Air France Hop
Air France Hop, formerly known as HOP! is a regional airline operating flights on behalf of its parent company Air France. The airline HOP! was founded in 2013 after the merger of Airlinair, Brit Air and Régional brands. Its head office is at Nantes Atlantique Airport.
|Founded||21 December 2012|
|Commenced operations||31 March 2013|
|Frequent-flyer program||Flying Blue|
|Company slogan||"Faire un saut d'une région à l'autre"|
"Hop from here to here"
|Parent company||Air France|
|Headquarters||Nantes Atlantique Airport, Bouguenais, France|
The new airline brand was created to better compete with the low-cost airlines which have taken a significant market share of Air France's regional routes. Régional Compagnie Aérienne Européenne operated with 44 aircraft to 38 destinations; Brit Air had 39 aircraft and served 32 destinations; and Airlinair served 26 destinations with its 24 aircraft; a combined total of 107 aircraft.
In July 2015, Air France-KLM announced the formalization of its merger for 2017 of the Brit Air, Régional and Airlinair brands under the Hop! Brand, after having already legally grouped its structures under the eponymous company, thereby reducing its costs.
In October 2018, it was reported that HOP! will face restructuring measures, including the merger of all operations under the AF flight codes of parent Air France and a revision of the operated aircraft types.
In February 2019, Air France announced that HOP! services will be rebranded as "Air France HOP". A first aircraft received the revised livery - being the one of Air France with small HOP! titles added - in May 2019.
On September 1st, 2019, all HOP! flights were moved under Air France code. The aircraft will be gradually repainted into the Air France Hop livery.
As of September 2019, the Air France Hop fleet consists of the following aircraft:
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- "Legal notice."
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- "Profile on HOP!". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2016-11-03. Retrieved 2016-11-03.