Air France nixes Heathrow-Los Angeles flights

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Roughly seven months after inaugurating flights from London Heathrow to Los Angeles, Air France plans to cease the operation in November.

Citing the present "economic and financial crisis" transatlantic SkyTeam Alliance partners Air France, KLM, Delta Air Lines and Northwest say they are enhancing their transatlantic services on departures from London to their US hubs.

The Los Angeles-Heathrow route is apparently part of that enhancement. An Air France spokesman declined to comment on the performance of the route, which was launched in March.

Between November and June Air France plans to use the London slot for the Los Angeles route on medium-haul flights to Paris using Airbus A320 aircraft.

The Boeing 777-200 used on the Los Angeles route will be redeployed in Air France's network during the same November-June timeframe.

In June Air France plans to strengthen SkyTeam's presence from JFK to Heathrow, adding an additional flight on the route to Delta's existing two daily flights.

With the addition of the Air France 777 on the route, the carrier says SkyTeam passengers will have the benefit of a first class cabin in addition to Delta's offering of full-flat seats in business class on its aircraft.