A Look at Air France’s First Airbus A350

The 324-seat aircraft is said to be more environmentally-friendly as it is powered by biofuels. 

Air France’s first A350 takes to the skies.

Passengers flying with Air France can soon look forward to enjoying the airline’s first Airbus A350, which it took delivery of at a ceremony in Toulouse, France on September 27. This is the first of 28 Airbus A350-900s that the French flag carrier will welcome into its fleet by 2025.

Equipped with 324 seats—34 in business, 24 in premium economy, and 266 in economy, the new aircraft is said to be more environmentally-friendly as it is powered by biofuels. 

The carrier is scheduled to start service on October 7.

The carrier is scheduled to start service on October 7, before operating six destinations on the carrier’s 2020 schedule, namely Abidjan on the Ivory Coast; Bamako, Mali; Toronto, Canada; Cairo, Egypt; Seoul, South Korea; and Bangkok, Thailand.

With this new arrival, Air France has begun naming its planes, with its first A350 christened Toulouse, as chosen by Anne-Marie Couderc, the chair of Air France-KLM and Air France and the aircraft’s sponsor. The significance of the name is that the airline has been serving Toulouse since its founding in 1933.

Here’s what passengers can look forward to:

Business class.

Business class

-The seat transforms into a two-meter-long lie-flat bed.

-The new 18.5-inch HD touchscreen offers access to more than 1,400 hours of entertainment including movies, music, and podcasts.

-Passengers can choose between a shared travel experience or optimum privacy thanks to a removable partition wall.

Premium economy class.

Premium economy

-The new“Recliner” seat is 48cm wide and reclines to 124°. 

-The 96cm seat pitch allows passengers to comfortably stretch out their legs 

-There’s also a 13.3-inch HD touchscreen. 

-For optimum relaxation, a pillow, and a duvet are made available.

Economy class.

Economy

-An even more comfortable seat with a reinforced ergonomic seat cushion, a 118° seat recline, as well as a 79-cm seat pitch.  

-The 11.6-inch HD touchscreen gives access to more than 1,400 hours of entertainment including movies, music, and podcasts.

More information here.

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