French leisure carrier Corsair (SS / CRL) has announced that it will start direct flights between Paris and New York starting June 2020. With the new route addition, it will be the ninth airline to fly the popular route. Corsair’s flight will depart daily from Paris’ Orly Airport for Newark Airport, nearby New York City. New French airline French Bee (BF/FBU) has announced that it will also launch daily Orly to Newark flights, which will commence on June 10. The route will be the airline’s second to the United States after San Francisco and will make it the 10th airline to enter the Paris-New York market. Corsair’s flight will depart from Paris at 18:00 and will arrive at 20:25 in Newark the same evening. At 22:45, the flight will leave Newark for Paris, where it will arrive the next day around 12:00. The airline will utilize its brand-new Airbus A330-900neo on the route, an updated variant of the airline’s current Airbus A330-300, which it is using to replace its ageing Boeing 747-400 fleet and expand. Corsair has three A330neos on order, which each will seat 352 passengers: 20 in business class, 21 in premium economy and 311 in economy class. As the airline’s first A330neo delivery is scheduled for September 2020, it will likely use one of its current A330 aircraft for the route in the interim. French Bee’s new route, on the other hand, will depart Orly at 14:00 and arrive in Newark at 16:15, earlier than the Corsair flight. The return will depart Newark at 18:15 and arrive the next morning in Paris at 8:15. The airline’s route will be operated with the Airbus A350-900, which makes up the entirety of its current fleet. French Bee has one of the type on order, scheduled for delivery in April, which is likely the aircraft that will be used on the new route. The airline also has two larger Airbus A350-1000 aircraft on order, which will be delivered starting in 2021. Marc Rochet, French Bee’s chairman, issued the following statement regarding the new route: “After a successful year in both San Francisco and French Polynesia, opening a second North American destination has solidified French bee’s position as a leading low-cost airline between France and the United States. New York and Paris welcome millions of French and American tourists every year. Our latest generation of aircraft will provide them with both comfort and travel quality at an affordable price.” The Paris-New York is very popular, with eight airlines besides French Bee and Corsair operating the route: French flag carrier Air France operates four daily flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and New York-JFK airport, as well as one daily flight between Orly Airport and JFK Airport. The airline’s flights are operated by a mix of Boeing 777, 787 and Airbus A380 aircraft.
Delta Air Lines operates two daily flights between New York-JFK airport and Paris-CDG airport with the Airbus A330.
Norwegian Air International operates one daily flight between New York-JFK and Paris-CDG with a wet-leased Airbus A330, which will switch back to a Boeing 787 once engine issues are resolved.
American Airlines operates one daily flight between New York-JFK and Paris-CDG with the Boeing 777.
United Airlines operates daily Boeing 787-10 flights between Newark and Paris-CDG. XL Airways France operates daily Airbus A330 flights between Newark and Paris-CDG.
All-business-class airline La Compagnie operates twice-daily flights between Newark and Orly with a mix of Boeing 757 and Airbus A321neo aircraft.
LEVEL operates multiple weekly flights between Newark and Orly with the Airbus A330.
Despite the competition, Corsair and French Bee have the potential to be successful in the crowded route due to their low-cost business model, which includes attractive low fares and efficient and densely configured aircraft. If successful, the airlines will be able to utilize the large demand between North America and France for both vacation and business customers.