AF Receives First Airbus A350, Aircraft To Service YYZ In OCT

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

On 27SEP, 2019, Air France took delivery of its first Airbus A350, an aircraft that will begin flying between CDG and YYZ starting 27OCT, 2019.

Air France's Airbus A350 will make its first commercial flight on 7OCT and will be gradually deployed to a total of six destinations in 2020.

This environmentally-friendly latest-generation aircraft has 324 seats, with 34 in the Business cabin, 24 in Premium Economy and 266 in Economy. 

The A350 consumes 25% less fuel due to materials being up to 67% lighter, and its noise footprint is reduced by 40%.

By 2025, the company will welcome a total of 28 Airbus A350-900s into its fleet.

"The arrival of a new aircraft is always a unique and highly emotional occasion in the life of an airline. Along with all Air France staff, we are extremely proud to welcome the Airbus A350, one of the world's most efficient long-haul aircraft in terms of environmental, economic and operational performance," said Anne Rigail, CEO of Air France. 

"The arrival of this first A350 marks a new phase in Air France's fleet modernization strategy. Within 5 years, more than half of the company's fleet will be made up of new-generation aircraft."

Some on-board features of the Air France Airbus A350 include:

  • more spacious cabins;
  • windows that are 30% larger;
  • a different air pressure system providing a more comfortable cabin atmosphere with regularly renewed cabin air;
  • lighting adapted to the different flight phases;
  • one of the quietest cabins on latest-generation twin-aisle aircraft.

In Business class, the seat turns into a 2 metre-long lie-flat bed and the new configuration of the cabin allows guests to choose between a shared travel experience or optimum privacy thanks to a removable partition wall. The HD touchscreen is 18.5-inches.

In Premium Economy, the brand new "Recliner" seat is 48cm wide and reclines to 124°. Customers enjoy a 96cm seat pitch and a 13.3-inch HD touchscreen. A pillow and a duvet are available for passengers.

In Economy, the seat has a reinforced ergonomic seat cushion, a 118° seat recline, as well as a 79-cm seat pitch. The HD touchscreen is 11.6 inches.

The Airbus A350 is also equipped with various paid inflight wi-fi options with Air France CONNECT, although passengers can send and receive messages throughout the flight for free.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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