Travel Industry News at TravelNewsAsia.com since 1997. Interviews, podcasts, videos, pictures and more
Thu, 1 Aug 2019

Air France to Order 60 Airbus A220-300s; Confirms Plan to Retire All A380s

Air France has committed to a firm order of 60 A220-300s, with 30 options and 30 acquisition rights.

The aircraft will gradually replace Air France's A318 and A319 fleet.

The first A220-300 aircraft, which should be delivered in September 2021, will join Air France's short and medium-haul fleet.

The A220-300s will help Air France to reduce its environmental footprint as the aircraft generates 20% less CO2 emissions than comparable aircraft in its class, and is twice as quiet.

The A220-300 will have a capacity of 149 seats and an operating range of up to 3,400 nautical miles.

Air France Airbus A380. Click to enlarge.

Air France to Retire Remaining A380s

The Air France-KLM Board of Directors have also approved the retirement in principle of the remaining seven A380s from the Air France fleet by 2022. Five of these aircraft are owned by the company, while two are leased.

While extremely popular with passengers, the current competitive environment limits the markets in which the A380 can profitably operate. With four engines, the A380 consumes 20-25% more fuel per seat than new generation long-haul aircraft, and therefore emits more CO2. Increasing aircraft maintenance costs, as well as necessary cabin refurbishments to meet customer expectations, reduce the economic attractiveness of Air France's A380s even further.

The Air France KLM Group says it is studying possible replacement options for the A380 aircraft.

"These decisions support the Air France-KLM Group's fleet competitiveness strategy," said Benjamin Smith, CEO of the Air France-KLM Group. "They follow the recent orders for A350s and Boeing 787s that Air France and KLM have placed. We are very pleased to work with Airbus to add the A220-300 to our fleet, an aircraft that demonstrates optimum environmental, operational, and economic efficiency. The selection of the Airbus A220-300 supports our goal of a more sustainable operation, by significantly reducing CO2 and noise emissions. This aircraft will also provide our customers with additional comfort on the short and medium-haul network and will provide our pilots with a connected cockpit with access to the latest navigation technology. This is a very important next step in Air France's transformation, and this evolution in Air France's fleet underlines the group's determination to attain European airline leadership.

Air France-KLM operates a fleet of 541 aircraft between its three main brands, Air France, KLM, and Transavia, to 318 destinations globally. In 2018, AFKL flew over 100 million customers.

