#AfriTravel: Mother City welcomes new trendy airline Joon
Cape Town – Making strides in #AfriTravel, a new airline called Joon made its first flight to the Mother City on 1 April, adding a trendy vibe in the aviation industry.
Under Air France KLM, Joon will operate 3 weekly flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Cape Town. The airline has also been operating the Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Cairo route with a daily flight since 25 March.
While targeting a millennial market, Joon offers unique travel experiences and flexibility by providing a variety of travel choices to flyers of all tastes.
According to Air France KLM senior VP for Africa, Frank Legre, Joon airline is a perfect fit with the culture and vibrancy of the Mother City.
“There’s a good fit between the destination and airline,” says Legre, explaining that Cape Town is open to innovation which is what the airline is striving towards constantly achieving.
Paul Van den Brink who is leading the Cape Town Air Access project, elaborates:
According to Van den Brink, Cape Town saw a “33% increase from the French market in 2017 to Cape Town” making the launch of direct flights from Paris to Cape Town, through airlines such as Joon, even more enticing.
He explains how South Africans can benefit from the launch of the airline and route:
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One-way flights from Paris to Cape Town start at €279 (R4075.90 @R14.61 /€), and include taxes and fees but do not include any checked baggage allowance.
There are three types of seats to choose from – Business, Premium Economy and Economy - and each class comes with perks fit for well-travelled and tech-savvy flyers.
At the airport, business customers travelling with Joon have access to many Air France services. Air France takes care of check-in, assistance and boarding.
Business flyers get a unique culinary experience on board and enjoy fine dining with two meals on long-haul flights, prepared by French chefs such as Joël Robuchon, Guy Martin, Michel Roth, Olivier Bellin or Anne-Sophie Pic.
Business customers also enjoy an aperitif, an appetizer and a full menu served in a new collection of tableware designed by Jean-Marie Massaud. In addition, Joon offers its business customers a wine list drawn up by Paolo Basso and a cocktail created by the Experimental Cocktail Club.
There’s also a seat bed close to 2-metres long, electric sockets and USB ports, new 15.6 inch HD touch screens and streaming with ‘YouJoon’.
Customers travelling in Economy and Premium Economy on Joon also benefit from certain Air France services at the airport.
In the premium economy cabin, passengers can relax in spacious comfort, with a seat that reclines to 133 degrees, new 13.3 inch touch screen, 99 cm leg room and a comfort kit.
In the economy cabin, flyers get to experience a “modern, digital trip”.
A monthly entertainment programme is available on a large touch screen, and with AlloSky, customers can enjoy a private movie theatre experience.
On board long-haul flights, for €15 (R220) per flight, these virtual reality eyeglasses and noise-reduction audio headset allow passengers to enjoy the latest films and documentaries in 3D, 2D and VR 180°.
While Joon is making strides in #AfriTravel, Air France-KLM is increasing its presence in Africa with the launch of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle - Nairobi route operated by Air France.
The group now offers 51 destinations and 489 weekly flights to Africa. With a joint venture partnership with Kenya Airways, Air France KLM will provide more flights between Europe and Africa and is expanding its network with 26 destinations throughout the continent.
The Group also has a code-share agreement with the South-African airline kulkula.com, offering four other destinations in South Africa via Johannesburg or Cape Town, including Durban, East London, George and Lanseria.