Air France extends its “Train + Air” offer
Air France and SNCF (national operator of services in France) are expanding their “Train + Air” offer, allowing passengers to combine train and plane in the same reservation.
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Seven new destinations have been added to the network – bookable for travel from July 19. These include:
- between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Aix-en-Provence TGV, Bordeaux Saint-Jean, Marseille Saint-Charles and Montpellier Saint-Roch
- between Paris-Orly (via the Massy TGV station) and Avignon TGV, Marseille Saint-Charles and Valence TGV.
This extension of this network brings to 18 the number of stations offered by Air France as part of the “Train + Air” service.
The full list includes:
- Aix-en-Provence TGV
- Angers Saint-Laud
- Avignon TGV
- Bordeaux Saint Jean
- Champagne-Ardenne TGV
- Le Mans
- Lille Europe
- Lorraine TGV
- Lyon Part Dieu
- Marseille Saint-Charles
- Montpellier Saint-Roch
- Valence TGV
The combined services currently transport more than 160,000 customers to and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports. “Train + Air” allows customers to have a single reservation for their entire trip and a guaranteed seat on the next available TGV INOUI flight or train, free of charge in the event of late arrival of their flight or train.
In addition, for those who accumulate Miles within the framework of the “Flying Blue” frequent flyer program, passengers accumulate Miles on the train journey. In addition, Air France customers traveling in the La Première or Business cabin also travel in first class on SNCF trains.
Dematerialization of trips on the CDG and / or Massy TGV – Lille and CDG and / or Massy TGV – Strasbourg lines
SNCF TGV Resenu at Paris Gare du Nord – Image, economy class and beyond
For journeys, a paper ticket is required for the rail segment at the moment. Air France and SNCF are currently testing a new fully dematerialized service for customers departing from Lille Europe and Strasbourg who have a connection on an Air France flight at Paris-Charles de Gaulle or Paris-Orly.
Customers can check in online at airfrance.fr before departure for their entire journey, including the train journey, and no longer need to collect their ticket at the station on the day of departure. If these tests are conclusive, this service could be rolled out across all “Train + Air” services from 2022.
Vincent Etchebehere, VP Sustainable Development and New Mobility – Air France mentionned:
“Air France is committed to reducing its CO2 emissions on its domestic network by 50% by 2024. Regularly enriching our Train + Air offer allows us to continue to develop intermodality, one of the key elements in meeting this commitment, while offering travel opportunities to the whole world from all French regions.
Jérôme Laffon, Marketing Director – Voyages SNCF, mentionned:
“Our priority is to allow French and international tourists to travel with confidence throughout their trip. The development of Train + Air allows us to achieve this objective. Faced with the current climate emergency, it also offers an efficient and carbon-free alternative to longer and tedious journeys by car to reach an airport.
Develop subsequent connections
With Air France cutting certain domestic routes to ensure the financing of survival, it is natural to associate more with the SNCF to allow passengers to connect further by using their network at high speed.
Combined with the fact that there are high-speed train networks at the gates of Paris-Charles de Gaulle, with Massy TGV not far from Paris-Orly (well, five stops on the RER B and a shuttle transfer), it offers natural connections without much effort.
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