Headlines: Optimism from Thai AirAsia CEO as AAV Reports Net Loss of THB 4.7 Billion  TFE Launches New Hotel Brand in Canberra, Australia  Southeast Asia to Need 4,400 New Airplanes by 2039  Oakwood to Open 7th Property in Thailand in May  IATA Expects Airline Industry to Remain Cash Negative in 2021  Emirates Operates First Flight with Fully Vaccinated Team  Inmarsat Appoints Rajeev Suri as CEO  British Airways Launches Two New Fare Brands for Travel Trade  Nobu Signs Hotel in Hamburg, Germany  KLM Cityhopper Takes Delivery of First E195-E2  COVID19 Changes IT Spending Priorities for Airlines and Airports  AAT Appoints Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth as President  Akbar Travels Expands Partnership with Sabre  Travelport Launches New Visual Identity  American Airlines to Add NDC-Enabled Content to Amadeus  GKN Aerospace and GA-ASI Expand Partnership on MQ-9B SkyGuardian  Mandarin Oriental Signs Luxury Resort and Residences in Danang, Vietnam  Gulf Air to Launch Flights to Singapore  Marriott Appoints Tony Capuano as CEO and Stephanie Linnartz as President  AirAsia Aiming to Resume All Domestic Routes in Thailand by April  Karl Bieberach to Join Belmond as Senior Vice President of Global Development  Qantas to Launch New Routes, Increase Capacity to North Coast  Brian Pearce IATA's Chief Economist to Retire  Embraer Delivers First Praetor 500 to Customer in Brazil  Air New Zealand to Trial IATA's Digital Travel Pass on AKL - SYD in April  Boeing Recommends Airlines Ground 777s Powered by PW4000-112 Engines  USAMRIID Tests Show BioFlash Can Detect SARS-CoV-2 in the Air  Cathay Pacific Flies First COVID19 Vaccines to Hong Kong and Mexico  Qantas to Expand Pilot Training Facilities in Australia  Michael Mestraud Appointed GM of Four Seasons Oahu and VPRO Americas  Etihad Airways and Gulf Air Sign SCCA  British Airways Partners Dettol  72 Businesses Shortlisted in 2021 Experience Mekong Showcases  Melia Koh Samui Provides Land for Farm to Help Feed Elephants  Bangkok Airways to Resume HKT-HDY Flights; Delays BKK-KKC/HDY Launch  United Airlines to Launch Flights Between Boston and London Heathrow  Abode Selling Hotel in Canberra, Australia  New Zealand Millennium Cup Superyacht Regatta Open to New Entries  Air Cote d'Ivoire Takes Delivery of First Airbus A320neo  Embraer Welcomes Brazil's Decision to Withdraw WTO Dispute with Canada  IBM to Upgrade Delta's Computing Environment  UNWTO Names Winners of Sustainable Development Competition  Hong Kong Disneyland to Reopen 19 Feb; Reservations Begin 18 Feb  Construction of Peppers Melbourne Richmond Commences  Executive Appointments at TFE Hotels in Melbourne, Australia  Louvre Hotels Upgrades Global Distribution with Sabre  Korean Air Working with UNICEF to Transport COVID19 Vaccines Globally  Accelya Expands Hawaiian Airlines' NDC-Enabled Retailing Capabilities  MotoGP Confirms Red Bull as Title Sponsor of Australian Grand Prix 2021  Finnair Signs Lease Financing Agreement for Next Airbus A350  Thai Airways to Fly First COVID19 Vaccines to Thailand on 24 February  Marriott CEO and President Arne Sorenson Passes Away  Chua Hui Wan Returns to Travelport as Head of Agency Sales - APAC  Fiji Airways Extends Validity of Flight Credits to End-2022  Smiths Detection Granted AOAC Certification for Listeria Assay  airBaltic Signs Codeshare Agreement with Lufthansa  SAS Selects CFM LEAP-1A Engines to Power New Airbus A320s  Yamaha Extends MotoGP Commitment to 2026  Airbus H160 to Enter Offshore Sector with Shell and PHI  Finnair to Dismantle Airbus A319 at Helsinki Airport  Dusit to Take Over Hot Springs Resort in Guangdong, China  New Zealand Millennium Cup Postponed Until March 2021  Air Methods Signs HCare Contract for EC135 Helicopters  Marriott Upgrades Bonvoy App for iOS  Bangkok Airways to Reopen Airport Lounges and Kiosks  BA Expands VeriFLY Trial to Include All International Flights to UK  Embraer Delivered 71 Aircraft in Q4 2020  Thales and Airbus to Upgrade France's Electronic Warfare Capabilities  Busy Year Ahead for Banyan Tree as Group Prepares to Open 8 Hotels  SIA, Scoot and SilkAir Operate First Flights with Vaccinated Pilots and Cabin Crew  Ascott Opens Citadines Serviced Residence in Canggu, Bali  Markus Krebs Returns to Hawaii as GM of Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort  Clinique La Prairie Aesthetics & Medical Spa in Bangkok Appoints Director  AeroLogic Implements SITA eWAS Pilot Weather Monitoring Solution  IDeaS Expands Partnership with RateGain for AI-Driven Real-Time Intelligence  SIA Revises Aircraft Delivery Agreements; Defers Over $4b in Capital Expenditure  Marriott Signs Deal to Significantly Expand All-Inclusive Portfolio  Dusit Signs First Hotel in Kuwait  Hong Kong Int. Airport Handled Just 71,000 Passengers in January  Japan's First Boeing KC-46 Completes Maiden Flight  Etihad Airways World's First Airline to Vaccinate 100% of Cabin Crew and Pilots  Bombardier