New partnership AF & Blablabus

Old Sep 18, 19, 1:56 pm
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New partnership AF & Blablabus

After the long time partnership with SNCF & Thalys, here is now the bus !

From AgentConnect :
La compagnie de cars Ouibus, rachetée par BlaBlaCar, est devenue officiellement BlaBlaBus cet été.
Air France (AF) propose à ses clients une offre de transport multimodale avion + bus. Les voyages combinés Avion + Bus sont commercialisés sur les réseaux court-courrier, moyen et long-courriers (excepté vers USA/Canada).
5 villes sont ainsi reliées avec BlaBlaBus au réseau Air France, via l'aéroport de Lyon-Saint Exupéry :
- Chambéry (CYY)
- Grenoble (GNO)
- Saint-Chamond (SXC)
- Saint-Etienne (EBV)
- Aix-les-Bains (AIX)

Une seule réservation pour l'ensemble du voyage : un vol Air France, au départ ou à destination de l'aéroport de Lyon-Saint-Exupéry, précédé ou suivi d'un trajet avec BlaBlaBus et un enregistrement de bout en bout.
Translation:
The Ouibus bus company, bought by BlaBlaCar, officially became BlaBlaBus this summer.
Air France (AF) offers its customers an offer of multimodal transport plane + bus. Combined plane + Bus journeys are marketed on short-haul, medium- and long-haul networks (except for USA / Canada).
5 cities are thus connected with BlaBlaBus to the Air France network, via Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport:
- Chambery (CYY)
- Grenoble (GNO)
- Saint-Chamond (SXC)
- Saint-Etienne (EBV)
- Aix-les-Bains (AIX)

One reservation for the entire trip: an Air France flight from/to Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport, preceded or followed by a BlaBlaBus journey and check-in to final destination.
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Old Sep 18, 19, 4:39 pm
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Could be usefull if they offer full protection, as KLM does.
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Old Sep 19, 19, 1:10 am
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I am sure Goldorak, with your well-known lifelong love for trains and buses, that you will soon provide us with a bus report from Chambéry to Lyon

Having lived in the Rhone-Alpes region for very long, the idea is quite good given that there are very few airports in the region. They could also offer it from GVA to Annecy and seasonally to ski stations.
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That's good news to hear. I'm somewhat familiar with the Rhône-Alpes and given the number of tech satellite cities in the area without rapid TGV links, it would be a great way to avoid having to drive hours just to park at LYS.
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I though that it was already in place? À Lyon, Hop! achemine ses voyageurs par Ouibus (French) was an article in November 2018, and Google Flights already had the "airport codes" loaded for the 5 concerned cities.

Good to see that they keep the partnership.
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Old Sep 19, 19, 3:51 pm
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Originally Posted by flyingjapans View Post
I am sure Goldorak, with your well-known lifelong love for trains and buses, that you will soon provide us with a bus report from Chambéry to Lyon
ha ha ha, no way !!!!

Originally Posted by flyingjapans View Post
Having lived in the Rhone-Alpes region for very long, the idea is quite good given that there are very few airports in the region. They could also offer it from GVA to Annecy and seasonally to ski stations.
Yes, it's a good idea IMO.
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Old Sep 23, 19, 7:04 am
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Fully consistent with AF' strategy to position itself in the premium market. I am sure P pax going to the Alps will love to end their trip with a BlablaBus.


Sarcasm aside, it could be really useful for me as there is a huge hole of public transport between Chambéry and LYS.
Is that new offer already in place?
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Old Sep 23, 19, 7:37 am
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Fully consistent with AF' strategy to position itself in the premium market. I am sure P pax going to the Alps will love to end their trip with a BlablaBus.
mmm... given that P pax travel assumes that our Alps-bound traveler starts their journey from a small handful of inter-continental destinations and then connect to a LYS service (rather than a GVA service), dare I suggest that this particular demographic might be only marginally more numerous than the proverbial hen's teeth?
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I prefer the helicopter between GVA and CVF anyway

On a more serious note, I have had a look at the fares and schedules on AF website:
- No availability after 22nd October for CYY-SIN
- Cheapest routings are CYY-LYS-AMS-SIN
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