Competitors yesterday, partners today. There was a time not so distant when Air France and the SNCF were engaged in a merciless war on the internal lines. Thus, in mid-2017, when the historic rail operator had opened the TGV Paris-Bordeaux in 2 hours, the national airline replied with canon prices on this link. Today, Air France has buried the hatchet and, in many destinations, is leaving the field open or going down the ladder for the SNCF. "
The opposition of the train and the plane is a rearguard fight
," summed up Anne Rigail, general manager of the French air carrier last June.
Removing domestic airlines when you can make the journey in less than 4 hours by train, is this useful for consumers?
Proof of this new state of mind, Air France and SNCF have given new life to an old product called Train + Air.
Rather than taking two separate tickets (for example a Strasbourg-Paris at the SNCF and an Orly-Pointe-à-Pitre at the blue-white-red airline), the traveler buys the package from the carrier
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