Posted on: 01 December 2017 by Mark Thomas
Low-fare French start-up airline Joon was due to kick off its first operational flights today, while having also rolled out announcements for new services starting up in 2018.
The Air France-KLM Group subsidiary, launched very much with millennials in mind, has confirmed it will open seven routes early next year from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport to Rome, Naples, Oslo, Istanbul, Cairo, Cape Town and Tehran, rolling out gradually from 25 March. Its initial services, due to start today, are to Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon and Porto.
It will use a mixed Airbus fleet of 174-seater A320s, 212-seater A321s and A340s, with the A320 family aircraft to be configured with business and economy cabins. The A340s will be fitted with business, premium economy and economy cabins, with touch-screen IFE and complimentary meals, although premium snacks will be paid-for in economy class.
Other destinations on its hitlist for later next year include long-haul flights to Fortaleza in Brazil and Mahé in the Seychelles.
The airline plans to fly to Cairo in Egypt seven times a week, and to Cape Town and Tehran three times weekly. Its shorter-haul services will see it fly seven times weekly to Istanbul, 14 times weekly to Naples and 49 times weekly to Rome, with 18 weekly flights to Oslo.
“In total, for the 2018 summer season, Joon will fly to 13 destinations with 228 flights a week from Paris Charles de Gaulle – Barcelona, Berlin, Istanbul, Lisbon, Naples, Oslo, Porto and Rome on the medium-haul network and Fortaleza, Cairo, Cape Town, Mahé and Tehran on the long-haul network,” said Air France in a statement.
Business-class passengers will get complimentary catering, whereas economy refreshments will be buy-on-board. All passengers will be able to access the YouJoon in-flight streaming system on their personal devices.