris three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with plans to resume a daily service akin to Delta’s beginning March 31. Consider our summer travel plans booked.

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