SEATTLE – With the tricolor flying proudly, Air France returned nonstop service to Paris from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with a water turret welcome from the Port of Seattle. The airline originally served Sea-Tac from 2007-2012 before the flight was taken over by their joint-venture partner Delta Air Lines. Now the service combines with Delta to provide up to 12 flights each week direct to Paris.
Air France returns to a very different Sea-Tac airport from when it first arrived. Back in 2007, the Air France flight to Paris was the first new international destination in over a decade and Sea-Tac was the 19th busiest airport in North America. Now, Sea-Tac has risen to the 9th busiest airport with nearly 47 million passengers in 2017, including 19 new intercontinental services and 11 new destinations in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
“The region’s economic growth plays a major role in driving new services, but Puget Sound also has that je ne sais quoi appeal,” said Port of Seattle Commission President Courtney Gregoire. “Our reputation as a welcoming, inclusive, and future-minded community also makes this region an exciting place to visit.”
Beginning with three times a week service (Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays), Air France will operate a Boeing 777-200 with flights increasing during the summer peak season to five times a week (adding Mondays and Tuesdays).
“Seattle is a center of tech commerce, and there’s demand for additional lift from the emerging community of entrepreneurs in Paris,” said Stephane Ormand, Vice President and General Manager, USA – Air France KLM. “Air France is excited for this new route because it creates opportunities by directly connecting the global community of entrepreneurs and digital innovators in Paris and beyond.”