Air France Regionals To Merge
Air France unveiled the name of a new regional airline in late January that it plans to form through the merger of its Brit Air, Régional and Airlinair affiliates. Plans call for the airline–dubbed HOP!–to launch operations this summer, operating point-to-point flights within Air France’s domestic network from Paris Orly and connecting service to Paris Charles de Gaulle. The merger accounts for part of Air France’s Transform 2015 initiative, under which it plans to reorganize the airline group into three complementary areas of activity, namely Air France, Hop and low-fare unit Transavia France. According to Air France, Hop will operate a dense schedule of 530 daily flights to 136 destinations with a mix of 98 ATR turboprops, Bombardier CRJs and Embraer ERJs/E-Jets ranging in capacity from 48 to 100 seats.