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Air France Receives the 350th Airbus A350 Delivered by Airbus and Reveals Summer Destinations
Air France announced on Tuesday, that as a nod to French aviation history, the airline has received the 350th Airbus A350 delivered by the manufacturer. The new airliner has been named ‘Nice’ in honor of the iconic French Riviera city.
Today, Air France welcomed their fourth of 38 Airbus A350s on order which has been named Nice after the iconic city on the French Riviera. The Nice joins the fleet of three other A350s named Toulouse, Lyon and St. Denis de la Réunion. Notably, in a nod to French aviation history, the newly delivered aircraft is Airbus’ 350th delivered A350, which will now fly in Air France colors.
During the summer 2020 season, Air France guests will be able to fly on one of the airline’s long-haul A350s from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Bamako (Mali) and Bangkok (Thailand) as well as Atlanta, Boston and Washington D.C. in the U.S. Air France’s summer 2020 schedule runs from March 29th through June 5, 2020. Service to Bamako and Abidjan will be offered once daily and the Bangkok route will be operated three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, with return flights to Paris-Charles de Gaulle on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. For guests wishing to visit the U.S. on business or holiday, Air France will offer one daily flight to Atlanta, one daily flight to Boston (until May 4th) and subsequently two daily flights, and one daily flight to Washington D.C. (from June 5th).
Air France’s A350s are configured with 324 seats including 34 Business, 24 Premium Economy and 266 Economy cabin seats. The A350 offers a wide and spacious cabin, 30% larger windows, lighting adapted to various phases of flight and an optimized air pressure system so guests can arrive refreshed. The Airbus A350 also offers a 25% reduction in fuel burn and a noise footprint that has been reduced by 40%. Air France Business Class features 2-meter lie-flat seats, while Premium Economy guests will enjoy the airline’s new “Recliner” seats which are 48cm wide and recline 124 degrees. In the Economy Class cabin, customers will appreciate redesigned seats with an ergonomic cushion, a 118 degree recline and a 79cm pitch. Every seat features a state-of-the-art HD touch screen IFE system.
During flight, customers can stay connected with “Air France Connect” which offers travelers a variety of inflight WiFi choices. All guests receive a free “Message” pass which allows the sending and receiving of messages throughout the flight. The “Surf” pass which is available for between €3 and €18 (6,000 Miles) includes messaging as well as internet surfing and e-mail. The ultimate “Stream” pass is available for €30 (10,000 miles) and includes all the benefits of the first two passes, plus high-speed internet, streaming and downloading.
Source: Air France