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
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
The A220-300 will have a capacity of 149 seats and an operating
range of up to 3,400 nautical miles.
Air France to Retire Remaining
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
The Air France KLM Group says it is studying
possible replacement options for the A380 aircraft.
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.Ē
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.
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