Air France Hop

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Air France Hop
Air France Hop Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
A5 HOP AIR HOP[1][circular reference]
Founded21 December 2012 (2012-12-21)[2]
Commenced operations31 March 2013 (2013-03-31) (as Hop!)
1 September 2019 (2019-09-01) (as Air France Hop)
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer programFlying Blue
AllianceSkyTeam (affiliate)
Fleet size43
Destinations50
Parent companyAir France
HeadquartersNantes Atlantique Airport, Bouguenais, France
Websitehop.com (in French)

Air France Hop, formerly branded HOP!,[3] is a French regional airline operating flights on behalf of its parent company Air France. The airline was founded on 21 December 2012[2] after the merger of Airlinair, Brit Air and Régional brands. Its head office is at Nantes Atlantique Airport.[4]

History[edit]

The HOP! logo (2012–2019)
The head office of Air France Hop, then known as Régional, at Nantes Atlantique Airport, in 2010.

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 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.[5]

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.[6]

In February 2019, Air France announced that HOP! services will be rebranded as "Air France Hop".[7] The first aircraft received the revised livery - being the one of Air France with small HOP! titles added - in May 2019.[8]

On 1 September 2019, all HOP! flights moved to operate under the Air France brand and flight code. All aircraft will be gradually repainted into the Air France livery.[4] In December 2020, it was announced that HOP! would be restructured as a smaller feeder carrier. This new plan would see HOP! disappearing as a separate brand from Air France, transferring its Paris-Orly hub to Transavia France, and retiring its Bombardier CRJ fleet.[9]

Destinations[edit]

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Air France Hop has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:[10]

Fleet[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

Air France Hop Bombardier CRJ1000
Air France Hop Embraer 170

As of July 2022, the Air France Hop fleet consists of the following aircraft:[11]

Air France Hop fleet
Aircraft In
service
Orders Passengers Notes
B E Total
Bombardier CRJ1000 11 100 100 To be phased out by end of 2022.[12]
Embraer 170 13 20 56 76
Embraer 190 19 28 72 100
Total 43

Former fleet[edit]

Air France Hop previously operated the following aircraft:[11]

Air France Hop former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
ATR 42-500 13 2013 2019
ATR 72-200QC 2 2013 2014
ATR 72-500 10 2013 2017
ATR 72-600 6 2015 2019
Bombardier CRJ100 8 2013 2018 Operated by Brit Air
Bombardier CRJ700 15 2013 2021
Embraer ERJ-135 2 2013 2015
Embraer ERJ-145 21 2013 2020

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Airline Codes (H)".
  2. ^ a b http://www.verif.com/societe/HOP!-790151716/
  3. ^ "Mentions légales Archived 2014-03-28 at the Wayback Machine." HOP! Retrieved on April 27, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Legal notice Archived 2013-10-15 at the Wayback Machine."
  5. ^ "Air France va fusionner ses filiales régionales sous la bannière Hop !". 16 July 2015.
  6. ^ airliners.de - "Les Echos": Hop fliegt nur noch für die Mutter Air France (German) 9 October 2018
  7. ^ O'Keeffe, Niall (1 February 2019). "Air France adds own name to Hop unit's branding". Flightglobal.com.
  8. ^ actu-aero.fr
  9. ^ "France's HOP! to become all Embraer operator". ch-aviation. Retrieved 2020-12-11.
  10. ^ "Profile on HOP!". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2016-11-03. Retrieved 2016-11-03.
  11. ^ a b planespotters.net - Air France Hop retrieved 8 July 2022
  12. ^ "France's HOP! to end CRJ-1000 ops in 4Q22". Ch-Aviation. 8 March 2022.

External links[edit]

Media related to Air France Hop at Wikimedia Commons