Air France is combining its three regional carriers - Brit Air, Régional and Airlinair - to form a new airline, Hop, as the company continues a root-and-branch restructure of its operations on the back of its Transform 2015 cost-cutting drive.
Hop will launch services on 31 March 2013, although routes to and from Italy will commence on 14 February, says the SkyTeam carrier.
It will operate point-to-point flights from Paris Orly and elsewhere in its domestic network and will additionally run services to Paris Charles de Gaulle on behalf of Air France, says the carrier.
Heading the airline will be Lionel Guérin, a former chief executive of Airlinair and most recently chief executive of sister leisure carrier Transavia France.
The new airline will run 530 daily flights to 136 destinations in France and Europe, it adds.
This is the last stage in Air France's shake-up of its loss-making short- and medium-haul operations. The mainline carrier retains services feeding the Charles de Gaulle hub, alongside routes with a high-density of business customers and flights departing from its regional bases in Marseille, Toulouse and Nice.
Leisure services from Orly and other regional airports will be operated by Transavia France.
However, Air France has yet to clarify the fate of its Ireland-based subsidiary CityJet, which is not included in this restructure.
According to Flightglobal ACAS data, the combined fleets of the airlines total 105 aircraft, a mixture of regional turboprop and jet types. Air France says Hop will operate 98 aircraft of between 48 and 100 seats, a reduction of around 7%.