French bee is a new low-cost airline between NYC and Paris, linking the two global centers of art, fashion, food and culture with low-fares.
Since we all have the travel itch after 15 months of lockdown, scratch that itch on the cheap with French bee.
It’s flying three round-trip non-stops a week between Newark Liberty International and Paris-Orly, expanding in August to four a week as international travel increases.
Outbound Flight: Departure from EWR at 10:55pm with an arrival at ORY the following day at 12:20pm
Return Flight: Departure from ORY at 6:45pm for arrival at EWR at 9pm.
Flight Duration: Seven hours and 25 minutes from EWR to ORY
Ticket Price Warning
French bee has been advertising NYC-Paris fares “as low as $139”. But like any offer that sounds too good to be true, there are no tickets for the rest of 2021 at that price.
I checked fares online – just as you would, and the lowest for August is $259 each way, and $199 each way for September through March.
Considering that Air France, United, Delta and Virgin Atlantic are charging in the neighborhood of $1,200 for a round trip in September, you would save $800 by flying French bee. That’s what I call travel on the cheap, Paris on the cheap.
Plus, you are avoiding DeGaulle, which is one of my least favorite airports in Europe, maybe the world.
Orly is less stressful and faster and cheaper into downtown than landing at huge DeGaulle. Sort of like LaGuardia instead of JFK or Newark.
French bee also flies San Francisco- Paris for similar rates.
French bee Ticket Options
French bee passengers can book from three options including:
Basic, the lowest–priced option, which welcomes one 26–lb carry–on bag. If you can pack everything for a trip to Paris and beyond in a single carry-on, this is the ticket for you.
Smart, the Basic carry-on, plus one 50–lb checked bag and an in–flight dinner meal that includes such options as vegetarian and fish,
Premium, the Smart offering plus one additional 50–lb checked bag, a two premium meal service – dinner and breakfast – along with complimentary beverage service,
Premium tickets also include cabin seat choice, priority boarding, and priority luggage delivery.
There’s also something called a “Serenity Pass”, which includes priority boarding and a lounge pass, for $54.
The French bee fleet
French bee’s flights are fully operated by four Airbus A350s, which are recognized as one of the world’s most modern and efficient aircrafts.
The fuel consumption per passenger is 117 miles per gallon, one of the best in the skies.
“Paris is an attractive and highly sought after destination for U.S. travelers, especially as EU borders have reopened to U.S. residents this summer. We are looking forward to opening this route and allowing our passengers to discover or rediscover the City of Lights. Being the first affordable nonstop route option from Newark to Paris–Orly, we are convinced that price remainsa decisive factor. Thanks to our model and the unrivaled performance of our A350–900 fleet, we are able to offer flights at extremely competitive prices and always in optimal comfort conditions. We are ready to meet the competitive challenge of this New York–Paris route,” says Marc Rochet, Chief Executive Officer at French bee.