September 26, 2017
Air France’s New ‘Millennial Airline’ Joon Launching December 2017
On December 1, 2017, Air France will commence flights on its new subsidiary airline “Joon.” The new airline is intended to cater to a younger clientele between the ages of 18 to 35 (millennials). The company defines the airline as a mix between a low-cost carrier and a mainstream carrier. Joon will be based in Paris Charles de Gaulle airport alongside its parent company Air France.
Joon will initially start flights to cities such as: Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon, and Porto. However, the destinations will not be limited to Europe. The nouveau airline will start long-haul routes once it acquires capable aircraft. Long-haul destinations will include: Fortaleza, Brazil and Mahe, Seychelles. The initial fleet will consist of six Airbus A321-200 aircraft flying to European destinations. Joon is leasing these from parent company Air France. Service is as follows:
- Paris (CDG)-Barcelona (BCN) 51 times a week
- Paris (CDG)-Berlin Tegel (TXL) 37 times a week
- Paris (CDG)-Lisbon (LIS) 26 times a week
- Paris (CDG)-Porto (OPO) 3 times a week
Joon is adding up to four former Air France Airbus A340-300s to its fleet next year for the following long-haul service:
- Paris (CDG)-Fortaleza (FOR) 2 times a week
- Paris (CDG)-Mahe (SEZ) 3 times a week
Fares within Europe start as low as 39 euros each way in December 2017. Long-haul fares to Fortaleza will start at 249 euros each way while fares to Mahe will start at 299 euros each way. The long-haul routes are expected to launch in Summer 2018. However, the Joon website is not up yet, so you currently have to book through the Air France site.
In a market dominated by low-cost competition like Ryanair, easyJet, and Norwegian, let’s see how Joon will succumb. If you have a minute, checkout this very strange promo video they put out and let me know what you think of it.