Airbus Delivers the First of 60 A220-300s on Order to Air France
Air France has received their first of 60 Airbus A220-300s on order, the largest A220 order from any European carrier. The aircraft was delivered from the Airbus final assembly line in Mirabel, Canada and unveiled in a public ceremony today at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
On Wednesday (September 29, 2021), Airbus announced the delivery of the first of 60 A220-300s on order by Air France. The aircraft was delivered form the Airbus final assembly line (FAL) in Mirabel, Canada and officially introduced to the public during a ceremony at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. The renewal of the Air France single-aisle fleet will increase comfort and efficiency, while supporting the airline’s environmental goals and sustainability objectives. Air France is also renewing their long-haul fleet, and the carrier has already taken delivery of 11 of 38 Airbus A350s on order. In total, Air France currently operates 136 Airbus aircraft. The new A220-300 will be deployed on the airline’s medium-haul network for the winter 2021 season.
The Airbus A220 is the most flexible aircraft in the 100 to 150 seat market. Air France’s new A220-300 has been configured in a single-class 148 passenger layout. The aircraft offers superior single-aisle comfort, the widest leather seats, the largest windows and up to 20 percent more overhead stowage space per passenger. Additionally, the aircraft features full Wi-Fi connectivity and two USB ports at every seat.
Bringing together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest generation geared turbofan engines, the A220 delivers a fuel burn and CO2 reduction of up to 25 percent per seat compared to previous generation aircraft. The aircraft also delivers NOx emissions which are 50 percent lower than the industry standard, as well as a noise footprint which is half that of previous generation aircraft, making the A220 a good neighbor around airports. As of August 31, 2021, over 170 Airbus A220s have been delivered to 11 operators worldwide.