Partners StandardAero to Expand Maintenance Capabilities in Europe  Turkish Competition Authority Approves Korean Air's Acquisition of Asiana  Bahrain Int. Airport's New Terminal Makes the Most of SITA Technology  UK Charges Arrivals £1,750 for 10-Day Hotel Quarantine  Vietjet Takes Delivery of Two More Airbus A321neo ACF Aircraft  New Indian Airline Takes Off with Laminaar Aviation's ARMS Software  Aviation: Inconsistent Border Restrictions Serious Impediment to Recovery  AirAsia Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand Carried 23m Pax in 2020  Emirates Installs Touchless Self Check-In and Bag Drop Kiosks at DXB  British Airways to Invest in Sustainable Aviation Fuel Company LanzaJet  Qantas Upgrades Inflight F&B Options  SAS to Increase Flights in Spring and Summer Schedules  Etihad Airways to Use 360 Foam Wash on GE90 and GEnx-1B Engines  Air New Zealand Reopens Regional Lounge at Wellington Airport  Qantas Starts Offering Unlimited Flight Date Changes  Simpson Marine Sells Sanlorenzo SL78 and SL118 to Customers in Indonesia  KrasAvia Adds Two ATR 72-500 Aircraft to Fleet  Philippine Airlines Reducing Workforce by 30%  ATR Americas Appoints Tiziana Masullo as MD and President  CAE to Produce Pyure Air Sanitizers  Hyatt Regency Opens in Ningbo, China  Singapore Airlines Reports Q3 Net Loss of S$142 Million  Whitbread's Third Premier Inn Hotel on Isle of Wight to Open 26 February  Honda Extends Commitment to MotoGP  airBaltic Training Launches Recruitment Drive  Scandinavian Airlines Flew 280,000 Passengers in January  Myanmar Tourism Marketing Calls on Partners to Continue Support  Bombardier Appoints Stuart Bailey as GM of Berlin Service Centre  Qantas Signs Deal to Use Alliance Airlines' Embraer E190s  Int. Passenger Demand Down 75.6% in 2020; Forward Bookings Falling Sharply  Melbourne Home to Marriott's Second W Hotel in Australia  Strong Cargo, Reduced Costs Result in Operating Profit for Korean Air  SITA Launches Health Protect  Arne Sorenson to Reduce Work Schedule for Cancer Treatment  Accor Rebrands Mercure Hotel as Mantra Gladstone  Strong Variations in Regional Air Cargo Performance in 2020  Duxton Becomes Marriott's First Autograph Hotel in Singapore  Hyatt Takes Over Hotel in Brisbane, Australia  Marriott Opens 50th Hotel in Shanghai, China  Simpson Marine Sells Sanlorenzo SX112 to Customer in Hong Kong  Whitbread Set to Open Four More Premier Inn Hotels in Scotland  Diego Angarita Returns to Four Seasons Resort Anguilla as GM  GKN Aerospace Takes Leading Role in UK's Future Flight Challenge  New Boeing F-15EX Fighter Jet Takes First Flight  Rex Airlines Expands PSS Agreement with Sabre  Compulsory COVID19 Testing for Staff at Hong Kong Airport  American Airlines Makes Important Changes to Face Mask Policy  Process to Choose Hosts of Rugby World Cup 2025, 2027, 2029 and 2031 Begins  British Airways to Commence VeriFly Trial on 4 February  Rosaviatsiya Approves Mku30 Communications System for Ansat Helicopters  SATENA Signs GMA with ATR  Bombardier Completes Sale of Transportation Business to Alstom  From Mekong Startups to Mekong Innovations in Sustainable Tourism  China Airlines Launches Ultra-Low Temperature Cargo Service  Air Canada Suspends Flights to 15 Destinations in Mexico and Caribbean  Etihad Airways Continues to Operate Flights from London and Manchester  Vietjet Reports VND274 Billion Profit in Q4 2020  Cebu Pacific Introduces New Baggage Policy  Air Astana to Launch Frankfurt - Atyrau Flights  FINN Partners Establishes Advisory Board  Asia Pacific Airlines Carried 69 Million Passengers in 2020  Singapore Airlines to Operate Boeing 737-800 NG on Phuket Flights  Bombardier Expands Smart Link Plus Connected Aircraft Program  Vibe Hotel Melbourne Appoints Sai Amani as GM and Vanesa Kaya as EAM  Emirates Skywards Extends Tier Status, Miles  Malaysian Customs Approves Teleport as Forwarding Agent  Austrian Airlines Requires Passengers to Wear FFP2 Masks Without Valves  IATA DG: We Can See Light at the End of the Tunnel  How's Business in Pattaya, Thailand? Interview with MD of Tiffany's Show  Will British & Irish Lions' Tour of South Africa Go Ahead?  ASEAN Tourism Forum 2021 Postponed Until January 2022  HD Videos and Interviews  Podcasts from HD Video Interviews  RSS News Feed and Ticker  Travel Trade Shows in 2020 and 2021  High-Res Picture Galleries  Travel News Asia - Latest Travel Industry News 

See latest HD Video Interviews, Podcasts and other news regarding: Air France, Airbus, A220-300, A380.

Receive our Latest Travel News Daily Email free of charge by entering your email address and name in the boxes to the right and clicking subscribe. You can also receive the news by WhatsApp, stay updated with our RSS Feed Free Travel News RSS Feed, and even Add the Headlines to Your Website free of charge. Have questions? Please read our travel news FAQ.

     
Advertising
Advertising
Copyright © 1997-2021 TravelNewsAsia.com