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  • Writer's pictureNicole Ruskell

Air France offers direct flights from LA to Nice for the Cannes Film Festival

Finally, the long-awaited long-haul flights we've all been waiting for, connecting Hollywood to the Côte d'Azur, a boon for industry travellers.


For the 76th edition of the Festival de Cannes (from 16 to 27 May), Air France, an official partner of the famed cinema festival, will operate 3 special flights (two outbound and one return) with direct service between Los Angeles, California, and Nice, the airport of the French Riviera.


Responding to longtime high demand from US West Coast customers, the French airliner was able to negotiate the flights with Nice Côte d'Azur airport, an airport that has spent this last winter increasing their arrival flights from many new cities around the world. Working in conjunction with Nice Metropole and the Regional Tourism Board, the airport is motivated to simplify getting to the French Riviera. We will likely see more direct flight options, particularly during the top festivals and events, including the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in June, when Air France will add 4 special direct flights between New York JFK and Nice.


These special flights on 15, 22, and 29 May will be operated by Airbus A350, the new jewel in Air France’s long-haul fleet. Equipped with 324 seats, including 34 in Business, 24 in Premium Economy, and 266 in Economy, this is sure to be a flight christened PartyBus A350. But despite a plane full of Hollywood passengers, it's not only shining glitter - the new aircraft from French-made Airbus is more eco-conscious with 25% less CO2 emissions compared with previous-generation aircraft, reducing the airline’s environmental footprint. Its noise footprint is also reduced by 40%, something the residents surrounding the Nice airport will surely appreciate.


Flight schedules

  • 15 and 22 May 2023: flight AF041 - departs Los Angeles at 1:10 pm, arriving in Nice at 9:30 am the following day.

  • 29 May 2023: flight AF040 – departs Nice at 1:55 pm, arriving in Los Angeles at 5:05 pm the same day.


Air France and the silver screen

"Un Américain à Paris", directed by Vincente Minnelli, French Film Poster, c. 1951.
"Un Américain à Paris", directed by Vincente Minnelli, French Film Poster, c. 1951. cc 1.0

Ever since the first movie shown onboard, "An American in Paris", on a Constellation flying from New York to Paris in 1951, cinema has been part of Air France’s DNA. Now in its 43rd year as a partner of the Cannes Film Festival, Air France is celebrating the biggest movie fest in the world and showcasing its love of cinema.


In all its long-haul cabins, they offer 1,500 hours of in-flight entertainment including a wide selection of French films and movies that have won awards at previous editions of the Cannes Film Festival. The entertainment options are carefully selected and for film purists, a vast selection of films are broadcast in their original versions with subtitles.


If you want to get on one of these special direct flights, book soon because these are sure to sell-out fast!




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