Air France to Deploy the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Bamako
To celebrate its 80th anniversary of flying to Bamako, the capital city of Mali, Air France is introducing the Boeing 787-9 on its daily service between Paris-CDG and Bamako starting tomorrow, 8 October, 2017.
From 8 October to 29 October, AF520 leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:00 and arrives in Bamako at 13:45. Return flight AF521 leaves Bamako at 22:10 and arrives Paris-CDG at 05:50 the following day.
From 29 October, Flight AF520 will leave Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 09:55 and arrive in Bamako at 14:35. Return flight AF521 will leave Bamako at 22:55 and arrive Paris-CDG at 05h30 the following day.
Air France's Boeing 787-9 is configured with 276 seats including 30 in the Business cabin cabin, 21 in Premium Economy class cabin and 225 in Economy class cabin.
The Boeing 787-9 also features in-flight connectivity with on-board Wi-Fi with prices ranging from €5 to €30 for data allowance from 20MB to 200MB
Air France offers customers on its African routes tailor-made services including dedicated check-in and connections staff, larger baggage allowance, tasty catering offerings such as ginger juice and chili pepper.
In 1937, Air France launched its twice-weekly Paris-Dakar route with an extension to Bamako. Passengers arrived in Dakar from France by Dewoitine 333 and continued their journey to Bamako by Wibault 282.
In the 1950s, Bamako was linked to Orly via Casablanca without stopping off in Dakar by DC-4 and then by Constellation. At the time, it took 15 hours to fly to the rapidly expanding city.
Today, Bamako has become one of Air France’s main gateways in West Africa. Air France currently operates a daily service between Paris CDG and Bamako using a Boeing 777 aircraft.