Air France introducing turboprops to Heathrow-Paris route

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SkyTeam partner Air France is to introduce ATR turboprops to its trunk route between London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle.

It is bringing in two ATR 42-500s to serve the route for the winter schedule.

The French flag-carrier serves Charles de Gaulle seven-times daily from Heathrow using Airbus A320-family aircraft. But it will add the 48-seat turboprops under lease from regional partner Airlinair from the end of October.

"We are adding two frequencies as we want to improve our multi-frequency and connectivity offer," says an Air France spokeswoman.

"[The ATR 42] is well adapted for short-haul destinations. It is not unusual to use this type of aircraft - Air France flies to Southampton from Paris Orly using an ATR 42.

"Last winter we used an Embraer aircraft from Heathrow to Charles de Gaulle."

Air France also operates five-times daily weekday services from London City Airport to Paris Orly, using subsidiary CityJet's BAE Systems Avro RJ85s.