Air France and KLM have unveiled their schedule for flights to and from Canada for the winter season, which will run from this Oct. 26 to Mar. 28, 2015.
The airline will pursue its usual winter offering of two flights daily between Montréal and Paris, and one flight a day out of Toronto. (Except Nov. 11 and 18, and from Jan. 13 to Feb. 28, during which the airline will not be operating its Tuesday AF 342/345 flight.)
Air France’s Boeing 747-400s are configured with two seat classes: Economy and Business. The Airbus A340-300s are similarly configured, although they also feature Air France’s intermediate Premium Economy class. All seat classes include free inflight services such as complimentary champagne as well as comfort and entertainment items such as blankets, pillows and earphones.
This winter, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will fly once daily from Montréal and Toronto, six times weekly out of Calgary and five times a week from Vancouver.
All KLM flights are equipped with World Business Class and Economy Class seating. The Boeing 747s (Toronto) feature the latest in Business Class comfort with flat bed seats.
This will bring to 46 - 21 AF and 25 KL - the total number of weekly flights the AIR FRANCE KLM Group will be operating between Canada and Europe.
Both airlines also incorporate a connecting shuttle bus service to Montréal-Trudeau for Ottawa residents flying AIR FRANCE or KLM. In addition, the codeshare agreement with WestJet also makes it possible for travellers from 20 Canadian cities including Victoria, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Quebec City and St-John’s to avail themselves of connecting AIR FRANCE or KLM flights out of Canada.
The end of an era:
The two farewell departures from Montreal and Toronto of KLM’s passenger MD11s will be minutes apart on October 25. Flight KL 692 from Montréal to Amsterdam will be the last aboard an MD 11, which the airline will be retiring from its fleet.
Aéroports de Montréal will be marking the occasion and reminds aviation enthusiasts that the Jacques-de-Lesseps plane-spotting park will be the perfect spot to watch the history-packed, three-engine airliner touch down once last time at Montréal-Trudeau. The plane is expected to land at 4:45 p.m., and it will be greeted be the airport’s firefighters who will give it an official salute.
For its part, KLM raffled off two pairs of tickets on Facebook for this historical flight to Amsterdam.
The KLM fleet operated as many as 10 MD11s, with each being named after a famous woman who left her mark on history: Marie Curie, Annie Romein, María Callas, Anna Pavlova, Ingrid Bergman, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Amy Johnson - and for the final three aircraft in operation - Maria Montessori, Florence Nightingale and Audrey Hepburn.