XL Airways # Bye bye ...

Mis à jour : 3 mai 2020

On 19 September 2019, XL Airways announced the suspension of all flights as of 23 September; ticket sales ceased immediately and the company was placed under legal receivership.

XL Airways France, formerly Star Airlines, is a French airline with its head offices on the grounds of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. It operates scheduled flights mainly to long-haul destinations in Africa, the Middle East, the United States and the Caribbean as well as charter flights to medium-haul destinations in the Mediterranean, mostly out of Charles de Gaulle Airport.

The airline was founded by Cédric Pastour in August 1995 as Société de Transport Aérien Régional and was trading under Star Europe. In October 1997 it changed its trading name to Star Airlines. On 23 November 2006 the airline changed its name to XL Airways France. On 12 September 2008, parent XL Leisure was about to declare bankruptcy. The airline was then bought by Straumur Investment Bank.

XL Airways France's Airbus A330 aircraft are configured entirely with Economy class seating mostly in a 3-3-3 layout, with some rows toward the rear of the aircraft configured in a 2-3-2 layout. A complimentary hot meal is served on all long-haul flights, with an additional breakfast or light meal served depending on flight length. Additional snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Comfort kits consisting of various amenities including a blanket and inflatable neck pillow are also available for purchase.

Inflight entertainment is available both through overhead screens on a running schedule, and on-demand streaming to personal electronic devices via XL Cloud, the airline's wireless streaming entertainment portal. Through XL Cloud, a selection of movies, TV shows, documentaries, and other digital media are available for free, as well as a live inflight map and instant messaging between passengers, however Internet access is not provided through the portal. An extended, premium selection of high definition movies and digital media is available for an all-inclusive fee. In addition, paid rental of virtual reality headsets equipped with noise-cancelling headphones and a selection of movies in 2D and 3D is also available for the duration of the flight.

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