In returning to its tradition of naming their aircraft, Air France has called it Nice; in tribute to the iconic city on the French Riviera and gateway to the Mediterranean.
Nice joins the other 3 A350s already delivered to the company – Toulouse, Lyon and St. Denis de la Réunion. By 2025 Air France will take delivery of 38 Airbus A350s, the latest member in its long-haul fleet.
The A350 consumes 25% less fuel (i.e. 2.5 litres per passenger per 100 kilometres) thanks to the use of 67% lighter materials: 53% composites and 14% titanium. Its noise footprint is also reduced by 40%.
Air France’s Airbus A350 has 324 seats, with 34 in Business Class with a 1-2-1 configuration, 24 in Premium Economy Class with a 2-4-2 configuration and 266 in the Economy Class with a 3-3-3 configuration.
Passengers on board the aircraft also have access to the inflight WiFi service, Air France CONNECT.
For the 2020 summer season, 29th March to 25th October 2020, Air France will serve 6 long-haul destinations with the Airbus A350; including Paris-Charles de Gaulle – Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Bamako (Mali), Bangkok (Thailand), Atlanta, Boston and Washington (USA).
- Bamako – Abidjan: 1 daily flight
- Bangkok: 3 weekly flights (outbound flight on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday; return on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday)
- Atlanta: 1 daily flight
- Boston: 1 daily flight until 4th May and subsequently 2 daily flights
- Washington: 1 daily flight as from 5th June 2020
Check out Sam’s report below on the delivery of the first Air France Airbus A350: