Air France takes delivery of its first Airbus A220

Airline expects 60 A220-300 by 2025

Air France has taken delivery of the first of 60 first Airbus A220-300.

The new short haul aircraft will replace the airline’s Airbus A318s and A319s, as well as several Airbus A320. All 60 are expected to be with the airline by 2025.

From 31 October 2021, the Airbus A220-300 will fly to Berlin, Barcelona, Madrid, Milan-Linate and Venice from the Air France hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle. During the 2021-2022 winter season, the aircraft will gradually extend its network to Bologna, Rome, Lisbon and Copenhagen.

The cabin

The bright and spacious cabin has 148 seats and 2 cabins, Business and Economy. The 3-2 seat configuration offers 80% of passengers a window or aisle seat.

The cabin features large panoramic windows, cabin mood lighting, spacious baggage racks, a wide aisle and access to Air France Connect, the airline’s inflight Wi-Fi service.

The cabin air is renewed every 3 minutes thanks to a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air)-type filter air recycling system that eliminates 99.9% of particles and viruses.

The seat

The seat has a wide range of features:

  • 48 cm wide and reclines to 118 degrees
  • an adjustable headrest
  • leather upholstery
  • ergonomic seat cushion
  • wide solid tray table and cup holder
  • pouch for storing magazines and books
  • individual USB A and C ports
  • tablet or smartphone holder integrated into the backrest

Economics and environment

The Airbus A220-300 provides a cost reduction per seat of 10% compared to the Airbus A318 and A319, consumes 20% less fuel than the aircraft it replaces and reduces CO2 emissions by 20%.  Its noise footprint is also 34% lower.

N.B. Image credit: Air France

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