French Bee

French Bee
IATA ICAO Callsign
BF FBU FRENCH BEE
Founded 2016
Hubs Paris–Orly
Focus cities San Francisco
Fleet size 3
Destinations 5
Parent company Groupe Dubreuil
Headquarters Bellevigny, France
Key people Marc Rochet
Website frenchbee.com

French Bee, stylised as Frenchbee, and formerly French Blue,[1] is a French low-cost, long-haul airline based at Paris Orly Airport. It operates a scheduled network between France and worldwide leisure destinations. Its head office is in the Dubreuil Group offices in the Belleville-sur-Vie area of Bellevigny, Vendée, France.[2][3]

History

Groupe Dubreuil, the owner of Air Caraïbes, established the airline in 2016 as French Blue.[4][5] The airline operated some long-haul flights on behalf of Air Caraïbes from 1 July 2016,[6][7] before the airline's first flight to Punta Cana on 10 September 2016.[8] The airline planned to hire 400 employees within two years.[9]

In November 2017, the airline was renamed French SAS.[1] To avoid legal claims by US-based JetBlue Airways, the airline announced on 30 January 2018 to rebrand as French Bee.

Destinations

French Bee serves the following destinations:[10]

Country City Airport Notes Ref.
Dominican RepublicPunta CanaPunta Cana International Airport
FranceParisOrly Airport
French Polynesia, FrancePapeeteFaa'a International Airport[11]
Réunion, FranceSaint-DenisRoland Garros Airport[12]
United StatesSan FranciscoSan Francisco International Airport[11]

Fleet

The French Bee fleet consists of the following aircraft as of March 2018:[13][14][15][16][17][18]

French Bee Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
P Y Total
Airbus A330-300 1 28 350 378
Airbus A350-900 2 1 35 376 411
Total 3 1

References

  1. 1 2 "Arrêté du 24 novembre 2017 modifiant l'arrêté du 28 juin 2016 portant octroi d'une licence d'exploitation de transporteur aérien au profit de la société French blue et l'arrêté du 7 juillet 2016 relatif à l'exploitation de services de transport aériens par la société French blue" (PDF).
  2. "Website Publisher." French Bee. Retrieved on 19 May 2018. "FRENCH BEE, Simplified Joint-Stock Company with a capital of 5,000,000 Euros, with registered office located at Actipole 85, 85170 Belleville-sur-vie[...]"
  3. "Contact." Dubreuil Group. Retrieved on 19 May 2018. "Actipôle 85 BP 42 85 170 Belleville-sur-Vie"
  4. "Long-haul budget airline French Blue sets two-year deadline to break even". Reuters. 2016-03-17. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
  5. "French Blue, la nouvelle compagnie low-cost long courrier française".
  6. "French Blue lance le low-cost long courrier à 149 euros TTC ! (l'aller simple)". La Tribune (in French). 7 June 2016.
  7. "Guadeloupe : 1ère escale de l'A330-300 de French Blue" [Guadeloupe : French Blue A330-300's first stopover] (in French). TourMag. 5 July 2016.
  8. "French Blue launches operations from Paris to Punta Cana". ATW Air Transport World. 13 September 2016.
  9. "French Blue, cette low-cost long-courrier qui veut secouer le marché" (in French). 17 March 2016.
  10. Liu, Jim (8 June 2016). "French blue Opens Reservation for Punta Cana Sep 2016 Launch". Airline Route. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  11. 1 2 "May launch for French Blue's Tahiti flights". Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  12. "French Blue opens Reunion service from June 2017". Routes Online.
  13. "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 14.
  14. "Air Caraïbes lance French blue à l'assaut du low-cost long-courrier".
  15. "French blue, la première low cost long-courrier française".
  16. "Air Caraïbes explose ses résultats avec des bénéfices record". May 8, 2016.
  17. "Startup French Blue takes its first aircraft". Air Transport World. 8 June 2016.
  18. "French Blue lance son aller-retour Réunion-Paris à partir de 618 euros" [French Blue to introduce Paris to Réunion round trip ticket from 618 euros]. Clicanoo (in French). 5 October 2016.


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