For 25 years, Air France and the SNCF have been offering their customers a service allowing them to combine train and air travel in a single booking. Called “Train + Air” (formerly TGV Air) and used every year by more than 160,000 customers, it currently links 14 stations to the Air France hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly (Angers Saint-Laud, Avignon TGV, Champagne-Ardenne TGV, Le Mans, Lille Europe, Lorraine TGV, Lyon Part-Dieu, Nantes, Nîmes, Poitiers, Rennes, Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, Strasbourg and Valence TGV).
As from 3 December, Train + Air will also be offered by Air France between Bordeaux Saint-Jean station and Paris-Orly airport, starting on 15 December, with connections available to the entire international Air France network on departure from Paris-Orly airport, particularly to the French overseas territories (Cayenne, Pointe-à-Pitre, Fort-de-France and Saint-Denis de La Réunion).
Customers will travel by train from Bordeaux to Massy TGV, before transferring to Paris-Orly by a taxi service. There will be 5 daily departures from Bordeaux Saint-Jean and 4 daily departures from Massy TGV, with adapted schedules* for quick connections. Customers travelling from Bordeaux will enjoy all the advantages of the Train + Air product:
- a single ticket for the entire trip, with the guarantee of a transfer to the next flight or train at no extra cost, in the event of a missed connection;
- a First Class seat on board the TGV for customers in the Business or La Première cabins on Air France;
- Miles and Flying Blue XP earned on the entire trip, including the rail leg.
Reservations for this new route marketed by Air France are already available at airfrance.fr, by calling 3654 or from travel agents.
Air France and the SNCF are currently working on extending the Train + Air product to other routes and improving the customer experience throughout their trip.
Vincent Etchebehere, VP Sustainability and New Mobilities said: “Intermodality is at the heart of Air France’s sustainable development roadmap and we are pleased to be working on its development alongside SNCF teams. Air France is committed to halving its CO2 emissions on the domestic network by 2024, notably by suspending routes on departure from Orly for which a rail alternative is available in less than 2hr30. The deployment of the Train + Air service on the Paris-Bordeaux route will make it possible to meet this commitment while maintaining connections to France and the rest of the world.”
Jérôme Laffon, Chief Marketing Officer of Voyages SNCF, said: “We are delighted to be strengthening our partnership with Air France, which as of today will be offering the Train + Air service from Bordeaux to Paris. To travel to a Paris airport and make a connection, we are convinced that this combined offer is the most efficient and certainly the most virtuous from an environmental point of view. We will continue to strive to make it even simpler and more attractive with Air France and the other airlines involved. We are currently experiencing an unprecedented health, economic and climate crisis, the world is changing, and our shared responsibility is to come up with new compatible travel solutions.”
About Air France
Since 1933, Air France has been promoting and highlighting France throughout the world. With an activity divided between passenger transport, cargo transport and aeronautical maintenance, Air France is a major air transport player. A workforce of more than 45,000 staff are committed on a daily basis to offering each customer a unique travel experience. Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Transavia make up the Air France-KLM Group. The Group relies on its powerful hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol to offer a vast international network. Its Flying Blue frequent flyer programme has over 17 million members. Air France and KLM are members of the SkyTeam alliance which has a total of 19 member airlines.
Air France places the health and safety of its customers and staff at the heart of its concerns. As part of its Air France Protect health and safety commitment, the company has introduced the strictest health and hygiene measures to ensure a safe trip.
Air France has set itself ambitious sustainable development objectives and is working to reduce and offset its CO2 emissions. As part of the Horizon 2030 programme, the company is committed to reducing its CO2 emissions per passenger/km by 50% between now and 2030 through significant investment in new-generation aircraft, recourse to innovative solutions to reduce its fuel consumption and progressive use of sustainable alternative fuels.
Voyages SNCF is the long-distance travel operator of SNCF Voyageurs, serving the general public. It is the reference in terms of high-speed rail travel in France and Europe.
SNCF and 12 airlines, including Air France, offer their customers the “Train + Air” product between 19 stations and the two Paris airports (Angers Saint-Laud, Avignon TGV, Aix-en-Provence TGV, Bordeaux Saint-Jean, Brussels Midi, Champagne-Ardenne TGV, Le Mans, Lille Europe, Lorraine TGV, Lyon Part-Dieu, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Nîmes, Poitiers, Rennes, Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, Strasbourg and Valence TGV).
In 2019, Voyages SNCF carried more than 140 million passengers in Europe, and since 1981, more than 2 billion customers have travelled by TGV.
Main image credit, John Walton.