It's about to get easier and more affordable to travel between New York and Paris.
French bee, a discount long-haul airline that launched in 2016, is starting direct flights between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Paris Orly Airport (ORY) on July 15. Fares on the non-stop flights start at an eye-popping $139 each way, including a 26-pound carry-on.
"We are convinced that price remains a decisive factor," French Bee CEO Marc Rochet said in a statement shared with T+L. "We are ready to meet the competitive challenge of this New York-Paris route."
By August, French bee plans to depart Newark at 10:55 p.m. four nights a week, arriving in Paris the following day at 12:20 p.m., just in time for an early afternoon coffee, croissant, and hotel check-in. Flights from Paris are scheduled to depart at 6:45 p.m., arriving to Newark at a reasonable 9 p.m. after a 7 hour and 25 minute journey.
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The route is French bee's first from the East Coast. The company currently operates just a handful of long-haul routes, mostly between Paris, San Francisco, and Tahiti. Flights between Paris and San Francisco start at $189 each way. Flights between San Francisco and Tahiti can be had for under $400 each way.
And if you're worried about getting bored on a long flight, don't be. All seats on the airline's fleet of Airbus A350s include USB and electrical ports, headphone plugs, and in-flight entertainment including movies, music, and TV shows. Onboard Wi-Fi is available for an additional $4 to $29, depending on the level of access.
Two of the airline's three classes of service include in-flight meals, champagne, and other creature comforts like pillows, eye masks, and ear plugs. Upgrades also are available for priority boarding and speedier check in.
Meena Thiruvengadam is a Travel + Leisure contributor who has visited 50 countries on six continents and 47 U.S. states. She loves historic plaques, wandering new streets and walking on beaches. Find her on Facebook and Instagram.