FrenchBee, the sister airline of Air Caraïbes, is a low-cost, long-haul French airline based at Paris Orly Airport. As it is leisure-based, it operates flights to (mainly French) destinations around the world, including Papeete’s Faa’a International Airport and Réunion’s Roland Garros Airport. The airline utilizes a fleet of Airbus A350-900s and has a handful of -1000s on order. Previously, it operated a single A330-300, which was transferred to Air Caraïbes when they received their first A350.
The Name Change
From its creation in 2016 until late 2017, French Bee was known as French Blue. However, when it applied for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit from the US Department of Transportation to begin flights to San Fransisco, JetBlue raised objections with their name, claiming the two titles were very similar and would cause confusion. Their protests were based on the potential of customer belief that there was a link between the two airlines and FrenchBlue’s intention to fly into the United States, where JetBlue is based. To avoid a “costly and extensive” lawsuit, the airline became “French” until late January, 2018, when it was revealed that the new title the airline had chosen was French Bee.
French Blue A350-900