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XL Airways France is a French airlines based at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. XL Airways France also operates flights from Marseilles (to La Réunion and Punta Cana) and four other French airports (Lyon, Bordeaux, Nantes and Toulouse, to Punta Cana).
In addition to these regular flights, the airline also operates chartered flights all year round on behalf of the main French and European tour operators.
XL Airways France was founded in 1995 as Société de Transport Aérien Régeional and was trading under Star Europe. In 1997 the airline changes its name to Star Airlines and in 2006, the airline was rebranded to XL Airways France. In May 2017, XL Airways announced it is planning to expand its network to unspecified destinations in Asia. The French long-haul leisure carrier's CEO said he would wait for announcements from Air France for its launch network for new low-cost carrier Boost before making final decisions on the first Asian destination. XL Airways France plans to target both French tourists and incoming Asian customers travelling to France with its new services.
10th April 2018
STG Aerospace launched the latest version of its liTeMood LED lighting system for Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft, along with the first two launch customers:
Small Planet Airlines and XL Airways France, which will upgrade their A320/A321 and A330 fleets, respectively, later this month.
17th January 2018
XL Airways France navigates its way from Nantes to Fort-de-France
XL Airways France commenced flights between Nantes and Fort-de-France on 9 January. The carrier will operate the 6,523-kilometre route bi-weekly, with departures occurring every other Tuesday from the French city. This service becomes Nantes’ second transatlantic operation, with Air Transat offering a summer seasonal service from Montreal. XL Airways France commenced flights between Nantes (NTE) and Fort-de-France (FDF) on 9 January, a service which originates at Paris CDG. The carrier will operate the 6,523-kilometre sector bi-weekly, with departures from the French airport occurring every other Tuesday. Flights, which will be operated by the carrier’s A330-200s, are scheduled to depart from Nantes at 17:20, with the aircraft having touched down from CDG at 16:10. The flight then arrives into the Caribbean airport at 21:00 local time. Flightradar24.com data shows that the first service on this non-competed route departed 47 minutes late from Nantes. This becomes the second transatlantic link from the regional French city, with Air Transat already offering a summer seasonal service from Montreal.
Low-Cost Airline XL Airways Will Now Offer Flights from New York to Tel Aviv
The growth of low-cost, long-haul airlines continued with the announcement of XL Airways’ new connecting service from New York to Tel Aviv via Paris beginning May 1, 2018.
Speaking at an event in New York, Laurent Magnin, CEO, said XL will now be able to book multiple flights on a single ticket, with a transfer at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. Bags will be checked through to the final destination.
Flights from Paris to Israel on XL were introduced earlier this year and will reach up to five weekly frequencies next April. That will give U.S. travelers a five-times-a-week schedule with a three-hour connecting time in Paris.
If this “experiment” proves successful, the transfer operations will be extended to XL’s other US gateways of Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Roundtrip fares between New York and Tel Aviv will start at $710, which includes one checked bag, one hot meal on each flight and wireless entertainment. Finally, for those looking to make the most of their trip, free stopovers of up to five nights can be made in Paris on either the onward or the return trip with no change in the fare.
XL was established in 1995 and is based at De Gaulle. It started flying low-cost, long-haul flights between Paris and New York in 2009 and currently operates to destinations in North America, the Caribbean and Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.
Low-cost airlines seeing success
Magnin took aim at “legacy airlines” saying that low-cost carriers were succeeding not just because of their prices but because they had better organizations and less complex structures, including fewer types of aircraft.
“We look at what travelers need and adjust our fares according to seasonality and other factors,” said Magnin.
Because of these differences, XL is able to charge far less than major airlines – under $1,000 for a roundtrip to Paris against $1,500 or more for a major carrier in summer.
Magnin said XL targets the leisure market with flights that arrive late in the evening when airports are quieter and it is easier to get through customs and to their hotels.
Magnin said he is not afraid of other low-cost competitors like Norwegian because XL offers amenities like free check-in bag and serves one hot meal on each flight. “There is too much pressure on low-cost passengers,” said Magnin; “they worry if their bags are too heavy or if they will have to pay for food. We try to avoid that.”
“My favorite point to make,” said Magnin, is: “Do you want to spend your travel budget on eight hours of flying or on eight days in hotels?”
Magnin said that with an increase in fleet size scheduled for 2019, XL was looking at expanding its service to other US gateways including Chicago – and to elsewhere in the world, including the Middle East and Asia. He also hopes to have nonstop service from the U.S. to French cities beyond Paris – like Marseilles and Lyons.
24th May 2017
XL Airways announced the launch of two direct flights from Marseilles for the following winter: Fort-de-France (Martinique) and Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe)
XL Airways completes its offer from Marseille Provence. Already present throughout the year on the Marseille-La Réunion route, it will offer next winter two destinations previously unseen: Marseille - Fort-de-France in Martinique and Marseilles - Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe. The first link will be operated from January 18th to May 3rd 2018. The second link will take place from February 26th to April 2nd 2018. The flights will be direct and carried out in Airbus A330-200 and -300 mono classes.
15th May 2017
XL Airways France is planning to expand its network to unspecified destinations in Asia according to the carrier's chief executive Laurent Magnin
Speaking to L'Echo Touristique, Magnin said that he is worried about the carrier's reliance on the France-US market and therefore planning to start flights from Paris and/or French provincial airports to Asia within "12 months".
The French long-haul leisure carrier's CEO said he would wait for announcements from Air France for its launch network for new low-cost carrier Boost before making final decisions on the first Asian destination(s). XL Airways France plans to target both French tourists and incoming Asian customers travelling to France with its new services.
Using a fleet of two A330-200s and two A330-300s as well as various other widebody aircraft typically wet-leased from other operators on a seasonal basis, XL Airways France currently serves Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Israel, Martinique, Mayotte, Mexico, Reunion and the US.
In 2016 - XL Airways announced that it had merged with boutique business-class La Compagnie.
The two Paris-based airlines will form the new XL Airways-La Compagnie Group and will continue to specialize in low-cost, international, long-haul service.
In April 2017, XL Airways announced it was adjusting operational aircraft for Paris CDG - Miami route. From 30JUN17 to 10SEP17, the airline’s 3 weekly flights (4 weekly in August) will be operated by leased A330 aircraft from HiFly, instead of its own A330.
SE038 CDG1500 – 1845MIA 330 3
SE058 CDG1500 – 1845MIA 330 5
SE078 CDG1500 – 1845MIA 330 7
SE028 CDG1500 – 1845MIA 330 2
SE059 MIA2045 – 1135+1CDG 330 5
SE079 MIA2045 – 1135+1CDG 330 7
SE029 MIA2045 – 1135+1CDG 330 2
SE039 MIA2045 – 1135+1CDG 330 3
Day 2 operates during the month of August 2017 only.
Unites States (New York; San Francisco; Miami; Los Angeles)
Dominican Republic (Punta Cana)
Reunion Island (Saint Denis)
Guadeloupe (Pointe-A-Pitre; Saint Denis)
Israel (Tel Aviv)
- 1 item of cabin baggage (55 high X 35 wide X 25 cm deep – including wheels and handles) weighing no more than 5 kg
- 1 accessory (e.g. a purse, a laptop or a camera)
Premium Galaxie Class
- 1 item of cabin baggage (55 high X 35 wide X 25 cm deep – including wheels and handles) weighing no more than 10 kg
- 1 accessory (e.g. a purse, a laptop or a camera)
The XL Airways fleet is made up of recent aircraft suited to the destinations served by the airline.
Flights are operated with Airbus A330-300 and A330-200 aircraft.
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