Established in 2016, French Bee, formerly known as French Blue, is a low-cost carrier based at Paris Orly Airport (ORY). The French airline prides itself in being the first long-haul, low-cost airline, operating to a number of destinations including Punta Cana, Papeete, Saint-Denis, and San Francisco.
French Bee is owned by the Dubreuil Group, a company that is deeply invested in areas of distribution but also deals with air transport and hotels. The Dubreuil Group also owns French Bee's sister airline, Air Caraïbes, which French Bee currently operates some long-haul routes on the behalf of. French Bee's head office is located within the Dubreuil Group headquarters in Bellevigny, Vendée, France.
French Bee has a baggage policy that allows passengers to have a cabin and checked baggage plus 1 personal item.
Each fare-paying passenger on French Bee is entitled to one piece of carry-on baggage and one personal item onboard the aircraft. Carry-on baggage cannot exceed 12kg (26lbs) in weight with a maximum dimension of 21" x 15" x 7" (55cm x 40cm x 20cm). It must fit the overhead bins on the aircraft.
Personal items cannot exceed 4kg (9lbs) and must fit in the dimensions of 16" x 12" x 6" (40cm x 30cm x 15cm). It has to fit under the seat. These items could be a handbag, a camera, a laptop or a backpack.
Passengers who brought Smart and Premium ticket would be entitled to one piece of 23kg checked baggage for free. Passenger's checked baggage must fit within the total baggage dimensions of 62 inches (height + width + length).
Passengers who purchased Basic ticket would have to buy baggage allowance if needed. Extra baggage allowance can be purchased online or at the airport. Please note that the rate of baggage at the airport would be more expensive than purchasing online.
French Bee has 2 cabin classes — Economy and Premium Economy.
Economy class has a generous seat pitch of 32" (81cm) and a seat width of 16" (41cm). The cabin layout is in a 3 x 4 x 3 configuration and each seat has a 10 inch HD touchscreen available for the in-flight entertainment. All seats are also equipped with a power outlet and a USB port.
Premium class is in a 2 x 3 x 2 configuration and has a more generous seat pitch than Economy class at 36 inches (92cm) and 18 inches (45cm) seat width. Each seat has a 12-inch HD touchscreen, power outlet and a USB port.
In-flight entertainment is available onboard with over 20 movies, TV shows, video games and music available.
WiFi is available onboard, but a WiFi fee would apply. There are four plans available for the airline Hello Plan, Social Plan, Geek Plan and Addicted Plan. The Wi-Fi available is ranging between 10MB to 200MB.
Check-in times for French Bee flights will differ depending on the destination.
French Bee offer online check-in for all their flights. For online check-in, French Bee require passengers to visit the French Bee online check-in page and enter their last name and reservation number. Online check-in opens 48 hours before scheduled flight departure time. For flights to the Tahiti and the USA, online check-in opens 24 hours before scheduled flight departure time.
All passengers are recommended to check-in online to save time from queuing at the airport.
Airport check-in closes around one hour before scheduled flight departure time on all French Bee flights. Airport check-in can be completed by presenting travel documents to the French Bee check-in agents, situated at the French Bee check-in counters.
As of November 2020, French Bee flies to 5 destinations from Europe to the US, including Paris, Papeete, Saint-Denis, Newark and San Francisco.
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13th June 2018
Air Caraibes and French bee, both owned by France's Groupe Dubreuil, plan to add two new A350-900s on lease, on top of the two A350s they already operate. The aircraft are on lease from Air Lease Corporation, with Air Caraibes taking delivery of one A350 in July 2018 and the other headed to sister carrier French Bee in June 2019. French bee will also transfer one A330-300, serial 1727, to Air Caraibes, who will remove two A330-300s, serials 965 and 1021, from its fleet. In December 2019, Air Caraibes will take delivery of its first A350-1000. Additionally, one A330-200 will continue to act as a reserve aircraft. Overall, the Group will, therefore, take delivery of three new A350s in 2019.
French Bee's fleet only equips with Airbus A350 XWB (Extra Wide Body). It's one of the newest and most modern aircraft available in the world. The A350 for French Bee can accommodate 411 passengers onboard, 376 of which are Economy seats.