Air France has welcomed the 350th Airbus A350 to its fleet, which will fly in the airline’s colors to new destinations this summer.
The aircraft recently left the manufacturer’s assembly line in Toulouse and will shortly begin flying to Bamako and Abidjan.
In returning to its tradition of naming its aircraft, Air France has called it Nice, in tribute to the iconic city on the French Riviera and gateway to the Mediterranean.
Nice joins the A350s already delivered to the company – Toulouse, Lyon and St. Denis de la Réunion. By 2025, Air France will take delivery of 38 Airbus A350s, the new jewel in its long-haul fleet.
The Air France Airbus A350 has 324 seats, with 34 in the Business cabin, 24 in the Premium Economy cabin and 266 in the Economy cabin. On board, customers enjoy a spacious and quiet cabin, windows that are 30 percent larger, an optimized air pressure system providing a more comfortable cabin atmosphere with regularly renewed cabin air, and lighting adapted to the different flight phases.
To stay connected on board the Airbus A350, customers have access to Air France CONNECT, the inflight wifi service.
Meanwhile, with the Airbus A350-900, Air France is accelerating the change towards more sustainable air transport, in line with its Horizon 2030 commitments. A latest-generation aircraft, the A350 consumes 25 percent less fuel thanks to the use of 67 percent lighter materials. Its noise footprint is also reduced by 40 percent.
For the 2020 summer season, Air France will serve six long-haul destinations by Airbus A350 on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. These are Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; Bamako, Mali; Bangkok, Thailand; Atlanta, Boston, Washington in the US.
Air France’s 2020 summer schedule starts on 29 March and ends on 25 October.