The French carrier Air Caraïbes (TX) has launched a new commercial service between Paris-Orly International Airport (ORY) and Cancún International Airport (CUN). On this new route, the airline employs its Airbus A350-900 aircraft, with a capacity for 389 passengers in a three-class configuration (326 in economy, 45 in economy plus, and 18 in business).

The newest route of Air Caraïbes

On Saturday, Air Caraïbes inaugurated its new route between Paris and Cancun. This is the airline’s 17th route, and Cancun became its tenth destination and the first it offers in Mexico.

Now, the French airline offers two weekly flights to Cancun (and soon to be increased to three per week) onboard the company’s flagship Airbus A350-900. Departures are scheduled on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12:50 local time, arriving at 18:05 local time. The time block for this service is 11:15 hours of flight. The return service departs from Cancun at 20:15 local time, landing in Paris at 11:40 am the next day local time (nine hours and 25 minutes of flight time).

From December 5, Air Caraïbes will add a new flight on Mondays and keep it until May 15.

An Air Caraibes Airbus A350-900

Photo: Airbus.

Why Cancun?

Air Caraïbes said that the new flight to Cancun, Mexico, corresponds to the desire of the company to continue to expand its transatlantic network in the Caribbean. According to the general director of Air Caraïbes, Olivier Besnard, the Mexican destination is a real gateway to the Yucatan peninsula, one of the richest regions of Mexico in terms of history, culture, and nature. “We want to respond to the growing interest of the French market for Mexico while offering optimal conditions of comfort for this long trip.”

Currently, Cancun Airport has 953 international flights per week, with 178,398 seats available. The Mexican destination is directly connected to 77 international airports, including 17 from Europe. A total of 53 airlines offer international flights to and from Cancun. American Airlines, United Airlines, and Spirit Airlines lead the way with 158, 101, and 72 weekly flights, respectively.

An Air Caraibes Airbus A350-900

Photo: Airbus.

Air Caraïbes international connectivity – where does it fly to?

As stated before, Air Caraïbes (an airline founded in 1969 and based in Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport in Guadeloupe) offers 17 routes to ten destinations in Europe and the Americas.

Air Caraïbes offers 188 weekly flights with nearly 29,000 seats available. It mostly flies from Pointe-a-Pitre, Fort de France, and Paris Orly. Its destinations in the Caribbean are Cayenne, Cancun, Port au Prince, Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, St. Marteen, and St. Martin.

Air Caraïbes has a fleet composed of 14 aircraft. It operates three Airbus A330-200s, two A330-300s, three A350-100s, three A350-900s, and three ATR 72-600s.

For the inaugural flight between Paris Orly and Cancun, Air Caraïbes employed its A350-900 registration F-HTRE, a three-years-old aircraft owned by Air Lease Corporation. This aircraft has totaled over 13,352 flight hours and 1,738 flight cycles.

Have you ever been onboard an Air Caraïbes flight? How was the experience? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Air Journal.


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