A relatively new airline has made it easier and less expensive for Angelenos to visit the City of Light.
French Bee, which bills itself as “the first smart-cost long-haul airline in France,” is expanding its West Coast presence with the launch of a direct Los Angeles to Paris route.
Launching on April 30, French Bee will operate four weekly nonstop flights from Los Angeles International Airport to Paris-Orly International Airport .
“Following the success of our Newark launch and relaunch of San Francisco, we are enthusiastic to debut Los Angeles as our third U.S. route to Paris and continue our rapid U.S. expansion,” said Marc Rochet, president at French Bee. “We understand price is a top factor for customers planning international travel following the pandemic and are pleased to offer superior in-flight comfort with our newest Airbus A350-900, which is one of the world’s most fuel efficient and modern aircrafts in the long-haul market right now.”
Ticket sales for French Bee’s Los Angeles to Paris route start at $279 each way for basic economy and $661 one-way for premium economy. The route operates four times weekly on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and will increase to up to six times weekly starting in July.
French Bee is a sister company of Air Caraïbes within the airline division of the Dubreuil Group, a family-owned holding company based in Belleville sur Vie, France.
Founded in 2016, French Bee began offering flights from San Francisco to the South Pacific.
May 2018 saw the airline’s inaugural flight from Paris Orly Airport to San Francisco to Papeete, establishing French Bee as the world’s first airline to offer a North American route from San Francisco to the islands of Tahiti.
In June 2019, French Bee became the first airline to operate Airbus’s newest aircraft, the A350-900 XWB, and celebrated the arrival of a new aircraft in its fleet, the F-HREY.
Last July, French Bee launched its first East Coast route in the U.S. between Newark Liberty International Airport and Paris Orly Airport, making French Bee “the only and most affordable non-stop leisure carrier from New York to Paris Orly,” according to the company.
Los Angeles will be French Bee’s fifth destination with nonstop or direct service from Paris, and the third destination in the United States, joining Newark and San Francisco.
Fares of its other flights start at $199 one-way from New York to Paris, $189 one-way from San Francisco to Paris, and $329 one-way from San Francisco to Tahiti.
French Bee’s fleet is comprised of four Airbus A350s, which are recognized as one of the world’s most modern and efficient aircrafts, as well as its first A350-1000 welcomed in October 2021, the latest generation Airbus aircraft.
Upon boarding, travelers are welcomed by French flight attendants and crew members.
With 411 seats and two classes, the Airbus A350 is outfitted with the latest generation in innovative design and technology. Mood lighting mimics sunrise and sunset with 100 percent LEDs—improving sleep quality and reducing jet lag.