Air France received its first Airbus A22-300 on Wednesday, naming it “Le Bourget” after a French town north of Paris with significant historical ties to aviation and home to Paris-Le Bourget Airport, the Air and Space Museum, and the biennial Paris-Le Bourget International Air Show.
The aircraft will be the first of 60 of this type that the airline will receive in the following years to replace the aging Airbus A318s, A319s, and certain Airbus A320s currently in its fleet, as well as to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.
The A220-300 is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 20%, cost per seat by 10%, and have a 34% lower noise footprint than the current generation of aircraft it will replace.
“This new aircraft with outstanding energy performance is a significant asset for Air France,” said Air France-KLM CEO Benjamin Smith in a statement. “To until, fleet renewal has been the primary method of decreasing CO2 emissions, which is why we continue to invest in next-generation aircraft.
We are also utilizing all available levers, such as sustainable fuels and eco-piloting, as part of our contribution to establishing a carbon-neutral air transport business and positioning ourselves as a leader in more sustainable aviation.
” The aircraft will play a significant role in reaching the onerous emission standards imposed by both the French and Dutch governments as part of the bailout requirements for Air France-KLM Group in April 2020.
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A New Addition
The A220-300 will have 148 seats in a 3-2 arrangement, with 80 percent of clients getting a window or aisle seat. Furthermore, the A220’s windows are 50% larger than those on the existing Airbus A320 family.
There will be two travel cabins available: Business and Economy. In addition, Air France Connect will allow access to in-flight Wi-Fi, as well as individual USB A and C connections and a table or smartphone holder incorporated into the backrest. To recycle and filter air, Air France has also installed High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters.
In the same release, Air France CEO Anne Rigail added, “The arrival of a new aircraft is always a significant occasion for an airline.” “All Air France staff have spent over two years preparing for this moment, and we are thrilled to see our customers discover the optimal comfort provided by this aircraft.”
The cabin is more roomy, brighter, and has full Wi-Fi connectivity, which contributes to our offer’s upmarket positioning.”
Beginning Oct. 31, the plane will fly to five locations, including Berlin, Milan, Venice, Italy, Barcelona, and Madrid, Spain, from Air France’s hub at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
During the winter season of 2021-2022, further destinations will be added to the network, including Bologna and Rome in Italy, Lisbon in Portugal, and Copenhagen in Denmark.
More cities, such as those in Africa and the Middle East, are projected to be added to the Airbus A220 network due to the aircraft’s long-range capabilities when compared to similarly-sized predecessors.