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Air France launches new regional carrier

 29 Jan 2013

Hop logoAir France has announced a revamp of its regional services which will operate under the new brand Hop.

Officially branded HOP!, the new carrier will integrate the Air France group’s three existing regional airlines - Brit Air, Regional and Airlinair - under the one brand.

Hop will operate 530 daily flights to 136 destinations from 31 March in France and Europe using a fleet of 98 aircraft with between 48 and 100 seats. Fares will start at €55 one way.

From summer 2013, Hop will operate point-to-point flights from Paris-Orly as well as the French domestic network. It will also run some services, on behalf of Air France, from the hub at Paris Charles de Gaulle, including flights to Bristol and Aberdeen.

Hop is also offering a similar fare structure to Germanwings, with Basic, Basic Plus and Maxi Flex options, with one piece of cabin baggage and a snack included whatever fare paid.

One piece of checked baggage weighing up to 23kg is charged at €15 per leg when paid online and €30 at the airport for the Basic fare, but comes included on Basic Plus. A second piece costs €44 for both Basic and Basic Plus customers when purchased online, and €55 when purchased at the airport. Maxi Flex customers can check-in two pieces of luggage free of charge.

Seat selection is not yet available but will be accessible to Maxi Flex customers from July.

Earlier this month Air France launched a low-cost “Mini” fare on domestic flights from Paris-Orly, as well as “most medium-haul flights on departure from the regional bases in Marseille, Nice and Toulouse.” This does not include seat selection, checked luggage or frequent flyer miles.

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