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Air France Takes Delivery of 10th Airbus A350 out of 38 Ordered
Today, Air France took delivery of their 10th Airbus A350-900 out of 38 on order. The aircraft, registration F-HTYK rolled off the Airbus assembly line in Toulouse and took off for Paris-Charles de Gaulle, where it will serve Air France on long-haul routes.
On Friday (June 18, 2021), Air France announced the delivery of their 10th Airbus A350-900 out of 38 the carrier has on order. The aircraft, which is the new jewel in the airline’s long-haul fleet, rolled off the assemble line in Toulouse and took of for Paris-Charles de Gaulle. The aircraft will deliver a 25 percent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to previous generation aircraft and will contribute to Air France’s fleet renewal and sustainability initiatives. The new A350, registration F-HTYK, has been named ‘Aubusson’ in tribute to the town in the Creuse region of France, whose tapestries are famous worldwide. Air France resumed their tradition of naming their aircraft after French cities, with Aubusson becoming the 46th city to be honored.
In just a few days, Aubusson will be joined at Paris-Charles de Gaulle by Air France’s 11th A350 which has been named ‘Cannes’. The latest generation A350 consumes 25 percent less fuel than previous generation aircraft due to the use of 67 percent lighter materials including 53 percent composites and 14 percent titanium. The aircraft also delivers a 40 percent reduction in noise footprint. Air France’s new Airbus A350 has been configured with 324 seats, including 34 Business Class, 24 Premium Economy and 266 Economy Class seats. Between now and 2025, Air France will take delivery of 38 A350s, as they continue to modernize their long-haul fleet. The carrier’s medium-haul fleet renewal will begin next September with the delivery of the first of 60 Airbus A220s on order.
Guests traveling on Air France’s A350s will enjoy a spacious and quiet cabin with windows that are 30 percent larger, an optimized air pressure system providing a more comfortable cabin, and lighting adapted to the different flight phases. Business Class guests will experience a real two meter long lie-flat bed, while Premium Economy customers will appreciate the brand new “recliner” seat which is 48cm wide and reclines to 124 degrees. Economy Class seats have also been redesigned for more comfort and feature a reinforced ergonomic seat cushion, a recline of 118 degrees and a 79cm seat pitch. All cabins feature large individual High Definition IFE touch screens. Additionally, customers can stay connected with the inflight Wi-Fi Service, Air France Connect.
Source: Air France