Airbus announced Wednesday that Air France-KLM has firmed up an order for 60 Airbus A220s. The aircraft will be operated by Air France as part of their narrow-body fleet modernization program.
Today, Airbus announced that the Air France-KLM Group has firmed up an order for 60 Airbus A220s. The new aircraft will join the Air France fleet as the French national carrier revitalizes its narrow-body fleet. In Wednesday’s announcement, Airbus’ Chief Commercial Officer, Christian Scherer said,
"We are glad that Air France is endorsing the A220 as a great step towards fleet optimization for large network carriers. The largest Airbus A220 order from a European carrier to date speaks volumes on Air France’s ambitious sustainability drive. The modern and fuel efficient Airbus A220 will contribute to lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions significantly compared to older generation aircraft. We thank Air France for the confidence placed in Airbus and for its investment in our latest technology aircraft.”
The Airbus A220 is the only purpose built aircraft designed to serve the 100-150 seat market and promises to provide a significant fuel burn reduction, while delivering a widebody passenger experience. The state-of the art aerodynamic design combined with Pratt & Whitney PW1500G turbofan engines offers a fuel savings of up to 20% when compared to previous generation aircraft in its class. As of the end of November 2019, Airbus has received 530 orders for A220 Family aircraft. Over the next two decades, the market for 100-150 passenger aircraft is expected to reach around 7,000 aircraft and Airbus believes the A220 is ideally situated to win the lion’s share of the orders.